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Recap: One Piece Drum Island Arc

Short Summary

Nami falls ill after leaving the jungles of Little Garden, forcing the crew to detour to a snow covered kingdom called Drum Island. However there is only one doctor on the island, a supposed witch that lives in the castle on one of the mountains. Luffy along with Sanji volunteer to reach the castle to get Nami treated. But trouble comes when the island's tyrannical king returns to re-claim his throne.

Main Summary


Drum Island Arc has the following tropes:

  • Adipose Rex: Wapol, until he uses his ability on himself.
  • A Load of Bull: Dalton's Devil Fruit turns him into a bison.
  • Animal Motifs: The hippo for Wapol. He rides on a walking hippo, and he even mispronounces "idiot" in the original Japanese version for "hippo" instead (he says "kaba" and instead of "Baka"). Seeing as he's a jerk, he does this a lot.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: Chopper, pre and post Devil Fruit. Points, of course, for being a real reindeer.
  • Aristocrats Are Evil: Wapol.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: Dalton finds out the hard way that Wapol isn't someone to mess with.
  • Batman Gambit: Wapol, of all people, pulled this one in the Flashback, getting one of the two doctor outlaws, Doctor Hiruluk to his castle to save the 20 MDs, only for him to reveal they weren't sick in the first place, and it was a ruse to draw him out and finally execute him. Worse, he was told by Doctor Kureha that it was a trap, and it's implied he might've understood her warnings in some sense, but went anyway.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: The Laphan help out Luffy against Wapol and his henchmen after Luffy helps dig one out of the snow.
  • Berserk Button: Oh, all over the place in this arc:
    • Calling Kureha old. Luffy and Sanji found this out the hard way.
    • Calling Wapol an idiot, especially when you're his subordinate, quickly takes that goofy smile off his face, and turns it into pure rage...
    • Chasing Chopper around to try to eat him, will eventually get him to transform into Heavy Point and earn a punch to the head.
    • Chasing Chopper is also known to piss Kureha off even more if you don't know him, so she chases you with medical knives.
    • Trying to shoot down a pirate flag off anywhere, even a castle would get Luffy to kick your ass.
    • Laughing at your father figure's death, or insulting his memory in any way, is this for Chopper for obvious reasons.
    • Showing a blatant disregard for the country you're supposed to be ruling leading to a man taking his life to save it was the last straw for Dalton.
    • Ruining Nami's jacket, or really anything of hers, pissed her off to no end.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: All of Wapol's crew. Wapol's "Factory House" isn't something to sneeze at either — he easily defeated Dalton using it.
  • Big Bad: Wapol.
    • Big Bad Wannabe: It becomes blatantly obvious that Wapol poses no actual threat.
  • Big "Shut Up!": Luffy does this when Chopper meekly tries to explain why he can't come with him.
  • Bowdlerize: In when the 20 MDs fix him up, it makes Wapol appear more of an idiot than usual.
  • Break His Heart to Save Him: Not so much save, but Hiriluk does this to Chopper as he doesn't want him to see him die.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: A couple of villagers mentions some guy called Ace passed by and wanted to let Luffy know to meet him in Alabasta. Once there, he's later revealed to be his big brother.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Luffy vs Wapol. Wapol doesn't even score a hit on him.
  • Dead Hat Shot: After Hiriluk blows himself up, the only thing left of him is his hat floating in the wind, which Chopper sees as he races up to Wapol's castle.
  • Dirty Coward: Wapol only became a pirate when he and his men fled in fear of the Blackbeard Pirates passing through.
  • Dr. Jerk/Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Kureha who, while coming off as crotchety, does do her duties as a doctor (albeit at a price) and even honors Hiruluk's last requests.
  • Extreme Omnivore: Part of Wapol's powers which allow him to eat anything.
  • Fantastic Drug: The Rumble Ball for Chopper. It's stated to interfere with the frequency of his transformations (which he calls Points) to give him four additional forms in battle, giving him seven forms in total. It takes six hours for them to wear off. Though there a bit of information he withholding that will come up later in the series.
  • Flash Back: One occurs to explore Dalton's and Chopper's backstory, six years before the main storyline.
  • Flower Motifs: Cherry blossom for the arc. As cherry blossoms are impossible to grow in a winter island like Drum Island, Hiruluk would begin his research on using them to "heal the country" and create a miracle, just as when he was miraculously healed in his home island where they're abundant. When Kureha gives Chopper one last going away present, she uses the fruit of Hiruluk's research to make cherry blossoms in a large part of the frozen forest, provoking tears from Chopper and symbolising a country whose heart was frozen and sick is now warm and healed. Chopper would continue to have this motif, and the Drum Kingdom was even changed to Sakura Kingdom.
  • Foreshadowing: Wapol fled from his country when his army was defeated by the Blackbeard Pirates, who the Straw Hats would encounter (unknowingly) in the Jaya Arc.
    • Vivi mentions the situation in her country is getting even worse, when she reads 700,000 people have joined the rebellion and 300,000 Royal Guards are expected to defend it. She fears that the civil war is unpreventable, and while Nami reassures her, Luffy only focuses on beating the one responsible. In a way, the next arc shows Vivi and Luffy were both right.
    • Wapol mentions that Luffy's going to get the attention of the World Government, if he tries anything like knocking him out of the country. In the next arc, he does, though it's by defeating another sort of "government-sponsored pirate who wants to be king".
  • Funny Afro: Kuromarimo. He even throws them at the people he fights.
