“One Piece” joined the exclusive ranks of anime that have generated so much hype they’ve crashed Crunchyroll servers.

The much-anticipated episode 1071 of “One Piece” is now available for streaming on Crunchyroll, but a significant number of eager viewers are facing technical issues preventing them from watching it.

One Piece Episode 1071 is the official start to Gear 5 Luffy’s time in the anime that was first announced during One Piece Day 2023, and has been the most anticipated episode of the anime to air this year overall.

The latest episode 1071 broke the Crunchyroll server this morning, so One Piece fans have been looking for ways to watch this most anticipated episode, even visiting sites like P.rnhub and Xideos to watch the episode.

It’s such a huge occasion, in fact, that the episode’s launch with Crunchyroll has caused an early issue as fans have been noting that the streaming site has been down during their efforts to check it out.

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.