Monkey D. Luffy, accompanied by Nami, Tony Tony Chopper, Brook, and the minks Pekoms, Pedro, and Carrot, heads to Whole Cake Island, where Big Mom of the Yonko resides. Nicknamed the "Sanji retrieval team", they seek to rescue their crewmate Sanji from his arranged marriage with Charlotte Purin, set up to finalize a political alliance between the Charlotte Family and the Vinsmoke Family.
The World Abuzz: Kings and Emperors on the MoveEdit
Nefeltari Vivi and Cobra set out to sea with their guards and staff, and Vivi climbed all around the ship as she embraced the life she had left behind two years ago, which scared Igaram. Cobra was in ailing health and it was questioned whether he should even make the voyage, but he was intent on doing so, determined to ask the World Government about the poneglyphs when they reached their destination: Reverie.
Other rulers across the world prepared to head to Reverie as well. Stelly, the new king of Goa Kingdom, and his wife Sarie Nantokanette stayed in an inn in Loguetown on their way. The ruler of Kano Country lamented that the Chinjao Family was unavailable to accompany him to Reverie, and Wapol headed there simply to find ways to make it hard for Dalton. On Drum Island, Dalton prepared to go as well, with Kureha accompanying him as his doctor. The Riku Family and Mansherry prepared to head to Reverie, with Rebecca and Elizabello II accompanying them. On Fishman Island, Neptune and his sons begged a frightened Shirahoshi to accompany them, as they were prepared to present Queen Otohime's treaty to Reverie.
Somewhere at sea, the members of the Sanji retrieval team could barely do their sailing work as they were still recovering from the jump off Zou. Suddenly, Carrot appeared in front of them, amazed by the big world around her. The Sanji retrieval team was less than enthusiastic about her, but she begged them to let her stay, and they relented. Right then, Pedro received a newspaper revealing that the headquarters of the Revolutionary Army on Baltigo had been discovered in a state of ruin.
Luffy was shocked to hear the news, though had not previously realized that the revolutionary leader Dragon was his father until his crew told him. However, Luffy was more worried for his brother Sabo. They read that the base had been destroyed by Blackbeard, who fled after briefly clashing with Cipher Pol. However, Pedro noted that if Dragon or Sabo were captured or killed it would have certainly been reported, which calmed Luffy. Suddenly, the Thousand Sunny caught on fire due to Luffy leaving the stove on, and the crew struggled to navigate a fierce storm.
At Zou, Wanda talked to Bariete about Carrot's departure before telling Inuarashi that he should rest, but the ruler was preoccupied with wondering how Jack and his men got to Zou twice. Meanwhile, Jack rested underwater, still conscious and waiting for rescue. On a certain island, Kaido received the report of Jack's defeat and became very emotional. Drinking heavily, Kaido lamented the loss of his SMILEs preventing him from creating a crew of all Devil Fruit users. His subordinates stated that they should not take Luffy and Law's alliance lightly, but Kaido blew them away in anger, saying that they were nowhere near his level and that they were only playing little pirates' games, whilst indicating to the defeated Eustass Kid in a cell nearby.
Myths and Realities: Encountering Germa 66Edit
Aboard the Thousand Sunny, calm returned as the crew sailed through a snowstorm. In Sanji's absence, Luffy cooked for the crew and presented them with his "random curry"; however, it proved to be inedible, and the crew was outraged when they learned that he had used their entire rations to make it.
A few days later, the Big Mom Pirates' ship sailed to the #28 Tarte in an area with cotton candy snow. On board the ship, Sanji and Tamago argued over Sanji's unwillingness to fully cooperate with the Big Mom Pirates and Germa 66. Tamago informed Sanji that his father had set up the arrangement, but Sanji irritably responded that he severed ties to his father long ago and is only there to talk. Tamago further tried to persuade Sanji by informing him that Big Mom was impressed by his skill set and would likely offer him a good position in her crew, but Sanji continued to refuse. Vito eventually passed on to Sanji a photo of Charlotte Purin, sent from Whole Cake Island as a pre-wedding courtesy; while Sanji was immediately enamored with the photo, he maintained his position that he will not go through with the wedding.
Later, Vito tried to engage Sanji in a conversation about a comic strip called Sora, Warrior of the Sea, in which the protagonist, Sora, fought against the evil Germa 66. The comic was meant to glorify Marine heroes, but Vito had taken to Germa 66 instead. As Sanji entered his private room (in which the captured Caesar Clown was also being kept, in a cage) and kicked Vito out, the Firetank Pirates' killer Gotti became enraged at the disrespect shown to Vito and threatened to attack Sanji; however, he was stopped by a woman who reminded him of Sanji's connections (and, by extension, the threat to Capone if anything were to happen to Sanji). Sanji remarked to himself on the physical similarities between the woman and another unspecified person.
