Can a man who lives with goats and a rainbow colored mist trick you into thinking that this filler collection is worth your viewing time?
What They Say
Fresh off their adventure in Alabasta, the Straw Hats wash up on an island inhabited by a penny-pinching money lender who lives amongst the livestock. This greedy old goat longs for the life of a pirate, but his boat doesn't float and his tuckered-out ticker won't hold out long enough for him to hoist the Jolly Roger.
Nevertheless, Dr. Chopper and the gang do their best to make the old man's dream come true, and he returns the favor by leading a goat-brigade raid on a marine fleet in hot pursuit of the Going Merry. This barnyard diversion creates an opening for the Straw Hats to sail out of trouble - and straight into the mysterious and deadly Rainbow Mist!
Contains episodes 131-143.
For this viewing session, we listened to English dub. The English 5.1 track is solid with no distortions or dropouts. On par with the other releases, this is a solid sound track that predominately uses the forward sound stage with a good use of bass.
The Goat Island and Rainbow Mist Arcs originally aired in late 2002 and early 2003. As with the previous collections this transfer for One Piece does not disappoint in its original full frame aspect ratio. One Piece’s transfer is consistently clean and pleasing to watch. All of the colors appear very solid and exhibit great vibrancy. Cross coloration is absent and aliasing is at a minimum. On rare occasions there is just a small bit of noticeable background noise, but nothing to be concerned about. Nearly 7 years old, the animation quality is not quite up to par with today’s new anime style. However, One Piece’s bizarre character designs will keep your attention as they can be very random and often memorable. Not the prettiest, but it will definitely capture your attention. The transfer is as good as it can possibly be.
The box for this One Piece collection continues to follow the path set by the previous second season collections. As with the other collections, this set features two thinpack DVD cases. The cardboard box that houses them is arranged in a rustic looking wood design with the One Piece logo prominently displayed on each side. The front of this collection features Luffy, Usopp, and Chopper jumping for joy as the crazy goat man, Zenny appears in the background. As usual, the backside of the box features a brief description of the series along with the technical specifications and a few screen shots. The thinpack cases feature art that is a modified version of the slip case. The inside jackets for each of the DVD cases reveal a map background with the Going Merry in the middle. The DVD artwork depicts the four cardinal directions, like a compass, but looks more like pieces of rigging and sail fabric.
The menu system for One Piece is rather simple, but effective. The menu background uses the same design that is used for the DVD cases and box. The main menu features a portion of the artwork found on the thinpacks/box front. The right side of the main menu features a vertical menu selection. The menu appears on an old piece of parchment. Your standard episode and setup menus are all found here as well as a great looping musical score for each menu. The music loops appropriately and does not abruptly end, which is a nice touch. The menus are easy to access and transition smoothly without any problem.
As with other the collections preceding this one, the marathon mode feature allows you to view all the episodes without having to watch the episode introduction, preview for the next episode, and the closing credits. This is a nice touch that is great for marathoning, but I’m sure many true One Piece fans will want to watch the intro and closing. Of course, you can play each episode in its entirety by selecting play all or going into the individual episode list.
Again the staff commentary for this collection is a bit tricky to find as it is not placed in an obvious location on the main menu. To find the staff commentary, you must go to the individual episode listing where you will find it placed under episode 140.
The extras included in the collection are found on the second disc. The extras include the textless songs for the series and a handful of the latest FUNimation trailers.
The episode commentary in this collection features Jason Grundy, Colleen Clinkenbeard, and Vic Mignogna. We get to hear Vic talk about singing the songs for the series along with how much fun he had playing three different characters in the series. Colleen shares about some of the challenges and fun she has had with playing Luffy. She even elaborates on how she hates having to scream all the time, especially in some upcoming episodes. Colleen mentions an inside joke about a dollar and encourages fans to ask her at the conventions about it. So, please ask and be sure to let me know what that joke is about! Vic’s likening of Professor Henzo to a retired Billy Mays is quite humorous. Vic is fun to listen to as he oscillates from serious to humorous throughout the commentary.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers).
