Wealth, fame, power ... a man had obtained everything in this world, he was the King of pirates. Before he died his last words inspired the world to venture into the sea: "My treasure? If you want it, it is yours ... I have hidden everything in that place." And so began what is known as the Great Age of pirates, throwing hundreds of them into the sea to find the great treasure One Piece. This series tells the adventures and misadventures of one of those pirates, Monkey D. Luffy, who accidentally ate a Devil fruit (Akuma no mi in Japanese), in particular a Gomu Gomu no mi that made his body win the physical properties of rubber, becoming the rubber man. Luffy, after this event, decides that he will become the next King of the pirates and for this, he must find the "One Piece".
The man they met, Marine High Admiral Aokiji, appears to be incredibly lazy. He first displays his Devil's Fruit ability by freezing the sea so some deserted people can get off the island. Unfortunately, he's determined to catch Robin. Luffy, Sanji, and Zoro attack but they seem to be no match.
Robin is frozen by Aokiji and Luffy tells the others to escape with her. In the Going Merry, Usopp and Chopper try to thaw her in the shower. Luffy gets defeated (frozen), but his life is spared as Aokiji believes he must repay the debt the marines incurred from Crocodile's defeat at Luffy's hands. With the crew defrosted, they continue sailing as usual. Zoro spots the giant frog they heard about and they chase it to an island with a lighthouse, but it appears they'll sink before they get there.
After the Going Merry narrowly escapes being hit by a "sea train", the crew meets an old woman, Kokoro, and her granddaughter, Chimney. Kokoro gives Luffy a map to Water 7. Luffy, Nami, and Usopp buy boats driven by sea monsters called "yagara".
Luffy, Nami, and Usopp get strange greetings from the residents and they get to experience the roller coaster-like channels of Water 7. Luffy-tachi find out that some pirates had been beaten at the hands of some powerful craftsmen; the Galley La Company. Chopper loses Robin and some strange new people threaten Zoro back on the ship.
The people who attacked Zoro reveal themselves to be the feared "Franky Family", though they're no match for Zoro. Luffy-tachi have their gold exchanged for cash. After, they meet a man who resembles Usopp, Galley La's carpenter employment foreman, Kaku. Usopp's cut of the money is stolen by the Franky Family.
Paulie makes his debut when he retrieves Usopp's stolen money as he runs from debt collectors. Kalifa shows Luffy, Nami, and Usopp around Dock No.1 and tells them how Iceburg founded the Galley La Company. Kaku returns from the Going Merry and tells them that their keel is irrepairably damaged.
Luffy refuses to believe that Galley La cannot repair the Going Merry. The two soon realize that not only is Usopp missing now, the two brief cases that were returned to them are empty! Nami decides to head to Franky House and finds Usopp on the way in a pitiful state. As she heads back to the ship for help, Usopp goes to the Franky House himself.
Luffy, Sanji, Zoro, and Chopper follow Usopp's bloody trail to the Franky House where they find him passed out in front. The four of them challenge the Franky Family only to find out that their real target, Franky himself, is gone and has taken the money with him.
Once they're back on the ship, Luffy has to finally tell Usopp that the Going Merry can no longer be repaired and that they've chosen to get a new ship without him. Usopp believes that Luffy has abandoned the dignity of their ship and says he's leaving the crew. That night, he challenges Luffy to a duel.
Usopp fights Luffy in order to decide who keeps the Going Merry; he fights harder than he's ever fought before. Luffy actually seems to pose no threat but all the while, he's remembering what great friends they used to be, sailing together on the same ship. Even after taking a harsh beating, Luffy defeats Usopp. They leave Usopp and the ship behind.
The Strawhats get themselves a hotel room. Nami finds the crew on the roof with urgent news; Iceburg has been shot. As the Galley La Company frantically search for answers, Nami and Luffy decide to check on his condition - only to be met by closed gates. Franky appears then to exact his revenge - with style.
In the streets outside of the hospital, Luffy fights Franky. Inside, Iceburg recalls seeing Nico Robin and another tall man before he was shot. The Galley La company run outside and stop Franky and Luffy and tell them that they suspect the Strawhat Pirates of the crime.
The Galley La Company continues to fight Luffy and Franky is enraged that they've stolen his opponent. An incredibly high tide called the "Aqua Laguna" is coming and Chopper and Sanji rush to warn Usopp. Luffy raises some chaos in order to meet with Iceburg and he demands to know what's happening. Iceburg says he wants to see Robin one more time.
In a bar, Franky talks with Kokoro about her theory on who shot Iceburg. The rumors she speaks of seem to have some truth as we see Robin meeting with someone from an organization called CP9. While the crew hide from angry residents, Sanji and Chopper discover Robin and she tells them what they've feared: she's responsible and she wants to part ways.
Chopper reunites with the others without Sanji and they discuss what's happened. Luffy decides that in order to know the full truth, they must catch Robin. Usopp attempts to repair the ship enough to withstand the Aqua Laguna and the Strawhats make their way to the Galley La Company.
The Strawhats (still missing Sanji) rush to Galley La where Robin and CP9 begin a raid. In Iceburg's room, Robin and the mysterious man Iceburg saw before, tell him that they've purposely placed the blame on the pirates. Their true aim is the blueprints he would've passed down to Paulie. Luffy separates from his group.
Robin speaks with Iceburg inside his room still. We already know that Robin can read the poneglyphs - and it seems Iceburg is the one with the blueprints to the ultimate weapon, Pluton. The true enemies are revealed to be Iceburg's own allies. Elsewhere, Luffy is tied up with Paulie after Paulie tells members of CP9 that his blueprints are fake.
