When it comes to cannon, it's a bit of a touchy subject, now on a site called MangaHelpers I would expect most of you to strictly use the manga and refute anything else as filler.
I always imagined that the anime was a dedicated expansion of the source material, and though it has had a few mistakes, it is the very next level of reliability. That's why when it comes to arguments, I accept anime only sequences along with the manga (and SBS) as proper etiquette unless the manga completely contradicts a statement or event.
When it comes to the movies, it is a bit trickier, there are movies that can be placed neatly in the cannon with a simple filler arc to prelude it. I personally consider Strong World & Film Z to be compressed sagas Oda couldn't fit into the manga. And many of the other movies (except the alabasta and drum movies) can be placed in series fairly neatly in much the same way.
So how far does your cannon stretch..
Manga & Anime only.
Or are you like me, and accept anything that doesn't contradict the main story. (I get way more to analyze this way as well lol)
Unless something else is stated by Oda sensei, I go by Manga and SBS only.
To summarize: SBS, Manga, Databooks, Color Walks, (Strong World, maybe, I'd like Oda to confirm it if so). And/or things stated/confirmed by Oda sensei himself.
Anything that contradicts the Manga or doesn't follow the main storyline is off the table.
Edit: Chapter 0 is also on the table. That takes place before the current storyline.
Last edited by TheLuffySmile; November 02, 2013 at 01:57 PM.
To me it's like this: Manga, SBS, databooks (as summary of both manga and sbs) and Color Walks which may contain interviews and other background information are canon. Strong World is canon, too, as it had (a) an introduction chapter all about Shiki escaping from Enies Lobby, (b) was written by Oda, (c) got a special volume in which Oda wrote some lines about SW being Luffy's last adventure as 17 year old. (Film Z got none of it, so it's not canon.)
The TV show mixed up, left out and appended too much stuff which also contradict both manga and even earlier episodes. Moreover many of the vital scenes were screwed either by being much too detailless or crapped by some scribblekid. And as most other anime productions about One Piece are based on the original work even more loosely, they can't be considered canon either.
For me only manga, but the databooks is no vital but still i consider true... U may argue with the latter, again i want to say it is ture but not vital..
Well, obviously whatever the author calls canon which is usually whatever he wrote himself. Databooks seem to be written by his assistants but published under his name so, to me, it is implied that those are canon, too.
However, even though Oda said Strong World is true to the manga it still doesn't make sense how Shiki was able to destroy half of the headquarters while fighting against two admirals who mastered haki and then, 20 years later, still loosing to Luffy pre-timeskip. In addition, Garp defeated Chinjao with just one punch six years before his fight with Shiki.
Chapter 0 without the movie isn't much better either because then Shiki is still somewhere preparing for his return but since, presumably, we won't see him in the main story, why wouldn't he make his move?
So to me, only the Character Shiki is definitely canon, the rest I ignore as long it is not relevant.
Last edited by yieps; October 27, 2013 at 06:11 AM.
^ I would really like to ask Oda sensei if Strong World and chapter 0 can actually be considered canon or not. Damn so indecisive! Maybe maybe not? Both Hoeru and yeips are making strong points for both sides.
Canon? Only stuff inside Manga (from title page to SBS)!
I go by manga only. SBS and databooks aren't always accurate or complete info despite what people like to think, and anime likes to take liberties.
Only manga, special chapters (about Shiki and Z) and SBS. Databooks are just for recaps and some extra, plot-irrelevant info. It's simple.
You can see what it's about there. I don't think there's a scanlation of it yet, but I could be wrong. Anyway, among other things it mentioned that the current only unknown Shichibukai is some pirate with devil fruit that cut Z's arm off and killed most of his crew like 30 years ago (don't remember exact number of years). Since the history of the volume ties in with the current plot, it should be considered canon. What happened in the movie, never happened in manga timeline.
Everything straight by Oda. That means no anime (I don't watch it, anyways), no wiki etc, but I accept databooks, SBS and such.
Wiki is a good source of straight info. The one that is marked by footnotes, so you can see from which chapter or which SBS the info came.
But since it's written by other readers, the conclusions can sometimes be stretched or plain wrong.
if oda has input on an anime episode that did not take place in the manga, or a movie
i can accept it as partial canon
if he actually writes the plot for a movie or episode
to me it is canon even if he doesnt animate it
this is a very interesting topic though, i like the idea of the thread