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One Piece Episode 131

Updated February 16, 2023 by Mark Sammut: One Piece crossed the 1000th episode mark in 2022, and the vast majority of that content is canon. Rather than frequently stop the story dead to head out on a side adventure, Toei has generally opted to slowly adapt the source material to ensure the anime does not catch up to the manga. While not without its negatives, this decision has limited One Piece's need to rely on filler. When one of these sagas shows up, they tend to be short and sweet. Over roughly the last three years, there has been only a single One Piece filler arc, but how does it rank compared to older storylines?

One Piece Episode 131

With roughly a thousand episodes (and counting) to sit through, One Piece's sheer size makes the anime a daunting task for people to take on. Eiichiro Oda's manga is a true epic; a series that spans decades and tells a grand tale of ambition, adventure, and resilience. Through the Straw Hats' travels, they experience plenty of highs and lows; tears are shed and laughs are had.

Since there is so much canon content to go through, the filler arcs can feel like they just add to the bloat without contributing enough to justify their existence. Consequently, newcomers to the series might prefer to just skip over the filler material altogether. In order to make that process easier, here is a breakdown of all the filler arcs in the anime along with their respective episodes. Recaps and the Boss Luffy Historical Special episodes will also be included.

Individual One Piece filler episodes have not been included in the table. However, the following episodes are filler: 98-99, 102, 336, 492, 542, 590, and 907 (which will be released on December 26, 2021).

The Boss Luffy Historical Specials are a unique type of One Piece filler since they don't even pretend to be canon. Debuting in the 2005 special episode called "End-Of-Year Special Project! The Detective Memoirs of Chief Straw Hat Luffy" before showing up sporadically in the main series, these storylines teleport the Straw Hats into Edo period Japan. These episodes are extremely jarring as they really do come out of nowhere, so a number of people might feel tempted to just skip them over since they stop the anime's pacing dead in its tracks.

Skipping out on these interludes does not lessen the One Piece experience in any way, however, they are mildly entertaining distractions in their own right. When they first aired, it was neat to see Luffy and company in a historical Japanese setting. Nowadays, these episodes can't even claim to have that going for them since the Wano arc scratches that itch in a far more satisfying way.

Compared to other long-running shounen series like Naruto and Bleach, One Piece's filler arcs tend to be short. At least, fans do not have to sit through multiple months of pointless fluff. The Ice Hunter arc is a rare exception, as the saga lasts for an agonizing ten episodes.

Following the Alabasta arc, One Piece set off on a string of filler episodes stretching across multiple storylines. Stuck in the middle between the Post-Alabasta and Ruluka Island arcs, the Goat Island episodes tend to get overshadowed. While not the most memorable story in the series, this arc works well as a three-episode diversion with a fun new character in Zenny.

A lot of the stories are told awkwardly between the crew and have no actual bearing on the overall story. One Piece doesn't waste time with unnecessary exposition so these episodes stand out as strange among others in the series. This is what makes it obvious filler that exists to do nothing but fill time until the next arc.

Used to set up One Piece Film: Z, the Z's Ambition arc is mostly worth watching only if someone plans to sit through the movie. Otherwise, it's largely a forgettable piece that doesn't fit that well within the canon timeline. Set after the Fish-Man Island arc, Z's Ambition has the distinction of being the first post-time skip filler storyline, so the animation is at least pretty great.

Once One Piece hit its 200th episode mark, the anime went through an underwhelming stretch of storylines; the Davy Back Fight is one of the worst canon arcs, and it is followed up by two filler stories in Ocean's Dream and Foxy's Return. Out of those three, Ocean's Dream is the easiest to sit through, although that's not saying too much. The Straw Hats' memories are wiped, reverting them to how they were prior to joining the crew.

The Marine in charge of the base the Straw Hats invade has similar questions and a change of heart that slowly occurs through the arc. Characters also have defining moments during these episodes, showing that the writing for this story went above and beyond, embodying what makes One Piece so interesting.

Uta's Past is something of an exception. A precursor to One Piece Film Red, the two-part arc is an extended flashback that establishes Luffy's childhood friendship with the eponymous character, who also happens to be Shanks' daughter. The captain of the Red Hair Pirates also features prominently in both episodes, which is always a net positive.

Despite being linked to a non-canon movie, Uta's Past feels surprisingly significant. The arc shows Luffy and Shanks' early meeting; in fact, the story goes further back into Luffy's past than ever before. The episodes also do a great job of introducing Uta, who is a force of personality capable of rivaling the Straw Hat captain in drive and hard-headedness. While One Piece Film Red can be enjoyed as a standalone experience, Uta's Past adds nuance to the core relationships explored by the feature. If someone is planning to watch the movie, they should put aside 40 minutes to watch this One Piece filler arc.

