One Piece: Luffy makes “fastest climb” on popular character ranking

Tulisha srivastava
A still from One Piece Luffy in Gear 5 formCrunchyroll

One Piece is recently gaining massive global popularity, making Luffy one of the most popular anime characters in such a short time.

One Piece’s Wano Country Saga has been breaking records even before the Gear 5 episodes started airing. Sanji vs. Queen, Zoro vs. King, as well as Law and Kid vs. Big Mom, are some of the best fights fans have ever seen.

As for the final battle, the series goes all out with Luffy’s iconic Gear 5 transformation. Some of the world’s best animators gather together to create the episodes. The stellar animation and the upbeat soundtrack make all those months of wait worth it.

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Now that the series is currently at the peak of its popularity, the characters also get more recognition than ever. Here’s how One Piece makes another record with Luffy’s fastest climb on popular character ranking.

Luffy from One Piece climbs the popularity ranking at speed no one has ever seen

Following the Gear 5 episode debut on Aug 6, One Piece breaks the internet. In the following week, the series again breaks records by becoming the first anime to crash Crunchyroll two weeks in a row. Recently, Luffy has made the fastest progress in climbing the ranks of the top 10 anime and manga characters in MyAnimeList and Anilist. 

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Luffy’s right-hand man naturally follows suit owing to his popularity after his legendary fight with Kaido’s top subordinate, King. Luffy and Zoro have always been lovable characters within the fandom. With everything going on in Wano, it’s no surprise that these two are becoming more popular with each episode. 

Zoro may have been sidelined because of Luffy’s ongoing battle, but he made headlines after his recent fight not long ago. The fight between Luffy and Kaido is far from over, and the series has a lot in store for fans. Only two episodes have been aired, and the fight is just beginning. Gear 5 episodes will continue to air for a few more weeks. 

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According to a popular One Piece leaker, Luffy is expected to become the most popular character either before or after the series ends. Considering the global popularity of the series, it could be possible. Furthermore, the series is far from over since it has yet to reveal all the major secrets of the world. 

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If you’re abroad, here’s what you need to do to access Crunchyroll’s full selection – and it really is this simple:

  1. Sign up for ExpressVPN, which has ultra-fast servers and offers a secure, private connection wherever you are in the world
  2.  Connect to a location anywhere in the US; Express VPN allows you to choose from 24 different spots, from New Jersey to Santa Monica
  3.  Visit Crunchyroll online and start streaming all of your favorite animes – and perhaps some you’ve never watched

Accessing Crunchyroll’s US roster makes a difference. For example, Hong Kong users only have access to less than 100 titles, while the US has nearly 1,000 movies and TV shows.

You can also stream anime on Crunchyroll for free with an ad-supported plan. Or you can pay for a subscription – there’s even a 14-day free trial if you can’t quite make up your mind.

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About The Author

Tulisha is an anime writer at Dexerto. In the past, she has worked for Comic Book Resources. She is most knowledgeable about Shonen series, particularly One Piece and Jujutsu Kaisen. You can contact her at