The epic manga series A piece is coming to Netflix, as a live action TV show.
The long-running Japanese comic series is the best-selling manga of all time, as well as a successful anime series. News of a US adaptation has been met with both positivity and concern about its possible “Hollywood” direction.
A piece His manga’s 105 volumes have sold more than 500 million copies since its creation in 1997. The tie-in anime, which first aired in 1999, has since released over 1,000 episodes. In brief, A piece is one of the greatest epics in contemporary Japanese art. The story of Monkey D. Luffy and his motley crew of pirates has inspired 13 animated films, multiple video games and legions of fans.
A piece Creator Eiichiro Oda announced last year that the next installment would be the final installment of the 26-year-long series, but as Netflix promises a new chapter for the series, fans are concerned about the streaming company’s varied history with live-action Japanese adaptations.
The 2017 Netflix Movie Adaptation by Obituary, a manga and anime about a book that can kill people, was widely criticized and considered a flop. In December 2021, Netflix shut down Cowboy Bebopthe live-action adaptation of the space Western manga and anime of the same name, after only one season.
There is also concern about Netflix’s frequent cancellation of shows after their first seasons, soon after they were put online. 1899 was one of the last shows to fall foul of a policy that demanded immediate high returns and did not allow shows to grow in popularity. Critical and commercial successes such as Break bad And sell sunset are prime examples of non-streaming platform shows that only found their final large audience after a few seasons.
While not from a Japanese source, in 2022, the live-action Netflix adaptation of the 1990s comic book The Sandman was a critical success and has been renewed for a second season.
News from a A piece live action series is one of the many ways Netflix looks at Japanese IP.
The popular manga Demon slayer ‘s anime series was recently picked up by Netflix, while live-action adaptations of the hit 2016 anime film your name and the Gundam franchise are also in the works.
How the live action A piece series compared to other Netflix shows will depend on a number of factors. Unlike more original properties, the huge built-in global fanbase for the manga will likely help the show avoid immediate cancellation, provided the show is at least somewhat consistent with the original.
Hopefully the show also avoids allegations of Hollywood money laundering – as happened with the 2017 live-action adaptation Spirit in the shell from the 1995 anime, starring Scarlett Johansson in place of an Asian actor.