Anime DVD Review: One Piece Collection Two

One Piece Collection Two packages the One Piece Season One Third Voyage and the One Piece Season One Fourth Voyage releases together. Between the two sets, there are 27 episodes of the series included. Episodes can be watched with either the English dub or with the 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 Collection Two
English Publisher: FUNimation Entertainment
Format: DVD
Release Date: September 27, 2011

The first four episodes in the set conclude the story arc that took place at the floating restaurant Baratie. However, the bulk of the episodes in this set take place in Nami’s hometown, Cocoyashi Village. This new story arc provides a lot of backstory for Nami, and you get a better understanding for why she does the things she has done leading up to this point in the series. I really like how this story arc concluded, and how much this arc really strengthened Nami as a character.

Even though I already knew what would happen in this arc from reading the One Piece manga, I still found myself moved nearly to tears by the time Nami’s backstory finished. The episodes in the first half of One Piece Collection Two tend to focus more on the dramatic side for One Piece than the episodes included on One Piece Collection One.

After this arc ends, a price of 30 million berries is placed on Luffy’s head, and he and his crew end up going to Logue Town. At the same time, Buggy the Clown and Alvida reappear in the story, and they team up together in order to find Luffy.

While in Logue Town, Zoro meets a woman named Tashigi who bears a striking resemblance to his deceased friend Kuina. Tashigi is an underling for Smoker, a naval officer stationed in Logue Town. The story in this set culminates with Luffy, Buggy the Clown and his crew, Alvida and her crew, and Smoker and his crew converging at the platform where Gol D. Roger had been executed.

Since I’ve already read this portion of the story in the manga, I already knew what to expect. I also realized that there was some filler thrown into the anime for the Logue Town arc. The first one is “Little Buggy’s Big Adventure,” which is an episode showing how Buggy ultimately teamed up with Alvida. The only way this story was actually included in the original One Piece manga was through various one page title pages at the beginning of manga chapters. For the anime, it appears they used these title pages as a basis for events to take place in the episode and built a story around them.

The events in the episode “Usopp vs. Daddy the Parent! Showdown at High!” didn’t appear at all at this point in the manga, and most of the episode “Fiery Cooking Battle? Sanji vs. the Beautiful Chef!” is also not in the manga. The story about Usopp adds some information about Usopp’s father, and this background information on Yasopp was interesting for me as a viewer. However, I thought the cooking competition between Sanji and the beautiful, yet freaky chef really didn’t add much to the story.

When it comes to bonus features, there are “Textless Songs” and “Trailers” included on the second and fourth discs of the set. Staff commentary can be found on the first and third discs.

If you’re a One Piece fan who wants to own the series on home video, but don’t want to spend the time and money to track down each individual set that’s been released, these Collection sets are a good way to go.

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