One Piece Creator Thought Going Merry Detail Went Too Far

Despite One Piece being known for its fantastical elements, Eiichiro Oda, the creator of the series, has admitted that making the Going Merry ship talk was a somewhat risky decision.

In a 2007 interview, Oda expressed uncertainty about how fans would react to the idea of a talking ship in One Piece. A trusted source of One Piece news, Sandman (@SandmanAP) on Twitter, recently shared Oda's statement, which highlighted the creator's concerns. Oda acknowledged that the concept of the Klabautermann of Going Merry was already quite fantastical within the world of One Piece. He was aware that if readers were to reject the notion of ships talking, it could have spelled the end for the story. Oda revealed that he had done his best to handle the situation, but he was uncertain about the level of attachment readers would have towards the ship. However, the response he received from fans exceeded his expectations, with readers showing a strong connection to the Going Merry.


Towards the culmination of the Enies Lobby arc in the One Piece manga, a heartfelt moment unfolds as the Going Merry communicates with the Straw Hat crew through a Klabautermann, a mystical water fairy that embodies the ship's essence. According to legend, the power of the Klabautermann is directly influenced by the love and care shown by the sailors towards their vessel. With the Going Merry suffering severe damage from a devastating fire, it musters its remaining strength to speak to its beloved crew. Expressing deep remorse for its inability to accompany them on further adventures, the ship bids a poignant farewell. Tearfully, the Straw Hat crew accepts the ship's fate as it is engulfed by the growing flames, reducing it to ashes.

The Growing One Piece Franchise

One Piece enthusiasts longing to witness the Going Merry set sail once more will soon have their wish fulfilled, as the highly anticipated live-action series adaptation is set to debut on August 31. Produced by Netflix and Tomorrow Studios, the series will delve into the early story arcs of Eiichiro Oda's beloved manga. In a recent reveal by the production team, fans were treated to a glimpse of the series' rendition of the Going Merry, which closely mirrors the iconic design of the original ship. The vessel also made an appearance in the first trailer for the live-action One Piece, released by Netflix last month.

The upcoming One Piece series on Netflix features a talented cast including Inaki Godoy (The Imperfects) as Luffy, Emily Rudd (Hunters) as Nami, Mackenyu (Rurouni Kenshin live-action) as Roronoa Zoro, Taz Skylar (Boiling Point) as Sanji, and Jacob Romero (Blairsden) as Usopp. Additionally, Anime Expo 2023 delighted fans by announcing that the Japanese voice actors from the One Piece anime series will reprise their roles in the Japanese dub of the live-action adaptation. This exciting news was shared through a promotional video that showcased Godoy's first meeting with Mayumi Tanaka, who has portrayed the voice of Monkey D. Luffy since the anime's debut in 1999.

For English readers, the One Piece manga is available through VIZ Media. The popular anime adaptation by Toei Animation can be streamed on platforms such as Hulu, Netflix, and Crunchyroll.

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