I actually used to be one of these people. So I can relate to some who don't like it. My biggest problem was crappy drawings, I'm a girl and had plenty of other series I thought were much better where one piece is mostly a male fan base, and the fact that one piece originally had horrible voice actors with a terrible dub when it first came to America (4Kids). I didn't give it a chance till one of my college buddies told me I had to check it out. I like a bit of drama mixed in and he told me to start with the Arlong ark. I kinda got hooked from there went back and watched the rest. Though I won't lie I have skipped a couple fillers episode wise and didn't start reading the manga till around Impel Down.