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One Piece: Collection Two
FUNimation // Unrated // September 27, 2011
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Roman";
mso-bidi-font-weight:bold"> first began as a serialized manga
series in 1997.
It debuted in Weekly
Shonen Jump
in
August 1997.  The
Japanese pop-culture
phenomenon was created by the author and illustrator Eiichiro
Oda. The manga
has sold more copies than any other manga series style="mso-bidi-font-style:
normal">ever with over 250 million copies having been sold
since initial
publication. The manga has yet to end and has received over 60
published
volumes. It has continued to receive critical acclaim and
enthusiastic
recognition from its always-expanding fan-base.


style="font-size: 10pt; font-family:
"Verdana","sans-serif";">The (also)
massively popular anime series is still
ongoing and has aired over 500 produced episodes. It is amongst
the longest
running series of all time -- in anime form or otherwise. The
show premiered in
Japan in October 1999. In North America the series was released
by 4Kids
Entertainment originally and was heavily criticized for having a
poor dub and
for edits considered as significant cuts (sometimes entire
episodes went
missing). Funimation saved the show for North America, produced
an excellent
dub, and has continued to present style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal">One
Piece in its uncut, original form as it is presented here
and on all One Piece
Collection DVD box-sets.




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and Characters:


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bold">One Piece
follows the adventures of Monkey D. Luffy and his crew
of pirates. He is joined by Roronoa Zoro, Nami, Usopp, and
Sanji. The beginning
of the series takes some time to build as the characters are
introduced over a
nicely paced span of episodes and stories. There are some other
characters that
join the crew over the course of the show, which will be noted
in this section of
future One Piece
Collection
reviews
when the characters are later introduced.


style="font-size: 10pt; font-family:
"Verdana","sans-serif";">The main character
is Luffy. As the series begins he
is a 17 year old kooky-wacky kid with a heart of gold and a head
of emotions.
He looks at almost every scenario with total optimism and is
unwavering in his
belief that things can work out in the end. As a young boy he
ate a Gum Gum
"Devil" Fruit by accident that gave him special powers. The main
power he
gained was a rubber body. He can bend, stretch, and seem
rubber-like (he is rubber!)
in a way that no one else
can. Essentially, Luffy is the most flexible person in the
entire world (at least in
terms of the characters
introduced on the show so far).  Luffy
was
once saved by the pirate Shanks, who Luffy seemed to view as a
hero and
father figure. Luffy decided then that he is to become the "King
of the
Pirates!" as the legendary Gold Rogers pirate was once called.
It has less to
do with stealing treasure or amassing wealth as it does with
sailing the seas
and experiencing the world with friends. Unlike most of the
pirates depicted on
One Piece, there is
little doubt that
Luffy has a pure heart and is not attempting to hurt anyone or
gain from the
loss of others. Luffy is a character that is unafraid of
fighting for what's
right and this is an endearing quality that has no doubt played
a significant part
in his long-term popularity. He usually thinks with his emotions
more than his
brain-power though, and when he does use his brain (i.e. "I have
an IDEA!")
catastrophe can sometimes ensue. Some viewers of the series
might consider him
an idiot (other characters on the show have expressed this
sentiment as well)
but he has things in the right place where they count the most:
heart, spirit,
and soul. Luffy is easily one of the most endearing, comical,
and fun
characters in anime history.


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pirate as he
always fondly wears an old straw hat throughout the series. He
might also have
the largest appetite in any anime, which is certainly sayingstyle="mso-bidi-font-style:normal"> something.


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physically strong additions
to Luffy's crew. He used to work as a bounty hunter before he
met Luffy. Zoro has
magnificent skills with swords and he has a dream of becoming
the greatest
swordsman in the entire world. He somewhat reluctantly joined
the crew at first
but he quickly becomes a huge asset and friend. One of his sword
techniques
requires the use of three blades: one in each hand and another
held using his
mouth. While those who don't know him seem to fear Zoro, he is
actually a kind
of funny guy who takes more naps than anyone else in the crew
(even when
compared to Luffy). Zoro is probably the most "kick-ass" type of
character within
the entire One Piece
anime.


