"Curtain-up on a New Adventure - Arriving at the Phantom Island, Zou!" is the 751st episode of the One Piece anime.
The episode starts with Shanks losing his arm to the sea king, and then provoking Luffy to become a pirate and meet him again someday. Bartolomeo tells the story of how the crew joined the Straw Hat Pirates. Meanwhile at Marine Headquarters, Admiral Kizaru hears a briefing about the new Shichibukai Edward Weevil who claims to be the son of Whitebeard. As per Kizaru, he is almost as strong as Whitebeard was in his prime. After that, one week has passed and the Barto Club’s ship appears to be in thick fog and soon they spot a huge shadow moving. The vivre card seems to point toward that mountain so they advance toward it. To everyone surprise, it is no mountain but a sky scraping massive elephant that is more commonly known as Zou. It’s populated by the Mink Tribe that hates humans.
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Characters in Order of Appearance
- This is predominantly a flashback episode with Bartolomeo telling his crew some background about each of the Straw Hat Pirates and how they came together, which he learned by interviewing the ones with him.
- In the manga, A O is the only one of the Whitebeard Pirates' allies whose defeat was mentioned. In this episode, Elmy, Ramba, Whitey Bay, Bizarre, the Decalvan Brothers, and Palms are mentioned as well.
- Even though the next episode will formally introduce Edward Weevil, he did not appear in the next episode preview. It showed the Straw Hats and others parting with the Barto Club and about to climb Zou instead.
- This is the first episode of the Zou Arc.