Lucci tells Iceburg their hypothesis and has Kaku check his pulse to tell if the things he tells him are true. They suspect that Iceburg's friend from the past, Cutty Flam, is really Franky and it's revealed to be true. Therefore, Franky has the real blueprints. The Strawhat Pirates and Paulie break into the room where they find Iceburg and CP9.
Luffy and the others request that Robin comes back to the crew. She refuses and tells them that she cannot accomplish her "wish" if she were to stay with them. Robin turns to leave and CP9 try to hold the pirates back. Robin successfully escapes and Lucci shows those remaining his "transformation".
Lucci's transformation is a result of a Devil's Fruit; a Zoan Type leopard. He quickly disposes of the crew and CP9 tie up Paulie and Iceburg, leaving them alone as the building slowly burns down around them. In Franky's underground hideout, Usopp tells him his story and Franky is finally touched. In return, Franky tells him a little about Tom's contributions to Water 7.
Usopp believes that the person who repaired the Going Merry in Skypeia was really the Going Merry itself. Franky says that the ship was inhabited by a spirit who enters ships who are dearly cared for. The spirit repaired their ship just enough for them to reach the next island. The doorbell rings from the sea side and the Galley La foremen enter.
The foremen discover Franky's hidden room and he fears they'll trample his memories. A long flashback ensues, covering Franky's past in Tom's Workers and how he and Iceburg helped create the Sea Train.
Spandam, a CP5 representative, was determined to get Tom proven guilty in his trial so he could get the blueprints. As Franky walked into the town, people from the government began to attack with the battleships he had personally constructed. Tom and Iceburg run to their shipyard where they're attacked by two ships which also destroy the others. Iceburg tells Franky that he has to take responsibility or he'll never forgive him.
Franky said that if a ship of his were to be used as a weapon, then it's no longer one of his ships. That enraged Tom and he punched Franky for the first time, telling him he had to take pride in the ships he created. He then told the judge that he would accept the punishment for both his previous crime and the recent attack. Franky tried to stop the train to Enies Lobby with his bare hands.
Chopper escapes the burning building with Paulie and Iceburg on his back and collapses outside. Iceburg makes it clear to Nami that Robin wanted to recover the blueprints and to do that, she wanted her companions to leave the island without her. Nami rushes to tell Chopper so they can go looking for the rest of the crew. Elsewhere, the foremen let go of the Going Merry so she would be destroyed at sea.
Paulie helps clear the name of the Strawhats but doesn't tell the mob everything he knows. He gets the mob to follow Chopper so they can search for the rest of the crew. Nami goes her own way so she can rush to the Sea Train. As Nami nears the station, Sanji, ahead of her, approaches the train.
Nami and the conductors are rescued by Paulie when the Aqua Laguna floods the main station. A man hands Nami a letter he found from Sanji. It informs her that Usopp, Franky, and he are on board the train that had just departed. On board, he storms the cars. High up in the city, Nami speaks with Kokoro and spots Luffy, stuck in between two buildings, in the back streets where the Aqua Laguna will hit first.
Nami finally reaches Luffy and tells him that he needs to hurry before Robin reaches Enies Lobby. Chopper finds Zoro and hands him the Sandai Kitetsu so he can escape the chimney. Luffy pushes apart the buildings he was stuck between and Paulie grabs them all so they can escape the Aqua Laguna's massive wave.
Sanji fights his way through another train car and finds Usopp and Franky. Seeing how determined Luffy is to save Robin, Kokoro and Iceburg lends the Strawhat crew the use of another sea train, Rocket Man. The Franky Family shows up, pleading with Luffy to let them join them because they'll do anything for their leader.
The Rocket Man finally makes it out to sea. As the train connects with the tracks, Luffy has to rescue Chimney before she's thrown off by the wind. In the meanwhile, Iceburg has a flashback about when he finally met Franky again in Water 7. With Luffy and Chimney safe in the train, Paulie tells his fellow carpenters who the real culprits were. The Strawhats, Franky Family, and Galley La Company form an alliance.
Luffy and Zoro perform a move that acts similar to a cannon and blasts a hole through the wall of the tidal wave ahead of them, opening up a channel for them to pass through. They miraculously pass through unscathed and the passengers rejoice. Sanji contacts the rest of the crew and fills them in on his current situation. Usopp separates from them but later, when Sanji and Franky are spotted, a man named Sogeking comes to their rescue.
Sogeking makes his grand entrance. Franky and Sanji aren't fooled by his costume but they try to humor him. They devise a plan first, then detach the last two cars and fight their way through the rest. Back in the Rocket Man, Luffy, Zoro, Nami, and Chopper get an outfit change; Nami shows off the weapon Usopp upgraded for her while he was still with them.
Kalifa updates the CP9 on the situation with Franky, Sanji, and Usopp. Sanji tells Franky and Usopp to go on without him so he can fight Wanze and his "Ramen Kenpo". Franky begins to fight Nero, CP9's "Weasel", and Sogeking meets with Robin.
Franky's fight with Nero continues. Nero discovers that Franky's weak spot is his back, so Franky lies down flat so he can't get to it. Nero demands that he fight seriously, so Franky gets up to perform his "Centaur" form. Sogeking talks with Robin and tells her that the crew knows about her reasons for leaving. Those on the Rocket Man encounter the discarded cars and Zoro slices them so they can pass.
Zoro clashes with "Ship Cutter" T-Bone. The fight is short and Zoro joins the crew again in the Rocket Man. On the Puffing Tom, Sanji beats Wanze beautiful, though Wanze thinks he's ruined his face. Franky finally gains the upper hand against Nero and defeats him. After beating their respective opponents, Franky and Sanji stand to fight against the other CP9.
