One Piece (2023 TV series)

One Piece (stylized in all caps) is a fantasy adventure television series developed by Matt Owens and Steven Maeda for Netflix. The series is a live-action adaptation of the manga series of the same name by Eiichiro Oda, who serves as creative consultant for the show. It is produced by Kaji Productions and Shueisha, who also publishes the manga. The series stars an ensemble cast including Iñaki Godoy, Emily Rudd, Mackenyu, Jacob Romero Gibson, and Taz Skylar as the members of the Straw Hat Pirates, centered around (Godoy's) Captain Monkey D. Luffy.

One Piece
Genre
Based onOne Piece
by Eiichiro Oda
Developed by
Starring
Narrated byIan McShane
Music by
Country of origin
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
  • Japan
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes8
Production
Executive producers
  • Matt Owens
  • Steven Maeda
  • Marty Adelstein
  • Becky Clements
  • Chris Symes
  • Marc Jobst
  • Tim Southam
  • Tetsu Fujimura
  • Eiichiro Oda
Producers
  • Takuma Naito
  • Amie Horiuchi
Production locationSouth Africa
Cinematography
  • Nicole Hirsch Whitaker
  • Michael Wood
Editors
  • Kevin D. Ross
  • Tessa Verfus
  • Eric Litman
  • Tirsa Hackshaw
Running time49–63 minutes
Production companies
Original release
NetworkNetflix
ReleaseAugust 31, 2023 (2023-08-31) –
present (present)
Related
One Piece (1997-present)

The first season was released on Netflix on August 31, 2023,[1] receiving positive reviews from critics and fans alike, praising the performances, writing, visual effects, and general fidelity to the source material.[2][3] Several outlets have characterized the production as one of the best live-action adaptations of a manga or anime series.[4][5] Two weeks after its release, Netflix renewed the series for a second season, which is scheduled to begin filming in June 2024.[6][7]

Premise edit

The series follows the adventures of the Straw Hat Pirates as they quest in search of the "One Piece", a fabled prestige treasure that might elevate their captain, Monkey D. Luffy, to be "The King of the Pirates".[8][9]

Cast and characters edit

Main edit

  • Iñaki Godoy as Monkey D. Luffy, an enthusiastic pirate with rubber-like abilities imbued from eating the Gum-Gum Devil Fruit.[10] Luffy quests to find the One Piece and become the King of the Pirates.
    • Colton Osorio as young Monkey D. Luffy[11]
  • Emily Rudd as Nami, an enigmatic thief and cartographer in search of the map to the Grand Line, the rumored location of the One Piece.[10]
    • Lily Fisher as young Nami
  • Mackenyu as Roronoa Zoro, master swordsman and bounty hunter, employing the "Three Swords Style".[10] Zoro aims to become the world's greatest swordsman.
    • Maximilian Lee Piazza as young Roronoa Zoro
  • Jacob Romero Gibson as Usopp, a boisterous marksman, compulsive braggart, and son of the infamous pirate Yasopp.[10] Usopp prizes fame and friendship above all else.
    • Kevin Saula as young Usopp
  • Taz Skylar as Sanji, an abrasive-yet-charming master chef and martial artist mentored by Head Chef Zeff.[10] He quests for the All Blue, the legendary connection point of the Four Seas—a legendary culinary cornucopia.
  • Vincent Regan as Monkey D. Garp, Marine Vice Admiral, Luffy's estranged grandfather, and Koby's mentor[14]
  • Jeff Ward as Buggy the Clown,[14] the circus-themed captain of the Buggy Pirates; Buggy's power to split his body into pieces and control each remotely derive from the Chop-Chop Devil Fruit.
  • Morgan Davies as Koby, a one time cabin boy of the Alvida Pirates; Koby pursues his dream of being a Marine[14]

