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Anime DVD Review: One Piece Season Five Voyage Three

One Piece Season Five Voyage Three is a two-disc set that contains episodes 288-299 of the One Piece anime series. The first disc has seven episodes and commentary on episodes 289 and 290. The second disc includes five episodes 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 Three

Publisher: FUNimation Entertainment
Format: DVD
Release Date: October 15, 2013

Most of the episodes in this set continue the Enies Lobby arc. The only exception is Episodes 291 and 292, which are alternate reality stories set in the Edo period. From what the stories are about, it’s obvious that they were done in order to have a couple of weeks of holiday episodes to end that particular year with. But I’m sure they were also produced in order to have filler for a couple of weeks to allow Oda to get a little further ahead in the manga. In the 10 episodes that cover Enies Lobby, there’s a lot of backtracking that takes place at the beginning of episodes, as well as always having an opening sequence explaining about Gold Roger and the One Piece. These are also sure signs that Toei was trying to do what they could to stretch the story out while waiting for the manga to get ahead some more. While this backtracking was nowhere near as bad as what Bleach did with some of the Arrancar arc, it was still rather annoying.

When all was said and done, there was some progress made on various fronts in these episodes. However, it’s obvious that we’re still nowhere near the end of the arc. By the end of this set, four of the CP9 agents are defeated, which is what accounts for most of the progress in the story. Unfortunately, due to various circumstances, the Straw Hats are no closer to actually rescuing Robin at the end of episode 299 than they were at the beginning of episode 288.

Overall, I have to say that while there’s a good story in the Enies Lobby arc, especially with all of the character development for Robin, it’s taking a long time for it to truly progress anywhere. And having the two filler episodes in this set really didn’t help anything, either. Personally, I thought both of the fillers were really stupid.

As for the DVD set itself, there are four bonus features on the second disc. There is a textless version of the opening song that appears on this set (“Crazy Rainbow”).

The set also includes two more of the “On the Boat – Behind the Scenes of One Piece” featurettes. For these featurettes, ADR Director Mike McFarland interviews Jonathan Brooks (the voice for Foxy in the English dub) for about 17 minutes and Jason Liebrecht (the voice for Lucci in the English dub) for about 16 minutes. The interviews are done in the exact same manner as in the previous “On the Boat – Behind the Scenes of One Piece” featurettes, and I enjoyed seeing them. I think it’s a great idea to include these interviews, because it allows the viewers to see what the English dub voice actors look like, as well as to see a little bit of who they are and their personalities.

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 288-299. 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

Information on the 13th One Piece Anime Film

The first 2016 issue of Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is revealing that the 13th One Piece film is titled One Piece Film Gold, and it will open in Japan on July 23, 2016.

The same issue will also reveal that original manga creator Eiichiro Oda will serve as the film’s executive producer as well as being credited with the original work. Oda also served as the executive producer for the previous film in the franchise, One Piece Film Z.

Hiroaki Miyamoto is directing the film, and Tsutomu Kuroiwa is writing the script.

Source: ANN

New York Times Manga Best Seller List: November 15-21, 2015

Here are the top ten selling manga in the United States for the week of November 15-21, 2015, according to the New York Times.

1. One-Punch Man Volume 2 by ONE and Yusuke Murata

VIZ Media’s release of One-Punch Man Volume 2 moves up four spots to number one in its seventh week on the list.

2. Tokyo Ghoul Volume 1 by Sui Ishida

VIZ Media’s release of Tokyo Ghoul Volume 1 falls one spot to number two in its 23rnd week on the list.

3. Black Butler Volume 21 by Yana Toboso

Yen Press’ release of Black Butler Volume 21 enters the list at number three.

4. One-Punch Man Volume 1 by ONE and Yusuke Murata

VIZ Media’s release of One-Punch Man Volume 1 falls one spot to number four in its 12th week on the list.

5. Tokyo Ghoul Volume 3 by Sui Ishida

VIZ Media’s release of Tokyo Ghoul Volume 3 falls one spot to number five in its fifth week on the list.

