One Piece Reddit Thread
I read a lot of manga. I've tried a lot, series of all genres, new series and long-past finished ones, and One Piece Reddit is still one of my favorite series (I can't pick between OP, Promised Neverland, Death Note, and Ammarasumanara). A lot of other comments I've seen on here talk about world building, which I agree is very well done. What sets this series apart for me is the intricacy of everything. Yes, everything.
Everything is done with a creative spin. Most names (characters, locations, attacks) are puns, references, and a combination of the two. On top of that, Oda's arcs deal with very serious issues but are still told in a way that is accessible to kids (the target audience). Oda focuses plots around issues that I don't see in other manga. Look at Fishman Island, for example. A lot of people don't like the arc. I used to be disappointed with it because the crew effortlessly spanked their enemies. But the flashbacks with Otohime and Tiger, the tragic past of Jinbe and Arlong, and the motivations of the New Fishman Pirates remind people of the real world. That arc (and most things that involve fishman) takes many real-world elements of racism, violence, and bigotry. These stories resonate with the reader because, when you take away the fish tails and fantasy, what happens to these characters has and will continue to happen to real people. (More examples: genocide, censorship/erasure of history, eugenics, imperialism, moral vs. legal righteousness, child experimentation, slavery, a lot of royal tyranny, war profiteering, etc.)