New Netflix show breaks viewing record previously held by 'Stranger Things' and 'Wednesday'

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By Asiya Ali

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The new Netflix series One Piece has already smashed a record previously held by Wednesday and Stranger Things.

The streaming service recently added the live-action adaptation of author Eiichiro Oda's manga of the same name, and it has already impressed viewers around the world.

Developed by showrunners Matt Owens and Steven Maeda (Helix, Pan Am), the series focuses on the adventures of the Straw Hat Pirates, who are searching for a treasure that will allow their captain, Monkey D. Luffy (Iñaki Godoy) to become King of the Pirates.

The fantasy adventure also stars Mackenyu as Roronoa Zoro, Emily Rudd as Nami, Jacob Romero as Usopp, Morgan Davis as Koby, and Taz Skylar as Sanji.

Watch the trailer below: 

According to data provider FlixPatrol, One Piece has already taken the top spot on Netflix's charts as the No. 1 ranked TV series in 84 different countries around the world.

This means the TV series surpassed a milestone set by season one of Netflix's Addams Family adaptation Wednesday and season four of Stranger Things in just a few days.

Many fans of the show have taken to social media to praise its swift success. One supporter wrote: "I think One Piece is so far the best live-action anime ever created."

Another said: "One second to appreciate one piece on this account as well. Because this is insane. I watched 2 episodes so far and I absolutely love it. One Piece is on a whole other level in every way."

A third commented: "I’ve always said One Piece is one of the greatest works of fiction regardless of media. OPLA is now proving that to be true. It’s not just a great manga, it’s an incredibly well-told story that rivals all the greats. All of them."

A fourth added: "One Piece not only dominating the manga and anime industry, it’s now set a new record on the most popular streaming service in the world that likely won’t be broken for years to come, One Piece is history in the making."

The adaptation premiered with positive reviews, with an 83% score on Rotten Tomatoes based on 41 critic reviews, and a 96% audience rating.

One Piece creator Oda - who served as an executive producer on the Netflix adaptation - previously stated in an open letter that there were "no compromises" in the live-action show.

"After the launch, I'm sure I'll hear about some people pointing out how this character is missing or that scene is omitted, or this bit is different from the manga," he said, per Daily Mail. "But I'm sure they'll come from a place of love, so I intend to enjoy even those comments!"

The 48-year-old shared that even after the shoot was over, they re-shot several scenes as they believed it wasn't "good enough to put out into the world." He also added that there were many decisions made to keep the show from looking "unnatural".

"On the other hand, there were also some lines that I thought didn't feel like Luffy on paper… but when I saw the filmed scenes, I went, 'It works when it's Iñaki performing it as Luffy, as a matter of fact, it works great!!'" he concluded.

You can check out One Piece on Netflix now!

Featured image credit: Tommaso Boddi / Getty

New Netflix show breaks viewing record previously held by 'Stranger Things' and 'Wednesday'

vt-author-image

By Asiya Ali

Article saved!Article saved!

The new Netflix series One Piece has already smashed a record previously held by Wednesday and Stranger Things.

The streaming service recently added the live-action adaptation of author Eiichiro Oda's manga of the same name, and it has already impressed viewers around the world.

Developed by showrunners Matt Owens and Steven Maeda (Helix, Pan Am), the series focuses on the adventures of the Straw Hat Pirates, who are searching for a treasure that will allow their captain, Monkey D. Luffy (Iñaki Godoy) to become King of the Pirates.

The fantasy adventure also stars Mackenyu as Roronoa Zoro, Emily Rudd as Nami, Jacob Romero as Usopp, Morgan Davis as Koby, and Taz Skylar as Sanji.

Watch the trailer below: 

According to data provider FlixPatrol, One Piece has already taken the top spot on Netflix's charts as the No. 1 ranked TV series in 84 different countries around the world.

This means the TV series surpassed a milestone set by season one of Netflix's Addams Family adaptation Wednesday and season four of Stranger Things in just a few days.

Many fans of the show have taken to social media to praise its swift success. One supporter wrote: "I think One Piece is so far the best live-action anime ever created."

Another said: "One second to appreciate one piece on this account as well. Because this is insane. I watched 2 episodes so far and I absolutely love it. One Piece is on a whole other level in every way."

A third commented: "I’ve always said One Piece is one of the greatest works of fiction regardless of media. OPLA is now proving that to be true. It’s not just a great manga, it’s an incredibly well-told story that rivals all the greats. All of them."

A fourth added: "One Piece not only dominating the manga and anime industry, it’s now set a new record on the most popular streaming service in the world that likely won’t be broken for years to come, One Piece is history in the making."

The adaptation premiered with positive reviews, with an 83% score on Rotten Tomatoes based on 41 critic reviews, and a 96% audience rating.

One Piece creator Oda - who served as an executive producer on the Netflix adaptation - previously stated in an open letter that there were "no compromises" in the live-action show.

"After the launch, I'm sure I'll hear about some people pointing out how this character is missing or that scene is omitted, or this bit is different from the manga," he said, per Daily Mail. "But I'm sure they'll come from a place of love, so I intend to enjoy even those comments!"

The 48-year-old shared that even after the shoot was over, they re-shot several scenes as they believed it wasn't "good enough to put out into the world." He also added that there were many decisions made to keep the show from looking "unnatural".

"On the other hand, there were also some lines that I thought didn't feel like Luffy on paper… but when I saw the filmed scenes, I went, 'It works when it's Iñaki performing it as Luffy, as a matter of fact, it works great!!'" he concluded.

You can check out One Piece on Netflix now!

Featured image credit: Tommaso Boddi / Getty