Originally Posted by Numinous
You're in for a treat, Alabasta's arc ending is good and the next saga, Skypea, is easily one of the best sagas of the series. Trust me, the more you read One Piece, the better it gets.
It has too. I was in Japan in 2010, it was absolutely all consuming over there. This was the same time the new Evangelion was released. Everything over there was Evangelion and One Piece. I shit you not. I actually picked up two figurines commemorating DBZ and One Piece's anniversaries. They're of Nami dressed as Goku and Bulma dressed as Luffy.
Decided to get into the series then, but waited for Funimation to start releasing the series in seasons. So, now I'm reading the manga and collecting the anime. All his characters have such intriquing back stories, it's amazing. I'm not shocked it's lasted as long as it has. So far, Zoro is my favorite and I can't wait to see how he and Tashigi's stories come together. I r excited!