Netflix's highly anticipated live-action One Piece series has unveiled its first trailer, giving fans a glimpse of the new Straw Hat Pirate Crew. Revealed at the TUDUM event, the footage provides the most extensive look yet into the upcoming adaptation. The trailer introduces Iñaki Godoy as Monkey D. Luffy, who passionately discusses his dream of becoming the King of the Pirates and embarking on the thrilling adventure of the Grand Line. It also introduces Mackenyu as Roronoa Zoro, Emily Rudd as Nami, Jacob Romero Gibson as Usopp, and Taz Skylar as Sanji. The trailer concludes by announcing the official release date of August 31, 2023.

One Piece's Live-Action Trailer Glimpses Fan-Favorite Characters

The trailer showcases beloved characters from Eiichiro Oda's iconic One Piece world, featuring action-packed shots and dialogues primarily focused on Luffy. Zoro, portrayed by Mackenyu, receives significant attention, highlighting his sword-fighting skills, although his renowned three-sword technique isn't revealed. Emily Rudd's Nami also has a brief moment, revealing her recognizable red hair and attire. While Usopp and Sanji, played by Gibson and Skylar respectively, are only briefly glimpsed, fans still get a solid look at their character designs. The trailer even treats viewers to an impressive VFX display of Luffy's Gum-Gum Pistol, a powerful punch made possible by his Rubber Person Devil Fruit powers.

In addition to the main characters, the trailer also offers glimpses of various villains. Notably, Buggy, the clown-themed pirate portrayed by Jeff Ward, is briefly shown. Fans of the franchise will also recognize Alvida's pink-hearted pirate ship, marking her appearance as the first antagonist. Furthermore, a scene reveals Zoro captured in a Marine base with a massive poster of Axe-Hand Morgan, a Marine captain whom Luffy and Zoro confront during the Romance Dawn arc.

The trailer doesn't only focus on characters and antagonists; it also showcases several significant locations from the series. Multiple shots highlight the Straw Hat Pirates' ship, the Going Merry, giving a clear representation of its aesthetic and practical design. Viewers can also catch a glimpse of the sea-faring restaurant known as The Baratie in the background of a scene.

One Piece, a beloved series written by Eiichiro Oda, has been a long-time labor of love for the author, sometimes impacting his health. While many fans eagerly anticipate this new adaptation, some express concerns due to Netflix's track record with live-action anime projects, including the poorly received Death Note (2017) and Cowboy Bebop (2021) adaptations. However, Oda has reassured fans that the series will only be released if he is satisfied with the outcome.

For those interested, the original One Piece anime by Toei Animation can be watched on Crunchyroll, while the manga is available to read on the MangaMonster website through a Shonen Jump subscription.

Source: Netflix TUDUM