One Piece Season 1 will cover the East Blue Saga.
One Piece is a series that spans countless miles and many islands across the Grand Line. But fans of the series know that the story doesn’t start out on the Grand Line itself. Instead, it starts off in a little village in the East Blue, which is considered to be the “weakest” of the four seas. It is in this bubble that hero Monkey D. Luffy acquires his first four crew members. It’s here that readers were introduced to Zoro, Nami, Usopp, and Sanji, who still make up the core of the crew.
Though while East Blue is certainly an important saga in the series, it is also very much just a small portion. In the manga, it comprises of 100 or so chapters and in the anime it encompasses just over 50 episodes. But just how much of the live-action series would East Blue be comprised of?
Speaking on the Reverie collaboration between Rogersbase and countless other One Piece YouTubers, head writer Matt Owens gave some insight as to what we can expect from Season 1. Well, Owens flat-out said that Season 1 will cover the entire East Blue Saga.
That means that we will likely be introduced to our core cast one by one. From there, they will head out into the Grand Line. Though, while East Blue is where everything begins, it does have its challenges.
“The East Blue arc is fairly episodic,” Owens admitted. And what he means by that is that each arc is fairly standalone in nature. Yes, things carry over, but it’s not until later that things really start to carry over between arcs in a big way. “One of the things we had to do was [find] what exists in the canon…what are some things in the world already, to make the series feel a little less episodic in the beginning? Not betraying anything, but just trying to give it a little bit more connective tissue.”
It’s an understandable problem. One Piece is a series that had a much smaller scope at the beginning. Author Eiichiro Oda had originally stated he hoped to finish the series in five years. However, East Blue alone take roughly two years to get through. Nowadays, it accounts for around ten percent of the current story, which is nothing.
This means that what the series originally was and what it started morphing into following East Blue are very different. If you re-read or re-watch the series from beginning to end, the differences are quite stark. So, it makes sense that the live-action One Piece would attempt to add more connective tissue early on. Since we know where things are going, why not lay those seeds at the beginning so it all melds together that much better?
As a fan, I have to say, I am a huge fan of that approach. We will be getting a full exploration of East Blue over the course of roughly ten hours (which is plenty of time), and along the way, we will see hints of what’s to come.
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