One Piece Collection 30 packages together One Piece Season Eleven Voyage Eight and One Piece Season Eleven Voyage Nine, and it includes four DVDs and four Blu-ray Discs. Between the two sets in this release, there are 27 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, and there are no next episode previews.
One Piece Collection 30
English Publisher: Crunchyroll
Format: Blu-ray/DVD Combo
Release Date: August 2, 2022
I’m going to put this out there first: One Piece Collection 30 finally brings the Dressrosa arc to an end. However, the arc doesn’t end until the final episode in the set. Knowing that there’s 27 episodes in the set, important events to bring the arc to an end happen, but at first, it feels like it takes a while.
During this set, Luffy debuts his newest power up (Fourth Gear), but even with the new power up, it still takes time for him to take down Doflamingo and end the threat of the birdcage destroying Dressrosa. But before Luffy debuts the new power up, Law gets some impressive scenes as well because he gets to utilize the powers of his devil fruit and help take down one of the executives of Doflamingo’s family.
All of the first half of the set and the first episode in the second half of the set focus on the final fights to take down Trebol and Doflamingo and bring an end to Doflamingo’s reign of terror. The rest of the episodes in the set focus on the aftermath of the battle and what happens to Dressrosa. There are also a couple of episodes where Sabo is sharing with some of the Straw Hats the story of how he ended up joining the Revolutionary Army and reuniting with Luffy. The set also shows Tsuru and Sengoku arriving at Dressrosa, and Fujitora trying to take down Luffy and the other pirates who helped to free Dressrosa.
We finally got an episode that focused on the characters who were heading to Zou on the Thousand Sunny. I can’t remember the last time we actually saw them, but I know it’s been a while. Unfortunately, the way the episode was done, it felt like the audience was jumping into the middle of something and that there was missing context. As I watched this episode, I spent a lot of time feeling lost and wondering how these characters got to this point. Hopefully their story will be expounded upon in One Piece Collection 31.
My favorite portions of this set, though, didn’t have anything to do with the fighting, even though I was happy to see Doflamingo taken down. First, there was the storyline of Kyros and Rebecca, and how, after Kyros spreads a rumor about someone else being Rebecca’s father, Rebecca is determined to be with him instead of living in the palace as a princess. The other is Law confronting Sengoku and confirming that Rosinante (aka Corazon) had saved his life with the Op-Op Fruit. I felt having Law and Sengoku having this conversation tied in nicely with Law’s backstory that was presented during the Dressrosa arc and helped bring a resolution to what had driven Law to come to Dressrosa in the first place.
I also found myself genuinely enjoying Bartolomeo during the last couple of episodes in the set, especially when he shows the Straw Hats their updated wanted posters that he has framed in his room on his ship. When it was first revealed that Bartolomeo was a fanboy of Luffy and the Straw Hats, I thought he was kind of annoying. However, as the arc went on and we got to see more of Bartolomeo, especially during the fights with Doflamingo’s family, I found I came to start finding him to be amusing and feeling as if this schtick was actually kind of funny.
Even though the Dressrosa arc was the longest one in the series at the point it aired, there were only a minimal amount of times where I felt it was being stretched out. For the most part, the pacing needed to be what it was in order to convey everything that the story needed to tell. There were also a lot of new characters introduced in this arc, and I have to admit that I don’t think that I remember the names of everyone who was introduced. I remember a lot of the characters, especially the ones that were focused on more heavily, but there are some that I will recognize by sight if I see their picture, but I won’t remember their name. Even with its length and the amount of new characters introduced, I still enjoyed watching the Dressrosa arc.
When it comes to the bonus features on One Piece Collection 30, both the first DVD and the first Blu-ray Disc don’t have any. The second DVD doesn’t include any bonus features, but the second Blu-ray Disc includes the textless version of the opening song that appears in this set.
There are no bonus features on either the third DVD or on the third Blu-ray Disc. The fourth DVD doesn’t include any bonus features, but the fourth Blu-ray Disc includes another copy of the textless opening, as well as “Lightning Round with Villains.” This feature runs for about 10 minutes, and includes Ry McKeand (English voice of Pica), Rob McCollum (voice of Donquixote Doflamingo), Justin Cook (English voice of Bellamy), Alejandro Saab (English voice of Trebol), and Brad Hawkins (English voice of Diamante). Over the course of the feature, they are asked various questions about their characters and about One Piece. My favorite answer came from Rob McCollum when he was asked about a notable experience while recording his character for the show, and it has to do with the fact that when the dub for these episodes was being recorded, they were recording from home. This is a pretty good bonus feature for what it is.
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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