The real-life version of the anime show One Piece on Netflix has made a new achievement. It did better than the popular series Wednesday and Stranger Things, which were Netflix hits before.
The initial season of the show, which is based on the long-standing Japanese cartoon, became available on the streaming service just last week.
Within the initial days of its launch, One Piece has quickly become the top-ranked TV series in 84 different countries worldwide.
This achievement surpasses a record previously held by the first season of Netflix’s adaptation of The Addams Family (Wednesday) and the fourth season of the sci-fi series Stranger Things. Both of these shows reached the No. 1 spot in 83 territories during their opening weekends.
Fans of the series have hailed One Piece for breaking the “curse” of live-action anime adaptations. Netflix has previously adapted more than a dozen popular anime properties, including Cowboy Bebop, and Deathnote, although most have been poorly received by fans and critics.
Eiichiro Oda is the creator of the original manga that serves as the foundation for both the One Piece anime and the new Netflix series.
The series revolves around a diverse group of pirates on a quest to find a hidden treasure.
Before the launch of the new series, which was developed by Matt Owens and Steven Maeda, Eiichiro Oda anticipated that fans might have reservations about the live-action adaptation.
In an open letter earlier this year, he wrote: “It’s absurd that the idea of adapting One Piece to a live action was conceived seven years ago! How was it possible to transpose such a world into reality?
“It took a lot of work… the efforts of the actors, the reconstruction of buildings and costumes, realising the situations so that they could only work in live action, the dialogues… and the commitment of so many people who worked together was already in itself something beautiful.”
Source: The Independent