Netflix’s Live-Action ‘One Piece’ Series Gets Renewed for a 2nd Season

The second season of Netflix’s “One Piece” adaptation is official, and the talks for Season 3 and beyond are already underway.

Published on Sep 15, 2023

Netflix is serious about anime. Nonetheless, the streamer has struggled to consistently deliver live-action adaptations of famed Japanese manga and anime: their “Death Note” and “Cowboy Bebop” series quickly incited outrage among fans and their original creators. This meant that the expectations attached to a live-action adaptation of Eiichiro Oda’s “One Piece” were primarily of hopelessness and disregard. What came through, however, was a surprising success.

How Netflix found success with “One Piece.”

Set in the fantastical world of giant beasts, sea-faring monsters, and corrupt authorities, “One Piece” centers around over-the-top, swashbuckling pirate crews that were never an easy one to adapt: especially with flesh and blood actors. Making Luffy’s stretchy powers as believable or eye-pleasing as the manga/anime was always unlikely, but Netflix sought workarounds — ones that made the series better than most ever expected.

The Straw Hat pirates from Netflix's live-action adaptation.
The Straw Hat pirates from Netflix's live-action adaptation.

The Straw Hat crew: Iñaki Godoy as Monkey D. Luffy, Mackenyu as Roronoa Zoro, Emily Rudd as Nami, Jacob Romero Gibson as Usopp, and Taz Skylar as Sanji.

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With an extravagant budget, extensively detailed sets in Cape Town, and fantastically choreographed fights, the realistic aspects of Luffy’s stretchiness were set aside for capturing the essence of lightheartedness, grit, and camaraderie. A group of ragtag misfits eventually come together to create the greatest pirate crew — and Netflix just couldn’t let that go.

A second season of “One Piece” is in the works, with possibly more to follow.

In an enthusiastic message delivered over a Transponder Snail, series creator Eiichiro Oda announced that Netflix had decided to renew the show for a second season. “The adventures of Iñaki and the live-action Straw Hats will continue onward!“ he said.

With massive production value, Netflix surely wants to be in this for the long run, although the streamer hasn’t shied away from abruptly canceling popular shows. Season one’s ending was a pretty good indication alone, teasing the Marines’ Captain Smoker: essential to the show’s next arc.

Patty Jenkins and Gal Gadot at the 2016 SDCC for "Wonder Woman."

With extravagant sets created at the shore of Cape Town, South Africa, Netflix’s One Piece boasts a budget of $18 million per episode.

Photo via Netflix

According to producer Marty Adelstein’s interview with Variety, all the scripts for the second season are ready. She clarified that the series could be ready to air between 12 to 18 months after the SAG strike ends. With over 100 actors seen before Iñaki Godoy’s selection as Luffy, any major cast changes also seem unlikely.

Executive producers Marty Adelstein and Becky Clements revealed plans for a total of 12 seasons, possibly more, considering the abundance of material to adapt. They have already had conversations with Netflix about seasons three through six, they told Deadline.

What would the second season be about?

“From here on, it seems to me the Straw Hats will need a great doctor,” said Oda, as he drew the anthropomorphized reindeer Chopper — another member of the Straw Hat crew. With the closing teaser involving Smoker, the direction of the second season is clear: moving on to the “Loguetown Arc” followed by some episode-long adventures leading up to Tony Tony Chopper joining the crew.

Keeping the first season’s ending in mind, the only real way to end the season would be through an epic battle, and the only real contender here would be the Civil War in Arabasta and Luffy’s battle with Crocodile, one of the “Seven Warlords of the Sea.”

While going blind into the second season wouldn’t pose many problems, you should absolutely consider reading the manga. Not only does it give you access to one of the most expansive stories, but also helps spot differences between Oda’s work and the live-action adaptation.