Odex released the series on eight VCD box sets containing 13 episodes each. These releases contain the English and Japanese versions, but due to the limitations of the VCD format use mono audio and burned-in subtitles. They released Z and Gold theatrically on March 21, 2013 and August 25, 2016, respectively.
As Odex acquired the rights to the series prior to 4Kids Entertainment doing so for North America, they produced their own English dub through Voiceovers Unlimited between 2003 and 2004. Odex initially planned to air the series on children's television, and to this end censored some elements of the series; an example of this is the removal of Sanji's cigarette during earlier arcs. Ultimately, the dub was exclusively released on home video and the censorship was deemed unnecessary, leaving episode 25 onward uncensored. The series ran for two seasons, with 52 episodes in each. By the point when the dub stopped (episode 104), Odex was unable to buy additional episodes from Toei Animation.
Odex's dub was translated independently and had no ties to any other form of translation. Translators were able to freely use any names or translations deemed suitable without any word from Toei Animation, like "Rubber" for "Gomu", and "Luffy" having a pronunciation rhyming with "stuffy".
Of the few fans that have seen it, the general complaint is poor recording standards within the show. People often comment on how cheap the recording sounds; on occasions the voices are too loud and no editing to soften them was made to the show. Characters may display the wrong emotions at points or their voices have the wrong characterization for that character. The change of voice cast in the second season is also noted amongst the complaints about the series.
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- ↑ 'Odex Opens One Piece Stampede Anime Film in Southeast Asia' - Anime News Network
- ↑ 'One Piece Film: Gold Comes to Italy, Singapore' - One Piece Podcast
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Release year and other info for the Odex dub.
- ↑ 5.0 5.1