Recurring edit

  • Aidan Scott as Helmeppo, the son of Captain Morgan who uses his father's status as a Marine Captain to bully others into doing his bidding. Helmeppo becomes a marine cadet following the defeat of his father.[14]
  • Peter Gadiot as Shanks, the captain of the Red-Haired Pirates who was Luffy's childhood hero and inspiration to start his own crew[14][10]
  • Ilia Isorelýs Paulino as Alvida, the ruthless leader of the Alvida Pirates who fights with a large spiked iron club[14]
  • Langley Kirkwood as Axe Hand Morgan, a corrupt self-obsessed Marine Captain who imprisoned Zoro, and the abusive father of Helmeppo[15]
  • Tamer Burjaq as Higuma, a sinister bandit who tried to kill Luffy in his youth
  • Kathleen Stephens as Makino, a bartender from Windmill Village, Luffy's home town
  • Armand Aucamp as Bogard, a Marine officer and Garp's right-hand man
  • Sven Ruygrok as Cabaji, an acrobat who is an officer of the Buggy Pirates
  • Stevel Marc as Yasopp, an officer of the Red Hair Pirates and Usopp's father
  • Ntlanhla Morgan Kutu as Lucky Roux, an officer of the Red Hair Pirates
  • Laudo Liebenberg as Benn Beckmann, an officer of the Red Hair Pirates
  • McKinley Belcher III as Arlong, a strong, ruthless fish-man who is the leader of the Arlong Pirates and ruler of Arlong Park[14]
  • Celeste Loots as Kaya,[15] an orphaned heiress and Usopp's close friend
  • Alexander Maniatis as Kuro,[15] alias "Klahadore", the captain of the Black Cat Pirates posing as Kaya's butler
  • Bianca Oosthuizen as Sham, an officer of the Black Cat Pirates and Buchi's partner
  • Albert Pretorius as Buchi, an officer of the Black Cat Pirates and Sham's partner
  • Jandre le Roux as Kuroobi, a fish-man who is an officer of the Arlong Pirates
  • Brett Williams as Merry, an attorney and legal guardian of Kaya's assets
  • Craig Fairbrass as Chef Zeff,[15] a former pirate and the current head chef and owner of Baratie, a floating restaurant, and Sanji's father figure
  • Steven Ward as Mihawk, a pirate regarded as the world's greatest swordsman and one of the Seven Warlords of the Sea[15]
  • Len-Barry Simons as Chu, a fish-man who is an officer of the Arlong Pirates
  • Chioma Umeala as Nojiko, Nami's adoptive older sister[15][10]
    • Kylie Ashfield as young Nojiko
  • Grant Ross as Genzo, the sheriff of the Coco Village[10]
  • Rory Acton-Burnell as Nezumi, a corrupt Marine Captain who covers up for Arlong's misdeeds

Guest edit

  • Michael Dorman as Gold Roger, the former King of the Pirates
  • Ben Kgosimore as Mr. 7, a swordsman sent to meet Zoro by a criminal organization named Baroque Works
  • Nicole Fortuin as Ririka, a bartender in Shells Town
  • Chanté Grainger as Banchina,[10] Usopp's mother
  • Audrey Cymone as Shimotsuki Kuina, Zoro's childhood friend and skilled swordswoman
  • Nathan Castle as Shimotsuki Koushirou, a master swordsman who was the teacher of Roronoa Zoro
  • Milton Schorr as Don Krieg, a pirate fleet's captain who wears an armor filled with hidden weapons
  • Litha Bam as Gin, a combat commander of Don Krieg's crew, who was fed by Sanji
  • Genna Galloway as Bellemere, a former Marine who adopted Nami and Nojiko
  • Brashaad Mayweather as Patty, a cook of the Baratie

Additionally, Ian McShane voices the narrator in the first episode.[16]

