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Live-Action One Piece Series to Begin With East Blue Arc

Live-Action One Piece Series to Begin With East Blue ArcBack in July, it was announced Eiichiro Oda’s One Piece would be getting a live-action TV adaptation in Hollywood. At this weekend’s Jump Festa 2018, producer Marty Adelstein revealed some details about the series.

Appearing in a pre-recorded video, Adelstein said the series will begin with the East Blue arc and “broaden from there,” reports ANN.

Some fans refer to the arc as the East Blue Saga, which itself contains a number of smaller arcs. Whatever you call it, the important thing is that it’s the opening of the manga, which introduces Monkey D. Luffy and the whole crew. Essentially, Adelstein is confirming the series will begin at the beginning rather than in medias res.

The producer also said the series will be “a true One Piece,” and that he has discussed the project with Eiichiro Oda personally.

Back when the project was first announced back in July, Oda released a message which said:

In the last 20 years the conversation about a live-action adaptation has come up many times. I decided to go forward with the adaptation about three years ago. There were many twists and turns. I met a good partner. Today is the just about the 20th anniversary. The announcement of the new work is actually just a coincidence. I am very happy. Firstly, I will never betray the fans who have supported me for 20 years. This is my condition. There may be many who are uneasy, but please, give me your voices of hope. Please be excited for the follow up reports. Please look forward to it!!

Source: ANN

Matt Schley

Matt Schley (rhymes with "guy") lives in Tokyo, and has been OUSA's "man in Japan" since 2012. He's also written about anime and Japanese film for the Japan Times, Screen Daily and more.