A few days later, the Sanji retrieval team were all suffering from starvation and the intense heat. Suddenly, Luffy managed to catch a large fish, but as he dug into it, Chopper (after consulting Sanji's books) revealed that the skin of this fish is poisonous; Luffy immediately collapsed. They crossed into Big Mom's territory, and Pekoms prepared to follow protocol to enter as they were approached by a ship. To his shock, however, the ship they encountered belonged not to Big Mom, but to Germa 66. As this happened, a hooded man with eyebrows resembling Sanji's looked down on the crew.
Upon realizing that they had lost their way, the man attempted to go back, but the Straw Hats mistook him for Sanji and called out to him. The man revealed that he was actually Vinsmoke Yonji, Sanji's younger brother. Chopper begged him for an antidote to save Luffy, but Yonji coldly refused. However, Yonji was kicked off the ship by his older sister, Vinsmoke Reiju, who resuscitated Luffy. Brook then revealed that the Vinsmoke Family formerly ruled over the entire North Blue, but Reiju affirmed that they still had royal status despite no longer ruling over any land, and that they are permitted to attend Reverie. Reiju thanked Luffy for taking care of her younger brother Sanji; she further revealed that he had left the family at a young age, and that their father had been searching for him ever since, ordering the Marines to apprehend Sanji when his first wanted poster was released. However, due to the bad depiction of Sanji, the Marines ended up pursuing Duval. When an accurate picture of Sanji came out two years later, their father immediately ordered that his bounty be raised, and that the bounty conditions be changed to state "Only Alive". Yonji and Reiju then departed, agreeing to maintain silence about their meeting with Luffy's group, in order to prevent the imminent wedding being called off.
Exploring Totto Land: Big Mom's Unified ParadiseEdit
The Thousand Sunny docked at an island, with Pekoms claiming to a guard that he hijacked it in order to avoid arousing suspicion. As Nami and Carrot tried on their disguises, Pekoms told them about Totto Land, a 35-island archipelago in which people of all races lived in harmony. The island they were on was Cacao Island, which had a town built entirely out of chocolate. It was legal to eat the structures, with the exception of the roofs. Pekoms prepared to fit Luffy into his disguise, but to his shock and fear found out that Luffy had already entered the island. Luffy and Chopper ate an entire cafe, and were arrested by a police officer. However, the owner flew in and claimed that Luffy and Chopper were there to dismantle her cafe, berating the pirates for not eating all of it. The policeman understood and congratulated the owner, Purin, on her upcoming wedding. Brook, Pedro, Nami, and Carrot watched this in shock, and Pedro was approached by a wolf mink who was eager to meet him; Pedro managed to keep him quiet to avoid drawing attention.
Purin took the Sanji retrieval team to her home to feed them. The team got along amiably with her, but Nami knew that they had to leave soon. Purin prepared them tea and asked them who they were. Luffy revealed his name, which shocked Purin.
At Whole Cake Island, Big Mom and her underlings, most of whom were not human, danced and sang as they prepared for the tea party to be held in three days' time. Big Mom used her crew members to gather banquet ingredients in faraway locations by murdering their owners, and stated that she knew that Luffy was present in her territory.
The Straw Hats revealed to Purin who they were, and Purin revealed to them that she was Big Mom's daughter and Sanji's bride-to-be. Purin became scared because they were pirates and held a knife at them, causing Pedro to hold his sword to her neck, but Nami assured her that they came in peace. Purin talked to them about Big Mom marrying her and her siblings off, revealing that she had 38 sisters and 46 brothers, conceived by Big Mom and 43 husbands. Chopper asked if she had met Sanji, and Purin said she did, and was attracted to him because of his looks, mannerisms, and their shared love of cooking. The Straw Hats were surprised to hear this, but Pedro suggested they bind her in order to prevent her from telling Big Mom about them. However, Purin said that Sanji had refused to marry her, stating he had to return to his crew. In response, Luffy, Nami, Chopper, and Brook are shocked to hear that Sanji rejected a women and Luffy was happy that Sanji still wanted to travel with them and Purin stated that she would help the Straw Hats rescue him despite her feelings for him. She showed the Straw Hats a secret route to get to Whole Cake Island, where she would meet them. Some officials came to Purin's home and ordered her to cease working before her wedding, and she sent the Straw Hats on their way with a large amount of chocolate. They returned to the Thousand Sunny, but discovered in shock that Pekoms was not there and there was a message in the bathroom saying to turn back.
On Broc Coli Island, Germa 66 ended a war that had been raging for two years. Receiving payment for their services, two agents prepared to leave for Whole Cake Island to attend their little brother Sanji's wedding.
