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
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