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This article provides a guide to watching One Piece in chronological order, including the episodes, movies, and OVA’s. One Piece is a massive anime series that is still ongoing and this is the best One Piece order of watching to date.
One Piece, a Japanese animated television series based on the popular manga of the same name, has 981 episodes over 20 seasons. There are also 14 One Piece movies, as well as more than 20 OVA’s, shorts and specials.
With all that content, it is not always easy to know in which order to watch One Piece anime and this is where our article will come in handy. So, without further ado, let’s dive into One Piece watch order.
What episode should you start watching One Piece?
There is no doubt that the best place to start watching One Piece is at the beginning (episode 1 or volume 1). All the content will be delivered to you in the order that it was originally intended. You’ll see the Straw Hats grow stronger as individuals and as a team. In the two decades since the movies first debuted, some twists in the stories have surprised and shocked fans. It’s a great option if you have some free time to dedicate to it.
However, some of the early arcs suffer from pacing issues, most notably Usopp’s Arc. Coby, who is the first character introduced to the audience, doesn’t make a lot of favorite lists and can grate on the audience after a while. So you don’t have to feel bad if you want to dive into One Piece in another place.
One Piece order of watching by release date
One Piece anime series in order
There are currently 977 episodes of One Piece across 20 seasons, with 20 different storylines. Because of that, it is not always easy to sort it, but watching it in order of release would be the easiest. So check it out below.
|Season||No.||Story Arc||Episodes||First aired||Last aired|
|1||1–61||East Blue||61||October 20, 1999||March 14, 2001|
|2||62–77||Entering into the Grand Line||16||March 21, 2001||August 19, 2001|
|3||78–91||Introducing Chopper at the Winter Island||14||August 26, 2001||December 9, 2001|
|4||92–130||Arrival in Alabasta, Fierce Fighting in Alabasta||39||December 16, 2001||October 27, 2002|
|5||131–143||Dreams!, The Zenny Pirate Crew Sortie!, Beyond the Rainbow||13||November 3, 2002||February 2, 2003|
|6||144–195||Sky Island: Skypiea, The Golden Bell||52||February 9, 2003||June 13, 2004|
|7||196–228||Escape! The Marine Fortress & The Foxy Pirate Crew||33||June 20, 2004||March 27, 2005|
|8||229–263||Water Seven||35||April 17, 2005||April 30, 2006|
|9||264–336||Enies Lobby||73||May 21, 2006||December 23, 2007|
|10||337–381||Thriller Bark||45||January 6, 2008||December 14, 2008|
|11||382–407||Sabaody Archipelago||26||December 21, 2008||June 28, 2009|
|12||408–421||Island of Women||14||July 5, 2009||October 11, 2009|
|13||422–456||Impel Down||35||October 18, 2009||July 11, 2010|
|14||457–516||Marineford||60||July 18, 2010||September 25, 2011|
|15||517–578||Fishman Island||62||October 2, 2011||December 23, 2012|
|16||579–628||Punk Hazard||50||January 6, 2013||January 12, 2014|
|17||629–746||Dressrosa||118||January 19, 2014||June 19, 2016|
|18||747–782||Silver Mine, Zou, Marine Rookie||36||June 26, 2016||April 2, 2017|
|19||783–889||Whole Cake Island, Reverie||107||April 9, 2017||June 30, 2019|
|20||890–||Wano Country||88||July 7, 2019||present|
One Piece movies in order of release
As mentioned above, there are currently 14 One Piece movies and again it is easiest to watch them in order of their release. But don’t worry, because below we will combine movies with One Piece anime series in complete watch order.