The Sanji retrieval team set off on Purin's route to Whole Cake Island, and came toward Jam Island. However, Nami decided to steer clear of the island in order to avoid surveillance, and Pedro revealed that he had been to Totto Land once before after he shared more information about it. The crew then encountered a giant sea centipede.
On Whole Cake Island, Big Mom developed a craving for croquembouche, causing her to enter a state of tantrum and eat anything in her path. As her subordinates rushed to prepare croquembouche, Big Mom's son Charlotte Moscato attempted to stop her, but she pulled out 40 years of his life and killed him. Jinbe then arrived and fed Big Mom some croquembouche tourists, immediately returning her to normal. Big Mom thanked Jinbe for the poneglyph he gave her, and Jinbe asked if he could discuss something with her, causing Big Mom to ask in anger if he wanted to leave her crew.
A few hours ago, Jinbe asked his crew for permission to leave and join the Straw Hat Pirates, and they happily agreed. However, they worried about what would happen to them if Big Mom got angry about this, and they prepared to flee. The only issue was that their Vice Captain Aladine was married to her 29th daughter Charlotte Praline, but Praline agreed to accompany her husband away. In the present, Big Mom seemingly allowed Jinbe to sever ties with her, but then said that to compensate for her loss, he would have to lose something in return, and she pulled out a roulette wheel with pictures of body parts on it.
Meanwhile, the Thousand Sunny got trapped in a sea of syrup as it froze overnight. As they worked to melt the sea before they were attacked again by giant wood-eating ants, Pedro revealed that he and Pekoms were once pirates who explored for poneglyphs, but he was defeated in Totto Land. He told Luffy that they need to get their hands on Big Mom's Road Poneglyph, offering to steal it while the others rescued Sanji. Luffy agreed as the crew came under attack by the ants again. The next morning, they reached Whole Cake Island, and Luffy noticed someone standing on the shore.
Arrival at Whole Cake Island: The Straw Hats in Over Their HeadsEdit
Pedro and Brook began the mission to steal Big Mom's Road Ponegylph and took the Shark Submerge III under a river toward Big Mom's castle. The Thousand Sunny docked onshore and Luffy called out for Sanji and Purin, whom he saw on the shore, but the two had mysteriously disappeared. As Nami struggled to comprehend Luffy's claim, Luffy, Chopper, and Carrot then saw Sanji standing against a tree and raced toward him, but he disappeared once again. They became distracted by the forest of candy in front of them, and Nami wondered why Sanji would hide himself from them. Luffy decided to just follow their instincts to find Sanji, which Nami was not happy about, and they crossed a doughnut bridge as they eagerly eyed the candy forest. Suddenly, a giant crocodile attempted to eat the team, and they barely leaped out of its way. However, the crocodile, who was wearing a bowler hat and suspenders, spoke to them and noted that they were just humans. The crocodile walked away on its hind legs, bewildering Nami. She wanted to go back wait on the coast like Purin told them, but realized that they were stuck due to the bridge collapsing.
Suddenly, Luffy saw another version of himself, and the two Luffys acted and spoke the same as though they were reflections of each other. The team then saw Sanji lying on a tree branch, and Luffy knocked into his reflection when trying to get to him. This caused the two Luffys to get angry and attack each other while ordering the others to go on ahead. Nami, Chopper, and Carrot ran into a large man buried up to his neck, who was there because he wanted to be. Suddenly, they were attacked by a rabbit riding a crane, and began panicking as their watches and compasses stopped working and everything in the Seducing Woods started talking.
Nami, Carrot, and Chopper continued to be pursued by the rabbit, Randolph, but Carrot fell back and attacked the rabbit, who she knew was not a mink due to its inability to use Electro. Carrot disabled Randolph's crane steed with Electro and ran back to the others, but Randolph threws its spear at the pirates. The spear ended up stabbing the buried man in the head, and the Sanji retrieval team met up with Luffy, who split off from his reflection as they ran in opposite directions. The Luffy running away from the Sanji retrieval team suddenly said that the one running with the team was not him, but the Luffy running with the team quickly shut his mouth. The Sanji retrieval team leaped over the river, but encountered the buried man yet again. They turned around and jumped back over the river, but ended up in the same place yet again. The Sanji retrieval team started noticing that everything in the Seducing Woods was talking, and it was revealed that the Luffy who accompanied them was actually the reflection as he transformed into Charlotte Brûlée, the eighth daughter of the Charlotte Family. Brûlée grabbed Nami and prepared to injure her and Carrot.
