Netflix’s live-action adaptation of Eiichiro Oda’s “One Piece” made its debut on August 31, immersing fans of Oda’s manga in Luffy’s (Iñaki Godoy) thrilling pirate adventures in a way never seen before. As Luffy and his fellow Straw Hat pirates embark on their quest for the One Piece treasure, the real-life cast breathes life into Oda’s stories, offering a brighter and newly envisioned interpretation under Oda’s guidance.
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Oda acknowledged that the adaptation couldn’t replicate the manga exactly, but he praised actors like Godoy for their role in bringing his creative vision to life in a way that exceeded his expectations. In a statement, Oda shared, “After the launch, I’m sure I’ll hear about some people pointing out how this character is missing or that scene is omitted, or this bit is different from the manga. But I’m sure they’ll come from a place of love, so I intend to enjoy even those comments!”
He also mentioned, “There were also some lines that I thought didn’t feel like Luffy on paper, but when I saw the filmed scenes, I went, ‘It works when it’s Iñaki performing it as Luffy! As a matter of fact, it works great!'”
Here is a list of the characters and the actors who star in Netflix’s “One Piece.”
Monkey D. Luffy
Iñaki Godoy takes on the role of Monkey D. Luffy, the series’ protagonist. Luffy is the upbeat leader of the Straw Hat Pirates, a close-knit group of friends. His ultimate ambition is to claim the title of Pirate King by uncovering the fabled One Piece treasure. Luffy is recognized for his carefree disposition, unwavering determination, and compassionate nature.
Emily Rudd assumes the role of Nami, a fiercely independent character with a background in thievery and cartography. Matt Owens, one of the series’ co-creators, characterizes Nami as someone akin to an older sister within the company of younger brothers.
Taz Skylar portrays Sanji, a charismatic and stylish chef who aspires to discover the All Blue, a legendary location where fish from all four seas coexist. Sanji’s place of employment is the Baratie restaurant, where he serves under the guidance of Chef Zeff.
Morgan Davies takes on the role of Koby, a timid and anxious character who initially serves as a crew member aboard Alvida’s ship, the Miss Love Duck. Monkey D. Luffy inspires him to chase his dream of joining the Marines, despite the organization’s mission to combat pirates.
Jacob Romero portrays Usopp, a gifted storyteller with sharpshooting abilities inherited from his father. Series co-creator Steven Maeda characterizes Usopp as “in many ways, the most relatable of the Straw Hats.” Romero emphasizes, “The goodness of his heart was so clear to me.”
Mackenyu takes on the role of Zoro, also known as the “Pirate Hunter,” who skillfully wields three swords. Zoro is a loyal friend and aspires to become the world’s greatest swordsman. According to Mackenyu, “Meeting Luffy is the biggest thing to ever happen to Zoro… though, of course, he’d never say that out loud.”
Vice Admiral Garp
Vincent Regan, known for his roles in “Before We Die” and “Luther: The Fallen Sun,” portrays Vice Admiral Garp, famous for capturing Gold Roger, the Pirate King. Garp is continually pursuing Luffy, attempting to thwart his quest for the One Piece treasure. Additionally, Garp takes on a mentoring role for the young marines Koby and Helmeppo.
McKinley Belcher III takes on the role of Arlong, the saw shark sword-wielding pirate with a 20 million-berry bounty on his head. He is the leader of the Arlong Pirate Faction, a group that aims to become the most influential power in the world and has a particular interest in targeting humans.
Buggy the Clown
Jeff Ward portrays Buggy, the eccentric Captain of the Buggy Pirates. Buggy possesses the unique ability to utilize the chop-chop fruit, enabling him to detach and manipulate his body parts with his thoughts. He is often seen dressed as a manic clown and is known for his impulsive and rambunctious temperament.
Peter Gadiot takes on the role of Shanks, the renowned Captain of the Red-Haired Pirates. Shanks serves as a mentor to Luffy, offering guidance with patience and compassion. Remarkably, he maintains his wisdom despite having a staggering billion-berry bounty on his head.
Steven Ward brings Dracule Mihawk to life, a charismatic swordsman renowned for his laser-like gaze. Mihawk is considered one of the world’s most skilled swordsmen, although Zoro is determined to challenge him for that prestigious title. He carries a distinctive grosse messer sword at his side.
Aidan Scott portrays Helmeppo, the son of Captain Axe Hand Morgan. Initially, Helmeppo comes across as bratty and spoiled, relying on his father’s influence to escape consequences. However, his journey with the marines forces him to grow and put aside his childish behavior. Helmeppo becomes a consistent rival to both Luffy and Koby in the series.