Piece Of Pulp Fiction: In an adrenaline-pumping fan art mashup, One Piece meets Pulp Fiction. To create some mash-up fun, a new piece of fan art mixes Eiichiro Oda’s One Piece and Quentin Tarantino’s classic black comedy Pulp Fiction. The Straw Hat Pirates from Eiichiro Oda’s One Work are transported into the universe of Quentin Tarantino’s 1994 black Comedic criminal movie Pulp Fiction in a new piece of mash-up fan art.
Through the style of Oda’s story, the fan art reimagines the Academy Award-winning film’s iconic movie poster. Nico Robin takes the role of Uma Thurman’s Mia Wallace, and the Straw Hats’ names are prominently displayed in yellow as if they were a cast list. A summary of One Piece can be found at the bottom of the image, where the creative team is usually credited on a film poster “Monkey D. Luffy aspired to be King of the Pirates as a child, but his life was turned upside down when he gained the ability to stretch like rubber… at the cost of never being able to swim again! Years later, Luffy goes out in search of the fabled ‘One Piece,’ which is said to be the world’s greatest treasure.”
The ongoing One Piece manga initially appeared in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump in 1997, and the anime’s first episode aired two years later. The series is one of the Big Three and has been a huge success, with more than 490 million manga volumes sold worldwide and a net profit of 77.474 billion dollars ($671.2 million) as of September 2020. It has also spawned numerous adaptations, such as light novels, tie-in films, and video games. Luffy is played by Zaki Godoy (Who Killed Sara?) and Roronoa Zoro is played by Mackenyu (Pacific Rim: Uprising).
Impending live-Action Series
The One Piece franchise has seen more developments than only the impending live-action series. The manga was just announced as part of MANGA Plus’s new First Read Free campaign, which allows anyone to read classic series for free for a limited time. In addition, in Oda’s hometown in Japan, a bronze statue of Zoro has been constructed.
Toei Animation attempted to have all of the YouTubers Totally Not Mark’s anime reviews and drawing tutorials removed from the platform due to a recent issue involving One Piece. These events prompted YouTube to revise its policy and enact strict fair use guidelines. On Funimation and Crunchyroll, fans may watch over 1000 episodes of the One Piece anime series. A live-action rendition of One Piece is also being produced by Netflix, and filming has commenced. With Oda serving as executive producer, the show is being produced in conjunction with Tomorrow Studios, the company behind the short-lived Cowboy Bebop live-action series.
A Critical Examination
Tarantino previously indicated that he intended to “make a Black Mask movie,” alluding to the magazine that is credited with popularising hardboiled detective fiction. “It went in a different direction.” According to Geoffrey O’Brien, the film is “rather powerfully connected to a parallel pulp tradition: tales of terror and the uncanny practiced by such writers as Cornell Woolrich Fredric Brown… Both dealt heavily in the realm of improbable coincidences and cruel cosmic jokes, a realm that Pulp Fiction makes it’s own.”
Vincent Vega, played by John Travolta:
Working for Marsellus Wallace, Jules’ partner-in-crime. Because Michael Madsen, who played Vic Vega in Reservoir Dogs, elected to star in Kevin Costner’s Wyatt Earp instead, Tarantino cast Travolta in Pulp Fiction. Madsen afterward expressed sorrow for his choice. Daniel Day-Lewis was forced into the role by Harvey Weinstein. Travolta took a lower salary – between $100,000 or $140,000, according to insiders – but the film’s success and Oscar nomination for Best Actor rejuvenated his career.
Jules Winnfield is played by Samuel L. Jackson
Vincent’s accomplice in crime works for Marsellus Wallace. Paul Calderón’s initial audition overshadowed Jackson’s; Jackson had anticipated the audition would be only a reading. Weinstein persuaded him to try out again, and his performance in the final diner scene won Tarantino over. Jules was supposed to have a gigantic afro, but Tarantino’s PA bought a Jheri-curled wig instead. Tarantino was furious at first, but Jackson persuaded him to keep it because the hairdo was popularised by the all-African-American band N.W.A.
