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    Damn, not sure if I like FUNi spoiling Franky to newcomers, but oh well... Still awesome either way. I guess they just assume most fans are caught up with the series, but we should be welcoming new fans as well.

    About anime being more expensive, I can see why because of how expensive it is to animate and dub these shows. Still, 20 bucks is nothing to complain about, and it annoys me when these people are so cheap they can't even spend that much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by firecrouch View Post
    After getting to where we are now, there might be some truth to this video from last year:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...&v=eKsDPt7g5jw
    So do tell: what is it about the video you were trying to get us to hear? Didn't make it through the whole video,that toei are nothing but a bunch of hard asses,or about the TV deal they are trying to get (FUNimation)

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    Ah, Thread version III. I remember the first one fondly, as I wrote up the initial FAQ. I see some of the q's from that original FAQ exist. Funimation's acquisition of One Piece in early 2007 is entirely why I started my account here (at that time as Gerchak).

    Anyway, dunno about any of you, but the Ocean's Dream filler arc is pretty well handled in English. Stephanie Young gets considerably more screen time in this filler so it's nice to hear her portrayal of Robin more (as opposed to Skypiea on CN where people kept saying she sounded too bitchy).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sano View Post
    The only HBO show that below the $50 mark of the most recent shows is Eastbound and Down (Its great show I reccomend it.). Since I don't I have blu ray player, I have to stick good ole dvds. Sometimes, even I don't get why CBS and HBO have to be the most expenisves on their dvds (There a lot shows that I like from both companies, NCIS, True Blood, and Games of Thornes). I'm happy that a lot of the other companies (ABC,Fox, and some of the anime compaines) are having a lot of their series are slowly lowing the prices. I know a lot people of buying blu rays, but their still a lot more people are still buying dvds. Heck most of the time I can't tell the differnce between the quality of shows between the standred and HD verison. Trust me on this, since I watched the dvd verison of Wrestlemania 25 and I also saw the HD verison of it on its orginal airing. And I couldn't tell the difference. And Most of time on other shows I couldn't tell the differnce as well.

    Anyway back to One Piece, I can't wait for this weekend streaming of the first two episodes of Season 4, Part 4 on One Piece Official. I still can't believe that we made it to these episodes finally.
    I respectfully disagree. Bluray looks much better to me.

    Bored to Death was also below 50.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chopperrules View Post
    Damn, not sure if I like FUNi spoiling Franky to newcomers, but oh well... Still awesome either way. I guess they just assume most fans are caught up with the series, but we should be welcoming new fans as well.

    About anime being more expensive, I can see why because of how expensive it is to animate and dub these shows. Still, 20 bucks is nothing to complain about, and it annoys me when these people are so cheap they can't even spend that much.
    You seem to have missed my post. I dare you to find one person who doesn't know that Franky is a crew member. If the fan has ever looked one piece up online, they'll know. I think it's general knowledge. I'm not mad at FUNi at all. Plus, this makes people more anxious to buy the next sets.

    There's no excuse to not spend 20$ on a show this good. Especially cannon sets. Especially especially Water 7. Those people are unreasonable. And trolls.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GrizzlayLeslay View Post
    Anyway, dunno about any of you, but the Ocean's Dream filler arc is pretty well handled in English. Stephanie Young gets considerably more screen time in this filler so it's nice to hear her portrayal of Robin more (as opposed to Skypiea on CN where people kept saying she sounded too bitchy).
    It was handled well, sure, but it was still a horrid arc. It took them 5 episodes to chase down and beat up a seahorse. So bad. I couldn't watch those episodes as many times as the rest of the set's episodes.

    I did appreciate some of the choices they made though. To make robin the one that has to keep them together, for instance. And the animation for the memory smoke was awesome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by firecrouch View Post
    After getting to where we are now, there might be some truth to this video from last year:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...&v=eKsDPt7g5jw
    I have to agree with Arc in wondering just what you are referring to. While I am not willing to say he (in the video) was full of it, I think that maybe his source was, because nothing that was said had any real detail to it. It was all way too vague. I mean, it's not far fetched for any of us to think that they were in negotiations at the time of the video, especially given that FUNimation had made it pretty clear prior to that, that they weren't giving up on One Piece. Adding into the fact that the VA's and many of the others who work on it just love working on it, is more than enough for me to conclude that they would continue working towards getting more (I always thought that getting what was essentially half an arc with season four was pretty telling. I said it with the season five announcement, but I'll say it again. It never came as a surprise to me that they got it, it was just the timing of the announcement that blindsided me. It's what, for me, makes the whole season six thing believable) And when you consider the statement he made in the video about 22 episode voyages...well, that shoots the credibility down in my book. Bottom line, nothing he said in the video was outside the range of speculation at the time and then-available information.

