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  1. #1
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    One Piece Arc Popularity Poll:Skypiea

    Rate it on a scale of 1 to 10 from how much you enjoyed it and post what you think about it.

    Excellent arc. Has a lot of Oda's best storytelling and worldbuilding to date. Most of the fights were enjoyable and Enel was a great villain. Wiper was a great side character and Conis and co were pretty nice too as side characters. It had good moments for all the straw hats. It did feel a bit slow at times but not to the point where it became a problem for me. I rate it a 10/10. Not quite as good as Alabasta but definitely one of my favorite arcs.
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    Was wondering if Jaya was skipped or something?

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    Wasen't skipped. I just somehow forgot about it, i have posted it now.

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    I remembered watching this for the first time and it was instantly my favorite arc.

    Still is even now.

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    Hands down the best Arc Oda ever wrote. The whole build up and climax of the arc is just flawless.

    It had; an antagonist of supreme showing, a level that wasn't seen before.

    It had a political structure with the seas etc.

    It had a longstanding history and archeological value that ties really well with the world of One Piece.

    And maybe the best flashback we've seen in One Piece. (Norland Kalgarra! <3)

    But what to me stands out as why this arc was the greatest is; it had .... ROMANCE!

    From the build up in Jaya about an island in the sky (which sounds preposterous enough) but then the actual scientific theories that made it plausible! How awesome is that!


    The shadows of the giants that were shown on the sea; all the mythological legends that were shown and told about that you weren't sure if it was just big talk, or if they had some real merit!


    A city of gold that is in the sky!

    The showcasing of the struggle of the Skypeians, and their history. Good stuff.

    The introduction of Haki.

    Through this arc the world of One Piece became something extraordinary, with legends and tales we couldn't even fathom up till then!

    And the ringing of the bell... sends shivers down my spine every time I see it again...

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    Luffy peaked as a character in Skypiea. While Enel and Wiper were full of zeal and madness, Luffy just kept a Zen attitude the entire time, and that's what allowed him to defeat Enel.


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    - One of the best settings in one piece
    - Probably the best side character in wiper. For my ancestors is one of the best moments in the series
    - Great interactions between strawhats
    - Enel face is one of the funniest moments in the series
    - fatal four way steel cage match between zoro, wiper, ganfall and ohm is a personal favourite of mine.

    I really like skypiea, i really do but i wasn't big on the antagonists. Enel had some really great moments but he wasn't nearly as gripping and cool as Crocodile to me. Liked ohm but overall they were a step below baroque works and cp0 for me.

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    1/10

    didnt even watch it

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    If I were to pick one arc that really represents what the core and heart of what the series is all about, it would be Skypeia. Taken as the sum of its parts with the Jaya buildup, Iíd say itís the greatest arc in One Piece. The adventure, the world building, the characters, the story, the actionÖ itís all some of the best weíve gotten in the story. Skypeia represents the epitome of the Piratesí Romance.

    The location of Skypeia is an interesting mesh of themes. On one hand you have the Shandians and Upper Yard which is heavily based on various Native American cultures. The heavy dense jungles, the tepees, the sacrificial alters, their beliefs in honoring ancestors and the trees, traditions of dancing around the fire place, the designs of their temples, their clothing and accessories, and even have their own El Dorado with Shandora. Itís difficult to create a culture from scratch and have the audience relate to it, so bringing in these aspects from actual historical groups gives us a sense of familiarity towards them and makes it easier to understand and get a feel for the people, their motives, and struggles. Noland himself even fits in with this being more like the European explorer, going on expeditions funded by the royalty to chart and document new lands and adventures, except Noland is actually a good guy.

