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Posted 8/21/17 , edited 8/21/17
IMHO, if a show needs ~60 episodes to "open up" its missed the point as entertainment. Sure, everything needs to be set up properly... but nearly 30 hours "before you like it?" I can knock out multiple other series in that time frame! It needs to "get good" within a few episodes or at least after the (short) opening arc.

I kept starting and stopping until the end of the Baritie arc and just couldn't muster the strength to go on. Part of it is I just can't stand Luffy. He seems... more like a simpleton than a determined and courageous leader. Like when he damaged the restaurant-ship and just sat there saying "no" like that settled it when the owner wanted Luffy to pay for the repairs. He admits he wronged the man, he admits he should make amends... but just sits there saying "nope" over and over like that settles it when the owner actually tries to work out a plan for reparations. This is the reasoning of a selfish toddler more than anything else!

I just couldn't "click" with the cast. The anime is definitely not for me. Everyone may be legitimately right, it may grow on me if I sink another 20+ hours into watching it and truly have ablast knocking out hundreds of episodes... but I just can't justify myself sinking in that kind of commitment to a series I haven't enjoyed watching so far.

If you are already enjoying yourself, soldier on. If you don't like it... don't force yourself.
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Posted 8/21/17 , edited 8/21/17
If you made it through 40+ episodes it's safe to say you gave it a fair shot and it just isn't for you. Nothing wrong with that. Not every show is for everyone

For me I like the simple fun of the series. It's like kids playing during recess and making up their own adventure. The characters are silly, the powers are ridiculoous and the setting is just wild.

and I find it still has the power to hit you with some strong emotions. The moment Nami asks Luffy for his help during Arlong Park is a powerful moment to me. And When the Merry goes down gets me every time, no matter how often I see it.

But yeah it's not for everyone, and that's ok.
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Posted 8/21/17
I think I've tried up to episode 14. That's all the attention I'm giving it. I can look elsewhere for entertainment.
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Posted 8/21/17 , edited 8/21/17
One Piece isn't like most Shonen, you don't go into One Piece thinking of it as a grind fest (or looking for the hype) but as a story revolving the actions of Luffy and his crew. Each individual arc in One Piece is honestly like a full on story for each island and Oda engrosses you in culture of each new islands! It really makes the whole world of One Piece very diverse. But if you're looking for a recommendation...... you've got to watch at least the Arlong arc and see for yourself
Posted 8/21/17
I love it to the point where as soon as the series ends, I'm killing myself since this show is all I have to live for.
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Honestly i would recommend reading the manga before watching the anime. If you don't like the characters and plot after so long don't bother however for me i love the series. I enjoyed it from the start. Haven't watched all of the anime mainly due to the length. It does have some really hype moments that are awesome to watch animated.
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As others have said there's nothing wrong with not liking a show, no matter how popular it is considered. And the show starts quite slow. Arlong park is a good indication of what's to come. With Alabasta being

For me there are several reasons why I like one piece, I originally got into it when I was quite young in early 2000s

I'm gonna condense these to short sentences so that there won't be a huge wall of text

1. The world is so big and the straw hats aren't the center of the world. (This starts showing only later on in the series, the beginning focuses almost solely on the straw hats)

2.There is a limit on the power that you can reach. The show has shown the strongest character in the series fighting seriously giving a good indication of the maximum strength that a person can get. (What blackbeard managed to do should increase it somewhat, but I highly doubt it's gonna be a massive increase.)

3. The growth of the crew and their bonds. Everyone joined the crew with their own dreams, but now their dreams have molded into one dream that consists of all of them reaching theirs together. You also get to see them living all parts of their lives so you get more invested in the characters.

4. Most of the character arcs are just amazing and resulted in me crying at some point during each one.

5. The show has several underlying themes, such as religion, discrimination, dreams, etc.

There's to name a few. But overall if you don't enjoy the show at the end of arlong park, you probably won't later on, however as a personal suggestion I'd say watch until the end of alabasta arc.
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I have never watched a single episode of it. And never will.

