Hello! I am an avid lover of Shonen, and have been put off from watching One Piece for a long time because the quirky animation style really doesn't appeal to me. That being said, as I have completed all of dragonball, kenshin, yu yu hakusho, bleach, naruto, and both incarnations of full metal, I figured it was time to give it a chance.
I'm watching it subbed, and am currently on episode 14, I'm finding it interesting enough for me to get over my problems with the late 90's quality, and difference in animation from traditional shonen, but I have a few questions about pacing, and animation progression.
I want to know, for those who've watched DBZ/Bleach/Naruto, how would you compare the animation of the first episode of one piece, to the animation of the coolest fight from the most recent 100 episodes? Is it as big of a difference as... lets say, the first episode of bleach compared to episode 166?... Also, around what episode does it become widescreen, and around what episode does it become available in HD?... Would you consider One Piece to have as epic of fights as DBZ, FMA, Bleach, and Naruto, or does it remain more simplistic all the way through? Also, when would you say it "really gets good" or "really sucks you in" For me I would consider this moment in Naruto asthe preliminary chuunin exam fights, and in bleach the successful infiltration of soul society. I think what it takes is a really entertaining to watch fight, mixed with a story element that you're invested in, if that gives you a better idea of the kind of episode marker I'm looking for. I would appreciate as vague, and episode number related answers as possible, as I'm big on no spoilers, and just looking to see how long it's going to be until things really get moving. I'm already in it for the long haul, so I need no convincing to continue watching, but I already know that One Piece is significantly longer, and slower, than the aforementioned anime, and would like to know just how slow, and up until what point, so I can pace myself accordingly.
Thank you in advance. =)