Now is the perfect time to start following One Piece, and I'll tell you why.
The main problem with becoming a fan is that One Piece is so long, it's hard to jump into the series without being overwhelmed by the sheer volume of it. This year, though, VIZ Media and FUNimation are making it easy to be a One Piece fan, whether you're a grizzled veteran or an interested newcomer.
Now, both the anime and manga for One Piece are easier to find than ever before, between FUNimation's official One Piece simulcast and VIZ's initiative to have all of the One Piece manga released by June 2010. Both approaches are making serious headway on getting American fans caught up with the series without drowning them in new stuff.
It's easier than ever to become a One Piece fan, and you really should be, because One Piece just may be the best manga of the last decade-plus! Pirate adventures, silly antics, and gripping and deep storylines all combine into a wonderfully entertaining whole.
So what're you waiting for? Start watching One Piece now and get caught up!