Episodes edit

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
1"Romance Dawn"Marc JobstStory by : Eiichiro Oda
Teleplay by : Matt Owens & Steven Maeda
August 31, 2023 (2023-08-31)
Following the execution of famed pirate captain Gold Roger, pirates take to the seas to search for his hidden treasure, the "One Piece." Twenty-two years later, novice pirate Monkey D. Luffy is one of those still searching for the treasure. He winds up on the ship of the cruel pirate Alvida. Using his elasticity powers gained by unwittingly eating a Devil Fruit, he defeats Alvida and escapes with her mistreated cabin boy, Koby, who dreams of becoming a Marine. The pair heads to a Marine base to get a map of the Grand Line, a treacherous route believed to house the One Piece. Luffy frees a notorious pirate hunter, Roronoa Zoro, who was punished for fighting Helmeppo, son of a corrupt Marine Captain Morgan. Nami, a cat burglar who also wants the map, helps Luffy steal from Morgan's safe. Zoro helps them defeat Morgan and the trio escapes on a ship. Koby remains behind to enlist with the Marines.
2"The Man in the Straw Hat"Marc JobstIan StokesAugust 31, 2023 (2023-08-31)
Luffy, Zoro, and Nami are captured by pirate Buggy the Clown. Luffy swallows the Grand Line map beforehand. He learns of Buggy's ties to his childhood idol, Shanks, from whom he received his treasured straw hat. Buggy uses his Chop-Chop Fruit powers, which allow him to split himself apart, to get the upper hand, and attempts to drown Luffy when he refuses to hand over the map. Luffy remembers a childhood incident when Shanks saved him from drowning and protected him from a sea creature using a mysterious power at the cost of his left arm, something Luffy blamed himself for. The trio defeats Buggy and frees the town he imprisoned. Garp has Morgan arrested for lying about the pirate attack, resulting in Helmeppo joining the Marines with Koby. Nami secretly contacts an anonymous figure about having the map.
3"Tell No Tales"Emma SullivanMatt Owens & Damani JohnsonAugust 31, 2023 (2023-08-31)
In need of a new boat, the trio — now dubbed the Straw Hat Crew — stops at Syrup Village in the Gecko Islands for a larger ship. Luffy likes a ship with a host figurehead, but is informed by Usopp, a goofy dockworker, that the ship is not for sale. Usopp takes them to meet the shipyard owner and his best friend, Kaya, a rich, sickly orphan, to ask about the ship. Meanwhile, Garp takes Koby under his wing, knowing of his connection to Luffy. Luffy and Usopp bond over Luffy knowing the latter's pirate father Yasopp, who was part of Shanks' crew. Kaya's butler, Klahadore, reveals himself as Kuro of the Black Cat Pirates. Planning to take over Kaya's business, he kills her lawyer Merry, gets Zoro knocked out, and has their bodies dumped in a well. Usopp flees for help but no one believes him until Koby arrives with the Marines.
4"The Pirates Are Coming"Emma SullivanTiffany Greshler and Tom HyndmanAugust 31, 2023 (2023-08-31)
After several failed attempts to climb out of the well, Zoro remembers his childhood and the death of his friend Kuina, who inspired him to be a swordsman. The memory pushes him to successfully climb out. Usopp brings the Marines but Kuro dissuades them and hands over Luffy, unconscious after eating poisoned soup meant for Kaya. Zoro rescues Luffy from the Marines and battles Kuro's subordinates while Luffy takes on Kuro. They save Kaya and Kuro flees the island. Kaya rewards them with the ship the crew had wanted, which Luffy dubs the Going Merry in honor of Kaya's lawyer. Usopp accepts his invitation to join the crew. The Marines are right on their tail however, as Garp attacks them at sea. Luffy reveals that Garp is his grandfather, to the crew's shock.
5"Eat at Baratie!"Tim SouthamLaura JacqminAugust 31, 2023 (2023-08-31)
