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The Shiro Mokuba I is a Waver owned by Nami, originally salvaged from a shipwreck in the proximity of Jaya.[1] After receiving many modifications (including its name) from Franky, it currently stands in Channel 1 of the Thousand Sunny's Soldier Dock system.[2]

Appearance and Design

The waver, as restored by Pagaya.

The Waver's original design has never been depicted in full, though it appeared broadly similar to Skypiea's modern models, with a single control-stem and a chassis (made of some unknown mineral) supporting a single wooden body. After Pagaya's restoration, it was installed with a modern stem containing headlight, throttles, and luggage-bag, as well as a single front wheel enabling it to run on land and water both.[3]

In its present state as the Shiro Mokuba I, most of its exterior has been painted white by Franky, and a flamboyant Yagara Bull-esque figurehead (complete with painted eyes, bridle, and headlight-holding "nostrils") installed around the stem.

Notably, the Waver is powered by a Jet Dial, allowing it significantly more speed than the typical Skypiean Waver (which utilize Breath Dials, as Jet Dials are believed long-extinct).[4] It is capable of maintaining this speed even when carrying significant weight, such as multiple tons of gold.[citation needed]

History

Past

It is unknown exactly how long ago (or where) the original Waver was built, though it was eventually taken aboard the St. Briss, an exploration vessel that had been recorded as missing from the Briss Kingdom for some two hundred years.

Sky Island Saga

Jaya Arc

Luffy finds the Waver's remains.

After considerable time as an immobile wreck in some region of the Sea Clouds (theorized by Nico Robin[5] to have been a Cloud Drifting sentence), the St. Briss plunged back down to the Blue Sea, almost directly colliding with the Going Merry. Intrigued, the Straw Hat Pirates explored its remains, and Monkey D. Luffy discovered the long-disused Waver.[1] Though at first unaware of what it even was, the crew chose to keep it aboard the Merry.

Skypiea Arc

Once the Straw Hats reached Skypiea and were properly introduced to Dial technology by Conis and Pagaya, Luffy showed the salvaged Waver to Pagaya, who agreed to restore it.[6][7] Shortly after, it was spotted by the White Berets, who accused the crew of deliberately damaging Skypiean property (a "Class-10" crime); these charges quickly accumulated with others, leading all of the Straw Hats into direct conflict with Enel and his forces.[5]

Deemed accomplices to the Straw Hats, Conis and Pagaya were forced to shelter at Gan Fall's home; regardless, they refused to begrudge their new friends, and Pagaya began work on the Waver without hesitation.[8] By the next day, the Waver was completely restored, and the pair infiltrated Upper Yard to deliver it to a grateful Nami (the only member of the Straw Hats who could reliably steer any Waver).[3][4]

The Waver was almost immediately put to use, as Nami—with Aisa in tow—used it to flee the rampaging Nola.[9] To their dismay, several Divine Soldiers spotted the craft, and chased them across most of Upper Yard onto Shandora's upper ruins, in the midst of a battle royale between nearly every faction on Skypiea.[10] Before they could be struck by the crossfire, they were swept off by Gan Fall and Pierre, only to be swallowed by Nola (who had stumbled into the ruins by a separate path), Waver and all.[11]

In time, Nami managed to ride out of Nola's mouth on the Waver, though the back-blast accidentally knocked Aisa (and the earlier-swallowed Luffy) behind.[12] Worse, this escape led Nami directly to Enel; terrified by his lightning powers, she agreed to join him on the Ark Maxim, though she carried the Waver along in case of another escape opportunity.[13] Such an opportunity came when Usopp and Sanji infiltrated the airborne ark; despite Enel's wrath, all three Straw Hats managed to escape alive, Nami landing the Waver on a patch of island cloud around Giant Jack's tip.[14]

After delivering Usopp and Sanji to Giant Jack's base, Nami steered the Waver back up the beanstalk to retrieve Luffy, as he still thought her Enel's captive.[15] Even after learning otherwise, Luffy remained determined to pursue and defeat Enel, and clumsily tried to use the Waver himself.[16][17] Unable to deter him, Nami joined his commitment; by her instruction, the other Straw Hats (helped by Nola and Wyper) severed Giant Jack to form a ramp, which she climbed with the Waver's absolute highest speed, carrying Luffy into range for a final attack on Enel.[18][19]

Water 7 Saga


The following events are Non-Canon and therefore not considered part of the Canon story.


G-8 Arc

When the descent from Skypiea inadvertently landed the Going Merry in the middle of Navarone Island and its famed G-8 Marine Base, all of the Straw Hats were forced to evacuate; while most of the others swam, Nami rode the Waver to shore, and hid it among nearby foliage.[20]

The Waver remained undiscovered by the Marines—and even forgotten by Nami herself—until Usopp outlined the crew's final escape plan.[21] With Sanji's assistance, Nami re-crossed the island and easily retrieved the Waver. Soon after, she took Luffy onboard and used it to scale Navarone's cliffs and break into base commander Jonathan's office, where the crew's Skypiean gold had been impounded; defying Jonathan's precautions and immense manpower, the pair were able to load the gold onto the Waver, and return to the Going Merry.[22]


Concludes non-canon section.


Long Ring Long Land Arc

Following the crew's Skypiean adventures, Nami tried the Waver on the Blue Sea, and was elated to find it could travel ordinary seawater as well.[23]


The following events are Non-Canon and therefore not considered part of the Canon story.


