#One Piece” has been around since the dawn of mankind and will still be releasing episode well after the point when the Sun collapses onto itself. It is just the way things are and will always be. The title might suggest that this article is going to be a non-stop attack on one of the most successful #anime franchises of all time. That I am just a bitter writer with too much time on his hands who is searching for a big click bait target to attack.

While the second part is completely true, “One Piece” is a personal favorite of mine and these characters are considered family, by this point. #Toei's anime is fantastic to binge watch, and those few months spent in order to catch up to the series remain some of my fondest anime related days.

Yet, the upcoming points need to be repeated.

'One Piece' is nowhere near as entertaining when watching an episode a week

One Piece” seems to have been designed to be experienced in bulk. The relatively slow pace is neglectable when you have 200 episodes left to watch, as the series rewards viewers by the end of the arc. Even if the individual episodes might leave the viewer feeling malnourished, the whole is still satisfying.

Once caught up with the series, it quickly becomes apparent just how little substance there is to each individual episode. It often feels like ten episodes pass before the characters finally reach where they need to go. This was at its worst during the “Fishman” and “Dressrosa” arcs.

For god sakes, do not read the manga!

With the binge watch completed, and the weekly episodes started to feel like they were taking forever to be released, it was time to take a look at the “One Piece” manga.

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That was a mistake. Don't misunderstand, Eiichiro Oda's comic is fantastic and definitely worth a read, but it is impossible to appreciate the anime after reading the manga. The decline in quality is way too noticeable.

One Piece” is one of the greatest manga out there, from the vivid art style, fantastic world building, and impeccable pacing. The only thing that really translates to the Toei's anime is the world building, as the animation is nothing special and the pacing is horrible. As the anime is right on the heels of Oda's masterpiece, Toei decided to stretch out each chapter instead of opting for filler arcs. This has its benefits, obviously, but most of these arcs are not designed to be 60 episodes long and would have benefited from having about half of their run time removed.

The big moments lack punch

Toei is kind of like the McDonalds of the anime world, they are reliable, everywhere and largely forgettable. This is no more apparent than in “One Piece”, as moments that leaped off the page in Oda's manga rarely deliver the same explosive emotion when adapted to screen.

One of the most obvious examples is the final moment when Luffy defeats Doflamingo, which felt static and anticlimactic in the anime.

In terms of animation, “One Piece” does not compare favorably to the other big anime's out there. Even ignoring everything Madhouse or Ufotable have released, “Naruto” and especially “Bleach” featured more dynamic visuals and smooth fight scenes.