@zeltrax225 Urgh, you just mentioned one big point of contention I'm having with the OP anime, those friggin footstep sound effects. It's funny that you mention missing footstep SFX as I've not even noticed that. I'm swinging in the other direction and just find that there's no other series in this entire world, that has such an obsession with footstep SFX. There's nothing wrong with how they sound. But the anime uses them to such an extent that the footsteps are put so much in the forefront to cover up that there's actually nothing really going on but people walking. They always create an athmosphere of "something is happening" with the footsteps but the walking/running is literally the only thing that happens. There's mostly no deeper develpment happening. I'm jealous of anybody who doesn't see this, because once you see it, you can't unsee it.
As for the OST. I definitely agree with what you say about Bleach having more hits than OP. But still I would say that OP has a lot of good and iconic tunes. I even wanted to do a YT video of my top 20 but then I figured that it would be taken down in no time. Still with all the love I have towards the One Piece OST. When you put it in comparison to other series it just somehow doesn't compare. Rather it's great in it's own bubble.
If you care, here's my favorite though a little bit dated top anime OST video:
You will have OP featured too there. And it's even a tune I like. But when you compare it to most (not all) of the tunes that you can hear in that video, it just is not on the same level. Also it doesn't help that they picked the worst possible visual support. It's like it's trying to say "help us, we're reduced to this so please let someone else take over"
@JulieYBM Thanks for the detailed information. I'm really not familiar with all the names be it animators or composers that handle the anime, so this is all news to me. I just pretty much consume. But still what you say makes sense about the different styles. I'm sure that I could even tell which ones of the BGMs would be from Tanaka and which from Hamaguchi and mostly be on the mark with that one.
Also thanks for the videos on Star Ballad. Yep, that's really a completely different kind of beast here.