One piece tops the list of franchises that cannot be translated into live action due to the absurdity and scope of Eichiro Oda’s world. With over 1050 chapters, a manga series can be a big long-term investment for any studio. As it stands, fans are already maligning any changes the anime makes to the visual canon of the manga, so Netflix’s live-action adaptation of One Piece is having a hard time getting a positive response.
Netflix has hired showrunners Matt Owens and Stephen Maeda to helm their most ambitious live-action anime adaptation yet. One piece it’s a multi-billion dollar franchise that brings with it a huge and very opinionated fandom. Matt Owens is doing everything he can to get the fandom involved in this bold endeavor by being directly involved in the long-running YouTube Reverie, a gathering of passionate and informed One piece creators. The group has also handled the release of information judiciously, limiting what they share as they improve their final product.
Limiting what gets published before the studio makes a final cut will still save the show from unnecessary criticism. Netflix’s first proper teaser had perfect control over what we saw without selling any of the images as actual footage.
The photos of the sets were inspiring because they showed a commitment to creating this world. The concept art exchange helped enrich these partially crafted sets to hint at a surprisingly accurate representation of Oda’s vision. This first season will showcase how Netflix handles the absurd.
The goal of the first season is to cover the East Blue saga, or the first 100 chapters of the manga. The conclusion of this saga means that the show will include a red-nosed clown named Buggy, Arlong, a huge Fishman with a long saw-nosed nose, and Luffy’s many absurd tricks with his rubber body. Turning it all into live action and not falling prey to the campy aspects of some effects-heavy productions will not be easy. Other live-action anime adaptations did not require this level of special effects and were still not well received by fans.
Cowboy Bebop was dead before Netflix could release it due to a loud and harsh fan reaction. The changes, which soured nostalgic ties to the series, were poorly received, and the show even received several petitions to cancel it. Death Note confused as well. The casting choices were suitably torn apart for flat acting and poor casting. And the changes made to Light and L were unforgivable as they changed major aspects of the characters. Brutal changes that ignore the source material are examples of undesirable changes in live-action adaptations of anime.
Changing the main aspects of the characters is a fast track to being blocked by fans. If the characters appear to be authentic copies of themselves through their attributes, dreams, and morals, the likelihood of a positive reception is higher. Receiving such a welcome may even make up for the damage from changes made due to cast choices and physical limitations. There will always be those who will criticize an adaptation, no matter how well the source material is translated; it’s a dark by-product of passionate fandoms.
Casting announcements and actors’ reactions express optimism and passion for the story, but similar fan-led productions have stumbled before, as follows: Wheel of Time TV series. Unfortunately, the darkest side of the fandom has already reared its head and people are slandering Nojiko’s choice because of her skin color.
Seeing this unleashed hatred is discouraging, especially when the actress is talented and excited about the opportunity. Unfortunately, such a hateful reaction adds a bit of salt to the positive news from this production. The coming months will show just how solid Netflix is. One piece adaptation is before launch.
Even though this adaptation is doing well, the pressure to release something high quality due to the global popularity of the franchise is huge. It’s not likely to rival the success of the manga or anime, but at least it could serve as a gateway for reluctant viewers to experience Oda’s masterpiece.