I tried to watch the dubbed anime version of One Piece, but the first 10 or so shows were terrible. A friend of mine recently told me that I should read the manga because the anime doesn't do it credit. He also says that the story has to reach a certain point before it gets really good.
I've heard that the writing is better than any other comic by a long shot.
So, this brings me to my question: How far into the book do I have to go before it starts getting really good?