After hiding under Robin's cloak for a few episodes, Sogeking finally shows himself. They stumble into the room with the CP9 and meet with Sanji and Franky. Sogeking produces a smokescreen. The four head into another car, detach it, and escape. It's not long before Blueno pulls their car back, though. Franky knocks down the wall so they can escape but ends up on the enemy car. Blueno opens a door then back in the Strawhat car.
Robin willingly follows Blueno into his improvised door and Sogeking and Sanji are left alone. For a while, Blueno explains a little of Robin's past involving the Buster Call. Back at the Rocket Man, Yokuzuna the frog jumps onto the front of the train, knocking them from the rails. After Kokoro speaks with him, he joins the group. The CP9, Franky, and Robin finally reach Enies Lobby and disembark.
The Straw Hats and their allies are about to reach Enies Lobby. Galley-La foreman Paulie sketches the island's terrain and explains that, to save Robin, the crew must reach her before she passes through the Gate of Justice. Because the Straw Hats are the only ones capable of matching the CP9 in combat, the Franky Family and the Galley-La foremen plan to charge in first and open the island's gates to allow the Straw Hats to rush in riding the sea train. As Enies Lobby draws near, the gigantic Gate of Justice appears in the sky behind it. While his crewmates and allies gaze in awe, Luffy ignores the plan and strides past the first of the gates. On the other side of the island, in the Tower of Justice, Chief Spandam and the second half of CP9 await the arrival of Rob Lucci's group and their prisoners.
Luffy easily gets past the second gate, while the Franky Family and the Galley-La foremen, following their initial plan, break the first gate's defenses. All goes smoothly at first, but by the time the Franky Family's main force reaches the second gate, the marines have called for help. The giants Oimo and Kāshī, the island's front gate gatekeepers, take up their posts. Overmatched in strength and size, the Franky Family send their best fighters, the Kairiki Destroyers. However, even these overly large humans can do little against the giants' power and are quickly defeated. On the other side of the gate, Luffy faces the collective might of Enies Lobby's 10,000 men.
The Galley-La foremen and the leading members of the Franky Family arrive late at the second gate because they had to mount the Franky Family's king bulls, sea dwelling animals that look like sea horses, on caterpillar tracks. Combining forces, they manage to pin down Kāshī against a wall. Then, taunting Oimo, they goad him into hitting his partner in the face, knocking Kāshī unconscious. In the Tower of Justice, Spandam receives an incomplete report about Luffy, which leads him to believe that the enemy captain is not a threat. Lucci's party arrives and the CP9 celebrate their reunion with petty bickering and a contest of strength. Meanwhile, Luffy, defying resistance, makes his way towards the Courthouse Plaza.
Robin and Franky are brought before Spandam, while Luffy blasts through waves of marines. The Galley-La foremen and the Franky Family eventually slip by Oimo and open the second gate. However, their joy is short-lived, as a group of marines closes the first gate behind them. To overcome the unanticipated obstacle, Zoro changes the plan. Yokozuna bends the island's outside fence downward. Using it as a ramp, the sea train jumps over both of the gates and crash lands into Oimo's back, finishing him off, and concluding everyone's arrival at the main island. As the elite group—called Law's Watch Dog Unit—enters the fight on the side of the marines, the battle escalates in intensity.
The Straw Hats struggle to catch up with Luffy, but get caught up in impeding each other's efforts; Sanji and Zoro indulge themselves in petty bickering and Nami injures her crewmates by testing her newly improved weapon. The streets appear empty, abandoned by the men who were fighting Luffy. Just then, the Law's Watch Dog Unit and a large group of other men step into their way. A fight seems inevitable until their allies, riding the king bulls, arrive. Paulie uses his ropes to pull the crew onto the back of one of the large animals. Then the Galley-La foremen replace Straw Hats' in battle to allow the rest of the group to escape.
Spandam tells Robin that her crew has come to save her and that he, despite the agreement between her and the CP9, plans on taking them prisoner. On the main road, the Straw Hats and the Franky Family proceed towards the Courthouse Plaza. Chopper talks with the king bull named Sodom, who notes that Sogeking did not make it onto his back. Meanwhile, frustrated with his inability to move forward, Luffy slingshots himself onto the courthouse. There, Blueno is awaiting his arrival.
Oimo explains to Sogeking about how he and Kāshī came to support the marines—the marines told them that they arrested their bosses. The story reminds Sogeking of the giants Dorry and Broggy, whom the Straw Hats met shortly after entering the Grand Line. Sodom the king bull incurs severe damage and urges the Straw Hats riding him to continue without him. Quickly, they board Sodom's brother Gomorrah and continue on. Atop of the courthouse, the fight between Blueno and Luffy begins. Luffy throws the first punch and seems far less inferior than during their last encounter.
Kokoro and her granddaughter Chimeney contact the Straw Hats by means of Nami's portable transponder snail phone. They inform them of Luffy's location and instruct them on how to lower the courthouse's drawbridge. The Franky Family decides to lower it. Just then, the second of Enies Lobby's elite units enters the battle. One of the Guilty Jurymen throws his massive iron ball at Gomorrah, knocking him down. Behind them, Sogeking is riding to the courthouse on the shoulders of one of the giants with whom he has managed to ally. Gomorrah, arising again despite severe injury, tells those riding him to hold on as he plans to take them to their destination. Inside the Tower of Justice, Kaku and Kalifa hesitatingly eat the devil fruits that Spandam has given them.
