August 31st was a great day for me. The One Piece live-action was finally live on Netflix, and I still had a week left before my university classes started, so I could binge watch the show in one go! I will NOT be spoiling the show but One Piece is essentially an epic manga (Japanese comic) series by Eiichiro Oda that started in 1999. This summer, it celebrated its 25th anniversary of publication, hailing its continuing success among fans. There have been countless renditions of this original manga into anime series, anime films, video games, light novels, art guidebooks, merchandise with companies like Sanrio, and so much more! – In short, One Piece has had immense success as a manga series, and the Netflix live-action series only further hooked more fans into the saga.
I had been looking forward to this live-action series ever since they announced it back in 2020. I had a lot of expectations from the show, because a) I have been following the animated series since forever, and b) Eiichiro Oda, the mangaka himself (the artist), was stated to be involved in the creative process of filming it. And oh boy, did they exceed my expectations by a mile!
The cast was perfect, in my opinion, and I appreciated how respectful the entire production team was to the original content from the manga because live-actions often have a bad rep for deviating very far from their sources. While deviations are expected, given a manga and a live-action series are very different mediums to express a narrative, One Piece’s live action was wonderfully produced, with the cast being true to their characters, the production being immensely high end and the script being very well-written.
Binge watching the entire live action series was a very happy moment for my inner child. I got to geek out over a narrative that I find synonymous with my middle-school era, the time of my introduction to the world of anime and manga. I am so happy I had the time to watch all ten episodes of the show before I got caught up with school and academic stress.
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