6. One-Punch Man Volume 3 by ONE and Yusuke Murata

VIZ Media’s release of One-Punch Man Volume 3 moves back up three spots to number six in its third week on the list.

7. My Hero Academia Volume 2 by Kouhei Horikoshi

VIZ Media’s release of My Hero Academia Volume 2 holds steady at number seven in its third week on the list.

8. Tokyo Ghoul Volume 2 by Sui Ishida

VIZ Media’s release of Tokyo Ghoul Volume 2 re-enters at number eight in its 12th week on the list.

9. One Piece Volume 76 by Eiichiro Oda

VIZ Media’s release of One Piece Volume 76 falls seven spots to number nine in its second week on the list.

10. JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 2: Battle Tendency Volume 1 by Hirohiko Araki

VIZ Media’s release of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 2: Battle Tendency Volume 1 holds steady at number ten in its third week on the list.

Source: The New York Times

Manga Review: “One Piece” Volume 76

Originally written for WatchPlayRead.com

One Piece Volume 76 focuses on Monkey D. Luffy and his pirate crew, the Straw Hats. They are currently in Dressrosa, trying to save the people from Doflamingo, a pirate who took over the throne of the country and rules the country like a tyrant.

One Piece Volume 76

Written by: Eiichiro Oda
Publisher: Shueisha
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: November 3, 2015

Volume 76 continues to follow Luffy and his crew as they try to help the people of Dressrosa. But this task has been complicated by Doflamingo placing a bounty on them, so some of the people they’re trying to become obstacles as they try to capture Luffy and the others for the bounty. And the birdcage that Doflamingo has created around Dressrosa also poses a threat as it starts to shrink.

One of the biggest issues with this volume, though, is how much the story moves around to various characters at different locations. Unfortunately, the jumping around takes place in each and every chapter in the volume, which can make a reader feel a little disoriented and lost at times. Usually, just as the story is getting going at one location, Oda suddenly shifts to a different location to continue someone else’s story. There’s a good overarching story here, but I wish Oda was willing to spend longer periods of time in one place before moving to another character at another location.

One storyline that gets a bit of focus is sprinkled throughout One Piece Volume 76, and that’s the Tontattas trying to figure out what happened to Princess Mansherry after they discover that they had been lied to in regards to her health and where she is. But their quest to find her ends up tying in with another plot point that’s taking place at the same time. The Tontattas are cute and little, and the reader can’t help wanting to follow their story.

Luffy and Trafalgar Law also receive some focus in this volume as well, especially once the two of them come face to face with Doflamingo and some of his cronies. But just as it looks like a fight between these two and a couple of Doflamingo’s officers is about to start, the story makes a very sudden change of pace.

At this point in One Piece Volume 76, we begin getting a flashback that provides backstory for Trafalgar Law. Not only does this flashback provide some important information to help the reader to get to know Law better, it also provides a much needed break from all of the frantic jumping around that takes place over the course of this volume. Unfortunately, the flashback doesn’t conclude at the end of this volume, so it’ll be continuing in Volume 77.

Even though the story may jump around a lot, I believe that readers who have been following this series will still enjoy seeing how the overarching story progresses in One Piece Volume 76.

The reviewer was provided a review copy by VIZ Media

New York Times Manga Best Seller List: November 8-14, 2015

Here are the top ten selling manga in the United States for the week of November 8-14, 2015, according to the New York Times.

1. Tokyo Ghoul Volume 1 by Sui Ishida

VIZ Media’s release of Tokyo Ghoul Volume 1 moves back up six spots to number one in its 22nd week on the list.

2. One Piece Volume 76 by Eiichiro Oda

VIZ Media’s release of One Piece Volume 76 enters the list at number two.

3. One-Punch Man Volume 1 by ONE and Yusuke Murata

VIZ Media’s release of One-Punch Man Volume 1 moves back up three spots to number three in its 11th week on the list.

4. Tokyo Ghoul Volume 3 by Sui Ishida

VIZ Media’s release of Tokyo Ghoul Volume 3 holds steady at number four in its fourth week on the list.

5. One-Punch Man Volume 2 by ONE and Yusuke Murata

VIZ Media’s release of One-Punch Man Volume 2 re-enters at number five in its sixth week on the list.

