One Piece Season Five Voyage One is a two-disc set that contains episodes 264-275 of the One Piece anime series. The first disc has seven episodes and a commentary on episode 265. The second disc includes five episodes, a commentary on episode 273, and the set’s bonus features. A “Marathon Feature” is available on both discs, which allows the viewer to watch all of the episodes back-to-back without interruption. Audio options include the English dub and the original Japanese audio with English subtitles.
One Piece Season Five Voyage One
Publisher: FUNimation Entertainment
Release Date: July 23, 2013
The episodes in this set move the series into the Enies Lobby arc. Robin and Franky are presented to Spandam, and the audience gets to see just how cruel and conceited he is. He has no qualms about beating on prisoners who are chained and unable to defend themselves, regardless of their gender. He also feels like he can hurl insults at his prisoners as well.
When Luffy and the others reach Enies Lobby, Luffy decides to go off on his own instead of following the plan that the Straw Hats and the Franky Family came up with. As expected, it’s comedic to see Luffy beating up guards who are caught off-guard. But unfortunately for Luffy, his easy time of it comes to an end when he’s surrounded by a whole bunch of guards and their reinforcements. But that’s still nothing compared to when Luffy finally makes it to the building where Robin and Franky are being held, and he comes face to face with Blueno from CP9.
But the action isn’t solely focused on Luffy. The other Straw Hats, along with the Franky Family, follow through on their plan. They encounter their own obstacles, including a pair of giants guarding one of the gates. But as we learn later, these giants have a connection to a couple of giants that were introduced after Luffy and the others came to the Grand Line. I thought it was a nice way to tie this back to an earlier arc, and what happens here becomes an important character moment for Usopp.
There were also a couple of emotional moments during the fighting, when the Franky Family experienced casualties among their ranks. These casualties rocked the Straw Hats as well as the Franky Family, and it’s becoming clear that the two groups have become closer as allies as they’ve traveled together to rescue their respective members. But in the midst of the action and drama, there’s still plenty of the comedy that the One Piece series is known for.
It was a little disappointing that right near the end of the set, Robin is reunited with the Straw Hats and we just start seeing her backstory when the set ends. However, I have to admit that this is a good way to try to ensure that viewers will want to watch the next set in order to find out how Robin’s backstory ends.
It should be pointed out that the ending credits for the episodes in this set are worth sitting through after each episode. The ending on this set shows several different pictures of fan art each time, and that the fan art is always different. I thought this was an awesome idea, and it made the credits more interesting to watch to see which characters would appear in the art and the various art styles.
I’ve heard it said that the Enies Lobby arc is known for stretching things out. After watching this set, I can say that I believe it. There was one episode in particular when the recap almost retold everything that had happened in the previous episode before continuing. While most of the recaps weren’t that long, there’s definitely more time being spent on recap in this arc than we normally see in One Piece. There’s a good story in these episodes that’s worth watching, but you just have to sit through more recap than usual in order to get to it.
As for the DVD set itself, there are six bonus features on the second disc. There is a textless version for the opening song that appears on this set (“Brand New World”), as well as a textless version for the ending song on this set (“Adventure World”).
This set includes two more of the “On the Boat – Behind the Scenes of One Piece” featurettes. This time, ADR Director Mike McFarland interviews Sonny Strait (the voice for Usopp) for about 14 minutes and Patrick Seitz (the voice for Franky) for almost 15 minutes. These interviews were done in the exact same manner as on the previous set, and they were just as enjoyable to watch. Both Sonny and Patrick were amusing, which helped to make these interviews fun for the audience. I’m hoping to see more of these kinds of interviews on future One Piece DVD sets.
There are also trailers for other properties that FUNimation was promoting at the time this DVD set was released.
If you’re a One Piece fan and are trying to collect the episodes on DVD, you can purchase this set for episodes 264-275. More recent DVD collections are packaging 24-25 episodes per set, and those releases would also be worth considering if you want to add One Piece to your anime home video library.
The reviewer checked out a copy of this set through the King County Library System