Netflix’s adaptation of anime masterpiece One Piece is making full sail after a strong debut on the streaming service.
The show, a live-action version of the long-running anime and manga series from creator Eiichiro Oda, centers on Monkey D. Luffy and the crew of the Straw Hat Pirates, who embark on a quest to find the mythical “One Piece” and lay claim to the title as the next “King of the Pirates,” was the top show on Netflix for the week of August 28 through September 3. It boasted 140.1 million hours viewed with a total of 18.5 million views, according to Netflix’s top 10 site.
That’s particularly impressive considering it debuted in the latter half of the week on September 1. Even with the shortened timeframe, it still ranks as a top five premiere for a Netflix original, according to What’s on Netflix.
The strong start and favorable critical and fan response seems to break the curse of poorly received anime adaptations, stemming from 2021’s Cowboy Bebop to Death Note. One Piece and its fantastical story is one of the most popular modern anime with nearly 1,100 episodes and a rabid fan base, so there was a lot riding on it turned out.
The show stars Iñaki Godoy as Luffy, Emily Rudd as Nami, Mackenyu as Roaronoa Zoro, Jacob Gilson as Usopp and Peter Gadiot as Shanks.