Meanwhile, the world's only maritime country, the Germa Kingdom, began to converge at Whole Cake Island in preparation for the wedding. Inside its royal castle, Sanji reunited with his family after 13 years separated from them. Reiju attempted to convince Sanji to return to the family and embrace the privileges of his royal status, but he reiterated his refusal to either marry Purin or associate himself with his family again. Their father, Vinsmoke Judge, then arrived to talk to Sanji, but Sanji called him a "bastard" and refused to acknowledge him as his father. Judge then called on Sanji to step outside and settle matters physically.
As Yonji received treatment for the facial injuries he sustained in an earlier, unseen fight with Sanji, Judge and Sanji began their duel in a courtyard outside the Germa castle. Reiju and the onlooking Germa 66 agents were surprised and impressed at Sanji's combat prowess, while Sanji and Judge traded verbal as well as physical blows. Sanji reiterated once again that he was no longer a member of their family, and that he did not care about any potential reprisals from Big Mom if the Vinsmokes broke their marriage pact. Sanji recalled snippets from his childhood, during which he was bullied by his three brothers for feeding rats, and was denounced by Judge as a disgrace to the family name. Back in the present, Sanji blocked Judge's lightning spear with a leg imbued with Busoshoku Haki, which surprised Judge. Father and son continued to trade blows before Judge wrestled the upper hand. The fight eventually concluded when Judge called forth a "wall" of Germa 66 soldiers to stand between him and Sanji; as Sanji yelled at them to get out of his way, Judge sent his spear through one of the soldiers, shocking Sanji and catching him off guard before he channelled electricity through the spear's tip and blew Sanji backwards.
Back inside the Germa castle, Reiju treated Sanji's wounds while voicing her surprise at his vastly improved strength. Sanji responded by telling both Reiju and Judge that, while he'd hoped that they might have improved since he last saw them, they were actually worse now than they were back then. He repeated his intention to return to his crew, but Judge explained that an alliance with Big Mom would guarantee the success of their attempts to retake the North Blue. Judge also revealed that he only sought Sanji out in order to meet Big Mom's terms for an alliance; as he did not want to give over one of his "precious" sons to marriage into the Charlotte Family, he arranged that Sanji should be the groom because he did not consider Sanji a true son. While Sanji was distracted by Judge's statements, Reiju fastened exploding wristlets onto Sanji's wrists. Judge then explained that the wristlets would destroy Sanji's hands if he tried to escape, and that Big Mom was the only person with the key; he concluded by declaring that he would see Sanji married to seal the alliance, no matter what it took. Sanji went outside as he grew more and more angry at his confines.
Meanwhile, Brook and Pedro infiltrated Sweet City as they overheard the citizens talking about the latest news. Jinbe had retracted his request to leave the Big Mom Pirates, causing the citizens to label him as a coward. Brook recognized Jinbe and grew concerned about the fishman, as he thought he would join their crew. Pedro then spotted Purin trying on wedding dresses inside a shop, although she wanted to leave and tend to a prior engagement. Brook and Pedro were shocked, as this meant that the Purin Luffy saw on the beach was fake and that Sanji probably did not know they were here. Pedro then noticed Tamago walking out of the shop as some soldiers talked to him. The soldiers revealed that Pekoms was not with the Straw Hats after they set sail from Cacao Island, and they had confirmed that all but two of the Straw Hats were in the Seducing Woods and their capture would be imminent. The soldiers revealed that Brook and Pedro had yet to be caught, and Tamago recognized Pedro as Pedro and Brook grew frightened about their every move being tracked. Tamago told the soldiers to go search for Pekoms, as he wanted to keep his old partner around, and Brook and Pedro continue getting scared about their dire straits.
At the northeastern coast of Whole Cake Island, Capone Bege played around a little with his wife, the 22nd daughter of the Charlotte Family Charlotte Chiffon, and his infant son Capone Pez. Bege then turned his attention to the chained-up Pekoms at the edge of the cliff, and he prepared to dispose of Pekoms, as his compassion and empathy was of no use. Bege asked Pekoms if he had any last words as he pointed the gun at the mink, causing Pez to cry. Pekoms told Bege that underestimating Big Mom would be his downfall, and Bege shot him, causing him to fall into the shark-infested waters below.
Meanwhile, Caesar Clown was brought before Big Mom in the Whole Cake Chateau. Big Mom asked Caesar how his research was going, as he had been commissioned by her to find a way to make her family members the same size as her. However, Caesar had long realized that it was impossible without side effects, as shown with the children he experimented on in Punk Hazard, and so he spent his funds on alcohol and women, counting on Donquixote Doflamingo to protect him. Caesar told Big Mom that Luffy and Trafalgar Law had ruined his research and destroyed his lab, but she replied that she had the Minister of Candy construct and exact, stronger, replica of his old lab. Big Mom gave Caesar two weeks to finish his experiment, shocking him, and her first son Charlotte Perospero, the Minister of Candy, then arrived with Caesar's heart and threatened to turn him into candy with the power of the Pero Pero no Mi should he fail.