Although Gomorrah was blinded, he continues on. Sanji and Zoro crush a building in the king bull's path and the party arrives at the courthouse. On the other side of the drawbridge, Spandam is brought a transponder snail phone with an urgent report. Confident that he will only be told of the Straw Hats' capture, he allows Robin and Franky to listen in, letting them know of their rescuers' success. In front of the courthouse, Zoro cuts open the building's immense stone door. The Franky Family split into three groups, two of which storm the drawbridge towers to reach the levelers at their tops. On the courthouse's roof, Luffy and Blueno fight on even terms until Luffy activates his newest technique, the Gear Second.
The Straw Hats storm the courthouse, where the remaining members of the Franky Family fight the three-headed judge Baskerville, and, aided by Yokozuna, block the building's entrance to cut off reinforcements. Above them, Luffy's Gear Second is put into action against Bluno, while his crew fight their way upstairs. On the main road, the giants have defeated the Law's Watch Dog Unit, and with Sogeking and the Galley-La foremen are heading for the plaza. Luffy defeats Blueno, steps past his unconscious body, and cries out for Robin to hear that he has arrived.
Franky cannot understand why Robin refuses to be saved after Spandam broke his promise. While Luffy yells in the background, Franky decides to make Robin face him. He uses his remaining cola to inflate his buttocks and with a giant flatus shoots himself and Robin outside, onto the balcony, and into Luffy's sight, breaking his chains in the process. Luffy wants to slingshot himself over the waterfall to rescue Robin, but she tells him to stay and that only she wants to die. In front of the courthouse, Yokozuna succumbs to the jurymen's attacks. The marines are about to pour in as the giants arrive and assume control of the position. Kāshī throws Sogeking onto the courthouse, where he joins the assembling Straw Hats. Gathering on the battlements, they face Robin and the CP9, while they wait for the drawbridge to be lowered.
Twenty years into the past, Robin is growing up on the island of Ohara. Her aunt, with whom she lives while her mother is away doing research, treats her poorly. Other children ostracize her. Studying in the world's greatest library, the Tree of Omniscience, in the hopes of being allowed to help the local archaeologists in their forbidden research, Robin earns the rank of a scholar in archaeology at age eight. However, when she announces her intention to help, her request is denied because of her youth. Disappointed at being rejected again, she walks along the shore, where she stumbles on Jaguar D. Saulo, a giant and deserted vice-admiral of the navy. The two become friends and Saulo teaches her to laugh.
Saulo is shocked to learn that Robin is Nico Olvia's daughter and that he has been washed up on the shores of Ohara. Olvia, who returned to the island on a stolen navy ship, hurries to the Tree of Omniscience to warn her colleges of a coming navy fleet. However, she is too late. The government ship that carried Spandam's father Spandaine and his men has already arrived. They frighten the island's population into boarding an evacuation ship, while the government soldiers arrest the scholars and search the library. Professor Clover, Robin's mentor, urges Robin to board the evacuation ship, but she refuses. As it becomes clear that the scholars will not be forgiven for their forbidden research, Clover asks to be allowed to speak to the heads of the government, known as the Five Elder Stars.
Professor Clover is allowed to speak with one of the Elder Stars and reports of their research. He describes a civilization that existed hundreds of years ago and vanished at the time that the world government assumed power. He considers the collective evidence, which leads him to believe that the governemt tried to erase their former enemies from history. After stating that Ohara has learned too much, the Elder Star orders Spandaine to kill the professor and to give the order to destroy the island. Suddenly, the library is set aflame; while the scholars try to save the books, Robin admits to being an archeologist and unites with her mother. However, their union does not last long. Around them, cannon shots from the Buster Call's battleships start to hail down and Olvia sends her daughter off with Saulo to flee the island, while she joins the effort to save the library's knowledge.
Saulo fights the battleships, attempting to allow Robin to escape. She tries to board the evacuation ship, but per Spandaine's orders, she is denied access. Vize-Admiral Kuzan, later known as Admiral Aokiji, enters the scene to engage in battle with Saulo. While they fight, the evacuation ship is sunk by the fanatical Vice-Admiral Sakazuki, later known as Admiral Akainu. Saulo, on the verge of dying, instructs Robin to flee on his raft. Persuaded by Saulo's argument and Sakazuki's action, Kuzan helps Robin escape. From then on, Robin lives a life on the run, not being able to trust even the kindest of people, in a world that believes that her existence alone is a sin. In the present, Robin admits her greatest fear: to be seen as a burden by her crewmates and cast away, because being with her means having the world as their enemy. Finally knowing what kept her away, Sogeking, on Luffy's order, burns the government's flag, declaring war.
Luffy's backstory is summarized.
Zoro and Usopp's backstories are summarized.
Nami's backstory is summarized.
The backstories of Sanji and Chopper are summarized.
The reasons for Nico Robin's recent actions as well as her backstory are summarized.
Franky had hidden the blueprints for the ancient weapon Pluton within his body. He shows them to the CP9, explaining that they were only kept in existence so that an opposing force could be constructed in case the other ancient weapons still in existence were revived by Robin. Having realized that she is not the demon that rumors characterized her as, he bets the world's fate on the Straw Hats ability to rescue her and burns the blueprints. Enraged, Spandam throws Franky off the balcony. Kokoro runs Rocketman up the half-lowered drawbridge. The Straw Hats, informed via transponder snail phone, jump aboard. Hitting Franky on the way and carrying him along, the train jumps over the waterfall and crashes into the Tower of Justice.
Unburying themselves from the rubble their entry has caused, the Straw Hats are greeted by Fukurou. He tells them that in the tower, including himself, there are five CP9 members, each carrying a key, one of whom unlocks the sea stone handcuffs on Robin. He also tells them that Lucci and Spandam have already taken Robin to the Gate of Justice. The Straw Hats split up. Luffy chases after Robin, while the rest pursue the keys. Meanwhile, Chimeney and her pet rabbit Gonbe find a secret passage. As they explore it, their attention is caught by the villainous laughter of Chief Spandam.
