@The Stegman : If you're looking for good action, it takes like 200+ episodes before the animators even start to do a half ass attempt at a good fight scenes. Around the 300s someone decided that the most popular series and most profitable series shouldn't also be the worst looking series and the animators starting putting in actual effort and now it's one of the better looking shounen shows when it comes to animation. You've only got like 200 episodes to go before you finally get a pay off for sitting though shounen tropes of the power or friendship conquering all and people screaming nakama 8 times a minute.
wow...really, it takes THAT long?? lol oh well, I'mm stick with it, see if you're right.
I know it's insanly popular, and it's like the highest selling manga every in Japan, so I finally decided to give it a try, but yeah, 90 episodes in and I'm still not overly impresed by it, some of the scenes are indeed touching, like Nami's backstory, and the Sanji leaving the Baratie, but sometimes it just drags on way too long, it goes from sentimental to..okay, just hurry up and leave already. As for the fights...honestly they are kinda meh and fall into the category of normal Shonen stereotypes of the villain underestimating Luffy, them standing around at letting him do it, until finally, shocker, Luffy proves them wrong and somehow wins. Perhaps I should have stuck with the manga first, but honestly from the hype I hear from it, I was expecting to be blown away a littler sooner than 90 plus episodes in. I will however stick with it.