One Piece Live Action is the next series NETFLIX has decided to adapt after already ruining a few animes with their live-action release including Death Note, Cowboy Bebop, and even Winx Club!
The famous manga classic One Piece is being adapted into a live-action TV show for Netflix.
Why NETFLIX should consider canceling One Piece Live Action?
One Piece is a popular manga and anime series in the anime community. Eiichiro Oda is the illustrator and the writer of the popular manga series One Piece and has created over a thousand of chapters for 26 long years. Over 500 million copies of One Piece’s 105 volumes have been sold to date. The One Piece manga was later adapted into an Anime series, produced by Toei Animation and was broadcasted by Fuji Television. Even the anime has completed over more than 1000 episodes.
This shows that One Piece has been a massive hit among both old and new anime fans.
However, Netflix has decided to adapt this anime series into a live-action. We all know how in 2017, “Death Note” was adapted into a live-action series and was heavily criticized and deemed a failure.
The same fate was met with “Cowboy Bebop“, a live-action series that was canceled just after a season in December 2021.
Netflix’s “Fate: The Winx Saga” was rated 2 stars by Rotten Tomatoes and was again criticized heavily by the original fans of the series.
Netflix has a bad history and reputation for adapting animes into live-action for wrong castings and constant accusations of Hollywood whitewashing as what happened with the live-action for “Ghost in the Shell” from 1995 casting Scarlett Johansson for the lead. Or Elisha Applebaum as Musa in “Fate: The Winx Saga” even though in the original series, Musa was Chinese.
What does Eiichiro Oda have to say about One Piece Live Action?
Eiichiro Oda recently shared a brief update with the fans and his opinions on One Piece Live Action through Netflix’s official Instagram Page.
“I’ve been working with Tomorrow Studios and Netflix for quite some time now. Even though they understand each of the characters, we obviously come from very different cultures so when it comes to entertainment, we have different codes, skill sets, and aims. Sometimes it could be frustrating for both sides. It felt like, ‘We’re all trying to get to the same place so how come we’re not on the same wavelength?’ there was even a time when I thought, ‘Is a foreign production even possible?!’”
Although even after promising a 2023 release, Netflix has confirmed to the fans there will be no official release date confirmation till Eiichiro Oda is satisfied with the final product.
Fans initially had mixed feelings about One Piece live-action, but after Eiichiro Oda confirmed his involvement with the production, they were a bit relieved.
One Piece Live Action: Main Cast Revealed
The One Piece Live Action will include Iñaki Godoy as Monkey D. Luffy, Mackenyu as Roronoa Zoro, Jacob Romero Gibson as Usopp, and Taz Skylar as Sanji.
With Eiichiro Oda’s constant guidance throughout One Piece Live Action, we can only hope Netflix won’t mess up this time and will respect the manga, the anime, and the fans altogether.
Here is a sneak-peak from the sets of One Piece Live Action posted by Netflix.