Anime DVD Review: One Piece Collection 25

One Piece Collection 25 packages together the One Piece Season Ten Voyage Two and One Piece Season Ten Voyage Three releases together. Between the two sets, there are 26 episodes included. It should be noted that Episode 590, which was a crossover episode between One Piece, Toriko, and Dragon Ball Z, is not included in this set.

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 25
English Publisher: FUNimation Entertainment
Format: DVD
Release Date: May 11, 2021

This set continues the Punk Hazard storyline, and it still isn’t concluded by the end of this set. It starts with Trafalgar Law using his power to make Smoker and Tashigi trade bodies, and it’s obvious that Smoker has no clue about modesty and women’s bodies. Poor Tashigi, trapped in Smoker’s body, can’t do anything about it. At the same time, Luffy reunites with Law. While the two aren’t friends, since they’re both after the One Piece, they do end up making a short-term alliance. But we also see that Law is meeting with Caesar Clown, the madman scientist behind everything that’s going on at Punk Hazard. It’s obvious that Law is working as a double agent, but right at first, it’s not clear which side he’s going to betray. But it becomes apparent that Law is betraying Caesar.

It’s also revealed that Caesar was behind the failed experiment and accident that happened at Punk Hazard, and that he has been working on developing a gas that basically turns people into stone if they inhale it. This gas plays a very important role in the episodes that take place in this set, especially after the Straw Hats head to the main building where Caesar is in order to carry out a plan concocted by Law. But it turns out that Vergo, someone who is affiliated with Smoker and Tashigi’s unit, has double-crossed the military and is working with Caesar, makes an appearance. He seems to know Law quite well, and his appearance adds some unexpected complications to Law’s plan. It comes out that Vergo is working with someone calling themselves “Joker.” Joker’s identity is revealed during this set, and it’s someone who viewers have seen in the series in the past.

In the previous set, some of the Straw Hats found a group of children in the laboratory and helped them to escape. During this set, it’s revealed that the children are unknowingly part of one of Caesar’s experiments. They’ve been given candy every day, which has been poisoning them over time. Unfortunately, the children are addicted to the candy. But after Chopper discovers the truth behind the candy, he tries his hardest to keep them from getting any. Of course, Caesar tries to thwart Chopper’s plans. One of the girls named Mocha, who the group has befriended, is the only one to come to her senses. After Chopper reveals what he knows to her, she is given the task of taking the candy in the Biscuit Room and keeping the other children from getting it. What ultimately happens to Mocha at the end of the set, because of the only choice she felt she could make, pulls at the audience’s heartstrings. We don’t know what her ultimate fate will be by the end of the final episode of this set.

This arc, like many of the One Piece arcs before it, build up the tension and adds new layers. By the end of the set, though, I was starting to feel like this story was being stretched out a little. However, I reminded myself that this is nothing compared to the combined Water Seven and Enies Lobby arcs (while they are labeled as separate arcs, they really do belong together), as well as more recent arcs that are slightly longer than this one. When put into that perspective, I realize that I just need to be a little more patient and that the arc should be concluding in the next set. However, I do appreciate the fact that Law, who was briefly introduced before the timeskip, is getting more focus now.

One other thing I have to mention is the fact that it was kind of interesting for me to watch these episodes, since I watched them subbed. Caesar Clown’s Japanese voice actor also voices Freiza in the Dragon Ball franchise, and Law’s Japanese voice actor also voices Levi in Attack on Titan. For both of these characters, their voice actors used voices similar to the characters I mentioned from other franchises. Even though I had the visual on the screen, I still had to keep reminding myself that Freiza and Levi weren’t saying these lines. LOL!

One thing I did find annoying, though, had to do when text would show up to tell the audience what location the story is currently taking place at. Sometimes, there would be both the Japanese text and the English translation. Other times, the Japanese text would be there, but no English translation. And there were also times when the location text would appear in English, but there was no corresponding Japanese text. I wish there had been some consistency to this, because I found the changing method for the location text to be a little on the distracting side.

There were limited bonus features included in this set. On the second disc, there are textless versions of two of the opening themes (“We Go!” and “Hands Up!,”), while the fourth disc has a textless version of “Hands Up!” Normally, the lack of bonus features would have been a mark against this set, but I believe that the original sets that comprise Collection 25 would have been put together during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic. Because of that, the voice actors and crew members wouldn’t have been able to get together and record the usual bonus features that they would have for these sets.

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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