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“One Piece” fandom is celebrating the birthday of Monkey D. Luffy along with series creator Eiichiro Oda, also known as Oda-Sensei, who just dropped a personally-penned letter to fans assuring them that the production is “burning with passion.”

In his letter, Oda-Sensei admitted that he’s having a hard time working in a foreign company but they are both dedicated to bringing this project to life. 

“I’ve been working with Tomorrow Studios and Netflix for quite some time now. Even though they understand each of the characters, we obviously come from very different cultures so, when it comes to entertainment, we have different codes, skill sets, and aims. Sometimes it could be frustrating for both sides. It felt like, ‘we’re all trying to get to the same place so how come we’re not on the same wavelength?’ there was even a time when I thought, ‘is a foreign production even possible?!’”

“The entire cast and crew, spanning various countries, are brimming with love for one piece!! They’re burning with passion, and I’ve reminded everyone involved that this should be fun.”

“One Piece”  is the best-selling manga series of all time, and the Netflix series will be the franchise’s first live-action adaptation. An epic saga of adventure on the high seas, the original manga follows the adventures of Luffy, an enthusiastic young man with the singular aspiration of becoming “King of the Pirates.” 

A cultural phenomenon with millions of passionate fans around the globe, “One Piece” is an expansive, ongoing story about a group of misfits with a dream of joining together to become Luffy’s loyal crew, The Straw Hats. 

The final date for this show is yet to be announced.

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