No, actually, I never watched any of the OP animu before the Skypeia arc.
I read bits and pieces of the very first arc, the Captain Kuro arc, and then kinda got bored of OP for a while.
Years later I caught the Skypeia arc on TV with Blackbeard prattling on about dreams, and I came to love OP's campy GARness contrasted against the stonefaced insipidity of, say, Bleach.
So I went back and revisited terrible scanslations of the manga, blazed through the very first arc to the Arlong arc in about the space of twelve hours, and when I WILL MOST DEFINITELY HELP YOU came along, I knew that I had, in fact, become an OPfag. Me, the jaded, elitist weeaboo that I am.
I don't care how saged I get. I want this shit on record. I have rejected my old ways, and now I eagerly await the coming of the King of the Pirates.