    As far as a TV deal goes, well, I'm just not sure that it's doable in current US animated television culture at the moment. One Piece is not like DBZ. Editing for that is fairly simple. Editing for One Piece (especially Zoro's fights wherein he loses 10 gallons of blood) would be a whole different ball game. And I'm not sure it would be successful in those time slots where such editing wouldn't need to be as heavy as say, a time and channel for DBZ.

    And last but not least, I would think that the relationship shared between FUNimation and you guys there at the podcast is much closer than that of them with some comic shop owner.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elan_Morin View Post
    I have to agree with Arc in wondering just what you are referring to. While I am not willing to say he (in the video) was full of it, I think that maybe his source was, because nothing that was said had any real detail to it. It was all way too vague. I mean, it's not far fetched for any of us to think that they were in negotiations at the time of the video, especially given that FUNimation had made it pretty clear prior to that, that they weren't giving up on One Piece. Adding into the fact that the VA's and many of the others who work on it just love working on it, is more than enough for me to conclude that they would continue working towards getting more (I always thought that getting what was essentially half an arc with season four was pretty telling. I said it with the season five announcement, but I'll say it again. It never came as a surprise to me that they got it, it was just the timing of the announcement that blindsided me. It's what, for me, makes the whole season six thing believable) And when you consider the statement he made in the video about 22 episode voyages...well, that shoots the credibility down in my book. Bottom line, nothing he said in the video was outside the range of speculation at the time and then-available information.

    As far as a TV deal goes, well, I'm just not sure that it's doable in current US animated television culture at the moment. One Piece is not like DBZ. Editing for that is fairly simple. Editing for One Piece (especially Zoro's fights wherein he loses 10 gallons of blood) would be a whole different ball game. And I'm not sure it would be successful in those time slots where such editing wouldn't need to be as heavy as say, a time and channel for DBZ.

    And last but not least, I would think that the relationship shared between FUNimation and you guys there at the podcast is much closer than that of them with some comic shop owner.
    Plus 22 episode sets? Doesn't even make sense,and is totally not practical from a business stand point. If they were to release that many episodes at a time they would blow through their entire stock of episodes they tried so hard to earn. Plus their isn't much money to be gained from them or for toei for that matter,spreading out the releases evenly does.

    That and the whole toei being hard asses deal

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    I didn't read through the comments, because I realized shortly after I posted that video that that kid could've just said whatever he wanted. Just because what he says and what actually happens may synch up a litle doesn't validate his remarks.

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    The kid was bullshitting. Hell, his screenname admits he's crazy.

    Been checking the order page daily... So excited.

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    I'm sure he actually believed his source though, not that it makes much of a difference.

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    What're you guys more excited for? Voyage 3 or 4?

    4 has the reveal, the battle in Iceburg's room, and Franky's past.

    I think I'm more excited for three, but not by much. Only because of all the new voices and the dubbed theme. The events are mostly a tie.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zephray View Post
    What're you guys more excited for? Voyage 3 or 4?

    4 has the reveal, the battle in Iceburg's room, and Franky's past.

    I think I'm more excited for three, but not by much. Only because of all the new voices and the dubbed theme. The events are mostly a tie.
    I'm just excited for water 7 period.

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    There's more anticipation for voyage 3 because we are dying to hear all of the water 7 cast dubbed, but the events in both sets of episodes are pretty epic, i mean there is so much going on!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ARC-1300 View Post
    I'm just excited for water 7 period.
    Agreed.

    gum gum, there is a lot going on in these sets, but I feel like voyage three actually contains more story/information than voyage four. In the latter, they spend most of the set in Iceburg's room.

    I asked because it's a hard question. In my mind Luffy vs Usopp and the CP9 reveal are almost equally awesome plot twists. LvU moreso because of the emotion behind it. But yeah, I think you're right. Voyage three definitely takes the cake because of all the voice reveals.

    Question: How does the man in the costume disguise his voice when talking to Robin? Won't we be able to guess who it is when we hear the voice?

