Source: HT News Service
Published on: September 29, 2023


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Eiichiro Oda Alters Stance on Manga’s Live-Action Adaptation Following Technological Progress and Viewing of ‘Shaolin Soccer’.

‘One Piece’ creator Eiichiro Oda, who is the executive producer on Netflix’s adaptation set to drop on Friday, August 31, said that he changed his mind about whether his manga could get a live-action adaptation after technology advances and watching ‘Shaolin Soccer’. The Japanese artist recently opened up about Stephen Chow’s 2001 comedy inspiring live-action adaptation of ‘One Piece’.

“When I first started, I didn’t think there was any point in drawing a manga that could be remade in live-action,” Eiichiro said in an interview with The New York Times. “But when I saw the movie [Chow’s] , it felt like a manga-esque world brought to life.” He explained that this is when he decided to change his mind.

“I realized times had changed, and there was technology available that could make a live-action One Piece happen. So, I shifted to finding the right partner to bring the manga to life,” Eiichiro said.

Netflix’s live-action interpretations

Netflix’s live-action interpretation is a unique attempt, as creators who made similar attempts with ‘Ghost in the Shell,’ ‘Cowboy Bebop’ and ‘Death Note’ have garnered little appreciation. “Various manga had been made into live action, but there was a history of failure; no one in Japan could name a successful example. Would fans of “One Piece” — and viewers who don’t know the manga — accept it?” said.

He added, “Thankfully, Netflix agreed that they wouldn’t go out with the show until I agreed it was satisfactory. I read the scripts, gave notes and acted as a guard dog to ensure the material was being adapted in the correct way.”

Eiichiro on bringing characters to screen

Eiichiro has reportedly been careful about how he brought his fans’ beloved characters to screen in the live action adaptation. “A live-action adaptation of a manga doesn’t simply re-enact the source material on a one-to-one basis: It involves really thinking about what fans love about the characters, the dynamics among them — and being faithful to those elements,” he said.

“A good live-action show doesn’t have to change the story too much. The most important thing is whether the actors can reproduce the characters in a way that will satisfy the people who read the manga. I think we did it well, so I hope audiences will accept it,” he added.

Disclaimer: Except for the headline and synopsis, this story has been taken from the HT News Service