I'm bemused that people are so averse to the formula of stretching out manga chapters for episode content and want filler arcs so badly.
I can only tell ya my opinions. ‘Can’t promise they’ll be interesting, so I’ve enclosed them within a tag. lol
! COUNTERDOSE’S TOP FIVE REASONS WHY HE WANTS FILLER!!
! NUMBER 1! It’s time for a change. We’ve been in this ‘stretch method’ for a long, long, long time. The last filler arc to go beyond just a few episodes was Ice Hunter. Close to ten years ago. It’s totally great that some people have enjoyed the ride, but… Bro, have mercy. We. Did. It. Your. Way.
NUMBER 2! There’s nothing to look forward to. I felt like I deserved a paycheck after sitting through all of Dressrosa. No, wait, I felt like I deserved a purple heart after surviving all of Dressrosa. I’m serious. I can’t take the slow pacing. And there will never be hope that the next arc will be any better.
But with filler, no matter how long, no matter how terrible, there’s always a prize at the end. Something wonderful waiting for me: a watchable adaptation of my favorite story. It’s like chasing a dream.
I do NOT think that a filler arc is better than a poorly-paced canon arc. But a filler arc + a properly-paced canon arc? Better than anything!
! NUMBER 3! Besides, if filler gets REAL bad, I don’t gotta watch it. Not like it’s important.
NUMBER 4! But what if it IS good? I mean, it’s not gonna be, but what if?! There’s just that naive excitement over something new. In a TOEI original tale, anything could happen! At the very least some of the more neglected characters might see some action.
I just like the One Piece world, and it’s fun to not know what’s coming up next.
! NUMBER 5! One Pace exists. This show was so sick it needed a doctor. And that project looks to me like a tall order; there is some tough work involved, for sure. 'Know what the filler arc version of One Pace would be? A list of episodes you can skip.
It’s real hard to recommend the anime if I gotta be like, “Yeah, it’s good but you gotta watch the fan edits that fix everything.”
The former method has actually produced good episodes and Zou in particular has had an upward swing in terms of quality of episodes that cover less than a chapter.
Yes, I agree; there are good episodes. Probably close to 3 a year. Nah, I’m just messing around; there’s no way there’ve been that many. No, I'm sorry. I'm playing.
However, I’m don’t know if I want to count the Zou arc. You know? ‘Not super sure how much it counts as a good example of stretched material.
Because we, in fact, HAD filler right before it! Only 4 episodes, but what if they'd tried to bleed all those extra minutes out of Zou? That’s like half an episode of Luffy jumping on the rope bridge!
Plus, one of the last episodes of the arc was almost completely filler. You’re saying instead of writing that new material, you’d rather they made the handful of canon panels take an impossibly long time? You looking to change your name from Kaido to Foxy?