Netflix’s One Piece live-action series has proven to be a success. This is a movie that fans both old and new can fully enjoy. The film’s content closely follows the story of Luffy in Oda’s One Piece manga. One of the most important things that makes this live-action film different from other adaptations is that it respects the source material and does not deviate too much from the anime/manga version.
However, there are still changes needed to make the story flow better in the live action adaptation. While some of these changes are small and generally insignificant, they will still affect the plot in many ways.
Information related to the Gomu Gomu no Mi devil fruit
Luffy’s devil fruit, Gomu Gomu no Mi, also had a very important detail changed in his flashback in the live-action movie. When Luffy sails with Koby after freeing him from Alvida, the story delves into a flashback of the rubber guy. The transition to a flashback is incredibly beautiful, fans get to see how Luffy met Shanks, as well as how he ate his devil fruit.
It was a box containing a Devil Fruit with the Marines logo on it. This is something that fans only discovered in the manga in the Wano storyline. In Netflix’s live-action movie, observant fans will quickly notice this detail and come to the conclusion that Shanks may have fought the Marines to obtain the Gomu Gomu no Mi devil fruit.
Role of Ax Hand Morgan
Compared to the manga, the role of the character Ax-Hand Morgan is very different. In the live-action movie, Morgan doesn’t seem half as cruel as he does in the manga. Most importantly, it is Morgan who has the Grand Line map in the live-action adaptation.
This is completely different from the manga, where the map actually belongs to the clown Buggy. Also, Morgan’s fight against Luffy and Zoro is much more intense, making him appear to be much stronger than in the manga.
Koby joins the navy
Koby joining the navy is also very different in the Netflix live-action series One Piece. In the manga, Koby and Luffy fight after being provoked by Luffy to join the battle. This allows the Marines to see that they are not on the same team. After being questioned, Koby was allowed to join the Marines.
In the live-action adaptation of One Piece, Koby enlisted in the Marines on his own and was later questioned by Garp.
Luffy and Nami’s First Meeting
Perhaps one of the biggest changes to Netflix’s live-action One Piece series is that Nami will be introduced to fans in Shells Town. In both the anime and manga, Zoro is the only Straw Hat member to appear in Shells Town. In the live-action version, Nami infiltrates Marine base 153 to steal the Grand Line map.
She teams up with Luffy and the two meet for the first time inside the naval base. In the manga, Luffy and Nami first met in Orange Town, after Luffy was brought to the island by a bird.
Zoro and Luffy’s first meeting
Zoro and Luffy’s first meeting is also very different in the live-action adaptation of One Piece. They first met in a bar in Shells Town. When Helmeppo caused a commotion, Zoro was unable to receive the reward, and was punished for attacking the navy.
At that moment, Luffy burst into the place where Zoro was tied to the post and immediately freed him. In the manga, Luffy found Zoro’s sword before the two teamed up to defeat Morgan.
Perhaps the biggest difference in the Romance Dawn live-action One Piece arc is that Garp has a much more prominent role. Although Garp is a very important character in the story, he does not have a prominent role in the original Romance Dawn.
Here, Garp was forced to act when he realized that the Straw Hat had infiltrated Marine base 153 and stolen the Grand Line map from there. Garp immediately realized that his nephew was responsible for this and began pursuing Luffy, which was a plot that did not exist in the original series.