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mso-bidi-font-weight:bold">Usopp is many things to different
people. He gained
a reputation as being a "liar", which is true but not exactly
telling of his
character. Usopp is a storyteller more than anything else. He
seems to
encourage laughter and happiness in others. It is fascinating to
me how he is such
a brave and courageous man at times and also a definite coward
when something
has too much scare-factor for him to face. Most of the time, he
pulls through
in the end anyway. While some viewers might be inclined to refer
to him as a
primarily "comic relief" character, there is a lot of sides to
Usopp that make
him stand out. His dream seems to be to become a strong,
confident, and
talented sea-adventurer.


style="mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto;
line-height:normal">style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"">Nami
is
the Navigator.  She
helps to make sure
that the crew heads in the right direction at all times. She
also has a dream
(clearly a recurring theme of the series with each character) to
map out the
entire world. Nami is also known as a thief because unlike some
of the other
pirates of the crew she actually enjoys finding and taking
treasures.
Ironically, Nami claims to despise all pirates in the early
episodes of One Piece
until she officially joins
Team Luffy. Nami is undoubtedly the smartest member of the
entire crew and she
is able to use her wit and intelligence to help everyone out of
some of the
strangest and most dire situations on the show.


style="font-size: 10pt; font-family:
"Verdana","sans-serif";">Sanji might be the
most compassionate of the central
characters. He is the cook for Luffy's crew and he never
hesitates to serve
food to those in need of a meal. Early in his life, Sanji
experienced what it
was like to suffer from hunger firsthand and this dramatically
impacted his
attitude towards others experiencing hunger. He can seem to be
the most
level-headed of the team at times but then also the most
over-tempered as well.
If someone rubs Sanji the wrong way he never takes the matter
too lightly. Besides
having the occasional anger-management issue there is no
question that he's a
genuinely nice character who receives enjoyment from cooking,
flirting with
women, and helping others out in a pickle (the pun was
absolutely intended). Sanji's
goal is to find the All
Blue
, which
connects each area of the ocean.




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Roman";
mso-bidi-font-weight:bold">For anyone who has experienced the
joys of watching One
Piece
there is no question as to why
the series has been such a massively huge hit in Japan and
around the world. It
starts with the characters as the most essential element but it
extends far
beyond that. There are many high quality production and
storytelling aspects to
this series, all of which helps it to stand out distinctively
from a crowded
anime scene. The art stands apart all on its own as one of the
best production
elements. The character designs are distinctive and memorable:
not only for the
central leading characters but for the majority of the
supporting players as
well. The unique art style crafted by style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal">One
Piece manga artist Eiichiro Oda has been faithfully
translated as the main
animation style of the series. This will no doubt please both
longtime fans and
newcomers who should be able to easily see the wondrous
qualities in abundance.
 There is a silly and
comical tone to the
art that ultimately helps to make it easier to absorb the many
varying aspects
of the ongoing story.


style="font-size: 10pt; font-family:
"Verdana","sans-serif";">The central
direction for the entire series is done
by Kônosuke Uda. Uda doesn't have that huge of a list of
directorial credits to
his name prior to his work on style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal">One Piece
(perhaps his most significant previous directing job was for style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal">Sailor Moon S - the
third and best
season). Yet there can be no mistaking the massive undertaking
and leadership
taken on with the One
Piece

craftsmanship at his helm. The series has a near perfect blend
of story,
action, comedy, drama, adventure, and more. Oda contributed
significantly to
this success story through having crafted the characters,
artwork styles, and
overall genre styling's with his manga creation but anime
general Uda uses that
magic to craft even more
unique magic
with this increasingly well-made series.


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and enjoyable.
The story rarely seems to have what usually becomes known as a
high episode count
of "filler" episodes typically found in any series that runs as
long as this
show has by this point. While the story occasionally veers
towards telling
side-plotlines that might seem designed as filler to some
members of the
audience there is also an undercurrent of smart and finely-tuned
scripting that
makes it almost impossible to not find some new and entertaining
aspect during
these moments. Ultimately, the storytelling is so vibrant, full
of life, and
exciting most of the time that it seems illogical to complain
about an aspect
that isn't disappointing at all. style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal">One
Piece has altered my concept of the filler episode by
bringing enjoyment to
those episodes as well.