Mia Wallace, played by Uma Thurman:
Wallace’s wife, who is also a wannabe actor. For the role of Mia, Miramax preferred Holly Hunter or Meg Ryan. Tarantino also considered Alfre Woodard and Meg Tilly, but after their first encounter, he decided on Thurman. She dominated the promotional material for the picture, appearing on a bed with a cigarette in her hand. She received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress. Despite his celebrity status, Thurman did not appear in a big-budget film until three years later, in Batman & Robin (1997). She went on to star in Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill: Volumes 1 and 2 films (2003, 2004).
Winston Wolfe (Harvey Keitel):
Jules and Vincent are helped by a “cleaner.” Tarantino created the role of Wolfe expressly for Keitel, who had previously acted in and helped produce Reservoir Dogs. “Harvey had been my favorite actor since I was 16 years old,” Tarantino says.  In Point of No Return, Keitel played a character who was similarly hired (1993).
Tim Roth in the role of Ringo Starr/”Pumpkin”:
Yolanda’s boyfriend and a burglar. In Reservoir Dogs, Roth co-starred with Harvey Keitel. In Reservoir Dogs, he had an American accent, but in Pulp Fiction, he uses his natural London accent. Despite the fact that Tarantino wrote the part just for Roth, TriStar head Mike Medavoy favored Johnny Depp or Christian Slater. Tarantino considered casting Roth as Vincent and Gary Oldman as Jules early on in the production, reworking the characters as “two English people.”
Yolanda/”Honey Bunny” is played by Amanda Plummer
Ringo’s girlfriend and co-conspirator. Tarantino created the character Yolanda for Plummer to play with Roth onscreen. “I want to work with Amanda in one of your films,” Roth had told Tarantino, “but she has to have a pretty huge gun.”
Fabienne is played by Maria de Medeiros.
Butch’s female companion. Tarantino met de Medeiros, a Portuguese actress while touring the European film festival circuit with Reservoir Dogs. In the 1990 film Henry & June, De Medeiros collaborated with fellow cast member Uma Thurman.
Marsellus Wallace (Ving Rhames):
A crime lord and Jules and Vincent’s boss. Prior to Rhames’ casting, the roles of Wallace were offered to legendary blaxploitation actors Max Julien and Sid Haig, but both declined. Rhames had “one of the best auditions I’ve ever seen,” according to Bender. As a result of his praised performance, he was cast in big-budget films including Mission Impossible (1996), Con Air (1997), and Out of Sight (1998). (1998).
Lance, played by Eric Stoltz:
Vincent’s narcotics dealer TriStar bosses favored Gary Oldman because of his portrayal of drug-dealing pimp Drexl Spivey in True Romance (1993).
Jody is played by Rosanna Arquette
Lance’s spouse. Pam Grier auditioned for the part, but Tarantino didn’t think audiences would believe Lance would rage at her. Grier was then cast as Jackie Brown’s leading man by Tarantino. Ellen DeGeneres also performed a reading for the role of Jody.  Alexis, Rosanna’s sister, appears in the film as a man who emerges from a restroom to shoot at and miss Vincent and Jules, who subsequently murders him.
Captain Koons is played by Christopher Walken.
A Vietnam War veteran who hands down his father’s prized gold watch to a young Butch. Koons mentions a soldier named “Winocki” during his monologue, which is interlaced with colorful depictions of the Viet Cong. Joe Winooski is a character in Howard Hawks’ 1943 film Air Force, one of Tarantino’s favorite directors.
Butch Coolidge, played by Bruce Willis:
An elderly boxer on the run from Marsellus, who has betrayed him. Willis was a major actor, but his most recent films had been critical and commercial failures. Participating in the low-budget film “meant cutting his income and sacrificing his star status,” according to Peter Bart, “but the tactic… paid off royally: Pulp Fiction not only gained Willis fresh respect as an actor but also several million bucks.”