HechtHeftig wrote:The new one piece arc is meh so far.
how's that any different to previous arcs
one piece mastered creating mangas without story
Are we really talking about the same series? One piece is one of the Mangas that talks about nearly every matter of catastrophic extent, be it a civil war over water (Alabasta), slavery(Dressrosa), racism (Fishman island/Arlong Arc) or rather smaller matters like authorities misusing their power (When Zoro was held captive right at the start) or even smaller things like "Don't judge a book by its cover" (Lysop's hometown).
It varies so greatly, that I often wonder how Oda can throw in so many different stories into one pot to the point that it nearly becomes a masterpiece. The greatest strength of One Piece are the background stories. So saying One Piece is a manga without story is imho a false statement. Just take a look at the background story of Mr. Pink. He's a villain through and through, who easily kills people without hesitation. But for his family, for the love of his life, he easily accepts mockery and ridicule of a part of his life for the simple reason that he wants to the see that one precious smile. If that's not a good background story for a villain, moreover a freaking side character (!) I don't know what is.
As for what's different to previous arcs: The Wano Arc lacks mystery. Remember Punk Hazard, where there was a pair of legs attached to a dragon, shouting random stuff? Or Dressrosa, where there are toys who think they are human? Even Alabasta was kind of mysterious, because of the guy searching for Luffy, who was later revealed to be his brother. These kind of things are what piques the interest of the reader and brings in tension. But this completely lacks in the current Wano Kuni Arc.
Plus, I'd much rather know more about the Reverie. Like for example: Is Dragon there and is he finally starting that war against the WG? Why the heck is Jewellery bonny there? Will Kuma magically become conscious again? Will the 7 Warlords be abolished? (Most likely yes, because despite the fact that Fujitora wants to promote that idea, he isn't even attending the Reverie! Most likely because his speech at the end of Dressrosa arc and him bowing to the common people was enough to force the WG to act). There are so many mysteries concerning the Reverie, but in Wano there is none. We know it's an industrial country that gives a shit about their people. And that already sums up the whole arc so far. But there's no mystery, nothing the reader (I) really wants to know, that keeps him (me) going. That's why it's meh so far.
Also, the headliner was pretty easily destroyed with 1 shot. Time for Jack to get beaten up next.