Concept art for the Den Den Mushi, a significant tool in the world of One Piece, has been leaked online. The image, uploaded on Twitter, provides a glimpse of what the Transponder Snails may look like in Netflix’s upcoming live-action adaptation of the popular manga and anime series. The snail in the leaked image bears a resemblance to Captain Morgan, a villain encountered early on in the story by protagonist Monkey D. Luffy.
Netflix has invested a significant amount of money into its One Piece adaptation, with each episode reportedly having a budget of $18 million. The streaming giant has also heavily promoted the show, releasing multiple trailers that offer viewers a sneak peek into the live-action interpretation of Eiichiro Oda’s best-selling manga. The most recent trailer, screened at San Diego Comic-Con, even reveals a glimpse of Gol D. Roger, the first Pirate King.
The live-action One Piece series is set to premiere on Netflix at the end of August. It stars Iñaki Godoy as Luffy, Mackenyu as Roronoa Zoro, Emily Rudd as Nami, Jacob Romero Gibson as Usopp, and Taz Skylar as Sanji. However, there has been speculation among fans about how much of the story the Netflix adaptation will cover. The original manga consists of over 1,000 individual chapters, and it is unclear if the show will encompass the entire narrative. Some members of the cast have expressed their preference for the show to be shorter than the manga, hoping to find a balance between not ending prematurely and not dragging on unnecessarily.
While the actors involved in the live-action adaptation may not commit to adapting the entire plot, fans of One Piece continue to show their dedication to the series in various ways, such as through cosplay. Recent examples of impressive costume-making include a gender-bending interpretation of Sir Crocodile and a detailed portrayal of Nico Robin, showcasing her unique Devil Fruit power.
The One Piece manga made its debut in Weekly Shōnen Jump in 1997. Although the story has entered its final saga, Oda has indicated that the series will not reach its epic conclusion anytime soon. The manga is distributed in North America by VIZ Media, and the anime adaptation by Toei Animation can be streamed on Crunchyroll.