Anime DVD Review: One Piece Season Two Seventh Voyage

One Piece Season Two Seventh Voyage is a two-disc set that contains episodes 131-143 of the One Piece anime series. The first disc has seven episodes, while the second disc has six episodes, a commentary on episode 140, 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 Seventh Voyage
English Publisher: FUNimation Entertainment
Format: DVD
Release Date: May 11, 2010

The first five episodes give additional backstory and character development for some of the characters. The first episode sees Tony Tony Chopper telling Robin Nico a story about how he came to make the Rumble Balls and when Dr. Kureha became his first patient. The second story is on Nami and her desire to draw the map of the world she’s dreamed about since her childhood. The third episode sees Sanji working a young Navy trainee cook named Tajiyo who fell off his navy vessel and is rescued by the Straw Hats. The fourth episode sees Usopp helping an old man and his granddaughter at a fireworks factory. The fifth episode is a flashback of when Zoro first meets Johnny and Yosaku.

The next three episodes are known as “The Zenny Pirate Crew Sortie!” arc. Luffy and the Straw Hats are chased by a few Navy ships, and they end up on an island inhabited by an old man named Zenny and his goats. When Zenny’s heart stops from fear, the Straw Hats take him home, nurse him back to health, and do chores to help him out. They also help him build is pirate ship, which he intends to use as a coffin. They end up becoming friends with Zenny, and they work together when the Navy comes to capture Luffy and the others.

The final five episodes in this set are in the “Beyond the Rainbow” arc. Luffy and the Straw Hats drop anchor outside a town with a large tower. When they set foot on land, an official demands they pay a harbor tax. They also meet an old man named Henzo, who asks if they have seen what he calls the “Rainbow Mist.”  When Nami, Sanji, and Chopper go shopping, they have another run-in with a tax collector. Meanwhile, Luffy, Usopp, Robin, and Henzo see a large, unmanned galley appear in the same condition that Henzo saw it 50 years ago. When the Rainbow Mist appears further out in the sea, they get in the Straw Hats’ ship and go into it. In the mist, Henzo finds his friends who disappeared into the mist 50 years earlier, and they have not aged. They must figure out how to escape from the mist.

When I watched this set, it was easy to tell that the first five episodes were definitely filler material. I thought there was a chance that the Zenny and Rainbow Mist storylines might have been canon material, but I wasn’t sure since I haven’t gotten this far in the manga yet. I decided to do some research to find out for sure, and I was surprised, and slightly dismayed, to discover that all 13 episodes in this set are filler material.

I have to say that my favorite part of the Zenny storyline was the goats. They look adorable, and they were so awesome when they were sent to go after the Navy on their ships.

My favorite story arc in this set is the Rainbow Mist story. There was a lot of good character development done for the characters that were introduced in this arc, and there’s a neat twist at the end of the arc.

As for the DVD set itself, there are two selections for bonus features on the second disc: “Textless Songs” and “Trailers.” The “Textless Songs” feature includes the opening song “Hikari E” and the closing song “Free Will.” There are also 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 131-143. 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 Seventh Voyage that I checked out through the King County Library System.

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