A timeskip is a narrative device that is commonly used in the telling of epics or sagas. It allows the storyteller to quickly age characters or develop events without getting slowed down in irrelevant or uninteresting details. Though time is commonly fast-forwarded in small amounts, timeskips usually refer to periods of several months, years or even decades, wherein a pronounced change can be measured against the same characters, such as a child becoming an adult. Timeskips are very common in shonen stories.
Minor timeskips is when only weeks or days passed. Here are the list of events when days or weeks have passed:
- The trip from the Gecko Islands to the Baratie lasted for 2 days.
- Luffy works as a waiter at the Baratie for 4 days.
- The Straw Hat Pirates stay in Cocoyashi Village for 3 days following the defeat of Arlong.
- The trip from Little Garden to Drum Island lasted for 2 days.
- The trip from Drum Island to Alabasta Kingdom lasted for 5 days.
- Luffy is unconscious for 3 days following his defeat of Crocodile.
- The trip from Longring Longland to Water 7 lasted for 3 days. In the anime, this timeskip instead occurs after the Straw Hat Pirates fight Aokiji on an unnamed island and it was longer since an additional week was spent recuperating on this island.
- Luffy is unconscious for 2 days after the Enies Lobby incident.
- Two weeks pass during the Post-Enies Lobby Arc, in which time the Thousand Sunny is constructed. The filler episodes 317, 318 and 319 take place during this time.
- The Straw Hats were sent flying for 3 days by Bartholomew Kuma's Devil Fruit abilities.
- The trip from Amazon Lily to Impel Down lasted for 4 and a half days.
- A period of two weeks passed between the Marineford Arc and the Post-War Arc.
Major timeskips are when months or sometimes years pass instead of days or weeks, a particular difference may be the focus on many characters developing or changing, often with special attention to physical characteristics. Thus far, there are two major timeskips in the series.
- The first major timeskip occurred in the beginning of the series. The series began in the year of 1512 (Luffy's age: 7) for the first chapter, by the end of the next chapter it was fast-forwarded to the year of 1522 (Luffy's age: 17). It occurred in the manga towards the end of Chapter 1.
- The second major timeskip was announced during the course of Chapter 597 and lasted two years from 1522 to 1524.