Hate to clog up this episode's discussion with this, but oh well:
Good points, dropper, and to an extent I agree. I still think Toei could do way, WAY better than they have been, though. Heck, compare the One Piece anime to some of the other long-running Shonen anime out there, especially Naruto and Bleach; sure, they tend to have more fillers, but the animation and pacing also tends to be better than One Piece, and at a more consistent rate. Adapting this material to be well-paced and well-animated isn't impossible, and fans who whine about fillers often forget how necessary they are. Sure, Naruto and Bleach are terrible at choosing WHEN to have fillers, but the actual adapted material tends to be far better because of it.
I understand fans want to see the manga material as soon as possible, but when Toei rushes to the manga material and drags out with poor pacing and meh quality animation, then the fans complain that about how much better the manga is. That isn't balance at all.
Also, yes, we've gotten this far, so we should know how the anime rolls now, right? Except Toei used to be better at this. In fact, it's because we've gotten this far that we know Toei used to be better at this. And maybe (probably) we just need to wait and see how this arc will turn out as a whole. But I told myself that with Fishman Island, and I was seriously let down, unlike any other arc I had seen before. Seriously, the only reason I held out hope throughout the climax was because I was assuming Toei was saving their budget for the final attacks, and that they would be awesome. We all know how that turned out.
Of course I get excited whenever a new arc starts. Of course seeing the manga first messes with my judgement of the anime. Of course Toei has to try and please as many people as they can, which can be difficult. But I've never felt so negative about the anime before, and that should say something. I read Thriller Bark, Sabaody, and all subsequent arcs in the manga before I saw them in the anime, and was able to enjoy them for the most part (Impel Down and Marineford weren't handled that well, I'll admit, but even then I didn't think they were too bad). I've stood up for the anime in the past, and I'll still watch it and try to enjoy it. But I've had way more fun with the anime in previous arcs than I have the past year.
I don't like saying so many negative things about the anime, and honestly I'm probably coming across far more negative than I actually feel about it. So I'll say this much: the anime does do a lot really well, and they tend to pull through when it really matters (usually, at least). As heart-breakingly disappointed as I was with Fishman Island, it still had its moments, and no matter how this arc goes, there will definitely be at least a few scenes I'll want to re-watch several times. So I'll stay optimistic.
Edit: And just so people stop telling me to "stop bitching", I'll try and keep this as my last long rant about how the anime's been doing. Again, I'm still going to watch it, and I'm still going to get some enjoyment out of it. I'm sure people are tired of hearing people complaining about similar things each week, and I don't blame them, so I'll knock it off for now.