One Piece Season Two Fourth Voyage is a two-disc set that contains episodes 92-103 of the One Piece anime series. The first disc has six episodes. The second disc includes six episodes, a commentary on episode 103, 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.
The episodes in this set start off with Luffy and his crew unknowingly encountering Mr. 2 from Baroque Works. Fortunately, they are able to learn about Mr. 2’s special ability, so they can try to take some precautions in case they run into him again.
When Luffy and the crew are separated after arriving at Alabasta’s port city of Nanohana, he learns about Dance Powder, which is a powder that can create rainfall. When the Straw Hats have a run-in with Smoker and Tashigi, they also encounter Luffy’s older brother, Portgas D. Ace. Ace, who is also a pirate, is hunting for a man named Blackbeard; he decides to travel with Luffy and the Straw Hats.
After the group makes it to Erumalu, the group begins traveling through the desert and dealing with the many dangers in it. A running gag during this portion of the story is that each time they run into one of the dangers, Vivi realizes that she should have warned them of that particular danger earlier. The first couple of times, this gag a little amusing; however, the gag ends up getting a little overused and loses its humor factor.
Vivi also encounters someone from her past, and we also learn some more backstory for Vivi. The set sees the Straw Hats making it to the town of Yuba, where they learn the rebel army in Alabasta is on the move.
The episodes in this set firmly entrench the story in the country of Alabasta, and the Alabasta arc begins to move. However, there was at least one episode near the end of the set that felt like it was a ‘filler” episode and isn’t going to be relevant to the story in the long run; the episode in question is, “Ruins and Lost Ways! Vivi, Her Friends, and the Country’s Form!” I’m going to be curious to see as I watch more of this arc whether or not this particular episode truly was a filler, or if it will somehow become important later.
It was also nice to see through Vivi’s backstory flashback that we were provided some information in regards to the rebel forces in Alabasta. As a viewer, this finally allowed me to begin putting a face to this group, instead of simply being a group named in the series without any real information on them.
Ace was also an interesting addition to the cast, because it allows the viewer to see someone else from Luffy’s past that had never been seen before. The dynamic between the brothers, as well as the contrast between the brothers, was interesting to see.
Overall, I enjoyed the episodes in this set. To me, the weakest episode was “Ruins and Lost Ways! Vivi, Her Friends, and the Country’s Form!,” because this feels more like filler to stretch out the story a little rather than being anything truly relevant.
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 “Fish.” 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 92-103. 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 Fourth Voyage that I checked out through the King County Library System.