Netflix’s live-action series adaptation of Eiichiro Oda’s classic One Piece anime series is finally here, surprisingly pleasing fans of the original worldwide.
It’s no secret that fans of the original had low expectations going into the live-action series, mostly due to past anime to live-action adaptations not quite hitting the mark.
Netflix’s adaptation, however, seems to maintain all of the original series’ core elements while offering a new spirit and lease of life to the franchise.
Which Straw Hats Show Up In Season 1?
How many Straw Hat Pirates are there in the original vs. the live-action series? Now that Netflix’s live-action One Piece has docked, we have the answer.
The Straw Hat Pirates is the crew created by Monkey D. Luffy that plays a vital part in both the original anime and the new live-action series on Netflix.
Over time in the original series, Luffy managed to grow his Straw Hat Pirates crew to a total of 10 crew members, not all show up in the first Netflix season though.
Luffy only manages to acquire around half of his crew in the first season, which makes sense when compared to the original anime’s timeline of events.
See below for the full list of Straw Hat Pirates that are introduced in season 1 of Netflix’s live-action One Piece series, all played by a perfectly cast set of performers.
Monkey D. Luffy (Iñaki Godoy)
It should be no surprise that the captain of the Straw Hat Pirates himself, Monkey D. Luffy, was introduced in the first season of Netflix’s live-action adaptation.
He’s played by Iñaki Godoy who is also known for his past role in The Imperfects where he starred as Juan Ruiz for 10 episodes prior to the show being cancelled.
Interestingly, The Imperfects was also a Netflix series, meaning that Godoy jumped ship, internally, both figuratively and literally when you think about it.
Nami (Emily Rudd)
Famous Straw Hat crew member Nami was also introduced fairly quickly in the first season of Netflix’s One Piece, played by Emily Rudd who, no, is not related to Paul Rudd.
Rudd is also a fellow Netflixian as she starred in the Fear Street series alongside Stranger Things star Sadie Sink, among others.
Roronoa Zoro (Mackenyu)
One Piece’s famous swordmaster aka Pirate Hunter and fellow Straw Hat, Roronoa Zoro, is also introduced early on during the episodes of the first season.
Played by Mackenyu (Knights of the Zodiac), Zoro’s cool demeanour and sword fighting abilities are presented with excellence through Mackenyu’s performance.
Fans of the original anime, and better yet fans of Zoro will not be displeased by Mackenyu’s take on the character, that’s for sure.
Usopp (Jacob Romero Gibson)
The long-nosed fibber known as Usopp also joins Luffy and his crew in the later episodes of the first season, played by Jacob Romero Gibson in his biggest role yet.
Gibson doesn’t have the famous long nose usually seen on Usopp in the original anime, however, he still has the same imagination and story-making abilities.
Sanji (Taz Skylar)
Last on this list but not least is Sanji, another famous Straw Hat member and also the last to be introduced during the first season of Netflix’s live-action One Piece.
Sanji is played by Taz Skylar (The Lazarus Project, Boiling Point) and despite the curly eyebrows being forgotten about, Sanji’s spirit is very much not.
Skylar brings his a-game by proving whoever was responsible for casting on this series deserves an award just for that, for everyone not just Sanji.
Straw Hat Pirates In Season 1 Summary
As mentioned, only five Straw Hat members are introduced in the first season of Netflix’s One Piece series, but there are still more to come in the future.
See below for a quick summary:
- Monkey D. Luffy (Introduced)
- Roronoa Zoro (Introduced)
- Nami (Introduced)
- Usopp (Introduced)
- Sanji (Introduced)
- Tony Tony Chopper (Not Introduced)
- Nico Robin (Not Introduced)
- Franky (Not Introduced)
- Brook (Not Introduced)
- Jinbe (Not Introduced)
The first season of the live-action One Piece series is now streaming on Netflix.