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The 20 Best ‘One Piece’ Arcs, Ranked

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Vote up your favorite arcs from One Piece.

At 1,000 episodes and counting, One Piece is one of the longest-running anime ever made. While that length might seem overwhelming to new viewers, those episodes are divided up into manageable arcs. While not all the One Piece story arcs knock it out of the park, some of them easily qualify as the best arcs not just in One Piece, but in anime as a whole. 

Let's count down some of the best One Piece arcs ever made. From early arcs like Arlong Park and Alabasta to later arcs like Marineford and Wano Country, these arcs are filled with amazing fights, incredible characters, and unforgettable stories. Is your favorite arc on here?

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    1,987 VOTES

    Enies Lobby Arc

    Up until the Enies Lobby Arc, the Straw Hats had certainly been noticed by the World Government, but they rarely came into direct conflict with them. 

    In this arc, where they try to rescue Robin from the CP9, Luffy straight-up declares war on the World Government. It's a dramatic moment, but that's not all there is to this great arc. Each of the Straw Hats becomes significantly stronger than they were before, and the group finally says goodbye to their beloved Going Merry

    1,987 votes
  • 2
    1,889 VOTES

    Marineford Arc

    After Luffy fails to reach Ace before he's transferred to Marineford, he decides to head there in order to rescue his brother. But with some of the most powerful pirates and government officials preparing to fight, Luffy also has to avoid getting caught up in major trouble. 

    This arc contains one of the most emotionally devastating moments in the entire series, and it also contains a ton of fascinating backstory about Luffy and Ace's childhoods.

    1,889 votes
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    1,641 VOTES

    Water 7 Arc

    The Straw Hats land on a Venice-inspired island where they hope they'll be able to get their ship repaired. It turns out that the Going Merry is beyond repair and needs to be replaced. Disagreements over the ship's fate prompt Usopp to leave the group. But that's not the only problem - the CP9 has reentered Robin's life, and is forcing her to cooperate with them. 

    The arc is emotionally intense and filled with exciting plot twists. The arc also sees a new addition to the crew, Franky.

    1,641 votes
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    1,460 VOTES

    Whole Cake Island Arc

    This arc details the Straw Hats' attempts to rescue Sanji from an unwanted arranged marriage with Charlotte Pudding. The marriage is supposedly intended to solidify an alliance between the Charlotte family and the Vinsmoke family, but it turns out that there's a whole lot going on under the surface. 

    The Straw Hats don't just have to save their friend - they also have to take down Big Mom. If you're looking for an emotionally intense arc filled with fascinating and complex characters, you've found it here.

    1,460 votes
  • 5
    1,509 VOTES

    Wano Country Arc

    As of April 2022, the Wano Country Arc is ongoing in both the anime and the manga. It's anyone's guess how things will turn out, but so far the arc has been nothing short of stunning. 

    The arc centers around the Ninja-Pirate-Mink-Samurai Alliance and their conflict with the Beasts Pirates. The arc reveals Kozuki Oden's backstory, features Luffy's showdown with Kaido, which ends in a major loss, and continues to deepen and complicate the history of the One Piece world. What's more, it features some of the best animation and art the series has to offer. 

    1,509 votes
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    1,303 VOTES

    Sabaody Archipelago Arc

    The Straw Hats have experienced losses before, but up until the Sabaody Archipelago Arc they're never been completely and hopelessly destroyed. 

    At this point in their development, Kuma is a foe that they just can't defeat. Besides being faced with one of the biggest battle challenges yet, the crew also has to deal with some seriously dark knowledge. The arc deals with a slave trading ring that sells to the World Nobles. On the bright side, the arc also sees the arrival of the Eleven Supernovas. 

    1,303 votes