The first season of Netflix’s live-action adaptation of “One Piece” has been met with overwhelming approval from fans. With such a strong start, it’s only a matter of time before Netflix gives the green light for Season 2.
However, as the expansive world of “One Piece” continues to unfold, the second season is poised to face its own unique challenges. One of the most significant hurdles will be the inclusion of Tony Tony Chopper, the adorable reindeer and Straw Hat Pirates’ doctor.
Tony Tony Chopper, commonly known simply as Chopper, is a reindeer who ate the Hito Hito no Mi, a Zoan-type Devil Fruit that transformed him into a human. He was first introduced in chapter 136 of the manga and episode 61 of One Piece.
Chopper serves as the doctor of the Straw Hat Pirates, led by Monkey D. Luffy. Hailing from Drum Island, his early life was marked by loneliness, as he was ostracized both by his reindeer herd due to his blue nose and by humans because of his ability to think like a human despite his reindeer look.
The Challenge of Introducing Chopper
Chopper has quickly become a fan-favorite since his introduction. His role in the Straw Hat crew makes his presence in the live-action series essential, even though bringing him to life will be a complex task.
There are a couple of ways to introduce Chopper into the live-action series. One option is to use CGI, which could be expensive given his frequent appearances. Another possibility is to cast a child actor for the role, which could be more cost-effective and speed up post-production.
Christian Convery, known for his role in the Sweet Tooth series, seems like an excellent choice for playing Chopper.
His character in Sweet Tooth, Gus, has similarities to what Chopper might look like in real life. Plus, Convery has experience in the One Piece live-action universe, having portrayed a young Sanji.
Interestingly, there are various CGI designs for Chopper circulating among fans. The inclusion of a cute mascot like Chopper could significantly elevate the series’ popularity, so the creative team is likely paying close attention to these fan contributions.
Season 1 adhered closely to the original manga and was well-received for it. The team behind the series will likely aim to continue this successful approach.
Whether they opt for a CGI-rendered Chopper or a young actor to fill the role, satisfying the entire One Piece community will undoubtedly be a challenging feat.