Unlike many other shonen series, One Piece does a fantastic job of avoiding pointless filler episodes. However, on rare occasions, it falls victim to the same shortcomings that plague similar titles within the genre. With this in mind, there are more than a few filler arcs which even the most diehard fans would be wise to avoid.

Updated on December 20, 2022 by Kennedy King: With One Piece moving into what has been confirmed to be its final saga, there are more eyes than ever on the adventures of Monkey D. Luffy and the Straw Hat Pirates. Although filler episodes have become less prevalent as the series has continued, that doesn't mean they haven't continued to pop up throughout One Piece post-timeskip. Because of this, even the most veteran fans of the franchise should be on the lookout for new, non-canon material.

As one can probably guess by its title, the Post-Alabasta Arc occurs immediately following the Alabasta Arc. The filler arc doesn't have one overarching plot, like many filler arcs do. Instead, each of the five episodes are standalone tales featuring a different member of the Straw Hat Pirates.

To be fair, the Post-Alabasta arc provides insight into each of the Straw Hat Pirates' goals and histories. However, these episodes are narratively shallow, and due to Nico Robin and Monkey D. Luffy's absence, they lack the oomph to justify watching them.

Compared to most filler arcs, the G-8 episodes are actually fairly high quality. However, since the arc ends in virtually the exact same situation as it begins (i.e. the Straw Hat Pirates suspended from a hot air balloon), it's not worth watching for most viewers.

Like most spa episodes, the Spa Island arc adds virtually no substance to One Piece's events. As if this wasn't bad enough, Foxy and his crew also make an appearance, turning this arc into a jumbled mess of fan service with little direction or intrigue.

The Little East Blue arc is a four-episode arc meant to lead directly into the One Piece Film: Strong World. The story finds the Straw Hat Pirates on an island that is pretty much a replica of East Blue, where many of them are from.

The Z's Ambition Arc is the first One Piece filler arc to occur after the time skip. The episodes also act as a set-up for the film, One Piece Film: Z. In the arc, the Straw Hat Pirates make their way into the New World, only to suddenly end up surrounded by a fleet of Marine ships.

As with the Little East Blue arc and One Piece Film: Strong World, Z's Ambition primarily appeals to fans who plan to watch One Piece Film: Z shortly after the arc. For everyone else, these filler episodes are meaningless.

As far as filler episodes go, the Caesar Retrieval arc isn't terrible. It provides a closer look at Caesar Clown and his connection to many of One Piece's main characters, adding some depth to one of One Piece's most underappreciated villains. However, given its nonexistent impact on the narrative, the sequence can certainly be skipped.

The Cidre Guild arc takes place just before the events of Wano Country, and as a result, it pales in comparison to the episodes that it immediately precedes. By this point in the series, fans are likely clamoring to see the strength of the Beast Pirates, rendering this arc an unnecessary exercise in patience.

For the most part, One Piece's filler episodes after the timeskip generally serve a single purpose: introducing the narrative of an upcoming movie. Such is the case with the Uta's Past arc, which details the history between Monkey D. Luffy and Shanks' daughter, Uta, prior to the events of One Piece Film: Red.

In this case, said idea is the shallow attempt to give Jiren some pathos. It didn't work for me last week and I found myself wishing they had just committed to his stoic mystery, but this is one of those special episodes that does a phenomenal job of selling its ideas. Once again I'm at a loss for who to thank at Toei, but this episode is a perfect storm of writing and direction. Everything feels natural and earnest, with the show getting to end on a high note with an easy contender for one of my favorite episodes of the series.

Last week saw Goku recoiling from his Ultra Instinct, with Frieza and Android 17 stepping in to fend off Jiren for the final stretch of the tournament. While the action isn't at a constant eleven like it was last time, I think this episode manages to be even slicker. It's still beautiful and wonderfully choreographed, but the visuals are much more focused on story and emotion over raw spectacle. The balancing act that this finale plays when it comes to Frieza is everything I could have hoped for, where he musters plenty of arrogant slime while still being completely sincere in his role as a temporary good guy. I've been waiting patiently to see Frieza's recruitment in this tournament pay off, and even I wasn't prepared for how warm and fuzzy I would feel seeing him and Goku team up. I've been playing Frieza-fanboy this whole arc, and now I'm shook. They got me good. 041b061a72


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