Luffy remembers how his grandfather had wanted him to join the Marines when he was a child. In the present, Garp appears pleased when Luffy deters the Marines and escapes. They end up at Baratie, a floating restaurant where Luffy befriends a talented chef Sanji. Garp hires a Warlord, Dracule Mihawk, to bring Luffy in alive. Helmeppo describes to Koby about the Seven Warlords of the Sea: seven powerful pirates turned privateers for the World Government, who realized it was more beneficial to have the pirates as allies. When Mihawk, a warlord holding the epithet of the world's greatest swordsman, arrives, Zoro, who has idolized him since childhood, challenges him to a duel to win Mihawk's title. It is clear that Zoro is no match for Mihawk, as he viciously loses. Mihawk, who comes to respect Zoro and Luffy's resolve, lets them go free, though Zoro is severely wounded. A humbled Zoro swears to Luffy that he will never lose again, before losing consciousness.
6"The Chef and the Chore Boy"Tim SouthamSteven Maeda and Diego GutierrezAugust 31, 2023 (2023-08-31)
Zeff, the owner of Baratie, treats an unconscious Zoro but is unsure if he will survive. Sanji reveals his history with Zeff and his dream to find the All Blue, an area where all four seas meet and contains rare spices and fish. Koby learns of Garp and Luffy's true relationship. Feared pirate and fish-man Arlong arrives in search of the Grand Line map, having taken Buggy's head hostage to find him. As he is about kill Luffy, Nami hands over the map, revealing that she is a member of Arlong's crew. Arlong throws Luffy into the sea and leaves with Nami; Sanji rescues him. In disbelief, Luffy feels he has failed as a captain until Zoro awakens and swears to stand by him as his first mate. Sanji joins the Straw Hats as their cook. His confidence renewed, Luffy decides to go after Nami, Buggy's head in his bag to help them track down Arlong.
7"The Girl with the Sawfish Tattoo"Josef Kubota WladykaTiffany Greshler & Ian Stokes and Allison Weintraub & Lindsay GelfandAugust 31, 2023 (2023-08-31)
Under Buggy's direction, the Straw Hats arrive at Conomi Island, where Coco Village, Nami's home, is under Arlong's rule. They meet Nojiko, her adoptive sister, who reveals that as children, Arlong killed their adoptive mother. Garp questions Zeff about Luffy's whereabouts, revealing that he does not want his grandson to end up executed like Gold Roger. It is revealed that Nami has been working for Arlong since her mother's death to buy back her village's freedom by paying him 100 million berry. When she informs him that she finally has the money, Arlong betrays her by getting Marine Captain Nezumi to confiscate it. With her efforts having gone in vain, Nami has a breakdown, stabbing her arm to remove Arlong's tattoo. When she is stopped by Luffy, she begs for his help. As the Straw Hats rally together, Arlong attacks Coco Village.
8"Worst in the East"Josef Kubota WladykaMatt Owens and Steven MaedaAugust 31, 2023 (2023-08-31)
Realizing that Arlong's tower contains 8 years of Nami's painful memories of cartography — the maps being vital in his goal to take over the four seas—Luffy destroys the tower and brings it down on the fishman, defeating him and freeing Nami and her village in the process. Koby and Helmeppo refuse Garp's orders to arrest the Straw Hats, knowing they are innocent. Luffy unwillingly fights his grandfather. Though Garp easily has the upper hand, Luffy stands firm, which convinces Garp to relent. He had simply been testing Luffy to make sure this was what he really wanted. As revenge for his humiliation, Captain Nezumi puts out a wanted poster of Luffy, fulfilling his dream of having one. Garp, impressed with Koby and Helmeppo's will to stand by what is right, decides to personally train them. As the Straw Hats embark on their journey to the Grand Line as a proper crew for the first time, a Marine smoking two cigars burns Luffy's bounty poster.

