Hey everyone I am a new One Piece Fan (for the most part, I've only just found this site by typing in Arlong on google) and I thought it might be fun to share my experiences with you guys as I watch and read the series.
When I say I am sort of a new fan I mean I have been for a while. I have seen the first 99 Episodes (Funi Dub) and read the first 62 chapters. I have pre-knowledge of the series having seen an episode of the 4Kids dubbed Drum Island arc in late 05/ early 06 and did a bit of research on the series before I started watching 2 months ago (was spoilered a bit but not massively) and it intrested me greatly so I decided to start watching.
So far I am anjoying the series greatly but I am watching at a steady pace, before today I hadn't watched for 6 weeks. The series is more fun than I imagined and has a different atmosphere to other animes I have watched.
The cast is likeable and the villains are good. It's refreshing to come out of a dragon ball/z/gt marathon and see characters who cannot blow up planets etc.
My overall general feeling towards the manga varies from the anime as it doesn't seem as fun without the music and the voices yet I still manage to enjoy it. I'd be lying if I said I enjoyed the manga more but still it's a nice read.
The anime seems well done and not full of contradicting plot holes like Z tended to be (well then again that had a lot of filler). I have to be honest and say that the soundtrack is hands down brilliant, true I don't like some tracks that get overused but for the most part it's pretty dam good and my favourite japanese soundtrack.
The voices are well suited and Funi seems to have taken much care with the casting. From the vague mermories and clips I have seen of the 4Kids dub I think they cast people based on what the character looked like which didn't bode well for some characters.
So for the most part I am loving the series. My favourite arc so far would have to be a tie between the Alabasta arc and Kuro arc (the latter being when I started getting into the series properly) but mentions must go to the Baratie and Arlong. Least favourite arcs so far would have to be Little Garden and Drum Island.
I'll update regulalary to let you know what I think. Bye for now.