DVD Review: One Piece – Collection 7

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We set sail once again with Manga Entertainment’s latest seventh DVD Collection of One Piece; but what can we expect to find in this release and more importantly what did we think of the episodes contained within? Find out in our DVD Review of One Piece – Collection 7.

Synopsis:

Nami, Zoro, Chopper, and Robin are trapped aboard the Going Merry when it’s commandeered by a monstrous lobster! To rescue his crew, Luffy must venture onto the sacred grounds of Upper Yard

Our View:

The seventh collection of One Piece episodes sees 26 episodes filled with non-stop action-packed-comedy adventure as the Straw Hat crew attempt to defy god and restore order in the once forgotten land of Skypeia. This is pretty much what you can expect from the latest collection of episodes and despite the episode count being in triple figures the storyline is the best it has ever been.

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Following on from the previous collection, whereby the Straw Hats arrived in Skypeia and ended up becoming 2nd degree criminals by defeating the White Berets, we find the Straw Hats preparing to disembark. However while Luffy, Sanji and Usopp prepare for the trip a giant lobster takes the going merry and the rest of the straw hats to the Upper Yard island; an island protected by the gods of Skypeia, Enel and his priests. Upon hearing that their crew mates are in danger Luffy, Sanji and Usopp venture out to Upper Yard in order to rescue them; however upon arrival it’s explained that they must complete a selection of trials before being able to rescue their friends – trails which become more deadlier the further they progress.

Whille Luffy, Sanji and Usopp are attempting to overcome these trials; one of which involves a comical fight with one of Enels Priests, we see Nami, Zoro and Robin leave the ship in Chopper’s care as they start to explore the island. However while they begin to uncover the islands secrets a war begins to rage between the old Shandia tribe and the priests of Skypeia, and as such an almighty conflict begins with the Straw Hat Crew right in the middle of it. Of course a bloody battle ensues with casualties on all sides; that is until Luffy decides “enough is enough” and challenges Enel directly – a fight which is sure to bring some sparking results for those watching.

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It’s interesting how these 26 episodes feature a stronger variety of content than any of its previous sets; but of course this is because the episodes are adapted direct from the original manga and are not the notorious filler episodes. In short One Piece – Collection 7 contains 26 fun-filled episodes that sees Luffy and the gang attempting to reunite with each other while at the same time helping out (unintentionally) the civilians of Skypeia – but at the end of it one question remains “can luffy defeat a god?”

Extras:

The seventh collection of bonus features remains consistent with previous sets; however with one big difference there are of better quality. For starters over the four DVD discs we have eight textless songs and more importantly the two English cast commentaries are extremely informative and entertaining.

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Majority of the bonus content will be found on the second DVD disc; which contains four textless opening and closing songs as well as the English Cast Commentary for Episode 166. The third and fourth dvd discs feature the remaining content with English Cast Commentary for Episode 171 on the third disc and the remaining textless songs on the fourth dvd disc.

Like I previously mentioned the English Cast Commentary included with this set is extremely entertaining; especially if you are interested with the stories of dubbing production regarding One Piece. For example the English Cast Commentary for Episode 166 sees Mike McFarland (Line Director), Stephanie Young (Robin) and Luci Christian (Nami) discuss what it was like working on One Piece when FUNimation first acquired the dubbing rights. The reason this is interesting is because FUNimation started dubbin at Episode 144 of the series and then when the DVD sets were planned they went back to the beginning and so the voice actors reflect on the experiences and the issues they had during dubbing for the TV Broadcast.

Interestingly just like previous discs the textless songs can be watched in both Japanese and English; however in order to achieve this you need to choose that particular audio from the setup menu.

Specs:

Media: DVD 9 x4
Region: 2
Running Time: 2:38:20 (Disc 1), 2:15:43 (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
Frame Rate: 25 fps

Overall:

One Piece – Collection 7 brings more One Piece entertainment to the table; however this time the story actually goes somewhere and introduces a new world in the sky filled with powerful priests and almighty gods. It’s basically a never-ending fight for survival; as when one opponent is defeated another is lying in wait – that is until the inevitable final confrontation of a god.

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Of course these episodes aren’t just about fighting; as there is also an ancient story to be told. A story that introduces the Shandia tribe, and their intentions for Skypiea, as well as a fallen god known as gandall, who is trying to redeem himself by protecting the people of Skypiea. It’s a nice variety of content, especially compared to previous sets, whereby it mixes progressive story-telling with bloody fist fights and some traditional humour; none of which becomes stale or boring – which is amusing seeing as its pretty much the same style of context as previous episodes.

Moving away from the storyline and its potential repetitiveness we find that this DVD set, which has been authored by Madman Entertainment and released into the UK by Manga Entertainment, is another set that continues the trend set by previous instalments. For instance the menu layout and design is exactly the same, albeit Purple highlights on menu text, and that both English 5.1 and Japanese 2.0 audio are included. One noticeable improvement is that the picture quality is a lot sharper than previous releases as it doesn’t seem to be grainy /pixelated around the edges when watched on larger screens.

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All in All One Piece – Collection 7 is what you expect it to be and much more; it continues the One Piece storyline and focuses on just that; the story adapted from the original manga, with it offering a nice mixture of comical entertainment, action and storytelling. To further ‘sweeten the deal’ an rather large amount of bonus content, including some informative English cast commentaries is also included. This is easily the best One Piece collection released to date and if you are a One Piece fan then I believe you will be highly pleased with this release.

Score: review-stars-5

One Piece – Collection 7 will be available on DVD from the 11th August 2014 within 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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