Hit Japanese manga ‘One Piece’ comes to Netflix in live-action series

The popular Japanese manga “One Piece” is coming to Netflix as a live-action series – a development that is both exciting and concerning for fans who have seen mixed success in a growing list of Hollywood adaptations.

The world’s best-selling manga series, chronicling the coming-of-age adventures of Monkey D. Luffy, a young pirate with a heart of gold, has already been adapted into an anime TV series with over 900 episodes. There are also 13 animated films, ‘One Piece’ video games and merchandise galore.

Ready to give her verdict is Nina Oiki, a gender and politics researcher at Waseda University in Tokyo, who has been a “One Piece” fan since she was in elementary school. She read the manga created by Eiichiro Oda when it first came out in Shonen Jump magazine in 1997, and watched the animated show that followed soon after.

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