- One Piece: The Movie (2000)
- Clockwork Island Adventure (2001)
- Chopper’s Kingdom on the Island of Strange Animals (2002)
- Dead End Adventure (2003)
- The Cursed Holy Sword (2004)
- Baron Omatsuri and the Secret Island (2005)
- Giant Mecha Soldier of Karakuri Castle (2006)
- The Desert Princess and the Pirates: Adventures in Alabasta (2007)
- Episode of Chopper Plus: Bloom in the Winter, Miracle Cherry Blossom (2008)
- One Piece Film: Strong World (2009)
- Straw Hat Chase (2011)
- One Piece Film: Z (2012)
- One Piece Film: Gold (2016)
- One Piece: Stampede (2019)
One Piece OVAs in order of release
- Defeat Him! The Pirate Ganzack! (1998)
- Romance Dawn Story (2008)
- Strong World: Episode 0 (2009)
- Glorious Island Part 1 (2012)
- Glorious Island Part 2 (2012)
- One Piece Film: Gold Episode 0 (2016)
- ROMANCE DAWN (2019)
One Piece shorts and specials in order of release
- One Piece TV Special: Adventure in the Ocean’s Navel (2000)
- Jango’s Dance Carnival (2001) – Short
- Dream Soccer King (2002) – Short
- One Piece: Open Upon the Great Sea! A Father’s Huge, HUGE Dream (2003)
- One Piece: Protect! The Last Great Stage (2003)
- Take Aim! The Pirate Baseball King (2004) – Short
- One Piece: End-of-Year Special Plan! Chief Straw Hat Luffy’s Detective Story (2005)
- ONE PIECE 3D! Trap Coaster (2011)
- Episode of Nami: Tears of a Navigator and the Bonds of Friends (2012)
- Episode of Luffy: Adventure on Hand Island (2012)
- Episode of Merry: The Tale of One More Friend (2013)
- 3D2Y (2014)
- Episode of Sabo: The Three Brothers’ Bond – The Miraculous Reunion and the Inherited Will (2015)
- One Piece: Adventure of Nebulandia (2015)
- One Piece: Heart of Gold (2016)
- One Piece: Episode of East Blue: Luffy and His 4 Crewmates’ Big Adventure (2017)
- One Piece: Episode of Sky Island (2018)
One Piece chronological order of watching
We have now reached the chronological watch order of all One Piece anime. The following is a list of series, movies, OVAs, shorts, and specials in the order they should be watched. In case you want to binge-watch everything related to One Piece, this is the best order to follow.
East Blue Saga
- Romance Dawn Arc: Episodes 1-3
- Orange Town Arc: Episodes 4-8
- Defeat Him! The Pirate Ganzack!
- Syrup Village Arc: Episodes 9-18
- One Piece: The Movie
- Baratie Arc: Episodes 19-30
- Arlong Park Arc: Episodes 31-44
- Loguetown Arc: Episodes 45
- Buggy’s Crew Adventure Chronicles: Episodes 46-47
- Loguetown Arc Cont. : Episodes 48-53
- Clockwork Island Adventure
- One Piece TV Special: Adventure in the Ocean’s Navel
- Jango’s Dance Carnival
- Warship Island Arc: Episodes 54-61
- One Piece: Episode of East Blue: Luffy and His 4 Crewmates’ Big Adventure
- Reverse Mountain Arc: Episodes 62-63
- Whisky Peak Arc: Episodes 64-67
- Diary of Koby-Meppo: Episodes 68-69
- Little Garden Arc: Episodes 70-77
- Drum Island Arc: Episodes 78-91
- Dream Soccer King
- Arabasta Arc: Episodes 92-130
- The Desert Princess and the Pirates: Adventures in Alabasta
- Chopper’s Kingdom on the Island of Strange Animals
- Post-Arabasta Arc: 131-135
Sky Island Saga
- Goat IslandArc: Episodes 136-138
- Dead End Adventure
- The Cursed Holy Sword
- One Piece: Open Upon the Great Sea! A Father’s Huge, HUGE Dream
- Take Aim! The Pirate Baseball King
- Ruluka Island Arc: Episodes 139-143
- Jaya Arc: Episodes 144-152
- Skypiea Arc: Episodes 153-195
- One Piece: Episode of Sky Island
- G-8 Arc: Episodes 196-206
- Baron Omatsuri and the Secret Island
Water 7 Saga
- Long Ring Long Land Arc: Episodes 207-219
- One Piece: Protect! The Last Great Stage
- Oceans Dream Arc: Episodes 220-224
- Foxys Return Arc: Episodes 225-228
- Giant Mecha Soldier of Karakuri Castle
- Water 7 Arc: Episodes 229-263
- Enies Lobby Arc: Episodes 264-290, 293-302, 304-312
- Boss Luffy Historical Specials: Episodes 291-292, 303, 406-407
- Post-Enies Lobby Arc: Episodes 313-325
- Episode of Chopper Plus: Bloom in the Winter, Miracle Cherry Blossom
Thriller Bark Saga
- Ice Hunter Arc: Episodes 326-335
- Chopper Man Special: Episode 336
- Thriller Bark Arc: Episodes 337-381
- Spa Island Arc: Episodes 382-384
Summit War Saga
- Little East Blue Arc: Episodes 426-429
- One Piece Film: Strong World
- Straw Hat Chase
- ONE PIECE 3D! Trap Coaster
- Romance Dawn Story
- Sabaody Archipelago Arc: Episodes 385-405
- Amazon Lily Arc: Episodes 408-417
- Straw Hats Separation Serial Arc: Episodes 418-421
- Impel Down Arc: Episodes 422-425
- Impel Down Arc Cont. : Episodes 430-452
- Straw Hats Separation Serial Arc Cont. : Episodes 453-456
