Warning: Major spoilers follow!
Bishonen emo guy, go home and cry
Wanze appeared in 2005 (chapter 367 though face was not shown) looking like this:
Before shortly afterwards (chapter 273), Sanji kicked his face into this Bishonen look:
Around (chapter 202), Shaiapouf/Shauapufu appeared looking like this:
But as the art style matured, looks more like this now:
And bursts into tears around 2007 (chapter 256):
Giant Eastern religion statue superpower
Top man of the (supposedly) good, peacekeeping force of the world the Hunter Organization, Netero, revealed around 14 January 2010 (chapter 291) his Hatsu ability, Hyakushiki Kannon:
R.I.P. strong old dude
Around 25 February 2010 (chapter 298), after a monstrous battle, strongest man in the world and Bada$$ Grandpa Netero bites the dust:
See another Whitebeard featurage here.
Heroic BSOD due to death of adopted family member
Around 10 february 2010 (chapter 574), main protagonist Luffy blanks out in grief – despite being surrounded by great danger – upon realizing that adopted older brother figure Ace is dead:
Around 16 April 2010 (chapter 304), main protagonist Gon blanks out in grief – despite being faced by great danger – upon realizing that adopted older brother figure Kaito is dead:
Jumping the shark early?
At present time of writing, One Piece has seen massive amounts of AWESOME, immediately followed and outdone by even more AWESOME – the Whitebeard pirate captains, Whitebeard himself, the Shichibukai (especially Mihawk), Oars Jr., the three Admirals, Garp and Sengoku, Ace and Luffy, the Blackbeard Pirates, !!!! We’ve already seen the strongest people in the world go at it, but Luffy is a long way from reaching the end of the Grand Line and finding the One Piece. What else is there that can wow us now?
At present time of writing, Hunter x Hunter has seen massive amounts of AWESOME, immediately followed and outdone by even more AWESOME – Killua’s abilities revealed, strong enemies and allies with wicked cool powers, the three uber-powerful royal guards, the uber-uber-powerful King facing off with Chairman Netero, Zeno Zoldyek appearing, !!!! We’ve already seen the strongest people in the world go at it, but Gon is a long way from reaching the top ranks of the strong and finding his father. What else is there that can wow us now?