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    Voyage 3 for me because:
    Spoiler:
    Luffy vs Ussop
    is in my top 3 best anime episodes of all time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zephray View Post
    Question: How does the man in the costume disguise his voice when talking to Robin? Won't we be able to guess who it is when we hear the voice?
    Which man?
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    Blueno? He disguises his voice with an accent when he's working at the bar. The other guy in the dark who speaks to Robin early on is Lucci, right?

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    The one that starts with an L. Talks to Robin.

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    You don't know that the voice is Lucci until after the reveal though. For the ventriloquist act he uses an entirely different voice, a really high and cartoony one in the Japanese and likely in the English as well. In any case it's instantly meant ot be obvious that the voice he does for Hattori isn't his natural voice. Or am I confused and you're asking about something else?

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    Oh! I forgot that he only speaks through Hattori. So we'll only get to hear Lucci 's voice later, eh? Like in the forth set. Or maybe a little bit when he's talking to robin this set.
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    Since I wrote the original FAQ, I just updated it to current, and included a few more questions.
    Zephray or Firecrouch, if you would be so kind, could one of you update the first post plz?

    Spoiler:
    One Piece DVD FAQ:

    Q: Up to what episode has been released in FUNimation Dub format?
    A: Episode 205 is the end of FUNimation's "Season 3". That is the final full season that is currently available. FUNimation is in the progress of releasing Season 4, as of this posting two of those sets have been released taking the total up to episode 229 released as of now.

    Q: Are more episodes coming and when?
    A: Yes, FUNimation has confirmed that they have acquired "Season 4" which consists of the entire Davy Back Fight, Water Seven, and all filler that falls between. This season will encompass Episodes 206-263. Parts 1 and 2 have been released thus far and Part 3 is coming in December. They have also acquired "Season 5" which spans the entire Enies Lobby Arc and ends with the Ice Hunter Arc. This season will encompass Episodes 264-336, and will be released in the summer of 2013.

    Q: What about the movies?
    A: FUNimation's original license included Movie 8 (Episode of Alabasta) and it was dubbed and released on both DVD and Blu-ray. They have also acquired the rights for "One Piece Film: Strong World", and will release it sometime in 2013.

    Q: Wait, I read somewhere that FUNimation ALSO has "Season 6" which is supposed to include up to the end of the "Impel Down" arc and Movie Z. Is this true?
    A: When Season 5 was announced, it appears as though the official press release from FUNimation included an announcement of "Season 6" and "Film Z" and was very specific about the episodes in that season, indicating it would end at the end of the Impel Down arc. As it was in the press release, most news sites began running that information despite FUNimation not actually announcing any of that at the official panel, and later made corrections due to FUNimation claiming that included information was a mistake.

    Q: So... it's a mistake then? Don't believe it?
    A: FUNimation did include this information in an official press release and were very specific about the episode count contained therein, however yes, they did later claim this was a mistake and recanted it. This could mean that FUNimation actually has acquired those episodes, but cannot legally disclose that information yet, but take that with a huge grain of salt. You are free to draw your own conclusions, but at this time the official answer is that they do not have those episodes yet.

    Q: In what format are the DVDs? IE: How many episodes per set?
    A: There are currently two release formats for One Piece. First a set of 12-14 episode "Voyages" comes out as the initial release for a given season. Then, shortly after the season finishes its run, FUNimation re-releases the series on lower priced "Collection" sets which are each comprised of two voyages in new packaging (22-26 Episodes Each). Despite this, the disc contents are exactly the same as the voyages right down to the menus. Each collection has an MSRP of $34.98, but prices may vary depending on the outlet you purchase from. As the voyages for Seasons 1-3 have finished being released prices will vary on those. Starting with Season 4 however, Voyages will be priced with an MSRP of $39.98.

    Q: When should I expect the next release?
    A: Be sure to check different sources/outlets when you can for updates. Suggestions for areas to find these release dates as they come out include amazon.com, rightstuf.com, animenewsnetwork.com, toonezone.net, and crunchyroll.com, among others.

    Q: What episode are available in those formats?
    A: The entire first 3 US Seasons (Episodes 1-205) are available in Collection format with Season 4 being available in only Voyages thus far. In the past, as the Collections were released, the corresponding Voyage releases were discontinued. Is it not yet known if this will also be the case with Season 4.

