Anime DVD Review: One Piece Season Three Fourth Voyage

One Piece Season Three Fourth Voyage is a two-disc set that contains Episodes 183-195 of the One Piece anime series. The first disc has seven episodes, while the second disc has six episodes, a commentary on Episode 193, 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 Fourth Voyage
English Publisher: FUNimation Entertainment
Format: DVD
Release Date: January 25, 2011

The set not only continues the Skypiea arc, it also concludes in this set as well. The majority of this set focuses on Eneru’s plan to destroy both Sky Island and Upper Yard. Of course, Luffy wants to stop Eneru from succeeding, and this ends up climaxing into a major fight between the two of them.

But in the middle of the battle, we get a treat as three episodes are devoted to what happened between Noland and Calgara in the past, and how Calgara and his people disappeared when the part of the island they occupied rose into the sky. I thought it was effective to include this. While we had heard a brief telling of Noland’s story earlier in the arc, it was helpful for me as a viewer to see this story with more detail. This section is brought into the story as a flashback from Wyper, so it didn’t feel like it was breaking up the arc as much as it could have.

Overall, I have to say I like how this story reached its climax, and I loved what Luffy did to bring the battle to a close. Unfortunately, we later see that Eneru is still around, so there’s the potential for him to somehow return later on in the series. And Robin makes an interesting discovery that ties in with her dream of finding and deciphering the Rio Poneglyph.

The ending of the arc was rather satisfying, and I think this was probably the best way to conclude it. The set ends on a bit of a cliffhanger, though, since the Going Merry is just discovered when it returns to our world by landing in the middle of a Marine base. I’m looking forward to watching the next set in order to find out how they’re going to get themselves out of this predicament.

While I liked the Skypiea arc, it ended up running throughout the episodes that made up the first four DVD sets for the third season, which comes out at 48 episodes. There were one or two fights that I thought could have been tightened up somewhat. However, with One Piece being a shonen series, the various fights that took place in the arc would be done in a way to take a while to help lengthen the story out. I should at least be happy that there weren’t any filler episodes thrown into the middle of arc and disrupting the story! So in that respect, perhaps having a 48 episode arc isn’t as bad as it could have been.

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 “Moon and Sun” (the ending song that appears 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 183-195. 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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