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Why One Piece is not popular like DBZ or Naruto?
There's no denying that One Piece is a powerhouse of an Anime. But when we look into the popularity, It's far behind DBZ, Naruto, and much more anime franchises. If we see the Manga community, it's the opposite. Why?
There are multiple reasons One Piece is not a ' hyped ' anime. One of them is the time that this anime takes to build up stories and characters. DBZ is an episodic Anime, where you can skip a lot of episodes but whenever you start watching DBZ, you'll be able to follow the story. It's basically a new villain, stronger than the previous one. Naruto, however, has some of the best fight scenes in anime.
One Piece doesn't have that. you can't miss any episode, sometimes, not even filler ones. You have to follow everything, make sure you remember what happened in episode 74 to understand what's happening in episode 308. That's one piece.another thing, and that's my opinion, is Toei Animation, the company that animates One Piece. We're seeing Wano arc, and we're so happy how good those animations are when normally that's what big anime like One Piece deserves! One Piece always had clumsy animation from the beginning, and that also played a role.
Another reason One Piece is not very popular like other anime, it's because it's not protagonist-centered. In most of the anime, only the protagonist can save the day. One Piece, that's not the case. Young people want to see the main event when One Piece always considered 'storytelling' as their main strong point. Yes, Luffy always has to fight the strongest one, but after the Dressrosa arc, that changed too. So One Piece became matured with time. Anime with matured stories are less popular than other anime with a light plot. (Except AOT, that broke the barrier)
But at the end of the day, One Piece WILL surpass everyone. There are millions of people just waiting for the anime to end, or Manga at least, so they can start. The day One Piece end, it will break the definition of popularity and fame, everywhere.