- Marineford Arc: Episodes 457-489
- Post-War Arc: Episodes 490-491
- Toriko Crossover: Episode 492
- Post-War Arc Cont. : Episodes 493-516
Fish-Man Island Saga
- Return to Sabaody Arc: Episodes 517-522
- Episode of Nami: Tears of a Navigator and the Bonds of Friends
- Fish-Man Island Arc: Episodes 523-541
- Toriko Crossover: Episode 542
- Fish-Man Island Arc Cont. : Episodes 543-574
- Zs Ambition Arc: Episodes 575-578
- Glorious Island Part 1
- Glorious Island Part 2
- One Piece Film: Z
- Episode of Luffy: Adventure on Hand Island
- One Piece: Adventure of Nebulandia
- Punk Hazard Arc: Episodes 579-589
- Toriko & Dragon Ball Crossover: Episode 590
- Punk Hazard Arc Cont. : Episodes 591-625
- Episode of Merry: The Tale of One More Friend
- Caesar Retrieval Arc: Episodes 626-628
- Dressrosa Arc: Episodes 629-746
- Episode of Sabo: The Three Brothers’ Bond – The Miraculous Reunion and the Inherited Will
Four Emperors Saga
- Silver Mine Arc: Episodes 747-750
- One Piece: Heart of Gold
- One Piece Film: Gold Episode 0
- One Piece Film: Gold
- Zou Arc: Episodes 751-779
- Marine Rookie Arc: Episodes 780-782
- Whole Cake Island Arc: Episodes 783-877
- Levely Arc: Episodes 878-889
- Wano Country Arc – Act 1 (890-916)
- Wano Country Arc – Act 2 (917-958)
- Anime 20th Anniversary special: Episode 907
- Wano Country Arc – Act 3 (Oden Kozuki Past) (959- still ongoing)
- Cidre Guild Arc: Episodes 895-896
- One Piece: Stampede
How to watch One Piece in order without filler?
Most anime watchers would like to experience all of it, but some prefer to skip the fillers and just focus on the main plot. It is crucial to make an informed decision about whether you want to watch the whole series of One Piece or skip certain episodes, as the anime is approaching its 1000th episode. Because of this, we have made this list of One Piece fillers you can skip. We also have a whole article about all One Piece fillers, so you are free to check it out.
It is generally accepted that filler episodes can be skipped or omitted. Normally, they have little influence on the main plot and characters of the story.
The different stories can all be watched or skipped without affecting the overall story.
As a result, yes – you can skip the filler episodes. However, One Piece, unlike many anime, has really good fillers and we think at least some or all should be seen.
At the time of writing, 103 of the currently aired 981 episodes are fillers. There are 34 hours of filler in our One Piece filler list, with each episode being around 20 minutes long!
One Piece filler arc episodes
In this part we will give you all the filler arc episodes and explain what they are about. Then it is up to you to decide if you want to watch them or not. They don’t have a lot in regards to watch order of the whole One Piece anime, but they are actually pretty good fillers.
Warship Island Arc (episodes 54-61) – It’s the first arc to not be based on the manga, making it One Piece’s first filler episode. There are two main plot holes in this filler arc. Throughout the episode, Zoro can be seen cutting steal, even though he learns this skill much later, during the “Alabasta Arc”. Additionally, the crew sees dragons in this arc. However, they act like it’s their first time seeing a dragon in the “Punk Hazard Arc.”.
Post-Alabasta Arc (131-135) – This filler arc provides five stand-alone episodes describing the past and goals of many Straw Hat Pirates. Neither Luffy nor Robin are given an episode of their own.
Goat Island (136-138) – The Straw Hat Pirates assist an old man named Zenny on an island to escape capture by marines while hiding from them.
Ruluka Island (139-143) – This arc differs from the manga as in it, the Going Merry is shown to be falling apart after it is blown out too quickly by Ape’s Concert. The Straw Hats are then sent to Ruluka to patch up the ship before they set off. As depicted in the manga, Hina attacks the Going Merry at the end of “Alabasta Arc,” severely damaging the ship.
G-8 (196-206) – This filler arc, with 11 episodes, is the longest of the series. However, it’s regarded as One Piece’s best filler arc thanks to its interesting and entertaining villain. You might want to give this one a try if you don’t mind its length.
Ocean’s Dream (220-224) – This arc is inspired by the One Piece video game, “Ocean’s Dream” for the PlayStation. There are no more arcs based on video games.
Foxy Returns (225-226) – During this arc, our heroes have to deal with the Foxy pirates once again.
