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One Piece: Season Three, Fourth Voyage (a J!-ENT Anime DVD Review)

February 9, 2011 by  



The final episodes of Season Three leading to the ultimate battle between Monkey D. Luffy vs. Eneru.  “One Piece” fans will not be disappointed!  “One Piece: Season Three, Fourth Voyage” is recommended!

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DVD TITLE: One Piece: Season Three, Fourth Voyage

DURATION: Episodes 183-195 (Duration: 325 Minutes, 2 DVD’s)

DVD INFORMATION: 4:3, English 5.1 Dolby Surround Sound, English and Japanese stereo

COMPANY: FUNimation Entertainment

RATED: TV 14

Release Date: January 25, 2011

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 by TAP

Animation Production by Toei Animation

Featuring the following voice talent:

Mayumi Tanaka/Colleen Clinkenbeard as Monkey D. Luffy

Misa Watanabe/Caitlin Glass as Vivi Nefertari

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 Yong as Nico Robin

J Michael Tatum as Eneru

Lightning bolts rain from the heavens and cloud-dwelling citizens run for their lives as Luffy and Eneru go toe to toe to determine the fate of Skypiea! The rubber-man is determined to make this exceedingly evil villain pay for his sins against the innocent, but Eneru won’t be easily defeated. With his electric ark chock full of gold, the heinous holy man sets in motion a petrifying plan to obliterate life on Angel Island!

Luffy is ready to rumble, but his shipmates are falling one by one, and his punching power bottoms out after Eneru encases his hand in a giant ball of gold. Only one hope remains: Nami and Luffy must risk their lives in a desperate attempt to ring the sacred bell of Shandora – and chase away Eneru’s looming cloud of death!

Contains episodes 183-195.

The adventures continue in this serious and more dramatic, yet action packed episodes of “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 over 400 episodes and despite receiving a heavily edited version in North America via 4Kids Entertainment earlier on, FUNimation Entertainment began releasing the original, uncut versions since the May of 2008 and here we are now with the third installment of season three, “One Piece: Season Three, Fourth Voyage Voyage”.

“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.

In Season Three (Season Six in Japan), the Straw Hat Pirates have ventured to the air and realized that there is a city in the sky known as Skypeia.  Many have been trying to find this sky island to no avail but Luffy and friends have found it.  But they have found also that the inhabitants are in war with each other.  But unbeknown to them, an evil man named Eneru is planning to destroy everyone on Skypeia and he has the power to do so.

With nearly most of the primary characters from Skypeia being beaten (or killed) by Eneru, “One Piece: Season Three, Fourth Voyage” features the battle that many have been waiting for… Monkey D. Luffy vs. Eneru!

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.

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.

In season three of “One Piece”, Monkey D. Luffy and the Straw Hat Pirates continue their search for “One Piece”. But with this latest adventure, the group arrived on the legendary Skypeia, a land which is built in the clouds and features winged humanoids. In the last volume, the Straw Hat Pirates were attacked by various individuals in Skypeia but now the powerful has turned on his own kind and his plans to kill everyone in Skypeia is in full effect. Will the Straw Hat Pirates be able to beat their opponents and stop Enneru?

It’s important to note that in the US, this latest season also marked the first season that FUNimation Entertainment licensed the series (previously licensed and heavily edited by 4Kids Entertainment) and was broadcast on the Cartoon Network in 2008.

