Anime DVD Review: One Piece Season One Fourth Voyage

One Piece Season One Fourth Voyage is a two-disc set that contains episodes 40-53 of the One Piece anime series. The first disc has seven episodes and a commentary on episode 44, and the second disc has seven 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 Fourth Voyage
English Publisher: FUNimation Entertainment
Format: DVD
Release Date: March 31, 2009

The first five episodes in this set conclude the story arc that took place in Nami’s hometown of Cocoyashi Village; the arc sees Luffy defeating Arlong and Nami returning to Luffy’s crew. I really like how this story arc concluded, and how much this arc really strengthened Nami as a character.

After this, a price of 30 million berries is placed on Luffy’s head, and he and his crew end up going to Logue Town. At the same time, Buggy the Clown and Alvida reappear in the story; they team up together in order to find Luffy.

While in Logue Town, Zoro meets a woman named Tashigi who bears a striking resemblance to his deceased friend Kuina. It turns out Tashigi is an underling for Smoker, a naval officer stationed in Logue Town. The story in this set culminates with Luffy, Buggy the Clown and his crew, Alvida and her crew, and Smoker and his crew converging at the platform where Gold Roger had been executed.

Since I’ve already read this portion of the story in the manga, I already knew what to expect. I also realized that there was some filler thrown into the anime for the Logue Town arc. The first one is “Little Buggy’s Big Adventure,” which is an episode showing how Buggy ultimately teamed up with Alvida. The only way this story was actually included in the original One Piece manga was through various one page title pages at the beginning of manga chapters. For the anime, it appears they used these title pages as a basis for events to take place in the episode and built a story around them.

The events in the episode “Usopp vs. Daddy the Parent! Showdown at High!” didn’t appear at all at this point in the manga, and most of the episode “Fiery Cooking Battle? Sanji vs. the Beautiful Chef!” is also not in the manga. The story about Usopp adds some information about Usopp’s father, so I’m wondering if this information was created for the anime, or if it appears at some point later in the manga. This background information on Yasopp was interesting for me as a viewer. However, I thought the cooking competition between Sanji and the beautiful yet freaky chef really didn’t add much to the story.

As for the DVD set itself, there are two selections for bonus features on the second disc: “Textless Songs” and “Trailers.” The second opening and the second closing 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 40-53. 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.

I wrote this review after watching a copy of One Piece Season One Fourth Voyage that I checked out through the King County Library System.

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