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    Quote Originally Posted by Shiebs View Post
    Has membership dropped a lot? I remember back when we had a break in punk hazard when vergo was holding law's heart at the end of the chapter, but at the time he was just a silhouette... and we had endless discussion on who it could be, back and forth debate, lots and lots of people chiming in on who it was and why it was going to be said person.... and now a days it just doesn't seem like that much energy/emotion in the thread.... am I wrong?

    Oh yeah for anyone confused by my join date, I was originally on these forums as choperman (join date 2007) but I lost my old password so now I'm just shiebs
    Spoiler threads tend to accrue around twenty or twenty five pages, and steam is certainly lost by the time the official thread is up and running. But you're not wrong; I can recall Punk Hazard threads without a break hitting 45 plus pages. There's definitely less membership on the site across the board. I have little insight beyond that, since I don't use any other forums or frequent this place much; I enjoy reading and gaining other insights here just as I have since 2012. That for some, I suppose, may change.
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    I've been here for a while, pretty much a permanent lurker. Seems most discussion is happening in spoiler threads, yeah. I still enjoy the discussions that do happen here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shiebs View Post
    Has membership dropped a lot? I remember back when we had a break in punk hazard when vergo was holding law's heart at the end of the chapter, but at the time he was just a silhouette... and we had endless discussion on who it could be, back and forth debate, lots and lots of people chiming in on who it was and why it was going to be said person.... and now a days it just doesn't seem like that much energy/emotion in the thread.... am I wrong?

    Oh yeah for anyone confused by my join date, I was originally on these forums as choperman (join date 2007) but I lost my old password so now I'm just shiebs
    Forum traffic has gone down. Impossible to say exactly where they all went. Orojackson, reddit, etc. though Orojackson is closing down so maybe there will be a bump. And most discussion happens in spoiler threads now since official thread doesn't get posted til the viz version is released. I'm guessing the lower traffic is partly why there hasn't been a character tourney in a long while.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shiebs View Post
    Has membership dropped a lot? I remember back when we had a break in punk hazard when vergo was holding law's heart at the end of the chapter, but at the time he was just a silhouette... and we had endless discussion on who it could be, back and forth debate, lots and lots of people chiming in on who it was and why it was going to be said person.... and now a days it just doesn't seem like that much energy/emotion in the thread.... am I wrong?

    Oh yeah for anyone confused by my join date, I was originally on these forums as choperman (join date 2007) but I lost my old password so now I'm just shiebs
    The series was at an all time artificial high during the war, Strong World, and timeskip, not just here but everywhere, especially in Japan, where the volumes sold massive amounts of extra copies at the time and it had a lot of publicity and marketing pushing it.

    Those numbers naturally dipped back down slowly over time, its now a bit closer to the activity level it had around Thriller Bark, though maybe a bit lower.

    That said, other factors to consider
    -the spoiler thread gets all the activity before the real thread. We're trying to support the official release but most of the fandom doesn't care enough to wait the extra day.
    -The series is 20+ years old. Older fans have moved on, and its harder to get new ones to jump in
    -the series is 20+ years old, a lot of the minutia and endgame have been discussed at length already. Unless your a next nakama fanatic that has to prove the new female flavor of the week is next.
    -Naruto and Bleach aren't also driving traffic to Jump anymore. MHA is great but there's no great shonen trinity giving fans lots to discuss every week, less reason to go to a dedicated spot to do so
    -forums in general see less usage nowadays, while things like reddit, twitch, youtube see more activity. And in some cases, people just move to facebook and keep track there.

    Lots of factors.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blissed View Post
    I don't even get calling her that when Kiku is far more fleshed out than Izo, who we hardly know anything about as far as characterization goes.
    That's another excellent point. I don't remember Izo having even a single line of dialogue.

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    To be honest, I didn't even know who Izo was before people brought him up out of the blue as the person in that Kinemon/Yasu flashback. I'm not even sure when and where he previously appeared, but if anything this flashback panel should be more a subtle wink to some background character than Izo's grand comeback.

