No, because episodes like this take a lot of time and careful planning, and the staff behind it can't be everywhere at once.
I'm going to say, generally, that if you pay attention to the overall quality of seasonal shows across the whole industry, outside of the once-in-every-so-many-years "big thing" tentpoles the vast majority of them would be lucky to receive even one episode as high-quality as this one throughout their entire run, let alone all the other big episodes One Piece has had lately. The pacing issues remain depending on the episode, but taken as a whole the Wano arc's adaptation has been putting the majority of its peers to shame.
Sure… but One Piece has been THE big series for literal decades now. Number 1 manga consistently aside the one year attack on titan hit big, and the last few years with Demon Slayer and Jujutsu. It SHOULD be treated as a crown jewel and have the proper time and budget thrown at it as much as possible. Same with Dragonball and Sailor Moon that both got a little screwed in their most recent outings. Dragonball Super picked up the animation quality in its second half but was pretty abysmal its first year. And Sailor Moon Crystal isn't liked by basically anyone so they're just doing movies to finish it out.
No, obviously every episode can't give it 120% movie quality, especially not in animation, but there's no reason it shouldn't consistently be a solid 90%.
Except for the fact they're doing it weekly and there are raw human limits in play.
And if they were only doing 20-25 episodes a year instead of 50, that'd be much much easier to do.
I also think it’s easy to just look on the bright side of pacing, and ignore the chance that if the anime went season we’d have things missing from the manga like how MHA or Promised never land did
MHA did that because they didn't want to spend 10 episodes on villains. The same way OP never does the cover stories. That wasn't because they couldn't have done it, its because they chose not to.
And Promised Neverland is a case where the studio clearly decided they just didn't want to do it anymore since the manga ended and it was only a hit, instead of a super mega hit. That SHOULD have been a 5 year show. Yeah the manga had some weaknesses but the anime could have really propped it up. If they'd wanted to.
If One Piece released seasonally with 24 episodes a year, I think we'd be lucky if they were at Whole Cake right now.
You're assuming the same exact pacing as the show has right now, where its one chapter (or less) per episode. If it was a proper 2 or 3 chapters per episode, it'd pace much tighter and it would stay caught up just fine.
A little bit of filler and add on is fine when they're inspired. Showcasing off-panelled fights or extra intimate moments or whatnot. But when they're just slowing things down or reiterating jokes to pad for time it sucks.
But something is very very wrong when the anime is adapting chapter 1000 on episode 1015. It's not even like the show does lengthy filler arcs between the big stories to buy some breathing room for a few months (nothing worthwhile since G8) they mostly just… slow things down.