Anime DVD Review: One Piece Collection 17

One Piece Collection 17 packages the One Piece Season Seven Voyage Two and One Piece Season Seven Voyage Three 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 play once, there are no next episode previews.

One Piece Collection 17
English Publisher: FUNimation Entertainment
Format: DVD
Release Date: October 11, 2016

This set begins right where One Piece Collection 16 ends, with Luffy punching out a Celestial Dragon when Camie the mermaid is being auctioned at the auction house. Luffy, the other Straw Hats, Camie, Pappagu, and Hachi are rescued by an old man who was being held prisoner to be auctioned off during the auction. It’s revealed that this old man is Rayleigh Silvers, who is the ship coater they’ve been looking for.

But Rayleigh is more than just a ship coater… he was also Gol D. Roger’s right-hand man. I loved seeing the Straw Hats’ reactions when this truth was revealed, and this was one of those times that I was glad to get the various reaction shots that tend to show up in shonen anime. We even get an entire episode of Rayleigh telling the true story of what led up to Gol D. Roger’s execution. We learn that Roger actually turned himself in and wasn’t actually captured like the story had been told up to this point in the series. The reason for him to do this was a little on the sad side, but it was also a storytelling device I’ve seen used elsewhere in shonen stories.

This set also introduces a new character named Admiral Kizaru. I watched One Piece with the original Japanese audio with English subtitles, and I kept thinking that his Japanese voice actor sounded familiar. I discovered that the voice actor for Kizaru is also the voice actor for Levi in Attack on Titan. He has a very distinct voice, and I had to keep reminding myself that the character saying these lines wasn’t Levi.

But it leads up to Bartholomew Kuma making a return to the series. And during his battle with the Straw Hats, he uses his power and sends them one by one elsewhere. We get a cliffhanger ending for this episode, and then we get two “filler” episodes of Boss Luffy. I’m sorry, but I’m just not a fan of the Boss Luffy filler stories. In this story, a race is going to be held where teams carry a portable shrine, with a prize being the chance to see a legendary treasure. This two-part Boss Luffy episode incorporates characters we’ve met since the last Boss Luffy story, such as Dr. Hogback and his minions from Thriller Bark.

Fortunately, there’s only two Boss Luffy episodes before the story returns to the canon storyline. For most of the remaining episodes in this set, we focus on Luffy and see that Kuma sent him flying to an island known as Amazon Lily, which is inhabited by amazon women, and where men are not allowed. After stupidly eating any and all mushrooms he finds growing around him, Luffy ends up covered in mushrooms. Some of the amazon women find him and assume he’s a female child from their tribe. The misadventures Luffy has on this island come to a head when he meets Boa Hancock, the Snake Princess and one of the Warlords of the Sea.

It was interesting to watch this haughty woman turn to putty after Luffy impresses her with his strength and with him protecting her and her sisters from having a secret of theirs revealed to the women of the tribe. Yes, Boa has definitely fallen in love with Luffy, and the boy is just too oblivious to even realize it. Some of the daydreams she has near the end of this set were kind of hilarious, especially the ones where Luffy looks like a bishonen character. Those shots made me laugh out loud.

But I did have some problems with the character designs in the episodes that were set on Amazon Lily. Some of the amazon women had a normal human look to them, while others were not only extremely tall, but the proportion of their head seemed off in comparison to the rest of the body. I don’t know if this was from Eiichiro Oda’s original character designs, since I haven’t gotten this far in the manga. But I found these two very different looks, which had no explanation, to be rather jarring.

There are four episodes that shows the whereabouts of the remaining Straw Hats, and details one adventure they have in their location. Maybe it was just me, but these episodes had a “filler” feel to them. From skimming through a Wikipedia entry for the chapters in One Piece, it appears my suspicions are right about these episodes. While it was nice to get an answer as to what happened to the other characters, it was done at the expense of giving several of them weak stories. In fact, the set ends with the final episode of showing the whereabouts of the other Straw Hats.

Overall, I did enjoy the episodes included in this set, with the exception of the two Boss Luffy episodes and the final four episodes that were included. That means that there were 19 episodes in this set that were worth it. Boa Hancock seems like an interesting character to me, and I’m looking forward to seeing what kind of a role she has as the series continues.

When it comes to bonus features, the first disc has a commentary for Episode 398, “Admiral Kizaru Takes Action! Sabaody Archipelago Thrown Into Chaos.” Disc two includes “One Piece in the Booth: With Sonny Strait,” which is a roughly 20 minute feature of Sonny Strait (the voice of Usopp) and Joel McDonald (the ADR director), recording lines in the studio and being interviewed and talking about the other. While I’ve seen bonus features for other anime that included Sonny Strait, it felt like he was being quite the character in this one… even more so than I’ve seen previously. There’s also commentary for Episode 405, “Eliminated Friends – The Final Day of the Straw Hat Crew.” This disc also includes a textless version of the opening theme, “Share the World,” as well as trailers for other releases from FUNimation Entertainment.

Disc three contains commentary for Episode 412, “Heartless Judgment! Margaret Is Turned to Stone!!” The final disc in the set includes “A Day in the Life of ZZZZoro,” which runs for about three minutes in length. Christopher Sabat, the English voice actor for Zoro, is supposed to tell the audience how he and Zoro are similar. Instead, we see him doing things that imitate traits that Zoro is known for. To be honest, I wasn’t terribly impressed with this feature, and felt it was a waste. There is also commentary for Episode 417, “Love Is a Hurricane! Love-Love Hancock.” There is also a textless version of the opening theme “Share the World,” and 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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