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The Jaya Arc is the twelfth story arc of the manga and anime One Piece, and the first story arc of the Sky Island Saga.

After the Straw Hat Pirates' Log Pose points them towards the sky, they travel to the island of Jaya and work with Mont Blanc Cricket to determine if there is indeed an island in the sky. While in the pirate-populated port town of Mock Town, Luffy ends up in conflict with the overconfident and cruel Bellamy, while also meeting an enigmatic man who advises Luffy to never give up on his dreams.


An Archaeologist and a Ship from the Sky[]

Luffy Finds Shiro Mokuba I

Luffy finds a strange object while exploring the St. Briss.

With Princess Vivi safely back in Arabasta and a new crewmate, Nico Robin, on board, the Straw Hats' next adventure begins when a giant ship suddenly falls from the sky. At this point, the Log Pose starts to point straight up and Robin explains that the log is "captured" by an island with a stronger magnetic field—a Sky Island.[1] While exploring the sinking ruins of the ship, they come across an old map of a land named Skypiea. Through a skull and some books, they figure out that the ship is the Saint Briss, which left the Kingdom of Breeze in South Blue 208 years ago. This piques the interest of the crew and they decide to salvage the sunken ship.

Imperial Cumulus Giants

The Straw Hats coming across giant silhouettes.

When they try to salvage the sunken ship for more information, they come across a group of pirates led by Masira, who claims that he has control over the territory and all ships that sank there belong to him.[2] Masira and his crew begin the salvage operation and are in the process of raising the ship when they run into a snag. Luffy, Zoro, and Sanji, who were underwater searching the wreck, start beating up Masira's crew. Masira goes down to handle things and confront them when a Giant Sea Turtle comes along and swallows the ship,[3] though Luffy, Zoro, Sanji, and Masira all escape. However, out of nowhere, the sky turns dark and three humongous shadows appear. Out of fear, the pirates run away as quickly as possible.[4] Luckily, Robin manages to take an eternal pose to the nearby island of Jaya from Masira's ship, and goes there to find more information.[5]

The Dreamless City: Mock Town[]

Roshio the Executioner, a pirate with a Beli48 million bounty, wins a poker game against Hyena Bellamy, a pirate with a bounty of Beli55 million. Bellamy accuses Roshio of cheating and gets Sarquiss to back him up. When Roshio disagrees, Bellamy stabs his hand with a knife and shoots him in the head.[5]

Luffy Meets Blackbeard

Luffy unknowingly meets Blackbeard.

In the port town of Mock Town, the group of Luffy, Zoro, and Nami encounter several odd people, all of whom are members of the Blackbeard Pirates, until they end up at a hotel. There, they encounter Sarquiss of the Bellamy Pirates, who insults the group and even gives them some money to buy better clothes. They later end up in a bar, where they encounter Blackbeard himself, though they do not know who he is. After he leaves, Bellamy himself barges in looking for Luffy,[6] claiming that he wants to test him to see if he is worthy of joining his "New Age" of pirates. However, when Nami asks the bartender for information about Sky Island, Bellamy rejects this notion immediately and the entire bar starts ridiculing the three.[7]

In Bellamy's "New Age", dreams will be worthless. He explains that so many people are focused on searching for dream treasures like the City of Gold and the One Piece, that they ignore all of the real treasures around them. Bellamy attacks Luffy and Zoro while the other people in the bar start throwing things at them, but despite Nami's urging, they refuse to fight back, paralleling how Shanks and his crew did not fight back against Higuma when he and his crew attacked them in Makino's bar.[8]

The Tale of Noland the Liar[]

Teach Encourages Luffy

Teach encourages Luffy by telling him that "people's dreams don't ever end".

They are laughed out of the bar, where they once again encounter Blackbeard, who states that they did the right thing not fighting back those who are not worth the effort of fighting against and encourages Luffy on his dreams.[8] The three go back to the ship to discover that Robin has managed to find some relevant information—on the other side of the island there is a man who might know how to reach Sky Island, Mont Blanc Cricket. On the way there, they encounter Shoujou, an orangutan pirate who has a Beli36 million bounty, and is also Masira's brother,[9] but they manage to escape. They arrive at his house to find that it is empty, but they found a book—the story of Mont Blanc Noland, a.k.a. "Liar Noland". Sanji explains that it is a fairy tale from North Blue.

The story of Noland goes that while exploring the Grand Line hundreds of years ago, Noland came across a City of Gold. He returned to his home and informed the king, who accompanied him on the next journey to the island. However, when they reached the island, the City of Gold was gone. Angered, the king sentenced him to death for lying.

