DVD Review: One Piece – Collection 3

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The escapades of Luffy and the Straw Hat crew continue with this third instalment into the One Piece franchise, but what did we think of it? Find out in our DVD Review of One Piece – Collection 3.

Synopsis:

The Straw Hats attempt to rescue a mysterious little girl and her dragon companion from a fleet of meddling marines and a slicing, dicing, whirlwind of a bounty hunter! Should they survive, a night of drinking will be their reward, but they’d be wise to keep an eye peeled for late-night assassins and a pretty princess in need of pirate protection – not to mention the battle-tested giants, prehistoric predators, and hideous monsters of the deep! A quest like this might take the air out of some swashbucklers, but it’s all in a day’s work for pirates in search of the legendary One Piece!

Our View:

So here we are on the third instalment of the One Piece ‘collection’ releases, with this set containing 25 uncut episodes over 4 DVD Discs. If you have been following the releases up until now then you’ll already know what to expect, which is around 6 – 7 episodes per disc with minimal extra features and English (as well as Japanese) audio, and with Collection 3 it’s no different. That being said Collection 3 resumes the One Piece saga with a brand new story arc, and a filler arc at that, which means even if you have forgotten what has happened previously there is no need to worry, as from here it’s a brand new adventure, with new characters, new marines and new dangerous enemies.

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Amusingly each disc can be broken down into individual story arcs, with the first disc featuring the entire Warship Island Arc, which sees a young girl named Apis trying to return her ‘grandpa’ (who is actually a dragon) to the mysterious dragons nest, however in hot pursuit is an insidious, and greedy, marine captain who wants the secrets of the dragons nest for himself.  With both the Straw Hat Crew and the Marines in pursuit of the mysterious dragons nest it becomes a two horse race with neither side backing down until the very end.  Despite the ‘Warship Island’ Arc being a relatively short story it’s actually quite long (especially for a filler) and while it doesn’t provide any more insight into the characters and their personal goals, it does provide some enjoyable comedic elements, even if the overall story itself is unmemorable.

The series them resumes its course on the remaining discs, which despite including three (if not four) different Story Arcs, can all be considered as a continuous story, namely because we see the straw hat crew embark on a variety of adventures within the grand line – that is after some quick introductions via the ‘Reverse Mountain’ story arc. The ‘Reverse Moutain’ arc not only explains how pirates enter the grand line, which is via a giant waterfall shaped mountain, but it also introduces viewers to the latest threat to the straw hat crew, namely Baroque Works. Baroque Works is a secret organisation led by Mr.0 that operates within the grand line, whereby all members are named by a number depending on how high they are ranked, with the ten highest ranked members also receiving a female partner named after a special occasion. For instance within this ‘collection 3’ release we are introdced to Mr 3 and his partner Ms Golden week as well as Mr 5 and his partner Ms Valentines Day, with both groups creating trouble for the straw hat pirates.

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The later pair isn’t introduced until later on into this collection, namely the ‘Little Garden’ Story arc whereby Luffy and the gang arrive at an island where, despite things being called ‘little’, everything is actually huge and in the midst of this island are two giants battling it out to see who will return home. This continuous and prestigious battle is soon disrupted when Mr 5 and his partner Ms Valentines Day step in to kill the straw hat crew and so a deadly battle ensues with all sides taking damage.

Extras:

Continuing on the trend set by most UK Anime releases, as well as the first One Piece Collection, we have extras in the form of text less songs and English cast commentaries.

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Unlike the previous releases the extras are spread out across the three of the four discs, with each disc getting some form of content.

Disc 2:

  • Text less opening – Believe
  • Text less closing – Run! Run! Run!
  • Episode 61 Commentary – Jason Grundy (ADR Director), Brittney Karbowski (Voice of Apis) & Sonny Strait (Voice of Usopp)

Disc 3:

  • Episode 67 Commentary – Scott Sager (ADR Director), Caitlin Glass (Voice of Vivi) & Stephany Young (Voice of Miss All Sunday / Robin)

Disc 4:

  • Text less opening – Believe
  • Text less closing – Shouchinosuke!

As per previous releases the text less songs are only available in English, meaning that if you want to hear the original Japanese song you have to watch the episode themselves. It’s an issue that has been persistant since day one and its unlikely to change, espiecally seeing these are just re-authors of the original Madman Entertainment release.

The final extra feature(s) is the English cast commentaries, which for this release are extremely interesting, as in these two episode commentaries we see the FUNimation voice actors quizzed about their roles in the series as well as how they achieved that particular role, with episode 67 commentary providing the most insight and background information into a voice actors work.

Specs:

Media:  DVD 9 x4
Region: 2
Running Time:  2:54:16 (Disc 1), 2:20:46 (Disc 2), 2:15:46 (Disc 3), 2:15:52 (Disc 4)
Video: MPEG-2
Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1 448kbps (English), Dolby Digital 2.0 224Kbs (Japanese)
Subtitles: English (Yellow)
Resolution: 720 x 576 (576i)
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Frame Rate: 25 fps

Overall:

One Piece – Collection 3 is really a mixed bag of episodic content as not only does it contain the entire ‘filler’ Warship Island story arc but it also contains the complete Reverse Mountain and Little Garden Story Arcs, all of which sees the straw hat crew introduced to their latest enemy threat but it also sees the crew helping out a variety of people.  Even Coby (the scared kid who wanted to join the marines from the first episode) along with Helmeppo (Captain Morgan’s son from the second episode) get their own dedicated episodes showing their ‘unusual’ daily activities at the Marine base.

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While this collection does feature a variety of episodic content , and have a fair amount of comedic elements (such as Nami interrupting Zoro & Luffy’s fight or Luffy getting excited by the giants age-old-grudge-match),  majority of this set can be considered rather slow. The first two collections set a benchmark with character introduction, important stories and epic battles, especially the Coco Village (Nami) Story Arc. However with this Collection most of the story points are quickly forgotten  with only important factors (such as Baroque Works) being remembered.

In regards to this set the picture and audio quality remains consistent with the previous sets, so the original 4:3 aspect ratio remains along with the inclusion of 5.1 English Surround Sound and Yellow English subtitles are to be expected. Additional extras include the opening and closing songs, which yet again are only available in English and more interestingly is two English Cast Commentaries which provide a informative insight into dubbing production of One Piece.  Previous problems, such as disc menu featuring different highlighted text colours, remain – however some work has been done to fix it with only disc 3 featuring a different coloured text to the rest of the discs.

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Overall One Piece – Collection 3 is everything you would expect it to be, a continuation of the series in uncut form but more importantly available in both English & Japanese with a few extras thrown in to sweeten the deal. It’s exactly the same as the previous sets but just different episodes and while newcomers could start from here I would not advise it – mainly because the earlier collections feature better stories and better action but for those continuing the journey then obviously this will be your next One Piece related purchase, but be warned it can feel a bit slow even though it does feature the comical charm of Luffy.

Score: review-stars-3

One Piece – Collection 1 will be available on DVD from the 27th May 2013 in the UK.

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About Scott Emsen
Scott is the Founder and Executive Editor of AnimeBlurayUK but in the past he has worked at ZOMGPlay, Rice Digital and Funstock and was once a Community Moderator for the Nokia N-Gage forums. Based in the UK, he loves anything related to Games & Anime and in In his spare time you'll mostly find him playing on one of his many gaming consoles; namely the PS Vita, PS4 or Xbox One.

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