I like your reason. Much more thoughtful than mine.~
I was introduced to OP through a friend of mine about 2 years ago and things just started going from there. Watched the anime first up to the end of Thriller Bark and then transitioned over to the manga for Shabondy Archipelago, been reading it weekly ever since. I still follow the anime as well cause it's I'm always curious about color schemes, seiyuus and how certain events will play out in the anime adaptation.~
Around this February, that's about the time Ace was killed I believe. What was the second one, the death of Whitebeard?
I'm sad that a lot of people are unable to look past the so called "un-appealing" art style. Frankly I find it a relief from all the bishounen and bishoujo flying around these days.
Uh... Manga-wise, I've been reading it since around the middle of Thriller Bark, but got really into it starting this February (Two particular events...). Not sure why I started at first. Probably had something to do with the characters, emotions, humor (and how well Oda usually balances the serious scenes out with it), and the sheer brilliance and insanity Oda's imagination can be.