Ocean's Dream Arc

When Drim and Tatsu stole the Straw Hats' memories of one another, Nami reverted to her old hatred of pirates, and (despite remembering nothing of its origins or operation) used the Waver to flee to the nearest island at the first opportunity.[24] The following day, she was found and reluctantly coaxed by Luffy into joining the others' search for their memories, leaving the Waver on the outskirts of the local village.[25]

After defeating Tatsu and freeing all of the stolen memories, the Straw Hats returned to the village expecting celebration, only for the villagers—themselves unwitting victims of Tatsu—to mistake them for the memory thieves. Facing a heavily-armed mob, Nami recovered the Waver and used it to run them down, clearing a path for her crewmates back to the Going Merry.[26]


Concludes non-canon section.


Thriller Bark Saga

Thriller Bark Arc

Shortly after Franky joined the Straw Hats, he secretly modified the Waver to resemble a Yagara Bull, dubbed it the Shiro Mokuba I, and placed it in Channel 1 of the Thousand Sunny's Soldier Dock System.[2] As this occurred without her permission, Nami was initially furious, but apparently found the modifications acceptable enough to not have them reverted.[27][2]

Dressrosa Saga

Dressrosa Arc

During Giolla's attack on the Thousand Sunny, Nami briefly evacuated Kozuki Momonosuke and herself onto the Shiro Mokuba. This did not last long, however, as she (along with Chopper and Brook) was forced battle Giolla directly to save the Sunny from being completely "artified" by Giolla's powers.[28]

Other Appearances

During the Z's Ambition Arc, Nami uses it when organizing a rescue operation to rescue Panz Fry from the Marines.

The Waver was also seen in the seventh One Piece movie and in the eleventh movie (with the horse figurehead).

Translation and Dub Issues

Shiro Mokuba is the Japanese for "white wooden horse" (白木馬?). While the Mokuba component tends to be translated as "rocking horse" by many sources, its connotations in Japanese are not limited to the children's toy; notably, it is a common colloquialism for military decoys, e.g the Trojan Horse.

In both the VIZ manga and the FUNimation anime, the craft's name is translated as White Hobby Horse.

Trivia

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 24 Chapter 220 and Episode 144, Luffy finds a Waver within the St. Bliss's remains.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 46 Chapter 444 and Episode 337, Franky explains the Soldier Dock system and all its vehicles. The anime also includes an original scene depicting Nami's reaction to the Shiro Mokuba.
  3. 3.0 3.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 28 Chapter 264 and Episode 173, Conis and Pagaya brave the chaos of Enel's Survival Game across Upper Yard, and bring the restored Waver to the Going Merry.
  4. 4.0 4.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 29 Chapter 265 and Episode 174, Nami tests out the Waver while Pagaya compliments her skills, also noting that the Jet Dial propelling it has been thought extinct for centuries.
  5. 5.0 5.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 26 Chapter 242 and Episode 156, The White Berets charge the Straw Hats with damaging a Waver (among many other crimes), and the crew discuss Skypiea's methods of justice.
  6. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 26 Chapter 239 and Episode 154, Nami comments that Luffy found a Waver on the St. Briss after seeing Pagaya's own Waver.
  7. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 26 Chapter 241 and Episode 155, Pagaya agrees to fix the salvaged Waver, if possible.
  8. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 27 Chapter 248 and Episode 162.
  9. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 29 Chapter 267 and Episode 175.
  10. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 29 Chapter 268 and Episode 176.
  11. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 29 Chapter 269 and Episode 176.
  12. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 29 Chapter 273 and Episode 179.
  13. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 30 Chapter 277 and Episode 181, Seeing how easily Gan Fall, Robin, Zoro, and Wyper have been downed, Nami quickly surrenders to Enel and his mad dream.
  14. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 30 Chapter 284 and Episodes 185186, Nami steers the Waver (with Usopp in tow) straight off the Maxim's edge. Sanji—who sacrificed himself to enable the escape—is later retrieved by Usopp, while Enel is distracted by sabotage inside the ark.
  15. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 3031 Chapters 285286 and Episodes 186187.
  16. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 31 Chapter 294 and Episode 190, Nami finds Luffy trying to board the Maxim, and pleads with him to flee before Enel's thunderbolts destroy Skypiea. Luffy refuses, as protecting Skypiea—most importantly, the Golden Bell—is vital to the Saruyama Alliance's dreams.
  17. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 31 Chapter 295 (p. 2-5) and Episode 190, After Enel blocks yet another attempt to board the Maxim, Luffy tries to ride up in Nami's Waver.
  18. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 31 Chapter 295 (p. 12-19) and Episode 191, Rather than fleeing, Nami agrees to help Luffy reach Enel and the Bell, and drops instructions to the other Straw Hats on a leaf.
  19. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 32 Chapters 296297 and Episodes 191192, The combined efforts of the Straw Hats, Nola, and Wyper fell Giant Jack, and Nami's Waver soars atop its length; at its peak, Luffy jumps off to battle Enel and his Raigo thundercloud.
  20. One Piece Anime — Episode 196.
  21. One Piece Anime — Episode 204.
  22. One Piece Anime — Episodes 205206, Nami and Sanji successfully recover the Waver, but find their crewmates have been unable to find their gold. From an offhand remark of Mekao's, Nami deduces that Jonathan has stored it in his office, and takes Luffy on the Waver to recover it.
  23. One Piece Manga — Vol. 32 Chapter 303 (p. 15), Nami rides the Waver alongside the Going Merry. This scene is excised from the anime, which segues the end of the Skypiea Arc into the beginning of the G-8 Arc.
  24. One Piece Anime — Episode 221.
  25. One Piece Anime — Episode 222.
  26. One Piece Anime — Episode 224.
  27. SBS One Piece Manga — Vol. 46 (p. 192), In place of an ordinary SBS column, diagrams of the Thousand Sunny are featured.
  28. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 72 Chapter 714 and Episode 644.

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