  • Fusion Dance: Wapol invokes this to Chess and Kuromarimo by eating them via his "Wapol Factory", creating Chessmarimo. Later subverted when it turns out one's on top of the other and their clothes just fused.
  • Genre Savvy: Nami knew perfectly well she was never going to get her jacket back from Luffy in good condition, and has already worked out the arrangements for him to pay for it beforehand.
  • Gonk: Wapol, Chess, and eventually Chessmarimo. Kureha is more of a Butter Face.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Hiruluk, both after consuming Chopper's "cure" and killing himself, both for Chopper's sake and for the kingdom's.
  • Ill Girl: Nami is this for the majority of the arc.
  • Ironic Echo: Chopper went most of his life hearing people call him a monster for his Devil Fruit power, even Luffy and Sanji get in on it when they find out he can talk and transform (though that one was entirely complimentary). So when Luffy begins his fight with Wapol, we get to hear this exchange between Chopper and Sanji:
    Chopper: Did his arm just stretch?
    Sanji: Yep. He's a rubber man.
    Chopper: A "rubber man"? What's that?
  • Kick the Dog: Wapol's such an asshole he spent all of Hiruluk's Obi-Wan Moment and after the Heroic Sacrifice laughing his ass off at him. He even laughs at Dalton for having a shred of empathy and caring about the country!
  • Killer Rabbit: Literally in this case with the Laphan.
    • Chopper provides a figurative example.
  • Lean and Mean: Part of Wapol's powers, which allow him to eat himself and reconfigure his body to a much slimmer form.
  • Mama Bear: Kureha, though she'd hardly admit it. She did chase Luffy and Sanji around with knives and throw them at the two, when they were a little more enthusiastic about getting Chopper to join the crew. Though, she did the same thing to Chopper to force him to pursue his dream.
  • Manchild: Wapol isn't insane, just an asshole. But he is definitely this. He thinks of nothing but his own pleasure, and showed little concern about possible threats to his kingdom. And when he was called out for it, he took it out a small child (a then 10 year old Vivi) who acted more mature than him. Dalton never let this go past his attention, and it sowed the seeds for his Heel-Face Turn.
  • Martial Pacifist: Chopper, initially.
  • Megaton Punch: What Luffy does to Wapol to end the fight.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: A very tragic case in Chopper's flashback, when he sets off to get a supposed mushroom that might cure Hiruluk who, at best, had a few weeks to live. The mushroom turned out to be poisonous and only sped up his death. But he knew it anyway and took it to honor Chopper's efforts.
    • Death by Irony: Zig-zagged — had he not told Chopper about the "awesome" symbol of the skull & crossbones, waxing on about how it signifies the freedom of a pirate, instead of telling him him it actually means certain death, Chopper wouldn't have gave him the mushroom to him in the first place. Though, he honored Chopper's efforts by eating it, then (possibly on purpose) walking into a trap for an execution by sniper fire, and lastly by blowing himself up with the medicine he kept working on.
  • Obi-Wan Moment:
    Hiruluk: No, your bullets cannot kill me...How does a man die? When he gets shot? No. When he receives an incurable disease? No. When he eats a poisoned mushroom? No! A man dies when he is forgotten.
  • Off with His Head!: In the manga, Dalton does this to Wapol. However, the 20 MDs' medical skills are so good that they attach it back on without it killing him!
  • Oh Crap: Wapol's reaction to Dalton severely injuring him, and cutting his head off (in the anime, he merely slashes him across the chest). At least until the doctors fix him up.
    • Wapol is about to go all out on Luffy by eating his entire artillery...except he can't find the key to it. Turns out Nami took it. While he's chasing Nami around, Luffy suddenly finds him again, and picks up where they left off.
    • Luffy when he realises Nami's better and has noticed what he did to her winter jacket. She's not pleased.
  • One-Winged Angel: Inverted. Wapol eats himself to make him leaner and faster.
    • Chopper plays it straight with his Heavy Point, and the rest of his Rumble Ball transformations (Guard Point, Jumping Point, Arm Point and Horn Point), though Brain Point is the form he's usually in, and Walk Point is the closest to his natural reindeer form.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: Chopper.
  • Running Gag: in the manga, Luffy doesn't realize that it's cold.
    Luffy: Oh, cool *insert thing here*
    Other Person: What are you doing? It's cold out here.
    Luffy: IT'S COLD!
    Other Person: YOU JUST NOTICED?!?
  • Sherlock Scan: Chopper can do this in Brain Point by eating a Rumble Ball. It barely comes up for the rest of the series.
    • Awesome, but Impractical: While useful, Chopper must stay still while performing this technique. As shown later, it's a suicide against faster opponents.
  • Stuff Blowing Up: The medicines Hiruluk tries to develop, for people and the country itself. They tend up to blow up in his and Chopper's face. Played for Laughs...until he uses one of them to commit suicide.
  • Sudden Principled Stand: Dalton makes one after Hiruluk's death, declaring Wapol to be a terrible and foolish leader who's ruining the country. However, all that does is get his ass kicked and imprison him for such insubordination.
  • Tears of Joy: Hiruluk doesn't mind being an Unwitting Pawn for Wapol...because it means the 20 MDs were never in danger and the country may still have a chance.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Wapol begs for his life when it becomes obvious that Luffy's the better fighter, even offering to make Luffy a second king.
  • We Can Rule Together: Wapol before being blasted away promises to make Luffy a "vice-king" if he stops, but Luffy's having none of it.
  • Wham Line: From Dr. Kureha to Dalton at arc's end:
    "Monkey D. Luffy? Just like Gol D. Roger. So it still lives...the Will of D. Chopper is traveling with a very dangerous man."
  • What If?: The 9th movie retelling, which features the crew having the Thousand Sunny, excludes Vivi, adds Franky and Robin, and gives Wapol a brother, Musshuru, who fights in Wapol's place.
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