Netflix needs to write its own solid original ending for its live-action version of One Piece, based on the ongoing manga by Eiichiro Oda.
Netflix’s live-action version of the manga One piece must change its ending. The original manga by Eiichiro Oda has over 1,000 chapters and there is no end in sight. Unfinished properties are difficult to adjust, as HBO has shown me game of Thrones. This is especially true for a series as iconic and popular as One piecewhose fans will have high expectations of the adaptation.
The East Blue saga focuses on the main character Monkey D. Luffy and his quest to become the Pirate King by finding a legendary treasure, titled One Piece. This arc begins with Luffy’s childhood actions earning him the respect of the pirate Shanks, who lends Luffy his Straw Hat. This hat becomes Luffy’s most prized possession and a kind of talisman for him in his adventures – including those early adventures where Luffy recruits some key members of his pirate crew. Focusing on this one story arc allows it to stay true to the unfinished source material while delivering a distinct, self-contained narrative.
Netflix’s One Piece needs an original ending
Netflix’s One Piece follows source material that is still in progress, making its ending complicated. However, Netflix can still make its adaptation a success if it creates its own original story ending. To do this well, Netflix needs to maintain its live action One piece close enough to the source material to be recognizable to fans. It also has to be original enough not just to rehash the current 20-season anime. For example, a viable ending for the anime and manga would be Luffy finding the One Piece. However, Netflix is working with a fraction of the source material, so that may not be a possible finale.
The ending should also be a real conclusion that satisfactorily concludes this part of the story. Like any anime-to-live-action adaptation, this requires significant changes from the original. Since making Luffy the Pirate King is probably unsustainable, he might instead accomplish or discover something just as important as finding the One Piece. A good option that would open up future possibilities for Netflix would be Luffy discovering that East Blue is the safest area on earth and that the rest of the world is more dangerous and exciting. This would allow sequel or prequel series to explore other regions as well.
How many seasons would it take One Piece to authentically end
The East Blue Saga takes place in the first 100 chapters of the 1000 chapter manga. This equates to about 60 episodes of the currently ongoing anime. If Netflix sticks to its current practice of about ten episodes per season of their original shows, it will be about six seasons for Netflix live action One piece to hit all of East Blue’s major plot points and end the series satisfactorily.
It’s a big challenge to adapt a sprawling and well-loved saga like One piece without alienating loyal fans. If Netflix is to succeed where other adaptations of ongoing series have failed, it must be willing to create a story arc that recognisably mirrors the source material but still offers fans a solid conclusion. Writing your own ending to complete a major plot point without Luffy becoming the Pirate King may be the only way to strike that balance. It will be interesting to see how Netflix tries to distill the epic anime into a shorter series that can be engaging One piece Fans and newcomers alike.
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