“I don’t want the kendo masks”: Netflix Went Back to Cape Town and Reshoot a Crucial Fight Scene of Zoro to Keep Eiichiro Oda Happy

"I don't want the kendo masks": Netflix Went Back to Cape Town and Reshoot a Crucial Fight Scene of Zoro to Keep Eiichiro Oda Happy
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Eiichiro Oda’s One Piece has written a new history in the anime live adaptation genre. Not only did it break the shackles in this genre, but it also inspired other anime live adaptations to follow that same path. One Piece Live Action was first announced in 2020. Since then, there has been a buzz about whether it would live up to its hype or add to another flop in the anime live adaptation genre.


But boy, did it deliver. The anime lovers loved every aspect of the live-action. Every minute detail was carefully done to its core. It was not a direct rip-off. The creator maintained the essence with a few changes. Eiichiro Oda, the creator of One Piece, was working from behind the camera. The show’s director revealed that Oda did not like a particular scene. So, the team had to reshoot it to make Eiichiro Oda happy.

Eiichiro Oda Had A Crucial Role In the Show’s Success

Eiichiro Oda
Eiichiro Oda

Eiichiro Oda is a man of perfection. There was no way he would let a scene shot, just for the sake of it. He always wants the best from his team and never gives anything other than his best. Oda did the same thing with One Piece Live Action. Emma Sullivan, One Piece Live Action director, revealed that the scene with Zoro and Kuina had to be reshot because Oda did not like the kendo masks.


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During her interview with ScreenRant Plus, she said, “Only as much as Oda gave us because everything went through Oda. So for example, I had a scene where Kuina and young Zoro are fighting, and we shot that originally. And Oda watched it and he said, ‘I don’t want the kendo masks on them. We want it reshot.’ So we went back to Cape Town and we shot it again.”

Emma Sullivan, One Piece Director
Emma Sullivan

She continued, “And it was better and it was good. Everything goes through him. It’s incredibly creative IP, so you’re constantly trying to do justice but find the most beautiful visual way to tell his stories. But at the same time you know, you have to go within the parameters of the show.” It was crucial to have Eiichiro Oda’s blessing for the show. Otherwise, perfection would be missing from the series.


One Piece Director On Eiichiro Oda

Some might feel that Eiichiro Oda has been harsh on the directors just to reshot one scene for the kendo masks. But the One Piece director said that it was for the betterment of the show. His overarching presence made the showrunners feel comfortable. Oda took part in everything during the shoot of the live-action series.

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Even a minute change was not done until Oda gave his permission. In a way, he was like the guardian angel, and his blessings were all that the cast had hoped for. Every shot was first sent to him. Only after his feedback would they begin shooting again. One Piece Live Action was made in a way to make the fans feel good. The new fans will get hooked on it, while the old fans will relive their childhood days.

Cast of One Piece Live Action
One Piece Live Action

One Piece Live Action season 1 is currently streaming on Netflix. Netflix renewed the show for a second season. So, if Netflix wants another great season, they need to follow Eiichiro Oda’s instructions. His being happy means that the show is well done.

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Priyanko is a Content Writer at FandomWire, and specializes in anime. He is currently pursuing his Master's Degree in Economics. Priyanko has previously worked as a content writing intern. He spends half of his day writing on anime, and the other half watching it.