    Q: What about Blu-ray? Will the series ever be Re-released in HD?
    A: Episodes 1-206 Were produced in Standard Definition via digital ink and paint, therefore an HD Master of these episodes does not exist. For this reason, any Blu-ray that could be relased of this material would be an upscale, which most Blu-ray players already do automatically to SD DVDs. For this reason, while a Blu-ray release of this material is possible, it isn't exactly sound. Either way, there is no information whatsoever about such a release.

    Q: But what about 207+ then?
    A: That is the point by which the series began to be produced in Native HD. FUNimation has revealed in their press release that they have the 16:9 Widescreen HD masters of those episodes.

    Q: Then, will we get a Blu-ray of that?
    A: FUNimation currently doesn't have Blu-ray rights for those episodes but noted it was possible and they would be looking into the release format in the future. It is not likely Toei Animation in will give FUNimation those rights. So while it is POSSIBLE we may see a Blu-ray release eventually, currently it does not appear likely, at least in the near future.

    Q: But Why? FUNimation released Movie 8 on Blu-ray, why not the series?
    A: There hasn't been any direct information as to why Toei will not release the Blu-ray rights to FUNimation despite providing them with HD Masters, however the most likely answer is that since Japan currently does not have any form of a Blu-ray released planned for the series, and since Blu-ray shares the same regional locking code as America, this would allow Japanese fans to reverse-import the FUNimation Blu-rays, and Toei would not want that to happen. The movies, however, DO have a Japanese Blu-ray release, making it ok for FUNimation to do the same.

    Q: So, if it's POSSIBLE, then how will the Blu-rays be released when/if it happens?
    A: Most likely, if a Blu-ray release happens it will either be a dual-release (IE: Both a DVD and A Blu-ray release simultaniously) as they have done with Dragon Ball Kai or they will do a Blu-ray/DVD "Combo Pack" with both formats in one box as they have done with Fairy Tail.

    Q: Are FUNimation's releases Uncut?
    A: Yes, Absolutely no in-episode animation content has been changed whatsoever from the Japanese DVD release.

    Q: Are there any differences at all then?
    A: FUNimation has a new "Gold" logo that they use for their releases, the Logo has been replaced wherever it appears. (IE, opening and closing themes and Eyecatches) Also, the episode title cards (Reading off the name of the episode) have been rendered in English and no Japanese option is available for them. Other than that, the material is left alone.

    Q: What about the Opening and Ending Songs?
    A: All opening and ending songs are presented as originally broadcast with one exception. Before Season 4, all are dubbed in the English language track, and left entirely alone in the Japanese track. The first ending theme of Season 4, "Mirai Koukai" was skipped by FUNimation, and those episodes where it should appear instead use the next song, "Eternal Pose". The situation caught FUNimation off-guard and caused them to be unable to dub the opening and ending in time for the release of the beginning of Season 4, so at that point the English track begins to default to Japanese OP and ED music. A title card indicated they would try to correct this in the future.

    Q: But why did FUNimation do this?
    A: It was not their choice. Every time FUNimation gets a new set of episodes, everything right down to the music has its own set of rights that must be secured. Somewhere in the process, most likely with the artists, someone refused to give the rights to that song so it had to be omitted. This is a problem caused by the Japanese rights holders. FUNimation is not responsible, nor can they do anything about it.

    Q: They stopped dubbing the songs then? Will they ever start again?
    A: The title card at the beginning of the first Season 4 DVD explaining the rights issue did say that the same issue also caused them to be unable to dub the songs there, they specifically say this hindered up to episode 230. Most likely the loss of those rights caught FUNimation off-guard and therefore they didn't expect to have to have Eternal Pose dubbed yet, and therefore didn't have the work completed yet. They did however specifically state that after episode 230, they at least Intend to begin dubbing the songs again.

    Q: Is Zoro "Zoro" or is he "Zolo"?
    A: Zoro's name is rendered as "Zoro" in all text appearances (Subtitles, title cards, packaging etc) and spoken word (dub, special features) on FUNimation's DVDs. For some reason, his wanted poster in the Eyecatch will occasionally say "Zolo" on the season 1 discs, but this is both an unintentional error that was corrected and is on screen for less than one second and to see it, you must frame-by-frame view the scene. Otherwise he is "Zoro" at all times.

    Q: How is the quality of the English Dub?
    A: This is subjective from person to person, but has received positive response from fans overall.

