Netflix’s One Piece has approached the anime and manga from a perspective that translates its source material in an authentic, yet adjusted manner. When developing the manga and anime for the small screen, Netflix took some creative overhaul in deciding how characters, story arcs, and certain plot points were woven into the first season to the best of their ability. Shanks (Peter Gadiot) or the Red-Haired Shanks, has become significantly more involved in Netflix’s One Piece, and his greater inclusion enhances the series as a whole. Getting to know Shanks through the show has given a greater sense of intimacy between One Piece and its viewers. Additionally, it deepens the significance of his relationship with Monkey D. Luffy (Iñaki Godoy) while providing a generous amount of backstory and footing for a Season 2 of Netflix’s One Piece.
While Red-Haired Shanks is an important character in the One Piece source material, he isn’t introduced in the anime until One Piece Film: Red.