Maybe even years. The anime's got quite a bit of filler, and moves at a much slower pace. Though there are some major parts in the anime that look/feel much better than the manga version.
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The comedy is much better in the anime too.
And you're about the anime sometimes being better. I recently bought the Sabaody arc and it definitely wasn't as emotional as I remember the anime being.
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Here's my issue...I really want to watch the One Piece anime, but my earliest memories of the English version are....pretty bad. It censors a lot. Does the English version ever stop diddlying it up, or am I stuck with the Japanese version?
Yeah, unfortunately everybody remembers the shitty 4Kidz dub. I swear that that's the only reason why One Piece isn't is popular here in the US. Fortunately enough, Funimation picked it up not too long ago.
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You have Vegata (Christopher Sabat) voicing Zoro, and Trunks/Kimblee (Eric Vale) voicing Sanji among others. Funimation leaves everything in completely uncensored and as close to the Japanese script as possible.
lol I remember turning alot of people onto One Piece, right when the 4Kids dub was releasing, convincing them to watch the english release. I praised it up, down, left, and right. Pretty sure when it actually aired, they got one or two episodes in, stopped watching, and thought I was full of shit. though I still kinda love the opening rap
My only problem with the anime is the pacing. I started watching the newer episodes, and they were just adding too much into the fight between Zoro and Hodi that just...didn't happen. And didn't need to happen, they just wanted to make the episode last longer. It also kinda kills the mystique of Vander Decken when he's introduced by adding comedy to it that wasn't supposed to be there, again...to make the episode longer.
Yeah, that's one of my peeves too. When I usually come across a scene like that in the anime, I'm like "Wait...that's not how it happened....is it?" and immediately check the chapter it was based on.
Still, I prefer this to full blown filler. In the end, the changes are minimal.
When you say Funimation picked it up, did they start over with it and redo it, or are they merely just picking it up from where 4kidz left off? I'd prefer the former.
....Gohan is Luffy? Lmao wow.