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In the film:

Tezoro stated that Loffy defeated Doflamingo, and Sabo has the Flair-Flair Fruit's power. That puts the Gold film after their fight with Doflamingo.

Also

After they defeated Doflamingo in the anime, they got separated from each other and Sanji went to his wedding and all that.

So is the film canon? If it is, when does it take place?

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As you said, based on the time frame alone the movie cannot be placed anywhere in the manga story line since after Doflamingo was defeated the crew separated once more (the only possibility where this could happen is "far" into the future, after the upcoming reverie/Wano arc).

Also it's worth noting that Oda was only the executive producer on the film (he supervised the art direction), he did not write the story for it.

Generally everything outside the manga is considered non-canon unless Oda specifically declares something as belonging to the main story.

  • Thank you, is it possible that Oda will open up a time skip for the film or fit it in the timeline in the future? Or should we just leave it at that?@Proxy – Henjin Jan 12 '17 at 5:02
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    This wasn't the case with the Z film, that's why I asked – Henjin Jan 12 '17 at 21:04
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    It's turning in to a discussion here :), if you see the z film right after they introduce the character and then continue watching the anime you see that it fits without any confusion (like in gold). I was expecting the same thing from gold but that didn't happen – Henjin Jan 15 '17 at 13:37
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    Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that was cannon, I just say that it was nicely timed and didn't drift from the main time line. if you watch it, it will feel like a part of anime. unlike gold that was confusing – Henjin Jan 15 '17 at 18:36
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    Yeah, it was more in the line with the rest of the story, that is true. Also characters like Shiki were mentioned in the manga before so they had more credibility then Tezoro. – Proxy Jan 15 '17 at 20:21
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I believe it is not. Quoting from here:

Oda had occasionally been involved in non-canon material:

Oda wrote the story for One Piece Film: Strong World and executive produced One Piece Film: Z and One Piece Film: Gold.

  • It is worth noting that Strong World (as I understand it) is therefore the only canon OP movie to date. – kaine Jan 11 '17 at 19:05

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