As night fell, Luffy crossed the bridge in the Seducing Woods carrying people who looked like Sanji and Purin, and he wondered why his crewmates were acting so weird as there were two of each of them and they were making animal noises.
In Chocolatown, the citizens were asked a question biannualy: Leave or Life? One woman chose life, and a dark ghostly being removed a small ball from her chest.
Meanwhile, Luffy discovered that the real Nami was among the various figures of his crewmates making animal sounds. Nami revealed to him that Charlotte Brûlée, the woman posing as Luffy, had attacked them, although Nami repelled her with her new Clima-Tact. Carrot then attacked Brûlée, but she created a mirror that reflected Carrot's attack back at her. Brûlée revealed that she ate the Mira Mira no Mi and could create mirrors, and Carrot tried breaking the mirror. However, Brûlée trapped her inside a mirror and revealed that Big Mom knew the Straw Hats were here all this time. It was their mission to let the intruders roam around before showing them the consequences of going against Big Mom. Brûlée then commanded the flora of the forest to come to life and attack, and Chopper tried to buy them time by activating Monster Point as Nami realized how in over their heads they were to go against a Yonko.
In the present, Luffy and Nami spoke with the buried man, wondering what he saw and why he was not attacked. The man revealed that he saw the trees relentlessly attack Chopper, and Nami wondered why the trees eventually stopped chasing her and why they were alive in the first place. The man revealed that every citizen gives up a month's worth of their soul every six months in exchange for safety and protection, which was performed by incarnations of Big Mom's soul that she created with her Devil Fruit, the Soru Soru no Mi. The scattered pieces of soul then made their way everywhere, bringing life to the flora, which were known as Homies, and could also settle into animals like Randolph and the talking crocodile. The man revealed that the animalistic Straw Hat clones were created by Brûlée's ability, however, and Luffy and Nami got frustrated, wanting to know who he was. The man revealed that he was married to Big Mom and gave her two daughters, but was later cast aside. Suddenly, the tenth son of the Charlotte Family and one of the Three Sweet Commanders, Charlotte Cracker, arrived and pulled the man out of the ground, angry that he was giving away secrets to the enemy. The man then pleaded with Cracker to let him see his daughters Chiffon and Lola one last time.
Nami realized that Lola was the daughter of Big Mom and the buried man, and Randolph suddenly ambushed the Straw Hats again. However, Cracker brought Randolph down with his voice and berated him for interfering in his fight. Cracker revealed that Big Mom had sent him to ensure the Straw Hats' defeat, as they may have been too much for Brûlée and the homies to handle. This offended Brûlée and the homies, including the master of the Seducing Woods, Baum. Cracker resumed his execution of the buried man, but Luffy blocked Cracker's sword and freed the man. Nami regrouped with the man, who revealed his name to be Pound, and they ran off as the homies chased them. However, Nami pulled out the vivre card Lola had given her, and the power of Big Mom's soul contained within it caused the homies to shrink back in terror. Meanwhile, Cracker overpowered Luffy as he used an ability to multiply his arms, but Luffy was intent on not giving up or holding back against him.
Cracker easily overwhelmed Luffy with his sword, Pretzel, and his Busoshoku Haki. Nami became more and more frightened at the power they were facing, and Brûlée confronted her, saying that just like the rest of the Worst Generation, they would hit a wall in Big Mom. Fellow Supernovas Eustass Kid, Scratchmen Apoo, Capone Bege, and Urouge had previously entered Big Mom's territory, and Bege became subservient to them while the rest fled. The only one to make an impact was Urouge, who had defeated one of the former Four Sweet Commanders. However, Cracker was sent in and Urouge was forced to flee. Brûlée threw a mirror down in front of Nami and emerged from it, grabbing Nami and attempting to pull her inside. However, Pound attacked Brûlée and freed Nami, and Brûlée stated that Pound was now an enemy of the Charlotte Family. Nami then struck Brûlée with Thunderbolt Tempo, and the homies ran away from her in fear as Luffy and Cracker continued fighting. Cracker continued to overwhelm Luffy, until his taunts concerning Sanji's royal status antagonized Luffy into activating Gear Fourth; Luffy then successfully hit Cracker with Kong Gun, sending him tumbling away.
Cracker got up and tried attacking, but Luffy split him in half with another punch. However, a figure emerged from one half of Cracker's body and cut Luffy's outstretched arm, sending him recoiling in pain. Cracker then showed his true body to Luffy, revealing that he was actually inhabiting a suit of biscuit armor with the power of the Bisu Bisu no Mi. Cracker reveled in his great power as he created biscuit puppets identical to his old suit of armor. Luffy attacked the puppets, and Cracker had them shield him as he leaped out from behind them and jabbed Pretzel at Luffy, narrowly missing his head. Meanwhile, Nami stood confidently on King Baum as she continued forcing the homies to shrink back in terror at Lola's Vivre Card.
