- Creator Eiichiro Oda has requested there be no romance in the live-action adaptation of One Piece, disappointing those hoping for a relationship between Nami and Zoro.
- The original anime series also did not focus on romantic pairings, so it makes sense that Oda wants to stay true to that in the live-action version.
- Despite the lack of romance, One Piece has become a huge Netflix hit, debuting as the platform’s top show in 84 countries and likely securing future seasons.
One Piece fans have been entranced by the live-action adaptation of the manga series since it arrived on Netflix at the end of August. However, those who are hoping to see the relationship between Nami and Zoro develop into something more than friendship are going to be left sorely disappointed, as there will be no romantic liaisons in the show at the express request of creator Eiichiro Oda.
While it is usually an expectation that every series has some kind of intimate scenes among its characters, there will be nothing like that happening in this live-action show. While speaking to TV Line recently, co-showrunner Steven Maeda explained that fans who have picked up on romantic vibes between Emily Rudd and Mackenyu’s characters are seeing things that are definitely not being teased. He said:
“One of the mandates from [manga creator] Eiichiro Oda was against romance on the crew. That is a hard no, as far as the manga and the live-action show are concerned… It was because they just had great chemistry together. But that certainly was not the intent. One of the fun things about watching television is what you read into it and what you bring to the table when you’re watching a show.”
Romance is not the order of the day in the original anime series, which has accumulated over 1000 chapters, so it is perhaps not surprising that Oda was adamant that this not be changed in a live-action version, just to please a section of the audience who may not be familiar with the original series. However, with expectations set from the start, it should mean that fans can just sit back and enjoy the show without considering a “will-they-won’t-they” storyline being in the offing.
One Piece Has Become Another Huge Netflix Hit.
While adapting any much loved animated work into live-action can be a tricky terrain to traverse – just ask Disney – Netflix has seemingly struck gold with their treasure hunting band of pirates. The series debuted as Netflix’s top show in no less than 84 countries, beating both Stranger Things and Wednesday by one to become the undisputed debut king of the streaming platform.
There has currently been no green light from Netflix for a second season, but we have seen this before in Wednesday and other shows that have become very popular, very quickly. The chances of One Piece actually being one piece are about as slim as Disney’s live-action Snow White not being as controversial on its release as it has been in its development.
Fans have ensured that One Piece will go down in history as one of the biggest shows of 2023, and with literally over 1000 animated episodes to its name, the series could run for quite a while as long as it continues to deliver big numbers from the future seasons that will surely be coming down the line soon.