One Piece Live-Action: Oda Stopped Potential Romance Between Straw Hat Crew

One Piece Live-Action Romance Nami

One Piece Live-Action Romance Nami

One Piece Straw Hat ships have officially been sunk, even in the live-action series. Recently, One Piece live-action showrunner Steve Maeda revealed that Eiichiro Oda stopped any potential romance between the Straw Hat Crew.

This might not be news to longtime series fans, but newer viewers might have sensed some chemistry between the Straw Hat Crew.

However, with this recent interview, it’s confirmed that there will be no romantic developments between them.

Aside from input on this, Oda has also been incredibly hands-on with the recent adaptation.

Eiichiro Oda Is Heavily Involved in the One Piece Live-Action Production

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Most anime live-action adaptations don’t involve the original series creators, but thankfully, that wasn’t the case with Netflix’s One Piece series.

From the beginning, creator Eiichiro Oda has been there every step of the way. While he isn’t the showrunner, he had the final say in the direction, enough that there was plenty of back-and-forth between him and the staff.

Even though the show has some noticeable changes from the original anime and manga, Oda is 100% behind the series. He even said that he’s braced for criticism for the changes.

In the end, he didn’t need to, as One Piece has gotten great reviews from critics and has been warmly received by fans.

It’s fair to say that the show has broken the live-action anime curse, and it might have done well enough to get a second-season renewal.

If it does get renewed, fans shouldn’t hope for any romance between the crew, as recently confirmed by the showrunner.

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One Piece Live-Action: Oda Mandated a No-Romance Policy for the Crew

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In an interview with TVLine, showrunner Steve Maeda said that “Eiichiro Oda was against romance on the crew.” He also mentioned that, for Oda, romance “is a hard no” in both the live-action series and the manga.

This makes sense for longtime fans. After all, the Straw Hat Crew is basically a family, so romance is definitely out of the question.

While Sanji is seen being smitten by Nami and Robin, it’s clear that there’s no real romance in these scenes.

As for some fan reactions to Nami and Zoro’s chemistry in the live-action, Maeda said that it wasn’t the intent. It’s just that the cast had great chemistry together on set.

The One Piece live-action series is now streaming exclusively on Netflix.

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Source: TVLine

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