DVD Review: One Piece – Collection Six

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It’s time to set sail for a brand new adventure as One Piece – Collection Six arrives onto UK Shores, but what can we expect from this DVD release by Manga Entertainment? Find out in our DVD Review of One Piece – Collection Six.

Synopsis:

Fresh off their adventure in Alabasta, The Straw Hats prepare to sail straight into the sky! After a death-defying adventure in the dire and dangerous Rainbow Mist, Luffy and his crew dock at Mock Town in search of directions, but instead they’re brutally bullied by pirates who’ve forgotten how to dream.

Fortunately for the sake of adventure, Nico Robin catches wind of a legendary liar whose monkey minions can equip any ship for a deadly ascent on the Knockup Stream. Hold on to your hats because the Straw Hats are about to find out if the Going Merry flies as well as she floats!

Our View:

Prepare for variety that transcends time, space and logic as we set sail once again with the Straw Hat crew in One Piece – Collection Six, a collection that sees 26 Episodes over 4 DVD Discs. It’s an interesting, and quite varied, collection of episodes as three different story arcs are covered, each of which bringing something new to One Piece experience, experiences such as Time Travel, Flying Pirate Ships and of course Monkeys.

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Before you get to all of this you’ve got to start at the beginning of this set, which sees the Straw Hat pirates reminiscing about previous events while helping out others, with each episode focusing on a single straw-hat member. For instance Chopper’s flashback styled episode showcases how he originally created the Rumble Ball and saved his mentor, Dr. Kureha, from a deadly illness, meanwhile another episode shows Sanji remembering how he became allowed to cook food within the kitchen. What’s interesting is that these episodes are not flashback episodes, instead they have an individual story with a new set of characters and as such makes them more entertaining, as they provide a more in-depth look at our favourite pirates.

Once the flashback styled episodes are out of the way it’s time to dig into the three main story arcs, namely the Zenny Pirates, Rainbow Mist and Sky Island Story Arcs. The Zenny Pirates Story Arc is pretty much your traditional One Piece storyline, whereby the Straw Hat crew arrive on an unknown island, make friends with the residences (in this case Zenny and his Goats) and then help them against a common enemy, in this case the common enemy is a marine wanting to fulfil his own desires. It’s nothing different to previous short story arcs, but it does add a few comedy gold moments especially when everyone thinks that Zenny could die at any moment and as such do all of his chores.

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The remaining Story Arcs on the other hand, The Rainbow Mist and Sky Island Story Arcs, bring new and entertaining twists to the One Piece timeline, such as the introduction of Islands in the Sky and the concept of time travel. The Rainbow Mist Story Arc is another relatively short Story Arc, but it sees the Straw Hat Crew, along with their new friend Henzo, venture out into an unexplored area in an attempt to uncover it’s secrets. Meanwhile the Sky Island Story Arc sees the Straw Hat crew attempt to make their way to Skypiea, an island located in the Sky, but along the way encounter all sorts of new problems.

Like I said this sixth collection of One Piece is filled with variety, so if the current selection of episodes is a bit dull, which can happen, you know that something different and more entertaining will appear shortly after. The reason for this is because the Dreams, Zenny Pirates and Rainbow Mist story arc are all relatively short and while they each have their own story to tell some elements do tie over into the next story arc, especially when it comes to Robin’s reading habbits.

Extras:

When it comes to extra content on these DVD Discs then there isn’t much to see, as the only extra content is the inclusion of Two English Cast Commentaries as well as the text less Closing and Opening Songs.

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As you’d expect the English Cast Commentaries are only available on the discs which include that particular episode, for instance the English Cast Commentary for Episode 140 is on the Second DVD Disc while the Commentary for Episode 144 is on the third DVD Disc.

Disc 2:

  • English Cast Commentary (Episode 140)
  • Textless Opening
  • Textless Closing

Disc 3:

  • English Cast Commentary (Episode 144)

Disc 4:

  • Textless Opening
  • Textless Closing

In terms of extra content it is the usual suspects, and even though two English Cast Commentaries are provided they are not that entertaining to watch/listen to, especially when it comes down to Episode 140 Commenty. This particular commentary sees Colleen Clinkenbeard (voice of Luffy) and Vic Mignogna’s (voice of Wetton) discussing their dubbing experience within FUNimation, and although it starts off quite interesting the commentary soon becomes silent with the voice actors just laughing at what’s being portrayed on screen.

I guess with an anime this long Cast Commentaries would become a bit stale after a while, but with two popular voice actors in the same booth (and one long running series) you’d expect a lot of discussion to be taking place rather than silence.

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The final piece of extra content is of course the textless opening and closing songs, and just like previous releases depending on which Audio language you have selected (from the setup menu) depends on the language being played on these songs. By default the audio language is English, and as such you’ll hear the English Dubbed opening, but if you change the audio to Japanese in the setup menu then you’ll hear the original Japanese version.

Specs:

Media: DVD 9 x4
Region: 2
Running Time: 2:38:20 (Disc 1), 2:15:47 (Disc 2), 2:38:20 (Disc 3), 2:15:43 (Disc 4)
Video: MPEG-2
Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1 448kbps (English), Dolby Digital 2.0 224kbps (Japanese)
Subtitles: English (Yellow)
Resolution: 720 x 576 (576i)
Aspect Ratio: 4:3 Widescreen
Frame Rate: 25 fps

Overall:

This sixth collection of One Piece brings another variety of episodes to the fans, however unlike previous sets there seems to be a nice balance of entertainment, action, story development and character development. Some elements of this instalment may seem slow and dull, but compared to previous releases this is one of the better collection of episodes. It starts afresh and ends on a cliff-hanger, just what you’d expect a continuing series at this length to do and I’m glad that there is more on the way.

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As far as this DVD releases go it’s on par with all the other ‘Collection’ releases released thus far, as It features the same minimal extra features and DVD Menu layout – so at least the consistency is still here. Audio-wise the series is continued to be available in either 5.1 English Surround (English) or 2.0 Stereo ( Japanese), with the option of removing the Yellow English subtitles on the Japanese audio track.

Overall One Piece – Collection Six is just what you’d expect it to be; it continues the ‘One Piece’ saga further into the Grand Line, with new enemies, new storylines and unexpected twists – but more importantly it’s still fun and entertaining to watch.

Score: review-stars-4

One Piece – Collection Five will be available on DVD from the 19th May 2014.

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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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