One Piece

One Piece

One Piece’s live-action adaptation steals the world by storm quickly becoming one of Netflix’s most successful series, ranking in at #1 in more than 86 countries upon its release.
The Live-action adaptation was released on the 31st of August 2023 by creators Steven Maeda and Matt Owens by distributor Netflix, based on the manga series of the same name by its author Eiichiro Oda.
In a seafaring world, a young pirate captain by the name of “Monkey D. Luffy” sets out with his crew to attain the title of Pirate King, and to discover the mythical treasure known as ‘One Piece.
Is this another live-action adaptation that will sink due to Netflix’s woke ideology or will this be the change we so desperately need?
Let’s dive right into the review and find out.
I cannot deny that I had my reservations regarding a One Piece adaptation when it was first mentioned, especially when I saw that it’d be distributed by Netflix but I was proven wrong and for that, I’ll hold my “L”.
For the first time in history, I speak proudly and give my undeniable stamp of approval when I say Netflix has gone far and beyond expectations with this One Piece adaptation.
From the young cast which is full of fresh, new, vibrant faces to the story that doesn’t necessarily follow the manga step by step but deviates ever so slightly with it’s final antagonist to the season.
Nevertheless, I loved the adaptation, particularly in the way it portrays its characters in a way that the manga could not do.
It gives you a deeper sense and a wider perspective into our villains, for Instance I found Arlong played by McKinley Belcher III enchanting to see on screen – from his mannerisms, demeanor, and ideology, he undoubtedly killed his rendition of Arlong and I loved it.
Buggy, however, came off as a tragic character, contrary to the sadistic upbeat character in the manga – in truth, I feel that his character was not given the justice that this beloved character deserved, and I understand that this may rub many the wrong way but it’s how I felt, though I understand that I may be wrong on this one.
The Straw-Hats Pirates, my-oh-my, what a perfect bunch of mischievous upstarts – Iñaki Godoy as Luffy – PERFECT. Emily Rudd as Nami – Nailed It; Mackenyu as Roronoa Zoro – a definite triple threat for being too handsome, too tall, and too badass.
Taz Skylar as Sanji – what a gent and lastly Jacob Romero as Usopp was clutch, the only thing missing was the Pinocchio nose lol but that would be going too far lol…
Iñaki Godoy captures the entire essence of Luffy to the tee – his carefree nature, and his overly confident charm, which is one of the reasons I quickly fell in love with the series effortlessly.
Not to mention, the CGI effects are handled with great care, never leaving you with the sour taste in your mouth of something feeling out of place or could have been done better if given enough time.
From the enormous “Sea King” that took off Shank’s arm to the first “Gomu-Gomu No” attack to Captain Kuro’s blinding speed – on visuals alone, they didn’t try too hard but just enough to dazzle you.
To conclude this review, I recommend the One Piece adaptation for both fans and those new to the series.
It keeps it’s true to its core value with its comedic element propelled by its beliefs that in chasing your dreams will you only find true freedom.
Whether you’re a fan or not of the controversial story deviation from the manga – you will still enjoy seeing your favorite pirates run amok, causing chaos and breaking shackles wherever they go.
I give One Piece’s live-action adaptation a 4.2 out of 5 rating.
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Thank you for reading another review from, LSR.
Until next time, stay blessed.One Piece (Netflix)
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Eiichiro Oda

“There was a version of the season that included Lowertown, but it was 10 episodes long, and cost a lot more would have been a lot longer to shoot,” Steven Maeda, who developed the series for Netflix alongside Matt Owens. “At that point, it was really how much story can fit into eight episodes in a way that feels organic and natural without having things feel rushed.”

In a seafaring world, a young pirate captain sets out with his crew to attain the title of Pirate King, and to discover the mythical treasure known as ‘One Piece.
  • Iñaki Godoy
  • Emily Rudd
  • Mackenyu
  • Jacob Romero
  • Vincent Regan
  • Morgan Davies
  • Aidan Scott
  • Jeff Ward
  • Taz Skylar
  • McKinley Belcher III
  • Craig Fairbrass
  • Jandre le Roux
  • Peter Gadiot
  • Colton Osorio
  • Steven John Ward
  • Celeste Loots
  • Kathleen Stephens
  • Yasuhito Kikuchi
  • Tomorrow Studios
  • Film Afrika Worldwide
  • Kaji Productions
  • Netflix
  • Shueisha
  • 1hr per episode
  • Netflix

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