The Netflix adaptation of “One Piece” will depart from the original material

Well, we all knew it was going to happen Netflixthe adaptation of A piece. They are going to deviate from the original source material Eiichiro Oda. How much could you ask for? Well, she reads on:

Going merry by Theseus?

of Netflix "A piece" logo.
You would think they would know better by now.

of Netflix A piece Director of photography Nicole Hirsch Whitaker recently spoke about her experiences while filming for the live

series in an interview with Academy of Filmmakers. In fact, the entire interview was specifically about this live-action adaptation of souls and manga by Eiichiro Oda. Unfortunately, they only dedicated two sections of the interview to the show itself. Even worse, it appears that Whitaker is confirming that the show will deviate from the source material.

According to the interview, both Whitaker and the director (presumably showrunners Steven Maeda and Matt Owens) both insist that this live-action A piece the adaptation “will stand out on its own and not just be a carbon copy of the anime”. If that sounds a little creepy to you Eiichiro Oda fans, the situation gets worse. Whitaker goes on to say:

There will always be fans and critics. You can’t please everyone, but at the core, the most important thing is the story. And if the story isn’t there, and it doesn’t catch viewers, it doesn’t matter what you do. We can only hope to get a new audience and people who find it fascinating and interesting. “

of Netflix A piece and the ship of Theseus: Opinion

Photo of "Going merry" set in front of the bow for Netflix "A piece"
If you replace the Going merry table after table, is it always the same ship in the end?

To give you all some premise: the Ship of Theseus is a thought experiment of ancient Greek origin. Basically: if you replace a ship axle by axle until the new planks are all that’s left, is this ship still the same ship as the one before the entire replacement began? This is the thought experiment that came to my mind after hearing this news on Netflix A pieceand entirely appropriate considering the maritime nature of this experiment.

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In a nutshell: if you replace fragments of A piece with your original stuff, how much can you replace before your show stops being A piece? I don’t care if only minor things like the exact colors of the ships change, or if the main characters differ a little from their canonical appearance. But if they start to change history too, will it always be the same work as Eiichiro Oda? My opinion on this is “No”. At some point, you will get to the point where it stops being A piece.

I have a feeling Nicole Hirsch Whitaker and Netflix will find out when they finally release the A piece live-action series if they fail to walk the fine line between the original material and their original content. The fact that Tomorrow Studios did the Cowboy Bebop the live-action adaptation gives me even less confidence, considering how quick Netflix was to cancel it.

Source: Academy of Filmmakers

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