Anime DVD Review: One Piece Season Three Third Voyage

One Piece Season Three Third Voyage is a two-disc set that contains Episodes 170-182 of the One Piece anime series. The first disc has seven episodes and a commentary on Episode 171, while the second disc has 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 Three Third Voyage
English Publisher: FUNimation Entertainment
Format: DVD
Release Date: October 26, 2010

This set continues the Skypiea arc, and the arc is still going at the end of the set. During these episodes, Zoro takes on the Shandian warrior Braham, Luffy fights Wyper and falls during the fight, Eneru takes out Usopp and Sanji, Chopper takes on Gedatsu and then later is attacked by Priest Ohm, Gan Fall and Nami take on Kotori and Hotori, and Robin takes on Yama and then discovers the legendary city of Shandora.

Eventually, Zoro, Gan Fall, Wyper, Nami, and Aisa make it to the upper ruins where Priest Ohm and a giant python are. Nami, Gan Fall, and Aisa are swallowed by the python, and this is where they find Luffy. Zoro ends up being the one to take down Priest Ohm. And everyone except Luffy and Aisa make it out of the python.

Conis and Pagaya encounter Eneru, who reveals the truth of his goal to them. Then, Eneru goes to the upper ruins, where he takes down most of the people who are assembled there. To protect herself, Nami pretends to follow Eneru. Luffy finally makes it out of the python, and Luffy and Eneru begin fighting right at the end of this set.

After I finished watching this set, I found myself thinking that while a lot seems to happen over the course of these episodes, the story itself really doesn’t seem to progress much. Since I haven’t read this far in the One Piece manga yet, I don’t know if the anime took the manga material and simply stretched it out to make it last longer. But from the way the final episode of this set ends, I expect that this story arc will likely end before the end of the next DVD set.

And it appears some of the main characters are critically injured and one could potentially be dead. I’ve read much later chapters in the more recent issues of Weekly Shonen Jump, so I know that most of these characters will be returning. But there’s one who I haven’t seen in these recent chapters, and this is the character who seems to be the worst off here. I really hope that this character hasn’t been killed off! If they have, I’ll be really sad.

It looks like Conis is going to try to warn the other people of Skypiea about Eneru’s plan, but I’m afraid that her warning will fall on deaf ears, since she and her father are both seen as “bad guys” for helping Luffy and the others earlier in 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 “BON VOYAGE” (the opening song that appears in this set) and “A to Z” and “Moon to Sun” (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 170-182. 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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