A Live-Action One Piece Movie Might Look Like This

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Image: © 尾田栄一郎/集英社・フジテレビ・東映アニメーション, Indeed, Oricon

This isn’t a trailer for a One Piece movie trailer, but if a made-in-Japan version ever gets greenlit, it could like this.


Earlier week, Oricon posted this Indeed job recruit spot with actor Takumi Saitoh as Luffy, model Rika Izumi as Nami, comedian Daigo Yamamoto as Usopp, actor Hiroyuki Ikeuchi as Zoro and actor Yosuke Kubozuka as Sanji.

In English, the song they’re singing translates as, “If you’re looking for a job, Indeed. If you’re looking for a part-time gig, Indeed.”


Previously, Saitoh was Reiji Mitsurugi in the Ace Attorney movie, Yamamoto in 2010's Space Battleship Yamato flick; he was also in Godzilla: Resurgence. Yosuke Kubozuka is a respected actor who was in Martin Scorsese’s Silence, while Hiroyuki Ikeuchi was in Ip Man and, more recently, John Woo’s Manhunt. These are fairly famous people, so if a movie was ever made, a cast like this would probably make sense.

Now whether or not a live-action One Piece does, that’s another matter...

Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored six books, including most recently, The Japanese Sake Bible.

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Have there been any objectively good Live Action anime adaptations? I’ve gotten burned one too many times for me to believe that they exist. When it comes to One Piece, I may not be 100% up to date with it (I just finished whatever arc centers around Do Flamingo and his kingdom) but it’s near and dear to my heart, so I struggle to see what proof there is that it can be done well. I have heard the Bleach one wasn’t terrible though.