Ice Hunter/Lovely Land (326-335) – In this arc, the crew faces off against the bounty hunter group known as the Accino Family on a winter island.
Spa Island (382-384) – This is another filler arc where Foxy pirates take over as the antagonists.
Little East Blue (426-429) – The arc precedes the film titled “One Piece: Strong World”. If you are interested in seeing the movie, then give this a look.
Z’s Ambition (575-578) – Similar to Little East Blue, this arc has a film tie-in. I’m referring to the movie, “One Piece Film: Z.”
Ceasar Retrieval (626-628) – Ceasar Clown is kidnapped off of the Thousand Sunny by a mysterious character with unusual abilities.
Silver Mine(747-750) – Our heroes attempt to escape Silver Mine, and this arc also serves as a prelude to “One Piece Film: Gold”.
Marine Rookie(780-782) – In this arc, Luffy’s group infiltrates a marine base for the second time. In the first place, there was the G-8 arc.
Cidre Guild (895-896) – There are only two episodes in this filler arc, which is the shortest in the entire anime. Additionally, it’s a special arc connected to the movie, “One Piece: Stampede”.
One Piece individual filler episodes
We have shown you whole One Piece filler story arcs, and they are really pretty good, but what about individual episodes, should you watch them? Well you can easily skip them, they are not useful for One Piece order of watching, and are not that great as filler arcs are. So find them below.
- Episode 50: Usopp vs Daddy The Father! Showdown at High Noon!
- Episode 99: Spirit of the Fakes! Heart of the Rebel Army, Kamyu!
- Episode 102: Ruins and Lost Ways! Vivi, Her Friends, and the Country’s Form
- Episode 213: Round 3! Round and Round Roller Race!
- Episode 214: Burning Roller Race! Dash into the Final Round!
- Episode 279: Jump Into the Falls! Luffy’s Feelings!!
- Episode 280: A Man’s Way of Life! Zoro’s Techniques, Usopp’s Dream
- Episode 281: A Bond of Friendship Woven by Tears! Nami’s World Map!
- Episode 282: Separation Refines a Man! Sanji and Chopper
- Episode 283: All for my Friends’ Sake! The Darkness Within Robin!
- Episode 291: Boss Luffy Returns! A Dream or Reality Lottery Trouble
- Episode 292: The Great Mochimaki Race to the Castle! Conspiracy of the Red Nose
- Episode 303: The Criminal is Boss Luffy? Chase the Vanished Great Sakura Tree
- Episode 317: The Girl Searching for the Yagara! Great Investigation in the Water Metropolis!
- Episode 318: The Mother is Strong! Zoro’s Slapstick Housework Help
- Episode 336: Sanji Crashes! The Mysterious Old Man and Intense Cooking
- Episode 406: Special Historical Arc – Boss Luffy Appears Again
- Episode 407: Special Historical Arc – Destroy! Thriller Company’s Trap
- Episode 457: Special Retrospective Before Marineford – The Siblings’ Vow!
- Episode 458: Special Retrospective Before Marineford – Assemble! The Three Admirals
- Episode 492: The Strongest Tag-Team! Luffy and Toriko’s Hard Struggle!
- Episode 499: The Battle Against the Big Tiger! Who Will Be the Captain!
- Episode 542: Team Formation! Save Chopper
- Episode 590: History’s Strongest Collaboration vs. Glutton of the Sea
- Episode 907: 20th Anniversary! Special Romance Dawn
Can you skip Luffy and Ace backstory?
Don’t skip it. You learn more about Ace’s character, and you’ll learn the origin story of Sabo, which you’ll need later. Even though it is not as exciting as other arcs, it is still canon and provides valuable backstory on the three brothers.
Here, we are taken back to the main character’s childhood, including scenes with the son of the former pirate king, as well as his third brother, Sabo. What would be the point of skipping that? Aspects of their arc are the most emotional parts of One Piece.
Do you have to watch all One Piece movies in order?
In technical terms, none of the movies are considered canon.
All of them are unrelated to the story we can follow in the manga. Strong World might be an exception because the main villain does appear in the manga storyline, but the event itself is not part of it. The stories themselves are not spoiled for you, so you can watch them whenever and wherever you like.
It can only be “spoilt” if new characters join the crew later on or if something has already happened in the manga (Heart of Gold movie is an example of this).
Watching them in any order is fine, but since joining characters can alter the experience, maybe you should start watching them from the beginning.
Alternatively, you can follow our chronological One Piece watch order that you can find above in this article, which sorts all those movies in order with episodes, shorts, specials and OVA’s.
We hope this article will help you with watching the whole One Piece anime in order.