Any show, anime or otherwise, that has over 1000 episodes to its name is going to be way too drawn out with filler and filler and more filler, and be boring as hell. At the slow rate I now consume anime, it would take me several years to get through that many episodes and that's with almost daily viewings. I once tried to get into Fairy Tail and after a handful of episodes realized there was no coherent story developing, and though I never planned to watch all of it I didn't even enjoy the ones I did watch. It felt like its makers were just going through the motions, make the characters stand around and talk or be in a 'fight' competition, stretch it out as much as possible was what it felt like. No problem if your intended audience is 10 yearolds, they'll be happy with their favorite characters on the screen even if they aren't doing much or going anywhere. A bit maddening for anyone over 20.
I say this with no actual criticism of One Piece itself, those who watch it probably love it and that's great. They could be missing out on much better stuff, but that's their problems!
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I've watched like 50-ish episodes since it was recommend to me by 2 of my friends and I remembered it from my childhood tho I didn't have any real nostalgia tagging along with it since I wasn't really into it as a young kid. I finished the Arlong arc, and then got side tracked with other stuff and never returned to it. I found that it was most certainly drawn out at parts (Especially the fighting if memory serves right) within those episodes which would of been okay if the fights were a bit more complex and show-y, but even then I'm not a huge fan of fighting scenes within anime so there's bias there as to why I didn't enjoy it so much. However I did find that in the Arlong arc that the story that surrounds that island and Nami's history was surprisingly deep and and emotionally captivating when I compared it to the last couple arcs, which surprised me cause I have had it spoiled to me a bit before watching by a friend. That's not to say the other arcs were bad, but this one was really good the whole way through since it had that depth of seriousness. Though Ussop's arc was good too but not on the same level. I think something that I have heard about the show is that since it's been running so long it has a huge world developed with good world building too boot (I'm not 100% convienced tho since I've only watched so little), and that alone is appealing since it's a universe that's seems to rival our own in vastness and in a way is it's own living breathing thing.

I think the anime was good enough to watch, and the fact that I still remember what had happened in the show to the extent that I do means that I should give it a go once more, and I do plan to sometime in the future, but it's hard cause there is so many episodes it's really overwhelming looking at it like that tbh. I think shows like these are good to watch with a friend or have a friend who has watched it so y'all can talk about it, making the show easier to watch. I think that's one of the main reason some of my friends in high school kept up with it because they could talk about it with each other, theorizing and fanboying out
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I used to watch One Piece since it was on TV ages ago, but nowadays, the story is too shallow and too repetitive for my tastes, so I dropped the series. I love action comedy, but One Piece? not that much.
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I would say you might be missing the rich and intricately detailed world building and clever interweaving of everything into a delightfully complex and fascinating lore, but then it takes having watched over 800 episodes to truly appreciate everything. That's a hell of a time commitment, so I can see why someone wouldn't do it (especially if they're only marginally interested to begin with).
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KingKaio wrote:

I have never watched a single episode of it. And never will.

Any show, anime or otherwise, that has over 1000 episodes to its name is going to be way too drawn out with filler and filler and more filler, and be boring as hell. At the slow rate I now consume anime, it would take me several years to get through that many episodes and that's with almost daily viewings. I once tried to get into Fairy Tail and after a handful of episodes realized there was no coherent story developing, and though I never planned to watch all of it I didn't even enjoy the ones I did watch. It felt like its makers were just going through the motions, make the characters stand around and talk or be in a 'fight' competition, stretch it out as much as possible was what it felt like. No problem if your intended audience is 10 yearolds, they'll be happy with their favorite characters on the screen even if they aren't doing much or going anywhere. A bit maddening for anyone over 20.
I say this with no actual criticism of One Piece itself, those who watch it probably love it and that's great. They could be missing out on much better stuff, but that's their problems!


A few things. First of all this is a topic on one piece not fairy tail, the OP wanted to know what one piece had that made it so popular, you stating that you don't watch it because of a clear assumption doesn't help at all, especially since it's quite misleading. One piece actually has either the lowest amount or one of the lowest amounts of fillers from long running shonen, (Not sure about the exact number, but it's below 15%) Granted the episodes have been stretched out quite a lot for a while now since it's so close to the manga. Also we can assume that the OP has time to watch it as it seems he started it with the intention of finishing it. Now there's about 500 episodes with good pacing and the fillers can be skipped if people want to do so. Though some of the filler arcs are quite enjoyable. (P.S One piece has still around 10 years before the anime is done, so you have plenty of time to catch up, with just 2 episodes a week and skipping fillers, you should have catched up or be close to catching up at the time when the show is ending.

I'm a little interested as to what a handful of episodes in fairy tail means to you, doesn't really matter just out of curiosity.

Your complaints about fairy tail literally sound like something that would be along the first advices in "Trolling in chats for dummies"
A show doesn't need to have a complex story, deep underlying themes, or be intellectually challenging for adults to enjoy them.

Finally people watching one piece could be mission out on much better stuff. Again this doesn't really give anything to the OP. Especially since you haven't watched the show. Everyone has their own tastes. Just like there might be something better than one piece to someone, it could just as easily be that one piece is the best show for some.
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