After over a year of waiting, Netflix has finally dropped the official One Piece live action teaser video, giving anime and manga fans a first glimpse at the television drama adaptation supervised by the series creator, Eiichiro Oda.

Coming in at just under two minutes, the teaser showcased the One Piece live action cast, breathing life into the initial arcs that have captivated audiences for years.

The teaser has ignited a range of reactions within the fandom. While some remain hopeful for the adaptation’s success, others approach it with a hint of skepticism. Meanwhile, long-time fans kept a keen eye out for Easter eggs and nods to the source material.

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5 One Piece live action teaser Easter eggs and details you probably missed

  • One Piece live action costume references
  • The lighthouse behind Baratie restaurant
  • Captain Morgan’s portrait
  • A first look at the Marines
  • Luffy’s anime version in the One Piece live-action logo

One Piece live action costume references

Unlike the repetitive wardrobe choices often seen in anime characters, the One Piece live action series will showcase a diverse range of costumes worn by its cast. These costumes are not haphazardly chosen; rather, they draw inspiration from manga covers released in the past.

A prime example of this attention to detail can be observed in the One Piece live action teaser video, where Inaki Godoy, the actor portraying Monkey D. Luffy, and Jacob Romero, the actor portraying Usopp, sport vibrant summer ensembles. This particular outfit finds its roots in the cover art of One Piece volume 11, titled “The Meanest Man in the East,” originally published in 2006.

The lighthouse behind Baratie restaurant

Baratie restaurant in One Piece live action series
Credit: Netflix

Perhaps one of the best Easter eggs included in the One Piece live action teaser is the lighthouse situated behind the Baratie restaurant.

The lighthouse, a notable feature absent from both the anime and manga versions, is an exciting new inclusion in the East Blue’s restaurant setting. It is under the ownership of a talented chef named Zeff, who also happens to be a pirate with a noble ambition. Zeff is played by Craig Fairbrass in the live action adaptation.

In chapter 57 of the One Piece manga, Zeff’s backstory unfolds, revealing his desire to establish a floating restaurant in the midst of the ocean. This eatery would serve as a beacon of hope for starving pirates, easily discoverable and accessible to those in need. The inclusion of the lighthouse in the live action version of the restaurant now enhances its visibility, ensuring that pirates can spot it with greater ease.

In the manga, prior to the timeskip, the Baratie restaurant boasts four levels, where visitors can dine on cuisines prepared by its dedicated staff. Sanji, a talented sous chef, worked at Baratie until his encounter with Luffy, who eventually persuaded him to join his crew.

Captain Morgan’s portrait

One Piece live action teaser Easter eggs featuring Captain Morgan's portrait
Credit: Netflix

One of the opening scenes in the One Piece live action teaser showed Luffy meeting Zoro, played by Mackenyu Arata, for the first time. While Zoro has his hands tied to a pole, eager-eyed fans can spot a portrait of his captor, Captain Morgan in the background.

Captain Morgan, played by Langley Kirkwood in the Netflix adaptation, is a former Marine captain who serves as the antagonist in the Romance Dawn arc, the first arc of the series. Captain Morgan is known for his tyrannical rule over the Marine base on the island of Shells Town, where he imposes strict laws and punishments on the residents.

A first look at the Marines

First look at the Marines in the One Piece live action series
Credit: Netflix

The Marines, a significant faction within the One Piece universe, made their much-anticipated debut in the One Piece live action teaser.

Departing from their sleeveless attire, the soldiers of the World Government’s formidable naval force don long-sleeved uniforms. However, their unmistakable hallmark remains intact as they wear the iconic white Marine caps.

Luffy’s anime version in the One Piece live-action logo

A close up shot of the One Piece live action logo
Credit: Netflix

The One Piece live action teaser video concludes with an animated rendition of the adaptation’s logo. Upon closer examination of the skull within the logo, we see the post-timeskip depiction of Luffy, perched confidently atop its hollow nose.

In his post-timeskip form, Luffy wears an open, long-sleeved red cardigan and a yellow sash on his waist.

See these Easter eggs for yourself by watching the full One Piece live action teaser below:

Eiichiro Oda’s One Piece is one of the most popular anime shows in the world, as well as one of the longest-running anime series with over 1,000 episodes.

At its core, One Piece revolves around the tale of Monkey D. Luffy and his crew, known as the Straw Hat pirates, as they embark on a quest in search of the legendary treasure known as One Piece.

The anime and manga both have a huge following around the world and have been featured in live attractions, movies, theatrical plays, and soon, television drama.

One Piece live action will air on Netflix on August 31, 2023. Check out the full cast and episode list here.

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