In the world of anime, rivalries are not just limited to the characters on screen. The fandoms themselves often engage in heated debates and even online wars.
One such rivalry that has been escalating recently is between fans of the popular series “One Piece” and “Attack on Titan.”
The latest development in this story involves a fan of “Attack on Titan,” who has reportedly created over 300 fake accounts to review bomb the highly anticipated “One Piece” episode 1071, which will feature the debut of Luffy’s Gear 5 transformation.
Review bombing is a term used to describe the act of giving the lowest rating to a series, often as a form of protest or rivalry.
The upcoming “One Piece” episode 1071, set to air on August 5, 2023, has generated much anticipation5. The episode will mark the debut of Luffy’s Gear 5 transformation, a significant power-up for the character. However, this excitement is being slightly overshadowed by the looming threat of review bombing.
A Twitter user, محمد آكرمان (@AACK01), with more than 100k followers, who seems to be an “Attack on Titan” fan, has reportedly created more than 300 emails to prepare for the “One Piece” episode and plans to give it a 1-star rating6. This act of review bombing, if carried out, could potentially skew the ratings of the episode on IMDb.
In response to this, another Twitter user, Ali Ahmed (@AliAhmelegend), has urged the “One Piece” community to counteract this potential review bombing7. Ahmed has suggested that fans use all their IMDb accounts to give the upcoming episode 10 stars. He also encouraged fans to create multiple email accounts for signing up on IMDb and to ask their friends and family to give the episode 10 stars.
History of Review Bombing Anime Episodes
This is not the first time such an incident has occurred. In the past, “One Piece” fans have been accused of review bombing new episodes of “Attack on Titan.” Similarly, “Attack on Titan” fans have also reportedly given 1-star ratings to new “One Piece” episodes. This tit-for-tat has been ongoing, with both fandoms trying to outdo each other.
The practice of review bombing is not exclusive to these two fandoms. In fact, there have been instances where fans of “Naruto” were caught manipulating the results of official polls. A notable example involved fans of the character Sakura, who used VPNs and mass voting software to influence the popularity poll in favor of their preferred character.
It should be pointed out that, at the end of the day, ratings don’t matter much. What truly matters is the enjoyment that these series bring to their fans. As we await the release of One Piece episode 1071, let’s hope that the spirit of friendly competition prevails over the desire to bring down others.