6. Bleach Volume 65 by Tite Kubo

VIZ Media’s release of Bleach Volume 65 falls one spot to number six in its second week on this list.

7. My Hero Academia Volume 2 by Kouhei Horikoshi

VIZ Media’s release of My Hero Academia Volume 2 falls four spots to number seven in its second week on the list.

8. Naruto Volume 72 by Masashi Kishimoto

VIZ Media’s release of Naruto Volume 72 moves back up two spots to number eight in its sixth week on the list.

9. One-Punch Man Volume 3 by ONE and Yusuke Murata

VIZ Media’s release of One-Punch Man Volume 3 falls eight spots to number nine in its second week on the list.

10. JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 2: Battle Tendency Volume 1 by Hirohiko Araki

VIZ Media’s release of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 2: Battle Tendency Volume 1 falls eight spots to number ten in its second week on the list.

Source: The New York Times

One Piece Anime Is Getting a Special Featuring a Rematch With the Foxy Pirates in December 2015

The official website for the One Piece franchise has announced that One Piece will get a TV anime special on December 19, 2015 titled One Piece ~Adventure of Nevlandia~. The special will be the anime’s first winter special.

The special with a completely original story that reunites the Straw Hats with the Foxy Pirates, which leads to a rematch for the Davy Back Fight. But Foxy now has three new subordinates: Dōjack, Kanshō, and Kōmei, the latter of whom is a member of a family of genius tacticians.

Kônosuke Uda will direct the special.

Source: ANN

Anime DVD Review: One Piece Season Five Voyage Two

One Piece Season Five Voyage Two is a two-disc set that contains episodes 276-287 of the One Piece anime series. The first disc has seven episodes and a commentary on episode 277. The second disc includes five episodes, a commentary on episode 287, 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 Two

Publisher: FUNimation Entertainment
Format: DVD
Release Date: September 3, 2013

The episodes in this set continue the Enies Lobby arc. The first three episodes in the continue showing the audience Robin’s backstory through flashbacks. She has a very heartbreaking backstory, and I nearly cried by the end of Episode 278. If a viewer isn’t moved by Robin’s backstory, then they must not have a heart. But after seeing the four episodes that explain Robin’s past, it’s easy for the audience to understand why she’s acted the way she has up to this point.

But just as it looks that the main story is going to continue, the next five episodes consist of primarily reused footage from earlier in the series and reiterates the important points of the backstories for the various members of the Straw Hats. The exception to this is Robin. Instead of reiterating the backstory we just saw earlier in the set, her episode focuses on what happened to her after the crew arrived at Water Seven. To be honest, these episodes didn’t add anything to the series, and felt like they were there more to buy time for Oda to progress in the manga. The main thing of interest with these five episodes is the “Straw Hat Theater” omake that appear at the end of each of them.

The final four episodes finally see some progression take place for the Enies Lobby arc. But it quickly turns into various characters encountering a member of CP9 and having to fight them and acquire a key from each one in order to obtain the correct key to unlock Robin’s handcuffs. By the end of the set, only one CP9 member has been defeated and only one key obtained. At this point, I think it’s safe to say that acquiring the keys will be the major focus of the next box set.

By far, the best part of this box set is getting to see the rest of Robin’s backstory that just started at the end of the previous box set. My least favorite part of the set is the five episodes that focused on the reused footage for other characters’ backstories. The “Straw Hat Theater” omake were OK, but they didn’t entirely make up for the fact that I spent five episodes essentially re-watching characters’ backstories. The final four episodes are worth it simply because they finally continue the story of the Enies Lobby arc.

As for the DVD set itself, there are seven bonus features on the second disc. There is a textless version for three opening songs that appear on this set (“Brand New World,” “We Are!,” and “Crazy Rainbow), 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 John Swasey (the voice for Crocodile) for about 16-and-a-half minutes and Stephanie Young (the voice for Robin) for about 17 minutes. These interviews were done in the exact same manner as on the previous two sets, and they were just as enjoyable to watch.

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 276-287. 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