Since the One Piece live-action (OPLA) adaptation was announced by Netflix in 2017, fans of the original work have anticipated the series’ release. Following the record-breaking manga created by Eiichiro Oda, One Piece revolves around the story of Monkey D. Luffy, a happy-go-lucky, determined, and energetic boy who dreams of becoming the King of the Pirates. With his straightforward attitude and strong will, Luffy attracts a band of misfits to join his quest. Together, they are called the Straw Hat Crew.
While many Western adaptations of Japanese manga and anime have failed the expectations of global audiences (Netflix’s Death Note 2017 adaptation and the recent Cowboy Bepop, are some of its in), One Piece live-action surprisingly broke the barrier with its glowing reviews from critics and fans of the original work. Following its success, Netflix has already confirmed a second season. Curious if you should join the hype? Here are three reasons to watch the One Piece live-action adaptation on Netflix.
1. Eiichiro Oda gave the series his approval
According to the series’ director and producers, One Piece creator Eiichiro Oda was involved in every creative decision in the eight-part adaptation. Several scenes were even reshot after Oda’s feedback to ensure that his vision as the mind behind the source material translates onscreen. Oda was also more involved in this series production than in the anime adaptation of One Piece, explaining why several scenes in the live-action adaptation referenced the manga more than its anime counterpart.