Ideas are not necessarily bad... How you tell them is even more important.
Pentotchecap on Reddit said it well
Dressrossa wasn't bad, but it just wasn't as good as people had hoped. I won't go into details, but a simple comparison is Alabasta. If you reread Alabasta you can see how good the story structure is. Everything moves forward at a gradually building pace as we get closer and closer to the Rebellion. We are slowly introduced to the conflict, we get used to Alabasta's culture and what is at stake, and everything just builds nicely as the strawhats move forward.
Dressrossa was very messy in comparison. It seemed like Oda was trying to do too many things with too many characters, and the biggest issue was that it was all IMMEDIATE. A million things happened in just a single day, and it was just too much all at once with a serious lack of focus. There was a lot of good stuff and a lot of bad stuff, and it was overall a very mixed arc.
Well i cant agree with that.
I didnt mind the fast pace. I didnt even mind the over flow of characters. Everyone is quick to say oda is so formulaic every one of his arc follow the same pattern. Well... speeding that pattern up is at least a little better.
Seriosuly dr was alabasta 2.0 if oda wants it to be quicker and have a ton more pieces go ahead. And from what wano is shaping up to be.... if you guys hate a bunch of characters and sub plots ....well.... skip wano...
My problem was the minuta with the story.
1 flashbacks. It will always be flasbacks.... we got flashbacks for such stupid things... dds child hood...pinks wife... Rebecca... how dd took over dr...
2 lack of meaningful fights. We need feats or struggles from known characters. If we have unknown characters fighting unknown characters whos only feats are beating more unknown characters.... how am i supposed to take these characters seriously? Bartolomeo took a head of poison needles and laughed it off. Well.... was that attack really weak or is bartolomeo insanely strong? What about cavedish,he blitzed dellinger but didnt really defeat rebecca.... well? Is rebecca insanely fast? Well luffy effortlessly blitzed her.... so is dellinger insanely slow?
If we had these characters struggle in fights get hit a few times dodge a few times trade blows.. we would of had more serious and interesting fights. I am fine with a stomp here and there. Luffy vs bellamy was great, but it established bellamy as a non threat, so every DD crew member was a non threat? Even diamante...
3 the tournment...... i loved it. The 1st round being a stomp was perfect, 2nd round was a little long but the ending was so perfect. It angered be so much until i started to like bartolomeo 3rd was good, it was a good fight showing how powerful luffy has become defeating a "legend" but then..... but then..... oda took focuse from it, he stopped showing it. And round 4 was only shown breifly between the rest of the arc.... the finals, the part i was looking forward to even more then luffy vs dd, wasnt even shown......... i was furious, i wanted to see the nonsense that was going to happen, we didnt get to see the block finalists fight the dd family members.... why did oda propose such an awesome thing and destroy it. I cant name a manga with a tournment i didnt at least enjoy a little....oh wait...until now... oda made the first ever horrible tournment... all oda needed to do was do c and d block and the finals all the way through and this src would of been 10 times better. (Although d block would of really sucked, maybe only make it 1 chapter)
4 lack of drama- i have said it 100 times before fuji sabo or even maybe burgess could of ended the arc yet they waited for luffy to win.... i get why fuji waited but sabo and burgess could of possibly lost to dd. They should of been trying to get out the second the cage went up. I have already said how each of these powerful characters could of been written out. It could of been done easily in 1-2 pages per character.
So i dont blame the plot or the pacing or losing all the sh crew or even the addition of 100 side characters. I dont care i am smart enough to keep track of most of them... i just really dont like the above bullshit.