Production edit

Development edit

In July 2017, Weekly Shōnen Jump editor-in-chief Hiroyuki Nakano announced that Tomorrow Studios (a partnership between Marty Adelstein and ITV Studios) and Shueisha would commence production of an American live-action television adaptation of Eiichiro Oda's One Piece manga series as part of the series' 20th anniversary celebrations.[17][18][19] Oda would serve as executive producer for the series alongside Tomorrow Studios CEO Adelstein and Becky Clements.[18] The series would reportedly begin with the East Blue saga.[20] Adelstein also said the production cost could set new records.[21]

In January 2020, Oda revealed that Netflix had ordered a first season initially consisting of ten episodes.[22] In May 2020, producer Marty Adelstein revealed that the series was originally set to begin filming in Cape Town at Cape Town Film Studios sometime around August but had been delayed to around September due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He also revealed that, during the same interview, all ten scripts had been written for the series and they were set to begin casting sometime in June.[23] However, executive producer and writer Matt Owens stated in September 2020 that casting had not yet commenced.[24][25][26]

In March 2021, production started up again with showrunner Steven Maeda revealing that the series codename is Project Roger.[27][28] In September 2021, the series revealed its first look at the logo for the series.[29] That same month, it was reported that Marc Jobst will direct the pilot episode of the series;[30] he was approached to direct the pilot by Netflix executives due to their positive relationship after Jobst helmed episodes for Netflix series such as Daredevil, Luke Cage, and The Witcher. Jobst agreed to work on One Piece due to the script's optimistic tone.[31] In February 2022, it was announced that Arisu Kashiwagi will be the creative director and designer for the show's brand identity, where she will be creating and designing logo and title sequence etc.[32][33] In March 2022, alongside the release of additional casting announcements, it was said that head writer and executive producer Matt Owens would serve as co-showrunner alongside Maeda.[14] In June 2022, Emma Sullivan was revealed to have directed episodes of the series.[34]

On September 7, 2023, Tomorrow Studios CEO Marty Adelstein revealed that the scripts for the second season are ready but filming could not begin until the SAG-AFTRA strike is resolved. Tomorrow Studios president Becky Clements stated that once they can begin filming, they expect the season would premiere approximately 12–18 months later.[35] Netflix did not formally announce that the series was renewed for a second season until September 14.[6][7] Clements commented that they've had "thorough conversations" on the second season with Netflix, Shueisha and Oda and "less extensive conversations" on seasons three to six.[36] Adelstein and Clements commented that with over 1,080 manga chapters, there is at least twelve seasons of material so just six seasons would only cover half the total manga chapters.[36]

Changes from the manga edit

There were a couple of things that took some persuading. And if there was something that Oda-san was really, really unhappy with, we found a way to change it. But there were some things that we tried and got into the show that initially, he was a little gun shy about. One of those was [that] we've structurally moved a couple things up that don't happen until much later chapters.

Steven Maeda, September 2023 interview with Screen Rant[37]

In a July 2023 open letter, Oda stated that there were numerous scenes he felt "weren't good enough to put out into the world", so the film crew re-shot them.[38][39][40] Oda also felt some of Luffy's lines did not feel like the character on paper; however, he changed his opinion after seeing Godoy's performance of them.[38][39] In an interview with The New York Times, Oda highlighted that the live-action show has more dialogue than the manga as the latter needs more space for illustrations. When asked if he was worried about the One Piece adaptation given that other similar adaptations have been unsuccessful, Oda said, "thankfully, Netflix agreed that they wouldn't go out with the show until I agreed it was satisfactory. I read the scripts, gave notes and acted as a guard dog to ensure the material was being adapted in the correct way".[41] Costume designer Diana Cilliers was directly influenced by Oda's Color Walk compendiums when creating the show's designs. She made small changes to the original designs to either "spice up scenes with variation" or adjust due to safety concerns when filming the live action.[42]

The adaptation made several structural changes with Oda's approval, such as focusing on Garp and revealing his connection to Luffy much earlier as well as moving Arlong's introduction up and swapping him with Don Krieg's storyline.[37][43][44][45] Maeda commented that they wanted to make Arlong the season's "big bad" and by introducing him at the Baratie they were able to "ramp up towards the last two episodes".[43] He also stated that they wanted Garp as "a more present character" along with the immediate Marine pursuit of the Straw Hats crew "to keep the stakes up and let it feel like it wasn't just a fun adventure where we were meeting different antagonists and different villains and pirates, but there was an actual kind of organized presence and fearsome presence that was behind Luffy and pursuing".[37] Polygon highlighted that increased focus on the Marines means "Koby goes from being a side character to a supporting one immediately" and "changes the framing" of the Marines.[46] Polygon also commented on the changes to the characterization of Sanji – "the new version of Sanji no longer bothers women. It's not that Sanji isn't interested in women; he's just a lot more respectful about it".[47]

