Netflix has unveiled a brand new trailer for the manga adaptation “One Piece”. And as it has now become known, creator Eiichiro Oda insisted on reshoots.
With “One Piece“, streaming giant Netflix is once again trying its hand at a manga and anime adaptation. This time, the most successful and best-selling manga of all time, with over 500 million volumes sold, is expected to bring the desired breakthrough, after the no less ambitious “Cowboy Bebop,” which was canceled after just one season, had to endure a crash landing.
Netflix spared neither expense nor effort: The eight-episode first season is said to have cost a whole 144 million US dollars, a whopping 18 million US dollars per episode (via as.com). This makes the individual episodes more expensive than an episode of the “Star Wars” series “The Mandalorian” on Disney+, which costs 15 million US dollars (via MovieWeb). And you can see that in the epic series about Luffy (Iñaky Godoy) and his band of straw hats, as the trailer unveiled at the San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC) impressively demonstrates:
One Piece: High praise from Eiichiro Oda for Netflix’s involvement
A very special treat for fans in Germany: For the German language version, the voice actors were hired who have already dubbed the corresponding characters in the One Piece anime. And in other respects, too, the Netflix series apparently adheres closely to the original by creator Eiichiro Oda. No wonder, the responsible people around the showrunners Matt Owens (“Marvel’s Luke Cage”) and Steven Maeda (“Lost”) have put a lot of emphasis on not only adequately implementing Oda’s life and masterpiece, they have directly involved the master in the production. A personal letter from Oda to the fans was published, in which he spoke about the production and revealed how involved he actually was:
“Even after filming was finished, there were numerous scenes where the production agreed to reshoots because I didn’t feel they were good enough to show the world. On the other hand, there were some movements that on paper I didn’t feel would fit Luffy. But when I saw the shot scenes, I thought, ‘It works because Iñaki [Godoy] plays Luffy!’ In fact, it works great!!!’ (Iñaki is the actor who embodies Luffy). There were so many things that had to be done to make sure some of the live-action stuff didn’t look too unnatural.”
Oda loves Netflix’s live-action adaptation, and he can’t wait for those responsible to take what he feels is well-deserved credit. Over all, he says he is already enjoying reading and seeing the reactions online from the many fans and groups from around the world.
With Iñaki Godoy as Monkey D. Luffy, Emily Rudd as Nami, Mackenyu as Roronoa Zoro, Taz Skylar as Sanji as well as Jacob Romero as Usopp, the Straw Hat Gang is complete for starters. “One Piece” starts worldwide from August 31, 2023 as a big summer event on Netflix and should be something very special not only for fans of the original and for the “Pirates of the Caribbean” audience.