Pacing is a massive massive massive problem that wedges itself right between the two versions.
This is akin to me like saying I'm missing out on some cool arc in a different series. Maybe I am, but I'm not missing anything One Piece.
This is one of things I can never get about the anime people.
Interesting. I think of it as it is one piece, yet u view it as if it's not One Piece. That's an intriguing way of looking at it. Not that it's different from every1 else's views, but I never thought of it that way. I still disagree though, I think it is One Piece. Some filler arcs can't be considered canon, but most of them can. I mean, they fit into the story, so I just view them as if it's another arc.
One Piece is too unique a series in it's style and tone and vision for me to tolerate filler, it's DIRECTLY tied to Oda in my mind. Good or no, and I have seen filler in OP I thought was decent, I for instance kind of liked the stuff about the prisoners Robin hung out with when she got sent to that huge bridge.
I liked it, but never for one second was it really One Piece. One Piece is Oda, plain and simple.
Don't even tell me G8 is One Piece.
And I repeat..
Again, that's a different way of putting it from where I put it. I find myself to be very tollerate over One Piece filler, unlike other anime such as bleach and that taboo anime that starts with an "N". One Piece was practically made for filler. All what it's about is island hopping, well at least that's how the story revolving around the SH's generally progresses. Paradise, the first half of the grand line, has more than 10 islands in it, but that's around the amount of islands the SH's have travelled to in paradise. So it's good to add in more islands and stuff. It also gives you a general look on what the SH's daily lives are like. It might not be canon, but I still call it OP.