2nd QnA Special - Part 7 in Intermission 4
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By the same author as Grand Line 3.5



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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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23rd Mar 2021, 6:18 PM

I'll be there in 15 years

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