“That is a fate worse than death”: Netflix Showrunner Credits Eiichiro Oda For a Major One Piece Character Surviving Season 1

Matt Owes shares why Buggy was not killed in season 1 of the Netflix series, credits Eiichiro Oda for this major decision

Netflix Showrunner Credits Eiichiro Oda For a Major One Piece Character Surviving Season 1


  • Buggy was seen as one of the biggest villains Luffy came across in the Season 1 of One Piece Live-Action
  • Despite being beaten terribly by the Straw Hats crew, he is shown to have survived
  • The co-showrunner, Matt Owens, shares the reason behind doing the same
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One of the first villains to be introduced in the series is Buggy. The Straw Hats cross paths with him on their voyage. His goal was to steal the map of the Grand Line. Luffy, played by Iñaki Godoy, along with his crew, gets away from the Clown. However, they reunite with Buggy again after crossing paths with the infamous pirate Arlong.

Netflix's One Piece
Netflix’s One Piece

Jeff Ward was cast as Buggy in Netflix’s One Piece. However, the character didn’t meet an unfortunate fate by the end of Season 1 of the series. The showrunner, Matt Owens, explained in an interview with Deadline how it follows the vision of the source material.

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What did Matt Owen say regarding the survival of the villain in Netflix’s One Piece?

Inaki Godoy as Luffy in Netflix's One Piece
Inaki Godoy as Luffy in Netflix’s One Piece

Buggy swears revenge on Luffy by the end of Season 1 of Netflix’s One Piece. The showrunner, Matt Owens, explains to Deadline why Buggy didn’t meet his end despite being hurled by the Straw Hats and Arlong’s crew, 

“Dreams are very important in the One Piece world, and Oda has said before that what’s worse than death is a dream being taken away. So when you see a lot of the villains that we meet, they have these machinations, these desires — often nefarious — and the Straw Hats take those away from them.”

Owens also explains Oda’s vision and how the manga traces through the damage of dreams being shattered is more significant compared to even death.

“For Oda as an artist, the way that he has described it, that is a fate worse than death. So that’s something that he likes to focus on in villain confrontations instead, and what it also allows him to do, though is, when there is death in One Piece, it’s even more impactful because you’re not dealing with death every single story arc necessarily. That is Oda’s perspective as an artist and creator, and it’s something that we have taken on as well.”

For villains like Buggy, Oda depicted their dreams being broken while maintaining the fact that no one meets their demise as a probable death will have a massive impact on the series.


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Are there chances of Buggy returning in Season 2 of Netflix’s One Piece?

Buggy in One Piece
Buggy in One Piece

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Towards the end of Season 1 of Netflix’s One Piece, audiences are anticipating the Clown to return and trouble the Straw Hats in the future season. Season 1 of the series concluded with Luffy becoming aware of his bounty and the famous post-credit scene featuring Smoker.


Some more characters were teased in the post-credits, like Buggy and Alvida. Season 2 will likely begin with adapting the Loguetown arc, where all of Luffy’s adversaries form an alliance to take revenge on the aspiring Pirate King.


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