Zoro and Kaku engage in an intense sword fight. Directly beneath them, Sogeking fails to steal a key from the sleeping CP9 assassin Jyabura. Eventually, Kaku makes use of his newly gained devil fruit power. He transforms into a giraffe, causing the floor to collapse. He and Zoro fall down a story, interrupting the fight between Sogeking and Jyabura. The fighting halts as everyone entertains themselves by making fun of Kaku's ridiculous appearance. Enraged, Kaku uses his new power to vertically cut the building in half. As the confusion subsides, Zoro and Sogeking realize that they accidentally handcuffed themselves together. Meanwhile, Luffy searches high and low for the Tower of Justice for Robin and her captors.
Their prey cuffed together, Kaku and Jyabura offer to use their keys to free them. However, neither of their keys open the locks. Chopper passes by and is sent off to obtain the correct key from one of the other assassins. Sanji attempts to get the key of Kalifa. Nami only barely escapes from Kumadori, as Chopper rescues her in the last second. Having stolen his key, the two try to get away. They stop, as Sanji, glossy and in a rounded-off shape, falls down besides the staircase. Once she notices Kalifa a few levels up, Nami figures that Sanji went easy on her and decides to take over.
Luffy attempts to cross the wild waters on the far side of the Tower of Justice. Chimeney and Gonbe arrive just in time to save him from drowning. They show him the way to the underground passage, through which they had seen Spandam and Lucci take Robin. It is blocked by a large steel door. Luffy activates his Gear Third and breaks it. Meanwhile, Franky is forced to fight Fukurou with just a few drops of cola left in his stomach compartment. Fortunately for him, their scuffle leads them into the kitchen, where Chopper locks Kumadori into the fridge.
Refreshed after having placed three full bottles of cola in his stomach compartment, Franky turns the tide in his battle with Fukurou. After breaking through a few walls, they continue fighting outside. They fall into the sea and by the force of the currents are drawn towards the waterfall surrounding Enies Lobby's main island. Franky barely saves himself from falling down by grabbing onto Fukurou's leg with his extendable arm. Unable to shake off his opponent, Fukurou is forced to use his air-walking technique to drag both of them towards land. As they close in on the Tower of Justice, he attempts to crush Franky into it. However, Franky is prepared, and holds onto his opponent with his dividable legs and uses his air pressure cannon to propel him flying into the ground.
Chopper's breather concludes as Kumadori frees himself from the fridge, apparently after he finished eating its contents. At first, he is fat, but he digests all the food immediately and is slim again. Fascinated, Chopper asks how he did it. Kumadori willingly explains. Afterwards, the two resume their fight where it had stopped. Chopper quickly realizes that he cannot break through Kumadori's body-hardening technique without the effect of his Rumble Ball drug. Having used a first while rescuing Nami, he dares not use a second out of fear of its side effects. Nevertheless, he takes it. Chopper charges repeatedly, but his transformations are erratic and difficult to control. By the time he assumes the correct form, he is too weak and is struck down. Left with one choice, he steps into the forbidden realm of taking a third Rumble Ball.
In the Edo period-based alternate reality Grand Jipangu, the small girl Rika takes an ill person, whom everyone calls Tot-san (which means "father" in Japanese), to her house to nurse him back to health. Organized crime boss Buggy the Clown and one of the town's highest officials scheme to get rid of Detective Luffy. Mistaking Rika to be the daughter of Tot-san, Buggy kidnaps her to collect Tot-san's debt. When Luffy comes to rescue her, the high official attempts to exile him for attacking an innocent citizen. Instead, he himself is stripped of his position for joining forces with criminals by the shogun's daughter Vivi.
It is the seventh day of the new year in Grand Jipangu. Nami, Sanji, and Chopper are on their way to the shogun's castle, delivering a large quantity of rice cakes to be thrown from the castle. Most of the townspeople have gathered there, hoping to catch the one cake containing a precious jewel. Buggy and his henchmen have made several plans to seize the cakes, including the one with the jewel, before they reach their destination. Although his plans fail, Buggy manages to take Princess Vivi hostage. However, Detective Luffy shows up in time to thwart his efforts. In the end, the cakes are safe and everyone eats until they are satisfied.
Having taken three Rumble Balls, Chopper transforms into an oversized and purely instinct driven version of himself. Kumadori goes all out to defeat his enemy, but in the end cannot succeed. In Kalifa's room, Nami lies helplessly on the ground, watching her opponent casually bathing. Slowly, the strength returns to her limbs while Kalfi redresses. Shortly into their fight, Nami discovers the essence of Kalifa's new ability. Being a soap woman, she can create a foam that washes away anything, even a person's strength. Chopper goes on a rampage and, with Franky on his heels, climbs the tower's outside walls. Having crossed the underground passage, Luffy finally catches up to Lucci.
On the Courthouse Plaza, the marines defeat Oimo and Kāshī and capture the Straw Hats' allies in the courthouse. Almost on the Bridge of Hesitation, which leads through the Gate of Justice, Spandam tries to contact the CP9 members at the tower, but accidentally invokes a Buster Call, causing ten battleships and five vice-admirals to be dispatched to Enies Lobby from the nearby navy headquarters. Realizing his first mistake, Spandam makes another by informing the whole island of the coming threat. Out of fear, the island's 10,000 soldiers leave their prisoners and flee to the coast.
