Excellent news from Eiichiro Oda and Netflix confirms that One Piece will be returning for a second season on the platform. Based on the long running manga series by Eiichiro Oda, the Straw Hats will be setting sail once again in the live action series.
Season 1 premiered on August 31, jumping into the Netflix Top 10 charts in 93 countries around the world. Led by Monkey D. Luffy, a group of misfits travel the world in search of the wonderous ‘One Piece’ treasure.
What do we know about One Piece season 2?
Unfortunately, not much is known about season 2 yet except that it is definitely happening. With the ongoing industry strikes in the United States, production on season 2 will likely be delayed. But it’s not all doom and gloom - Oda confirmed that the scripts are in development but they’re not done quite yet. In his video announcement confirming the second season, Oda hinted that the crew might be in need of a doctor as he drew a picture of Tony Tony Chopper from the manga series. It appears that Tony Tony Chopper (aka the Cotton Candy Lover) will appear in the second season.
More good news is that the main cast from season 1 is returning for a second season. Iñaki Godoy (Monkey D. Luffy), Mackenyu (Zoro), Emily Rudd (Nami), Jacob Romero (Usopp) and Taz Skylar (Sanji) all are confirmed in the cast for season 2.
What happened at the end of One Piece season 1?
Warning: there are spoilers ahead!
Season 1 ended with the Straw Hats heading off for another adventure, as they each shared what they’re hoping to achieve. The series logo appears on the screen with the clouds on the horizon turning into smoke. Out of the smoke appears a shadowy figure with spiky hair and two cigars in hand. Fans of the manga and anime have recognised this villainous threat as none other than Smoker the White Hunter. In the original series, Smoker is a Captain in the Marines on a mission to capture Luffy.
The success of One Piece
Eiichiro Oda published the first volume of the manga in 1997. Twenty-five years later, the manga is still in production. There is also an anime series of the same name which has been running since 1999. Oda is an executive producer of the Netflix live action series.
Many considered the One Piece series to be a risk, due to the number of previous failed attempts to adapt successful anime into live action series. There was no need to worry, as the show has become a global success. One Piece debuted at number one in the charts in 46 countries. In less than two weeks, One Piece has had over 37.8 million views.
One Piece season 1 is currently available to stream on Netflix.