Everything We Know About Netflix's Live-Action 'One Piece'

The legendarily long pirate anime is getting the live-action treatment.

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Toei Animation
Toei Animation

Amidst all the beachy teen dramashigh school teen dramas, and nostalgic Amblin-inspired monster series, Netflix has been hard at work adapting and planning to adapt beloved, classic anime series into live action. Their initiative got a universally bad start with the ill-conceived Death Note movie, but moderately redeemed themselves with an OK Fullmetal Alchemist movie and a pretty decent Bleach movie. So we remain hopeful for their adaptations of Cowboy Bebop and Nickelodeon’s Western animation-anime hybrid Avatar: The Last Airbender

In what seems like an insane undertaking, though, Netflix is also planning to adapt One Piece — an anime whose manga source material’s creator Eiichiro Oda holds the Guinness World Record for most copies published for the same comic book series by a single author. The pirate-themed serial published by Weekly Shōnen Jump, which, according to Oda, is somewhere between 65-80% finished, has been adapted into an anime that spans more than 900 episodes (and counting), has been broadcast since 1999, and has an enormous fanbase. Netflix really has their work cut out for them. 

Does One Piece have a release date?

As of now, not yet. Filming was supposed to get underway in summer 2020 in Cape Town, South Africa, but obviously that, like pretty much every other production worldwide, has been delayed due to the pandemic. Still, they have a whole first season written, according to producer Marty Adelstein, and will probably jump back into it once restrictions are lifted. We may see it as soon as late 2021, if all goes well. 

What is One Piece about?

One Piece is set in an alternate universe where rough-and-tumble pirates rule the world’s oceans, and tells the story of young pirate lad Monkey D. Luffy, who, with his ragtag crew of Straw Hat Pirates, has made it his mission to search the world for the missing “One Piece” of treasure left behind by legendary pirate king Gol D. Roger, and with it become the most powerful pirate king ever. Also, when he was young, he ate a devil fruit which gave him the power to turn his limbs to rubber like Mr. Fantastic, a superpower which gives him a level up on the many ruthless pirates (usually also devil fruit eaters) his crew encounters. 

Is One Piece filming yet?

The show was supposed to get underway in fall 2020, which obviously did not happen, but after being pushed back a few months due to pandemic concerns, it looks like the show is off and running on location in Cape Town, South Africa. Originally set to wrap by the beginning of February, production is taking longer than originally thought because of all the delays, and still seems to be ongoing. 

Who is working on it? 

Adelstein and his company, Tomorrow Studios (the same studio that’s producing the Cowboy Bebop adaptation, and the studio behind TNT’s Snowpiercer), are producing the show. Original manga creator Eiichiro Oda is also executive producing the show, which is a good sign for all the fans out there. Showrunner Steve Maeda has been posting regular updates on his Instagram account. 

How many seasons will there be?

Considering how long the manga is, One Piece could theoretically go on forever-but that probably won’t happen. Obviously Netflix hasn’t had a minute to consider renewing the show yet, but each season could retell the events of one “saga” of the story: the first season, for example, could focus on Luffy recruiting his crewmates and culminate in his fight against the fish-man pirate Arlong. 

Where can I watch the anime version?

One Piece is currently available to stream in full (subtitled and dubbed) on Netflix, on Hulu, for free on Crunchyroll, or with a Funimation subscription.Want more Thrillist? Follow us on InstagramTwitterPinterestYouTubeTikTok, and Snapchat.


Where to Celebrate Lunar New Year 2023 in Australia

And what it means to be in the year of the Rabbit.

where to celebrate lunar new year australia

Starting with the new moon on Sunday, January 22, this Lunar New Year ushers in the year of the Rabbit. We’ve put together a guide on celebrating the Lunar New Year in Australia.

What is special about the year of the Rabbit?

As you might know, each year has an animal sign in the Chinese Zodiac, which is based on the moon and has a 12-year cycle. This year, we celebrate the year of the rabbit, known to be the luckiest out of all twelve animals. It symbolises mercy, elegance, and beauty.

What celebrations are taking place and how can I get involved?

There are plenty of festivals happening all around the country which you can get involved with. Here they are per state.

New South Wales

Darling Harbour Fireworks
When: Every year, Sydney puts on a fireworks show, and this year, you can catch it on January 28 and February 4 at 9 pm in Darling Harbour.

Dragon Boat Races
When: Witness three days of dragon boat races and entertainment on Cockle Bay to usher in the Lunar New Year. The races will commence on January 27 and finish on January 29.

Lion Dances
When: Catch a traditional Lion Dance moving to the beat of a vigorous drum bringing good luck and fortune for the Lunar New Year. The dance performances will happen across Darling Harbour on Saturday, January 21, Sunday, January 22, and Sunday, February 4 and 5, around 6 pm and 9 pm.

Lunar New Year at Cirrus Dining
When: Barangaroo’s waterfront seafood restaurant, Cirrus, is celebrating the Year of the Rabbit with a special feast menu. Cirrus’ LNY menu is $128pp with optional wine pairing and is available from Saturday, January 21, to Sunday, February 5.

Auntie Philter
When: Hello Auntie’s owner and executive chef, Cuong Nguyen will be dishing out some of the most classic Vietnamese street foods with his mum, Linda. All of Philter’s favourites will be on offer, as well as Raspberry Pash Beer Slushies and other cocktails being served at the Philter Brewing rooftop bar on Sunday, January 22 and Sunday, January 29.


Lunar New Year Festival
When: Ring in the Lunar New Year with food, music, arts, and more on Sunday, January 22, from 10 am to 9 pm.

Lunar New Year at the National Gallery of Victoria
When: Celebrate the year of the rabbit at the National Gallery of Victoria’s festival of art, food, and art-making activities for everyone from 10 am-5 pm.


BriAsia Festival
When: From February 1-19, Brisbane will come alive with performances, including lion dances and martial arts displays. There will be street food, workshops, comedy and more.

South Australia

Chinatown Adelaide Street Party
When: Adelaide is set to hose a fun-filled day celebrating the Chinese New Year on Saturday, January 28, from 12 pm to 9 pm.

Western Australia

Crown Perth
When: Across January and February, Crown Perth hosts free live entertainment, including colourful lion dances, roving mascots, and drumming performances. The restaurants will also throw banquets and menus dedicated to the Lunar New Year.

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