In just two weeks, Netflix has done the impossible and already renewed the live-action One Piece series. Okay, might be overdoing it but in a clever little message from Eiichiro Oda, who seems to be loving his puppet Transponder Snail, used the opportunity to confirm that the live-action series is indeed going to return for a second season. Not only that, but he goes out of his way to highlight the arrival of an iconic ship’s doctor for the Straw Hats. As an adorable little extra, he even draws up an adorable drawing based on his manga look and states that it’ll still take some time to finish the scripts.
It’s great news and hopefully a reflection of how much the studio believes in this project. Of course, we don’t know when a second season will be able to release given that Hollywood is still on strike. Hopefully, they will finally have a resolution to solve the issue; being them not paying their actors and writers fairly. It’s interesting that he says the scripts still need time given that Tomorrow Studios already confirmed they are pretty much ready to shoot.
Their big goal would be to avoid taking longer than two years for the second season to release, as that commonly has not been beneficial due to the long wait time outside of a well-established IP The show is #1 two weeks in a row and it’s uncertain if it’ll keep it up going into its third week, where they commonly see a drop. Maybe a cynical outlook could see this renewal as a way to boost its viewership going into the third week to see if it’s worth it. Either way, it’s great that we’ll get to see the Arabasta saga come to life.