Netflix’s adaptation of “One Piece” has defied the trend of disappointing anime adaptations on the platform, achieving both critical acclaim and high audience ratings on Rotten Tomatoes. Based on Eiichiro Oda’s immensely popular manga series, which also inspired a successful anime by Toei Animation, the show follows Monkey D. Luffy and his pirate crew in their quest for the legendary treasure known as “One Piece.”
Critics have lauded the adaptation, earning it a Certified Fresh rating of 81% on Rotten Tomatoes. However, the more significant achievement is the impressive 94% audience score, based on over 2,500 user reviews. This positive reception is particularly noteworthy given Netflix’s history of disappointing live-action anime adaptations, such as “Death Note” and “Cowboy Bebop.”
Several factors have contributed to the success of the “One Piece” adaptation. One key reason is its faithfulness to the source material, ensuring that long-time fans feel connected to the story while making it accessible to new viewers. The show covers the early chapters of Luffy’s journey while providing hints about the vast One Piece world that dedicated fans are familiar with. Having Eiichiro Oda himself as a creative consultant further strengthened the adaptation’s fidelity to the original vision, allowing for reshoots to align with Oda’s vision.
“One Piece” not only raises the bar for Netflix’s anime adaptations but also generates excitement for the platform’s future anime projects. While a second season hasn’t been officially confirm, the positive reception suggests a strong demand for more adventures with the Straw Hat Crew. Furthermore, the success of “One Piece” provides hope for other upcoming projects, such as the Duffer Brothers’ new “Death Note” adaptation and the “My Hero Academia” movie.