After the Cowboy Bebop live-action TV series didn’t work out as well as Netflix had anticipated, I did not think Netflix would attempt another live-action adaption of yet another super popular anime but here it is, the One Piece live-action TV series.
To be fair, though, One Piece‘s live-action adaption was not Netflix’s idea. The development was revealed back in 207 by Tomorrow Studios and Shueisha. Fast forward to 2020, One Piece’s creator Eiichiro Oda (who also serves as an executive producer for the series) revealed that Netflix has ordered the first season. So, anyhoo, two years in the making, the One Piece live-action is finally hitting Netflix.
For the uninitiated, One Piece follows the adventures of a bunch of misfit pirate wannabes who called themselves Straw Hat Pirates. Straw Hat Pirates isn’t going to settle for being just another pirate; they are exploring the vast oceans, lands, and beyond in search of a fabled treasured known as “One Piece” that would put them on the pirates’ map and make their captain, Monkey D. Luffy, “King of the Pirates”.
Along the way, they made friends and slug it out with competitions and had the Navy on the tail. It sure sounds like fun in manga and anime. How it will play out in live-action remains to be seen.
Unlike Cowboy Bebop, there wasn’t a lot of hype and marketing efforts. I believe there was a teaser back in June and later in July, we had the first official trailer. In case you miss it, you can catch the trailer after the break. The One Piece will start streaming on Netflix on August 31, 2023.