One Piece Collection 11 has landed! In this lovely collection the Straw Hats must battle their way through Enies lobby on the Judiciary Island! One Piece Collection 11 comes to the UK from Manga Entertainment and spans four discs, with a total of twenty-three episodes.
Most of the collection is set on the Sea-train heading towards Enies lobby! Luffy and his crew members have to catch up with the members of CP9 in order to save both Franky and Robin from the “Justice” of the marines.
This release of One Piece Collection 11 is identical, in terms of content, to the Funimation release in North America, as are the previous collections. This means that we’re receiving the full uncut version of One Piece, both English dubbed and in the original Japanese. The English dub included is the Funimation dub and not that of the original North American broadcast, so there’s no censored dialog or name changes. It does, however, contain logo and credit alterations as are present in the Funimation version; this does not impede the viewing experience.
Despite being a DVD release, the anime quality is very high, and the quality remained consistent through all of the episodes. Fans of both original Japanese and English dubs are catered for in this release, the latter more so with a total of four episodes including commentary with members of the English voice cast, and two special behind the scenes featurettes. The English audio track is offered as 5.1 surround sound, while the Japanese audio is stereo only.
Despite all this I was, however, disappointed in some of the translation choices of the show, notably when Luffy decides to use his special move “Gear Second.” In the Japanese version that’s how Luffy presents and says the technique. However, in the English version it’s translated to “Second Gear”; I felt this took the tension away slightly from the fight that it’s used in.
Moreover, there were a few issues in the dub where sometimes the lip sync felt slightly off. Apart from that, the quality of the content is very good.
Extras include the standard clean opening and ending animations, behind the scenes featurettes, titled ‘On The Boat with’; featuring Chris Sabat (Zoro), Colleen Clickenbeard (Luffy), Patrick Seitz (Franky), and Sonny Strait (Usopp). The episodes with commentary can be found in the extras menu and are spread over the first three discs; this is available for the following episodes:
255 – Another Sea Train? Rocket Man Sortie
263 – The Judiciary Island! The Full Picture of Enies Lobby!
265 – Luffy Charges In! Great Decisive Battle on the Judiciary Island!
273 – All for the Sake of Protecting My Friends! Gear Second in Motion