Casting edit

In November 2021, the main cast portraying the Straw Hat Pirates was revealed via a series of wanted posters: Iñaki Godoy as Monkey D. Luffy, Mackenyu as Roronoa Zoro, Emily Rudd as Nami, Jacob Romero Gibson as Usopp, and Taz Skylar as Sanji.[48]

In March 2022, Netflix added Morgan Davies as Koby, Ilia Isorelýs Paulino as Alvida, Aidan Scott as Helmeppo, Jeff Ward as Buggy, McKinley Belcher III as Arlong, Vincent Regan as Garp and Peter Gadiot as Shanks to the cast in recurring roles.[14][49] June 2022 saw the addition of Langley Kirkwood as Captain Morgan, Celeste Loots as Kaya, Alexander Maniatis as Klahadore, Craig Fairbrass as Zeff, Steven Ward as Dracule Mihawk, and Chioma Umeala as Nojiko.[15] In August 2022, Bianca Oosthuizen, Chanté Grainger, and Grant Ross joined the cast of the series, playing Sham, Banchina, and Genzo respectively.[50][51] In February 2023, it was revealed that Stevel Marc had been cast as Yasopp.[52] In March 2023, it was revealed that Jandre le Roux had been cast as Kuroobi.[53]

In July 2023, it was revealed that the original Japanese voice actors from the One Piece anime will voice the characters for the Japanese dub.[54] All the characters are dubbed by the original Japanese voice cast, with the exception of Arlong being voiced by Hiroki Tōchi, replacing Jūrōta Kosugi from the anime for unspecified reasons.[54]

The character Tony Tony Chopper is set to appear in the second season in a video where Oda makes comments in wake of the season renewal announcement.[6]

Filming edit

Maeda officially announced that principal photography had begun on January 31, 2022,[55][56] and finished filming on August 22, 2022.[57][58][10] In May 2022, director Marc Jobst updated that he had finished filming the first two episodes of the show.[59] Part of the filming took place in Cape Town, South Africa, at Cape Town Film Studios.[60][61][62] Nicole Hirsch Whitaker, the show's cinematographer, said that she had her crew six weeks before production began.[63] The entirety of the sequence involving Luffy fighting Alvida had to be reshot as it was originally done in the daytime. Whitaker was unable to attend the reshoot due to scheduling conflicts and it was done without her.[64] Filming for the second season is scheduled to begin in June 2024, in South Africa.[65]

Music edit

Sonya Belousova and Giona Ostinelli were hired to compose the score for the series.[66] Matt Patches of Polygon highlighted that "unlike most television composers who might be handed picture-locked episodes to pepper with bits of underscore, showrunners Matt Owens and Steven Maeda tasked Belousova and Ostinelli with composing a world's worth of sounds that could be in constant conversation depending on which eccentric characters or pirate-y locations were in play at any given moment".[67] The first single from the series' soundtrack, "Wealth Fame Power", was made available on music streaming platforms on August 18, 2023.[68] Belousova stated that as Luffy's theme, "Wealth Fame Power" connects him with Gold Roger's legacy. The song has "ascending motion" as Luffy is at the start of his journey so in Roger's scene, they reversed the theme to be in "descending motion" as Rogers is "about to be executed" – "we are ending one storyline, but we are immediately beginning another storyline".[69] The second single, "My Sails Are Set", featuring Norwegian singer Aurora, was released on August 25, 2023.[70][67] The song "My Sails Are Set" externalizes Nami's journey and acts that "the culmination of an entire season's worth of musical ideas"; Belousova commented that "usually songs function as needle drops – it's very rare for songs to have actually any sort of musical connection to the rest of the score".[67]

Marketing edit

 
Promotional poster incorporating several notable characters from the first season.

