North American anime distributor FUNimation has announced they will be releasing season six of One Piece, The Thriller Bark Saga, this year on DVD! The episodes will be released in four installments, with the first coming on May 13, 2014. It will contain One Piece episodes 337 – 348.
FUNimation will also releasing One Piece Collection 9 on April 15th, which will contains episodes 206 to 229. The last One Piece Collection DVD was released on September 25, 2012.
We aren’t sure why FUNimation has two different series of One Piece DVDs being released pretty much at the same time, both have English and Japanese audio tracks with English subtitles. The only difference we noted is One Piece Collection DVDs have more episodes per set, while the Season DVDs are further ahead in the anime. All episodes in the Collection series have already been released in the Season series.
Below is the official press release.
Flower Mound, Texas (January 17, 2014) – FUNimation Entertainment announced today it has acquired the U.S. home video rights to Season Six of the action adventure anime series—One Piece. Season Six contains the Thriller Bark Saga, spanning Episodes 337 – 384, and will be released in four installments throughout 2014. That’s not all for One Piece news, though.
FUNimation® Entertainment has also announced the return of the popular One Piece Collection series. Picking up where the series left off, One Piece Collection 9 will contain Episodes 206 – 229 and retail for $34.98 MSRP. Expect to see more of these, as One Piece Collections will continue to be released on a regular basis.
One Piece Collection 9
Episodes: 206 – 229
Release Date: 4/15/2014
One Piece Season Six, Voyage One
Episodes: 337 – 348
Release Date: 5/13/2014
This extremely popular series is based on the manga by Eiichiro Oda and follows the adventures of Monkey D. Luffy and his crew of Straw Hat Pirates. The series is currently into its 628thepisode. Fans can watch the simulcast episodes Saturdays at 9:00 pm EST on onepieceoffical.com and funimation.com/onepiece.