One Piece live-action has a big problem: How to adapt Luffy’s powers

It’s not something we didn’t already know, right?

According to a source close to Netflix production, One Piece’s live-action could have a big problem adapting Monkey D. Luffy’s devil fruit abilities. But why? If you’re an anime fan or know a bit of Eiichiro Oda’s work, you’ll know that it’s an action-packed franchise that borders on fantasy, mostly because of the powers that come with devil fruits. Many people have feared that One Piece live-action will end up in a situation like that. Cowboy Bebop which was canceled after its first season (and is produced by the same company).

But where do the complaints come from? The recent trailer for Ms. Marvel casts some doubt on how well Netflix will do with a vital part of Luffy’s character in their live-action One Piece. In the comics, the main character, also known as Kamala Khan, is an Inhuman with the power to stretch her limbs and alter her size like the captain of the Straw Hat Pirates, but based on the Ms. Marvel trailer, it appears that the MCU is changing his powers to focus solely on energy. It is not known why this change was made, but one possibility is that with a comparatively smaller budget than a Marvel movie, the show couldn’t figure out a way to make his stretching powers look good in live action..

If that’s true, then it could be bad news for Netflix’s live-action One Piece, if one Ms. Marvel show can’t make stretching look good, another show with a similar budget might not either. Since its announcement, people have questioned how the show will handle many of the outrageous and inhuman aspects of the series. Characteristics like fish-men like Arlong, giants, giant-sized people, and strange-looking characters could be difficult to translate to actors and actresses. Among all that, most of the discussion has focused on the powers that Monkey D. Luffy has thanks to the Gomu-Gomu no Mi, a body made of rubber that can stretch and inflate at will. Superpowers that allow people to stretch their limbs have a long history of looking terrible in live-action like Fantastic Four, so audiences have been wondering what Netflix will do to try and faithfully recreate this power.

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Is One Piece live-action destined for failure?

Netflix’s One Piece live-action cannot undo Luffy’s Gomu-Gomu fruit powers like Ms. Marvel did, as that will change many of the stories and fights in the work. Meanwhile, the show already has to deal with the stigma that previous anime adaptations, many like Death Note or Cowboy Bebop, have received poor reviews. This latest adaptation, which was also the work of Netflix, had a largely negative reception and was canceled after one season. If, on top of that, the main character’s most iconic look isn’t looking good, then there might be little reason for viewers to engage with the show.

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Iñaki Godoy as Monkey D. Luffy from the live-action One Piece

There’s a lot going against Netflix’s live-action One Piece, whether it’s other shows that present a poor image of what it’s capable of or just the general story of live-action anime adaptations. However, this does not mean that the program has nothing going for it. Eiichiro Oda, the original author of the series, is attached as an executive producer, so it’s likely that at least the story and plot will be handled better than others.. Similarly, everyone who has been cast so far seems to fit their roles well. If the people working on the show can find a way to make the visuals work, that, combined with the other factors, could help set it apart from other live-action anime adaptations in the best possible way.

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