    On the other hand weíve got the Heaven theme blended into things. There are a lot of religious symbols and themes thrown into the mix. Thereís the pearly gates serving as the entrance to Skypeia, the angel appearance of the sky people, the 4 priests and their names linked with Buddhism, the sheep or goats serving as the bulk of his militia, the prayers of the islanders, the location being on the clouds, the giant arc, and the general vocabulary referencing things like sins, judgement, and God. They are two unique worlds that each could have served as their own arc location, but they blend together seamlessly to create one very unique and memorable location. The reason it works so well is because there are a lot of parallels between the two to make the connection with, the giant snake is an animal that fits with the South American environment but it also has symbolic ties to different religious beliefs, the land the Shandians call their home is what the Skypieans see as a divine holy garden not to be soiled. Of course thereís also the strong religious influence to each location, with the contrast being the East vs West interpretations on God. There is more East vs West contrast in the arc we see it both with the Norland and Calgara and with the two major supporting characters being the tribal Wiper and knight Gan Fall. Despite the contrast, one isnít really elevated above the other or made to look bad, they all come out of the situation looking as strong characters that the readers can relate to.

    Throughout the arcs Oda had been steadily advancing his world building to further and further levels, and this arc is where things really reached the higher levels that made One Piece into a fully flourished world. The Baratie arc let us know a bigger world was out there, the Arlong Park arc set up pieces on the table for later use, the Drum arc set those pieces in motion, the Jaya arc showed us those pieces in motion, but Skypiea changed the game. As the series started becoming less narrow and focused and growing more into a grand and larger world, there was still one thing it was missing, a proper mythos. It was still just the story of One Piece, a band of pirates heading to find the ultimate treasure hidden by Roger. The Norland and Calgara flashback gave the world some history, we donít just get exposition on what happened sometime far in the past, we get an actual fully developed story taking place 400 years prior to the main timeline. That story has its own world, its own characters, its own cultures, locations, events, and even its own history and mythos within the flashback itself. Suddenly one of the big plot points in the series is about unraveling a mystery of what happened centuries prior to the story beginning, this is where the story stopped being confined to just the present and had its own rich and deep lore hidden within it.

    This is where Skypeia truly shines as an arc location; it has such a rich history behind it that no other arc comes even close to touching upon. We explore the very arc itself from three different perspectives, the flashback, Jaya, and Upper Yard. Beyond even Norland we learn the original Shandians were all but wiped out trying to protect a poneglyph from unknown attackers, giving us lore within the lore. We learn the story of Norland and the bell, which we first experienced as a Fairy Tale that became a popular childrenís fairy tale in the Blue Sea, showing the story get warped through word of mouth of the old King. We see how Norland discover part of the island missing and we see that same story through the perspective of Calgara as he was shot into the sky. We see the takeover as the Skypieans forced them from their land and started the civil war, how Gan Fall eventually inherited the throne and was conflicted on how to handle the war, and eventually learn of when Enel came and conquered. How at the time of the main story the descendants of Noland and Calgara refused to give up on this history. He went all in making Skypeia a location that came to life with its fleshed out and vibrant past. On top of that we even got their unique form of technology with the wavers and dials that that showed their culture and lifestyle of the native Skypieans and would end up being incorporated into the arsenal of the main cast. Even on a base level a sky jungle is just a cool place for an adventure and the flashback made for a really strong story.

    There wasnít a single character I thought was bad in this arcÖ well aside from Satoriís two brothers, could have done without them, but they were too minor to really matter anyways. I guess Oda felt Nami needed to have a fight this arc, but we wouldnít have been missing anything by cutting out the forgettable match against the two twins. The supporting characters Aisa and Conis were pretty good, they took action and helped with the plot, didnít just sit around being useless. Gan Fall was just a cool old geezer who was an enjoyable presence in the arc.

