Eiichiro Oda’s iconic Manga series, One Piece, is set for an all-new live-action adaptation on Netflix.

Eiichiro Oda's One Piece.
Eiichiro Oda’s One Piece.

The Japanese manga artist has consistently delivered over 100 volumes of the One Piece series which has been following the adventures of Monkey D. Luffy since 1997. His genius has also been successfully translated into the famous animated TV series of the same title.

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The most impressive thing about the show, which has now crossed over 1000 episodes, is how effectively it has kept the character’s personality and the overall theme of Oda’s story consistent with his Manga series. It appears he’s now keen to make sure the essence of his work also remains unchanged in Netflix’s live-action adaptation.

Eiichiro Oda’s Demands for Netflix’s One Piece Revealed

The end of August will see many Netflix users delve into the iconic series that will script the epic voyage of the live-action version of young pirate captain Luffy, as he attempts to assemble an able crew known as Straw Hat Pirates in his search for the mythical treasure known as One Piece.

Netflix's One Piece.
Netflix’s One Piece.

Luffy will be played by Iñaki Godoy, who will be joined by the likes of Emily Rudd (Nami), Mackenyu (Roronoa Zoro), and Jaco Romero (Usopp). Meanwhile, as expected, Eiichiro Oda has not given Netflix all the freedom to tread the plot of his series as per their wish and is set to work with the streaming giant as Executive Producer of the show.

Matt Owens, who is the showrunner of Netflix’s One Piece, earlier explained that it’s very important for them to ensure the new adaptation doesn’t lose the light-hearted theme of the series. However, that’s not the only challenge that Owen has had to face in turning the manga series into Netflix’s very own epic project.

Marvel’s Luke Cage’s writer has revealed Oda had a number of requests for the adaptation, and shed light on two specific demands from the One Piece mastermind.

Firstly, Oda insisted on keeping the Straw Hats’ backstories the same, as these stories are important to make fans understand the overall personality and the subsequent character development of Luffy’s team by unraveling their dreams and motivations.

Regarding the second demand, Owen said: “Specific devil fruit powers and other skill sets were all carefully crafted by Oda and a lot of imagination went into what different people can do and what the rules are with that.”

As such, get ready to see the likes of Godoy use the power of the Wind Wind Fruit, and Rudd shows off Nami’s ability to wield the power of lightning (Rumble Rumble Fruit) in different action sequences.

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Details From the Latest TV Series Episode of One Piece

As mentioned above, Oda has been very keen to ensure One Piece anime is as good and consistent as the Manga series, and the hype surrounding episode 1071 shows he continues to hit the bull’s eye.

One Piece.
One Piece.

The episode titled, Luffy’s Peak: Attained! Gear Fifth, marks the introduction of Gear 5. The premise is that Luffy has been involved in a fight with Kaido, and just when it seems he’s all but dusted, he stands transformed with Gear 5.

The “awakened form of the Gomu Gomu no Mi” allows the protagonist to bend his body and the laws of physics at the same time. Further, this lets him match his devil fruit’s nature.

Some users on social media are claiming this awakened power and the subsequent manipulation from Luffy in his battle with Kaido has the potential to break the internet.

Source: ComicBook

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