Figured I might as well make a thread for all the episodes that passed during the downtime.
926: ''A Desperate Situation - The Menace of Orochi's Oniwabanshu''
Episode Director: Ryosuke Tanaka (new)
Animation Director: Shuuichi Ito (***1/2)
927: ''Pandemonium! Shogun Orochi the Furious Great Snake!''
Episode Director: Satoshi Ito (1/2)
Animation Director: Shigefumi Shingaki (1/2) and Keiichi Ichikawa ()
928: ''Falling Flowers - The Last Moments of Wano's Most Beautiful Woman''
Episode Director: Katsumi Tokoro (****)
Animation Director: Kazuya Hisada (***1/2)
929: ''The Bind Between Prisoners - Luffy and Old Hyo!''
Episode Director: Yasunori Koyama (*)
Animation Director: Eisaku Inoue () and Hirotaka Ito (***1/2)
Plus as I'm sure many of you have already seen, the One Piece anime (+ most other currently-airing anime for that matter) is going on hiatus starting next week due to coronavirus safety concerns. When will it come back, we don't know. While the actual drawing can obviously be done remotely all of the coordination that needs to be done between all the moving parts is a lot more tricky. Toei does have a better digital workflow than many other studios in part because they have an outsource studio in the Philippines but everything's up in the air right now. I'm not as in the loop ATM as others are but the anime does have a buffer of a couple episodes and of course an extended break for a perpetual weekly anime is a good thing for the animators themselves, assuming they're still able to work and get paid to some degree or other.