    Wiper I view as the greatest support character weíve seen in the series, unless one counts Whitebeard at Marineford. Part of what makes him work so well is that heís a true independent this arc, he has the same common enemy as Luffy but he is has his own motives and agendas and serves as an obstacle to the group as well, not just a standard ally. He battles both Luffy and Zoro and wants to kill Gan Fall, he serves as head of his own force with his own storyline and full character arc, and he doesnít lose out to any of the main cast. Itís rare to see a support character who actually manages to outshine Zoro and the others in an arc; the guy was so effective he actually managed to temporarily kill the arc villain. While Gan Fall is chivalrous, noble, and conflicted, Wiper foils him by being tribal, savage, with unbreakable determination. Heís a man with unwavering conviction who stops at nothing to achieve his goals.

    Enel was such a powerful presence in this arc, he was called a God and he really lived up to the title. Before we even saw him introduced, he was already smiting people from across the island for their transgressions. He didnít even have to be in the same area to kill someone, he could do it from anywhere and we didnít even know what he looked like. He carried had a very ominous and foreboding presence to him, when he said there would be 5 people at the end of his death match the first thought was which 5 were going to survive, that line was put there for a reason. This wasnít going to be Alabasta where everyone wins, we knew at least one of the Strawhats was going to be defeated early, and sure enough Sanji and Usopp take the fall to Enel and Chopper is picked off by Ohm. Even reaching the Big Mom arc messing with the Yonkou, I still donít feel she gives off as dominating a presence as what Enel did in this arc.

    He felt like something quite special as a villain. I think Skypeia being so separated really worked to Enelís advantage; it just allowed him to be his own separate and unique thing away from the usual world of One Piece. No bounties, no Marines, no Schichibukai, no Pirates, it was just Enel and his army up in the sky away from it all, which really gives the adventurous feel. Heís really a quite affable character in his mannerisms and interactions, he doesnít seem like an outright evil or malicious guy, but more like a legitimately insane madman who fully believes his delusions and thinks the world is all the natural will and order of how things should be. Thereís no ultimate scheme, hidden agenda, malicious intent, or anything to conceivably reason or bargain with; itís just a full on crazy person with unimaginable power who does random acts of chaos because he thinks heís God and itís his right, a true force of nature. He also has a really great design that fits him perfectly. The fight with Luffy had some great choreography and moments between the two and itís amusing how Enel actively tried avoiding a fight with Luffy once things stopped going his way. While it was a bit detached, the amount of weight behind the story made Enelís defeat the most satisfying in the manga for me.

    The other villains, the 4 priests and Yuma made for an enjoyable group of villains with good designs. Didnít feel like there were any weak links here, Yuma wasnít much but he did provide Robin her only true one on one match, which helped her feel more integrated in the group overall. Satori was decent for what he was, introducing the concept of Mantra and being the warm-up fight to let us know what weíre in for. Gedatsu is probably the weirdest character that Odaís created and served helped Chopperís advancement as a character. Ohm and Shura were both just pretty cool all around, though I wish Shura would have gotten more of a fight at the end, he was a pretty active force in the arc initially but got one shotted to show off the power of the reject dial. The action was pretty good all around, not to Alabasta levels, but still strong for whatís a more adventure oriented arc.

    The biggest flaw to this arc is again, Oda teasing the deaths of characters. If heís going to kill off a character then thatís something he needs to go all in on, you donít just get to throw in a death scene for cheap emotion then say ďjust kiddingĒ later on. Enel claims to have murdered the entire Godís militia once he no longer needed them and then the arc wraps up and theyíre all fine. Worse would be Pagaya, gets struck by lightning and seemingly killed off then literally just pops up in the middle of the group later on without even a shred of explanation for why heís still alive. Pagaya living does nothing for the story and neither do the random nameless fodder that served Gan Fall. It doesn't hold the overall arc back enough to change the score.


