I watched this one AMV about 'lifes gonna suck' there were subtitles to it, after searching for a while and learning that the dub was all a lie.
Wow, that… that AMV was one of mine. I feel kinda special now (I guess something good came out of my inability to find raws of the older episodes, huh?).
As for my story, I used to see screencaps of OP anime here and there about... two and a half years ago, if memory serves. At that time, I and my sister liked downloading random AMVs and one OP AMV - done to Relient K's Pirates Who Don't Do Anything - was good enough to keep. So good, in fact, thatI downloaded a few episodes (nearly closed the media player when Luffy stretched for the first time, thinking it was a really lame visual gag). I think I watched up to Ep. 5 but when I realized that there were a gazillion episodes and that "that long nosed dude" would be the next to join I stopped downloading. See, from the AMV I'd somehow gotten the impression that Usopp was a throroughly unpleasant person. (the AMV also includes a small clip at the end where Usopp tells Luffy and co. he has 8 thousand followers. I actually believed him.)
Then, one day in Marh of 2005 I came home from school to find my sister reading the first volume of the manga (a Finnish publisher had just picked it up that month). I decided to give the series another try and next downloaded a later episode to see the series in action. The episode later turned out to be a TV special which looking back is really not that great, but at that time I don't think even Apis arc could've turned me away.
I found myself really liking Usopp and really wondering just why there was so much Zoro/Sanji yaoi around (I'd assumed until then that they would be really close and touchy-feely with each other).
Next thing I knew, I loved almost every character introduced and marvelled at how the series lacked the usual black-and-white morals. OP even taught me to enjoy the long-ass shounen fights. At this point Oda would have to go through a lot of trouble and completely wreck the series if he wanted me to stop reading.