Anime DVD Review: One Piece Collection 15

One Piece Collection 15 packages the One Piece Season Six Voyage Two and One Piece Season Six Voyage Three 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 15
English Publisher: FUNimation Entertainment
Format: DVD
Release Date: March 22, 2016

All of the episodes in this set continue the Thriller Bark arc. At the beginning of this set, Moria takes Luffy’s shadow and places it into his ultimate Special Zombie: a massive ancient warrior known as Oars. It’s amusing early on, because at first the zombies take on the personalities of the person whose shadow has been implanted into them… so seeing this big and massive zombie acting so goofy is hilarious. But as the episodes in this set progress, though, Oars loses Luffy’s personality, so this goofiness only lasts for a short time.

Nami is also kidnapped by Absalom, who wants to make her his bride. At first, the ceremony doesn’t conclude because of Oars’ antics. Later, we see both Sanji and Lola (the zombie hippo who is in love with Absalom) appear to rescue Nami. More hilarity ensues when Sanji enters the picture. In the end, though, Nami shows why she’s not just some damsel in distress.

Brook finds Ryuma (the zombie who has his shadow), but Brook is easily defeated by the zombie swordsman. However, Zoro takes on Ryuma, and an impressive sword fight takes place.

The set culminates with Moria taking control of Oars and the fight with the Straw Hats. Luffy appears in a surprising way and helps to turn the tide. Unfortunately, the Thriller Bark arc doesn’t quite conclude in One Piece Collection 15, although it appears that there shouldn’t be too much more left of the arc before the series progresses to the next storyline. While some of the final battle feels a little drawn out, it’s nowhere near as long or stretched out as the Water Seven/Enies Lobby story was.

There is at least one bonus feature on each disc in this set. The first disc contains commentary for Episode 352, “A Belief Worth Begging To Live For!! Brook Defends His Afro.” Disc two includes “One Piece In The Booth: With Christopher R. Sabat.” In this 33-minute long feature, Christopher Sabat (the voice of Zoro) talks about voicing the role for this section of the story. Also included in this feature are interviews with ADR Director Mike McFarland and sound engineer Alyssa Galindo. It was interesting to hear from a sound engineer and to see what exactly she does. For the English dub of an anime, the sound engineer plays just as important of a role as a voice actor when it comes to getting the dialogue to sound right and to fit the mouth flaps. My only real disappointment with this, though, is when Christopher and Mike talk about recording the zombie versions of the characters’ voices, but we don’t get to see any footage of Christopher recording his zombie version of Zoro. There is also commentary for Episode 356, “Usopp’s The Strongest? Leave Anything Negative To Him,” a textless version of “Jungle P” (the opening song), and trailers for other releases from FUNimation Entertainment.

The third disc in the set contains commentary for Episode 361, “Perona Is Terrified!! Usopp And Untruthful Share The Same ‘U’.” The final disc includes “One Piece In The Booth: With Eric Vale.” In this 28-minute long feature, Eric Vale (the voice of Sanji) talks about voicing his role for this section of the story. Also included in this feature are interviews with ADR Director Joel McDonald, and dub scriptwriter Clint Bickham. Like with the previous “In The Booth” feature, it was interesting to include someone who wasn’t a voice actor or an ADR director. It was interesting for me to hear Clint talk about how he writes dub scripts and some of the process that goes into it. There is also commentary for Episode 368, “The Silent Assault!! The Mysterious Visitor, ‘Tyrant’ Kuma,” a textless version of “Jungle P” (the opening song), and trailers for other releases from FUNimation Entertainment.

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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