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Volume 12 is titled "The Legend Has Begun".

Cover and Volume Illustration[]

Volume 12 Illustration

The illustration on page 3 of Volume 12.

The colored cover is yellow-orange, and the title is printed in dark green (fading from white), yellow, and forest green. The author's name is printed in yellow.

On the front, Luffy, Zoro, Usopp, and Sanji (carrying Nami on a cartwheel) are running on a large pile of treasure with the Going Merry behind them.

On the spine, Zoro and Usopp are featured, and the skull on the spine is colored pastel pink.

For the volume illustration on page 3, Luffy poses with an angered expression and his left fist facing the reader.

Author's Notes[]

Author's Notes
Volume 012 Intro Image

Today, let us talk about the topic of "evolution". Or let's not. Let's just go. "Monkey" became "Human". As shown in the image provided. You'll probably be able to tell by looking at it, but the form starts to straighten, little by little.

Now let's discuss the future form of "man". I personally think we should bring this in the direction of a back-flip. In other words, the human race will slightly float in the future.

I'm sure of it.


See also the associated category: Volume 12.
  • 100. The Legend Has Begun (伝説は始まった, Densetsu wa Hajimatta?): Smoker captures Buggy and Alvida and prepares to get Luffy, when he is stopped by a storm and a man named Dragon. The Straw Hat Pirates then leave Loguetown to head for the Grand Line.
  • 101. Reverse Mountain (リヴァースマウンテン, Rivāsu Maunten?): After accidentally ending up in the Calm Belt, the Straw Hats sail up Reverse Mountain to get to the Grand Line.
  • 102. Now, The Grand Line (さて、偉大なる航路, Sate, Gurando Rain?): The Straw Hats make it into the Grand Line, where they are swallowed by a giant whale.
  • 103. The Whale (クジラ, Kujira?): The Straw Hats meet an old man named Crocus inside the whale, and Crocus explains about the whale, whose name is Laboon. They also meet a strange man and woman.
  • 104. Cape Promise (約束の岬, Yakusoku no Misaki?): The Straw Hats escape from Laboon, who is anxiously waiting for a deceased pirate crew to return to him. Luffy then promises Laboon that he will come back after conquering the Grand Line.
  • 105. Log Pose (記録指針, Rogu Pōsu?): Crocus gives the Straw Hats a Log Pose, and they agree to take Mr. 9 and Miss Wednesday to Whisky Peak.
  • 106. The Town of Welcome (歓迎の町, Kangei no Machi?): The Straw Hats reach Whisky Peak, where they receive an unusually warm welcome.
  • 107. Moonlight and Tombstones (月光と墓標, Gekkō to Bohyō?): The Straw Hats pass out after the party, and it is revealed that it was a trap to capture Luffy for his bounty. However, Zoro confronts several Baroque Works bounty hunters before they can do this.
  • 108. 100 Bounty Hunters (100人の賞金稼ぎ, Hyakunin no Shōkin Kasegi?): Zoro easily defeats the 100 Baroque Works bounty hunters.

SBS Notes[]

Main article: SBS Volume 12
  • Oda reveals the process in which he receives letters from his fans.
  • Arlong's rings are revealed to be piercings.
  • Buggy's body parts have a limit to how far apart they can separate.

Usopp Gallery Pirates[]

  • Located on pages 170, 190 and 191
  • Total number of submissions featured: 19
UGP Volume 012a
Page 170.
UGP Volume 012b
Page 190-191.

Grand Prize: Kamou (Osaka, Japan)

UGP VIZ Volume 012
Page 170.



  1. 1.0 1.1 One Piece Volume 12: Shueisha - VIZ Media

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