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I am up-to-date on every One Piece episode, but I have never watched any of the animated movies.

Are they necessary to watch to understand what happens in the anime/manga?

marked as duplicate by Aki Tanaka, Jon Lin, Akira Mahisaseru, Maroon, pap Aug 10 '17 at 5:29

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    The word important is little bit subjective, I think. – MAN-MADE Aug 10 '17 at 4:03
  • Yes, It's required by law. If you haven't seen them you'd better get around to it before the anime police come. – Sam I am Aug 10 '17 at 5:11
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    I don't think it is a duplicate of the question tagged, that question asks if you can understand the storyline by watching the movie, This asks about if the movies are important to the storyline. It could maybe get the same answer but the question is completely different and could also be answered completely different – Wouter Aug 11 '17 at 9:38
  • I agree with @Wouter. – IliasNBN Aug 11 '17 at 14:20
  • @Wouter The question body doesn't mention "if the movies are important to the storyline", it's just your assumption. – Aki Tanaka Aug 17 '17 at 5:34
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One Piece is mainly manga-based. Now, movies do not actually follow the storyline. However, for entertainment purpose, they are ok. By the way, before a movie release, the anime's storyline suddenly does not follow the main (manga's) storyline for at least 3-4 episodes. Those episodes are actually to connect the next movie with the anime's storyline.

So if you want to follow the main story, you may ignore those movies and filler episodes. But for enjoyment, they are good enough. Some of those movies are actually good too.

The conclusion is, the movies are not necessary to follow the storyline.

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