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normal">One Piece elements that seem worth discussing
together. The music
used on the show is excellent and definitely adds another layer
to the energy and
thrill of each episode. The comedy is jubilant and silly so that
the primary
goal of the storytellers was most likely to bring genuine smiles
to the
audience. Lastly, the themes and message behind the series prove
to be
meaningful. This trifecta exists because of the occasionally
repetitive nature
of these reoccurring aspects. This comment is not meant as a
negative
criticism, but is instead primarily an observation. The humor
often relies upon
a re-used joke that proved successful in an earlier episode, and
while the show
is smart to continue adding original elements on a frequent
basis it seems to
understand how certain elements can be reused in different
circumstances to
some degree. The music draws heavily upon a core group of
musical themes that
seem to emphasis different emotions that are the focus of a
given scene. This
offers viewers a welcoming blend of familiarity while also
establishing some consistency
at the core. Viewers will also begin to be familiar with the
main message of One Piece:
To follow your dreams. It's
the best message a show or film can give towards audiences and
it is something
that is handled with a level of grace that is uncommon. When
audiences are also
given a thematic backdrop which suggests it is important to
bring some kindness
to others and to remember to keep friends close to the heart it
becomes
vibrantly clear that One
Piece
is far
more than one of the best series on television: it is a show
which wears its
beautiful heart directly on its sleeve. style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal">One
Piece deserves to be seen by anyone in the world who
considers themselves
an anime fan on any level. It is style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal">not
to be overlooked!  style="mso-spacerun:yes">   style="mso-spacerun:yes">  style="mso-spacerun:yes">  style="mso-spacerun:yes">  


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Collection (Set 2, Episodes 27-53):


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One Piece continues
with another
collection of episodes featuring our favorite group of
friendly-ish pirates of
the sea. This time the increasingly high stakes have been
raised. Can our
heroes save the day once more?


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focuses on the
backstory behind Nami's character. These were the best episodes
in the series
thus far. As it turns out, our treasure-lovin' favorite heroine
was facing one
of the most challenging hardships imaginable. As this storyline
begins to
unfold on this collection the audience will gain a significantly
better
understanding of Nami's character and of her long journey. We
learn about her
time growing up in a small village and about her relationship
with her mother
and sister. Watching the story unfold moved me to tears several
times. It was one
of the most challenging and rewarding storylines in any anime
series I have
seen. This set may understandably result in many fans
considering Nami as the
most fascinating of the characters.


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ruthless fishmen
who should have been nicknamed fishmeanies. The fishman leader
Arlong proves to
be Luffy's most challenging foe yet. Things intensify and
continue to
intensify: hold on to your breath during the episodes!


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episodes of the
first three One Piece
collection
sets. Surprisingly, there is almost no filler to be found
anywhere. Unlike the
first collection, viewers should find this set even easier to
begin enjoying
right off the bat. It shouldn't demand as much time to become
accustomed to how
surprising, original, and unique a universe this is. The
multiple stories and
intricate details will surely captive audiences.


style="font-size: 10pt; font-family:
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things about this second set is
that the characters began to feel a lot more developed and
recognizable within
the framework of the show. The main reason a majority of
viewer's likely love One
Piece
so much is because of how
wonderful all of the characters are. You can't help but love
them! The
optimism, energy, and good will that emits from these uniquely
written
characters makes the journey all the more involving, satisfying,
and important.



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accidentally becomes
an enemy of the Navy when a mean double-crossing officer with
too much power
sends a warning signal to every Navy ship throughout the ocean.
The result is
that a massive bounty is placed on Luffy's head for capturing
him dead or
alive. Naturally, Luffy seems to laugh this off and not
understand exactly how
serious this development is. He seems to see it as simply
walking along the
pathway of the previous King of the Pirates, Gold Roger.


