There are two types of anime fans: those who have embraced the huge world of One Piece and those who are scared to even look at its cover page. The reason behind your fear is very obviously the two decades’ worth of anime episodes.
One Piece started airing in 1999, and not even the author could imagine that it would still be ongoing. As a person with a former One Piece phobia, I can assure you that not once will you regret starting the series.
Oda-sensei is the king of introducing mindblowing twists in the most unexpected of places. There are uncountable mysteries and easter eggs in the anime, and as the plot progresses, it is unnerving how they are revealed.
One Piece has already pocketed 20 seasons consisting of 1030+ episodes. Other than the tv series, it also has 15 movies under its name and several OVAs and specials.
Before you get crosseyed by just reading the numbers, let me come clean and tell you that there isn’t a single moment you would want to miss, and I am here to help you navigate One Piece. To make your life easier, I have compiled the best way to watch One Piece.
1. Recommended Watch Order of One Piece
The following is the recommended watch order which you can also treat as the chronological order. Despite its length, One Piece is a pretty straightforward series, so you shouldn’t have much difficulty watching it if you follow the order.
|Romance Dawn Arc||1-3||Anime Series|
|Orange Town Arc||4-8||Anime Series|
|Defeat Him! The Pirate Ganzack!||--||OVA|
|Syrup Village Arc||0-18||Anime Series|
|One Piece: The Movie||--||Movie|
|Baratie Arc||19-30||Anime Series|
|Arlong Park Arc||31-44||Anime Series|
|Loguetown Arc||45||Anime Series|
|Buggy’s Crew Adventure Chronicles||46-47||Anime Series|
|Loguetown Arc Cont.||48-53||Anime Series|
|Clockwork Island Adventure||--||Movie|
|One Piece TV Special: Adventure in the Ocean’s Navel||--||Special|
|Jango’s Dance Carnival||--||Shorts|
|Warship Island Arc||54-61||Anime Series|
|One Piece: Episode of East Blue: Luffy and His 4 Crewmates’ Big Adventure||--||Special|
|Reverse Mountain Arc||62-63||Anime Series|
|Whisky Peak Arc||64-67||Anime Series|
|Diary of Koby-Meppo||68-69||Anime Series|
|Little Garden Arc||70-77||Anime Series|
|Drum Island Arc||78-91||Anime Series|
|Dream Soccer King||Short|
|Alabasta Arc||92-130||Anime Series|
|The Desert Princess and the Pirates: Adventures in Alabasta||--||Movie|
|Chopper’s Kingdom on the Island of Strange Animals||--||Movie|
|Post-Alabasta Arc||131-135||Anime Series|
|Goat Island Arc||136-138||Anime Series|
|Dead End Adventure||--||Movie|
|The Cursed Holy Sword||--||Movie|
|One Piece: Open Upon the Great Sea! A Father’s Huge, HUGE Dream||--||Special|
|Take Aim! The Pirate Baseball King||--||Short|
|Ruluka Island Arc||139-143||Anime Series|
|Jaya Arc||144-152||Anime Series|
|Skypiea Arc||153-195||Anime Series|
|One Piece: Episode of Sky Island||--||Special|
|G-8 Arc||196-206||Anime Series|
|Baron Omatsuri and the Secret Island||--||Movie|
|Long Ring Long Land Arc||207-219||Anime Series|
|One Piece: Protect! The Last Great Stage||--||Special|
|Ocean’s Dream Arc||220-224||Anime Series|
|Foxy’s Return Arc||225-228||Anime Series|
