Anime DVD Review: One Piece Collection 10

One Piece Collection 10 packages the One Piece Season Four Voyage Three and One Piece Season Four Voyage Four releases together. Between the two sets, there are 23 episodes 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 10
English Publisher: FUNimation Entertainment
Format: DVD
Release Date: October 28, 2014

The story in this set takes place at Water Seven, and several new characters are introduced. This includes the powerful craftsmen of the Galley La Company, their boss Iceberg, his assistant Kalifa, and a group known as the Franky Family that the Straw Hats have a run-in with after the group steals some of the money Luffy and his crew wants to use to get the Going Merry repaired.

At the same time that Luffy, Nami, and Usopp are distracted by the Franky Family, Robin suddenly disappears after encountering a mysterious masked individual who seems to know something about her past. Starting with Robin’s disappearance, the mood of the series begins to shift.

Tensions begin to mount when Luffy and his crew are told by the Galley La Company that the Going Merry cannot be repaired and would be unable to make it to the next island without falling apart. Luffy is ultimately told that he should replace the Going Merry. At first, Luffy is resistant, but he comes to realize that leaving the current ship behind is the better option. This leads to a blow up between Luffy and Usopp, and ultimately causes Usopp to decide to leave Luffy behind. But before he leaves, he challenges Luffy to a duel; if he wins, he gets the Going Merry.

This duel truly begins an emotional rollercoaster for the viewer that continues through the remaining episodes in this set. Between Robin’s disappearance and Usopp leaving the crew, the viewer gets a sense that perhaps the Straw Hats are starting to fall apart. Prior to this arc, there may have been the occasional emotional episode, but this is the strongest that the drama has been up to this point. The duel between Usopp and Luffy ends up feeling like an emotional kick in the gut.

And things only get worse when someone attempts to assassinate Iceberg. When he regains consciousness, he feels confident that one of his assailants is Robin. This suddenly turns the employees at Galley La Company, as well as the citizens of Water Seven, against Luffy and his crew. So now, not only does Luffy have to struggle with Usopp’s leaving, he also has to deal with being accused of plotting to assassinate Iceberg. And to top it all off, Franky, the leader of the Franky Family, wants revenge on Luffy for destroying his house. And there’s one more emotional kick in gut for the viewer near the end of the set when Sanji and Chopper run into Robin and learn what she’s up to.

This was quite a shift in tone after dealing with the Davy Back Fight episodes in the previous One Piece set. I’m glad to be past the Davy Back Fight, but I never would have guessed just how much of a tonal shift would take place over the course of these episodes. I don’t have any complaints about the tonal shift, though, because I believe this helps to make the series stronger and it feels like a natural progression.

At the beginning of the second half of the set, CP9 and Robin begin a raid at Galley La, and chaos ensues. It’s revealed why CP9 has been attacking Iceberg and Galley La: they’re after the blueprints Iceberg had been given for a powerful weapon called Pluton. Luffy, Zoro, Nami, and Chopper also get involved, because they’ve come to Galley La to try to talk to Robin and convince her to return to the Straw Hats. Luffy ends up helping Paulie fight against two members of CP9 as he tries to protect the blueprints.

Once everyone makes it to Iceberg’s room, where he’s trying to recover after the assassination attempt, it’s revealed that the members of CP9 are actually most of the foremen who worked for Galley La, and that Iceberg’s assistant is among them. This creates a very emotional situation for Paulie, since they were his co-workers and he thought of them as friends. The heartbreak theme continues when Robin tells Luffy and the others that she won’t be coming back to them, because she has a dream that won’t come true if she does.

Usopp also finds unexpected help from Franky, who guides the Going Merry to a secret location to get it out of the path of the forthcoming storm. But this even becomes emotional as Franky makes it clear that the Galley La foreman’s assessment was correct about the ship not being seaworthy enough to even go to the next island. Usopp doesn’t want to hear it, of course, and becomes very emotional when Franky tries to demolish the ship. After CP9 finishes their business with Iceberg, who no longer has the blueprints in his possession, they track down Franky. It turns out Franky has another identity and has a connection with Iceberg in his past. Near the end of the set, we get two episodes that focus on backstory for Franky, and these add some more emotional moments to this set. Like many of the flashbacks that provide backstory, this one was filled with a lot of emotion and contained a tragedy that helped to shape the character into who they are today.

But it’s not like all the episodes of the set are drama or backstory. It wouldn’t be One Piece without action, and there are episodes in this set that deliver it. CP9 seems to be the primary source for the action, whether they’re fighting against Paulie, Luffy and the Straw Hats, or Franky.

Overall, I enjoyed watching One Piece Collection 10. There was a good combination of drama, backstory, and action to keep a viewer interested and engaged with the story. And it’s also become obvious that major changes will be coming for the characters, especially with an event that happens to the Going Merry near the end of the set.

For the bonus features, there are three on the second disc in addition to the episode commentary. There is a textless version for the opening song that appears in this set (“Kokoro no Chizu”), as well as a textless version for the ending song in this set (“Eternal Pose”). There are also trailers for other FUNimation releases.

On the fourth disc, there are six bonus features on the second disc. There is a textless version for the opening song that appears in this set (“Kokoro no Chizu”), as well as a textless version for both the ending songs (“Eternal Pose” and “Dear Friends”).

This disc also includes interviews with two of the English dub actors. ADR Director Mike McFarland conducts both interviews. On this disc, there’s an almost 13 minute interview with Brina Palencia (the voice for Tony Tony Chopper) and a 16 minute interview with Eric Vale (the voice for Sanji). These interviews were a welcome addition to the bonus features and were also amusing to watch. I hope to see more of these interviews on future sets. There are also trailers for other FUNimation releases.

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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One comment

  1. Pinkie · July 29, 2019

    Ah this takes me back! The scens with Merry hit me hard. This arc really felt like the end of an Era, a very emotional series of episodes and the CP9 arc to follow, are probably my favorites pre time skip.
    Love the Marathon mode options and the inclusion of japanese with subs option. Very big on subs, even more so with whats happening lately in the dub scene. This indeed seems like a great set.

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