    Q: Is the translation accurate in both formats?
    A: Yes, the subtitles are accurate to what is being said, however nothing is left in Japanese except for honorifics and the occasional name. All words are translated to English including Devil Fruit names, attacks, Shichibukai (to Seven Warlords of the Sea) and "Nakama".
    The dub is mostly accurate but occasionally has to make slight alterations to match Lip-flap

    Q: What about all the series-specific terms?
    A: Everything is translated. For the first 2 seasons, a very small number of terms had to be left in their Viz/4kids forms at the request of Toei animation. However, they are few and far between. (Such as one or two of Kuro and Arlong's attacks)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Demon Rin View Post
    Since I wrote the original FAQ, I just updated it to current, and included a few more questions.
    Zephray or Firecrouch, if you would be so kind, could one of you update the first post plz?

    Spoiler:
    One Piece DVD FAQ:

    Q: Up to what episode has been released in FUNimation Dub format?
    A: Episode 205 is the end of FUNimation's "Season 3". That is the final full season that is currently available. FUNimation is in the progress of releasing Season 4, as of this posting two of those sets have been released taking the total up to episode 229 released as of now.

    Q: Are more episodes coming and when?
    A: Yes, FUNimation has confirmed that they have acquired "Season 4" which consists of the entire Davy Back Fight, Water Seven, and all filler that falls between. This season will encompass Episodes 206-263. Parts 1 and 2 have been released thus far and Part 3 is coming in December. They have also acquired "Season 5" which spans the entire Enies Lobby Arc and ends with the Ice Hunter Arc. This season will encompass Episodes 264-336, and will be released in the summer of 2013.

    Q: What about the movies?
    A: FUNimation's original license included Movie 8 (Episode of Alabasta) and it was dubbed and released on both DVD and Blu-ray. They have also acquired the rights for "One Piece Film: Strong World", and will release it sometime in 2013.

    Q: Wait, I read somewhere that FUNimation ALSO has "Season 6" which is supposed to include up to the end of the "Impel Down" arc and Movie Z. Is this true?
    A: When Season 5 was announced, it appears as though the official press release from FUNimation included an announcement of "Season 6" and "Film Z" and was very specific about the episodes in that season, indicating it would end at the end of the Impel Down arc. As it was in the press release, most news sites began running that information despite FUNimation not actually announcing any of that at the official panel, and later made corrections due to FUNimation claiming that included information was a mistake.

    Q: So... it's a mistake then? Don't believe it?
    A: FUNimation did include this information in an official press release and were very specific about the episode count contained therein, however yes, they did later claim this was a mistake and recanted it. This could mean that FUNimation actually has acquired those episodes, but cannot legally disclose that information yet, but take that with a huge grain of salt. You are free to draw your own conclusions, but at this time the official answer is that they do not have those episodes yet.

    Q: In what format are the DVDs? IE: How many episodes per set?
    A: There are currently two release formats for One Piece. First a set of 12-14 episode "Voyages" comes out as the initial release for a given season. Then, shortly after the season finishes its run, FUNimation re-releases the series on lower priced "Collection" sets which are each comprised of two voyages in new packaging (22-26 Episodes Each). Despite this, the disc contents are exactly the same as the voyages right down to the menus. Each collection has an MSRP of $34.98, but prices may vary depending on the outlet you purchase from. As the voyages for Seasons 1-3 have finished being released prices will vary on those. Starting with Season 4 however, Voyages will be priced with an MSRP of $39.98.

    Q: When should I expect the next release?
    A: Be sure to check different sources/outlets when you can for updates. Suggestions for areas to find these release dates as they come out include amazon.com, rightstuf.com, animenewsnetwork.com, toonezone.net, and crunchyroll.com, among others.

    Q: What episode are available in those formats?
    A: The entire first 3 US Seasons (Episodes 1-205) are available in Collection format with Season 4 being available in only Voyages thus far. In the past, as the Collections were released, the corresponding Voyage releases were discontinued. Is it not yet known if this will also be the case with Season 4.

    Q: What about Blu-ray? Will the series ever be Re-released in HD?
    A: Episodes 1-206 Were produced in Standard Definition via digital ink and paint, therefore an HD Master of these episodes does not exist. For this reason, any Blu-ray that could be relased of this material would be an upscale, which most Blu-ray players already do automatically to SD DVDs. For this reason, while a Blu-ray release of this material is possible, it isn't exactly sound. Either way, there is no information whatsoever about such a release.

    Q: But what about 207+ then?
    A: That is the point by which the series began to be produced in Native HD. FUNimation has revealed in their press release that they have the 16:9 Widescreen HD masters of those episodes.

