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Jaya Arc
Jaya Arc
Volumes: 24-25, 2 volumes
Manga Chapters: 218-236, 19 chapters
Anime Episodes: 144-152, 9 episodes
Year(s) Released: 2002 (Manga), 2003 (Anime)
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The Jaya Arc is the twelfth story arc in the anime and manga series One Piece, and the first of two in the Sky Island Saga. Jaya is the fifth island the Straw Hat Pirates encounter on the Grand Line. The island is made up of rain forest, and also has a port town called "Mock Town", which is known for being full of pirates. This was the first arc dubbed by FUNimation.


An Archaeologist and a Ship From the SkyEdit

Luffy Finds Shiro Mokuba I

Luffy finds a strange object while exploring the St. Briss.

With Princess Vivi now safely back in Alabasta and a new crewmate, Nico Robin, on board, the Straw Hats' next adventure begins when a giant ship suddenly falls from the sky. At this point, the Log Pose starts pointing straight up and Robin explains that the log was "captured" by an island with a stronger magnetic field—a sky island. While exploring the sinking ruins of the ship, they come across an old map of a land named Skypiea. Through a skull and some books, they figure out that this ship was the Saint Briss, which left the Kingdom of Breeze in South Blue 208 years ago. This appalls the crew and they continue salvaging.

When they try to salvage the sinking ship for more information, they come across a group of pirates led by Masira, who claims that he has control over the territory and all ships that sink there belong to him. Masira and his crew begin salvage operation and are in the process of raising the ship when they run into a snag, Luffy, Zoro, and Sanji, who are underwater searching the wreck start beating up Masira's crew. Masira goes down to handle things and confronts them when a Giant Sea Turtle comes along and swallows the ship, though Luffy, Zoro, Sanji, and Masira all escape. However, out of nowhere, the sky turns dark and three humongous shadows appear. Out of fear, the pirates run away as quickly as possible. Luckily, Robin managed to take an eternal pose to the nearby island of Jaya from Masira's Ship, and they go there for more information.

The Dreamless City: Mock TownEdit

Luffy Meets Blackbeard

Luffy unknowingly meets Blackbeard.

Roshio the Executioner, a pirate with a 48 million belly bounty wins a poker game with Hyena Bellamy, a pirate with a bounty of 55 million belly. Bellamy accuses Roshio of cheating and gets Sarkies to back him up. When Roshio disagrees, Bellamy stabs his hand with a knife and shoots him in the head.

In the port town of Mock Town, the group of Luffy, Zoro, and Nami encounter several odd people, all of whom are members of the Blackbeard Pirates, until they end up at a hotel. There, they encounter Sarkies of the Bellamy Pirates, who insults the group and even gives them some money to buy better clothes. They later end up in a bar, where they encounter Blackbeard himself, though they do not know who he is. After he leaves, Bellamy himself barges in looking for Luffy, claiming that he wants to test him to see if he is worthy of joining his "New Age" of pirates. However, when Nami asks the bartender for information about Sky Island, Bellamy rejects this notion immediately and the entire bar starts ridiculing the three.

In Bellamy's New Age, dreams will be worthless. He explains that so many people are focused on searching for dream treasures like the Gold City and One Piece that they ignore all of the real treasures around them. Bellamy attacks Luffy and Zoro while the other people in the bar throw objects at them, but despite Nami's urging, they refuse to fight back paralleling how Shanks and his crew did not fight back against Higuma when he and his crew attacked them in Makino's bar.

The Tale of Noland the LiarEdit

Teach Encourages Luffy

Teach encourages Luffy by telling him that "the dreams of men will never die".

They are thrown out of the bar, where they once again encounter Blackbeard, who states that they did the right thing not fighting back those who are not worth the effort of fighting against and encourages Luffy on his dreams. The three go back to the ship to discover that Robin managed to find some relevant information—on the other side of the island there was a man who might know how to reach Sky Island, Montblanc Cricket. On the way there, they encounter Shoujou,an orangutan pirate who has a 36 million belly bounty, and is also Masira's brother, but they manage to escape. They arrive at his house to find that it is empty, but they find a book—the story of Montblanc Noland, aka "Liar Noland". Sanji explains that it is a fairy tale from North Blue.

The story of Noland goes that while exploring the Grand Line hundreds of years ago, Noland came across a city of gold. He returned to his home and informed the king, who accompanied him on the next journey to the island. However, when they reached the island, the city of gold was gone. Angered, the king sentenced him to death for lying.

Cricket Showing his Gold

Cricket displays the golden South Bird statue, believed to be from the Sky Islands.

To his last breath, Noland claimed that he was telling the truth, and that the gold city must have sunk underwater. However, no one would believe him and he was executed. As it turns out, Cricket is a descendant of Noland and is trying to prove whether it exists or not by diving into the ocean every day to search for evidence, to the point of injuring himself.

