The original Japanese voice actors from the One Piece anime will be reprising their roles in the One Piece live action series, available on Netflix globally on 31 August 2023.
Fans at Anime Expo 2023 in Los Angeles were the first to watch a video of Mayumi Tanaka, the original anime voice of Monkey D. Luffy, welcoming Iñaki Godoy to the Straw Hats with a symbolic gifting of Luffy’s iconic straw hat.
The full cast of Japanese original voice actors, including Kazuy Nakai, Akemi Okamura, and Kappei Yamaguchi, will be joining Mayumi Tanaka to bring the Japanese-language version of the live-action One Piece to life – with Kazuya Nakai as Roronoa Zoro, Akemi Okamura as Nami, Kappei Yamaguchi as Usopp, and Hiroaki Hirata as Sanji.
“I’ve been voicing Luffy for more than 23 years now, and I think everyone has a little bit of Luffy in their heart,” said Mayumi. “Iñaki, who performs Luffy in this live-action series, is so fun and joyful that he really makes a perfect Luffy! I’m very happy to be able to voice Luffy in this adaptation as well.”
“One Piece is a story whose words and images can resonate with you in different ways depending on your situation or perspective at any given moment, allowing for new discoveries all the time. And of course, nothing would bring me greater joy than if people who’ve never experienced One Piece can become part of the family beginning with this show,” she added.
Based on Japan’s highest-selling manga series in history by Eiichiro Oda, One Piece tells the story of Monkey D. Luffy, a young adventurer. He is a young adventurer who has longed for a life of freedom since he can remember.
Luffy sets off from his small village on a perilous journey to find the legendary fabled treasure, One Piece, to become King of the Pirates! But in order to find the ultimate prize, Luffy will need to assemble the crew he’s always wanted before finding a ship to sail, searching every inch of the vast blue seas, outpacing the Marines, and outwitting dangerous rivals at every turn.
The live-action series stars Iñaki Godoy as Monkey D. Luffy, Mackenyu as Roronoa Zoro, Emily Rudd as Nami, Jacob Romero Gibson as Usopp, and Taz Skylar as Sanji. The series is created in partnership with Shueisha and produced by Tomorrow Studios and Netflix. Matt Owens and Steven Maeda are writers, executive producers, and showrunners. It will be available on Netflix globally on 31 August 2023.