|Giant Mecha Soldier of Karakuri Castle||--||Movie|
|Water 7 Arc||229-263||Anime Series|
|Enies Lobby Arc||264-290, 293-302, 304-312||Anime Series|
|Boss Luffy Historical Specials||291-292, 303, 406-407||Special Episodes|
|Post-Enies Lobby Arc||313-325||Anime Series|
|Episode of Chopper Plus: Bloom in the Winter, Miracle Cherry Blossom||--||Movie|
|Ice Hunter Arc||326-335||Anime Series|
|Chopper Man Special||336||Special Filler|
|Thriller Bark Arc||337-381||Anime Series|
|Spa Island Arc||382-384||Anime Series|
|Little East Blue Arc||426-429||Anime Series|
|Strong World Episode 0||--||OVA|
|One Piece Film: Strong World||--||Film|
|ONE PIECE 3D! Trap Coaster||--||Short|
|Romance Dawn Story||--||OVA|
|Sabaody Archipelago Arc||385-405||Anime Series|
|Amazon Lily Arc||408-417||Anime Series|
|Straw Hats Separation Serial Arc||418-421||Anime Series|
|Impel Down Arc||422-425||Anime Series|
|Impel Down Arc Cont||430-452||Anime Series|
|Straw Hats Separation Serial Arc Cont.||453-456||Anime Series|
|Marineford Arc||457-489||Anime Series|
|Post-War Arc||490-491||Anime Series|
|Toriko Crossover||492||Anime Series|
|Post-War Arc Cont.||493-516||Anime Series|
|Return to Sabaody Arc||517-522||Anime Series|
|Episode of Nami: Tears of a Navigator and the Bonds of Friendship||--||Film|
|Fish-Man Island Arc||523-541||Anime Series|
|Toriko Crossover||542||Crossover Special|
|Fish-Man Island Arc Cont.||543-574||Anime Series|
|Z’s Ambition Arc||575-578||Anime Series|
|Glorious Island Part 1||--||Special Prequel|
|Glorious Island Part 2||--||Special Prequel|
|One Piece Film: Z||--||Movie|
|Episode of Luffy: Adventure on Hand Island||--||Special|
|One Piece: Adventure of Nebulandia||--||Special|
|Punk Hazard Arc||579-589||Anime Series|
|Toriko & Dragon Ball Crossover||590||Crossover Special|
|Punk Hazard Arc Cont.||591-625||Anime Series|
|Episode of Merry: The Tale of One More Friend||--||Movie|
|Caesar Retrieval Arc||626-628||Anime Series|
|Dressrosa Arc||629-746||Anime Series|
|Episode of Sabo: The Three Brothers’ Bond – The Miraculous Reunion and the Inherited Will||--||Special|
|Silver Mine Arc||747-750||Anime Series|
|One Piece: Heart of Gold||--||Movie|
|One Piece Film: Gold Episode 0||--||Prequel|
|One Piece Film: Gold||--||Movie|
|Zou Arc||751-779||Anime Series|
|Marine Rookie Arc||780-782||Anime Series|
|Whole Cake Island Arc||783-877||Anime Series|
|Levely Arc||878-889||Anime Series|
|Wano Country Arc – Act 1||890-894||Anime Series|
|Cidre Guild Arc||895-896||Anime Series|
|One Piece: Stampede||--||Movie|
|Wano Country Arc – Act 1||897-906||Anime Series|
|Anime 20th Anniversary special||907||Special|
|Wano Country Arc – Act 1||908-916||Anime Series|
|Wano Country Arc – Act 2||917 – 956||Anime Series|
|Wano Country Arc – Act 3||957-1028||Anime Series|
|One Piece Film: Red||Movie|
|Uta’s Past Arc||1029 – 1030||Anime Series|
|Wano Country Arc – Act 3||1031 – 1039||Anime Series|
2. Do you need to watch One Piece movies in order?
One Piece movies are not canon, so you can watch them after completing the anime episodes. However, it is best to watch them according to the chronological order to stay with the flow.