Lucci and Luffy begin their mutually anticipated duel, while Nami and Kalifa's fight enters the next phase. Both combatants have scouted out each other's abilities. Kalifa attempts to finish Nami off. Just then, Chopper, in his monstrous form, crushes through the wall and enters the fight. He does not recognize Nami, just as he did not recognize Franky. As he goes through the room, he rips out Kalifa's large bathing tub and throws it downstairs, where the immobilized Sanji is sitting. Nami is deeply worried about Chopper, but before she can help him, she has to finish her fight. The torn up water pipes sprinkling the room's air provide a possible advantage for her.
The fight between Nami and Kalifa climaxes. Kalifa sweeps the room with a tidal wave of power-draining bubbles to counter Nami's illusions. Barely escaping, Nami manages to prepare and release her finishing blow in the form of a horizontal lighting bolt. Franky, who had followed Chopper in climbing up the walls of the Tower of Justice, arrives as she is about to retrieve Kalifa's key. A moment's discussion later, they conceive of a plan. They follow Chopper into the room where Zoro and Sogeking, still cuffed together, try to fight Kaku and Jyabura. There, Franky uses his air pressure cannon to blast Chopper outside and into the sea, while Nami uses Kalifa's key to release Zoro and Sogeking from their shackles.
Having pulled the once-again tiny, but now completely unconscious, Chopper out of the sea, Franky ponders on how he can cross the wild waters to reach the Bridge of Hesitation. Chimeney and Gonbe appear outside the secret passage and lead him to Kokoro and the underground tunnel. In the last remaining fight at the Tower of Justice, Zoro and Kaku exchange heavy blows, while Jyabura takes on Sogeking and Nami. The latter fight ends quickly, as Jyabura, holding the unmoving body of Sogeking, aims his killing blow. Just then, Sanji, freed from the influence of Kalifa's power by the water of the bathtub that Chopper had thrown downstairs earlier, steps in, taking his place in the fight.
Nami drags the wounded Sogeking from the fighting zone. As she is on the verge of going downstairs, Sogeking has an idea. Meanwhile, Sanji starts exchanging blows with Jyabura, who sends him flying into the hallway. Continuing their fight there, Jyabura tries in vain to trick Sanji with a made-up story of being Robin's long-lost brother. The battle seems even, until the wolf-man gains the upper hand over his opponent with well-placed blows. Realizing that he is on the losing side, Sanji resolves to use his newest technique. He spins around until his leg starts glowing red with heat, and defeats Jyabura in a fierce mid-air final.
Spandam drags Robin along the Bridge of Hesitation, while beneath them, Lucci is blocking the way upstairs. Franky arrives and offers to help fight Lucci. However, Luffy insists that Franky save Robin. Reminded of himself when he was young and tried to stop the sea train from carrying away his mentor, Franky agrees. To do so, though, he has to get past Lucci. At the same time, in the Tower of Justice, Kaku shows Zoro the many tricks he can perform with his body that is now equipped with devil fruit powers, discovering new techniques in the process.
After many failed attempts, Zoro finally cuts Kaku. Shortly afterwards, their fight climaxes, as both combatants use their ultimate techniques. The victor is Zoro. On the other side of the raging waters, on the Bridge of Hesitation, Spandam continues to drag Robin along. Fear strikes her as the end of the bridge, which for her marks the point of no return, comes into sight. She pulls herself free and runs away. Spandam pursues and recaptures her, but she holds on to the rim of the bridge with her teeth. Below them, Franky tries in vain to force his way past the much more powerful Lucci. As Franky is on the verge of being killed, Luffy activates Gear Second and attacks Lucci, allowing Fanky to slip by.
Having loosened Robin's tooth grip on the bridge's rim, Spandam ties a rope around her waist and pulls her further along; during this, he constantly insults her and proudly tells her that Spandaine, the man who had caused her so much suffering, is his father. A stream of tears runs down her cheeks as her time runs out. Just then, and seemingly out of nowhere, an explosive projectile hits the back of Spandam's head. A stream of projectiles falls on the marines gathered around him. Outside the range of normal guns, Sogeking is shooting at them, standing on top of the Tower of Justice.
Freed from her sea stone handcuffs by Franky, Robin returns to her normal self. With no way back, the two decide to capture the ship Spandam had intended to use to bring Robin to the navy headquarters. The Buster Call ships arrive and start by shooting at the Tower of Justice, causing its dangerously positioned upper half to crush down into the waterfall. The resulting loud noise created reaches Luffy and Lucci beneath the Bridge of Hesitation. Anticipating that the Straw Hats would emerge through the underground passage, Lucci tears a hole into a wall of the underwater chamber, flooding it and the passage.
It is springtime in Grand Jipangu. One day remains until the yearly town festival, in which everyone gathers to have a picnic under the 1000-year-old sakura tree. Unfortunately, one of the town's children is sick and cannot attend. Luffy tries to think of a way to show him the tree in its bloom, but does not come up with a solution. When the tree disappears the next day, Luffy becomes the prime suspect. Robin investigates. The truth is that Buggy and his men stole the tree and brought it aboard the ship of Foxy the Silver Fox. She tips off Luffy, Usopp, and Sanji about the tree's location, who go there to retrieve it.
The Buster Call ships have reached the island. Guns blazing, they pass the Bridge of Hesitation. At the same time, the remaining Straw Hats, Kokoro, Chimeney, and Gonbe have entered the underground passage and are running towards the water streaming in on the other end. Meanwhile, Luffy and Lucci, having fled from the rising water, continue their fight a few levels higher. Because the effects of his Gear Second have worn off, Luffy is at a disadvantage. However, he has another trump card: he activates Gear Third, blows air into his arm until it reaches the size of that of a giant, and knocks Lucci out of the pillar.
