Okay, lately I have been seeing a lot of people disliking the newer episodes of One Piece lately and switching to the manga. Apparently it's because of the bad pacing toei animation is doing right now. Now, I want to discuss this, because I have a lot of thoughts about this subject.
First of all, I agree that Toei's pacing compared to the manga is not good. Doing one episode per one chapter makes the anime feels like it's not going anywhere. Usually in an anime, 1.5 or 2 manga chapters can fill an entire episode, but doing 1 makes the anime feels like it's going slow.
Now this could be a good or bad thing depending on the person watching/reading the series. For the people who are only anime watchers, which I would think is few, they might not mind the slow pacing, while the people who read the manga may hate it with a passion.
The reason this has been brought to my attention is that I'm worried about the future, when Funimation requires these slow paced episodes. Are people going to stop buying and supporting the DVD's when they get to Mainford? I really wouldn't want that to happen, because I really like Funimation's dub and sub. If these slow pacing episodes are really effecting the fan propaganda of the anime, then I would rather Toei make some good fillers then this slow pacing.
Now, I don't know what the people in Japan think, but I would say that they don't like the slow pacing either, considering the ratings I have been seeing for the recent episodes. With this being said, Toei Animation is coming to Anime Expo this year. If anyone is going to this expo, then I would like for them to maybe talk to the representative about these recent episodes, and ask them what the Japanese think about these recent slow pacing episodes. Ask them if they can start doing filler again like they used to. Speaking of which, I can understand why they didn't use filler when they entered the New World, nobody wants to see filler when One Piece has reached it's halfway points, but really, they are behind 40 chapters in the manga. I think it's high time for some filler,my opinion.
But anyway, if anyone is going to Anime Expo, talk to Toei about this please. I don't want people to be turned off by the newest One Piece episodes of the slow pacing when Funimation get's to it.