One Piece: Season Eight, Voyage One (a J!-ENT Anime DVD Review)
September 8, 2016 by Dennis Amith
If you are a “One Piece” fan, “One Piece: Season Eight, Voyage One” is the first must-see volume of this very important “One Piece” season. Highly recommended!
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DVD TITLE: One Piece: Season Eight, Voyage One
DURATION: Episodes 457-468 (Duration: 320 Minutes, 2 DVD’s)
DVD INFORMATION: 4:3, English 5.1 Dolby Surround Sound, English and Japanese stereo
RATED: TV 14
Release Date: May 31, 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
Nobuyuki Hiyama/Duncan Brannan as Mr. 3
Kazuki Yao/Barry Yandell as Bon Clay
In One Piece Season 8, with the tides turned against him, Luffy’s prison break becomes a race to save Ace!
Fresh off their daring escape from the underwater prison Impel Down, Monkey D. Luffy and his band of Buggy-obsessed escapees set out to rescue Ace from being executed by the World Government. Just one problem – he’s being held at Marineford, the Navy’s most heavily guarded headquarters with a reputation for being impenetrable!
With only three hours to spare before the execution, Luffy finds himself blocked out by the large gates surrounding the base. As the legendary pirate Whitebeard and his crew declare war on the marines, the three admirals, backed by the Seven Warlords of the Sea, vow to carry out Ace’s sentence no matter what.
After a shocking family secret whips the crowd into a frenzy, the stakes grow even higher – meaning Luffy will have to get creative if he intends to stand a chance against the titanic forces standing in his way. Don’t miss the thrilling adventure in season 8 of One Piece!
The race is on to save Luffy’s brother, Ace from being executed.
With three hours left until execution, the five Warlords and the three Marine Admirals prepare for their battle against Whitebeard.
And what is the relationship between Ace and Whitebeard?
Find out if Luffy and Whitebeard are able to achieve their goal in “One Piece: Season Eight, Voyage One”, 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 18th season and a total of 755 episodes have been 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 Eight, Voyage One” (Episodes 457-468), 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: Season Eight, Voyage One” comes with the following special features:
- Episode 462 Commentary – Director Joel McDonald with voice talent Daniel Baugh (voice of Jimbei).
- Robin’s Search – (4:38) Featuring voice actress Stephanie Young (voice of Nico Robin) on her search for a book at the local library.
- EPISODE 468 Audio Commentary – Audio commentary by Director Joel McDonald, Bruce Elliot (voice of Whitebeard) and Kyle Felix (voice of Marco the Phoenix).
- Textless Opening Song – “Kaze wo Sagashite”
- Textless Opening Song – “One Day”
With the release of “One Piece: Season Eight, Voyage One”, the episodes are from the Japanese 13th season and 14th season (featuring episodes 457-468) as Whitebeard has now arrived to try and save Ace.
With three hours until Ace’s execution, the Marines try to find out who the true parents of Ace and Luffy are. And in this latest volume of “One Piece”, Ace’s origin is revealed.
For “One Piece” fans, this season is possibly one of the more monumental seasons of “One Piece”, as it changes the direction of the series and the characters because of what happens in this season.
I don’t want to spoil anything for “One Piece” fans who are avoiding any reading of spoilers, but these three volumes to be released will be action-packed, surprising and absolutely heartbreaking. So, prepare yourself for one heck of an emotional rollercoaster.
As for the DVD, picture quality is very good on DVD, audio is also crystal clear with both voice acting soundtracks are well done, as “One Piece” is one of the best cast anime series, everyone is right for their role and considering that Toei was strict on the casting for the English dub, FUNimation did a fine job in their cast selection and I was pleased with both Japanese and English dub soundtracks. As for special features, you get two audio commentaries and a featurette with Nico Robin voice actress Stephanie Young.
Overall, “One Piece: Season Eight, Voyage One” is an another action-packed volume as Luffy and Whitebeard and friends have only three hours to save Ace before his execution. But with the powerful Marine Admirals waiting for them to arrive, do they even have a chance?
If you are a “One Piece” fan, “One Piece: Season Eight, Voyage One” is the first must-see volume of this very important “One Piece” season.
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