m-paoword replied to your post: I think Naruto is one of the most overrated series out there. It hasn’t brought anything new to the shounen genre, is overhyped, and is full of flaws. The characters are a bastardized recreation of ninjutsu and the characterization leaves much to be desired. The art is subpar for a shounen series and the battles are boring and the plot predictable.Or it’s under performing by comparison to One Piece because it isn’t as good as One Piece and that you are allowing your pro-Naruto agenda to cloud and distort your viewpoint of the series thereby causing you to fail to see how over hyped it is.
I’m possibly the farthest one can ever be from having a pro-Naruto agenda. In fact, if the series, were truly flawed, then I would indicate it as such. If I had such an agenda why would I bother following One Piece weekly, or putting Zoro, Luffy, Ace, and Sanji as some of the best characters ever realized in shonen manga on the hype list. Naruto has been hitting it’s stride ever since it premiered and the masses just seem to fail to acknowledge the series greatness.
If One Piece focused on developing friendship and bonds more, showing action with key fights on panel versus off panel, keeping the straw hats together during arcs rather than splitting them up the second it begins, becoming more suspenseful, decreasing the amount of world building and text heavy chapters, having better character designs (why does everyone have to be a big bulky giant or non human creature?, and virtually most antagonists of the same species in the series have similar features), eliminate non human non compelling straw hats to decrease the cast size and give more attention to the characters we care about, brought Sabo back, eliminated Luffy’s scar, and had faster pacing, then I think One Piece would rival and be as good as and if not better than Naruto and Fairy Tail.
“If One Piece focused on developing friendship and bonds more”
Cool story, bro.