2nd QnA Special - Part 7 in Intermission 4
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Average Rating: 5
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Otaku

Otaku




19th Mar 2021, 1:58 AM

Hard to believe it has been nearly 10 years.

Also hard to believe anyone is looking forward to Skypeia. ;)

Yes, I'm teasing, and I think I have good reason to: Skypeia was the arc that (temporarily) made me give up on One Piece. I really wasn't enjoying it, and the streaming service I was using at the time only kept episodes up for so long. I went from devouring episodes as soon as they were up to forcing myself to watch. Then I didn't force myself fast enough, missed an episode or three, and decided I may as well drop the series.

Thankfully, an I-don't-remember-exactly-how-long time later, someone over on Allspark.com (a Transformers forum) decided to use a certain skeletal musician as their avatar...

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Carm




19th Mar 2021, 8:38 AM

I've been slowly showing a friend of mine OP and when we got to Skypeia I was so happy that the Episode of Skypeia dvd got released rather than us having to watch the entire arc. It cuts out most of the Jaya stuff, but is otherwise a good way to get the meat and potatoes of the arc without having to sit thru all the stuff that drags... so... much

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xenopersona819




19th Mar 2021, 1:09 PM

For all it drags on, the Skypiea arc was thought to just be a filler arc for years due to how disconnected it was from the rest of the plot, when really it introduces a lot that becomes important to the series. We see several warlords for the first time, meet Blackbeard and his inner circle, get introduced to dials which bring the effective tech level of the world way up, get introduced to Haki via Mantra and finally a note from Gol D. Roger himself on the poneglyph as well as the poneglyph itself.

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Guest




19th Mar 2021, 1:40 PM

Good point. Skypeia feels slower because rather than a character's growth or personal story, it's primarily focused on worldbuilding, and setting the stage for future arcs in ways that had to be done. By establishing everything you mentioned, it's building up for important details later. Put bluntly, Skypeia as an arc is probably better to rewatch after seeing the payoff to all its setups.

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DragonTrainer

DragonTrainer




19th Mar 2021, 2:56 PM

Honestly, I just thought of Skypiea as a fun little grand adventure. At that point in the story, I understood that each island was going to have its own self-contained story and Skypiea was no different. Robin had also just joined the crew too, so it was the perfect time to see how well she integrated with the group.

Plus, I may have been holding out hope that someone from Skypiea was going to join the crew. Didn't happen, but... oh well. Still enjoyed it. :p

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Gunmetal_Rainbow




19th Mar 2021, 4:04 PM

I'd say that was a constant hope with each new story arc; Would we get a new crew member?

It was over ten years, a DECADE since Brook joined. Let that sink in. How many story arcs did they go through? And so many times there were characters that seemed like that would fit the crew, only to not join.

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Kira




21st Mar 2021, 9:28 AM

doesin't help that it was confirmed that it was quickly confirmed that there are "crew slots" still open

I think were down to one now.

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Otaku

Otaku




31st Mar 2021, 1:02 PM

If we strip anything remotely resembling real-world references to history, politics, and religion, then Skypiea might be "a little grand adventure". It did prove better on a re-watch, but that doesn't change my personal history with it. Nor am I saying there is nothing good about it; there are some epic moments.

I can only speak for myself, but it was kind of nerve-wracking worrying this thing I'd loved for years at this point was suddenly going a direction I couldn't follow. No, everything I read or watch does not need to conform to my views 100% for me to enjoy it. Pretty much nothing I read, watch, play, etc. does that. There is a limit to how much it can disagree, though, and by the time it was over, it was clear One Piece wasn't going anywhere near that limit... but at first, it appeared to be making a beeline for it.

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Super_Big_Mac

Super_Big_Mac




23rd Jun 2021, 6:59 PM

Out of curiosity, what would the limit be?

As for myself, I gave up on One Piece way back in Whiskey Peak because of the 4kids... thing. I didn't get back into it until around the time Water 7 was airing, and I barely remember the Skypeia Arc, so I think I skimmed it.

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Otaku

Otaku




24th Jun 2021, 3:49 PM

Fortunately, I don't know that limit. I suspect it isn't a fixed threshold, because the show's approach matters. Think of it as the person who share's their beliefs and opinions with you, versus the person who metaphorically crams theirs down your throat. XP Quality of the entertainment matters as well; the worse it is, the less of a reason I have to subject myself to it.

I say my lack of something specific is "fortunate" because this is the internet. When you get specific on this kind of thing, odds are good someone will come along who either

1) Has opposing views and opinions, and instead of examining the underlying point, will focus on those specifics.

2) Has similar views and opinions, but fixates on the differences between yours and theirs, again distracting from the underlying point.

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Guestron




21st Mar 2021, 12:12 PM

Huh. Maybe that's why I personally liked it. I tend to really get into world building aspects. Plus, there were a number of really good payoffs in the arc itself like the realization that the sky island was actually once part of Jaya, not to mention Eneru's epic face.

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Otaku

Otaku




6th Aug 2021, 10:54 PM

I enjoy world building, but what I feared Skypeia was becoming - not what it ended up being - was some kind of Broken Aesop. Ignoring that, because it never actually happened...

Oh, and obviously SPOILERS AHEAD:

1) Mantra's introduction is important, but also awkward. Maybe that was part of the point; it was introduced as some kind of "power of God" when it was really just one kind of Haki. We had Devil Fruits, we had humans doing more than humans good... but this put the latter well over the top. I love that now, but because the series makes more sense in hindsight because of it. If I'm not making sense, imagine if Batman really was revealed to have probability altering superpowers. Suddenly, a lot more of Batman's exploits makes sense, but... you also realize he's a different character than you thought he was.

2) Dials are another awkward introduction. It helps explain how they can "fake" modern technology with a seemingly more primitive tech level. At least we saw transponder snails relatively early in the series. I'm not saying that dials are a bad thing, just that they were another new radical element introduced this arc.

3) There was no good time to tell Java/Skypeia's history. It isn't that the history is unimportant: it is quite important! It isn't that the history isn't entertaining... but it ends up interrupting the story and excitement that were already happening.

4) I'm not actually an eminem fan. ;)*

*Don't take #4 seriously

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zomg




31st Mar 2021, 5:05 AM

The three best arcs in one piece are skypeia, the desert arc we're heading into know, and the nami and arlong park arc.

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Emperor Megaman




5th Aug 2021, 5:31 PM

I really (as in REALLY) enjoy the "battle royal in the Jungle" part of Skypiea, and the different fighting style seen in thid arc.
Don't get me wrong, i love DF user battle, especially when they get creative with their powers, but i love when Oda comes up with other stuff like Rokushiki, Fishman martial arts and Dials weaponery rather than just have various DF users as enemies. (Which kinda become the norm in the New world, for exemple).
It is also one of the arc that best give that feeling of adventure. With the crew arriving on a Island they kniw nothing about and having to explore and discover..
Now i can see why people have issues with this arc, as it drags quite a bit before, between and after the main events happened. It does'nt help that the anime, while not as bad as from Enies Lobbie onward (least as bad as in the New World), started slowing things down at this moment. Meaning it must have felt even longer for thoses who followed the Anime rather than read the manga (like i did).

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Skypiea




23rd Mar 2021, 6:18 PM

I'll be there in 15 years

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