Netflix Renews “One Piece” For Season 2 and Teases Fan-Favorite Character!

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“One Piece” Season 1 (Image: Trailer)

Fans of the live-action One Piece TV show can rest easy. Netflix has decided to allow One Piece to sail for another season.

With the first season of One Piece debuting on Netflix on August 31, 2023, the streaming giant didn’t waste time when it came to its renewal. The decision makes sense considering the streaming numbers the debut season has been able to garner. While the show is technically not bigger than Stranger Things and Wednesday, it’s still performing well on a global scale.

According to Netflix, the first season saw a debut of 18.5 million views and 140.1 million viewed hours during the first week (August 28 – September 3, 2023) on the Global Chart. The second week (September 4 – September 10, 2023) saw an increase in the numbers with 19.3 million views and 145.7 million viewed hours. The show remained at the top spot during both consecutive weeks.

The news regarding the season 2 renewal was shared via a video featuring Eiichiro Oda, the creator of the One Piece manga and an executive producer of the live-action series. 

The video had Oda appreciating the love the show has received from fans around the world. All of the support made the hard work the creatives put behind the show worth it. Oda thanked the longtime fans as well as the new ones who decided to check the series out.

He followed it up by stating that Netflix wants the Straw Hats to appear for another season. However, it will take some time for the scripts to be finalized. The video ended with Oda mentioning a “great doctor” and the camera panning to an image of the fan-favorite character Chopper.  

Here’s the entire video announcement!

While I’m not the biggest One Piece fan out there, I’m still glad that the live-action adaptation of the long-running manga was met with a very positive response. We all know what the track record is like when it comes to adapting anime or manga to live-action.

Here’s to hoping the success of this show encourages other creatives when it comes to properly adapting manga or anime content in a manner that respects the existing fandom while also attracting new people into the fold.

During an interview with Deadline, One Piece executive producers, Tomorrow Studios’ Marty Adelstein and Becky Clements shared how they hope for the show to get six seasons. Ideally, they would like a 12-season run to properly adapt Oda’s story.

I mean, while I don’t see One Piece running for that long, I hope that the fandom gets a proper ending whenever Netflix decides to cancel it (due to the streamer’s current business model).

As for me, I did watch the first season as the narrative followed Monkey D. Luffy’s quest to find the fabled treasure called the “One Piece” and become the King of Pirates. The 8-episode-long premiere season did a good job of balancing the action sequences, comedy, and serious themes. The budget is also there.

In my opinion, the entire cast was great in their roles. Also, there are a whole lot of good-looking people in the cast. And that’s always a bonus in my book.

Have you watched the first season of One Piece? Are you looking forward to the second installment?

Let us know.

Author: Farid-ul-Haq

Farid has a Double Masters in Psychology and Biotechnology as well as an M.Phil in Molecular Genetics. He is the author of numerous books including Missing in Somerville, and The Game Master of Somerville. He gives us insight into comics, books, TV shows, anime/manga, video games, and movies.

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