One Piece is getting a live-action adaptation from Netflix. Now there is a first trailer, which already reveals a lot about the plot. We took a closer look and show you what we can expect.
With “One Piece,” Netflix is bringing another live-action adaptation of an anime to the screens, after they already filmed “Cowboy Bebop” in 2021. Initially, it remained quite quiet about the series until the streaming service announced a release date during the Tudum fan event and shared a trailer.
And this trailer already tells us quite a bit about what we can expect in the upcoming live-action adaptation. The first season of “One Piece” will cover the “East Blue Saga” storyline and thus primarily tell the early history of pirate Luffy and his Straw Hat Gang.
With hundreds of manga and over a thousand episodes in the anime “One Piece,” Luffy meets quite a few characters and discovers numerous new places. Some of them we will also get to see in the Netflix series.
From the trailer, we can already see what to expect. We took a close look at the video and tell you who we can expect and where the action will take place.
The windmill village Foosha Village can be seen right at the beginning of the trailer. Fitting, because this is where Monkey D. Luffy’s adventure begins. It is an important starting point for “One Piece”, because at the beginning of the anime series, some flashbacks take place in Foosha Village.
The village is located in the Goa Kingdom on the island of Dawn. We will probably be shown flashbacks in the Netflix series as well, which makes Foosha Village even more important.
The Ship of the Red-Haired Shanks
The red-haired Shanks and his red-haired pirate gang are an important part of the story of “One Piece” – especially from Luffy’s point of view. Already in the first chapter of the “One Piece” manga series and in one of the first episodes of the anime, the redhead pirate gang made an appearance.
Above all, Luffy’s backstory is related to the gang, especially the red-haired Shanks. The unnamed ship of the Red Shanks Pirate Gang is located somewhere in Foosha Village in the trailer.
There’s no “One Piece” without Luffy’s iconic ship, the Going Merry. The ship from the early days of Luffy’s adventures is therefore naturally featured in the trailer. But here it is just being constructed, which is a bit of a departure from the anime/manga.
Luffy and his newly formed Straw Hat Gang get the Going Merry from Kaya in the 41st chapter of the manga and the 17th episode of the anime, respectively. In the Netflix series, however, the ship seems to be just being constructed.
The Baratie is a restaurant ship located in Eastblue. It serves as the main setting of the Baratie arc in the anime/manga. The story arc was the fourth strand in the “East Blue Saga” timeline of “One Piece.” The first season of the Netflix series is expected to cover much of the “East Blue Saga.”
Shells Town/Navy City
The finale of the “Romance Dawn” storyline takes place in the naval city of Shells Town. After Luffy and Zoro become something akin to allies, they agree to defend Shells Town in battle against Morgan and his men. In Shells Town, Koby joins the Navy.
The Miss Love Duck
The Miss Love Duck belongs to the pirate Alvida. We meet her right at the beginning of the anime series, right in the first fight of “One Piece”. In the Netflix live-action series, our first encounter with the ship also seems to go that way.
We don’t see Monkey D. Garp himself in the trailer for “One Piece,” but we do see his ship. This is shown firing a cannon. Garp actually makes his debut in “One Piece” in chapter 92 or episode 68, which is why his appearance, or at least that of his ship, is surprising. The man-eater is modeled after a dog that lives in a doghouse.
Monkey D. Luffy
In the trailer we FINALLY catch our first glimpse of one of the most famous and iconic anime characters in history: Monkey D. Luffy. In the live-action adaptation, he is embodied by Iñaki Godoy.
Luffy is a charismatic and very engaging character. In the trailer we also see the special stretching ability of his Gomu Gomu no Mi devil powers.
Roronoa Zoro, is one of the main characters of the “One Piece” series. He was the first to join Luffy’s Straw Hat Gang. Zorro is portrayed by J.J. Jr. Mackenyu in the live-action series.
Luffy first meets his future crew member when he is trapped. He helps Zorro escape, which leads to their alliance. Zorro himself doesn’t actually have any great ambitions to become a pirate, but is inspired to do so by Luffy’s courage. He helps the young pirate, who doesn’t even know how to navigate properly.
Nami is also a main character in “One Piece.” While Nami makes her appearance in the Netflix series in the very first episode, in the anime/manga she doesn’t meet Luffy and join his crew until the “Orange City” story arc.
Nami is not a fan of pirates and has her own reasons for sailing with Luffy. This creates an exciting dynamic between her and the leader. Nami is played by Emily Rudd in the Netflix series.
Usopp is the third person to join Luffy’s new crew and thus also one of the main characters. Unlike his father, Usopp did not become a pirate directly. That changes when he meets Luffy.
Their paths cross during the “Syrup” story arc in episode 10. In the Netflix series, it seems that Usopp, played by Jacob Gibson, meets Luffy much earlier.
Sanji, portrayed by Taz Skylar, also makes an early appearance in the Netflix “One Piece” series. In the anime, we don’t meet him until the 20th episode. Since we already got to see his restaurant ship Baratie at the beginning of the trailer, Sanji’s appearance in season 1 is not a big surprise. The only question is when he will join the Straw Hat Gang.
Morgan is one of the first antagonists that Luffy meets in One Piece. In the trailer, we see him on a poster hanging behind Zorro, who is held captive. Luffy and Zorro fight him in Shellstown when he abuses his power. In the Netflix series, Morgan is played by Langley Kirkwood.
Shanks is one of the most important characters in One Piece. Through him, Luffy decided he wanted to become a pirate king, even his famous straw hat once belonged to Shanks.
The red-haired pirate and leader of the Red Hair Pirate Gang plays a key role in several “One Piece” stories. He is played by Peter Gadio in the Netflix adaptation.
Buggy The Clown
Buggy the Clown is also one of the first antagonists in “One Piece.” He plays a central role in various storylines. Due to his striking appearance, he is one of the most famous characters from “One Piece”.
In the anime, he already appears in the 4th episode and acts as the main villain in the “Orange City” storyline. Jeff Ward plays the clown in the Netflix series.
Koby is also briefly seen in the trailer of Netflix’s “One Piece.” The character played by Morgan Davies is one of the first characters introduced in “One Piece.” He quickly befriends Luffy, as they both share a similar dream. However, Koby eventually disappears from the anime and is rarely seen.
The very first opponent of Luffy is Alvida. So it’s no wonder that we also get to see her already in the trailer for the live-action series. The pirate is the first obstacle that Luffy has to overcome. In the live-action adaptation, she is played by Ilia Isorelýs Paulino.