One Piece (Dub) Episode 681
Funimation holds the rights to the One Piece anime in North America for streaming and home video, and record their own in-house English dub which has reached episode 878. They have released every episode of the series with English subtitles (barring three crossover episodes) and stream new episodes the day they air in Japan. Additionally, they have released six TV Specials and five Movies in both subtitled and dubbed formats. Funimation's English localization is also used in Britain (through their subsidiary Manga Entertainment) and Australia.
One Piece (Dub) Episode 681
Funimation's English dub began airing in June 2007 with the Jaya Arc, continuing from where the edited 4Kids dub had left off. Funimation's home video release in May 2008 started with the re-dubbed version of the first episode 4Kids previously dubbed, and by May 2010 they had re-dubbed of all of the episodes previously handled by 4Kids. While the version initially broadcast on Cartoon Network was edited to the channel's standards, the streaming and home video versions, and the Adult Swim broadcasts are uncensored and streaming and home videos feature both English and Japanese versions.
After producing 104 English-dubbed episodes, cut down from 143 Japanese ones, 4Kids dropped the One Piece license in December 2006. On April 12, 2007, Funimation Entertainment announced they had acquired the license to the series and would premier their own dubbed English version on Cartoon Network on September 29, 2007, with Episode 144, and later redubbed the episodes 4Kids dubbed and dubbed the episodes skipped by 4Kids. Although Funimation's dub would directly follow the 4Kids version for the series' Cartoon Network broadcast, the production team behind the new dub was entirely different. Consequently, Funimation replaced every cast member, used less strict editing than 4Kids and retained the original music (with the Japanese theme music replaced with an English cover of the same song). Funimation's dub was well received for its voice acting, dialogue and music.
Episodes would still be edited to meet Cartoon Network's standards; for example, Sanji's cigarette, which 4Kids had re-drawn into a lollipop, was removed entirely. The broadcast version of the dub retained previously-established names and terminology from the 4Kids dub and video games, while the "Uncut" version intended for home video would use more accurate naming; for example, while "Zolo" was used on the Cartoon Network broadcasts, "Zoro" was used in all other releases and the Adult Swim broadcasts of the same episodes. In North America, Funimation's edited dub concluded with Episode 167 in March, 2008; the dub would continue to air in Australia, where it soon switched from edited to uncut versions. Episode 195, the last episode of the Skypiea Arc, aired January 7, 2009, and has rerun once before being put on hiatus again.
In May 2008, Funimation released their first uncut DVD of the series, starting from the first episode and catching up to "Season Three", the batch of episodes that they had initially dubbed. In April 2011, the DVD release of Funimation's Season Three was concluded. The release of new dubbed episodes continued in August 2012 with Episode 206, the beginning of "Season Four", on DVD.
One Piece returned to Cartoon Network on May 19, 2013, this time as part of Adult Swim's Toonami block. Adult Swim skipped ahead to Episode 207, the start of the Long Ring Long Land Arc, which had been available on DVD for several months. The series aired at 1 AM without edits for content; however, as per Toonami practice, the opening and ending credits were shortened to 30 seconds (or more for some openings and endings) and the next episode previews were removed. An "Ask Toonami" segment established that most of the intro/outro material the block receives from Funimation and other sources is already cut down for broadcast, and was not their own doing; as the full opening was used for the first available episode or as the lead-off program of the block, with the short opening being used in the rest of the available episodes, if the program doesn't lead off the block. The short version of the ending is always used, regardless of that. The series ran on Adult Swim until March 17, 2017, with the airing of Episode 384 (Spa Island Arc), and was replaced by Tokyo Ghoul.
One Piece made its second return to Adult Swim's Toonami block on January 23, 2022, skipping ahead to Episodes 517-518, the start of the Return to Sabaody Arc and the Fish-Man Island Saga, as it was considered the best starting point for new viewers, those caught up with the simulcast, and people who watched the show on previous television runs.In addition, two new episodes aired on the block each night instead of the standard one up until Episode 593, with every airing of the block since only premiering one a week.
The uncut version of the English dub doesn't use the censored dialogue from the television broadcast and reverts the majority of the 4Kids terms to more accurate transliterations of the Japanese names. No in-episode footage is edited for Funimation's home video and online releases, but Mirai Kōkai and the animation associated with it are substituted with Eternal Pose due to licensing issues. For the dub, English covers of the theme music were initially used, but they were unable to continue this practice from Episode 207 due to licensing issues.
