One Piece Collection 16 DVD Uncut (a J!-ENT Anime DVD Review)
September 8, 2016 by Dennis Amith
If you are a “One Piece” fan, “One Piece Collection 16 DVD Uncut” is a re-release of “One Piece: Season Six – Volume Four and Five” in a dual volume set release. Featuring 23 episodes, the uncut sets are definitely worth it, if you are trying to catch up on the “One Piece” series and want more bang for the buck!
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DVD TITLE: One Piece Collection 16 DVD Uncut
DURATION: Episodes 373-396 (Duration: 600 Minutes, 4 DVD’s)
DVD INFORMATION: 4:3, English 5.1 Dolby Surround Sound, English and Japanese stereo
RATED: TV 14
Release Date: June 28, 2016
Originally created by Eiichiro Oda
Directed by Hiroaki Miyamoto, Konosuke Uda, Munehisa Sakai
Series Composition by Hirohiko Uesaka
Script by Hirohiko Uesaka, Hiroshi Hashimoto, Junki Takegami, Michiru Shimada, Naoki Koga, Ryota Yamaguchi, Suminori Takegami, Yoshiyuki Suga
Music by Kouhei Tanaka, Shiroh Hamaguchi
Character Design by Kazuya Hisada, Noboru Koizumi
Animation Production by Toei Animation
Featuring the following voice talent:
Mayumi Tanaka/Colleen Clinkenbeard as Monkey D. Luffy
Akemi Okamura/Luci Christian as Nami
Hiroaki Hirata/Eric Vale as Sanji
Ikue Ohtani/Brina Palencia as Tony Tony Chopper
Kappei Yamaguchi/Sonny Strait as Usopp
Yuriko Yamaguchi/Stephanie Young as Nico Robin
Kazuki Yao/Patrick Seitz as Franky
Ian Sinclair as Brook
Travis Willingham as Portgas D. Ace
Edward Newgate as Whitebeard
The harrowing Thriller Bark arc reaches its brutal end with a superhuman slugfest! Luffy, battered beyond belief, pushes his body past the breaking point as he seeks to save his friends and deliver the decisive blow against Gecko Moria. When the dust clears, only Zoro and Sanji are left standing to protect their fallen captain from the brutish Bartholomew Kuma. Should one of them somehow withstand a savage beating from this behemoth, the crew just might survive long enough for Sanji to meet his dream girl—a beautiful mermaid in distress named Camie! After taking her on board, the Straw Hats drop anchor at an island bursting with bubbles in the hopes of equipping their ship for underwater travel. But when Camie is kidnapped, job number one becomes saving their newest friend from the cruel clutches of the Celestial Dragons!
NOTE: One Piece Collection 16 DVD Uncut features two volumes (One Piece Season Six: Voyage Four and Voyage Five)
After the fight against Nightmare Luffy, the Strawhat Pirates takes on the Oars and Luffia takes on Moria.
And after helping out Brook, the Strawhat Pirates get a new member.
Also, the “Sabaody Archipelago Chapter” begins and a man named Duval is wanting Sanji dead for some reason.
Find out in “One Piece Collection 16”, available now on DVD from FUNimation!
What is “One Piece”?
“ONE PIECE” is a popular anime series based on the popular manga series serialized in Shonen Jump by Eiichiro Oda. Suffice to say, “ONE PIECE” is the highest selling manga for Weekly Shonen Jump and its popularity has extended to various anime (via the TV series, OVA and films) and video games in America and also worldwide.
The series is so popular, the episode count currently in Japan is in its 14th season and over 500 episodes having aired in Japan.
Despite receiving a heavily edited version in North America via 4Kids Entertainment earlier on, FUNimation began releasing the original, uncut versions since May of 2008 and here we are in 2016, now with the DVD release of “One Piece: Season Seven, Voyage Five” (Episodes 434-445), available now, courtesy of FUNimation.
“ONE PIECE” is an adventure anime about a 17-year-old boy named Monkey D. Luffy who gained enormous strength (and stretching abilities) after eating a magical demon fruit. He eventually teams up with a group of pirates and have the name “The Straw Hats”. Luffy’s driven to one day obtain the most sought out treasure known as “One Piece” and eventually become the King of the Pirates.
The Straw Hat Pirates consists of:
Monkey D. Luffy – A 17-year-old guy who is the captain of the Straw Hat Pirates and dreams to be a pirate king by getting his hands on the “ONE PIECE” artifact. When he was young, he accidentally ate a devil fruit which made his body rubbery and can stretch and blow up. An airhead of sorts, loves to eat but always believes and fights for his friends.
Roronoa Zoro – A 19-year-old skilled swordsman. A skilled and very strong fighter. Wants to be the greatest swordsman in the world.
Nami – The navigator of the group. The main female crew member and really good at weapons.
Usopp – A 17-year-old marksman. A talented inventor and artistic. Known by his long nose, his marksmanship with slingshots and weapons are great. He quit the Straw Hat Pirates and took on a new identity.
Sanji – The chef of the crew. A skilled fighter that uses only kicks in battle and is passionate towards Nami.
Tony Tony Chopper – A reindeer with a blue nose. Ate a devil fruit known as human-human fruit which makes him human in someways but keeping his reindeer look. Able to speak to humans, walk upright and also able to have transformations to become a huge beast. But his talent is his medical skills as he was trained by the Doctrine to become a doctor. Has very low self-confidence because he had been treated badly not only by his kind but also by humans and has not really had a friend but the Doctor and Doctrine.
Nico Robin – The former Vice President of Baroque Works who has become the newest member of the Straw Hat Pirates despite some of the crew not trusting her since she was a former enemy. Has the ability to use her body parts and project them elsewhere and other mysterious abilities not yet known.
