Anime DVD Review: One Piece Season Two First Voyage

One Piece Season Two First Voyage is a two-disc set that contains episodes 54-66 of the One Piece anime series. The first disc has seven episodes, and the second disc has six episodes, bonus features, and a commentary on episode 61. 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 Two First Voyage
English Publisher: FUNimation Entertainment
Format: DVD
Release Date: June 30, 2009

All of the episodes on the first disc in this set cover a “filler” story arc that is not in the original manga source material. A girl named Apis escapes from the Marines and ends up on the Straw Hats’ ship. The Marines come after Luffy and his crew, which causes them to end up in the Calm Belt. Apis helps them escape from the Calm Belt, and they manage to get Apis back home to Battleship Island. After Apis shows them to a cave where a dragon named Ryuuji resides, Luffy and the others learn why the girl is being chased by the Marines. They try to get the dragon to Lost Island, but are thwarted by a man named Eric who was hired by the Marines.

When this arc first started, I just couldn’t come to care about Apis, and I think this is due to the fact that I had already read this far in the manga and knew that this storyline was filler. I generally have a harder time caring about characters introduced in filler arcs because I know that I more than likely will never see them again in the series.

It was also interesting to note that when Apis is first introduced in the arc, she is depicted as being rather klutzy. However, near the end of the arc, she’s shown doing things like running up a rope connecting the Straw Hats’ ship and the raft flawlessly. I’m not sure if this was meant to symbolize that she has become stronger and morr self-confident, or if the writers decided to abandon that aspect of her character.

After this arc ends, the Straw Hats arrive at the Grand Line. We see Luffy and the others end up inside a whale, and they meet a doctor who has been taking care of the whale. In addition, new antagonists Mr. 9 and Miss Wednesday. After becoming friends with the whale and making a promise to return someday, Luffy and the others are ready to continue. Nami learns she needs a log pose to accurately navigate the Grand Line, and Mr. 9 and Miss Wednesday convince the crew to take them to their home at Whisky Peak, because they lost their log pose. When they reach Whisky Peak, they are welcomed warmly and a celebration is held. It turns out there’s a dark secret to Whisky Peak, which Zoro manages to figure out.

I liked the story with Laboon, the whale. I felt really bad for him after hearing the story of what happened to him to lead him to the point he is at when we meet him. I also found what Zoro learned at Whisky Peak rather interesting, and it was also nice to have episodes that give more of a focus on Zoro. In the filler arc, Zoro spent more time sleeping on the deck of the ship than anything else, so it’s nice to see him in action.

Overall, I have to say that I enjoyed the episodes on the second disc more than I did on the first. To be honest, you can basically skip watching the first disc in this set and truly not miss out on anything important.

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 third 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 54-66. 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 Two First Voyage that I checked out through the King County Library System.

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One comment

  1. jpmontero87 · September 29, 2013

    I really love one piece. However, I don’t have enough money to purchase the DVD’s that’s why I only watched it online. I started from Episode 1 to the latest before I started reading the manga. That was November last year to February 2013.

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