One Piece fans were delighted to see that the last episode of the anime series has not only kicked off Sanji and Pudding's wedding, but Luffy and the Straw Hats have crashed the party toward the end of the episode as well.
But fans did not exactly like how the anime handled Sanji's big moment as well, where he compliment's Pudding's third eye and avoids many means of death from would be assassins.
While the episode does well to dig into Pudding's tragic back story, and thus enhances her breaking down in tears after his compliment, fans were not happy with the amount of filler the episode had before this moment. As Sanji lifted her veil, the episode almost seemed to slow down to a snail's pace as lifting the veil became a major endeavor.
Not only this, the moment was short on full animation as many characters were depicted as still images as the tension was punctuated by an ever creeping shadow. The amount of cuts here were problematic as well, as still profile shots of Big Mom were repeated as well.
Along with this, Sanji avoids both a gunshot from an attacking priest and Katakuri launching a jellybean at Sanji. Fans were disappointed by this as well, as Sanji dodges the jellybean through pure instinct and fans believe this momentous victory over Katakuri's Observation Haki did not get the respect it deserved as he fans presume that Sanji uses his own Observation Haki in the manga.
Fans were hoping this moment would be a bigger occasion, and it could have been had he lifted Pudding's veil faster. But now that the Tea Party is officially crashed, fans are just excited for the climax of the Whole Cake Island arc to begin.
Eiichiro Oda's One Piece first began serialization in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump in 1997. It has been collected into 87 volumes, with a few chapters yet to be included. It has been a critical and commercial success worldwide with many of the volumes breaking printing records in Japan. The manga has even set a Guinness World Record for the most copies published for the same comic book by a single author, and is the best selling manga series worldwide with 430 million copies sold worldwide.
Eiichiro Oda also revealed some upcoming news for One Piece's future at Jump Festa 2018. Not only will the manga see Wano sooner rather than later, the next villain of the series is "one of the legends which lurks in the One Piece world. The greatest enemy ever for Straw Hats will hinder their way...Can you believe Marineford Summit War will look 'cute' compared to that?"0comments
The new live-action One Piece series also got some new information as it was revealed that the series will portray the Straw Hats' adventures from the very beginning, and will take place in the East Blue.
One Piece is currently in the middle of the "Whole Cake Island" arc and is now streaming on Crunchyroll and Funimation.