I am truly dumbfounded by this. The fact that you would combine the bar none most popular Anime in Japan right now with a washed up North American singer who sold out from being a punk artist (A mediocre one at that) to become your run of the mill pop artist is truly aggravating. What makes matters worse is that Lavigne's versions of "How You Remind Me" and "Bad Reputation" likely will not simply be relegated to a track that plays during the Credits like the Red Hot Chili Peppers were in the first Live Action Death Note Movie. These will probably be right smack in the middle of the action. I can see it now. The Movie opens up with some light-hearted fight consisting of the Straw Hats kicking the asses of some random Marine grunts and "Bad Reputation" kicks in for the entirety of the "battle".
Another disturbing part of this story is the fact that Eiichiro Oda is a fan of Lavigne and from the sound of things, seems to have picked her himself to do the music for this Film. Now look, I know that we should probably all respect the creator's wishes and at least pretend to think that he knows what type of music is best for his franchise. But come on now, One Piece music is supposed to be "Stuff sucks sometimes, but we can push forward and be happy because we have dreams, pride, friends, and Shanks is awesome!". Not, "I have a bad reputation because I'm a slut".
It's just not fitting for One Piece and makes me fear for the upcoming DragonBall Z Movie in March. I know that this addition of Lavigne seems to be Oda's doing, but considering that Toei is seemingly attempting to make the new DragonBall Z Movie a counter to One Piece in some ways (Such as the original Authors being involved), I'm just afraid. I mean, what's next? DragonBall Z with music by Britney Spears? If that were to actually happen, NO ONE is ever allowed to say ANYTHING ever again about the random Rock songs that FUNimation threw into some of their DragonBall Z Movie/Special Dubs.
So, to close things out, all I'll say is that although this is disheartening, I'm certainly not going to let this ruin what is shaping up to be an otherwise fantastic installment in the One Piece franchise.