- The subject of this article is also called Raftel.
Laugh Tale is the island at the end of the New World which supposedly holds the treasure One Piece. It was named by Gol D. Roger after he and his crew arrived on the island and discovered the treasure left there by Joy Boy.
Layout and Locations
Little has been seen of the island, but its shore appears to be composed of steep cliffs with large amounts of wilderness, though there are some objects that appear to be shaped like buildings or fortifications.
It is said that upon reaching Laugh Tale, if one has taken with them along their journey the passages of the poneglyphs, then the Rio Poneglyph will finally be revealed. Furthermore, the Road Poneglyphs, a set of four special red poneglyphs, each reveal a point on a map of the world once read. When all four points are deciphered, it becomes possible to discern the place at the center of these points where they all intersect, and the true path to Laugh Tale will be made known. Roger speculated that the World Government prohibits the research of the poneglyphs because they purposely do not want anyone to reach Laugh Tale so that no one will find what is hidden there.
Sometime during the Void Century, Joy Boy left behind some sort of great treasure on an island located at the very end of the Grand Line. Gol D. Roger and his crew are the only other people known to have reached this island.
Roger started suspecting about the existence of a final island after reaching a dead end at Lodestar Island, thirty-nine years ago. There, Roger's Log Pose would start behaving strangely, with the needle going haywire and never recording a destination. This, as well as countless stories and denials provided by the World Government, would fuel Roger's beliefs that this supposed place existed and held something of immense value. Having temporarily recruited Kozuki Oden from the Whitebeard Pirates due to his ability to read the Poneglyphs, Roger initiated his final voyage through the Grand Line with the intent of getting to its true end.
The Roger Pirates were eventually able to uncover the enigma behind the Road Poneglyphs, having located them all in this new quest, and reach the mysterious final island 25 years before the current timeline. As they stumbled upon Joy Boy's treasure, Roger and his crew burst into laughter. They learned the truth about what happened during the Void Century, the true nature of the Ancient Weapons, and the meaning of the initial D. The nature of the treasure, coupled with what they had managed to learn about Joy Boy and the past, were considered a "funny story" by Roger, inspiring him to dub the final island "Laugh Tale".
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Translation and Dub Issues
Before the release of One Piece: Stampede, the name of the island was commonly known as "Raftel" in both official and unofficial translations. In the movie, however, the name is spelled as "Laugh Tale" on an Eternal Pose. The Funimation dub opted to start using Laugh Tale, though the subbed version did not.
The manga later confirmed the spelling of Laugh Tale as well as the origin of its name in Chapter 967. According to Takuma Naito, an editor of One Piece, the editors in charge of the series had been told of this spelling and its meaning a long time ago.
- From what has been shown regarding the Road Poneglyphs points, the four marks form an "X" when they intersect, indicating where Laugh Tale and the treasure One Piece await. On a traditional treasure map, the location of the treasure is generally marked with an "X". The image given make it appears like "An X made by Xs", hinting at just how important of a location it is.
- Coincidentally, the final line of the famous pirate song Binks' Sake contains the phrase "funny tale" (笑い話 waraibanashi?, or literally "laugh tale"). Roger also quoted this exact line before naming the island. However, the song has existed long before the naming of the island.
- One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 96 Chapter 967 (p. 18-19) and Episode 968, The Roger Pirates land and name the island.
- One Piece Movie 14, Laugh Tale is romanized on an Eternal Pose.
- One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 12 Chapter 105 (p. 8) and Episode 63, Crocus talks about Laugh Tale with the Straw Hats.
- One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 82 Chapter 818 (p. 4-7) and Episode 769, Inuarashi explains the purpose of the Road Poneglyphs.
- One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 32 Chapter 301 (p. 9-14) and Episode 194, Robin discussing the Poneglyph with the Shandians and Gan Fall.
- One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 96 Chapter 966 (p. 9-12) and Episode 966, Roger talks about his discovery to Newgate and Oden.
- One Piece Movie 14, An Eternal Pose to Laugh Tale appears.
- One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 59 Chapter 576 (p. 12) and Episode 485, Edward Newgate reminisces on his last conversation with Roger about Laugh Tale.
- Interview with Takuma Naito
- One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 50 Chapter 488 and Episode 380, Binks' Sake full lyrics.
- One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 86 Chapter 867 (p. 12) and Episode 837, "Binks' Sake" is known around 62 years ago.