On June 17, 2023, the series' premiere date and teaser trailer were revealed by the main cast in-person during the fourth edition of Tudum at Ibirapuera Park in São Paulo, Brazil.[71] The entire presentation was broadcast live from the Ibirapuera Auditorium on several Netflix official YouTube channels. The three-day event was held between June 16 and 18 and featured a One Piece-themed interactive activation, which displayed a life-size replica of the pirateship Going Merry at the Bienal pavillion located inside the park.[72] On June 29, 2023, a promotional website for the series was launched. Billed as the "Straw Hat Grand Fleet", the website features behind-the-scenes content as well as a section for creating custom wanted posters.[73] On July 21, 2023, Netflix released the official trailer and a personalized letter from Oda.[74]

On August 10, 2023, Netflix announced dates and locations for global fan celebrations ahead of the series premiere. Marketed as "Straw Hats Unite Across The Globe", the schedule of events included screenings of the first episode on August 24 in Santa Monica, California at the Santa Monica Pier.[75] Other cities and dates where in-person fan celebrations were held included Paris, on August 29; Jakarta, Tokyo, Milan and Manila, on August 30; and Mexico City, Rio de Janeiro and Bangkok,[76] on August 31. Germany was also set to hold a fan event on the premiere day, albeit virtually. Among the attractions announced for the global celebrations was a life-size replica of the Going Merry displayed at Copacabana Beach from August 31 to September 10.[77] On August 30, 2023, Netflix released the final trailer for the series.[78]

Reception edit

Critical response edit

On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, 85% of 61 critics' reviews are positive, with an average rating of 7.7/10. The website's consensus reads: "One Piece captures the essence of its beloved source material with a charmingly big-hearted adaptation that should entertain longtime fans as well as patient newcomers."[79] It also received a 95% audience approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on over 10,000 reviews.[80][81] Metacritic reported that One Piece holds a weighted average score of 67 out of 100, based on 22 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[82]

Brian Truitt of USA Today gave the series 3 out of 4 stars, writing, "In this energetic cross between Pirates of the Caribbean and Scott Pilgrim, with a dash of Doctor Who-style camp, a young crew of buccaneers goes searching for lost treasure and helps people along the way in a bighearted, swashbuckling answer to Stranger Things."[83] Lauren Milici of GamesRadar+ wrote that the series "breaks the live-action curse," adding that the directorial choices "make it more than clear that the show was created by fans, by people who genuinely wanted to see something they love brought to (a new) life."[84] Jesse Hassenger of The Guardian gave One Piece 3/5 stars and wrote that "the overall imagination of One Piece competes with this particular iteration's budget, which appears to be lavish but perhaps still not quite enough".[85] The Hollywood Reporter's Angie Han wrote, "By putting its faith in its characters' youthful joie de vivre, One Piece delivers enough fun to thrill the inner child in tweens and grown-ups alike."[86] Coleman Spilde of The Daily Beast felt the show "consistently surprises" although the "writing sometimes struggles to find a steady middle ground between the tweenage and adult demographics it's trying to appeal to".[87] Spilde stated that as a good adaptation, One Piece is "captivating even to viewers who know nothing about the source material".[87]

