We’re eagerly counting down to the premiere of Netflix’s live-action series adaptation of One Piece on Friday, a hugely popular manga and anime series created by Eiichiro Oda. And Netflix has given us one last trailer in anticipation of that release.
When the first trailer debuted at San Diego Comic-Con last month, I noted that Netflix has had a mixed track record when it comes to making live-action adaptations of popular manga and anime. But that trailer and this new one make me optimistic that One Piece will succeed where, say, Fullmetal Alchemist failed. Early reactions seem to bear that out, with praise for the camerawork, the VFX, Oda’s respect for the source material, and the sheer scale of the series. Even if you don’t want to believe in One Piece, Luffy’s boundless optimism might just win you over.
As previously reported, the original One Piece manga debuted in 1997, following the adventures of one Monkey D. Luffy, who heads a motley crew called the Straw Hat Pirates. There’s swordsman Roronoa Zoro, thief and navigator Nami, sniper and compulsive liar Usopp, and a cook named Sanji. They’re searching for the legendary One Piece, a mythical treasure that would make anyone who possesses it King of the Pirates. Monkey wants to be the Pirate King, but so do a host of other pirates with their own ships and crews. As with the manga, so with the live-action series. Per the official premise:
Monkey D. Luffy is a young adventurer who has longed for a life of freedom since he can remember. Luffy sets off from his small village on a perilous journey to find the legendary fabled treasure, One Piece, to become King of the Pirates! But in order to find the ultimate prize, Luffy will need to assemble the crew he’s always wanted before finding a ship to sail, searching every inch of the vast blue seas, outpacing the Marines, and outwitting dangerous rivals at every turn.
Inaki Godoy stars as Monkey, who has rubber-like abilities thanks to accidentally ingesting a Devil Fruit. Mackenyu plays Zoro, Emily Rudd plays Nami, Taz Skylar plays Sanji, and Jacob Romero Gibson plays Usopp, son of an infamous pirate father named Yasopp. Peter Gadiot plays Shanks, captain of the Red-Haired Pirates; Ilia Isorelys Paulino plays the ruthless leader of the Alvida Pirates; and Jeff Ward plays Buggy, clown-garbed captain of the Buggy Pirates who also accidentally ate a Devil Fruit. In his case, it gave him the ability to split his body into pieces. (It’s a highlight of the trailer.) In addition, Langley Kirkwood plays Captain Morgan, and Aidan Scott plays his son, Helmeppo.
One Piece drops on Netflix on August 31, 2023.
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