While it’s been revealed that the scripts for the second season are not ready as initially revealed by One Piece’s producer, they do have some outlines ready. As such, Deadline used the opportunity to at least ask showrunner Matt Owens what the overarching theme might be going into the second season. The first had a strong emphasis on One Piece’s core theme of chasing your dreams but it seems they want to expand on that a bit more.
Without saying too much, and speaking to any new characters that we might meet, I would say a major theme that we’re working with in Season 2 is the challenge of leadership. From Luffy’s perspective, he’s got his crew now, and they are setting out to the Grand Line. They’re doing the thing, and there are a lot of challenges that come with that responsibility. And that theme ties into some other stories and characters that I won’t give away just yet. But the challenge and leadership is a big theme for us in Season 2.Matt Owens
The Grand Line is a treacherous environment where survival isn’t as simple as one would think going by the run time of the series. So, it’s a perfect opportunity to explore what it means to be a leader, which also ties into some of the strongest moments from the Arabasta arc. The contrast between one major pirate crew that we’ll be introduced to has already been hinted at in the first season.
Plus, we know that Smoker has a major role and would also have a leadership role for his marine squad. so, there’s a lot of potential to build upon the contrast between the various major players in this theme and it feels like a natural continuation of what we saw with Luffy in the Baratie episodes as well. Here’s hoping the wait won’t bee to long.