Franky – A cyborg who can rebuild his body using pieces of metal and his dream is to build a ship and become its shipwright and sail to the end of the world.
Brook – A pirate from before the time of Roger, he was killed but because of the Paramecia-type-Revive-Revive Fruit, he rose again as a skeleton. An excellent musician, he becomes a member of the Straw Hat Pirates.
For most television series, because they are created nearly before they are aired on television, unlike film and OVA’s, there typically is not much detail involved in a Japanese animated television series. “ONE PIECE” is probably one of those rare exceptions in that it has really cool character designs and very detailed artistic backgrounds. Of course, since it is on DVD, you will see some artifacting, combing and edge enhancement but it’s not so noticeable unless you are really looking for it.
The anime series is presented in standard 4:3 definition but for a television series, “ONE PIECE” sports cool and unique character designs and beautifully painted artistic backgrounds. Definitely one of the better looking anime series that has remained consistent and has not downgraded since it first aired on television. Character designer Kazuya Hisada (who worked on the “Dragon Ball” and “Dragon Ball GT” series) and Noboru Koizumi (who worked on “Giant Robo”, “Dragon Ball GT” and “Tenchi Universe”) have been very good of capturing “One Piece” creator Eiichiro Oda’s unique style.
AUDIO & SUBTITLES:
As for the audio, “One Piece” is presented in English 5.1 Dolby Surround Sound, English Stereo and Japanese Stereo. Of course, the English 5.1 Dolby Surround Sound is the better audio choice to listen to, although one who has a receiver that can set their audio to all channels can definitely enjoy the Japanese stereo track as well. But both audio tracks are done very well and I have to admit that “ONE PIECE” has one of the most solid English dub tracks for an anime TV series. Very well done on both audio tracks but again, have been very impressed by the voice talent for the series thus far.
Subtitles are in English.
“One Piece Collection 16 DVD Uncut” comes with the following special features:
- EPISODE 377 COMMENTARY – (4:38) Featuring voice actors Eric Vale (voice of Sanji) and Christopher Sabat (voice of Zoro).
- In the Galley with the Straw Hats – (27:17) Featuring “One Piece” voice actors pigging out and talking about their experiences on the series. Featuring Brina Palencia (voice of Chopper), Director Joel McDonald (voice of Kuma), Stephanie Young (voice of Nico Robin), Eric Vale (voice of Sanji) and Ian Sinclair (voice of Brook).
- EPISODE 384 Audio Commentary – Audio commentary by Colleen Clinkenbeard (voice of Monkey D. Luffy) and Stephanie Young (voice of Nico Robin).
- Textless Opening Song – “We Are!” – One Piece Animation 10 Year Anniversary Ver.” – (2:32)
- EPISODE 387 COMMENTARY – (4:38) Featuring Director Joel McDonald (voice of Kuma) and Hunter Scott (voice of Macro).
- Villains and Fishmen: A Peek Behind the Curtain – (22:23) Featuring Hunter Scott (voice actor of Macro), David Vincent (voice of Duval) and Director Joel McDonald (voice of Kuma).
- EPISODE 393 Audio Commentary – Audio commentary by Ian Sinclair (voice of Brook) and Megan Shipman (voice of Camie).
- Textless Opening Song – “We Are!” – One Piece Animation 10 Year Anniversary Ver.” – (2:32)
- Textless Opening Song – “Share the World”
With the release of “One Piece Collection 16 DVD Uncut”, the episodes are from the Japanese 10th and 11th season (featuring episodes 373-396) as the Strawhat Pirates take on the Oars and the beginning of the Sabaody Archipelago Chapter. Please note that these episodes have been released in the US on DVD before as “One Piece: Season Six, Voyage Four” and “One Piece: Season Six, Voyage Five”.
With the first few episodes featured, this represents the final episodes of Japan’s 10th season as the Strawhat Pirates take on the Oars and how Brook became a member of the Strawhat Pirates.
The episodes after that arc then begins the “Sabaody Archipelago Chapter” as the Strawhat Pirates vacation at Spa Islands, a ship with luxury facilities that serves pirates and criminals. And once again, the group comes in contact with the Foxy Pirates who are in search of a special gem.
Unfortunately, this drags the Strawhat Pirates into a confrontation with the island’s owner, Doran, who has captured Sayo and will only release her if Luffy and friends find the gem.
Meanwhile, the Strawhat Pirates confront Iron Mask Duval and the Macro Gang in search of a friend.
As for the DVD, you get 23-episodes and picture quality is very good. Especially in Japan, all “One Piece” episodes since 2007 have been broadcast in HD and widescreen in Japan, it would be interesting if that means the series would get a Blu-ray release in the United States. But for the DVD, picture quality is colorful, vibrant and looks good as one can expect on DVD. Audio is good, dialogue is clear. And for special features, you get a good number of audio commentary and other special featurettes with the English dub voice actors.
Overall, I enjoy the adventures of the Straw Hat Pirates and I’m in it for the long haul. And for those who want the better value of watching “One Piece” in a collected volume, these uncut releases feature two volumes each, so it helps you catch up to the current single volume releases.
With that being said, you can join in at the beginning of any season and still be interested in “One Piece”. I do recommend at least watching the first season, so you get an idea of what’s going on with the primary characters (or read the manga). Especially to find out the goal of the Straw Hat Pirates is and how they all joined to form their crew, the Straw Hat Pirates.
But “One Piece” is definitely one of the most entertaining, exciting and action-packed series that continues to have a strong presence in Japan for over a decade.
Exciting, crazy and just an enjoyable anime series, find out why many people have enjoyed the story of the the Straw Hat Pirates and their adventures in “One Piece”!
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