One Piece Showrunner Drops Hints About the Smoking Figure in S1 Ending

Netflix’s live-action One Piece creator reveals the identity of the enigmatic character who appears in the season 1 finale.

The show follows the adventures of Monkey D. Luffy, a young pirate captain inspired by Eiichiro Oda’s popular manga series. The show covers most of the first 100 chapters of the manga, while also hinting at the upcoming plot developments. In the final scene of season 1, a mysterious smoker is seen destroying the posters of pirates.

The enigmatic character who debuts in the season 1 finale of Netflix’s live-action One Piece remains a mystery, but showrunner Steven Maeda shared some insights with TVLine. 

One Piece Showrunner Drops Hints About the Smoking Figure in S1 Ending
The Mysterious Smoker | Source: IMDb

Maeda hopes that the character will tease the viewers about what to expect in season 2, if the show gets renewed. The show has plenty of source material to draw from, as the manga has over 1,000 chapters. The smoker might have a significant part in the future episodes. Here is what he said:

I’m not allowed to say. But you could read into it what you want to read into it. I think it’s important to tee up a little bit moving forward, especially with a series like this where there’s a really strong plot drive. I would leave that to the audience to figure out.

The smoker’s identity is still unknown, but he might be a familiar face to the fans of the anime and manga. He is probably Captain Smoker, a Marine officer who hates pirates and pursues Luffy relentlessly. Smoker poses a serious threat to the Straw Hats, as he is not afraid to use lethal force against them. The government is already hostile towards Luffy’s crew, and Smoker will command the Marine troops to hunt them down.

One Piece Showrunner Drops Hints About the Smoking Figure in S1 Ending
Smoker in the Anime | Source: Fandom

Smoker has an advantage over Luffy, as he also possesses the power of the Devil Fruit. He ate the Moku Moku no Mi Fruit, which grants him the ability to manipulate smoke and turn into smoke himself. He can dodge any attack from Luffy, who uses basic punches, and Zoro, who wields swords. Smoker is a formidable enemy for the Straw Hats.

The live-action One Piece and the anime have many common elements, so Captain Smoker’s story might follow the same path as in the new adaptation. However, there are also some variations between the two shows, such as Vice-Admiral Garp’s early appearance in the live-action show and Buggy the Clown’s constant presence. The Netflix adaptation of One Piece could alter Smoker’s story to surprise the fans of the manga and anime, as Maeda’s remarks suggest.

About One Piece

One Piece is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Eiichiro Oda. It has been serialized in Shueisha’s Weekly Shōnen Jump magazine since July 22, 1997.

The man who had acquired everything in this world, the Pirate King, is Gol D. Roger. The final words he said at the execution tower were “My treasures? If you want it, I’ll let you have it. Look for it; I left all of it at that place.” These words sent many to the seas, chasing their dreams, headed toward the Grand Line, in search of One Piece. Thus began a new age!

Seeking to be the greatest pirate in the world, young Monkey D. Luffy also heads toward the Grand Line in search of One Piece. His diverse crew is joining him along the way, consisting of a swordsman, marksman, navigator, cook, doctor, archaeologist, and cyborg-shipwright, this will be one memorable adventure.

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