The Alabasta arc has come and gone and now we are treated to the typical filler episodes that will lead us to the Skypeia arc. Obviously, this is collection is not going to be anywhere near the main story arcs.
The obvious question to this collection “Is it worth watching?” Can a story about a crazy old man who lives on a deserted island with goats and a story about a rainbow colored mist be any good? Yes, it can. If you like One Piece humor, then this collection is for you. Both short story arcs are stocked full of One Piece slapstick humor and easy to just kick back and watch.
There is a good bit of time devoted to each of the two story arcs in this collection. Each story focuses on the plights of two old men who are attempting to fulfill dreams of their youth. While short, plenty of time is devoted to hashing out the story in a rather quick fashion with little time for the stories to become dull. You get the right balance of comedy and humor, which is the typical One Piece formula when side stories like these are inserted into the main story line. The comedy, of course, comes primarily from the antics of Luffy, Usopp, and Chopper. Sprinkle in a little bit of Sanji’s unrequited adore for Nami and you’ve got some very laughable moments. Nami, Zoro, and Robin balance the slapstick moments with a sense of focus as they try to aid both of these men.
We all know that filler arcs are typically made to allow the manga artist enough time to progress the main story line of a series further along. This filler arc follows the same formula as previous ones, two short stories before getting back to the main story line. As an interesting side note, the Goat Island arc was skipped by the 4Kids dub while the Rainbow Mist arc was the last dub that 4Kids produced during the stint with One Piece.
The Goat Island arc begins with the Marines in hot pursuit of the Straw Hats. In attempt to lose the Marines, the Straw Hats get lost in the fog and discover an uncharted island that is inhabited by an old man and a bunch of goats. I couldn’t help but have flashbacks to episode 18 where the gang runs into Gaimon, the guy who lived in a treasure chest and lived on an island by himself with a bunch of animals. Goat Island’s inhabitant, Zenny is not in good health. The Straw Hats feel led to help him fulfill a dream, a dream to set sail as a pirate. Zenny has a history in which the Marines are very much interested. He used to be a debt collector and rumored to have lots of cash. A crazy old man with a bunch of goats, plus the Straw Hats, plus a greedy gang of Marines, equals a crazy tale full of humor and action that will leave a smile on your face.
Moving on to the last story in this collection, the Straw Hats make their way to Ruluka Island where they immediately tick of the mayor and his goons. The mayor, a former pirate, has assumed power of the island and taxes the people on nearly everything. Robin, Usopp, and Luffy meet Professor Henzo who is conducting research on a mysterious mist that appears near the island. This effect is dubbed as the Rainbow Mist. Professor Henzo has a deep connection with the mysterious Rainbow Mist as does mayor Whetton. I found this story to be engaging at the beginning. It fell flat at the end when Henzo makes contact with his childhood friends, the Pumpkin Pirates, who have been trapped in the Rainbow Mist ever since Whetton left them there. The one thing you have to understand is the Rainbow Mist creates a time paradox that ultimately plays into the conclusion of this story. I think this arc could have included another episode to help explain the time paradox. It’s really made clear. Time paradox episodes are best left to the writers of Star Trek!
Between major story arcs, One Piece often defers to several filler arc episodes before proceeding on to the next major arc. This collection’s story arcs are enjoyable, but will not really leave you with any memorable moments. As a fan, you definitely want to pick up this collection. Casual fans may want to skip out on this as it really doesn’t do anything special with main cast.
Features Japanese 2.0 Language, English 5.1 Language, English Subtitles, Staff Commentary
Samsung UN46B6000VF 120Hz LED HDTV, Samsung HT-WS1R/XAA 2.1 Channel Soundbar Speaker System with Wireless Subwoofer, and Sony PlayStation3 Blu-ray player via HDMI set to 1080p
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