Netflix’s ‘One Piece’ Grows Audience As it Tops Chart For Second Week




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Netflix’s One Piece sailed to even more viewers as it topped the streamer’s chart for the second week in a row.

The live-action adaptation of Eiichiro Oda’s manga and anime opus topped the chart with a better result in its first week. For the week of September 4-10, One Piece garnered 145.7 million hours viewed with a total of 19.3 million views. That’s better than the 140.1 million hours and 18.5 million views it saw in the first week, although it only had half the time since it premiered in the latter half of the week.

Still, that’s an impressive debut for the show and Netflix, which has struggled with western adaptations of anime, with heavily hyped projects like Cowboy Bebop and Death Note flopping for both critics and fans. The strong second week greatly improves its chances of a second season, although that’s up in the air with the Hollywood strikes.

The show centers on the “Straw Hat Pirates” and their quest to find the mythical One Piece, a fabled treasure left by the former King of the Pirates, Gold Roger. One Piece, which boasts nearly 1,100 anime episodes and 103 volumes of manga, is celebrated by fans for the colorful characters that inhabit a bizarre and fantastic world full of pirates.

It stars Iñaki Godoy as Monkey D. Luffy, Emily Rudd as Nami, Mackenyu as Roaronoa Zoro, Jacob Gilson as Usopp, Taz Skylar as Sanji and Peter Gadiot as Shanks, with Vincent Regan as primary antagonist/pursuer Monkey D. Garp.

The debut of the fifth season of Virgin River is the No. 2 show, followed by Who is Erin Carter?, which dropped one spot from last week. Adam Sandler’s You Are So Not Invited to My Bat Mitzvah is the No. 1 film for the third week in a row.

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