Chopper treats him and they meet up with Masira and Shoujou again, who help Cricket out on his quest under the name "Saruyama Alliance". Cricket explains that if Sky Island exists, the only way to reach it would be through "Knock Up Stream", a humongous geyser in the ocean. In order to reach it, Cricket has the Straw Hats go into the forest to search for a "South Bird", a bird whose head always points south. During this, the Saruyama Alliance upgrades the Going Merry in order to withstand Knock Up Stream.

The Captain's True Power: Luffy Vs. BellamyEdit

Luffy Defeats Bellamy

Luffy defeats Bellamy and avenges the Saruyama Alliance.

Meanwhile, hearing that Cricket managed to uncover some gold, Bellamy and his crew decide to steal it from him, severely injuring him and the others in the process using his "Bane Bane no Mi", which can turn his limbs into springs. When the crew returns with the South Bird in tow, Luffy decides to get the gold back. In Mock Town, new bounties are mailed in, and to everyone's surprise, they find out that Luffy's bounty is now Beli100,000,000 while Zoro's is Beli60,000,000—in comparison, Bellamy's was only Beli55,000,000 Bellamy scoffs at this, claiming that they were fakes made to scare him.

This calms everyone down, until Luffy screams for Bellamy to come out. Luffy demands that Bellamy give the gold back, but he refuses. Bellamy attacks him with his devil fruit powers, but Luffy still does not fight back. Angered, he decides to finish him off with his ultimate attack, Spring Hopper. At this point, Luffy finally attacks, and takes him down in one punch.

He takes the gold and heads back to Cricket's house while the townspeople run away in fear. Upon hearing about his bounty, Blackbeard and his crew decide to strike.

A World on the Move & The Flying ShipEdit

Somewhere else, on an island in the Grand Line, the status of Buggy and his crew is shown, as Ace boards his ship and offers to help him search for Luffy. Meanwhile, Shanks tries to contact Whitebeard only to have his letter torn up, with Whitebeard telling the messenger, Rockstar, to have Shanks meet him in person. Rockstar reports back, to which Shanks tells the crew to prepare for a meeting with Whitebeard.

Shichibukai Meeting at Mariejois

The meeting at Mariejois.

At Mariejois, a meeting of the Marines and the Shichibukai is being held to discuss what should be done about Crocodile of the Shichibukai. Much to then-Fleet Admiral Sengoku's surprise, two of the seven Shichibukai (Bartholomew Kuma and Donquixote Doflamingo) are in attendance when Hawkeye Mihawk arrives. Just when the actual meeting is about to begin, Laffitte of the Blackbeard Pirates appears to recommend his captain as Crocodile's replacement. The people there state that nobody has ever heard about him, but Laffitte states that they are presently working on a plan to change that.

When Luffy returns and gives Cricket his gold back, he and the crew set off for Knock Up Stream, led by the Saruyama Alliance and the South Bird. When they reach the right area, they are confronted by the Blackbeard Pirates, who reveal the Straw Hat Pirates' new bounties to them. However, before a battle ensues, the Straw Hats are caught in Knock Up Stream and are sent flying into the White Sea, leaving the Blackbeard Pirates' raft to be destroyed and to fall to the sea below.

Anime and Manga DifferencesEdit

  • When Bellamy accused Roshio of cheating in their game of cards, in the anime Bellamy just grabbed his arm, but in the manga, Bellamy stabbed him in the hand.

Story ImpactEdit

  • The Jaya Arc introduces a lot of important characters. All these introductions are related with Blackbeard, the pirate Ace is looking for, whose attempt to capture Luffy is stopped by the Knock Up Stream.[1] Blackbeard needs to capture a big name in order to be given the open position of Shichibukai, as Laffitte explains to the Marines during their meeting.[2] It is during this meeting that Fleet Admiral Sengoku and Vice Admiral Tsuru are introduced along with Shichibukai Bartholomew Kuma and Donquixote Doflamingo. Shortly thereafter, the Gorosei were seen for the first time as well. Also, Whitebeard is finally introduced, when Rockstar delivers Shanks' message to him, and Marco and Jozu make their first appearance, even if not introduced.
  • This arc would also start the recurring theme of the Going Merry falling apart after the major damage it took in escaping from the Marines in Alabasta and that it continues to fall apart from the Straw Hats' latest battles, as well as Usopp serving as the acting shipwright to keep it functional (who previously repaired the minor damages to the Going Merry during the Reverse Mountain and Drum Island Arcs).
  • While Luffy may have met Blackbeard here without knowing who he is, he would not learn his true identity until the Impel Down Arc.
  • Bellamy mentions the "Emerald City" following the "Lost City of Gold" as both myths, and the City of Gold was rediscovered in Skypiea.


  1. One Piece Manga and Anime - Vol. 25 Chapter 236 and Episode 152, Knock up stream prevents Blackbeard to catch Luffy.
  2. One Piece Manga and Anime - Vol. 25 Chapter 234 and Episode 151, the Marine's meeting for Crocodile's replacement.

Arc NavigationEdit

Jaya Arc
Manga Chapters
218 219 220 221 222 223 224 225 226 227 228
229 230 231 232 233 234 235 236
Anime Episodes
144 145 146 147 148 149 150 151 152

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