Inside Brûlée's Mirro-World, Chopper developed a plan, having realized that this pocket dimension connected to all the mirrors on Whole Cake Island. He and Carrot then decided to use Brûlée's power against her. As night fell, Brook and Pedro hid inside a biscuit soldier patrolling Sweet City in order to infiltrate the Whole Cake Chateau.
The Day Before the Wedding: Out of the Frying Pan and Into the FireEdit
The next morning, Big Mom went over the plans for the Vinsmoke Family to meet with hers, saying that rescuing Sanji would be impossible once he entered the Chateau. Meanwhile, Vinsmoke Ichiji and Niji arrived at the Germa Kingdom, receiving a hero's welcome from Germa 66. Ichiji and Niji wished to see Sanji again, and Sanji began trembling upon seeing them.
The Vinsmoke Family ate breakfast together, discussing the war in Broc Coli Island and the possibility of being barred from Reverie if their goal is achieved. Sanji told Niji to eat the food left on his plate, but Niji refused, causing Sanji to get angry. Annoyed at Sanji's actions, Niji complained to the head chef Cosette that Sanji ruined his food as he threw his plate at her. Sanji caught the plate as the food fell on the floor, and he examined it before eating it, calling it delicious. This appalled Cosette and Niji, and the latter attempted to kick Sanji, but was told to stop by Judge. Niji, Ichiji, and Judge berated Sanji for bringing shame to their royal status, but Sanji replied that he was shamed to be associated with them. Judge then held up a picture of Zeff, revealing to Sanji that he would have the chef killed if he continued challenging and defying them. As Sanji remembered Zeff raising him, Judge told him to make himself presentable for their lunch meeting with Big Mom and Purin.
Sanji later discovered Cosette unconscious and severely beaten, causing him to seethe in rage at Niji. Yonji then appeared and offered to take Sanji to Niji, but ended up taking him to a large facility containing dozens of clones inside large tanks. Yonji revealed to Sanji that Judge was a brilliant scientist who worked with Vegapunk and several others before they were born. They had discovered the lineage factor of living organisms, allowing them to manipulate genetics and create clones. When the World Government discovered this, they arrested Vegapunk and drove the others apart; Judge escaped and continued this research on his own, creating the incredibly loyal Germa 66 soldiers that caused other nations to envy them. Sanji expressed his disgust for this as Ichiji and Niji entered the room, mocking Sanji for his continued weakness. An enraged Sanji attacked Niji for beating Cosette, but Niji quickly retaliated as Sanji was unable to fight back due to Ichiji threatening Zeff's life. Sanji's siblings mocked his dedication to Cosette, and Ichiji reminded him that he would always be the failure of the family.
Many years ago, Judge prepared to train the very young Reiju, Ichiji, Niji, Sanji, and Yonji in order to get them to surpass human limitations. However, Sanji continually lagged behind his siblings, and was beaten up and by his brothers as a result. As time went on, Judge observed notable progress in everyone except Sanji, who still retained the human traits he had at birth. Judge found Sanji in his room feeding a rat, and he angrily berated Sanji for preparing food, saying that Sanji had no option but to train even harder in order to catch up with his siblings. He then blew the rat and the food out the window as he told Sanji to never make food again, causing him to cry. Sanji continued to fail to progress, causing Judge to pretend his son died in an accident; in the meantime, he had Sanji locked up in an iron mask forever in order to begin a new life where his third son was effectively never born.
Sanji remained in the cell for six months, though he was still given fancy meals. He remembered when he started cooking in order to feed his sick mother, and how many obstacles he faced in getting his first dish to her. By the time he got to the medical ward, his dish was ruined, and the nurse Époni did not think it was safe for his mother to eat. However, Sanji's mother ate all of it and complimented it, wanting more. She eventually died, and while he was inside his cell, Sanji got cookbooks and utensils as he learned more about cooking. However, his brothers discovered him and resumed bullying him, and Reiju tended to his wounds, revealing that they were heading to the East Blue across the Red Line. Sanji wanted to escape, and Reiju bent the bars of his cell. As Germa 66 attacked the island of Cozia, Sanji looked for the keys to take off his iron mask, when he was confronted by Judge. Judge allowed Sanji to leave, but requested that Sanji never identify himself as his son. Sanji and Reiju went outside as Reiju told her distraught brother to run to a nearby cruise ship and not look back, which Sanji did in tears.
Back in the present, Sanji's brothers left him as Reiju approached, ordering the doctors away from Sanji and expressing her disappointment that her brother was reduced to this because of his loyalty toward Zeff.
