RE: Quotes from Oda's Interviews Here's something Oda said before. Oda doesnt want OP (what's been shown in the story) to be perceived as a man-made work, Straw Hats' journey is like a 'real fiction' happening in a parallel universe, what we're reading now is mainly what the Straw Hats' have seen and done, it's their unique experience and it's Straw Hats' style to enjoy the scenery all along the way, so we see many so-called 'side characters' and 'subplots' as well as many other small things. Oda wants to build up characters with rich emotions and relationships with other characters. In the end, Oda is more of a story teller than a creator, there'll be something that's not so relevant to the main story, but it's there. To get maximum enjoyment and satisfaction from OP (or from reading every single chapter of OP weekly), there's a lot of small things for you to find out other than pure fights. A small example is those devastated people on the street in the background panels in many Dressrosa chapters, if you pay a bit more attention to them, there's somewhat interesting thing that you wont otherwise notice. Why pace matters? No, it doesnt matter. Any you-thought-to-be-unnecessary things have their own meaning in the story. Read it slowly. That's what I would say. However, just like Oda said: All up to you.