    Re: forum membership, on top of what's already been said maybe the series has its ups and downs as well. On my end at least, both Dressrosa and WCI had those times of wild speculation where it felt that the story could go anywhere (Doflamingo beheaded by Kyros, Whole Cake castle brought down by the bomb, ...). I never was much of a debate person, but still I felt deeply invested in those arcs (only to be disappointed later, but that's how it is). Zou was excellent story-wise and the closest to a classic One Piece adventure setting we've gotten since Punk Hazard, so I was very much into it. Reverie brought a ton of new information, so it was exciting as well even if it failed to accomplish anythng with it.
    With Wano, save for a couple chapters I'm somehow not feeling any of that enthusiasm. The story is still good and the pacing has improved compared to WCI, but at the moment there's not much that I would want to discuss on a weekly basis.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shiebs View Post
    Has membership dropped a lot? I remember back when we had a break in punk hazard when vergo was holding law's heart at the end of the chapter, but at the time he was just a silhouette... and we had endless discussion on who it could be, back and forth debate, lots and lots of people chiming in on who it was and why it was going to be said person.... and now a days it just doesn't seem like that much energy/emotion in the thread.... am I wrong?

    Oh yeah for anyone confused by my join date, I was originally on these forums as choperman (join date 2007) but I lost my old password so now I'm just shiebs
    I remember Vergo appearead completely in his 'first chapter',we just didnt knew who he was.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fuzi11 View Post
    Now Kawamatsu, and back then the reoccuring Frog person in multiple background shots in Totland, and of course Big News Morgans make me think of as of yet unnamed tribes of Amphibian people and bird people akin to merfolk and minks.

    I hope we are for now done with Luffy, and he just trains his haki in the background while adding prisoners to the revolution. Because I want to see Big Mom meeting Kaido, Law fighting Hawkins, and whatever literally everyone else is up to.
    I think so too, not to mention demon people like Magellan, Gekko Moria and Bartolomeo. Those horns ain't normal, I tells ya!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BattleFranky69 View Post
    I think so too, not to mention demon people like Magellan, Gekko Moria and Bartolomeo. Those horns ain't normal, I tells ya!
    While I do over all agree with the previous point you quoted I think Magellan might be some sort of baboon or mandrill mink or at the very least half mink. The horns on his head are definitely decoration just like the wings.

    Merry way back in East Blue might have been part sheep mink.

    I agree with Moria and Barto.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shiebs View Post
    Has membership dropped a lot? I remember back when we had a break in punk hazard when vergo was holding law's heart at the end of the chapter, but at the time he was just a silhouette... and we had endless discussion on who it could be, back and forth debate, lots and lots of people chiming in on who it was and why it was going to be said person.... and now a days it just doesn't seem like that much energy/emotion in the thread.... am I wrong?

    Oh yeah for anyone confused by my join date, I was originally on these forums as choperman (join date 2007) but I lost my old password so now I'm just shiebs
    This is the feeling that I tried to explain.

    Anyway, Robby pinpointed well the matter.


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    Why did Luffy get excited and tear up when he saw Kawamatsu earlier like he knew him?

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    Quote Originally Posted by genocyber View Post
    Why did Luffy get excited and tear up when he saw Kawamatsu earlier like he knew him?
    Knowing him, he's about to ask if he poops.

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    Knowing him, he's about to ask if he poops.
    If that spray of vomit was any indicator, that cell has got to smell to high heaven.

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    Quote Originally Posted by genocyber View Post
    Why did Luffy get excited and tear up when he saw Kawamatsu earlier like he knew him?
    Tear up, did he? Which page?
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    Thanks for all the responses guys!

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    Quote Originally Posted by NamiRobinFrankyAce View Post
    I remember Vergo appearead completely in his 'first chapter',we just didnt knew who he was.
    You remember incorrectly

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    There was a week to speculate on "who is the shadowy guy", but Vergo had a full reveal the first page of the very next chapter, so its not like he was actually kept hidden as a mystery very long.
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    Default Re: Chapter 948: Introducing Kawamatsu the Kappa

    Sorry if this is the wrong section to ask, but is there a break this week?

    Thanks guys

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robby View Post
    Lots of factors.
    I’d say Darth was good for creating about 10 pages of an endless debate in each chapter thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DEE JAY View Post
    Sorry if this is the wrong section to ask, but is there a break this week?

    Thanks guys
    Yes, there is a break this week.

    For future reference, the last page of the official English release shows when to expect the next chapter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robby View Post

    Lots of factors.
    Apart from all that, One Piece simply became less appealing for certain parts of the fanbase.

    Those who considered One Piece to be a somewhat progressive Manga were turned off by all the weird stuff Oda pulled since the timeskip, while the faction who loved the typical battle choreographies (Straw Hats vs. enemy crew of the arc) had to get used to fights being off-paneled left and right and the spotlight given to sidecharacters.

    I remember the time around the Chapter 755 (Man's World) to be the most severe example of that. It felt like dozens of people got banned, while many older members turned away in disgust and/or boredom.


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