After two weeks of being in the top 10 series spot worldwide as well as being number one in many places around the world, Netflix has confirmed that there will be a season two of a live action One Piece. There was previously speculation that such an announcement would not possibly happen until the strikes had ended. But it seems the enormous success could not wait for such an unknown period of time.
In its’ second week, One Piece live action went from 140.1 million hours in views to 145.7 million hours in views. The series also went from 18.5 million views to 19.3 million views, while remaining in the top 10 spot in 93 countries. The first season was number one in 46 countries in the first week, while being number one in 74 countries during the second week.
In making the announcement for a confirmed second season, One Piece creator Eiichiro Oda was filmed at his drawing board writing in Japanese an introduction. He then turns around towards a transponder snail and picks up the receiver and communicates a message to the old and new fans of One Piece. At the end, he draws a picture of a character named Chopper, giving a major hint as to what to expect in season two.
Here is what he says:
To the Straw Hat Grand Fleet
What did you think of season 1 of the live-action One Piece? I spent a lot of time working on it with Netflix and Tomorrow Studios. It seems people around the world have been enjoying the show, which makes the hard work from the production team truly worth it. To everyone who’s been a fan of One Piece for years, and to those who experienced One Piece for the first time, thank you so much. Two weeks after the launch, I just received some great news. Netflix has decided to renew the show! The adventures of Iñaki and the live-action Straw Hats will continue onward! It’ll still take awhile to get the scripts ready so please be patient. From here on, it seems to me the Straw Hats will need a great doctor… We will see!
In an interview with Deadline earlier this week, those working on the live action series are hoping for 12 seasons. But of course, time will tell if it ever gets that far, especially considering the ever growing length of the manga.
What do you think of the news of a season 2? Are you excited? Or do you continue to be cautious due to the pattern of series tending to go downhill after a successful first season or two of a show on Netflix? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!
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