In the past, Netflix has not had much luck with live-action adaptations of anime. The infamous Death Note film from 2017 met with criticism, and the Cowboy Bebop series was cancelled after just one season. However, the platform’s latest production has bucked the trend.
One Piece, a live-action series based on a manga by Eiichirō Oda, has been a surprising success. According to Netflix’s website, the show received as many as 18.5 million views in the first weekend after its premiere.
The secret behind the success is maintaining the spirit of the original as well as great casting, inventive scenography and excellent CGI. It’s no wonder that fans are eagerly looking forward to the show’s next instalment. Here is everything you need to know about the second season of One Piece.
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One Piece season 2 potential release date
At this point, Netflix hasn’t confirmed that One Piece season 2 will be made. However, given the popularity of the show and the open ending of season 1, a continuation is likely.
Producers of the show Marty Adelstein and Becky Clements have told Variety that the scripts are ready to go, though they cannot continue until the SAG-AFTRA strike is resolved. If studios reach a deal, then the pair are estimating that it will take between 12 and 18 months for the series to air.
That is a similar timeline to season 1. Production on this began in January 2022 and ended in August of the same year, but the show debuted on Netflix a year later. Based on all of that information, we won’t see One Piece season 2 until 2025 or later.
Eiichirō Oda’s manga is one of the most extensive Japanese series – it consists of over 1,000 chapters, compiled in 106 volumes. In the show’s first season, Netflix adapted only 95 chapters, meaning there is still plenty of comic material for the showrunners to cover.
Season 1 covering the formation of the crew, setting common goals, and fighting with the Marines. In season 2, its likely that the serious treasure hunt will begin, as the Straw Hat Pirates decided to travel to the Grand Line. The journey likely won’t be peaceful: the crew must make their way through a strip of sea called the Calm Belt, populated by giant beasts.
What’s more, the young pirates will probably still be tracked by Vice Admiral Garp and the Marines. The Straw Hat Pirates may have to fight with the sinister organisation, the Baroque Works. As you may remember, Roronoa Zoro killed one of its members in the first episode of the series.
It’s also possible that in season 2, we will meet again more old enemies, such as Captain Alvida and Buggy the Clown.
One Piece season 2 cast
If the series will be greenlit for a second season, we can expect the following cast to appear: