One Piece has been breaking ground for live-action manga adaptations ever since its debut last week to the delight of fans who have been yearning for the US to break its depressing cycle of underwhelming anime/manga adaptations.
However, no one seems to be more delighted than the Co-Chief of Netflix himself Greg Peters, who said the strong debut of the series One Piece cleared “a very high bar” and attests to the company’s “evolving” content approach.
“This is a very high bar to meet, to basically take a storied manga and deliver it in English-language, live action. Pretty much all the haters are out, 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.”
Netflix Has A Hit On Their Hands With One Piece
Not long before Peters made his statements at the Goldman Sachs Communacopia & Technology Conference, Netflix revealed its weekly Top 10 charts, with One Piece at the top of English-language rankings. This successful live-action adaptation of Eiichiro Oda’s manga is in the Top 10 in 93 countries and No. 1 in 46 of them, with 18.5 million views from August 28 to September 3.
According to Peters One Piece was the result of extensive collaboration between the U.S. and Japanese content teams at Netflix.
“The series is an example of Netflix execs trying to find “places where there’s demand we’re not serving effectively” across the global subscriber base of 238 million. What we’re seeing is that the calculus behind that is getting more interesting and more complicated in ways that are very exciting to me.”
After binge-watching One Piece as soon as it premiered last week I myself can attest to the outstanding quality of the series. It was imaginative, captivating, relatable, and even inspiring. Granted, the show’s not without its flaws but those are irrelevant because the adaptation succeeded at doing what any production is supposed to do, it told an entertaining story we can connect to.
DON’T FORGET THE STRIKES
I felt so many emotions ranging from thrill to despair to adoration while watching One Piece and I would love to experience this world again with these stories and characters I’ve grown fond of.
As happy as I am knowing that this beloved new series has found creative and commercial success. Let’s not forget why the WGA and SAG-AFTRA are on strike. Until the cast & crew are able to fully enjoy the fruits of their labor I think we can wait as long as it takes for a second season.
About Netflix One Piece
Release Date: August 31, 2023
Showrunners, Executive Producers, & Writers: Matt Owens, Steven Maeda
Executive Producers: Eiichiro Oda, Marty Adelstein, Becky Clements
Production: Tomorrow Studios, Netflix
Cast: Iñaki Godoy, Mackenyu, Emily Rudd, Jacob Romero, Taz Skylar, Vincent Regan, Ilia Isorelýs Paulino, Morgan Davies, Aidan Scott, Langley Kirkwood, Jeff Ward, Celeste Loots, Alexander Maniatis, McKinley Belcher III, Craig Fairbrass, Steven Ward, Chioma Umeala.
Based on Japan’s highest-selling manga series in history by Eiichiro Oda, ONE PIECE is a legendary high-seas adventure unlike any other. Monkey D. Luffy is a young adventurer who has longed for a life of freedom since he can remember. Luffy sets off from his small village on a perilous journey to find the legendary fabled treasure, ONE PIECE, to become King of the Pirates! But in order to find the ultimate prize, Luffy will need to assemble the crew he’s always wanted before finding a ship to sail, searching every inch of the vast blue seas, outpacing the Marines, and outwitting dangerous rivals at every turn.
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