Cricket Showing his Gold

Cricket displays the golden South Bird statue, believed to be from the Sky Islands.

To his last breath, Noland claimed that he was telling the truth, and proclaimed that the City of Gold must have sunk underwater. However, no one would believe him, and he was executed. As it turned out, Cricket is a descendant of Noland and was trying to prove whether it exists or not by diving into the ocean every day to search for evidence, to the point of injuring himself.[10]

Chopper treated him and they met up with Masira and Shoujou again, who helped Cricket out on his quest under the name "Saruyama Alliance".[11] Cricket explained that if the Sky Island existed, the only way to reach it would be through "Knock Up Stream", a humongous geyser in the ocean.[12] In order to reach it, Cricket has the Straw Hats go into the forest to search for a "South Bird", a bird whose head always points south. During this time, the Saruyama Alliance upgraded the Going Merry in order to withstand Knock Up Stream.[13]

The Captain's True Power: Luffy Vs. Bellamy[]

Luffy Defeats Bellamy at Mock Town

Luffy defeats Bellamy and avenges the Saruyama Alliance.

Meanwhile, hearing that Cricket managed to uncover some gold, Bellamy and his crew decided to steal it from him, severely injuring him and the others in the process using his "Bane Bane no Mi", which can turn his limbs into springs. When the crew returned with the South Bird in tow, Luffy decided to get the gold back.[14] In Mock Town, new bounties were mailed in, and to everyone's surprise, they found out that Luffy's bounty was Beli100,000,000 while Zoro’s was Beli60,000,000—in comparison, Bellamy's was only Beli55,000,000. Bellamy scoffed at this, claiming that they were fakes that were made to scare him.

This calmed everyone down, until Luffy screamed for Bellamy to come out. Luffy demanded that Bellamy give the gold back, but he refused. Bellamy attacked him with his devil fruit powers, but Luffy still does not fight back. Angered, he decides to finish him off with his ultimate attack, Spring Hopper while still mocking him for following dreams. At this point, Luffy finally becomes fed up with Bellamy's words and took him down with a single punch.[15] The terrified pirates realized that Luffy's wanted posters were actually real and ran away in fear.

Luffy then took the gold and went back to Cricket's house while the remainder of the Bellamy Pirates were too afraid to fight back.[16] Upon hearing about his bounty, Blackbeard and his crew decided to strike.[17]

A World on the Move and the Flying Ship[]

Somewhere else, on an island in the Grand Line, the status of Buggy and his crew was shown, as Ace boarded his ship and offered to help him search for Luffy.[16] Meanwhile, Shanks tried to contact Whitebeard only to have his letter torn up, with Whitebeard telling the messenger, Rockstar, to have Shanks meet him in person. Rockstar reported back, to which Shanks told the crew to prepare for a meeting with Whitebeard.[17]

Seven Warlords of the Sea Meeting at Mary Geoise

The meeting at Mary Geoise.

At Mary Geoise, a meeting of the Marines and the Seven Warlords of the Sea was being held to discuss what should be done about replacing the Warlord Crocodile. Much to then-Fleet Admiral Sengoku's surprise, two of the Seven Warlords (Bartholomew Kuma and Donquixote Doflamingo) were in attendance[16] when Hawkeye Mihawk arrived. Just when the actual meeting was about to begin, Laffitte of the Blackbeard Pirates appeared to recommend his captain as Crocodile's replacement. The people there stated that nobody has ever heard about him, but Laffitte stated that they were presently working on a plan to change that.[17]

When Luffy returned and gave Cricket his gold back, he and the crew set off for Knock Up Stream, led by the Saruyama Alliance and the South Bird.[18] When they reach the right area, they were confronted by the Blackbeard Pirates, who revealed the Straw Hat Pirates' new bounties to them. However, before a battle ensued, the Straw Hats were caught in Knock Up Stream and were sent flying into the White Sea, leaving the Blackbeard Pirates' raft to be destroyed and to fall to the sea below.[19]

Story Impact[]

