One Piece: Season 5, Voyage One
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Monkey D. Luffy refuses to let anyone or anything stand in the way of his quest to become King of All Pirates. With a course charted for the treacherous waters of the Grand Line, this is one captain who'll never drop anchor until he's claimed the greatest treasure on Earth: the Legendary One Piece! Along for the ride are his loyal crewmates, a wonderfully-bizarre collection of outcasts and misfits from the far corners of the world. Each member has their own special talent, and they'll utilize their skills to help Luffy achieve his dream! Together, the rubberman and his crew can conquer any challenge - or defeat any foe!
Fists, bullets, and weapons fly as the "Enies Lobby" story arc of One Piece continues. With tippling Granny Kokoro at the throttle, the seatrain Rocketman delivers Luffy, the rest of the Straw Hats, and the members of the Franky Family to Enies Lobby. This World Government facility is run by Spandem, who oversees show trials that condemn prisoners to captivity, torture, and death, in a mockery of justice. Ferocious comic battles rage in the streets, as Luffy releases all his gum-gum attacks. But when he faces Blueno, a member of Spandem's Cipher Police #9, Luffy ramps his powers up to "Second Gear" and beats the villain into so much mochi. Robin once again tells Luffy to go away: she didn't ask to be rescued. She should have saved her breath. Luffy remains as mule-headed as ever and insists that even if she chooses to die, she'll do it as a member of his crew. The filmmakers clearly have fun with Ussop's pose as the masked superhero Sogeking: they even show the opening of the character's imaginary TV program. Most of the characters see right through the disguise, but Luffy and Chopper regard him with a fanboy's awe. Spandem is no stranger-looking than anyone else on One Piece, but he's meaner than the villains Luffy and his crew usually encounter. His sadistic rants give these episodes an edge other One Piece storylines lack. As the viewers--and the other characters--start to learn about Robin's unhappy childhood, the Straw Hats face down Spandem's Cipher Police agents, preparing for the impending showdown. (Rated TV 14: cartoon violence, violence against women, minor risqué humor, alcohol and tobacco use) --Charles Solomon
(264. Landing Operations Start! Charge In, Straw Hats! 265. Luffy Cuts Through! Big Showdown on the Judicial Island! 266. Battle Against Giants! Open the Second Gate! 267. Find a Way Out! Rocketman Takes Flight! 268. Catch Up with Luffy! The Straw Hats' All-Out Battle! 269. Robin Betrayed! The Motive of the World Government! 270. Give Robin Back! Luffy vs. Blueno! 271. Don't Stop! Hoist the Counterattack Signal! 272. Almost to Luffy! Gather at the Courthouse Plaza! 273. Everything Is to Protect My Friends! Second Gear Activated! 274. Give Us Your Answer, Robin! The Straw Hats' Outcry! 275. Robin's Past! The Girl Was Called a Devil!)
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The action picks up on when Luffy challenges Blueno at the opening of disc two and introduces Luffy's new fighting style: second gear. This fight begins to deliver what we've all been waiting for as the confrontation with CP9 becomes significantly less one sided, and Luffy's second gear adds an exciting new element to his fighting that seems plausible but unexpected given his well-established abilities. Of course, this also whets the appetite for the even more surprising and action-packed fights that the arc has to offer in later sets. This Voyage also introduces a new trio of CP9 members, but only their funny quirks are introduces and CP9 spends most of this set talking rather then fighting. The Voyage concludes the first episode of Robin's flashback, but as the first of four episodes this is essentially all set up, with the real story tantalisingly kicking in just as the final episode reaches its cliffhanger.
The audio and video are the same as the previous season, offering the equally excellent English and Japanese versions in 5.1 and stereo respectively along with English subtitles for the Japanese version. Extras include some chatty (and mostly off-topic) US commentaries on episode 265 with Mike McFarland (ADR director), Colleen Clinkenbeard (Luffy), Alexis Tipton (Fukuro) and Phil Parsons (Jabra) and on episode 275 with Mike McFarland, Eric Vale (Sanji) and Brina Palencia (Chopper). The 'On The Boat' interviews are slightly funnier this time, featuring Patrick Seitz (Franky) [14:34] and Sonny Strait Strait (Usopp) [14:19]. And Finally there is the usual textless opening and closing (with the original logo), Marathon Play to skip the intervening credits, and trailers for other FUNimation DVDs.
While this Voyage mostly includes generic and forgettable fights, and is almost entirely set-up for the more exciting later episodes of the arc, thanks to the Luffy vs Blueno fight there is enough in this voyage to make it enjoyable and exciting on the whole, and the last few episodes really build up the hype for the upcoming voyages.
Another great voyage put by Mike and the entire staff. The dvd starts us off after the CP9 defeat and the funeral of the Going Merry. The straw hat crew remains in Water 7 planning and re-grouping for their next adventure. We see several special guest throughout the dvd. One gives us a much needed glimpse into Luffy's background. The other one foreshadows a upcoming event that might have everlasting repercussions. There are a few fillers episodes but very entertaining and insightful. If you are following or/but haven't seen it this dvd will continue the one piece tradition. If you have seen it before the dvd just takes you on a similar journey the original did. I loved the voices and there a looking how the studio records the voices. Hopefully the reviews haven't spoiled once for you. Go out and pick up a copy today. Please continue to support One Piece here and the hard and authentic work they put into it. Thank you
Sincerely, (just another huge fan) Elizar Garrett