|Romanized Title:||Shabon Mau Shotō no Bōken|
|Viz Title:||Adventure on the Archipelago of Dancing Soap Bubbles|
|Release Date:||April 21, 2008|
|Anime:||Episode 391 (p. 2-19)|
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Chapter 497 is titled "Adventure on the Archipelago of Dancing Soap Bubbles".
CP9's Independent Report Vol. 7: "Save Rob Lucci - Kumadori Performs to Earn Medical Fees".
Kumadori dances at the street corner in the rain for cash.
While most of the Straw Hat Pirates have left to explore the wonders of Saboady Archipelago, Franky and Usopp have stayed behind to repair the ship, and Sanji has stayed to protect the ship on Nami's request. Zoro then leaves to explore by himself, but Usopp and Sanji object saying that he will get lost due to his poor sense of direction. Zoro states that since all the trees are numbered, he will just have to remember the grove number and maybe ask for directions to get back. Sanji and Usopp agree to his logic, but as Zoro leaves the ship he misreads the grove number as Grove 1 instead of Grove 41 due to a passing bubble.
Elsewhere on the archipelago, Hatchan, accompanied by Keimi and Pappug, explains to the rest of the Straw Hats about the Celestial Dragons. He states that they wear masks to avoid breathing the same air as "common folk", that they are incredibly proud, and that one should never defy one, and makes Luffy promise to not go up against one. He also warns Luffy that since there are many pirates aiming for the New World, as well as bounty hunters and kidnappers, they should not do anything to attract attention. Luffy asks Hatchan where he received the wound on his head, but Hatchan tells him to ignore it and further warns him that due to their close proximity to Marine Headquarters, the Marines and bounty hunters are all very strong. He continues by saying that he and Keimi should not be regarded as mermaids or fishmen, and Robin backs him up. Luffy then sticks his head through a bubble and manages to pull the rest of his body in. A vendor then offers Luffy a device that allows him to drive the bubble around, and explains that that it will cost 500 to rent and 10,000 to buy.
Luffy wants to buy it, but Hatchan talks him out of it, stating that he will explain later. As the Straw Hats drive around on their new toys, Hatchan tells Luffy that the bubbles will pop outside of Sabaody Archipelago, so it is useless to buy one of the devices. Luffy is disappointed, but Keimi tells him that they can also use these devices on Fishman Island, as they have similar bubbles.
Pappug tells Brook that the person to see in the island is the Mermaid Princess, and promises to hook them up as he is her best friend, while Luffy and Chopper find some food to eat. Robin observes that there are a lot of hotels in Grove 35, which Hatchan states is because they are for sailors awaiting approval to pass over the Red Line from Mariejois. Nami, meanwhile spots a shopping mall, and Brook, Chopper, and Luffy pick up some souvenirs. As Nami and Robin depart to go shopping, Nami says that Keimi has become more reserved since they arrived, and Robin states that she may have a bad history associated with the island.
Luffy and Hatchan race across the archipelago, but as they near Grove 31, Luffy spots something odd. A pirate is standing in the middle of the road for an axe or a saw to get his neck-ring off, stating that he will not anyone and that he has a baby son waiting for him at home. Hatchan observes that the man is probably a slave that has run from his masters, but states that it is useless to run. As the man tries to get his neck ring off, it explodes, which Hatchan says is the same for all slaves; if they try and escape, the ring explodes, perhaps killing them. The Straw Hats look on in horror, unable to do anything, and Hatchan instructs Luffy to get out of his bon chari. On top of a building, a shadowed figure with a broadaxe states that the man is Devil Dias, a 60,000,000 pirate whom he thinks never would have made it in the New World.
A small dog walks up to the collapsed man and urinates on his body, and Hatchan tells Luffy to get down on his knees, as the Celestial Dragons are right behind their pet dog. Two Celestial Dragons appear, one with a gigantic man chained behind him, and the other stating that she will simply have to buy another slave. The woman states that she is disgusted by the "useless" man and shoots him. As she walks off, she states that she would like a giant as a slave, but her father states that she should have a young child to hone her disciplinary skills. As the Straw Hats leave, Pappug states that if someone defies a Celestial Dragon, that person will be the target of a Marine admiral, due the Celestial Dragons being the descendants of the twenty kings who founded the World Government eight hundreds years ago.
- The Mermaid Princess is first mentioned.
- The World Nobles, also known as the Celestial Dragons, appear.
- If a Noble is harmed by someone, they have the power to summon a Marine Battleship led by an Admiral to eliminate the said person.
- The World Nobles are revealed to be the descendants of the Twenty Kings who created the World Government, which is why they can get away with anything they want, including murder and slavery.
1: first introduction
3: first appearance
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