Anime DVD Review: One Piece Collection 14

One Piece Collection 14 packages the One Piece Season Five Voyage Six and One Piece Season Six Voyage One releases together. Between the two sets, there are 24 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 play once, there are no next episode previews.

One Piece Collection 14
English Publisher: FUNimation Entertainment
Format: DVD
Release Date: November 10, 2015

The first episode of the set focuses on Portagas D. Ace meeting up with Blackbeard, and the two of them have an impressive fight. In the narration, it’s stated that this event will influence the changes that will come. However, by the end of this set, we don’t see any of the changes that this narration references. I’m sure that we will likely see what is meant by this at some point after the major arc that begins in this set is over.

The next five episodes on the first disc in the set see the Straw Hats encountering the Puzzle Pirates. However, their leader, Puzzle, has been injured and has lost faith in himself as a pirate after being defeated while in the New World. The plot thickens when the Accino family, a family of bounty hunters, set their sights on the Straw Hats in order to honor Don, the head the family, on his birthday. Personally, I found the Accino family to be quite obnoxious villains. While they weren’t quite as annoying as Foxy and the Foxy Pirates, I would put them in a rather close second in ranking for annoying villains in One Piece. I was quite surprised that this story was resolved in six episodes. To be honest, I had anticipated that the writers were going to try to stretch this out.

The final episode on the first disc is a filler episode about “Chopper Man,” which turns Chopper into a superhero. Usopp is the villain Dr. Usodabada, and Sanji and Zoro are recast as Sanjilops and Zorogilla. Dr. Usodabada’s plan is to take over a TV station and use it to recruit new members. The animation is done in a “chibi” style, and the episode as a whole is done in an exaggerated and goofy manner. I’m guessing that this filler episode was meant to give the audience a light-hearted week before launching into the next arc. Personally, I wasn’t terribly impressed with this filler episode.

The remaining 16 episodes are part of the Thriller Bark arc, which introduces a new character named Brook. He’s a living, singing skeleton that the Straw Hats encounter when the Thousand Sunny is thrown into the foggy Florian Triangle. Luffy likes Brook so much that he invites him to join the crew. Brook is honored but says that he is unable to because someone stole his shadow and that he cannot enter sunlight without being destroyed.

The Straw Hats find themselves on Thriller Bark, an island with spooky secrets. The biggest deal about this island, though, is that most of its inhabitants are zombies. At one point, we even get treated to a song sung by the zombies. This song is catchy as heck, and it has a hook that gets stuck in your head. The animation sequence even includes a disco ball, which I thought was a nice touch.

Also on the island is Doctor Hogback, a doctor that Chopper has heard a lot about and seems to idolize. But it turns out that the “good doctor” has a secret that’s connected to the island. There’s also another villain introduced in this arc as well, and they’re connected to the stealing of Brook’s shadow.

Unfortunately, this arc is not finished when you reach the end of One Piece Collection 14. But it’s kind of an interesting one, with a living skeleton, zombies, a spooky mansion, and more. Viewers will definitely want to watch One Piece Collection 15 in order to find out what happens next.

The second disc of the set has a bonus feature labeled, “One Piece In The Booth: With Luci Christian.” In this feature, we see Luci and one of the ADR Directors in the recording booth, with Luci recording lines for Nami for the Chopper Man episode. The director also talks a little bit about working with Luci, and Luci talks about working on One Piece. This was the highlight of the bonus features on this disc. 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 Stephanie Young.” In this feature, Stephanie and ADR Director Mike McFarland are in the recording booth, with Stephanie recording lines for Robin. Mike also has things to say about working with Stephanie, and Stephanie talks about working with Mike. Both of the “In The Booth” featurettes run between 20 and 30 minutes. This disc also has a textless opening for “Jungle P,” 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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