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In the comments, the different meanings of the word 'pace', let us see the different ways to read the same story and to make sense of it:
Well maybe I'm exaggerating a bit but the ideas are there.
Last edited by ukimix; February 20, 2013 at 10:06 PM.
I would say that if I wanted anything to change about the fighting, that it'd be nice to let fights go to their conclusion. If there's three fights going on, I'd rather have three chapters each dedicated to one of the fights than cut back and forth with a third of the fight in each chapter and the conclusions all in the third.
Well since I'm quoted, I guess I must had my two cents. I don't think there are to many fights in One Piece so far but I don't want them to have more place. And if every character has his own then I think the balance would be lost. Oda himself must have thought the same since he hasn't done so since Enies lobby (i don't count Fishman island double spreads as panel consuming...)
Also maybe I'm biased by the fact that I read now One Piece weekly. After all one of the most useless fight that is Groggy ring is one ofmy favorite. But it also proves than team fights can be as enjoyable. Luffy vs Lucci dragged to long to my taste.
For me Luffy/Zoro/Sanji need that kind of things, because their fight are usually awesome and have actually a lot of things to show, especially after their training
I voted for more panels for figts. But I agree with k-dom in that one fight per character would be maybe too much. And I also think that, more than the main character, a good fight deserves a precise amount of panels to be drawn. Maybe that's why I enjoyed much more the beginning of Vergo vs Smoker than Zoro vs Monet. With such a visual narrative (Vergo vs Smoker) I would be happy with a full chapter about a fight, even if that means to wait a bit to see what happens next in the main plot.
An arc with Zoro as main character would be really good.
One of the things I like is that Oda changes the proportion based on what is most appropriate for each arc/island. Water 7 had some action, but was more focused on plot and dialog. Enes Lobby had more action, but he left room for world building. Amazon Lily was dialog heavy, while Impel Down and Marineford focused on action. Same could be said for most of the rest of the manga. The proportion of fighting to plot is flexible, changing as needed.
I do prefer plot oriented chapters, but that more has to do with my taste in manga. The pace is excellent no matter what, no complaints about more action heavy arcs.
I love OP being more dialog than fight scenes because look how far we got in only 700 chapters. Naruto is almost as long as OP and has half the amount of content due to useless flashbacks and too many fight scenes and useless talk no jutsu.
Lets look at Beach which in a study showing the amount of text in each chapter of Jump Bleach by far had the least by far. If Op was like bleach we would just now be getting to Water 7 and that is if we are lucky.
The amount of dialog and short fight scenes in the manga have saved the OP anime from endless filler. Would you want OP anime to be mostly filler where it goes on filler for a year at a time?
I truly believe OP could not have made it as a manga if it focused on fights scene rather than dialog and plot progression.
If we look at the Marine Ford War which took only 31 chapters from the start of the war to its conclusion. In naruto that war would have taken a solid 50+ chapters and bleach would have been at least 75 chapters.
For fight scenes I would rather watch the anime than read manga panels.
Some of us consider the pace of the one piece anime as something awfull so I'm not sure it is a good idea to use it here...
I agree with Kaiten about the ratio of fights to plot/comedy, it's nice of Oda that he keeps some fights short, so he can stay creative when the big match ups begin.
I think the balance is fine. There were plenty of arc with constant action and fighting, like Skypiea survival game, Enies Lobby and Thriller Bark. As for New World, Oda needs to create a setting for the convincing fights to happen. It's what he does. There are plenty of other manga where fights are forced. For example, some guy stops by to say hello to another guy, and one of them gets emotional, so it all ends up with 20 chapters of fighting with those 2 and other people. It's different in OP. So far, there weren't any really demanding fights in New World but Oda is carefully weaving things before chaos erupts. I think we'll have a plenty of fighting soon.