Meanwhile, Luffy and Cracker continued their 11-hour fight, with a now-obese Luffy adopting a strategy of fighting, running, and eating Cracker's Biscuit Soldiers, which annoyed the Sweet Commander. Luffy was intent on chipping away at Cracker's stamina, while Cracker eagerly waited for Luffy to explode from overeating. Cracker created more Biscuit Soldiers as he told King Baum that his insubordination would be reported to Big Mom, and Baum stated that Nami and her Vivre Card were keeping them at bay. However, Cracker did not accept that excuse and complained that with the homies' help, Nami was able to produce rain that made his Biscuit Soldiers edible. Nami told him to stop complaining as she created rain yet again, and even though Luffy's stomach was at its limit, he continued eating the Biscuit Soldiers. Meanwhile, the people of Sweet City talked in shock as many of them had seen Chopper and Carrot run inside their mirrors. Inside the mirror world, Brûlée chased Chopper and Carrot with a scythe.
In the Germa Kingdom, Reiju repaired Sanji's swollen face with a shock mask in order to make him more suitable for the gift exchange with the Charlotte Family, and she asked him where he got his chivalry from. Sanji replied that he was simply following an age-old rule as he recalled Zeff teaching him that men are never meant to hit women. Sanji was then brought outside to travel to the Whole Cake Chateau with his family, and the Germa 66 soldiers cheered him on and wished him luck.
Back at the Seducing Woods, Cracker prepared to finish the battle as he charged at Luffy himself, but Luffy expanded even more as he activated a new form of Gear Fourth known as Tankman. Cracker and his attack were fully absorbed into Luffy's large body, and Luffy shot Cracker out through his remaining Biscuit Soldiers into the far-off distance, severely injuring Cracker in the process.
Cracker flew into the Whole Cake Chateau, shocking the citizens and his siblings Mont-d'Or, Opera, and Galette, who deduced that Luffy had sent him here and activated a lockdown of Sweet City. In the Seducing Woods, the Straw Hats were excited that they managed to defeat Cracker, and Luffy began shrinking as Gear Fourth dramatically burned calories. However, Pound warned the Straw Hats that they would surely attract Big Mom's wrath, as when former Sweet Commander Snack was defeated, Big Mom summoned a thunderstorm while Cracker's fleet attacked, causing Urouge to be swiftly defeated. Big Mom had two entities, Zeus the thundercloud and Prometheus the sun, at her side, allowing her to alter the weather. However, Luffy did not care and ordered King Baum to take him to the Whole Cake Chateau.
As the Germa Kingdom carriage approached Sweet City, Luffy and Nami rode Baum out of the Seducing Woods. Nami communicated with Chopper and Carrot through a mirror shard, and they assured her that everything was all right, although their screams suggested otherwise. The connection was cut off, and the Germa 66 troops noticed Baum running towards them. Excited to see Sanji again, Luffy then jumped off of Baum and onto the Germa carriage. As the Germa guards confronted Luffy, Sanji looked stressed as he considered the implications of escaping. As Nami called out to Sanji, he suddenly kicked Luffy off the carriage. Sanji told Luffy that he had fully embraced his royal heritage, including his last name, and degraded his crewmates as lowly pirates. Luffy did not believe what Sanji was saying, and the two prepared to fight.
- A few characters make their first appearances after the time skip. The characters (in the order they were reintroduced) are: Stelly, Hina, Jango, Fullbody, Dracule Mihawk, Aladine, Yasopp, Shanks, Benn Beckman, and Rockstar.
- Hina has been promoted to Rear Admiral.
- The Reverie is starting soon as various rulers as well as their family or trusted aides are moving out to its location in Mariejois.
- Nefeltari Vivi, Nefeltari Cobra, Carue, Pell, Chaka, and Igaram from Alabasta.
- Sabo's adopted brother, Stelly, who is now the king of Goa Kingdom, and his wife, Sarie Nantokanette.
- Wapol and his wife Miss Universe of Black Drum Kingdom.
- Dalton of Sakura Kingdom with Kureha accompanying him as his doctor.
- Riku Dold III, Viola, and Rebecca from Dressrosa.
- Elizabello II from Prodence Kingdom.
- Neptune, alongside his children Fukaboshi, Ryuboshi, Manboshi, and Shirahoshi from Ryugu Kingdom.
- The king of Kano Country.
- A newspaper article states that Baltigo, the Revolutionary Army's headquarters, is destroyed by the Blackbeard Pirates.
- Jack is shown to have survived Zunisha’s attack and seems to be able to survive underwater for extended periods of time through unknown means, though immobilized due to being a Devil Fruit user.
