Chapter 303 is titled "Rich Pirates".
Ace's Great Blackbeard Search, Vol. 28: "Coffee With Milk Makes For Happy Meetings."
At the home of Mont Blanc Cricket on Jaya, he informs Shoujou and Masira that they are no longer searching beneath the sea for his ancestor's Noland's claim. But instead, they are now pursuing a new dream at their request. Meanwhile on Mock Town on the same island, Bellamy and Sarquiss are having an unexpected fight against one another. The reason behind the fight is the unexpected return of their true leader: Seven Warlords of the Sea member Donquixote Doflamingo. Feeling upset that his "symbol" was being used in shame to fight against foolish dreams such as the existence of a city of gold in the sky. Although Bellamy begs for forgiveness and states he will never shame the sign ever again, Doflamingo sees no use for him, using his powers to have Sarquiss kill him. With his death, Doflamingo touts the beginning of a "New Age" where only worthy pirates exist and the trash are abandoned.
Elsewhere, the Straw Hat Pirates have a successful landing back in the Blue Sea as the Octopus Balloon shrinks down to a smaller size upon landing. Everyone on the crew believes as if a dream has ended and that maybe some day they would return to Skypiea once again. But before they can speak for too long, a massive tsunami approaches the ship with bizarre faces of sea monkeys staring right at them, forcing them to move Going Merry out of the way. Checking out their merchandise they brought from Skypiea, they discover Nami's Waver as well as nearly all collected Dials (except the Cloud Dial) work in the Blue Sea. However, Nami is more interested in the distribution of the gold collected from their journey, claiming 80% of all profits even as the rest of the crew ask for various things themselves. But even with what they want, they all soon realize what they need: due to all the damage the Merry took on their journey, they need someplace where they could fix it. Though they know Usopp had been protecting it since leaving Syrup Village, he considers himself a sniper and thus not worthy of keeping up all maintenance. Thus allowing Luffy to make an intelligent decision: the next crewmate will be a shipwright to protect and maintain their home, followed by a musician.
At the same moment at Marine Headquarters, the officials note that one of their most powerful members has gone missing. When the Five Elders get word, they do note that he usually does what he wants regardless of what other say. "He" turns out to be Admiral Aokiji, seen riding his bike innocently across the ocean while looking at Luffy's wanted poster.
- Donquixote Doflamingo is in Mock Town and he reveals both his connection to Bellamy and his crew as well as the importance of the smile as part of a vision for the New Age of Pirates.
- The Bellamy Pirates were Doflamingo's subordinates until he dismissed them for dishonoring his Jolly Roger (because of Bellamy's defeat by Luffy). He uses his ability to make Bellamy and Sarquiss fight each other.
- Doflamingo states that a "New Age" is coming, one in which only the truly strong can be a part of.
- The Straw Hat Pirates decide to use the majority of the gold they got from Skypiea to fix the Going Merry.
- Luffy decides to get a shipwright for the crew.
- An Admiral of the Marines by the name of Aokiji runs off without telling the government officials with an interest in the Straw Hats.
- He displays a power that allows him to ride a bicycle on the ocean.
- This is the first chapter of the Long Ring Long Land Arc and the Water 7 Saga.
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