After the recent release of Gear 5, the One Piece fandom is urging the series to adopt a seasonal format to enhance its pacing. The prolonged battle between Luffy and Kaido on Onigashima’s rooftop has been marred by sluggish pacing and excessive flashbacks, as seen in episode 1075. Nearly half of the episode’s runtime was devoted to flashbacks of Orochimaru and Kaido terrorizing the citizens of Wano.
Concerned fans have taken to social media, with one initiating a poll on Twitter to gauge interest in a seasonal schedule for the “One Piece Final Saga.” Surprisingly, over 57% of respondents voted in favor of the switch. Criticism about the series’ slow pacing has also extended to platforms like Crunchyroll.
Transitioning to a seasonal format would bring both advantages and disadvantages. It could potentially lead to improved pacing and higher production quality, allowing animators more time for each episode. This might alleviate the need for excessive flashbacks and drawn-out scenes that have drawn criticism.
However, the financial aspect must be considered. “One Piece” is a long-standing series with a dedicated fan base, and altering the format could initially disrupt revenue. While devoted fans may adapt to a seasonal format, there’s a risk of losing more casual viewers who are accustomed to the regular airing schedule. A hiatus or change in release pattern might result in a drop in viewership.
Source: Anime Senpai