- Kaido is devastated for lack of further increase in the Gifters group's numbers (created through the use of SMILEs) after Doflamingo's defeat.
- Eustass Kid is revealed to have become Kaido's prisoner after their encounter.
- Germa 66 has entered into an alliance with the Big Mom Pirates.
- The reason Big Mom wants access to Germa 66 is because of the advanced technology they possess.
- Sanji's family, the Vinsmoke Family, is formally introduced:
- The family includes Sanji's younger brother Yonji, older sister Reiju, older brothers Niji and Ichji, father Vinsmoke Judge and mother who is deceased.
- The Vinsmoke Family is a royal family that once ruled all of North Blue with their military might.
- Even though they currently have no land to rule, they remain the ruling family of a World Government-recognized nation and are thus invitees to Reverie, though they would lose those rights if the World Government discovers their alliance with Big Mom.
- The Germa Kingdom is shown to be the world's only seafaring kingdom, whose territory is made up of the dozens of ships of its military arm, Germa 66.
- Judge's dream is for his family to conquer North Blue once again.
- Sanji had an unpleasant past with the Vinsmoke Family in which he was bullied by his brothers and considered worthless by his father, as it was revealed that Sanji and his siblings were genetically modified as children with only Sanji being considered a failed specimen as he was still a regular human.
- Due to Sanji's failures, Judge masked him and locked him in a dungeon before claiming to the kingdom that Sanji had died in an accident.
- The reason Sanji wanted to be a chef was revealed as a tribute to his late mother due to the fact she complimented him on the meal he made for her and was willing to have food he made before she died.
- Sanji left after the Germa Kingdom crossed the Red Line into the East Blue.
- Reiju helped Sanji escape the dungeon and Judge allowed him to go.
- It is revealed that Vinsmoke Judge has been searching for Sanji since he left the family at a young age.
- The Charlotte Family is explained in more detail.
- Big Mom has 43 husbands, 39 daughters, and 46 sons. Additionally because of their influence over the Homies, Big Mom's children are not allowed to have her Vivre Card.
- Charlotte Purin, the 35th daughter and Sanji's bride.
- Charlotte Praline, a hammerhead shark half-mermaid and the 29th daughter of the Charlotte Family as well as Aladine's wife. She is the first half-mermaid to appear in the series.
- Charlotte Brûlée the eighth daughter.
- Charlotte Chiffon, the 22nd daughter of the Charlotte Family and Capone Bege's wife. Together they have an infant son named Capone Pez.
- Lola is revealed to be one of Big Mom’s daughters and thus the Vivre Card Nami received belongs to Big Mom herself. She shares the same father with Chiffon.
- Lola was somehow the only one of Big Mom's children to get her mother's Vivre Card before she left.
- Charlotte Cracker, the tenth son.
- Charlotte Opera, the fifth son.
- Charlotte Galette, the eighteenth daughter.
- Mont-d'Or, the nineteenth son of the family.
- Big Mom has 43 husbands, 39 daughters, and 46 sons. Additionally because of their influence over the Homies, Big Mom's children are not allowed to have her Vivre Card.
- Big Mom is fully shown for the first time.
- She wants to create a country where all races can live together.
- Big Mom’s Devil Fruit is the Soru Soru no Mi, which gives her the power to give life to many things and take other lives.
- A way to navigate using each individual pose on the New World Log Pose, instead of following a needle, is introduced. Purin teaches this to Luffy's group as a way to get to Whole Cake Island undetected.
- Jinbe intends to talk with Big Mom about leaving her crew so he could join the Straw Hat Pirates which was first mentioned during the Fishman Island Arc.
- Pedro tells the Sanji retrieval team about his past. He and Pekoms used to be explorers, trying to find poneglyphs for Inuarashi and Nekomamushi and he earned a bounty which labeled him as a pirate and that they also encountered the Big Mom Pirates in the past where they were attacked and defeated.
- Sanji is seen using Busoshoku Haki for the first time during his fight with his father.
- It is revealed that Big Mom commissioned Caesar Clown to turn her family into giants.
- According to Charlotte Brûlée, Kid, Apoo, Bege, and Urouge once tried to invade Big Mom's territory, but they all failed.
- It's for this reason that Bege decided to become Big Mom's underling and married Chiffon.
- The Three Sweet Commanders have high authority within the Big Mom Pirates, and one of them is Cracker. There were originally four Sweet Commanders, until Urouge defeated one of them. However, Urouge was later defeated by Cracker.
- It is revealed that Judge and Vegapunk were formerly science research partners, until Vegapunk was arrested for discovering the blueprint of life.
- It is revealed that Sanji learned his chivalry from Zeff.
- Luffy uses another variation form of Gear Fourth called Tankman: Full Version.
Totto Land Arc