Kayleigh Dray, for The A.V. Club, viewed the show as an accessible adaptation with "major Saturday morning cartoons vibes".[88] Dray also highlighted the amount of source material lore packed in – "even a cursory glance makes it abundantly clear that a lot of love and care has gone into all of its lush world building".[88] Paste's Elijah Gonzalez thought the adaptation made the "wise decision" to handle a small amount of the source material by sticking with "the 'East Blue' arc, which spans the first 100 chapters of the manga and around 60 episodes of the anime".[89] Gonzalez opined that this iteration "even occasionally feels more cohesive than the original" as it can introduce later aspects earlier "to create compelling overarching drama" and "aid certain backstories".[89] Angelica Jade Bastién of Vulture wrote that the show "proves its willingness to hold on to what makes the original property so fantastic".[90] Bastién also thought the changes in the adaptation, such as revealing the connection between Garp and Luffy much earlier, worked "damn well".[90] Charles Pulliam-Moore, for The Verge, stated that the production design was key to One Piece feeling "like a living, breathing place with history that you can step into" and highlighted that "Netflix constructed a number of massive, painstakingly-detailed sets perfect to transform into iconic places from Oda's world".[91] He felt that it is always "a bit of a gamble" when the show recreates "visuals from the anime"; however, "many of those gambles work out well".[91] In contrast, Mike Hale of The New York Times felt One Piece was a "bland and generic" adaptation as "most of the verve and personality of the anime are gone, replaced by busyness, elaborate but uninteresting production design and – a sign of the times – an increased piety regarding the story's themes of knowing and believing in yourself".[92]

Hassenger viewed "the actors' performance styles" as clashing with "some of the actors gleefully embody live-action cartoons, while others work in a mildly snarky YA register" – "multiple supporting characters goggle and mug like they're in a Terry Gilliam knockoff".[85] Robert Lloyd, for the Los Angeles Times, felt with Luffy that the show fails "critically if not quite fatally" as the "character comes across as little short of insane".[93] Lloyd commented that Luffy is "meant to be the spirit of the tale, but turns tiresome in human form, where he's surely supposed to be delightful" and viewed the other characters joining him as "arbitrary and improbable".[93] However, Bastién felt Godoy did "a tightrope walk of a role" as Luffy and observed that "there just aren't characters like him in white-colonial media – men whose kindness is essential to their being and for whom friendship is tantamount".[90] She opined that the "core cast works splendidly" but the supporting characters were more "lacking".[90] David Opie of Empire stated "Rudd embodies the heart of the show with an emotive take on Nami" and "Mackenyu nails Roronoa Zoro's stoicism just as well as his intricate swordplay".[94] Opie felt "no one shines as bright as Iñaki Godoy".[94] Spilde viewed Godoy, Rudd, and Mackenyu as having "stellar chemistry" but that "the frenetic energy of the show falters when it becomes too contracted, spending more time on friendship than fighting".[87] The show's choreographed fight sequences were praised by multiple critics.[87][88][91]

Viewership edit

One Piece topped the weekly global Netflix chart from August 28 to September 3, ranking among the top 10 in 93 countries and at number one in 46 countries,[95] with 140 million hours watched by 18.5 million viewers in its first week.[96] During its second week, viewership increasing to 145.7 million hours watched by 19.3 million viewers.[97][98] It thus amassed 285.7 million hours watched by 37.8 million viewers in less than two weeks of its release.[99][100] Nielsen reported that on the "streaming charts for the week of August 28 to September 3", One Piece was #1 in the "originals" category and #2 overall "with 1.3B minutes viewed"[101] which "equates to 21.85 million hours of viewing in the U.S.".[102] The Hollywood Reporter highlighted that Nielsen and Netflix calculate viewing time with different methods so Nielsen's report is "a little under 16 percent of the worldwide total Netflix reported in its own top 10 rankings" in the same period.[102] Variety commented that, per Nielsen, One Piece "brought in a more diverse audience than its competitors, with a 25% Hispanic and 19% African American audience".[103]

Netflix co-CEO Greg Peters stated that the show's debut met "a very high bar" and that, despite "haters looking for a reason to hate you" for it, to "be able to deliver it and have it be massively popular and a success around the world is amazing to see".[104] It was the second new Netflix show in 2023 to debut with more than 100 million hours viewed in its first week, following The Night Agent in March.[105] Deadline Hollywood, however, noted its debut viewership fell short of Wednesday and Queen Charlotte, which drew roughly 43 million and 24 million views, respectively, in their first weeks.[95] On TikTok, the #OnePieceNetflix hashtag drew over 4 billion search impressions during the show's first two weeks.[98]

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