3. Which One Piece episodes can you skip?
One Piece has several recap episodes that summarize arcs or events in the series. You can skip these episodes as they do not help the plot progress.
|Title||Why you should skip|
|Emergency Planning, A Perfect Strategy for the One Piece||Recaps episodes 1-5|
|One Piece New Year Special: Secret of the Straw Hat Pirates!||Recaps events from Romance Dawn Arc to Water 7 Arc|
|One Piece: Long Ring Long Land Arc — A One Night Abridged Special||Recaps episodes 207 – 219|
|One Piece Characters Log||Covers individual stories of Straw hats until Dressrosa Arc.|
|Luffy-senpai Support Project! Barto’s Secret Room!||Recaps events from Luffy’s arrival in Wano Country to the invasion of Onigashima|
|Zoro and Sanji-senpai Admiring Project! Barto’s Secret Room 2!||Covers events until Luffy, Zoro, Law, Kidd, and Killer face Kaido and Big Mom|
|A Comprehensive Anatomy! The Legend of Kozuki Oden!||Recaps events from Oden’s life until the formation of the Ninja-Pirate-Mink-Samurai Alliance|
|The Legendary Log! Red-Haired Shanks!||Connects the anime with the movie Red and covers Shanks ending the Summit War of Marineford and past events with Luffy|
|A Comprehensive Anatomy! Fierce Fight! The Five from the New Generation!||Covers the fight between the Worst Generation and the Kaido-Big Mom duo on the Skull Dome’s roof|
If you want to know more about the filler content in One Piece then check out our article on the complete filler guide of One Piece:
4. Where to watch One Piece with Eng subs or dub?
Since One Piece is one of the ‘Big Three’ anime, it is available on most major streaming websites. Check out where you can watch them with Eng subs or dub:
|Streaming Sites||Sub and Dub|
|Netflix US||Eng sub and Dub|
|Hulu||Eng sub and Dub|
|Funimation||Eng sub and Dub|
|Crunchyroll||Eng sub and Dub|
|Pluto TV||Eng sub|
5. Where can you download One Piece to view offline?
Several websites offer download options with their different packages, and we have the readymade list right here:
|Website||Subscription Packages||Offline Viewing|
|Crunchyroll||Fan – $7.99/month||No|
|Mega Fan – $9.99/month||Yes|
|Ultimate Fan – $14.99/month||Yes|
|Funimation||Premium: $5.99 a month / $59.99 per year||No|
|Premium Plus: $7.99 a month / $79.99 per year||Yes|
|Premium Plus Ultra: $99.99 per year||Yes|
|Netflix||Basic with ads: $6.99/month||No|
|Hulu||Ad-Supported: $7.99/month (or $79.99/year)||Yes|
|No Ads: $14.99/month||Yes|
6. How much time will it Take to Watch One Piece?
You have finally arrived at the most dreadful section of the article, so make sure to glance at the total time it will take you to watch the series. (Feel free to stare at your screen in horror for the next two minutes)
|Anime Episodes||24936 minutes|
|Total||27135 mins or 452.25 hours|
Thus, to watch the whole of One Piece you would need almost 19 days of continuous binge-watching. A more reasonable number would be a few months since most people have daily jobs to do to stay alive.
Congratulations on completing this article, and best of luck if you are planning on watching One Piece. I bet your heat needs some preparation before going through the most moving and adrenaline-filled series of the century.
Stick to the recommended watch order for the best experience, and it’s best to not jup between seasons to strictly follow the timeline. You can watch the OVAs, shorts, specials, and movies whenever you want since they don’t necessarily follow the main plot.
The OVAs, specials and shorts add a fun touch to the anime, and the movies are original masterpieces.
8. About One Piece
One Piece is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Eiichiro Oda. It has been serialized in Shueisha’s Weekly Shōnen Jump magazine since July 22, 1997.
The man who had acquired everything in this world, the Pirate King, is Gol D. Roger. The final words he said at the execution tower were “My treasures? If you want it, I’ll let you have it. Look for it; I left all of it at that place.” These words sent many to the seas, chasing their dreams, headed toward the Grand Line, in search of One Piece. Thus began a new age!
Seeking to be the greatest pirate in the world, young Monkey D. Luffy also heads toward the Grand Line in search of One Piece. His diverse crew is joining him along the way, consisting of a swordsman, marksman, navigator, cook, doctor, archaeologist, and cyborg-shipwright, this will be one memorable adventure.