Anime DVD Review: One Piece Collection Five

One Piece Collection Five packages the One Piece Season Two Fifth Voyage and One Piece Season Two Sixth 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 Five
English Publisher: FUNimation Entertainment
Format: DVD
Release Date: March 13, 2012

This set begins with the Officer Agents at Baroque Works learning that their leader, Mr. 0, is Crocodile. They also learn that it will be their mission to overthrow the country of Alabasta during the war. Mr. 3 makes an appearance and tells Crocodile that the Straw Hats are still alive. As punishment, Mr. 3 is sent into a Bananagator pit for failing to kill them.

As the Straw Hats depart for Katorea, Luffy suddenly stops. He has a plan to kill Crocodile, and he denounces Vivi’s plan as naïve. The two get into a struggle, in which Vivi reveals that she’ll only risk her life. Luffy tells her that she should be trusting her friends and putting all their lives on the line. After the struggle, Vivi decides to go after Crocodile together with the Straw Hats.

When they get to Rainbase, they run into Smoker and Tashigi, and as they run toward Rain Dinners, most of the Straw Hats and Smoker are caught in Crocodile’s trap.

Baroque Works’ plan is set into motion, with the king being kidnapped and Mr. 2 impersonating him. During this impersonation, he orders the destruction of Nanohana to cover up the Rain Dance Powder incident that took place there. When news of this is received by the rebel army, they begin to move.

Sanji disguises himself as “Mr. Prince” and lures Crocodile out of Rain Dinners. Through inadvertently rescuing Mr. 3, Sanji frees the other Straw Hats and Smoker from their imprisonment. After their escape, they cross the desert to Alburane. As they do, Crocodile captures Luffy, and the two of them battle it out. Luffy is defeated and left for dead by Crocodile, but Miss All-Sunday later gives Luffy some unexpected assistance.

After reaching Alubarna, Vivi tries to call out to the Rebel Army, but is unsuccessful because of a Baroque Works infiltrator. Meanwhile, Usopp and Tony Tony Chopper face off against Mr. 4 and Miss Merry Christmas, while Sanji is up against Mr. 2.

A lot takes place over the course of the episodes in the first half of this set. The biggest event, of course, being the start of the civil war in Alburane. We also get to see some more members of the Baroque Works organization in action. Unfortunately, I found the combination of Mr. 4 and Miss Merry Christmas to be a bit on the annoying side. While Mr. 2 may be a bit freaky looking, he’s nowhere near as annoying as either Mr. 4 or Miss Merry Christmas. Although thanks to Mr. 2’s ability, the battle between him and Sanji is rather amusing.

Vivi also progresses as a character throughout the episodes in this set. The big leap comes for her when she realizes that she can truly rely on the Straw Hats to help her try to stop the fighting amongst the people of her land.

This second half begins with Nami battling with Miss Doublefinger, while trying to figure out her new weapon, the Clima Takt. At the same time, Zoro is fighting against Mr. 1. After Vivi learns from Crocodile that he’s after a weapon called Pluton and that there’s a bomb set to be shot off into the square where the people are fighting, she manages to talk to Koza and tell him what’s going on. When Koza tries to get the rebel army to stop fighting, he is shot by a member of Baroque Works who has disguised himself to look like someone from the Royal Guard. After Koza is shot, fighting breaks out between the two factions.

When Crocodile tries to keep Vivi from getting to the top of the palace, she is rescued by the arrival of Luffy, who is riding on Pell in his bird form. After getting Vivi to safety, Luffy goes back to the top of the palace to have a second battle with Crocodile.

Later, Crocodile and Luffy have another match after Crocodile, King Cobra, and Miss All Sunday (who we learn is named Nico Robin) go to the royal tomb for Miss All Sunday to read the Poneglyph in order to discern the location of the Pluton. Before Luffy’s arrival, Nico tells Crocodile that the location of the Pluton isn’t stated there, and Crocodile tries to kill her.

Meanwhile, Vivi and the other Straw Hats try to find the bomb. Vivi ultimately figures it out, and it’s a heroic deed by Pell that saves the day. The final four episodes in the set wrap up the Alabasta Arc, with Vivi and the others having to prove what happened, the beginning of rebuilding the country, and Luffy and the Straw Hats’ escape from being captured by the Navy as they leave Alabasta. During their escape, the Straw Hats receive help from an unexpected ally. And in the final episode, they find they have a stowaway on board their ship.

A lot takes place in the episodes that are included in the second half of this set. I have to say that I was satisfied with how the Alabasta Arc ended, because it was the most realistic way to bring this storyline to a close.

Vivi’s character development continues here, and by the end, she has become someone who will become a strong leader for her country. I admit that I’m going to miss seeing Vivi when I start watching the next DVD box set, but her part in the story is now done. However, the stowaway they discover at the end of the set will add an interesting element to the series going forward.

The bonus features are what I’ve come to expect from these releases: staff commentary, textless songs, and trailers. The commentary can be found on the first and third discs of the set, while the remaining bonus features are on the second and fourth 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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