ONE PIECE – SEASON ONE: FIRST VOYAGE

Posted On June - 15 - 2008
  RELEASED BY:   FUNIMATION ENTERTAINMENT
  ASPECT RATIO:  

4:3 FULL SCREEN

  AUDIO:  

ENGLISH DD 5.1 / 2.0 AND JAPANESE DD 2.0

  RUNNING TIME:   320 MIN
  RATING:   TV 14
  RELEASE DATE:   05/27/2008
  REVIEW DATE:   06/15//2008
  REVIEWED BY:   MARGARET VEIRA



SYNOPSIS:
Letter of Marque:  The epic sets sail…
It is the sea of adventure, as countless souls are lured along the Grand Line in pursuit of dreams far greater than any they’ve ever dared to imagine.  Wealth, fame, power… It’s all available for the taking to the lucky soul that can find it:  the legendary One Piece.  Among those on the high seas in a youth on a quest to be king of them all – Luffy, the Straw Hat Pirate!  But first he must find a ship, a crew and some supplies.  Determined to recruit those at first unwilling to his cause, the young captain remains undaunted…

Contains episodes 1-13 on 2 DVDs, uncut and unedited.


REVIEW:
Welcome to the world of One Piece, based on the international hit manga by Eiichiro Oda!  This box set introduces the first four members of the Straw Hat Pirate crew, including Luffy.  Also, it covers how Luffy got his rubber powers, why he became a pirate and how he got the others to join him in his quest for the treasure.  The captain is Luffy, a youth with an idealistic view of the world, who can stretch and is incredibly strong.  He also can’t lie.  The second in the crew is Zoro, a master swordsman.  His dry sense of humour and own way of doing things sometimes get him into trouble.  The third is Nami, the navigator and resident thief.  The way she figures the way out of things, on the sea or land, and her love of all things treasure is quite amusing.  The fourth is Ussop, the marksman and self-proclaimed liar.  He lies to cheer a person up, to get out of trouble, or just for fun.  This box set covers how Zoro and Nami join the crew and the introduction of Ussop.

One Piece is an incredibly lively and comedic pirate anime that doesn’t stop for a moment!  Luffy and his crew are always meeting somebody on the high seas, be it the Navy or other pirate crews bent on getting to the One Piece first.  In this first installment of a long-running anime, the enemies keep getting progressively stronger, and the battles more and more crazy.

The sound for both the English and Japanese is excellent, and the subtitles are clear and easy to read.  The background music sets the mood and the scenes perfectly.  It lets you know what is serious, fun, or important.  The animation is great!  It gives life and stays true to the style and characters of the manga.  The fight scenes are especially good!  They have a lot of energy to them that only animation can convey! This is defiantly an uncut, unedited version of the anime, unlike other versions released in North America previously.  The flow of the storylines and the feel of the characters are very consistent with the manga.  The names are also true to the manga.  Zoro is not Zolo in this version.  Funimation has really stayed true to the original anime.

 


EXTRAS:
The extras include clean opening and closing songs, trailers of other Funimation productions, and an audio commentary in English on the first episode by Mike McFarland (Line producer), Christopher R. Sabat (Zoro’s voice; other projects: Trinity Blood, Fruits Basket and Dragonball Z), and Colleen Clinkenbeard (Luffy’s voice; other projects: Case Closed, Trinity Blood and Full Metal Alchemist).  The box is a soft box with excellent art on both sides. The front has Luffy, Nami, Zoro and Ussop, and the back has Luffy.  The disc covers have Luffy on the first one and Zoro on the second.  There is also a Marathon feature that allows the viewer to watch all the episodes without the openings, closings and next episode previews, although the opening of the first episode on each disc is played.


IN SUMMARY:
Hop on a ship and follow along as Luffy starts his first adventures!  Pirate fun at it’s best!

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