This weekend I reread Skypiea.
But on to the point. Storytelling. I couldn't help but notice the drastic change in storytelling. In Skypiea, Oda would draw every little scene that the current arc, Fishman Island, would skip over. For example, we definitely would've seen Luffy/Usopp/Chopper trying to find a blood donor for Sanji if it was the same pace as Skypiea.
Skypiea would draw what every character was up to at every moment. Oda wouldn't skip over any scene (he would even draw scenes of the crew doing their thing. There were a few panels of Sanji preparing Skypiean food with Pagaya or the campfire scene where half the chapter is the crew just doing stuff for preparing a meal. Luffy is preparing water. Sanji is telling Luffy/Chopper/Zoro what do to for food. Chopper is describing doctoring methods. Robin found a rock salt. There's also the scene Robin digging to the ruins of Shandora etc.)
Skip to Fishman Island where we skip Franky finding Den, Robin finding out that the poneglyph is at Fishman Island etc.
There is a trade off between the reduced number of chapters vs what is shown. And this is only one of the main ways Oda has changed his storytelling abilities. I'm sure this forum can think of a bunch of different nuances of how Oda has changed his storytelling techniques.
So this is that thread. It's not a "this arc is better" thread. It's a thread about comparing the evolution of Oda's storytelling over this series and explaining his high and low points in storytelling.
This can include the sequences that he introduces information. The amount of information shown per panels. Foreshadowing. Callbacks to previous arcs. etc. This is for this thread. Let's discuss this now.