The live adaptation of the popular anime and manga One Piece just got a little more interesting and exciting as the show production appears to include personas that are deeply significant to the franchise—its voice actors.
In a video featuring the series’ cast—Iñaki Godoy, Emily Rudd, Mackenyu, Taz Skylar, and Jacob Romero Gibson—showcased during the Anime Expo LA, it is said that the original Japanese VAs would be reprising their role as the Japanese voices behind the Straw Hat pirates when the show finally hits Netflix in August.
Part of the display also shows Monkey D. Luffy actor Godoy visiting Tokyo, where he was welcomed and became the recipient of a straw hat of his own, to meet the original dubber for the character—the legendary Mayumi Tanaka.
Alongside Tanaka, others behind Nami, Zorro, Usopp, and Sanji, namely Akemi Okamura, Kazuya Nakai, Kappei Yamaguchi, and Hiroaki Hirata, respectively, will be coming along as well.
As a series that revolves around many notable figures in addition to the Straw Hats pirates crew, the TV show will feature a plethora of supporting characters throughout, including Morgan Davies, Peter Gadiot, Aidan Scott, Ilia Isorelýs Paulino, Jeff Ward, Langley Kirkwood, Celeste Loots, Craig Fairbrass, Alexander Maniatis, McKinley Belcher III, Steven Ward, Vincent Regan, Chioma Umeala, Chanté Grainger, Bianca Oosthuizen, and Grant Ross in their respective roles.
One Piece will officially become available on Netflix on August 31, 2023.