Post Reply A question for One Piece fans...?
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Posted 9/17/16
I'm interested in giving the anime a try to see if I like it but 900+ episodes is a bit much and I don't plan on watching all of it, at least for now. So I'd like people's opinions on some really good arcs to start on and the episode numbers if at all possible. It can be anywhere in the show, closer to the end or near the beginning or right in the middle it doesn't matter to me.

Thank you so much for your time and any suggestions <3
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Posted 9/17/16
I can't recommend any arc to start on besides the first one, sorry. I don't think you should ever do something like that, but of course it is your choice.
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Posted 9/17/16 , edited 9/17/16

KamiKoi00 wrote:

I'm interested in giving the anime a try to see if I like it but 900+ episodes is a bit much and I don't plan on watching all of it, at least for now. So I'd like people's opinions on some really good arcs to start on and the episode numbers if at all possible. It can be anywhere in the show, closer to the end or near the beginning or right in the middle it doesn't matter to me.

Thank you so much for your time and any suggestions <3


Unfortunately, with a long running story, you need to start from the very beginning. Hell, this is true for any series really. Why would you want to start in the middle when you'll be completely lost? There aren't 900+ episodes by the way, it's at around 755 or so at the moment. It says 900+ because of the widescreen crop that CR added for early episodes. It's still a lot, but just take your time w/ it. It's worth every minute in my opinion.
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Posted 9/17/16 , edited 9/17/16
As a One Piece fan who keeps up with the world lore, manga, Oda's SBS's and what not...755 is too much to just start on lol you should probably just read the manga. Since One Piece has to release an episode every week the quality dips but the manga is continually one of the best of like all time.

Totally personal opinion based quick overview on most of the arcs. I don't spoil anything though I do address all of the arcs by name.


Hard part is that One Piece has the best world building of anything ever. And even the filler and just the small interactions between the crew members is what makes them so relatable, likable, and want to see them succeed. There are times when One Piece fans will cry buckets because of this and that that's going on but that's not going to affect you or feel as epic if you just jump around. But it's up to you, hopefully this helped somewhat.
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Posted 9/17/16

My view is no different from what was already stated above. Indeed, the number of episodes can intimidate anyone, but skipping straight to a particular arc would hold little value (as involved characters and events were mostly triggered due to occurrences from various earlier episodes). It be best if you start from the very beginning, where the journey all began.
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Posted 9/17/16 , edited 9/17/16
#1 Recommendation:
Watch it all! Might take a year or two, but it's worth it...

#2 Recommendation (in other words, to actually answer your question):
The Arlong Arc. Episodes 31-44. It's like...only the length of a single season, but it's early enough and good enough that it'll give you a decent understanding of what to expect from the show as far as emotion and action are concerned.

#3 Recommendation:
For a longer arc, Alabasta is probably your best bet. It's Episodes 62-135 (I wouldn't start any later than that). So it's quite a bit more than the Arlong stuff, but it's a much meatier and enjoyable arc as a whole, with some great fights spread across the whole cast. Everyone has a cool battle. It's not so far in that you'll be completely lost (just mostly lost), but it's in far enough that there's a good, fairly large cast of characters that have already leveled up a bit. It's generally remembered as one of the best arcs, and it should give you a decent grasp of the show at large.

Though if you had to start watching anywhere that isn't Episode 1...I still say go with Episode 31. I just checked it now, and it even starts like a new story. Obviously you'll be missing some backstory for the characters and such, and it'll be confusing for an episode or two, but it should still be fun.

If 44 Episodes is an okay length to you, though, just watch from 1-44 (up until the end of the Arlong Arc).
It's a decent place to stop. Then decide to continue or not.

http://www.crunchyroll.com/one-piece/episode-31-the-worst-man-in-the-eastern-seas-fishman-pirate-arlong-667303
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Posted 9/18/16
Just read the manga. It'll go a lot faster, look a lot better and you won't have to put up with some lf the cheapest animation in japan at the time and annoying voice actors
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Posted 9/19/16
I don't think you you should ever skip the first episode unless it's filler like Gintama.
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