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 bogged down in irrelevant or uninteresting details. Though time is commonly fast-forwarded in small amounts, timeskips usually refer to periods of several years or decades, wherein a pronounced change can be measured against the same characters, such as a child becoming an adult.
For those of you reading the One Piece manga, and are up to speed with the current storyline I have a funny feeling that the One Piece manga will finally get a time skip; and I say finally because it appears to be the cool thing to do with most shonen anime (ie. Naruto, Dragon Ball, Claymore, Satan 666 ect.) Now this is not just a weird feeling that I have, but the mangaka of One Piece Eiichiro Oda has hinted about it in volume 0 and the Strong World movie art book.
Interviewer: Whaaat!? You can't leave me with just that!
Oda: Nope, I can't say anything more than that now.
How does pertain to the story? Let’s find out, but be warned, spoilers ahoy!