Anime DVD Review: One Piece Season Three Second Voyage

One Piece Season Three Second Voyage is a two-disc set that contains Episodes 157-169 of the One Piece anime series. The first disc has seven episodes, while the second disc has six episodes, a commentary on Episode 166, 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 Three Second Voyage
English Publisher: FUNimation Entertainment
Format: DVD
Release Date: August 31, 2010

This set continues the episodes that make up the Skypiea arc. At the beginning of this set, Chopper, Robin, Nami and Zoro are abducted by a giant shrimp while they’re on the Going Merry; they’re being taken to Upper Yard for judgment. Conis escorts Luffy, Sanji, and Usopp to get a boat to take them to Upper Yard. When they reach the boat, she admits that this is a trap and she’s almost hit by “Heaven’s Judgment.” Conis is saved by the Sky Knight.

Luffy, Usopp, and Sanji enter Upper Yard and make it to the Ordeal Gates, where they enter the Ordeal of Balls and encounter the Priest Satori. At the same time, the group on the Going Merry arrives at the sacrificial altar. Chopper is left on the ship while the others go to explore. After the others leave, Chopper is attacked by the Priest Shura. Just when it looks like Chopper will be defeated, he is saved by the arrival of the Sky Knight. When the Sky Knight (who is named Gan Fall) is defeated by Shura and falls into the water, Chopper jumps in to rescue him, not thinking about the fact that he can’t swim. They are both saved by a bunch of giant Southbirds, who tell Chopper that Gan Fall is God.

Luffy, Usopp, and Sanji defeat Satori and head to reunite with the others. Meanwhile, Nami, Zoro, and Robin discover that Upper Yard is actually part of the island of Jaya that was sent up into the sky instead of falling into the ocean. After both groups are reunited and share what they learn, they discover that the Going Merry was repaired by a mysterious benefactor. Also going on in the background is a group known as the Shandians launching an attack on Upper Yard to defeat God Eneru and reclaim their ancestral homeland.

Phew! Due to how the story progresses in this set, there ended up being several storylines going at the same time. For the most part, they converge together near the end of the set. The main one that doesn’t entirely converge with the others yet is the Shandians and their fight. It turns out the Shandians are the ones who attacked Luffy and the others when they first arrived in Skypiea, but their paths only cross once on this entire set.

Of the new characters introduced in this set, the one that stands out the most is God Eneru. He’s this muscle-bound guy who wears pants that look an awful lot like Hammer Pants and has a lot of decorations around him that look kind of like the Sharingan from Naruto. He’s definitely a rather lazy, pompous, and gaudy-looking person. I’m looking forward to seeing when the eventuality of God Eneru being defeated happens. The other memorable character introduced in this set is Priest Satori. His extremely rotund figure and his speech patterns definitely left an impression on me as a viewer.

The next set will definitely continue the Skypiea arc, and it’ll be interesting to see what direction this story heads into.

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 “Hikari E” and “BON VOYAGE” (the two opening songs that appear on the set) and “FAITH” and “A to Z” (the two ending songs that appear on the set). There are also trailers for other properties that FUNimation was promoting at the time this DVD set was released.

If you’re a One Piece fan and are trying to collect the episodes on DVD, you can purchase this set for Episodes 157-169. More recent DVD collections are packaging 24-25 episodes per set, and those releases would also be worth considering if you want to add One Piece to your home video library.

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