Netflix’s Live Action One Piece Breaks Viewing Records Held By Stranger Things And Wednesday

One Piece, a Netflix live-action adaption, has outperformed Wednesday and Stranger Things in terms of viewership.

The much anticipated series, which was first revealed in January 2020, has amassed throngs of viewers since it debuted last week and introduced the anime sensation to the live-action setting.

The continuing manga by Eiichiro Oda, which was made into a beloved anime in 1999, served as the inspiration for the series, which was created by Matt Owens and Steven Maeda (Helix, Pan Am).

One Piece has quickly moved to the top spot among TV shows on Netflix just a short while after it hit screens. 

This exceeds a record previously held by Stranger Things season four and the first season of Netflix’s Wednesday.

The eight-part series reportedly cost a staggering $17 million each episode!

This sum is comparable to the overall budget for the final season of Game of Thrones, which was estimated to have cost approximately $90 million and left viewers unimpressed with its conclusion.

The synopsis 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!

“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.”

There were ‘no compromises’  in the live-action One Piece adaptation, according to the creator Eiichiro Oda, who also acted as executive producer for the Netflix version.

“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!” Oda wrote.

He added: “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.”

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