the reason naruto and bleach is more popular in the US is because of the dubs. i personally didnt know anything about manga's. i liked naruto and wanted more info and stumbled across it.
its kinda sad that the kids in the US are missing out on such a great anime with great character. obviously somethings have to be censored, but 4 kids left a lot of things out with like skipping the entire little garden arc.
i wish DISney would get a license of one piece like they did with naruto and start from episode 1. they could air one episode monday-friday and in a couple of years be caught up with the current anime.
Hasn't this issue been addressed several times already?
I believe we all know that One Piece (back when it was in the hands of 4Kids) was very censored.
Sad to say but with the characters at gunpoint, heavy alcohol/tobacco references (hey, one of the main characters is seen with a cigarette in his mouth all the time), etc. you can't say that this show is suitable for American kids.
4Kids was unable to market this show to their targeted audience unless it was censored.
I'm not saying the editing is wrong, but simply put the show marketed in the states had a different intended audience than that of the original in Japan. It's because the targeted marketing group was different (and younger) that the dub turned out to be unappealing for the vast majority of the people who do indeed watch the series or read the manga. 4Kids tried to change a show to accomodate a different audience.