    Q: Then, will we get a Blu-ray of that?
    A: FUNimation currently doesn't have Blu-ray rights for those episodes but noted it was possible and they would be looking into the release format in the future. It is not likely Toei Animation in will give FUNimation those rights. So while it is POSSIBLE we may see a Blu-ray release eventually, currently it does not appear likely, at least in the near future.

    Q: But Why? FUNimation released Movie 8 on Blu-ray, why not the series?
    A: There hasn't been any direct information as to why Toei will not release the Blu-ray rights to FUNimation despite providing them with HD Masters, however the most likely answer is that since Japan currently does not have any form of a Blu-ray released planned for the series, and since Blu-ray shares the same regional locking code as America, this would allow Japanese fans to reverse-import the FUNimation Blu-rays, and Toei would not want that to happen. The movies, however, DO have a Japanese Blu-ray release, making it ok for FUNimation to do the same.

    Q: So, if it's POSSIBLE, then how will the Blu-rays be released when/if it happens?
    A: Most likely, if a Blu-ray release happens it will either be a dual-release (IE: Both a DVD and A Blu-ray release simultaniously) as they have done with Dragon Ball Kai or they will do a Blu-ray/DVD "Combo Pack" with both formats in one box as they have done with Fairy Tail.

    Q: Are FUNimation's releases Uncut?
    A: Yes, Absolutely no in-episode animation content has been changed whatsoever from the Japanese DVD release.

    Q: Are there any differences at all then?
    A: FUNimation has a new "Gold" logo that they use for their releases, the Logo has been replaced wherever it appears. (IE, opening and closing themes and Eyecatches) Also, the episode title cards (Reading off the name of the episode) have been rendered in English and no Japanese option is available for them. Other than that, the material is left alone.

    Q: What about the Opening and Ending Songs?
    A: All opening and ending songs are presented as originally broadcast with one exception. Before Season 4, all are dubbed in the English language track, and left entirely alone in the Japanese track. The first ending theme of Season 4, "Mirai Koukai" was skipped by FUNimation, and those episodes where it should appear instead use the next song, "Eternal Pose". The situation caught FUNimation off-guard and caused them to be unable to dub the opening and ending in time for the release of the beginning of Season 4, so at that point the English track begins to default to Japanese OP and ED music. A title card indicated they would try to correct this in the future.

    Q: But why did FUNimation do this?
    A: It was not their choice. Every time FUNimation gets a new set of episodes, everything right down to the music has its own set of rights that must be secured. Somewhere in the process, most likely with the artists, someone refused to give the rights to that song so it had to be omitted. This is a problem caused by the Japanese rights holders. FUNimation is not responsible, nor can they do anything about it.

    Q: They stopped dubbing the songs then? Will they ever start again?
    A: The title card at the beginning of the first Season 4 DVD explaining the rights issue did say that the same issue also caused them to be unable to dub the songs there, they specifically say this hindered up to episode 230. Most likely the loss of those rights caught FUNimation off-guard and therefore they didn't expect to have to have Eternal Pose dubbed yet, and therefore didn't have the work completed yet. They did however specifically state that after episode 230, they at least Intend to begin dubbing the songs again.

    Q: Is Zoro "Zoro" or is he "Zolo"?
    A: Zoro's name is rendered as "Zoro" in all text appearances (Subtitles, title cards, packaging etc) and spoken word (dub, special features) on FUNimation's DVDs. For some reason, his wanted poster in the Eyecatch will occasionally say "Zolo" on the season 1 discs, but this is both an unintentional error that was corrected and is on screen for less than one second and to see it, you must frame-by-frame view the scene. Otherwise he is "Zoro" at all times.

    Q: How is the quality of the English Dub?
    A: This is subjective from person to person, but has received positive response from fans overall.

    Q: Is the translation accurate in both formats?
    A: Yes, the subtitles are accurate to what is being said, however nothing is left in Japanese except for honorifics and the occasional name. All words are translated to English including Devil Fruit names, attacks, Shichibukai (to Seven Warlords of the Sea) and "Nakama".
    The dub is mostly accurate but occasionally has to make slight alterations to match Lip-flap

    Q: What about all the series-specific terms?
    A: Everything is translated. For the first 2 seasons, a very small number of terms had to be left in their Viz/4kids forms at the request of Toei animation. However, they are few and far between. (Such as one or two of Kuro and Arlong's attacks)
    Done deal. Good job.

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