NAGOYA, Japan — Members of the subreddit r/OnePiece have confirmed that local man and purported One Piece anime fan Tyler Robbins is actually a fraud, as evidenced by the fact that he can’t even name 500 episodes of the hit series which has been consistently airing since 1999.
“Let’s see, well, there was the first episode, called ‘I’m Luffy! The Man Who’s Gonna Be King of the Pirates!’ Everyone knows that one,” said Robbins in a post on a recent trending topic, clearly buying time trying to think of 499 more examples. “Oh, and who could forget ‘End of the Fishman Empire! Nami’s My Friend!’ That’s a classic one. But to me, nothing beats, uh, ‘The Beginning of A New Chapter! Straw Hats Reunited!,’ that’s a good one, too. I guess it’s easier for me to remember moments from the show, instead of individual episode titles, but I swear I’m a huge fan.”
Hundreds of true fans in Robbins’ replies who have been along for the ride since the very beginning had no problem recalling 500, 600, or even 1000 episode names word-for-word.
“If you’re a true fan of One Piece, this should be an easy task. It’s not like there’s any shortage of episodes to pull from,” said another, more confident fan. “Name any story arc, any fight, any iconic moment from the show, and I can tell you not only the episode name but also the episode number in which it was released. Child’s play for anyone who’s been following the Straw Hat’s journey across the Grand Line for over 20 years, baka.”
When reached out for comment, One Piece manga creator Eiichiro Oda had this to say about his fans and his creative process.
“I’m really just kinda making it up as I go along,” said Oda. “If people can’t remember 500 episodes of the show, I don’t blame them. Wait, did you say that each episode has a title? I definitely didn’t come up with those. They’re probably just gibberish.”
At press time, fans in the thread all agreed to be most wary of bandwagon fans who might soon be able to easily memorize the episodes of Netflix’s live-action One Piece adaptation, as it is bound to be canceled after only a single season.