Congratulations to “One Piece” for joining the exclusive ranks of anime that have generated so much hype they’ve crashed Crunchyroll servers. Episode 1071 of “One Piece” is now officially streaming on Crunchyroll, but many viewers are unable to watch it due to technical difficulties.
Crunchyroll, the most popular anime streaming platform, has been reported as inaccessible by numerous users on X (formerly known as Twitter). The cause of this outage is the release of “One Piece” episode 1071, which reveals Luffy’s most significant transformation to date: Gear 5.
However, this isn’t the first time Crunchyroll has experienced issues during the release of a highly anticipated anime episode. Some fans have even coined a term for the anime that successfully crash Crunchyroll, referring to them as members of the “Elite Club.”
Previous instances of Crunchyroll server crashes include the unveiling of Goku’s Ultra Instinct in “Dragon Ball Super,” the first episode of “Attack on Titan” season 3 featuring the Eldians’ assault on Marley, “Demon Slayer” season 2 episode 1, and now the debut of “One Piece” Gear 5.
These episodes were so eagerly awaited that Crunchyroll’s servers were unable to handle the sheer volume of viewers.
Here’s how fans are reacting to Crunchyroll being down:
Gear 5 Power
Interestingly, some users have even reported that pirated (illegal) websites are also down, a phenomenon that is quite rare to witness.
The crashing of Crunchyroll’s servers underscores the immense popularity of One Piece. Although it looks like a badge of honor for One Piece to crash the streaming website, Crunchyroll should look into this problem to avoid inconvenience to its paid subscribers.