Exciting news has just come in for One Piece fans. At Anime Expo 2023 in Los Angeles, fans of the show were treated with a special video from Netflix featuring Mayumi Tanaka, the voice of Monkey D. Luffy in the original anime version of One Piece. In the video, Tanaka could be seen gifting Iñaki Godoy, who plays the live-action Luffy, with the character’s straw hat to officially welcome the actor into the Straw Hats. It was also revealed that Tanaka will be joined by the rest of the full cast of the anime to reprise their roles for the Japanese-language dub of the live-action show.
You can watch the video below.
“I’ve been voicing Luffy for more than 23 years now, and I think everyone has a little bit of Luffy in their heart,” Tanaka says. “Iñaki, who performs Luffy in this live-action series, is so fun and joyful that he really makes a perfect Luffy! I’m very happy to be able to voice Luffy in this adaptation as well.”
The voiceover artist added, “One Piece is a story whose words and images can resonate with you in different ways depending on your situation or perspective at any given moment, allowing for new discoveries all the time. And of course, nothing would bring me greater joy than if people who’ve never experienced One Piece can become part of the family beginning with this show.”
The full Japanese voice cast includes Mayumi Tanaka as Monkey D. Luffy; Kazuya Nakai as Roronoa Zoro; Akemi Okamura as Nami; Kappei Yamaguchi as Usopp; and Hiroaki Hirata as Sanji.
One Piece Gets the Live-Action Treatment at Netflix
One Piece is based on the popular franchise created by Eiichiro Oda. The story is set on the high seas and follows Monkey D. Luffy, 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! 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.”
The live-action series adaptation of One Piece stars Iñaki Godoy as Monkey D. Luffy, Mackenyu as Roronoa Zoro, Emily Rudd as Nami, Jacob Romero Gibson as Usopp, and Taz Skylar as Sanji. Supporting cast members include Vincent Regan, Ilia Isorelýs Paulino, Morgan Davies, Aidan Scott, Langley Kirkwood, Jeff Ward, Celeste Loots, Alexander Maniatis, McKinley Belcher III, Craig Fairbrass, Steven Ward, and Chioma Umeala.
The new adaptation is a collaboration between Shueisha, Tomorrow Studios, and Netflix. It is written by showrunners Matt Owens and Steven Maeda, both of whom also serve as executive producers. Other executive producers include Eiichiro Oda, Marty Adelstein, and Becky Clements.
The live-action One Piece series is set to premiere on Netflix on Aug. 31, 2023. You will be able to watch the series on the Netflix app as well as at Netflix.com.