The “One Piece: Season Three, Fourth Voyage” comes with episodes 183-195 on two DVD discs (note: In Japan, these episodes are actually considered the final episodes of season 6). Here are the spoiler-less summaries of each episode:

DISC 1:

  • EPISODE 183 – Maxim Surfaces! Deathpiea is Activated! – Eneru activates the Deathpiea machine!
  • EPISODE 184 – Luffy Falls! Eneru’s Judgment and Nami’s Wish! – Nami vs. Eneru, Sanji and Usopp to the rescue.
  • EPISODE 185 – The Two Awaken! On the Front Lines of the Burning Love Rescue! – Sanji and Usopp search for Nami.
  • EPISODE 186 – Capriccio for Despair! The Impending Doom of Sky Island – Eneru sends his thunderstorm clouds on Sky Island and the evacuation of the island continues.
  • EPISODE 187 – Led by a Bell’s Sound! Tale of the Great Warrior and the Explorer! – Wyper talks about the history of Norland and Calgara.
  • EPISODE 188 – Free from the Spell! The Great Warrior Sheds Tears! – The story of Norland and Calgara continues and why the villagers and Norland’s crew began hating each other.
  • EPISODE 189 – Eternal Friends! The Vowed Bell Echoes Across the Mighty Seas! – The history of the war between Norland and Calgara is revealed.

DISC 2:

  • EPISODE 190 – Angel Island Obliterated! The Horror of the Raigo’s Advent – Eneru destroys Angel Island.  Luffy goes after the golden bell in order to stop Eneru.
  • EPISODE 191 – Knock Over Giant Jack! Last Hope for Escape! – Nami tries to find out how to stop Eneru, meanwhile Wyper finds out from Robin that Norland’s descendant is looking for the Gold City.
  • EPISODE 192 – Miracle on Skypeia! The Love Song Heard in the Clouds! – Luffy vs. Eneru….who will win?
  • EPISODE 193 – The Battle Ends! Proud Fantasia Echoes Far! – The 400-year war on Sky Island is over.  Everyone celebrates!
  • EPISODE 194 – I Made It Here! The Yard of the Poneglyphs Spin! – With the war over, the Straw Hat Pirates come up with a plan to steal some gold.
  • EPISODE 195 – Off to the Blue Sea! A Heartfelt Finale! – As the Straw Hat pirates escape to the sea, the people of Skypeia show their appreciation.  Meanwhile, the Straw Hat Pirates are blown off course… where will the next adventure for the pirates be?

VIDEO :

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, the series 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.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

One Piece: Season Three, Fourth Voyage” comes with the following special features:

DISC 2:

  • Episode 193 Audio Commentary – The following audio commentary features Mike McFarland (Line Producer/ADR Director), Colleen Clinkenbeard (voice actor for Luffy) and J. Michael Tatum (voice actor for Eneru).
  • Textless Songs – Textless songs for “BON VOYAGE”, “A to Z” and “Moon and Sun”.
  • Trailers – Trailers for upcoming FUNimation Entertainment releases.

The Fourth Voyage features the final battle between Luffy and Eneru…  It took a while to get there but everything has paid off and what an exciting finale for the season.

While I felt that the Skypeia storyline (Season Three) was slow off the ground and not as battle intensive compared to the last Alligator storyline, looking back at season three, I felt the writers wanted to establish Nico Robin’s character, as a new teammate for the Straw Hat Pirates and focus on her mission.  Meanwhile, the Skypeia storyline about the 400-Year War started to pickup but if anything, it was great to see a nemesis who was so vile like Eneru and with this latest volume of “One Piece”, I’m sure many relished the moment between Luffy’s battle with Eneru.

“One Piece: Season Three, Fourth Voyage” is pretty much the answers that many people have been waiting a long time for… why are these people on Sky Island at war with each other?   And then transitions to the final battle feat. Luffy taking on Eneru and for the most part, it was an exciting final episodes for this season but I tend to enjoy it more when you see the characters tested like they were last season with Alligator’s henchmen.  Everyone had to use team up and use their skills wisely and work as a team.   This time around, mostly everyone was depleted towards the end and what was left was Nami who ended up helping Luffy quite a bit during his battle.

But overall, I think that fans of the series will enjoy the final episodes of season three and I definitely look forward to the next season of “One Piece” which features the return of the Marines.

Overall, if you are a “One Piece” fan, the release of the fourth voyage is recommended!

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