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A Potential Adaptation: One Piece Live Action Review

Casey Crafford, Netflix Netflix presents live action of renowned manga and anime series, One Piece; Luffy and his Straw Hat Pirates stand prepared to fight.

September 15, 2023/12am 


ERIE, PA — Creating an adaptation of such a beloved and expansive story is a daunting task, but I’m pleased to say that the initial season of the One Piece live-action series is a praiseworthy attempt. 

“One Piece” is a renowned manga and anime series created by Japanese manga artist, Eiichiro Oda. Since its debut in 1997, the series has captured the hearts of manga enthusiasts on a global scale. Set in a richly detailed world of pirates, mythical creatures and grand adventures, the story follows the journey of Monkey D.  

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Luffy and his crew of pirates known as the Straw Hat Pirates as they search for the ultimate treasure, the One Piece, and explore the treacherous waters of the Grand Line. With a mix of humor, action and deep character development, “One Piece” has become a cultural phenomenon, captivating audiences with its compelling storytelling and memorable characters. 


Netflix’s decision to produce a live-action adaptation of the beloved manga raised concerns among dedicated fans and critics alike. However, following the debut of the first season on Aug. 31, it seems like the series has managed to meet the high expectations. 


First and foremost, the casting choices deserve praise. Iñaki Godoy, portraying Monkey D. Luffy, exhibits the perfect blend of youthful energy and unwavering determination that defines the character.  

The supporting cast, including Roronoa Zoro, Nami, Usopp, Sanji, and the rest of the Straw Hat Pirates, feel authentic and true to their manga counterparts. Special mention goes to the fantastic performance of the Mackenyu (portraying Roronoa Zoro), whose charisma and presence are spot on. 


The visual effects and production design are nothing short of impressive. The vibrant and diverse world of the Grand Line comes to life in stunning detail. The recreation of iconic locations such as the bustling Water 7 and the eerie Thriller Bark is a visual treat. The CGI for Devil Fruit abilities, such as Luffy’s Gomu Gomu no Mi powers, is handled skillfully and adds an extra layer of excitement to the battles. 


Plot-wise, the series remains faithful to the source material, which will undoubtedly please long-time fans. The story arc adaptations are well-paced, and key moments are faithfully recreated, from Luffy’s initial journey in the East Blue to the dramatic showdown with Donquixote Doflamingo in Dressrosa. The series manages to balance action, humor, and emotional depth, staying true to the original manga’s spirit. 


However, there are a few areas where the live-action adaptation falls short. The pacing can be a bit uneven, with some episodes feeling rushed while others drag on.  

Additionally, the series occasionally relies on narrative shortcuts that may leave newcomers to the One Piece world feeling a bit lost. It’s clear that the production team had to make some difficult decisions regarding what to include and what to omit to fit the format. 


Overall, the One Piece live-action series is a promising start to what could become an epic adaptation of one of the greatest adventure stories ever told. For die-hard fans, this series is a must-watch, and for newcomers, it’s a solid introduction to the vast and captivating world of One Piece.  


For Netflix, this adaptation is a ground-breaking success. The series broke Netflix’s record and became the most-watched Netflix series in 84 countries, which surpassed the previous record held by Stranger Things season four and Wednesday. As it sets sail on this new journey, there’s hope that it will continue to refine its course and deliver even more outstanding adventures in the future. 

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Quoc Huy Ngo, Arts & Leisure Editor
Hi! This academic years Arts & Leisure editor is Quoc Huy Ngo. Writing is one of his passions and he has been writing for more than one year. Besides writing, reading is also one of his biggest enjoyments (especially anything about art and the fashion industry). During his downtime, he loves to clean and decorate his space, spend time with friends, or just chill and enjoy tiny, beautiful things in life. Thank you for all of your support. 

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