okay, before you start with the flames, I want you to know that THAT IS NOT A JOKE. So please don't band me or close this thread only becuase I repeat, I am not kidding. I am a long time follower of One Piece, I've seen the sub and the dub. In all fairness, I honestly think 4KIDS has actually improved the anime rather than destroy it like so many One Piece fans think...
For starters, skipping the Apis arc was not a big deal, and cutting/fusing episodes together saves time and moves the story faster, making it less boring. As for cutting out the little garden arc... the fights weren't exciting anyway and most of the characters were annoying (The giants, Mr.3, etc)
Next comes the editting... is there anything really wrong with editting guns? Sure they are turned into super soakers/painted, but they still fire bullets. Not to mention the blood edits and tabacco edits are also very understandable... and does it kill you to have a sign wiped clean? Honestly, taking out english/japanese text does not make the anime better or worse in any way, it stays the same and is just as good...
Also, I highly doubt 4KIDS is racist, they are not trying to make kids not think Japan exists (We've seen lots of culture in the TMNT cartoon, and that was made by 4KIDS, wasn't it?) also, they kept Zolo (I like the name Zolo better than Zoro, his name won't feel like a rip off of the already existing Zorro) using Santaryu, and that's a Japanese word, isn't it?
now comes removing the music... I don't care for the One Piece original sound track, and putting more than one theme song/ending song gets confusing and annoying. 4KIDS only has to change a lyric or two in the intro when a new character is added, so it's easier to follow.
Finally, the voices. I admit, they're not as good as the Japanese voices (Cept Chopper, in the dub his voice is less annoying, same with Nami) Luffy's voice sounds like a good young boy's voice (his JP voice sounds too much like a girl) Zolo's voice is perfectly fine, Sanji's voice is good becuase it makes him sound tough/strong yet like a funny romantic like he's supposed to be (To be honest, the voice is perfect for him) and Usopp's voice leaves me in stitches.
It's times like this I wish 4KIDS got Naruto... I like Naruto, but the fights drag on too much to the point where it's DBZ, but with ninja's... I bet 4KIDS could take the Haku and Zabuza fight and trim it down to just 2 episodes. Maybe better voice actors as well (I dislike the voices of Naruto, Sakura, Orochimaru, and Chouji the most)
as I said, I'm NOT joking, I'm just letting you see my opinion, and maybe if you think about it you'll agree with everything I said. Otherwise, I'm sorry if you disagree. Besides, Oda, the original creator, hasn't said anything against the US dub, so I'm sure he's as fine with it as I am.
Besides, there are worse dubs than One Piece... Inu Yasha (Kagome was turned into a Valley-girl) Yu Yu Hakusho (Kuwabara sounds like an idiot) DBZ (the voice actors sound constapated X_X) Excel Saga (The voice actor to the main character, Excel, is SUPER ANNOYING!) I could go on forever, but you get what I'm saying.