One Piece Season 20 Episode 1071 has finally premiered, revealing Luffy’s long-awaited Gear 5 power-up. Fans of the anime have been eagerly anticipating this upgrade since the activation of Gear 4 in 2016. The announcement of Gear 5 on One Piece Day 2023 only intensified the excitement and fans started counting down the days until the release of the episode.
Episode 1071 Shatters Internet
However, the premiere of Episode 1071 caused several streaming platforms, including the popular Crunchyroll, to crash. The overload of traffic from excited One Piece viewers rushing to watch the episode simultaneously overloaded the servers. Crunchyroll, as well as other websites like animepahe, aniwatch, and zoroto.tv, all experienced crashes due to the overwhelming demand.
Fans took to social media to share their hilarious reactions to Crunchyroll’s technical difficulties. Interestingly, instead of being frustrated by the crashes, many viewers saw them as a testament to the power of the One Piece fandom. Some even claimed that the servers going down proved just how much anticipation there was for the Gear 5 episode, stating that it had “broken the Internet.”
This isn’t the first time that anime fans have overwhelmed Crunchyroll and caused server crashes. Previously, Dragon Ball Super, Attack on Titan, and Demon Slayer fandoms have all experienced similar issues when highly anticipated episodes or seasons were released.
The Gear 5 episode of One Piece is a significant moment in the anime’s history. It unveils Luffy’s new abilities as his Devil Fruit’s new form awakens, which will aid him in his fight against Kaido.
Despite the initial crashes, the servers have since been stabilized, and One Piece Episode 1071 is now available for streaming.