Netflix announced on Tuesday that the live-action series adaptation of Eiichiro Oda’s One Piece manga took the top spot on Netflix‘s global English-language television rankings in its first week, from August 28 to September 3. The series garnered a total of 18.5 million views, with 140.1 million hours watched and an average runtime of 7:34 hours.
The show ranked among the top 10 in 96 countries, clinching the number one spot in 46 of them. In the United States, it secured the second position, just behind the limited series called Who is Erin Carter?. In comparison, the Who is Erin Carter? series ranked number two in Netflix‘s global English-language television rankings with 90.3 million views, 15.8 million hours watched, and an average runtime of 5:43 hours.
The live-action adaptation premiered exclusively on Netflix on August 31 and consists of eight episodes, contrary to the originally reported ten episodes.
On the same day, the series’ soundtrack, which includes the main theme “WEALTH FAME POWER” composed by Sonya Belousova and Giona Ostinelli (The Witcher), was also released for fans to enjoy.
The live-action cast features:
The Japanese voice actors for Luffy, Zoro, Nami, Usopp, and Sanji from the One Piece TV anime reprised their roles for the Japanese dub. In addition, Luffy and Sanji were dubbed in Spanish by Iñaki Godoy and Taz Skylar, respectively.
Tomorrow Studios, a collaboration between producer Marty Adelstein (Prison Break, Teen Wolf) and ITV Studios, produced the live-action series. Matt Owens (Luke Cage, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) served as the show’s writer, whereas Steven Maeda and Becky Clements were executive producers.
The original creator of One Piece, Oda, also acted as an executive producer and mentioned in May that the series would only launch when he was fully satisfied. He expressed that all parties involved were working in harmony.
In a video message at Jump Festa in 2017, Adelstein claimed that the live-action Hollywood television adaptation of the manga would start with the East Blue arc and gradually expand its scope. Adelstein assured fans that the series would deliver a true One Piece, after discussing the project personally with Oda.