The Dragon Ball formula was perfected and expanded upon by one show and one show alone. One Piece is a thrilling adventure from the beginning but it does take a bit of time to ramp up. However, once it does it holds the viewer’s attention and holds on for dear life. I will say it is a very flawed show because it is supposedly about pirates but barely has anything to do with them. Try not to hold that against it though because if you do you are going to miss out on the charming and expansive world One Piece has to offer.
Eiichiro Oda’s story is in my opinion one of the greatest works of fiction ever produced. Somehow he has managed to make nearly every story better than the last. At this point and time the story is still pressing forward and continues to delight audiences the world around. The animated series has more flaws than the comic however due to Toei Animation’s lazy work from time to time.
One Piece has some of most likable and entertaining characters of any cartoon I have ever seen. It is also quite hilarious and action packed but where One Piece truly shines is its use of heart-felt drama. I have never cared more for any other characters in fiction than I have for this cast. This is one of the only shows that has made me cry, not once but multiple times. Due to the amazing Japanese voice cast and the great use of music, it is beautiful and it is powerful. Without question it is one of the best cartoons of all time.
FUNimation's dub is great as well so be sure to check it out.