The first season of Netflix’s One Piece started streaming on August 31, and fans have noticed that the live-action series cuts out a critical storyline. The TV series doesn’t showcase the Loguetown Arc, the final storyline from the manga’s East Blue Saga. Showrunner Steven Maeda explained why his team wasn’t able to include the storyline in a recent interview shared by CBR.
Netflix’s One Piece live-action series cut out the Loguetown Arc in the first season
Steven Maeda shared that he really wanted to include the Loguetown Arc, but there were several factors that kept it from being included in One Piece’s first season.
One of the main restraints was time because he felt that the Arc needed enough time to properly build-up, and with only about 184 minutes of screen time, it would have felt rushed. Additionally, there wasn’t enough room in the budget to include the production expenses.
When Steven Maeda and his team began working on the live-action TV series One Piece, they were in for quite a challenge. The show is based on the Japanese manga series of the same name that has over 100 volumes and counting.
There are seemingly endless storylines and characters, so there’s no way the production team could fit everything into only eight episodes that are only about 23 minutes long.
To help make things a little less challenging, the first season of One Piece only focused on the East Blue Saga, the introductory storyline of the franchise. In this saga, Monkey D. Luffy and his Straw Hat Pirates begin their quest to find the ‘One Piece,’ a treasure that will make Luffy the King of the Pirates.
The rag-tag crew must battle their new enemies on land and sea since many other pirates are also on the hunt for the fabled treasure.
At the end of One Piece’s East Blue Saga is the Loguetown Arc, a moment when the Straw Hat pirates make a critical stop at Loguetown to gather supplies
At the end of One Piece’s East Blue Saga is the Loguetown Arc, a moment when the Straw Hat pirates make a critical stop at Loguetown to gather supplies. During their visit, Luffy gets reminded of Gol D. Roger, a famous pirate who was both born and executed in Loguetown. This sets up the backstory of Gol D. Roger who becomes an important character later in the manga.
In addition to cutting out the Loguetown Arc, Steven Maeda shared that he was also disappointed that they had to cut scenes of Logue Town in the present day. He explained that he wanted to bring the audience back to Logue Town after Gol D. Roger’s execution, but that there simply wasn’t enough time or budget to include it.
After the first season of One Piece has received rave reviews from fans and critics, there are already plans for a second season. Perhaps the production crew will be able to weave in the Loguetown Arc or scenes of Logue Town in the present day, but they will have plenty of other content to work with from the manga series.
All eight episodes of One Piece’s first season are currently streaming on Netflix, and they feature the young and talented Iñaki Godoy as Monkey D. Luffy.