The One Piece creator had a golden rule for the showrunners when it came to “romance in the crew.”

Is Nami in love with Luffy and is she dating Zoro in One Piece? HITC dives into Season 1 of the exciting new Netflix series as well as source material from Eiichiro Oda to find out which characters have a romantic connection.

One Piece has quickly become a Netflix sensation and has already garnered a sizable following thanks to the manga and anime of the same name. Ever since the episodes released on Thursday, August 31, 2023, viewers have been eager to find out who fell in love with who at The Straw Hats and Beyond, and pondering whether the manga suggests the spark is still alive has not skipped. Is Nami in love with Luffy and will Zoro and Nami get together in One Piece?

Emily Rudd as Nami sits behind bars in a striped top in One Piece
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Is Nami in love with Luffy in One Piece?

Nami shows throughout the manga that she cares deeply for Luffy, but she has no romantic feelings for him. So far, so has Nami’s portrayal in the live-action Netflix series.

It’s obvious that Luffy and Nami’s feelings for each other are mutual. Nami has a greater respect and admiration for Luffy than her other crew members, and Luffy reciprocates her consideration for him.

However, there are no signs that their mutual respect indicates that they will be a romantic couple.

There is a connection at the end of Netflix season 1, but if season 2 introduced a romantic love element, it would be a departure from the source material.

Do Zoro and Nami meet in Netflix series or manga?

Likewise, Zoro and Nami are just friends who respect each other and share a closeness that doesn’t stray into romance.

Just like with Nami and Luffy, there are sections of the One Piece fandom that totally tie Zoro and Nami together, and there’s a lot of fan fiction that spotlights both couples.

On the other hand, the Netflix series doesn’t make Zoro and Nami one item, neither does the manga.

“That’s a hard no”

The reason certain viewers in the manga were curious about Nami and Zoro is because there seems to be a chemistry between them in the series that some might be reading too deeply into.

Co-showrunner Steven Maeda recently told TVLine that the creator of the original manga set the law regarding romantic treatments on live-action shows.

“One of the mandates of [manga creator] Eiichiro Oda was against romance in the crew,” he said explained.

As for Nami and Zoro specifically, he added, “That’s a tough no as far as the manga and the live-action show are concerned.”

He added that any romantic connection that audiences suspect after watching season one “certainly wasn’t the intention,” although he admitted, “One of the fun things about television is what you read into it and what you bring with you.” the table when you’re watching a show.”

One Piece is now streaming exclusively on Netflix.

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Emma Bowman

Emma Bowman is a USTimeToday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Emma Bowman joined USTimeToday in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with Emma Bowman by emailing

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