  • The Jaya Arc introduced many important characters. All these introductions were related to Blackbeard, the pirate who Ace was looking for, whose attempt to capture Luffy was stopped by the Knock Up Stream.[19] Blackbeard needed to capture a big name in order to be given the open position of Warlord of the Sea, as Laffitte explained to the Marines during their meeting. It was during this meeting that Fleet Admiral Sengoku and Vice Admiral Tsuru were introduced along with Warlords Bartholomew Kuma and Donquixote Doflamingo. Shortly thereafter, the Five Elders were seen for the first time as well. Also, Whitebeard was finally introduced, when Rockstar delivered Shanks' message to him, and Marco and Jozu made their first appearance, even if not introduced.[17]
  • This arc would also start the recurring theme of the Going Merry falling apart after the major damage it took in escaping from the Marines in Arabasta[20] and that it continued to fall apart from the Straw Hats' latest battles, as well as Usopp serving as the acting shipwright[8][10] to keep it functional (who previously repaired the minor damages to the Going Merry during the Reverse Mountain[21] and Drum Island Arcs).[22]
  • This arc reveals that Sanji was born in the North Blue.[10] Sanji's past would be further explored in the future.[23]
  • While Luffy may have met Blackbeard here without knowing who he was, he would not learn his true identity until the Impel Down Arc.[24]
  • Shanks tries to contact Whitebeard and sends the newest member, Rockstar, to deliver a letter, but Whitebeard demands to see Shanks in person, forcing the Red Hair Pirates to travel[25] and leading to an important meeting in the Post-Enies Lobby Arc.[26]
  • Blackbeard would later plan a second attempt to capture Luffy for the World Government during the Post-Enies Lobby Arc, though he ended not having to go after Luffy when Ace got in the way and Blackbeard was able to capture him and use Ace instead to be able to get into the Seven Warlords of the Sea.[27]
  • Bellamy's defeat at the hands of Luffy would cause Doflamingo to punish him for his failure.[28] However, Bellamy would later be given a second chance after traveling to Skypeia and offering a large gold pillar retrieved from there as a gift to Doflamingo. He would then become a member of the Donquixote Pirates and encounter Luffy once again in the Dressrosa Arc.[29]

Anime and Manga Differences[]

  • When Bellamy accused Roshio of cheating in their game of cards, Bellamy just grabbed his arm in the anime, but in the manga, Bellamy stabbed him in the hand.
  • While in the manga the events with Buggy's crew are shown after Luffy defeated Bellamy, in the anime they are shown after the first encounter with Masira.



  1. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 24 Chapter 218 and Episode 144.
  2. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 24 Chapter 219 and Episode 144.
  3. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 24 Chapter 220 and Episode 144.
  4. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 24 Chapter 221 and Episode 145.
  5. 5.0 5.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 24 Chapter 222 and Episodes 145146.
  6. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 24 Chapter 223 and Episode 146.
  7. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 24 Chapter 224 and Episode 146.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 24 Chapter 225 and Episode 147.
  9. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 24 Chapter 226 and Episode 147.
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 25 Chapter 227 and Episode 148.
  11. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 25 Chapter 228 and Episode 148.
  12. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 25 Chapter 229 and Episode 149.
  13. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 25 Chapter 230 and Episode 149.
  14. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 25 Chapter 231 and Episode 150.
  15. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 25 Chapter 232 and Episodes 150151.
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 25 Chapter 233 and Episode 151.
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 17.3 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 25 Chapter 234 and Episode 151.
  18. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 25 Chapter 235 and Episode 152.
  19. 19.0 19.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 25 Chapter 236 and Episode 152.
  20. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 23 Chapter 215 (p. 6-10) and Episode 129, The Going Merry takes a lot of damage following Hina's attacks.
  21. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 12 Chapter 105 (p. 3) and Episode 63, Usopp tries to fix the Going Merry after being damaged by their fight with Laboon.
  22. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 15 Chapter 132 (p. 4) and Episode 79, Usopp tries fixing the Going Merry after Wapol eats a side of it.
  23. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 81 Chapters 812815 and Episodes 763766, Sanji's is revealed to be a Vinsmoke, a royal family of killers.
  24. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 56 Chapter 543 (p. 18-19) and Episode 446, Luffy learns that Blackbeard was the man he met at Jaya.
  25. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 25 Chapter 234 and Episode 151.
  26. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 45 Chapters 433434 and Episodes 315316.
  27. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 45 Chapter 440 (p. 13) and Episode 325, Blackbeard tells Ace that he planned to capture Luffy. He captured Ace instead after the latter refused to join his crew.
  28. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 32 Chapter 303 and Episode 207, Doflamingo punishes Bellamy for his defeat against Luffy.
  29. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 71 Chapter 706 (p. 5-8) and Episodes 634636, Bellamy bumps into Luffy for the first time since their encounter in Jaya and tells him that he has been to Skypiea.

Arc Navigation[]

Jaya Arc
Manga Chapters
218 219 220 221 222 223 224 225 226 227 228
229 230 231 232 233 234 235 236
Manga Volumes
24 25
Anime Episodes
144 145 146 147 148 149 150 151 152
Episode of Sky Island

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