Anime DVD Review: One Piece Season Two Fifth Voyage

One Piece Season Two Fifth Voyage is a two-disc set that contains episodes 104-116 of the One Piece anime series. The first disc has seven episodes. The second disc includes six episodes, a commentary on episode 114, and the set’s bonus features. You can watch the episodes with either the English dub or the original 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 plays once, there are no next episode previews, and the ending credits are not included.

This set begins with the Officer Agents at Baroque Works learning that their leader, Mr. 0, is actually Crocodile; they also learn that it will be their mission to overthrow the country of Alabasta during the war. Mr. 3 makes an appearance and tells Crocodile that the Straw Hats are still alive; as punishment, Mr. 3 is sent into a Bananagator pit for failing to kill them.

As the Straw Hats depart for Katorea, Luffy suddenly stops. He has a plan to kill Crocodile, and he denounces Vivi’s plan as naïve. The two get into a struggle, in which Vivi reveals that she’ll only risk her life. Luffy tells her that she should be trusting her friends and putting all their lives on the line. After the struggle, Vivi decides to go after Crocodile together with the Straw Hats.

When they get to Rainbase, they run into Smoker and Tashigi, and as they run toward Rain Dinners, most of the Straw Hats and Smoker and caught in Crocodile’s trap.

Baroque Works’ plan is set into motion, with the king being kidnapped and Mr. 2 impersonating him. During this impersonation, he orders the destruction of Nanohana to cover up the Rain Dance Powder incident that took place there. When news of this is received by the rebel army, they begin to move.

Sanji disguises himself as “Mr. Prince” and is able to lure Crocodile out of Rain Dinners. Through inadvertently rescuing Mr. 3, Sanji is able to free the other Straw Hats and Smoker from their imprisonment. After their escape, they cross the desert to Alburane; as they do, Crocodile captures Luffy, and the two of them battle it out. Luffy is defeated and left for dead by Crocodile, but Miss All-Sunday later gives Luffy some unexpected assistance.

After reaching Alubarna, Vivi tries to call out to the Rebel Army, but is unsuccessful because of a Baroque Works infiltrator in the rebel army. Meanwhile, Usopp and Tony Tony Chopper face off against Mr. 4 and Miss Merry Christmas, while Sanji is up against Mr. 2.

A lot takes place over the course of the 13 episodes that are included in this set. The biggest event, of course, being the start of the civil war in Alburane. We also get to see some more members of the Baroque Works organization in action. Unfortunately, I found the combination of Mr. 4 and Miss Merry Christmas to be a bit on the annoying side. While Mr. 2 may be a bit freaky looking, he’s nowhere near as annoying as either Mr. 4 of Miss Merry Christmas. Although thanks to Mr. 2’s ability, the battle between him and Sanji is rather amusing.

Vivi also progresses as a character throughout the episodes in this set. The big leap comes for her when she realizes that she can truly rely on the Straw Hats to help her try to stop the fighting amongst the people of her land. Near the end of the episodes in this set, Vivi also makes a very surprising decision; however, we won’t see the results of this decision until the next box set. Will Vivi’s surprising decision end up making any difference in the long run?

At this point, it’s getting pretty clear that the Alabasta arc is getting pretty close to its conclusion. What I’m interested to see at this point is how much longer it will take for the arc to actually end, as well as how the arc will be concluded.

As for the DVD set itself, there are two selections for bonus features on the second disc: “Textless Songs” and “Trailers.” The “Textless Songs” feature includes the opening song “Believe” and the closing song “Shouchinosuke.” There are also eight trailers available for viewing in the “Trailers” option.

If you’re a One Piece fan and are trying to collect the episodes on DVD, you can purchase this set for episodes 104-116. More recent DVD collections are packaging 24 episodes per set, and those releases would also be worth considering if you want to add One Piece to your home video library.

I wrote this review after watching a copy of One Piece Season Two Fifth Voyage that I checked out through the King County Library System.

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