Live-action anime adaptations never come cheap, but Netflix’s One Piece is taking its production to the next level.
According to a report from Daily Dose of Anime, the budget per episode for the live-action One Piece is a staggering $18 million, making it the most expensive series streamers have ever produced. For context, the previous record for highest budget per episode of a live-action series was held by Game of Thrones at $15 million, while Disney’s The Mandalorian was also close to reaching that figure. While a big budget doesn’t necessarily mean a quality show, the fact that Netflix places so much faith and financial support in One Piece is a positive sign for anime fans who are used to the show. streamers churn out half-baked movie adaptations like they unfortunately met Cowboy Bebop. Regardless of its storytelling, if the visuals are as good as they are in Game of Thrones or The Mandalorian, the money may be worth it.
Fans got an early look at those images earlier this month with the release of the first full trailer for live-action One Piece. While some criticized its approach, calling its “MCU”-style humor a tiresome joke, others were impressed by the look and feel of the series, overcoming the low expectations that previous anime adaptations set. The trailer provided a brief look at where its massive budget was headed, showing off a CGI Sea King and a glimpse of Luffy’s Devil Fruit powers, both of which seemed to be. didn’t particularly upset the fans. Still, $18 million is an unprecedented amount for a TV episode, and with the first season’s total cost of $150 million, one would imagine there’s more epic visuals in the door. stock when it launches this August.
One Piece’s Live-Action has 8 episodes
While very little is known about the content of One Piece Season 1 at this point, fans received an unexpected hint when its episode title was leaked earlier this week. According to reports, the series has registered its first eight episodes with the Writers Guild of America, as is customary for scripted television, and while some are unsurprising, others suggest a unpredictable transformation direction. For example, while a previous title leak reported that the season would end with an episode titled “The Grand Line,” there was no mention of Grand Line in the WGA titles, which This may allay fans’ concerns about the rushed pacing of the adaptation.
Excitement for Netflix’s One Piece is at an all-time high, and after years of waiting, the series is finally set to premiere this summer on August 31. That’s just enough time. Time to catch up on the anime, the series is also boosting its image and budget with new episodes every week, available on Crunchyroll.