The seventh collection of the 'One Piece' anime contains a further twenty-six episodes across four discs with all the episodes continuing the Skypiea arc.
After breaking the laws of Skypiea, the Straw Hat Pirates split up and forced to undergo the judgement of God Eneru and the trial of his four Priests Satori, Ohm, Gedatsu and Shura. To complicate matters further, the actions of the Straw Hats and the intervention of the Sky Knight Gan Fall within God's Land of Upper Yard gives the Shandia Warriors the distraction they need to launch an assault on Eneru's forces and take back the land they believe should be theirs, causing all-out war to break out across the jungle ruins of Upper Yard. While everyone fights for their lives, Eneru himself has his own plans that will spell disaster for all of Skypiea.
The episodes in this collection are all very good with some very nice battles once the war for Upper Yard begins. Of the battles, the some of the best in this collection have to be any battle that Zoro gets involved in, especially his chaotic battle against Wiper, the Priest Ohm and a giant snake. As well as this other good battles include Luffy's fight against Wiper, Robbin's fight against Yama, and Gan Fall and Nami's battle with the twins Hotori and Kotori. It is in the episodes of this collection that the Skypiea arc starts to get very entertaining with some nice development and a few nice twists. This part of the arc also introduces the ability known as Mantra that will become an important part of the series in the future under a different name.
The animation of the series remains as good as always (although there is some repeated use of animation in some of the massed battles) and the English dub of the series remains solid as well. Of the new characters introduce, all of them are very good with the voices for all four priests being nicely done, as well as those for the Shandia Warriors. The best new voice in this collection though has to be J. Michael Tatum's great performance as God Eneru himself.
This seventh collection of 'One Piece' is another very entertaining instalment and leaves things in a good place (and with one of the best facial expressions of the series). The next volume will see the end of the Skypiea arc and I am looking forward to seeing the conclusion again. Overall I feel that this collection is easily worth a full five stars.