Fifteen years into the past, a 13-year-old Rob Lucci, as emissary of the world government, is sent into a country at war with pirates. Five hundred of their soldiers have been taken hostage and the pirates' captain demands the throne in exchange for the men's life. The country's king is close to giving in when Lucci arrives. However, Lucci has not come to offer help, but to take matters into his hands. He goes to the pirates and allows them to capture him. They lock him up with the five hundred soldiers. Lucci kills them all, in the name of justice, because for a soldier it is a sin to be weak. Afterwards, he kills the pirates' captain and ends the country's crisis.
After fighting Lucci in Gear Third for a minute, Luffy is left to cope with the technique's side effect of his body shrinking to a fraction of its original size for around the same time. At the other end of the Bridge of Hesitation, Franky takes on Funkfreed, Spandam's sword infused with the powers of a devil fruit, which allow it to partly or completely turn into an elephant. At the islands entry, the two giants arrive, carrying the Galley-La foremen and the Franky Family on their shoulders. Instead of finding a means of escape, however, they are greeted by the cannon muzzles of three of the Buster Call's battleships. Equally desperate is the situation in the underground passage, where the group has been caught in the flooding-in water. Just as they are about to give up hope, a mermaid comes to their rescue.
Franky and Robin are throwing the last remaining marines off their commandeered convoy ship when Kokoro, in mermaid form, jumps out of the water and on board, carrying the whole group from the underground passage. A moment of happiness arises as they reunite with Robin, but does not last long. The battleships have set the whole island aflame and via loudspeaker a voice announces the destruction of the group of escapees at the main gate. With no more targets left, the fleet turns its attention toward the Bridge of Hesitation, where the Straw Hats are forced to wait for their captain's arrival.
The fight between Luffy and Lucci is nearing its end as the CP9 assassin makes use of his most powerful technique, the Six Kings Gun. The Bridge of Hesitation is surrounded by battleships, which, using their cannons, sever the bridge's first pillar, where Luffy is fighting, from the rest. Having cut off the Straw Hats' captain's retreat, the marines send their two hundred strongest fighters to recapture Robin. Meanwhile, Luffy is no longer able to stand up to Lucci's attacks and falls to the ground.
While the rest of the Straw Hats struggle to hold their own against the Buster Call's fighting elite, Usopp, unmasked, cannot believe his eyes, seeing Luffy lying in the dust in front of Lucci. He cries out to him, telling him to hang in and stand up. However, Luffy cannot move. In his desperation he insults Lucci, dares him to cross the destroyed bridge and fight him. Presuming Luffy to be defeated, Lucci is about follow Usopp's suggestion. However, Luffy gets back on his feet and activates Gear Second in preparation for the final round. Lucci hits him one more time with his Six Kings Gun and is sure of victory. However, Luffy does not fall. He turns around and ends the fight with a barrage of blows.
Familiar voices are heard from the navy's loudspeakers. Calling in from the far side of the island, the Franky Family and Galley-La foremen are telling them that they survived and have found a means of escape. The Straw Hats are not so fortunate. Their stolen convoy ship is blown up by a salvo of battleship fire. Another salvo destroys the second half of the Bridge of Hesitation, forcing the pirates onto the middle pillar. The situation worsens, as the marines see the state of Luffy. Worn out from the fight and from overusing Gear Second, he cannot move or run, as the battleships aim their mighty cannons at him. Things seem hopeless, until the group hears another voice calling out to them; they jump into the ocean.
The voice had come from the Straw Hats' ship, the Going Merry. Sanji is the first to go aboard. To his surprise, nobody is there. The ship had made it from Water 7 to Enies Lobby on its own. The Straw Hats have little time to spare because the battleships have already taken aim at the tiny ship that has snuck in between them. They fire a salvo, almost from point-blank range, but miss. While absent earlier, Sanji found the control room for the Gate of Justice and set it to close. The large gate in its original position creates whirl streams strong enough to disturb the battleships' aim as well as their ability to maneuver, which allows the Straw Hats to escape.
Enies Lobby and the Buster Call fleet are out of sight. The Straw Hats meet the Galley-La president Iceburg and his employees aboard their company ship. The Going Merry breaks apart and Luffy begs the shipwrights to repair the beloved ship, but they refuse. Iceburg then describes how he had found the ship lying at the shore and had done everything to fix it, convincing Luffy to let it go. Reminiscing about their adventures together, the Straw Hats burn their old ship and watch as it sinks to the bottom of the sea.
Two days later and back in Water 7, Franky hears that "the item" has arrived. He had used the money, which he had stolen from the Straw Hats, to buy a large piece of precious wood. Using the wood, he plans to build a "dream ship" and offers to give it to the Straw Hats. The promise of a new ship and the recovery of their lost possessions from a group of Galley-La workers brightens the Straw Hat's outlook. However, another cloud darkens the horizon, as a group of marines, led by Vice-Admiral Garp, break into their quarters.
Garp is revealed to be Luffy's grandfather and is accompanied by old acquaintances of Luffy and Zoro from the beginning of their journey, Coby and Helmeppo. After giving Luffy a lecture for becoming a pirate instead of a marine, he tells him about his father, Monkey D. Dragon. Although Luffy does not know of it, he was once saved by him in Loguetown, where he was almost captured by Captain Smoker.
Garp takes his leave to let Luffy alone with Coby and Helmeppo so that they can chat. Afterwards, Coby thanks Luffy and Zoro for the opportunity to meet them again and promises to become stronger, so he might one day capture them. Once he and Helmeppo depart, the Straw Hats start a party at the Galley-La's company pool. During that party, Aokiji approaches Robin while staying out of sight. He explains to her that Saulo was his best friend and that he had only let her go to honor his wishes. He admits that he had decided to put an end to Robin's existence, always on the run, and the danger it meant for the world, but that her and the Straw Hats' actions have shown him that she has found her place.
