As fans patiently await renewal news for the second season of One Piece, subscribers will be delighted to learn that the scripts are reportedly already ready for season 2. Netflix has yet to renew One Piece for a second season but we’re confident we’ll learn even more within the next few weeks. For now, here’s everything we know so far about One Piece season 2 on Netflix.
As one of the most popular media franchises on the planet, One Piece has dominated the manga and anime scene for over two decades. The past 26 years of week-to-week serialization have seen over 516 million copies of the manga in circulation around the world, and the anime adaptation is currently one of the most-watched shows on television, not just anime.
In the 26-year history of One Piece, we’ve never had a live-action adaptation, until now. So, without stating the obvious, there’s a lot riding on the success of the live-action One Piece series.
Thanks to Steven Maeda, and Matt Owens, the showrunners of One Piece, an entire new audience will get to experience the magical and adventure-filled world of One Piece for the first time. Meanwhile, those who have been fans of the franchise for a long time will finally get to see the live-action adaptation the story deserves.
22 years ago, the infamous pirate Gol D. Roger was captured and executed, but not before kickstarting a brand new era of piracy. Years later rookie pirate Monkey D. Luffy sets sail with the dream of becoming the King of the Pirates, but, in order to achieve his dream he’s going to need a ship and a powerful and talented crew.
One Piece Season 2 Netflix Renewal Status
Official Netflix Renewal Status: Pending (13/09/2023)
At the time of writing Netflix has yet to renew One Piece for a second season. However, the series has only been available to stream on the service for just over 2 weeks.
It has been reported that each episode of One Piece was extremely expensive to produce, approximately $18 million USD per episode. A second season of One Piece, consisting of eight episodes, could cost a minimum of $150 million USD to produce. This means that in order for Netflix to greenlight a second season, the first will need to be incredibly successful.
In order for the streaming service to deem One Piece a “success” the show will need to have a strong performance over the next several weeks. Factors that will be important in the renewal of One Piece are;
- Total number of hours viewed in the global top ten.
- Total number of views. (Global top ten hours divided by total runtime)
- The % of subscribers who finished all eight episodes.
The first 28 days will be the show’s most important.
One Piece has had a healthy couple of weeks since making its debut. In two weeks the series has amassed 285,800,000 global top ten viewing hours, which equates to 37.8 million views on Netflix so far.
How does the One Piece viewing data measure up to other originals? With a 4% rise in the number of hours viewed it’s another good week for the live-action adaptation. However, judging by the show’s current trajectory, it’s going to struggle to beat the Bridgerton prequel series Queen Charlotte, which is currently ranked 10th in Netflix’s all-time chart.
Samba TV reported that within its first four days, One Piece was watched by 739,000 households across the USA. However, when compared to other shows released on a Thursday, One Piece is beaten by several shows, such as, Resident Evil, Virgin River, Who Is Erin Carter, That 90s Show, and FUBAR.
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In an interview with thestreamr director of the series Marc Jobst expressed his desire to return to direct more episodes of One Piece;
“Oh, listen, of course, I want to come back. You know, I love this show. I love the actors. Hugely we bonded we worked, we rehearsed. We played silly games, we did some service in the community. You know, we worked together to kind of build trust, and there’s no way I’d like to let that go. Just like that. So yes, it sounds to do that.”
Some groundwork for the future of the live-action One Piece has already been established through its music thanks to composers Sonya Belousova and Giona Ostinelli.
In the first season, we heard the theme of Baroque Works. Sonya explained in an interview with thestreamr that they hope to explore more of the Baroque Works theme in the near future.
“We do have a theme for Baroque Works, which is that secret organization that we’re going to explore hopefully in further seasons. When, in Episode 1, there is a fight between Zoro and Mr. Seven, Mr. Seven is part of that organization he shows Zoro he’s card, that’s where you are – that scene. So it’s the same [theme] for Baroque Works. We don’t have any other references to Baroque Works in the season…!”
At the very end of the series, we are also treated to a brand new theme, which has been confirmed to be Smoker.
Marty Adelstein, the CEO of Tomorrow Studios was quoted in Variety discussing the ongoing wait for renewal;
“I think [Netflix is] looking at various situations about how many episodes they do, do they break them up? I think they’re trying to figure that out this week. I suspect we’ll hear from them in the next week to two weeks. There seems to be a big impetus to keep this going and to come up with a long-term strategy. So we’re just waiting for that.”
What to expect from a second season of One Piece?
The next adventure for the Straw Hat Pirates is the start of their biggest adventure yet! The Grand Line! However, before the Straw Hats can make their way to the start of the Grand Line at Reverse Mountain, they must make a stop for supplies at Loguetown, the same location where Gol D. Roger met his end, and where the Great Pirate era began.
The Grand Line is a perilous place for even the most seasoned pirates. So for Luffy and his crew, complete rookies, the Grand Line is even more dangerous. In order to survive, Luffy will be on the lookout for even more talented people to join his crew.
How much of the Manga/Anime will the second season cover?
The second season will cover the following story arcs of One Piece;
East Blue Saga
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Who are the cast members of One Piece season 2?
Naturally, all of the Straw Hats are expected to reprise their roles in season 2;
- Iñaki Godoy as Monkey D. Luffy
- Emily Rudd as Nami
- Mackenyu as Roronoa Zoro
- Jacob Romero as Usopp
- Taz Skyler as Sanji
We also expect the following cast members to return in season 2;
- Vincent Regan as Garp
- Morgan Davies as Koby
- Aidan Scott as Helmeppo
- Armand Aucamp as Bogard
- Jeff Ward as Buggy
- Ilia Isorelýs Paulino as Alvida
A whole range of new cast members will be needed for the second season as the Arabasta Saga introduces a ton of exciting new characters;
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and lots more!
When could we expect to see production begin on One Piece season 2?
Assuming that One Piece is renewed for a second season, Tomorrow Studios, the creative team behind One Piece will be super eager to begin production as fast as possible. However due to the ongoing WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes, even if the series is renewed production can’t begin until after the strikes come to an end.
In an interview with Variety, Marty Adelstein, CEO of Tomorrow Studios, has already confirmed that the scripts for season 2 have been written.
“We’ve got scripts ready.”
Once the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes come to an end, filming can begin and season 2 could be on our screens within “12 to 18 months.”
Becky Clements the president of Tomorrow Studios has claimed that season 2 of One Piece could be on Netflix as early as 2024.
“Realistically, hopefully, a year away, if we move very quickly, and that is a possibility. Somewhere between a year and 18 months, we could be ready for air.”
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