A piece famous for its ability to connect seemingly disparate parts of the story and its world together, which is why before the series ended it needed to fix the worst part, which seemed to be Its isolation: section Long Ring Long Land. For now, this part of the story isn’t typical of Eiichiro Oda’s usual standards of excellence and care, but One Piece’s Final Saga is capable of addressing the main pain points of this part.
One of the reasons why so few One Piece arcs are considered irreparably bad is because of the interconnected nature of the story. Even a more controversial installment like Thriller Bark reveals interesting details about the world of One Piece and has a major impact on some of its key characters. This makes it possible for fans to still enjoy elements that connect to One Piece’s broader story even if they don’t like the plot of the part itself. It is rare for mysterious characters like Gaimon to be introduced with no connection to the world at large, but these characters are often quickly carried over as the series moves for the better. The Long Ring Long Land arc is an exception to this rule.
Long Ring Long Land is not connected to the larger plot of One Piece
Immediately after Skypiea, the Straw Hats arrived at the Long Ring Long Land. There, they encountered Foxy pirates, who challenged them to an ancient contest known as the Davy Back Fight. This is a multi-round competition between pirate crews that allows the winning crew to take one member of the losing crew. Throughout the competition, all the Straw Hat members get a chance to showcase their stuff in a low-risk arc and Luffy’s final battle with Captain Foxy is completely absurd in the way that readers are concerned. will love or hate. Ultimately, the events of this contest have no impact on the series as a whole.
No Foxy pirate has ever reappeared in the One Piece story outside of the unofficial anime, which is surprising given how often Oda brings back his characters. The isolation of this part easily makes it the worst part of the series, but Final Saga can remedy that. The easiest way to do that is to have the Foxy Pirates reappear, perhaps as a member of the Grand Yonko Fleet. After all, they were definitely weak enough to be part of Shanks’ fleet. The lore behind Davy Back Fight could also be expanded, with Davy Jones likely to play a key role in One Piece’s past. Some fans have also theorized that the Straw Hats could participate in another Davy Back battle with a larger crew, such as the Red Hair or Blackbeard crew.
Davy Back Fight may return in One Piece’s Final Saga
No matter how Final Saga connects the Long Ring Long Land arc into the story, it needs to do it to make the arc feel like it’s more than just a supplement. Minor arcs aren’t necessarily a bad thing in general, but in a series as cleverly planned as One Piece, they feel incredibly out of place. This is why A pieceThe series’ final story needed to connect the series’ only sub-arc, Long Ring Long Land, with its larger plot and lore.