One Piece Arcs Manga Edition

Introduction:Hey, it's been awhile and to my surprise, I've came back finding out I've actually made some money off here (36 cents on my Disney Musical List). I wanted to celebrate by doing another Disney list but I found coming up with one I could do so instead, I'm doing it on One Piece. For those who don't know, One Piece is a ridiculously popular manga (in Japan - in fact, it's the most popular) that centers around the adventures of the Straw Hat Pirates and particularly, their Captain Monkey D. Luffy who aspires to be the King of the Pirates by finding the legendary treasure, One Piece. Luffy also ate the Gum Gum Fruit and became a Rubberman. It's a battle/adventure shounen, just go with it. Currently, the manga's in the midst of the Dressrosa arc, which is shaping up to be the best arc in the entire series. Consider its started in 1997 and has over 700 chapters, that's really impressive.

As always, the list will be kept spoiler free. Also, only one arc per saga will be included but honestly, that will really only come into play when I do the Anime edition. Outside of one instance, all my favorite arcs are taken from different sagas. Alright, without any further delay, here are my top five One Piece arcs in the manga!

  • 01

    Arlong Park

    The Arlong Park arc is the arc that got me and many into this series and it's still to this day my favorite. Now, this arc is the earliest that will make the list, being the fifth arc in the series and honestly, the first really good one. In a lot of ways the series has far surpassed the quality in this arc but in one big way, they've never quite matched it in my opinion and that's the emotional core. Nami's backstory and all the happens in it is one of my favorite backstories in any medium period and without going into it, it gets me every time. It also has probably my favorite scene in all of One Piece (I say probably because all except number four contains one of those scenes).

    Fun fact, despite being my favorite manga arc, this is the only arc on the list where I don't think the manga has the best version of it.

  • 02

    Skypiea

    Skypiea is the quintessential One Piece arc. It's the most adventurous one; it has the most creativity; it has some the best fights in the series; it has the best finishing move in all of One Piece, along with the best ending in general; it has one of the best villain; & I could go on and on about this arc. I just love the story they have here and I love how it plays out especially with the flashback. I love Eneru (the villain), I love the scale here. I love how this arc kinda plays around with the structure of the bigger arcs and if it wasn't for how strong the emotion in Arlong Park arc and one issue I have with it that's too spoilerific, this would be an easy number one.

  • 03

    Enies Lobby

    Chances are if you heard of One Piece you've heard of the Enies Lobby arc. This is arguably the most lauded arcs by fans and I can definitely see why. There's plenty to love here, from Robin's backstory to all the fights to something I can't even hint at. Most people choose to focus on the fights and for good reason, pound for pound this arc includes the best fights of the series. I'm not honestly the biggest fan of the more action oriented arcs but here, Oda just gets it perfectly and other two things I mentioned are more than enough reason to love it outside of the fights.

  • 04

    Sabaody Archipelago

    How do you discuss this one without spoilers? Um, everyone who watches One Piece knows why this arc is on here and I think it's entirely because of the last five or so chapters. I'll put it like this, this is arguably the most crucial arc in all of One Piece and it's one that hits you hard in the end.

  • 05

    Thriller Bark

    It was somewhat close between this and Alabasta but ultimately I'm going with Thriller Bark. While Alabasta has the better villain, Thriller Bark wins out by being a bit less formulaic, introducing Brooke & his backstory (which is my third favorite in the series) and of course, the awesomeness that happened after their victory. Anyone who's seen it knows what I'm talking about.




Final Thoughts

Talked too long for several of those but that was bound to happen considering how much I love One Piece. The anime list is fairly different, as a matter of fact I think only one arc from this list appears on both. But I'll find out when I write next. If you disagree with my list, or if you want to enter a long diatribe at me for not listing Marineford, leave a comment. If anyone else reads this one here, I'd love to read your top five. Whether you do or not, thanks for reading this and have a great day!




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