Anime DVD Review: One Piece Collection 13

One Piece Collection 13 packages the One Piece Season Five Voyage Four and One Piece Season Five Voyage Five releases together. Between the two sets, there are 25 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 13
English Publisher: FUNimation Entertainment
Format: DVD
Release Date: July 14, 2015

The first three episodes in the first half of this set continue the Enies Lobby arc, with Robin finally being freed from her handcuffs. Unfortunately, the Navy’s Buster Call gets underway at the same time. But the episode right after Robin is freed, we get another alternate universe episode with “Boss Luffy” in the Edo Period. This one is about a cherry tree, so it obviously was made as a spring special. I already wasn’t a fan of the previous “Boss Luffy” episodes, and the timing of where this one fell was a bit infuriating. So overall, this episode wasn’t an enjoyable experience.

Fortunately, we return to the Enies Lobby arc after the interruption of one filler episode. Luffy finally turns the tide in his fight against Rob Lucci, and the Going Merry, which was believed to have sunk at Water 7, makes an appearance. With the ship’s help, the Straw Hats are able to escape from Enies Lobby, but not before defeating Spandam and the Buster Call fleet.

The final episode in this set sees the Straw Hats saying goodbye to the Going Merry. This is a very emotional episode, with Luffy and the others giving her a proper burial at sea.

The second half of the set sees everyone returning to Water 7, and Franky is going to build a “dream ship,” which he wants to give to the Straw Hats. But the joy is short-lived when a Navy admiral comes visiting… and turns out to be Luffy’s grandfather. This blew me away when this happened, because I hadn’t expected Luffy to have any relatives who were in the Navy, much less a high-ranking Navy officer. Fortunately, his grandfather isn’t there to arrest him. It turns out that Coby and Helmeppo are under his command, and Coby wanted to see Luffy. Seeing Coby and Helmeppo was a shock, because they looked so different. Obviously, time has passed in the One Piece universe, and seeing Coby and Helmeppo in these new designs reinforced this idea. And Luffy’s grandfather drops another bombshell: Luffy was saved in Loguetown by his father, Monkey D. Dragon. Dragon leads the “Revolutionary Army,” an army aiming to overthrow the World Government. Who knew Luffy had such family connections?

Unfortunately, we have three filler episodes to contend with before reaching the conclusion of this set. To be honest, the only filler episode I even remotely enjoyed was the first one with Luffy. Zoro and Sanji’s filler episode stories were just plain dumb.

When we return to the main story, it’s revealed that the Straw Hats, along with Franky, now all have bounties on their heads. The Franky Family pleads with Luffy to take Franky with them because they fear he will be captured if he stays at Water 7. Luffy already wanted Franky as his crew’s shipwright, so he has no objections. But getting Franky to agree is a different story. There’s a very humorous scene that takes place before Franky agrees to join the Straw Hats.

The set ends with the Straw Hats and Franky setting sail from Water 7, and Usopp rejoining the crew. The new ship also gets a name: The Thousand Sunny.

I was glad to see the Enies Lobby arc finally come to an end, and the stage being set for the next adventures that the Straw Hats will have. The original crew is back together, Franky has joined them, and they have a new ship. This set ended right at the perfect spot, and now I’m curious to see how the story will continue on One Piece Collection 14.

The second disc of the set has a bonus feature labeled, “One Piece In The Booth: With Brina Palencia.” In this feature, we see Brina and ADR Director Mike McFarland in the recording booth, with Brina recording lines for Tony Tony Chopper for an upcoming episode. Mike also talks a little bit about how he discovered Brina, her work ethic, among other things. I guess this is meant to be an extension of the interview that was done with her on one of the previous sets. This was OK, and it was the highlight of the bonus features in this set. This disc also has a textless opening song (“Crazy Rainbow”), and trailers for other FUNimation Entertainment releases.

The fourth disc has “One Piece In The Booth: With Colleen Clinkenbeard.” In this feature, Colleen and Mike McFarland are in the recording booth, with Colleen recording lines for Luffy. Mike also has things to say about working with Colleen. So far, both of these features have focused on voice actors that were already interviewed on earlier sets. It’ll be interesting with future sets to see whether this will continue, or if they will do something else entirely for bonus features. Both of the “In The Booth” featurettes run for about 20 minutes.

This disc also has a textless opening for “Crazy Rainbow,” as well as trailers for other FUNimation Entertainment 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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