Anime DVD Review: One Piece Season One Third Voyage

One Piece Season One Third Voyage is a two-disc set that contains Episodes 27-39 of the One Piece anime series. The first disc has seven episodes, and Episode 30 has a commentary track available for it. The second disc has six episodes and the bonus features. You can watch the episodes with either the English dub or the original Japanese audio with English subtitles. It should also be noted that in addition to watching episodes or using the “Play All” option, there is also a marathon feature, which allows you to watch all the episodes on a disc back-to-back without interruption. In the marathon feature, the opening credits only plays once, there are no next episode previews, and the ending credits are not included.

One Piece Season One Third Voyage
English Publisher: FUNimation Entertainment
Format: DVD
Release Date: January 20, 2009

The first four episodes in the set conclude the story arc that took place at the floating restaurant Baratie and had the battle with Don Krieg. However, the bulk of the episodes in the set take place in Nami’s hometown, Cocoyashi Village. This new story arc provides a lot of backstory for Nami, and you get a better understanding for why she does the things she has done leading up to this point in the series.

To me, the highlight of this set is the episodes that provide Nami’s backstory, and explains why she joined Arlong and his pirates. Even though I already knew what would happen from reading the One Piece manga, I still found myself moved nearly to tears by the time this backstory finished. I can honestly say that the episodes in this set tend to focus more on the dramatic side for One Piece than the previous two box sets had. I would also have to say that the episodes in this new arc are some of the best One Piece episodes that I have seen to date. Unfortunately, this story arc doesn’t conclude in this set, so you have to watch the next DVD box set to find out what happens next.

As for the DVD set itself, there are two selections for bonus features on the second disc: “Textless Songs” and “Trailers.” The first opening (“We Are!”) and the second closing (“Run! Run! Run!”) can be found in the “Textless Songs” option, and there are eight trailers available for viewing in the “Trailers” option.

If you’re a One Piece fan and want to collect the episodes on DVD, you can purchase this set for Episodes 27-39. More recent DVD collections are packaging 24 episodes per set, and those releases would also be worth considering if you want to add One Piece to your home video library.

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