While some of the subtitled versions released online use the unaltered Japanese footage, some minor branding and translation changes are made for the English dub presentation; the Japanese logo is replaced by a gold-colored variant with the Shonen Jump branding and the credits and episode titles are replaced with English translations. From Episode 361, other captions, such as those introducing characters, were replaced with English versions too. The movies and TV specials swap between Japanese and English credits on a case-by-case basis, with Japanese-language credits generally followed by silent English ones.
For the first 574 episodes, the English-language credits reference the cast and crew for both languages, although not every credit from the Japanese version is translated. Additional credits covering the Japanese production, such as the theme music, are included from Episode 206. From Episode 575 onward, the translated credits only refer to the Japanese production and credit fewer people than previous episodes did; silent English dub credits follow each episode, again with fewer credited cast and crew than before.
All of Funimation's disc releases contain the uncut English dub and original Japanese audio with translated English subtitles. While the Japanese TV series and specials are mixed in stereo, the English dub was up-mixed to 5.1 for the first 628 episodes. Where applicable, the video track uses the localized English version of the credits.
Funimation's first DVD release of the franchise was the movie Episode of Alabasta on February 19, 2008, with a Blu-ray release following on January 27, 2009. Funimation categorized the TV series into "Seasons" which are generally longer than those used for the Japanese DVDs; for example, Episode 264 marks the begging of the Japanese "Season Nine" but the American "Season Four". Each season is divided into "Voyages" containing 10 to 14 episodes over two discs, which retail at $49.98. 'Season One: First Voyage', containing the first 13 episodes, was released on May 27, 2008. In 2011, after releasing the first three seasons, Funimation began releasing 4-disc "Collections" bundling two Voyages in new packaging at an MSRP of $24.99; apart from the labels, the discs themselves are identical to the previous releases.
All movies and TV specials following Movie 8 would be released on DVD and Blu-ray simultaneously, mostly as DVD/Blu-ray 'Combo Packs' without a standalone DVD release. Initially, the series was only released on DVD, despite Episode 207 onward being animated in HD and Japanese Blu-ray releases being available for all episodes from 575. The Voyage and Collection releases changed format to DVD/BD Combo Packs with Episode 629, the start of "Season Eleven"; because Collection 26 bundles a DVD-only Voyage and a Combo Pack Voyage, it does not include Blu-ray copies for the first half of its episodes.
In addition to the full episodes, the TV series includes a "Marathon Play" option which skips the theme music and previews between episodes. Most Voyages also contain a episodes with audio commentary from the American cast and crew; Season 9 also featured Video Commentaries with picture-in-picture footage of the commentators. From 'Season 4: Voyage 4', Funimation began also including interviews with the English cast in different formats; 'On The Boat: Behind the Scenes of One Piece' features are around 15 minutes long and feature ADR Director Mike McFarland interviewing a voice actor and discussing their character and overall thoughts on the show. 'One Piece in the Booth' features, which last twenty to thirty minutes, include cast and crew interviews, as well as footage of the English dialogue being recorded. Later features use a similar format and feature multiple voice actors. Additionally, One Piece releases have featured convention panels, outtakes from the English dub and comedy sketches with the American cast.
Funimation had planned to start simulcasting subbed One Piece episodes an hour after their original broadcast on their official website, starting May 30 with episode 403. On May 29 someone accessed their website and uploaded episode 403 before Funimation had agreed to put it online. As Funimation became aware of this they then shut down the video service and announced that fans will be "deprived" of One Piece for the "immediate future" and that they will also be trying to "locate and prosecute the perpetrators". The perpetrator was later caught and charged.
On August 18, 2009 Funimation announced the return of the simulcast One Piece episodes starting Friday, August 21 with episode 391. They released 3 episodes daily at 9:00 pm CDT, leading up to the August 29th release of episode 415 one hour after the Japanese release, after which they continued releasing one episode per week. The simulcast episodes are streamed in SD. Additionally, Funimation has also uploaded episodes 1-384 in both dubbed and subtitled formats. These episodes are available in HD (where applicable) for subscribers. 041b061a72