Netflix And WIT Studio Announce ‘One Piece’ Reboot That Completely Reimagines Eichiro Oda’s Original Series

Inaki Godoy stars as Monkey D. Luffy in One Piece Season 1 Episode 1 "Romance Dawn" (2023), Netflix
Inaki Godoy stars as Monkey D. Luffy in One Piece Season 1 Episode 1 "Romance Dawn" (2023), Netflix

With Netflix’s successful One Piece live-action series setting sail toward its second season, the streaming service seemingly shocked the anime world when it announced a full reboot of the anime.

Monkey D. Luffy (Mayumi Tanaka) in One Piece Episode 1 "I'm Luffy! The Man Who's Gonna Be King of the Pirates!" (1999), Toei Animation.
Monkey D. Luffy (Mayumi Tanaka) in One Piece Episode 1 “I’m Luffy! The Man Who’s Gonna Be King of the Pirates!” (1999), Toei Animation.

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Netflix’s anime reboot was unveiled with a special announcement video aired during December 17th’s One Piece Super Stage Red at Shueisha’s annual Jump Festa.

In the trailer, the streaming platform confirmed this new animated project intends to reimagine Eiichiro Oda’s legendary manga — starting from the very beginning with the East Blue arc. Netflix also verified they intend to make The One Piece completely distinct from Toei Animation’s long-running classic.

Produced by WIT Studio (Spy x Family and Suicide Squad ISEKAI), Netflix’s The One Piece is a revolutionary collaboration with representatives from Shueisha, Fuji Television Network, and Toei Animation Co. — forming The One Piece Production Committee to oversee the project.

In a joint statement shared by Netflix, the committee declared that their goal is to make use of ” the latest cutting-edge technology to provide viewers with a modern yet nostalgic experience of straw hat Luffy’s adventures through the East Blue saga.”

The One Piece KV (2023), Netflix
The One Piece KV (2023), Netflix

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A separate statement was shared on the official One Piece website, translated via DeepL, wherein Wit Studio President George Wada declared he was “proud of the series’ history and humbled to take on the task to draw a new trajectory for the series.”

“We aim to get people all over the world excited by carefully portraying Mr. Eichiro Oda’s depiction of the challenges of chasing dreams, establishing friendships, and hope for the future,” Wada continued, concluding his statement by taking on the opportunity to recruit aspiring animators who are interested in being a part of this new endeavor.

Emily Rudd stars as Nami in Season 1, Episode 1, "Romance Dawn," of One Piece, Netflix
Emily Rudd stars as Nami in One Piece Season 1 Episode 1 “Romance Dawn” (2023), Netflix

While Netflix has yet to confirm whether the Japanese voice actors will be reprising their roles in The One Piece, much like they did for in the dub for the live action series, it would be safe to assume that this will be the case.

Based on the Jump Festa trailer, Monkey D. Luffy appears to be voiced by Mayumi Tanaka, who has served as the voice actor since the One Piece anime began in 1999, which suggests Netflix intends to cast the original voice actors for the upcoming reboot.

Monkey D. Luffy (Mayumi Tanaka) in One Piece Episode 1 "I'm Luffy! The Man Who's Gonna Be King of the Pirates!" (1999), Toei Animation.
Monkey D. Luffy (Mayumi Tanaka) in One Piece Episode 1 “I’m Luffy! The Man Who’s Gonna Be King of the Pirates!” (1999), Toei Animation.

At the time of this writing, Netflix has not provided release dates for The One Piece anime or the live-action’s second season.

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