Live-Action Straw Hats, Pirate Ships, Sea Battles, & Epic Action

Netflix has released the first trailer for their live-action adaption of One Piece, teasing key moments from the start of Monkey D. Luffy’s journey to become King of the Pirates. One Piece is a manga series created by Eiichiro Oda, featuring over 1,000 chapters of Luffy’s journey alongside his crew, the Straw Hat Pirates. Having been made into a successful anime adaptation, Oda has now partnered with Netflix to adapt the series into a live-action TV show.


At their annual Tudum event, Netflix revealed the trailer for the live-action One Piece TV show, introducing Luffy (Iñaki Godoy) and many familiar sights from the anime’s first adventures.

The trailer focuses on Luffy’s goal to be a great pirate while also giving viewers a look at crew members Zoro (Mackenyu), Nami (Emily Rudd), Usopp (Jacob Romero Gibson), and Sanji (Taz Skyler). Included in the trailer are also glimpses of Alvida’s ship and Buggy the Clown (Jeff Ward), implying One Piece season 1 will be focused on the anime’s first arc, the East Blue Saga. The end of the trailer confirms a release date of August 31, 2023.

Will One Piece Break The Anime Adaptation Curse?

Anime Luffy overlayed over a promotional image of the Straw Hat Pirates from the One Piece live-action adaptation

While One Piece is already the best-selling manga of all time, the live-action series allows for viewers unfamiliar with anime and manga to see Luffy and the Straw Hat Pirates’ journey from the very beginning. Additionally, One Piece benefits from Oda’s involvement, the creator working closely with Netflix on the series. The many familiar scenes and references throughout the trailer indicate One Piece will be faithful to its source material as it chronicles the start of Luffy’s journey.

However, American anime adaptations have traditionally not been as successful as the source material they’re based on. Cowboy Bebeop was cancelled after one season by Netflix. The live-action series received criticism from anime fans and original creator Shinichirō Watanabe for straying too far from the source material. In the case of One Piece, though, Oda’s involvement means the series could be the first American anime adaptation to receive positive fan reception.

While it’s unclear if One Piece will be able to break the anime adaptation curse, the trailer is a promising indication the series will satisfy the anime fans. Newcomers may not understand some Easter eggs in the trailer, but since One Piece is beginning from the East Blue Saga, the show will likely be a good starting point for them as well. With a release of August 31, One Piece might just be a live-action adaptation worthy of the anime’s long-standing popularity.

Source: Netflix

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