Y'all aren't scaring me off that easy :p
@Krest yep I am blue, my former username was bluebluetopaz before I had it changed.
@ari You'll never know whether or not the writing for One Piece surpasses/equals/loses to the writing of shows like Shingeki no Kyojin or Mahou Shoujo Madoka unless you read it c: I can understand why you haven't read it so far though (and it is perfectly fine if you never choose to read it), I've had experiences with plenty of shows/mangas that I just completely look over because the designs of the characters (or art) didn't appeal to me. One series that I am glad that I gave another chance was Kare Kano.
When I first saw the anime, I had a very hard time sitting through it. I think it was some combination of the animation and artwork that just felt a little off (I gave up on it pretty quickly). I gave the manga a shot a few months ago, and loved it though. Same thing happened with Hana Yori Dango.
I like to think that One Piece is in a league of its own (10+ years and we're barely at/over the halfway point in regards to plot). There are some predictable moments, but there are also moments that still manage to catch you off guard. I think that ultimately the characters are my favorite part of this series. We have so many characters involved in it, and somehow each manage to get at least some character development (and time to show off in areas of their specialty). There probably are better Shounen manga out there, but One Piece is my favorite of the Shounen that I have read thus far.
Oh and the laughs. Each (significant character) has a unique laugh. I love that.
and to wrap this all up, yes, I am of the female persuasion c:
"A reader lives a thousand lives, the man who never reads lives only one." - George R.R. Martin