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second collection
bring our characters closer to beginning their trip towards the
Grand Line, the
infamous waters where pirates must be smart and incredibly brave
to navigate through
and survive successfully. The Straw Hat pirates go through the
birthplace and
resting-place of the pirate Gold Roger. Luffy seems to see it
potentially
helping him understand the pirate better and his own journey.
Naturally, he
takes this pathway with a giant grin on his face. Luffy is
becoming more
confident. The other crew members face some new challenges as
well. Zoro sets
out to buy some new swords and meets someone who strongly
reminds him of an old
acquaintance while the comedic "Captain Usopp" has a moving
backstory episode
that brings him into a chance encounter with someone who knew
his pirate father.
The set ultimately begins with the setup for the next season and
the adventure
into the mysterious Grand Line.


style="font-size: 10pt; font-family:
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follow one incredible collection
of episodes in any series with a set that not only style="mso-bidi-font-style:
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it. This is one of those instances. style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal">One
Piece hit an unbelievable roll of almost non-stop
excitement, intrigue, and
suspense. The storytelling is even better during these episodes
than it was during
the first collection. The Nami storyline was one of my favorites
in anime
history, and the excitement I felt when I realized that the
Grand Line
storyline would be approaching was immense. Long-running shows
tend to hit a
stride that includes some great episodes followed by some poor
ones and that
isn't really an issue here. With the exception or one or two
minor "semi-filler"
episodes, the collection is of the best quality imaginable. Fans
of One Piece should
make viewing this set
one of their top priorities in anime-watching while newcomers
should start at
the beginning before plunging into the second set. It might seem
to be a
massive time-commitment. It
is
one.
But it is a commitment that is well worth taking. All
aboard... the ship of dreams and adventure on a sea that legends
are
made of!


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mso-bidi-font-weight:bold">One Piece arrives on DVD from
Funimation in a
Collection box-set format that combines two of the previously
released "Voyage"
sets into one. The PQ and AQ are no different from the earlier
releases.
Funimation hasn't even altered the menu design for these DVD
collections.


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mso-bidi-font-weight:bold">The picture quality is pretty decent
looking for a
series that was started in the late 1990's. Funimation has done
a solid job of
representing the series on DVD. There is some aliasing and the
image is softer
than more recent productions but it does have colors that pop
out and shine
beautifully and the image is free from annoying compression
because the discs
contain no more than seven episodes each. style="mso-spacerun:yes"> These early episodes
from One Piece are in pretty good shape and the release
should please
fans looking for decent picture quality. Funimation has released
One Piece in the
original broadcast
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mso-bidi-font-weight:bold">The good news is that the 5.1 Dolby
Digital surround
sound option for the English language dub is an excellent choice
for fans. The
surrounds are actively used to create an enveloping experience
of sound with
good use of sound effects and enough room for the score to add
an extra element
of suspense, fun, and intrigue. The voice cast for the
Funimation dub is superb
and a definite step up over what 4Kids attempted poorly many
years ago. Anyone
who has seen One Piece
through
Funimation should be familiar with their dub version. In
preserving the
original Japanese stereo track the series can also be
appreciated with the
original language audio. English subtitles are provided for the
Japanese dub.  Either
option is worthwhile, but I had a
slight preference for the more robust sounding surround sound
choice
accompanying the English dub. Both options feature clean and
easy to understand
dialogue.


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mso-bidi-font-weight:bold">The selection of bonus materials is
limited on each
Funimation One Piece
Collection DVD
release. Funimation included select staff commentaries,
text-less
songs
, and trailers promoting other anime series
released by the
studio.


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Luffy!


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Out With a Smile! Farewell, Hometown Cocoyashi!




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Final
Thoughts:


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mso-bidi-font-weight:bold">The Second Collection of style="mso-bidi-font-style:
normal">One Piece episodes is even more satisfying and
adventurous than the
first collection was. Considering the fact that the first set
turned me into a
massive fan of the series that is no small accomplishment and
viewers should
expect to feel glued into their seats. Once one episode is done
another one
should inevitably begin. I wonder how fans in Japan ever managed
to wait week to
week to see the events unfold. The storyline was that
suspenseful and exciting.
The characters have become more firmly established, and the path
towards the
Grand Line begins. Don't hesitate to take the journey with the
Straw Hat
pirates and purchase this essential anime collection. style="">


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Highly
Recommended.
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