Anime fans feared one thing the most and that is involving politics in anime. When One Piece live action was announced by Netflix, One Piece fans were most concerned about the involvement of politics in the live action adaptation of One Piece.
A Twitter user @tacticalfiend posted screenshots of Instagram posts made by One Piece live action head writer, Steven Maeda. On his personal Instagram, Steven Maeda shared a side by side post of Luffy and Kamala Harris (vice president of United States) with the caption “Monkey D. Luffy, Kamala D. Harris, Will of D?”. In case you don’t know, In One Piece, characters having “D” as their middle name are considered fearless and a strong will to achieve their goals.
Unsurprsingly, many anime fans did not like this comparison. After a few days, Maeda shared another side by side comparison. This time comparing One Piece series villain, St. Charlos, and former president of the United States, Donald Trump.
In One Piece, St. Charlos is one of the world nobles having complete authority over the world. They are practically considered above the law.
In the caption, Maeda wrote “To those who think One Piece post shouldn’t be political or anti-fascist, here’s before and after of St. Charlos!”
Although, Maeda has deleted his Instagram post about comparing Luffy and Kamala Harris, comparison of St. Charlos and Donald Trump is still live on his Instagram. What do you think about this comparison being made by the head writer of One Piece live action series?