The showrunner for the live-action adaptation of One Piece revealed which classic anime scene he’s excited for fans to see in the Netflix show.
Matt Owens, the showrunner and Executive Producer for the live-action adaptation of One Piece, revealed which classic scene from the anime he’s excited for fans to see adapted in the Netflix series.
According to Anime Dork, Owens was a guest on Randy Troy’s YouTube channel, which heavily explores the One Piece anime series. When asked which scene he believed the Netflix version of One Piece “knocked it out of the park,” Owens responded with, “Help me.” The Twitter account OP_Netflix_Fan captured the exact moment a fellow livestreamer posed the question to Owens.
About One Piece’s Help Me Scene
“Help Me” is a pivotal scene from the Arlong Park arc in One Piece Season 1. The story involves Nami, the navigator of the Straw Hat Pirates, “betraying” her friends by stealing their gold and returning home to Cocoyasi Village. It’s revealed that Nami has been working with Arlong of the Arlong Pirates for almost all her life in the hopes of earning enough money to buy back her village from the fish-men pirates. However, Arlong betrays his deal with Nami by having crooked Navy soldiers steal the gold that she has been saving since she was a child, so Nami is forced to work for the Arlong Pirates forever.
Devastated by Arlong’s betrayal, Nami becomes an emotional wreck and self-harms herself by stabbing the arm that bears the Arlong Pirates tattoo. When Monkey D. Luffy stops Nami from hurting herself even further, she finally asks her friends for help. “Help me,” she tells Luffy, with tears running down her face. Luffy, of course, accepts her plea. It’s arguably one of the greatest emotional moments in One Piece. Fan expectations for seeing the scene done right are high.
While Netflix is no stranger to the anime industry, fans and critics panned the streaming giant’s past live-action adaptations of popular anime series like Death Note and Cowboy Bebop. Shinichiro Watanabe, the creator of Cowboy Bebop, admitted in an interview that it was “tough” to watch a clip of the live-action Netflix version of his show. Nonetheless, Netflix continues to invest in anime live-action adaptations, such as acquiring the rights to a live-action My Hero Academia movie from Legendary Entertainment.
At the moment, there is no definitive release date for the live-action One Piece series for Netflix.