The God War
Things get serious as the game is officially on! The God Eneru has decided to take four, and only four, with him on a journey to Fairy Vearth and has issued the order of trial by combat to decided the winner. Three teams face off against each other. Team God featuring the Priests of Eneru. Team Shandia lead by Wyper, and finally Team Straw Hat with the crew of the Going Merry. Battle Royale.
The “Season Three: Third Voyage” box set (actually Season Six by the Japanese counting) features episodes 170-182 uncut and unedited on two DVDs. Don’t expect the end to the Skypiea saga just yet, but things do get good here.
I loved every episode in this box set. It was great to see the Straw Hats going after some folks who are serious competition. They have gotten off easy for far too long, and now they are separated, isolated, and just possibly out of their league.
Every episode has a show-down match: Episode 170 has Pirate Zoro vs. Warrior Braham. Episode 171 has Pirate Luffy vs. Warrior Wyper. Episode 172 has Chopper vs Priest Gedatsu. You get the picture. The competitors are slowly whittled away as the God Eneru draws close to his endgame. Some of the battles are heart-breaking, like seeing little Chopper having to face off alone against the Ordeal of Iron with a 0% survival rate. This was the first time in the series that I thought I was seriously going to see the death of a main character.
Not that it is all dark and heavy. It wouldn’t be “One Piece” without some comedy thrown in, and there is a great bit with a giant snake and Monkey D. Luffy doing what he does best, to the detriment of all.
The final showdown of this box set is what we have all been waiting for, and it is a doozy. Episode 180 is Pirate Luffy vs God Eneru! You know you don’t want to miss that!