The live-action adaptation of One Piece has achieved significant success, having the highest ratings among Hollywood anime adaptations. It also became the most watched Netflix show in over 80 countries. However, this viewership is largely comprised of existing fans, which raises questions about the brand’s broader appeal.
Eiichiro Oda – author of “One Piece” envisioned this series as a global phenomenon that transcends cultural boundaries. With themes of friendship, determination, and pursuing dreams, Oda sees the live-action adaptation as his last chance to make One Piece a worldwide sensation.
While the live-action series has been a huge hit with current fans, it has yet to escape the shadow of the original. Despite high ratings on platforms like Rotten Tomatoes and IMDb , but these achievements come mainly from viewers who are familiar with the series. New audiences often give lukewarm or negative reviews.
For example, an IMDb reviewer who has never watched anime or read manga commented: “ I don’t like anime, never have, especially this older stuff. Never watched an anime or knew anything about it. After the first two episodes, I felt okay because I had never heard or seen this drama.
This is silly childish stuff. I guess this is fine if you’re a fan of the original, but a newcomer like me who came to see this movie wasn’t really interested. I guess fans will appreciate it very much and make everyone aware that it has high ratings. I guess after the hype dies down no one will care or watch it again.”
For those unfamiliar with the anime and manga, the live-action adaptation fails to capture the unique charm and energy that characterized the original series, making it a less than ideal introduction to the world. “One Piece”.
While the live-action film faithfully recreates key moments and characters, it often feels more like a checklist of plot points than a reimagined story can. attract new audiences.
Of course honoring the original is important, but a successful adaptation will also breathe new life into the story to make it accessible to a wider audience. Unfortunately, the Netflix series failed to express the timeless themes of “One Piece” in a universally appealing way.
In the end, the live-action One Piece won the hearts of existing fans, but it failed to fulfill Oda’s dream of capturing a global audience.
Only time will tell if the live-action adaptation can truly spread Eiichiro Oda’s already popular series to a global audience. Perhaps, given another chance, Luffy and the Straw Hats could truly set sail to be praised by the world.