Anime DVD Review: One Piece Season Two Second Voyage

One Piece Season Two Second Voyage is a two-disc set that contains episodes 67-78 of the One Piece anime series. The first disc has six episodes and a commentary on episode 67.  The second disc includes six episodes and the set’s 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 Two Second Voyage
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Format: DVD
Release Date: August 25, 2009

At the beginning of the first disc, we learn that Miss Wednesday is actually Princess Vivi from Alabasta, and that Baroque Works has been inciting a rebellion in her home country. She has infiltrated Baroque Works to try to find out what was going on and try to find a way to stop it. Luffy agrees to take Vivi back to Alabasta. We are also introduced to Miss All Sunday, who is partnered with the head of Baroque Works.

Unfortunately, this storyline is interrupted by a two episode “filler” story that features Coby, the boy Luffy met back in the first episode of the series, as he works as a chore boy for the navy. It turns out Helmeppo, the son of “Axe-Hand” Morgan, also works as a chore boy. It turns out the group they are traveling with is headed for the Grand Line. Hopefully at some point, Coby and Helmeppo will run into Luffy and the others in the Grand Line; if not, then these filler episodes would be rather pointless.

We then return to the main storyline, which sees Luffy and the others arriving on an island called Little Garden. The group encounters two giants from Elbaf named Dorry and Broggy who have been fighting each other for 100 years; however, they can no longer remember why they’re fighting. Their duel is interrupted by Mr. 3, Miss Golden Week, Mr. 5, and Miss Valentine. And to make things worse, Mr. 3 is trying to turn Vivi, Nami, and Zoro into wax figures. It ends up being up to Luffy to try to save everyone and to defeat the members of Baroque Works. The final episode in the set sees Nami falling ill, but no on board the ship has any real medical expertise. A decision is made to try to find an island with a doctor before heading to Alabasta.

It was interesting to note in the bumps that there’s now a wanted posted that shows Vivi and her duck; this makes me think Vivi is going to be part of the cast for a while. During the last set, I never would have imagined that Miss Wednesday was actually someone who has infiltrated Baroque Works. She’s a nice addition to the cast, since she allows the cast to have another regular female character. Of course, this means that she is also another girl on the ship for Sanji to flirt with. Also, since Vivi isn’t used to Luffy and his crew yet, she is someone who can be awed by what the Straw Hats can do.

I also enjoyed the storyline that takes place on Little Garden, especially the interactions with the giants and the hunting battle between Sanji and Zoro. Both of these pieces of the story provided some amusing humor to the story arc.

Overall, I have to say that I enjoyed the episodes on this set, with the only exception being the filler story with Coby and Helmeppo. Right now, it feels like it was just thrust into the middle of a story arc rather randomly and didn’t add anything to what was going on.

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 fourth 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 are trying to collect the episodes on DVD, you can purchase this set for episodes 67-78. 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 Second Voyage that I checked out through the King County Library System.

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