March 3, 2024

Netflix’s Episode One: Cast, plot & more

The One Piece live-action Netflix series is almost here — so here’s everything we know so far, including cast, plot, any release date updates, and more.

Get ready to sail the four seas, because Netflix’s One Piece is almost here!

For those who don’t know what One Piece is, One Piece was originally a manga – the best-selling manga of all time, in fact – written and illustrated by Eiichiro Oda. Toei Animation adapted it into an anime in 1999, which is still going strong 1,000 episodes later, and an anime film – One Piece Film: Red – came out last year.

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But the One Piece train – or in this case the boat – isn’t stopping, as the live-action series has been running for a few years now. Ever since Netflix announced the live-action adaptation of One Piece in 2020, fans have been eagerly waiting to hear any information about the show. So here’s everything we know so far.

One Piece live action release date – When is the show coming to Netflix?

The live-action series One Piece will officially drop on Netflix on August 31, 2023.

Netflix recently announced the release year ia Twitter post, after the officially wrapped filming of the first season of the show. The exact date was then revealed with a trailer release post from the same account.

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Fans may be happy to hear that the upcoming series will not be affected by the recent WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes, as reported Diversity.

The series was expected to drop during the Summer, as the series has a very tropical aesthetic. And not long to wait now!

One Piece live-action casting: Who’s there?

The cast for the One Piece live-action series is huge, as the anime has one of the largest casts of any show. Here is the cast list so far:

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  • Iñaki Godoy – Monkey D. Luffy
  • Mackenyu – Roronoa Zoro
  • Jacob Gibson – Usopp
  • Emily Rudd – Nami
  • Taz Skylar – Sanji
  • Morgan Davies – Koby
  • Ilia Isorelýs Paulino – Alvida
  • Aidan Scott – Helmeppo
  • Jeff Ward – Buggy
  • McKinley Belcher III – Arlong
  • Vincent Regan – Garp
  • Peter Gadiot – Shanks
  • Sven Ruygrok – Cabaji
  • Len-Barry Simons – Chu
  • Richard Wright-Firth – Officer Ukkari
  • Jean Henry – Full body
  • Colton Osorio – Young Luffy
  • Langley Kirkwood – Captain Morgan
  • Celeste Loots – Kaya
  • Alexander Maniat – Klahadore
  • Craig Fairbrass – Chef Zeff
  • Steven Ward – Mihawk
  • Chioma Umeala – Nojiko

If you want to read more about these actors, and who the characters are, click here.

The President of South Africa – where the series is being filmed – released a press release about the showwho had this to say about the solution:

“One Piece, based in Cape Town, features more than 50 South African cast members; more than 1,000 crew member positions (of which 67% are formerly disadvantaged and 46% youth employees), as well as an Academy of Creative Excellence (ACE) mentoring program for more than 30 young creatives and technicians in collaboration with the US Film Academy during 2022.”

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The live-action series is being produced by Tomorrow Studios, the company behind Netflix’s adaptation of Cowboy Bebop. Steven Madea and Matt Owens, of X-Files fame and Agents of SHIELD fame respectively, star in the live-action shows. Original series creator Eiichiro Oda was also heavily involved in the production.

In a video broadcast during Anime Expo 2023, the Japanese voice actress for Luffy in the original anime Mayumi Tanaka confirmed that many Japanese cast members would return to voice their live-action counterparts in the Japanese dub.

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Voice actors reprising their roles include:

  • Mayumi Tanaka – Monkey D. Luffy
  • Kazuya Nakai – Roronoa Zoro
  • Kappei Yamaguchi – Usopp
  • Akemi Okamura – Nami
  • Hiroaki Hirata – Sanji

Information currently available suggests that only VAs for the Straw Hat team are returning, but we’ll be sure to update this list if more information comes to light.

Is there a live action One Piece trailer?

Yes, there’s a fun, action-packed trailer that you can watch below:

Additionally, during Netflix Geeked Week 2022, fans were shown that the production of the series was well underway, as clips of the many amazing boats the anime is building were shown in detail during a sneak peek video, which you can watch below:

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Actresses Madea and Owens introduce the clip, along with actor Iñaki Godoy, who plays – and matches the energy of – Luffy.

Netflix has now revealed three minutes of footage at the series’ San Diego Comic-Con panel. In addition, the streaming service posted a letter from creator Eiichiro Oda, in which he revealed that he requested that certain scenes be rerun.

“There was no compromise on this show! And the festival has already begun,” he wrote. “Even after the shoot was over, there were a lot of scenes that the production agreed to rerun because I felt they weren’t good enough to get out into the world. On the other hand, there were also some lines that I thought were not like Luffy on paper.”

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One Piece live action plot: What is it about?

So far there is no official Netflix plot summary for the show, but we can expect that the series will follow the plot of the manga and anime. The streaming service has confirmed that there will be eight episodes.

In an alternate universe where Pirates are a dime a dozen, the series will focus on Monkey D. Luffy, a teenage boy who gains a rubber body after eating Devil Fruit. The story follows him as, inspired by his childhood idol the Red-Haired Shanks, he sails across the seas to find the one piece and become the Pirate King.

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While it’s not entirely clear which specific anime arcs the live-action show will be covering, we can assume that they will be early arcs, judging by certain characters that have been cast, will apparently include the Baratie Arc, the Orange Town Arc, the Arlong Park Arc, the Syrup Village Arc, the Romance Dawn Arc, and the Loguetown Arc.

The Romance Dawn Arc seems especially confirmed, as in 2021 Netflix revealed the script for the first episode, titled “Romance Dawn.”

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We will update this article when we learn more.

The One Piece anime can currently be streamed on Crunchyroll. In the meantime, check out our other anime hubs below:

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