    Overall, this probably is Odaís best arc in the series, and might be my favorite arc overall. An easy 10/10

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    which faggots rated this below 10

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    Tin outta focken tin m8

    One of my absolute favorite arcs with arguably the greatest FB in the entire series (though there are other contenders obviously).
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    This is a great arc
    the setting is the best in all of one piece, getting there alone was a grand adventure
    it had a lot of drama because of the political tension
    there were 4 factions at play and each had a different goal so there were many subplots but the setting kept them interrelated and so the plot wasn't messy and instead it was wildly vivid.
    I treasure the fight with enel not only because it was a great fight, but because this is last time we get to see luffy defeat a DF user by exploiting the DF's weakness.
    the feeling you get when that bell tolls sums up how I feel about this arc
    this arc is perfect 10/10
    Also Wiper is the greatest side character ever.



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    Skypiea is probably the most overrated arc in the series, its good but it has nothing on Alabasta or even Arlong park. Only adventure preaching hipsters would tell you otherwise. Lets analyse it objectively:

    Nothing happened for the majority of the first part. We got to see BB first encounter the SHs but that was it, the rest of it we just saw the shs trying to navigate safely up the jump stream which took lord knows how many chapters

    Then they got to skypiea and it took far too long to establish Enel as the main antagonist, we got a lot of stuff no one really cares about in how Gran Fall lost to Enel and became the God of Skypiea. Build up was far to slow here

    When they finally got to the Skypiea jungle, we got 4 severly underwhelming opponents in the priests they all had the same observation haki gimmick and that was about it. I bet most people cant even remember the name of one of let alone all 4. I remember Gedatsu and thats about it.

    Then we finally got to the boss fight Enel which was done well we had a lot of really cool fight panels with Enel, but Enel pretty much one shotted everyone because barely anyone struggled against the priests. And then we had Luffy beat Enel which was another cool fight, but it doesnt excuse an entire arc of mediocrity.
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    Check these edgelords voting 1/10.

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    Those heretics votes won't count in this tournament. I see on that.

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    4/10

    It was alright. Another OP villain group where only the main villain mattered while the rest were bland.

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    So let me get this straight.


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    Only adventure preaching hipsters would tell you otherwise
    You hate Adventure

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    Nothing happened for the majority of the first part.
    You hate world-building and setting establishment

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    it took far too long to establish Enel as the main antagonist,
    You hate build-up and suspense

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    4 severly underwhelming opponents in the priests
    You want every minor villain to be extreme diff fight


    So basically the reason you hate Skypeia is because your "ideal version" of One Piece is basically Luffy in a room constantly gauntlet'ing brawler types like Lucci with zero buildup and zero plot.
    Go watch Dragons Ballz then






    Skypeia was hands down the best arc of One Piece
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    Quote Originally Posted by HisMajestyMihawk View Post
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    You hate Adventure

    You hate world-building and setting establishment

    You hate build-up and suspense

    You want every minor villain to be extreme diff fight

    So basically the reason you hate Skypeia is because your "ideal version" of One Piece is basically Luffy in a room constantly gauntlet'ing brawler types like Lucci with zero buildup and zero plot.

    Go watch Dragons Ballz then

    Skypeia was hands down the best arc of One Piece
    > Nope, I just dont like it when author tries really hard to the paint an arc as a cool adventure to the point where it looks forced. Dressrosa and Fishman Island felt the same way

    > I dont understand how spending like 5 chapters on a jet stream is world building and how hearing some tired tale for the next 10 chapters about how some scrub like Gran Fall lost to Enel is doing a good job setting the establishment. We get it theyre on an island in the sky skip to the part where theyre actually doing something interesting.

    > The priests weren't minor arc villains, they where the four main enemies after Enel. If you try to tell me the priests where done better than Baraque Works ill laugh in your face.

    > Did I say that

    On the contrary, Jaya is probably my one of my favourite arcs in One Piece and its probably the only arc where luffy didnt do any fighting.

    > I've already watched Dragon Ball Z m8

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    I won't say the priests were better. IMO I agree the fight matchups were better in Alabasta

    I will however say that the Priests and the mantra ability overall tied much better into the whole sky/god setting

    From the ship falling from the sky to the ending where they leave skypeia, I consider Jaya as part of the Skypeia arc

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