Fans of Eiichiro Oda’s manga and anime, as well as those who are new to Monkey D. Luffy and his pirate world, have probably enjoyed watching the One Piece live-action adaptation on Netflix.
Netflix has now officially announced that they are making a second season of One Piece, thanks to the global audience’s positive response to the live-action Straw Hat Pirates and their often well-meaning but chaotic adventures.
Even though Oda, the creator of the original manga, requested some changes, the show still sticks to the original story, and the actors do a good job capturing the spirit of the animated characters.
But, it wasn’t just a walk in the park for actors to perform their characters like Roronoa Zoro, portrayed by Mackenyu Arata.
Mackenyu Arata’s Sword-Fighting Challenge as Roronoa Zoro
Mackenyu Arata is an actor who’s been in live-action adaptations of anime and manga, like Rurouni Kenshin as well as the main lead in the Knights of the Zodiac. And this year he played a big role in Netflix’s One Piece adaptation.
In an interview with GamesRadar, he talked about how he got the role of Roronoa Zoro:
“I’m like Zoro, maybe that’s what helped me book the role!” He said “I have experience using two swords simultaneously and have done live-action shows using swords in the past, but when it comes to three, that’s a different story. The training I did for One Piece was specific for Zoro and the skills needed to really be him. My jaw had on-the-job training!”
His answer is very straightforward. However, he is really a great fit for Zoro known for sword-fighting because he already has some experience with swords in his previous roles.
He did need extra training for fighting with three swords, including one in his mouth. It must’ve been a tough challenge for the actor to get used to holding a sword in his mouth.
Netflix’s One Piece Season 1 Synopsis
The story of One Piece season 1 is pretty straightforward. It all begins with a pirate named Gol D. Roger. He’s going to be executed by the World Government. But just before he’s executed, he reveals that he hid an amazing treasure called the “One Piece.” This news sparks a pirate frenzy as lots of people set out to find this treasure.
One of the main characters, Monkey D. Luffy, is a young aspiring pirate who has a unique ability to stretch his body like rubber. He forms a crew with other misfit characters like the swordsman Roronoa Zoro, the thief Nami, the cook Sanji, and the sharpshooter Usopp.
They set sail on the dangerous Grand Line. Throughout their journey, they face challenges from the World Government’s Marines, led by a rookie recruit named Koby and the formidable Vice-Admiral Garp. They also encountered several pirates and warlords along the way.