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The East Blue is an ocean in the One Piece World and was the setting of the first six arcs of the manga and anime and the anime only Warship Island arc. East Blue, like its sister seas, comprises almost entirely of ocean, with a few scattered islands and a border called the Red Line. In One Piece Film: Strong World it is referred to by the citizens of Merveille as the Sea of Schemes.
The East Blue is commonly known as the weakest of all the seas. Pirates who are considered great and threatening in this sea are regarded as low rate compared to pirates from the other seas and especially in the Grand Line. The sea's weak status was demonstrated by Dracule Mihawk when he single-handedly took out every ship in Don Krieg's armada (except the flagship that was lucky enough to escape, which he later hunted down), recognized as the strongest fleet in the East Blue, when they tried to enter the Grand Line. Ironically, despite its poor fame, the East Blue was the birthplace of the most powerful pirate of all time, the late Pirate King Gol D. Roger, and many other powerful and world renowned characters, such as Monkey D. Dragon, Monkey D. Luffy and Roronoa Zoro.
Birth and Death of the Pirate KingEdit
Loguetown, the city in the East Blue located closest to the Grand Line, was the birthplace of the late Pirate King, Gol D. Roger. Twenty four years ago, it also became the place where he was executed, and it was the words spoken by Roger just before his death that set off the Great Age of Pirates.
It became a stopping place for pirates heading towards the Grand Line, as a nearby Lighthouse lit up the route towards Reverse Mountain, the entrance of the Grand Line. This ended when Captain Smoker was placed in charge of the town's Marines, though it could very well have started once again immediately after Smoker left his post in his attempt to capture Straw Hat Luffy.
Eight years before the start of the series, Arlong and his crew arrived from the Grand Line to begin their conquest of the four seas, starting with East Blue as they deem it the weakest. Their first target were the Conomi Islands, where the Cocoyasi Village, the town where Nami was raised, was located.
Their plans were foiled when they were defeated by Monkey D. Luffy, who would then gain the reputation as the strongest pirate within East Blue of the time.
Places in East BlueEdit
- Dawn Island: home island of Monkey D. Luffy, where he was raised in the peaceful Foosha Village and where he trained on Mt. Colubo.
- Shells Town: the city that the corrupt Captain Morgan controlled until he was defeated by Luffy and Zoro.
- Shimotsuki Village: the village of Koshiro's dojo, where Roronoa Zoro and Kuina trained.
- Orange Town: the village that was attacked by Buggy Pirates until they were defeated by Luffy and Zoro.
- Island of Rare Animals: an island in East Blue that has rare and weird animals. Gaimon lives there.
- Syrup Village: Usopp's home village, the place the Going Merry was built.
- Baratie: a famous restaurant ship in the sea owned by former pirate Zeff. Sanji was raised here.
- Conomi Islands: the main base of operations for Arlong and his Fishman crew. It's also Nami's home island.
- Loguetown: a popular trade town in East Blue. It was the place where Gol D. Roger was born and executed.
- Warship Island (anime only): an island set before the Grand Line, called such as the mountain formation looks like a warship from a distance. It is originally a dragon's nest that rises from the ocean once every thousand years.
- Mirrorball Island: an island from the Jango cover page arc and the featurette Jango's Dance Carnival. Home of Doskoi Panda, a very popular and high-class brand.
- Tequila Wolf: an island where a bridge is being built. Nico Robin was sent there by Bartholomew Kuma.
Notable Characters from East BlueEdit
- The East Blue is generally considered the weakest of the seas, because the average bounty for the East Blue is set at only 3,000,000. Any bounty that reaches over 10,000,000 is considered impressive.
- The most dangerous known pirate (until Luffy came along) was the fishman Arlong with a bounty of 20,000,000 (though this was due to his actions being hidden by bribery).
- The biggest pirate fleet in the East Blue was that of Pirate Admiral Don Krieg.
- The best rated swordsman in the East Blue was Roronoa Zoro.
- Before entering the Grand Line, Luffy became the most wanted man in the East Blue after defeating Arlong, with a bounty 10,000,000 higher than Arlong's.
- Loguetown's original Japanese name is a reference to the 'logue' in the words "prologue" and "epilogue", the before and after sections of a story. So literally, Loguetown means 'the beginning and the end'.
- East Blue is mentioned in the extra episodes for One Piece Film: Strong World. The civilians in question are old inhabitants of East Blue, now being inhabitants of Little East Blue.
- A notorious pirate back from the Roger era, Shiki the Golden Lion, held a grudge towards this particular sea. He deemed it the weakest of the Four Blues; however the man who managed to defeat him, Roger, came from there, and also met his end there, preventing Shiki from killing Roger himself.