How to Start Watching One Piece After the Live-Action Series

How to Start Watching One Piece After the Live-Action Series
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How to Start Watching One Piece After the Live-Action Series
Credit: Netflix

One Piece Live-Action is a massive success that took viewers by storm. It received a positive reception from fans, non-fans, and critics, encouraging more interest in One Piece’s other mediums. So, if you want to hop into the fandom, here’s how you can start watching One Piece after the live-action series!

In addition, we have our watch order and filler list guides to help you dive into the anime, despite One Piece’s overwhelming number of episodes.

But if you’re more of a manga reader, we also have our where-to-start reading guide that will ease your transition from the One Piece live-action to manga!

How Much Anime Material Does the One Piece Live-Action Series Cover?

Netflix released a total of eight episodes of the One Piece live-action series, which covers almost the entirety of the East Blue Saga of the One Piece anime.

The East Blue Saga in the One Piece anime is divided into eight story arcs, one of which is non-canon (anime-exclusive content).

The live-action series only covered five of these story arcs, and they are as follows: Romance Dawn, Orange Town, Syrup Village, Baratie, and Arlong Park Arc.

This means that the One Piece live-action series failed to cover the majority of the Loguetown Arc, Buggy’s Crew Adventure Chronicles episodes, and even the filler arc, Warship Island.

How Much Anime Material Does One Piece Live-Action Series Cover?
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But since the live-action made some significant changes in the timeline and the sequence of events in the series, a part of Enies Lobby Arc (Episode 273) made it to the live-action, as Vice-Admiral Garp, along with Koby and Helmeppo, catches up with Luffy and the Straw Hat Pirates for the very first time.

In general, the One Piece live-action somehow manages to fit the core events of Episodes 1–44 of the anime into its eight episodes.

Obviously, a lot of anime scenes have been omitted, including anime characters like Jango of the Black Cat Pirates, the Usopp Pirates, and even Hatchan of the Arlong Pirates.

What Story Arc Comes After the One Piece Live-Action?

What Story Arc Comes After One Piece Live-Action?
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The Loguetown Arc comes after the One Piece live-action series. This is the arc where Luffy and the Straw Hat Pirates went to Loguetown in order to visit Gol D. Roger’s execution platform and to get equipment and supplies prior to their voyage to Grand Line.

Loguetown is also known as the town of the beginning and the end, as it is both the birthplace and resting place of the pirate king, Gol D. Roger.

The town is protected by a marine vice admiral named Smoker, whose back was shown in the post-credits scene of the live-action series.

Smoker is joined by Tashigi, a marine officer who has an uncanny resemblance to Zoro’s childhood friend, Shimotsuki Kuina.

She challenges Zoro in a duel after knowing that he is a pirate who also owns one of the 21 Great Grade Swords called Wado Ichimonji as well as the legendary sword called Sandai Kitetsu.

Similar to Luffy, Smoker also ate a devil fruit called Moku Moku no Mi, also known as the Smoke-Smoke Fruit, which allows him to create, control, and turn his body into smoke.

To cut the story short, Smoker tried to capture Luffy and the Straw Hat Pirates in Loguetown, all the while dealing with the Buggy Pirates as well as Alvida, who ate the Sube Sube no Mi devil fruit, which changed her appearance.

The Loguetown Arc also marks the debut of Monkey D. Dragon, the leader of the Revolutionary Army who wants to bring down the World Government.

This arc also takes Sanji to a cooking competition and Usopp to Daddy Masterson, the renowned bounty hunter who has a soft spot for his daughter.

Where to Start Watching the One Piece Anime After the Live-Action Series

Now that you know what the One Piece live-action covered and where it ended, you can start the One Piece anime by watching Episode 48, titled The Town of the Beginning and the End-Arrival at Loguetown, which will take you directly to Loguetown.

But if you want to understand how Buggy and Alvida made an alliance, you can start the One Piece anime by watching Episode 46, titled Following the Straw Hat! Little Buggy’s Big Adventure.

Of course, new viewers will be confused seeing Little Buggy in the anime because the live-action series allowed Buggy to retrieve his body parts in Arlong Park, whereas, in the anime, it was Alvida who returned the rest of Buggy’s body parts.

It’s also natural to be confused with the sequence of events in the anime in comparison to the live-action, as Koby and Helmeppo are not yet under the watch of Vice Admiral Garp.

They also have a lesser appearance in the anime, following the Romance Dawn Arc.

In the anime, Vice Admiral Garp took in Koby and Helmeppo in Episode 69, so you can also consider watching the said episode in addition to Episode 68 before resuming the Loguetown Arc.

Is It OK to Skip What the One Piece Live-Action Has Covered?

Yes, it is ok to skip what the One Piece live-action has covered plot-wise. You just need to follow our instructions above to aid your transition from live-action to anime.

But for me, personally, you will miss out a lot on the early episodes of One Piece that the live-action failed to cover.

The anime has a lot of funny moments you should experience before resuming the Loguetown Arc, in addition to the other characters who have been omitted or who had less screen time in the live-action, such as Mohji, the Beast Tamer of the Buggy Pirates.

What’s more, you’ll also be able to understand the difference between the anime and the live-action, particularly the events in Syrup Village, Shells Town, Baratie, and even Arlong Park that you should discover for yourself.

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Overall, the One Piece live-action series has a more serious approach, while the anime is full of comedic and light-hearted moments with a much slower pacing and plot progression.

At the end of the day, it is up to you to decide how you will watch the One Piece anime.

It’s just that, it’s much better to begin on Episode 1 to further enjoy Luffy’s adventures as he gathers a solid pirate crew from the different islands located in East Blue.

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