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One Piece (Dub) Episode 929

The modern One Piece English dub has always been infamously far behind the Japanese episode releases. This is because Funimation, now a part of Crunchyroll, didn't begin working on it until 2004. However, the One Piece anime got its start back in 1999. This five-year gap between the English dub and the Japanese subs remained the standard for a long time.

One Piece (Dub) Episode 929

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However, something has been changing about this gap in recent years. Dubbed episodes have been getting put out much faster than subbed episodes and it's causing the gap to close. The One Piece dub is less than three years behind the subs with the latest batch of episodes. At the rate things are going, it will only be a matter of time before the dub is completely caught up.

Figuring out how long it will take for the dub to catch up to the subs will require a look at how fast new dubs have been coming out. Throughout the year 2022, Episodes 759 through 914 were released in English, putting the dub right around the start of Luffy's first match with Kaidō. That makes for a total of 156 new dubbed episodes, which averages a clean 13 episodes per month.

For comparison, the subs put out Episodes 1005 through 1045 throughout 2022. That makes a total of 46 episodes; this should put their average output at around three to four episodes a month. There's still a 131-episode difference between the sub and the dub, but that difference feels far more surmountable with how fast the dub is going.

If the dub and the sub continue going at their current rate, then by the end of 2023, the dub could make it up to Episode 1070. By that same point, the sub should be up to Episode 1093 at the most. By March or even February 2024, the dub could theoretically be putting out episodes within weeks of their original Japanese broadcast.

4Kids' dub of One Piece is infamous for its mandated edits for content and length, reducing the first 143 episodes down to 104. Many, if not all, of the changes made were mandatory for the series to be suitable for broadcast in a children's timeslot. One of the more notable changes was the digital replacement of Sanji's cigarette with a lollipop. There were various character names changes, most notably changing Roronoa Zoro to "Zolo". 4Kids toned down many of the series' more emotionally intense scenes, also toning down violence and other extreme situations, including writing out the deaths of characters, sometimes unintentionally making it even worse. A lot of dialogue was altered to include humor, often pun-based, even during scenes that were entirely serious in the Japanese version. Several episodes were also removed, including ones which would turn out to be important later on in the series. The original music score was replaced by a new in-house score composed by Jeff Silverman, along with a new opening theme, the infamous "One Piece Rap". However, 4Kids originally created an English version of the first opening theme, "We Are!", sung by Russell Velázquez. This theme only previewed at a con sometime in 2004.

4Kids' dub premiered in the United States on September 18, 2004 on the Fox network as part of the weekend programming block Fox Box, and would later air on Toonami in April 2005. Reception of their dub was overwhelmingly negative, being universally panned by fans of the original Japanese version for their alterations to the series. 4Kids contracted Viz Media to handle home video distribution, releasing 11 volumes of the first 52 episodes before ceasing production due to low sales. 4Kids released a statement in December 2006 confirming that it cancelled the project. Mark Kirk, the Vice President of Digital Media for 4Kids Entertainment, said the experience on producing One Piece "ruined the company's reputation." Since then, 4Kids established a more strict set of guidelines, checks, and balances to determine which anime the company acquires.

On April 13, 2007, FUNimation Entertainment licensed the series and started production on their own English-language release of One Piece, both resuming where 4Kids left off, as well as going back and redubbing their episodes uncut for DVD. For FUNimation's cast, Toei and creator Eiichiro Oda had picked from audio clips of who they'd like to portray the main characters and some of the major villains (such as Rob Lucci). FUNimation's dub of the series premiered on Toonami on August 25, 2007, starting with episode 105 (144 uncut), and aired until the blocks cancellation on March 22, 2008. For Toonami's airing, FUNimation created a television dub which kept consistency with the 4Kids dub, keeping their naming conventions (Zolo instead of Zoro) though contained much lighter editing and the original music. Due to Cartoon Network's standards, the practice of altering Sanji's cigarette into a lollipop was changed to it being removed entirely. Even with these television edits, the FUNimation dub was immediately well-received for the voice acting, dialogue, and original music.

FUNimation released its first uncut bilingual DVD box set, containing 13 episodes, on May 27, 2008, retailing for $49.98 MSRP. On July 26, 2011, FUNimation began to re-release dub episodes on "collections" using a discounted MSRP of $24.99 for 26 episodes. On May 18, 2013, the uncut series began airing on Adult Swim's revived Toonami late-night programming block from episode 207 onwards. As of April 2020, FUNimation has currently dubbed 587 episodes of the series uncut. 041b061a72


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