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With a Log Pose now in hand, the Straw Hat Pirates are directed toward Whisky Peak, a town that welcomes pirates with open arms and treats them like celebrities. Obviously, it is too good to be true and the island's residents soon show their true colors. What is more, an even bigger surprise is about to be uncovered. Whisky Peak is a town on Cactus Island, the first island that the Straw Hat Pirates encounter on the Grand Line.
A Mysterious Town, a Secret Organization, and a Beautiful WomanEdit
The arc begins with the Straw Hat crew out in the ocean on the starting leg of the Grand Line. They are quickly introduced to the abnormality of the place, as they experience first-hand the ever-changing weather, the shifting of the winds, and the tides constantly keeping the crew (save for Zoro who sleeps through the whole thing) on their toes. Eventually, the weather stabilizes and the crew spots an island on the horizon, and on it, the town Whisky Peak. On reaching the town, Mr. 9 and Miss Wednesday thank the crew and jump ship, much to the crew's confusion. Since the Log Pose needs time to reset, the crew have no choice but to dock at the mysterious island. Much to their surprise, the residents welcome them as if they are heroes. Soon they meet the town's leader, Igarappoi, who treats them to a party.
The crew quickly takes to the place, eating, drinking, and flirting (in Sanji and Usopp's case) into the night, until eventually they all fall asleep. However, Igarappoi, as well as a few other operatives in disguise, turn out to be agents of the elusive criminal syndicate, Baroque Works, but both Zoro and Nami had faked passing out, thwarting their surprise attack. This syndicate operates only with the assignments delegated to its agents by the leader, who, like every other member with the number agent status, remains secret and anonymous. When the town bounty hunters, the Millions, are discovered, they hunt and attempt to murder Zoro who, without much effort, picks them off little by little, leaving an anxious Mr. 8, Mr. 9, Miss Monday, and Miss Wednesday to be dealt with.
Zoro is then ambushed again by other bounty hunters when Miss Monday throws barrels at him. Zoro slices it up and continues to fight the Baroque Works agents, until Miss Monday swings a ladder in his direction. Zoro manages to dodge the ladder, but is caught and punched by Miss Monday. Zoro then defeats her by clamping his palm on her head with brute force.
After the defeat of Miss Monday, Zoro is faced by Mr. 8, Mr. 9, and Miss Wednesday. Miss Wednesday calls in Karoo as Zoro is chased by Mr. 9. Zoro engages with him and defeats him with ease. Miss Wednesday then tries to hypnotize and attack Zoro. Fortunately for Zoro, her attack misses because of Karoo going the wrong way. After escaping Mr. 8, Zoro is found by Mr. 9, who seals Zoro's left arm using an iron wire. Miss Wednesday then shows up holding Luffy hostage, but is then hit by a defeated Mr. 9, after Zoro uses him as a shield for Mr. 8's attack. Zoro then brings the final hit on Mr. 8, defeating him.
Soon after, Mr.5 and his lady partner Miss Valentine arrive, but are not present to aid the other, less capable agents of the organization. They reveal that the leader of Baroque Works (Mr. 0) has discovered a spy, who has somehow successfully infiltrated the ranks, and that they have been sent to eliminate them.
The spies are none other than Igaram (Mr. 8, who used the alias Igarappoi as the town's leader) and Princess Nefertari Vivi (Ms. Wednesday) of the Alabasta kingdom. Mr. 9 and Ms. Monday, despite being rather unaware of the situation to their own admission, decide to hold off the Mr. 5 pair so that Vivi can escape, but are swiftly defeated.
In a twist of fate, the pirates that Vivi was meant to kill in her role as a double-agent are now her protectors, when Igaram promises Nami 1,000,000,000 to ensure her safety back to Alabasta. Zoro comes to Vivi's rescue, however, Luffy arrives at the scene and attacks him, under the assumption Zoro killed everyone in the town because they did not make his favorite food. After fighting for a bit, they unintentionally defeat the Mr. 5 pair and stop fighting when they are smacked by Nami.
At this point, Vivi explains that her kingdom is falling to ruin, as a civil war has been devised by Baroque Works, and that if she can confront the rebel army with the information on the true cause of the war, she can end it. The leader of Baroque Works, according to her, wants to take over Alabasta and turn it into an "ideal nation" ruled by him, and she reveals the leader to be Crocodile of the Shichibukai. Unfortunately, by revealing his name, Luffy, Zoro, and Nami are added to the Baroque Works hit list by the nearby Mr. 13, causing Nami to throttle her.
Afterwards, Igaram appears dressed as Vivi and explains that he will act as a decoy. He departs from Whisky Peak, only to have his ship be blown up as soon as he leaves, apparently killing him.
The Straw Hats and Vivi run to the Going Merry only to find Miss All Sunday, the highest ranking female Baroque Works agent, waiting for them. As it turns out, she was the one who let Vivi find out the boss's identity, yet she was also the one who revealed that she and Igaram were double-agents and blew up the ship, so the crew is unsure of what side she is on. Ms. All Sunday gives them an Eternal Pose (a permanent Log Pose) to Nanimonai Island, which is supposedly very close to Alabasta, but Luffy destroys it, claiming that she does not decide their course. As Ms. All Sunday leaves, the crew leave for Little Garden, the next island of the Grand Line.
- Zoro's victory over the one hundred bounty hunters in this arc would later cause the World Government to issue his first bounty after the events of the Alabasta arc.
- Baroque Works is introduced, as well as Nico Robin as Miss All Sunday, who would later join the Straw Hat Pirates.
- Vivi begins traveling with the Straw Hat Pirates, as she, along with Luffy, Zoro, and Nami, are now on Baroque Works' hit list.
- Crocodile is the third Shichibukai to be named. Crocodile is also the leader of Baroque Works, code named Mr. 0, who is the main antagonist of the Alabasta Arc.
- Vivi is the first Noble introduced into the series, though she does not show the selfish nature associated with most other Nobles in the series.
- Since they are asleep during the battle at Whisky Peak, Usopp and Sanji are not put on Baroque Works' hit list. This would give them an advantage in their later encounters with Baroque Works, especially Sanji, who unlike Usopp, is not added to the hit list later on.
Anime and Manga DifferencesEdit
- In the manga, Nami and Zoro participate in a drinking contest with some of the townsfolk; in the anime, Nami at first has no interest in drinking alcohol until the townspeople bribe her with money, after which she agrees to participate and forces Zoro to join in as well.
- In the manga, when Miss Valentine first uses her ability, she uses it on Zoro, who avoids it, but in the anime she first uses it to "bury" Miss Monday.
- Vivi's shirt pattern is changed to wavy stripes. In the manga, they are circular, giving her chest a more erotic look. In Movie 8, the shirt is identical to the manga's version.
- Vivi's hair and skin colors are lighter in the anime.
- The wine is changed to fruit punch.
- Because the Reverse Mountain Arc is skipped, the scene of Vivi and Mr. 9 jumping ship is skipped.
- The name of the town is changed from Whisky Peak to Misty Peak.
- Miss Monday's nun disguise is changed to a plain black cloak. Her voice is also changed from sounding high-pitched and feminine to deep and masculine.
- "Whiskey" is a maritime flag signal meaning "I require medical assistance".
- Initially, in the eighth movie, which retells the story of the Alabasta arc, Whisky Peak was left out. The arc was later animated and added for the TV showings in Tokyo and most likely will appear in a special edition DVD of the movie. Not much is changed in the movie version except for Chopper being in the crew at the time.
Whisky Peak Arc