Will One Piece anime catch up to the manga
Will One Piece anime catch up to the manga? (Image via Toei Animation)

One Piece has always been one of the best shows to watch in the history of world entertainment. Very few anime can boast of having a good manga with an equally good anime adaptation. This anime is one of them as the fans are eating well with the recent developments in both the anime and the manga.

However, many fans have recently complained about some erratic pacing in the anime. Even though the manga is weekly, barring the breaks between the releases, the anime is a bit closer than expected. This is why fans are forced to wonder if or will the One Piece anime catch up to its manga. Hence, keep reading as we discuss the entire issue in this article and give you an insight.

One Piece anime pacing along with the manga

One Piece fans have always been dissatisfied with the pacing of the anime. For example, in the crux of the Wano Arc, Toei Animation is adapting hardly 1 chapter per episode. The anime began with covering a lot of content at the beginning of having 1.5 to 2 chapters per episode.

  • In the Wano arc, the Sanji vs Queen fight covered more than 25 episodes. Even considering the One Piece standards, this is too much for the fans. The Luffy vs Katakuri fight took a similar amount of episodes to conclude and that was the most vital fight in the Whole Cake Island Arc.
  • The Luffy vs Kaido fight started in One Piece Episode 1015. However, even after almost 50 episodes after that, the fight has yet not reached its conclusion. Hence, the pacing of the anime has been below par recently as the episodes are filled with flashbacks and unnecessary delays.

Will the One Piece anime catch up to the manga?

Many fans consider this bad anime pacing a good way for the manga to get further away from the anime so that there is a considerable gap in between them.

  • However, this gap has shortened a bit in recent times as Oda is covering a lot of content in his recent chapters. Hence, reducing the number of potential chapters. Meanwhile, the anime is still stuck on the Wano Arc for years now.
  • But the manga is always a good 6-12 months ahead of the anime. The much-awaited Luffy’s awakening episode was released more than a year ago, which is still 10 episodes away as of Episode 1061. Hence, you should not yet worry about the anime catching up to the manga.

However, that does not change the fact the pacing has been very subpar in recent times and fans would surely prefer a change. The Wano Arc should pick up the pace in One Piece as fans are eager for a specific moment to be animated.


One Piece bad pacing
Luffy vs Kaido should reach its conclusion in 10 more episodes (Image via Toei Animation)

This was everything you had to know about the One Piece anime and manga difference. Although there is not much to worry about it, the anime should pick up the pace. Constant hiatuses, breaks, and delays have slowed it down. Hence, we as fans would love a fast-paced action-packed conclusion to the Wano Arc.

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Souhardya Choudhury is a veteran musician and an audio engineer but has now been writing as a journalist at Spiel Times. He is currently pursuing Media Science and Film Making as his major. He also considers himself a hardcore gamer as Souls games like Elden Ring, Sekiro, and Dark Souls series are his go-to genre for gaming. RPG open-world games come next.