Netflix has released the first full-length trailer for its upcoming live-action adaptation of One Piece.
The new show is based on the hit manga series by Eiichiro Oda, which was later adapted into a popular anime from 1999. Netflix’s eight-episode version of One Piece comes from the showrunners Matt Owens and Steven Maeda.
Iñaki Godoy stars as Monkey D. Luffy, a young adventurer who sets off from his village with his crew to find the eponymous treasure, One Piece. Other prominent cast members are Emily Rudd as Nami, Jacob Romero as Usopp, Taz Skylar as Sanji and Mackenyu as Roronoa Zoro. Elsewhere, the likes of Vincent Regan, Ilia Isorelýs Paulino, Morgan Davies, Aidan Scott and Langley Kirkwood feature.
A synopsis for One Piece reads: “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!”
It continues: “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.”
Oda, who serves as an executive producer on the show, penned a letter that coincided with the trailer. In it, he explained that “no compromises” were taken in the show’s production. Oda wrote: “After the launch, I’m sure I’ll hear about some people pointing out how this character is missing or that scene is omitted, or this bit is different from the manga, but I’m sure they’ll come from a place of love, so I intend to enjoy even those comments!”
He continued: “Even after the shoot was over, there were numerous scenes the production agreed to re-shoot because I felt they weren’t good enough to put out into the world, on the other hand, there were also some lines that I thought didn’t feel like Luffy on paper… but when I saw the filmed scenes, I went, ‘It works when it’s Iñaki performing it as Luffy, as a matter of fact, it works great!!’ There were so many things that had to be done to keep things from looking too unnatural in live action.”
Oda concluded: “The producers and the crew are pros at live action, and frankly they’re One Piece superfans, too. The more knowledgeable you are about One Piece, the more you’re likely to notice the love they poured into this.”
One Piece arrives on Netflix on August 31st.