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Enies Lobby, also known as the Judicial Island (司法の島 Shihō no Shima?), was a government-controlled stronghold in Paradise. Enies Lobby is located on an island referred to as both the "afternoon island" (昼島 hiru-jima?) and the "never-night island" (不夜島 fuya-jima?). It was one of the World Government’s three major strongholds, and the headquarters of CP9.
The gate at Enies Lobby leads to both Marineford and Impel Down. Because of this, there were many government agents stationed there, roughly 10,000 men, a mix of those from both the World Government and the Marines. The island also had a courthouse, which made it easy to transfer high-level criminals through Enies Lobby and directly into Impel Down, or to the Marine Headquarters.
Due to the Straw Hat Pirates, the Galley-La Company, and the Franky Family invading, as well as the subsequent Buster Call, the island has been completely annihilated and left in ruins. It is unknown if the island was rebuilt during the time skip.
Layout and Locations
Enies Lobby Staff
|CP9||Chief Justice Bas ?||Chief Justice And ?||Chief Justice Kerville ?||Watchdog Unit of the Law ?|
|Just Eleven Jurymen ?||Gatekeeper Oimo ‡||Gatekeeper Kashii ‡||Waitress Gatherine ?||Judge Jorge ?|
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CP9 is the most secretive of the Cipher Pol units; only the government and high-level Marines are supposed to know about their existence. They are all masters of rokushiki, a style of martial art which requires years of physical training to be able to use. Their headquarters is located in Enies Lobby.
The architecture of Enies Lobby is like no other, and stands out. This is normal for islands in the One Piece world, especially in the Grand Line.
The architecture of the town in the center part of the island, in the center of the black void and the waterfall, contains rather boring brown buildings that appear to be made of clay or another such similar material. Each one appears to be unique, and some are taller than others.
CP9 Headquarters and Judicial Buildings
Each of these buildings have the most well-known architecture in Enies Lobby. They are large white marble buildings, with what seem to be jade green squares on the sides, surrounded by thin gold lines. The green is also on the top of some of the buildings, such as the courthouse.
The Judicial Island
Enies Lobby has extremely strange oddities that many islands are not known to have. It is never night-time on the island; even during large storms, such as the Aqua Laguna, there is still sun shining upon the island. There are also many whirlpools behind the island, and a giant gate, the Gates of Justice, which only ever opens a little bit to let criminals through, and when opened stops the whirlpools because of the tides.
Possibly the strangest thing about Enies Lobby is the large waterfall under the island, leading to nowhere except a huge black void, although there is water down there. The waterfall is a natural anomaly that does not seem to exist anywhere else. With the exception of a single bridge of land connecting the island to the sea, the island is basically floating above a hole in the ocean. It was never explained how this hole in the ocean is made possible, where the water goes, or how the island is able to maintain its structural integrity.
It is the Sea Train station that serves Enies Lobby, it is located in front of the main gate.
This is the gate closest to the Sea Train station. It allows access to the main island gate.
Main Island Gate
Directly behind the main gate, the main island gate offers access to the main part of the island. Once past the main gate is the area over the waterfall, and into the central part of the island.
Enies Lobby has a large courthouse on the southeast corner of the island, whose judge is the three-headed giant named Baskerville. Though they are actually three different people who like to jointly wear a single outfit out their friendship for each other. They each call themselves a different name; the one on the left, Bas, is known as such as Left Baskerville, who believes everyone is automatically guilty and should be locked up. The one on the right, Kerville, is known as Right Baskerville, who believes that all criminals are actually innocent and should be let go. The on in the middle, And, usually calls himself "Princess" but picks different names occasionally. He claims to be neutral about a criminals guilt, but he actually proposes extremes that go beyond either of the other two, such as a death sentence. This causes the Left and Right to bonk him on the head and remind him he is supposed to be the perfectly fair one.
Additionally, the jury consists of criminals that have already been given sentences. No one can be tried and be found not guilty because the jurors only want to bring as many people as possible to Impel Down with them to suffer the same fate as they have. Tom was the only one known to have been able to come close to avoiding this because of his work on the Sea Train. However, due to Spandam's meddling, Tom was executed.
Before the revelation of the rigged jury, the rumor was that the courthouse was empty and that people who were taken to Enies Lobby were automatically found guilty without a trial.
The back of the Courthouse is equipped with a drawbridge that connects the main island with the Tower of Justice. The controls for the bridge are located in two towers on the sides of the courthouse.
Tower of Justice
The headquarters CP9, the Tower of Justice (司法の塔 Shihō no Tō?), resides on rear of Enies Lobby behind the courthouse and across the drawbridge. It consists of a large tower, with the words "Enies Lobby" proudly displayed on it, and it is the tallest structure in Enies Lobby. It is known to have many floors, although how many is unclear, as only the floor of the director, Spandam, and some of the agents' rooms are shown. Generally CP9 will just lounge around when not on missions. It is called the Tower of Law in the english versions.
This is the place where the fights between the Straw Hat Pirates and CP9 took place. It contains many different rooms and secret passages. During the Enies Lobby Arc it took a lot of damage, first being sliced in half by Kaku's Rankyaku "Amane Dachi". The top half of the tower continued to slide off whenever powerful attacks were being used, such as Luffy's Gear 3 attack, until finally, during the fight between Luffy and Lucci, the Buster Call attack hit it and the structure collapsed. Other examples of the destruction of the tower are the holes in the walls caused by Franky and Fukurou's brawl, and Nami's fight with Kalifa. Lots of interior damage is caused by Sanji's battle with Jabra especially because of his Diable Jambe Flambage Shot. But the biggest damage was caused by Chopper's monster rampage. The tower is currently destroyed, along with the rest of Enies Lobby.
An underground tunnel leads from the basement of the Tower of Justice to the Bridge of Hesitation, allowing one to bypass the whirlpools. The entire passage is under the water.
Bridge of Hesitation
The Bridge of Hesitation (ためらいの橋 Tamerai no Hashi?) is a large, two-sectioned draw-bridge. The first section is a regular bridge that leads from the underground passage to the Gates of Justice, while the second is a draw-bridge that goes through the gates.
The Bridge of Hesitation is the last stop for a criminal before the Gates of Justice. It was called the Bridge of Hesitation because once the prisoner is led here, they are so fearful of what will happen to them that they hesitate and try to run in the opposite direction, but are stopped by the Marine guards. Once the criminal leaves this point, there is no going back for them and their fate is sealed. They are then taken by ship to either Marine headquarters or Impel Down. These places give no chance of escape and the prisoner usually dies at the location. Two years ago, a majority of the bridge was destroyed.
Gates of Justice
The Gates of Justice (正義の門 Seigi no Mon?) are large gates built high into the air. They serve as a direct gateway to both Marine Headquarters and Impel Down. They are located at the end of the Bridge of Hesitation, and once a criminal passes through them, they have no more hope of ever escaping. The gates never opened fully before the Straw Hat Pirates' attack.
After the Buster Call
- One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 38 Chapter 358 and Episode 263.
- One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 38 Chapter 364 (p. 13) and Episode 255, Enies Lobby is mentioned by Nami.
- One Piece Manga — Vol. 50 Chapter 491, cover story: CP9's Independent Report Vol. 1, Blueno rescues Lucci from Enies Lobby to an unknown location.
- One Piece Manga — Vol. 51 Chapter 492, cover story: CP9's Independent Report Vol. 2, Blueno rescues Lucci from Enies Lobby to an unknown location.