There is no denying that One Piece is one of the greatest stories of all time.
With a flawless narrative and good animation quality, the series had shocked the whole anime industry. Episode 978 has set out to achieve back all the lost popularity with a single blow.
One Piece had received its fair share of criticism regarding the anime’s quality, but not anymore.
The main reason for this could be attributed to the long-running nature of the show. While not always at its best, the series remained reasonably average in animation while bowling over fans from time to time with its plot.
With the start of the Wano Arc, though, this all changed. The clean and visually stunning art style and animation surprised its fans.
From everything in the story to commercial break cutscenes, everything was beautifully animated. Episode 978 was everything that, but on steroids.
Episode 978 of the One Piece anime featured Luffy, Law, and Kidd face off against Kaido’s battleships. The choreography of the fight scene was excellent, but the animation was otherworldly.
Everything from Law flipping the ship upside down, Kidd transforming his arm to Luffy’s Gear Four: Bounce Man transformation was amazing. It seems like Toei had been saving their best for this episode.
The use of 3D CGI in Kidd’s arms might have flown past many of the viewers. The blending of the old school and the new CG style animation is almost seamless in the scene. This type of integration is probably the best of its kind.
The 15-second sequence where Luffy grabs the mast while the ship moves mid-air is probably the best-animated part of the episode. The constant camera angles changes to the details to convey relative motion were perfect.
The animation quality in this episode is reminiscent of a Toei movie rather than a long-running shonen. With this rise in quality, one can only dream of what is about to come, especially those who know what is happening in the manga.
While the fans are busy freaking out over this one, you cannot look away from the story. Why did Kyo destroy his ally’s ship? What is he thinking? Are we in for another betrayal?
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.
Source: One Piece Episode 978Originally Written By Epic Dope