One Piece really going downhill as of late?
I mean, I've been reading this since Alabasta, and I do understand that most mangakas do have slumps, but Oda is really just disappointing me lately.
In my opinion (take it as such), Fishman Island is just a garbage arc so far. I'm finding it highly predictable and it just lacks the sense of adventure that the other arcs had for me. It's really the essence of One Piece, at least to me. The dialog is lacking (Especially that Fishman Princess), the characters are just seeming blah (Neptune is so "meh"), and Oda didn't even bother to show us any real action yet.
Also, the Art seems to be a little inconsistent to me as of late. Maybe it's just bland design on some aspects, or a lack of focus on the details that Oda was so famous for before, but the art seems more like an imitation of One Piece than the actual manga.
So, is anyone else getting the same vibes, or is it just me? I mean, One Piece was really, and I mean REALLY, on a roll before this arc in my opinion, and this just seems like a bad way to start off the 2nd half of this manga to me.
Edit: Forgot to mention, it also seems that Oda has started recycling some plot devices. I don't really want to elongate my post by too much, but this is like the 4th princess we've had.
Finally, since I feel this is a necessity given the situation, this is not some troll thread, and please don't treat it as such. I'm sure that these feelings are not completely unjustifiable, and I'm not looking for 50 "Oda is God, so STFU about my fav Manga" posts.