I went to see Film Red on Friday evening with my friend who is also a One Piece fan but hasn't read/watched everything. We both thought it was excellent. It was unique having a OP musical, and it worked within the world due to Uta and her Devil Fruit. Ado is one heck of a musical talent, I did not expect to love all the songs as much as I did. Fantastic performance by Ado throughout, I was taken aback by how well she portrayed - so many different - emotions throughout her singing, and it was amazing how the soundtrack really further explored/fleshed out her character arc. Uta is like Zephyr in that while they ultimately are only the focus character of a non-canon movie, they're two of the best antagonists in the whole franchise. I was surprised by Uta not just being a kidnapping target or a pawn of other villains, but actually being the big bad. I think she was a brilliant character with her fans being a good reminder that the Great Age of Piracy has caused a lot of problems for many people as not all pirates are happy adventurers like the Strawhats and I liked her motive of trying to stop all the violence & suffering. It was a childish plan, but that was very intentional - the more the film went on the clearer it became that she's emotionally stunted & never got to properly grow up due to her trauma & loneliness. The twist with the audience once the Admirals arrived was a good mindscrew for a few moments until you figured out what was happening. I loved Uta & Luffy's relationship (he fell for the same trick in the chicken-eating race over 12 years later ) and her being this previously unknown childhood friend of Luffy & Shanks' daughter worked very well. The former gave a unique dynamic and personal challenge for Luffy that we haven't really seen in the franchise before. Every Strawhat got at least one moment and their interactions were on point. But I liked how we got a great variety of characters and a good variety of focus within that, with Law(which I was very happy with as he's my favorite character), Koby, Bartolomeo and even Blueno having major roles. But I think this was very well managed because unlike Stampede and some specials & video games, they didn't go overboard with featuring too many characters and the other characters were well utilized & it made sense why said characters were involved, plus it was ultimately a plot-driven move with a story to tell with Luffy, Uta & Shanks. This is the most we've ever seen of Shanks and the Red-Haired Pirates, and it did not disappoint. Spoiler This movie effectively disproved Shanks as a villain, but that one quote by Uta - while she has no idea how right she is - about Shanks only using Luffy is interesting; he definitely isn't only using him, he cares about him a lot and he's not a bad guy, but he definitely has secret plans involving the Gomu Gomu no Mi. However, that is one element I loved about the movie - Shanks is a good guy, but he was still responsible for the events of the film. Gordon cared for Uta as well and also wasn't a bad man, but ultimately this movie was due to Shanks & Gordon, with the best of intentions, making a series of the wrong decisions. Shanks & the crew loved her and were trying to protect her, but Uta was emotionally broken with a ton of issues due to their decision to leave her, such that even when she found out the truth a year prior she still had all these abandonment issues feeding her negative emotions. It was awesome seeing Shanks and his crew fight for the first time, and the ending fight was unreal. It was unique seeing so many characters fighting one large enemy in the end, Oars is the only instance in the manga and this was a much grander scale, and there was the whole "two worlds, attack at the same time" element. Koby really shone here being the one to organize & direct all the fighters in the Song World and Usopp & his dad perfectly synching was too cool. The final attack with Luffy & Shanks was an epic ending. Uta's last moments were quite touching. It was a somber note to finish up on, but brave for that reason I think. Absolutely loved this film, typing this makes me want to go back & see it again . My favorite One Piece film, maybe my favorite anime film. So much of what makes the series amazing, with a fresh new element due to being a musical.