A fleet of navy ships could not keep the "Red-Haired" Shanks and Whitebeard from meeting. Those unprepared to bear his presence fall unconscious to the ground as Shanks walks over the planks of Whitebeard's ship, carrying a large bottle of booze. While they drink, they reminisce about old times and wounds, which begin aching again. Shanks asks his peer to stop his subordinate Portgas D. Ace from pursuing Blackbeard. Whitebeard refuses. The two draw their weapons and fight.
Luffy and Chopper help a girl named Abi to search for her lost yagara bull, which had appeared to her in a dream. During the Aqua Laguna, her family had left their 100-year-old bull at home. When they returned after the storm he was gone. The three search all over the city for him with no success. Another yagara claims to have heard the missing one's voice. After finding a piece of his scarf, they track him into the underwater passages of the city. However, they only find an illusion. Abi is devastated. Then, they hear the voice of a yagara baby wrapped in the rest of the old one's scarf.
Zoro strolls the city in search of a replacement katana, but does not have money. There, he is picked up by Michael and Hoichael, two idle boys from the backstreets. They show him around and call him their "big brother". Before he knows what is happening, he is introduced to their mother, is taken home with them, and has to feed babies and make laundry. He struggles to escape, eventually succeeding. Shortly afterward, the family is taken away by violent debt collectors. Alerted by one of the boys, Zoro arrives just in time to save them.
Sanji is buying groceries in the company of Chimeney and Gonbe. For lunch, they lead him to the small floating restaurant of a drunken old man. He is asleep and not easily woken, so Sanji decides to prepare something himself. While he is cooking, the old man wakes up and immediately recognizes Sanji's way of handling the carving knife, for he knew Sanji's mentor, "Red-Leg" Zeff. He insists that Sanji taste some of his cooking. Sanji is amazed by the flavor, but cannot figure out how the old man made it. Intent on discovering the secret, he searches the city for seasonings that might have been used. Perchance he gets to eat an onigiri made by the old man and realizes that he uses a special salt. The salt was created by Aqua Laguna. As the storm floods the lower parts of the city, it covers the buildings with sea water. In the following sunny days, particularly tasty residual salt is left on the rooftops.
Franky, Iceburg, and the Galley-La foremen work throughout the night to build the new ship for the Straw Hats. Usopp spends the time practicing the manner in which he will convince his former crewmates to let him join again. The next day, the Straw Hats are summoned to the shore to receive their ship. On departing, they are intercepted by the Franky Family, bringing the new wanted posters of the crew. However, the true reason they came is that Franky has received a bounty as well. They fear that, should he stay with them, he might be captured once more and that they would not be able to rescue him again. Therefore, they beg the Straw Hats to take Franky with them, regardless of whether he wants them to or not.
When the Straw Hats arrive at the coast, Iceburg shows them the ship, but Franky cannot be found. Iceburg gives his opinion: Franky is hiding because if he were asked face to face to join the crew, he would not be able to refuse; he wants to go but thinks of staying in Water 7 as his responsibility. On the other side of the island, Franky's men literally take the matter into their own hands: they steal Franky's beloved jammer-style swimsuit and attempt to lure him to the Straw Hats by passing it back and forth to each other. Midway, Sanji and Zoro seize him, put him into the Franky Family's shoot-anything-cannon, and have him shot in front of the new ship.
Luffy tells Franky that, if he wants his swimsuit back, he will have to join his crew. However, this does not persuade him. To weaken his resolve, Robin uses her ability to grab Franky's testicles and pulls on them. Iceburg tells him that he only wants to stay in Water 7 because he has not forgiven himself. Franky's followers bring him his luggage. He rejects it, telling them to stay out of his affairs. During this series of events, Franky cries, apparently from the pain inflicted by Robin, who had stopped some time ago. Sanji and Zoro arrive in a hurry, reporting that Garp has returned and is on his way to capture them. Luffy then returns the swimsuit to Franky, who subsequently agrees to join the crew.
The Straw Hats set sail, even though Usopp has not yet returned to them, because Zoro had promised that if Usopp was allowed to return without his first words being an apology, Zoro would leave himself. Even if they wanted to wait longer, they could not, because Garp has arrived and under direct orders of Fleet-Admiral Sengoku starts throwing cannonballs at the Straw Hats' ship. While the Straw Hats fend of the cannonballs, Usopp arrives at the coast and tries to rejoin the crew as if nothing happened. Minding Zoro's words, neither he nor Luffy admit hearing Usopp's calling in the midst of battle. Only afterward Usopp realizes his fault and begs for forgiveness; Luffy tearfully reaches out and pulls him aboard.
Because the crew and ship are complete again, the Straw Hats can intensify their efforts to escape. They name their new ship Thousand Sunny, and Franky goes to the engine room to activate one of its special abilities. Luffy says goodbye to his grandfather and Coby. Enraged by his grandson's audacity, Garp pulls out a gigantic iron ball and throws it at him and his ship. At the last second, the Sunny's emergency acceleration device activates and blasts the ship a kilometer away and outside Garp's reach. Meanwhile, the crew's wanted posters and news of their deeds at Enies Lobby circulate around the world.
Three days earlier and on an island close to Water 7, Blackbeard receives the news of the Straw Hats' devastation of Enies Lobby and decides to pursue them. However, his plans are interrupted by Ace, who has come to avenge Blackbeard's murder of a crewmate. Teach claims that he had no other choice, for the man he killed possessed the devil fruit he wanted, which he had been searching for his entire life. He then asks Ace to join him; however, Ace refuses. They start fighting and Blackbeard reveals his newfound power, the power of darkness. The island is devastated and Ace defeated.