One Piece Season Four Voyage Three is a two-disc set that contains episodes 230-241 of the One Piece anime series. The first disc has six episodes and a commentary on Episode 233, while the second disc includes six episodes, commentary on Episode 236, 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 Four Voyage Three
Publisher: FUNimation Entertainment
Release Date: December 18, 2012
The story in this set takes place at Water Seven, and several new characters are introduced. This includes the powerful craftsmen of the Galley La Company, their boss Iceberg, his assistant Kalifa, and a group known as the Franky Family that the Straw Hats have a run-in with after the group steals some of the money Luffy and his crew wants to use to get the Going Merry repaired.
At the same time that Luffy, Nami, and Usopp are distracted by the Franky Family, Robin suddenly disappears after encountering a mysterious masked individual who seems to know something about her past. Starting with Robin’s disappearance, the mood of the series begins to shift.
Tensions begin to mount when Luffy and his crew are told by the Galley La Company that the Going Merry cannot be repaired and would be unable to make it to the next island without falling apart. Luffy is ultimately told that he should replace the Going Merry. At first, Luffy is resistant, but he comes to realize that leaving the current ship behind is the better option. This leads to a blow up between Luffy and Usopp, and ultimately causes Usopp to decide to leave Luffy behind. But before he leaves, he challenges Luffy to a duel; if he wins, he gets the Going Merry.
This duel truly begins an emotional rollercoaster for the viewer that continues through the remaining episodes in this set. Between Robin’s disappearance and Usopp leaving the crew, the viewer gets a sense that perhaps the Straw Hats are starting to fall apart. Prior to this arc, there may have been the occasional emotional episode, but this is the strongest that the drama has been up to this point. The duel between Usopp and Luffy ends up feeling like an emotional kick in the gut.
And things only get worse when someone attempts to assassinate Iceberg. When he regains consciousness, he feels confident that one of his assailants is Robin. This suddenly turns the employees at Galley La Company, as well as the citizens of Water Seven, against Luffy and his crew. So now, not only does Luffy have to struggle with Usopp’s leaving, he also has to deal with being accused of plotting to assassinate Iceberg. And to top it all off, Franky, the leader of the Franky Family, wants revenge on Luffy for destroying his house. And there’s one more emotional kick in gut for the viewer near the end of the set when Sanji and Chopper run into Robin and learn what she’s up to.
This was quite a shift in tone after dealing with the Davy Back Fight filler episodes in the previous One Piece set. I’m glad to finally be back in canon material from the original manga source material, but I never would have guessed just how much of a tonal shift would take place over the course of these episodes. I don’t have any complaints about the tonal shift, though, because I believe this helps to make the series stronger and it feels like a natural progression. I’m really looking forward to seeing how this story arc will continue in the next set.
As for the DVD set itself, there are three bonus features on the second disc in addition to the episode commentary. There is a textless version for the opening song that appears in this set (“Kokoro no Chizu”), as well as a textless version for the ending song in this set (“Eternal Pose”). 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 230-241. 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