Anime DVD Review: One Piece Season Two Third Voyage

One Piece Season Two Third Voyage is a two-disc set that contains episodes 79-91 of the One Piece anime series. The first disc has seven episodes. The second disc includes six episodes, a commentary on episode 90, 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 Third Voyage
English Publisher: FUNimation Entertainment
Format: DVD
Release Date: September 29, 2009

The set opens with Nami falling ill and the Straw Hats decide to find an island with a doctor in order for Nami to get well. Before they can get very far, though, they are attacked by a pirate named Wapol. Fortunately, Luffy is able to send him flying. With their leader defeated, Wapol’s crew flees. I have to admit that when Wapol appeared at this point, I really had no idea what the point of him being introduced was. However, later episodes in the set explained that Wapol was more important to the story than it first seemed.

Once Luffy and the others make it to Drum Island, and they are not welcomed at first. After gaining the trust of the people, everyone except Zoro and Karoo, are taken to a village. They learn that the only doctor lives on a mountaintop. Luffy and Sanji take on the task of taking Nami up the mountain to see the doctor. Usopp and Vivi stay in the village and learn the history of the island from a man named Dalton. Dalton has an interesting backstory to him, which gets revealed over the course of the episodes in this set.

While Luffy and Sanji are going up the mountain, Wapol lands on the island with the crew. After a confrontation with Wapol, Luffy finally makes it to the top of the mountain with Nami and a now injured Sanji. Here, they are all treated by Kureha and her assistant, a small blue-nosed reindeer named Tony Tony Chopper.

Once Chopper is introduced, there’s a lot of focus in these episodes on his backstory. Personally, I thought that Chopper not only had a good backstory, but it’s one that should be moving to most viewers. During the course of these episodes in this set, there were times where I found myself wishing I could somehow give Chopper a hug.

During the last few episodes that are included in this set, there’s a big confrontation with Wapol, and Chopper makes the decision to join Luffy and his crew in order to become the ship’s doctor.

I have to say that I really enjoyed all of the episodes that appeared in this set. They were all relevant for progressing the story along, and are also crucial for introducing Tony Tony Chopper to the crew. Chopper leaves Drum Island with them during the last episode in the set, so we’ve only seen a glimpse of what his interactions are like with the others on the ship. Right now, Chopper is still in awe of everything he sees going on around him, so I’m very interested to see how he ultimately ends up fitting into the dynamics of Luffy and his crew.

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 fifth closing can be found in the “Textless Songs” option, and there are seven 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 79-91. 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 Third Voyage that I checked out through the King County Library System.

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