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"Hard Turn to the Clouds! Find the Southbird!" is the 149th episode of the One Piece anime.

Short Summary

Cricket explains how the Straw Hat Pirates can ride a dangerous vertical current called the Knock Up Stream to get to Skypiea. However, they first have to catch a South Bird to point them towards the point where the stream will erupt from the ocean.

Long Summary

Mont Blanc Cricket explains to the Straw Hat Pirates that the sudden night they witnessed earlier was the result of a dense cloud, and that the location of Skypiea was directly above this cloud. Cricket then explains that in theory, a ship can ride on a Knock Up Stream to reach Skypiea, however, if they fail to find a place to land there, they will fall back to earth. According to Cricket's prediction, the next Knock-up Stream will occur the day after. The Straw Hat Pirates go back inside to eat. Meanwhile, the Bellamy Pirates approach Cricket's home for gold.

Cricket continues reading Norland's logbook. Norland writes that he heard a bell upon reaching Sky Island. Cricket then shows three bell-shaped gold ingots he found while diving, proving that there was civilization there, and also a golden sculpture of a southbird. He then explains that the Straw Hat Pirates will need to capture a southbird from the forest, because they always face south, so the pirates can use the southbird as a sort of compass to navigate to the current.

So, while Cricket, Masira and Shoujou make repairs to the Going Merry, the Straw Hat Pirates split into groups and venture into the forest to find a southbird. Sanji, Usopp and Nami end up in an area full of tarantulas, Zoro gets stuck in a quagmire, and Luffy and Chopper manages to find a southbird, but it drops a nest near Luffy, causing several insects to chase them away.

Meanwhile, the Bellamy Pirates reaches Cricket's house, and Masira and Shoujou are prepared to fight them.

Characters in Order of Appearance

Anime Notes

  • The South Bird tries to kill Luffy and Chopper for disturbing the forest.

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