Anime DVD Review: One Piece Collection Six

One Piece Collection Six packages the One Piece Season Two Seventh Voyage and One Piece Season Three First Voyage releases together. Between the two sets, there are 26 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 Six
English Publisher: FUNimation Entertainment
Format: DVD
Release Date: June 12, 2012

The first five episodes in the first half of the set give additional backstory and character development for some of the characters. The first episode sees Tony Tony Chopper telling Robin Nico a story about how he came to make the Rumble Balls and when Dr. Kureha became his first patient. The second story is about Nami and her desire to draw the map of the world she’s dreamed about since her childhood. The third episode sees Sanji working with a young Navy trainee cook named Tajiyo who fell off his navy vessel and is rescued by the Straw Hats. The fourth episode sees Usopp helping an old man and his granddaughter at a fireworks factory. The fifth episode is a flashback of when Zoro first meets Johnny and Yosaku.

The next three episodes are known as “The Zenny Pirate Crew Sortie!” arc. Luffy and the Straw Hats are chased by a few Navy ships, and they end up on an island inhabited by an old man named Zenny and his goats. When Zenny’s heart stops from fear, the Straw Hats take him home, nurse him back to health, and do chores to help him out. They also help him build a pirate ship, which he intends to use as a coffin. They become friends with Zenny, and they work together when the Navy comes to capture Luffy and the others.

The final five episodes in the first half of the set are in the “Beyond the Rainbow” arc. Luffy and the Straw Hats drop anchor outside a town with a large tower. When they set foot on land, an official insists that they pay a harbor tax. They also meet an old man named Henzo, who asks if they have seen what he calls the “Rainbow Mist.” When Nami, Sanji, and Chopper go shopping, they have another run-in with a tax collector. Meanwhile, Luffy, Usopp, Robin, and Henzo see a large, unmanned galley appear in the same condition that Henzo saw it 50 years ago. When the Rainbow Mist appears further out in the sea, they get in the Straw Hats’ ship and go into it. In the mist, Henzo finds his friends who disappeared into the mist 50 years earlier, and they have not aged. They must figure out how to escape from the mist.

It was easy to tell that the first five episodes in the first half of the set was filler material. I thought there was a chance that the Zenny and Rainbow Mist storylines might have been canon material, but I wasn’t sure since I haven’t gotten this far in the manga yet. I decided to do some research to find out for sure, and I was surprised, and slightly dismayed, to discover that all 13 episodes in this set are filler material.

I have to say that my favorite part of the Zenny storyline was the goats. They look adorable, and they were so awesome when they were sent to go after the Navy on their ships.

My favorite story arc in this set is the Rainbow Mist story. There was a lot of good character development done for the characters that were introduced in this arc, and there’s a neat twist at the end of the arc.

At the beginning of the episodes in the second half of the set, Nami’s log pose points to the sky, and a big 200-year-old ship falls from the sky. When Luffy and the Straw Hats examine the wreckage, they find a map of an island called “Skypiea.” A salvage crew led by the large monkey-like Masira competes for the wreckage while the Straw Hats try to find clues on how to get to Skypiea.

After getting hold of Masira’s log pose to Jaya island, the Straw Hats decide to go there to find more clues on Skypiea. When they reach Jaya, they go to Mock Town, which has a lot of famous pirates brawling with each other. Luffy and Zoro have a run-in with Bellamy the Hyena, who ridicules their dreams and beats them up. After leaving Mock Town, the Straw Hats get into a fight with Masira’s brother, Shojo.

When the Straw Hats make landfall on another part of Jaya, they meet Montblanc Cricket, a descendent of Montblanc Norland. Norland is an infamous “liar” who told about a city of gold on Jaya. Cricket is an outcast and is trying to find artifacts of the gold city. It turns out he knows how to get to Skypiea, but the Straw Hats have to find a particular bird to help navigate, the Going Merry needs to be refitted for the trip, and Luffy has to go after Bellamy to take back the gold artifacts that he’s taken from Cricket.

Once all that’s done, the Straw Hats make it to Skypiea. Their adventures on Skypiea are just getting started when the set reaches its conclusion.

This storyline introduces some interesting concepts, such as Norland. He’s the subject of a fairy tale that’s been told to children in the North Blue for hundreds of years, and he turns out to have been a real person. And then to meet one of his descendants added something to this part of the story.

I also think the idea of Skypiea, an island in the sky, is a fascinating one. While there have been stories of castles in the sky or floating cities in the sky, I thought the idea of an island and a sea in the sky was kind of cool. And after they get there, they learn there’s a part of the island no one’s supposed to go to because a god lives there.

There was one portion that takes place while they’re in Skypiea that stands out to me. The discussion turns to belief in God, and Zoro comments that while he himself doesn’t believe in gods, he’s not going to begrudge anyone who does. Hearing him saying that made me admire Zoro more than I already do.

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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