The renowned manga creator, Eiichiro Oda, recently shared a heartwarming confession regarding the latest anime arc of his beloved creation, One Piece. Revealed through the Viz Media blog, ‘Mangaka Musings,’ Oda disclosed his profound emotional connection with the “Wano” arc of the anime series. In his own words,
“Lately I cry every time I watch the One Piece anime. The Wano arc is soooo good! Thank you for the wonderful performances!!”
Critical Acclaim for the “Wano” Arc
Eiichiro Oda’s sentiments are echoed throughout the One Piece fan community and critics alike. The series, already famous for its compelling story arcs and impeccable animation, seemed to have outdone itself with the “Wano” chapters. The episodes have been consistently topping their previous ones, setting the bar higher each time. As the manga inches towards its gripping finale, the anime adaptation continues to hold its viewers captive with its vibrant storytelling.
A noteworthy mention from this arc is the epic showdown between Luffy and Kaido. The battle tested the Straw Hat Pirate’s mettle against the formidable dragon, Kaido, celebrated as one of the mightiest adversaries. Luffy, in his characteristic spirit, unveiled the 5th Gear Form through his Devil Fruit, granting him an astonishing “Toon Force” ability. This new strength was pivotal in defeating Kaido.
One Piece’s Impact Beyond Anime
One Piece’s allure isn’t just confined to manga and anime. The recent live-action adaptation on Netflix showcases how an anime can be transitioned seamlessly into a live-action setting. Garnering substantial viewership, Netflix’s adaptation has already set the stage for a second season. The buzz surrounding potential new character introductions and their respective castings is palpable.
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Eiichiro Oda’s involvement in steering the live-action series has been lauded. His guidance ensured that the live adaptation remained true to its source, which is evident from its warm reception among fans.
One Piece continues to enthrall its vast global audience with arcs like “Wano”, leaving an indelible mark even on its very creator, Eiichiro Oda. For fans who haven’t caught up with the thrilling end of the “Wano” arc, it’s available for streaming on Crunchyroll. As the tales of the Straw Hat Pirates unfurl, the anime promises more breathtaking adventures and heartwarming moments in the future.
Source: Viz Media