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One Piece (2007): The Desert Princess and the Pirates: Adventures in Alabasta
エピソードオブアラバスタ 砂漠の王女と海賊たち (Episōdo obu Arabasuta: Sabaku no Ōjo to Kaizoku-tachi)

Synopsis

The Straw Hats travel to Alabasta, the desert island and home of Nefertari Vivi. They find the country in the middle of a revolution. Sir Crocodile, the country’s hero, secretly used his criminal organization, Baroque Works, to undermine the citizens’ trust in Cobra, Vivi’s father and head of the Kingdom of Sand, in order to seize the throne and the country’s hidden secret for himself. The crew now has to cross the desert, stop the revolution, save thousands of lives from Baroque Works hidden bombers, and most of all, defeat Crocodile, one of the mighty Seven Warlords of the Sea.
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Overview

The Desert Princess and the Pirates: Adventures in Alabasta is the eighth animated feature film of the franchise and the only One Piece film to additionally star Misa Watanabe as Nefeltari Vivi. It premiered in Japan on March 3, 2007, and was released to DVD on July 21, 2007.

Alternative title

– The Desert Princess and the Pirates: Adventures in Alabasta
– One Piece – Film 8 : Épisode d’Alabasta – Les Pirates et la princesse du désert (French)
– One Piece – Abenteuer in Alabasta (German)
– One Piece: Episode of Alabaster – Sabaku no Ojō to Kaizoku Tachi (Japanese)
– One Piece: La saga de Arabasta – Los piratas y la princesa del desierto (Spanish)
– One Piece: Un’amicizia oltre i confini del mare (Italian)
– 劇場版ワンピース エピソードオブアラバスタ 砂漠の王女と海賊たち (Japanese)
– 航海王 阿拉巴斯坦戰記 沙漠王女與海賊們 (Chinese (Taiwan))

TL;DR Review

The Desert Princess and the Pirates: Adventures in Alabasta movie is a heavily edited retelling of the Alabasta arc from the One Piece TV show, specifically, season four. This movie took place prior to the previous movie, Movie 7, as Nico Robin was already part of the crew in that film.

Honestly, I don’t know why this film exists. It tries to retell a whole season into a 90 minutes movie. With such sloppy edit, even I was confused and I’ve already seen that TV arc. Some characters from the arc were introduced and were given a few scenes with no explanation of their story or power, and were dispatched off within the next few scenes. The film did not explain why Vivi was with the Straw Hats, she just appears on their ship at the start. This was consistent across the entire movies with so many characters introduced, so when they were sacrificed, we lack the emotional attachment to really care.

The animation is on par with the TV show, and there were some new 3D CGI scenes added. The CGI may feel impressive back in 2007, but it is pretty dated now.

I say skip this movie and just watch One Piece season four instead. One Piece contains strong graphic violence and moderate suggestive themes/dialogs.

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Featured Music

One Piece (2007): The Desert Princess and the Pirates: Adventures in Alabasta
Playlist

A collection of notable music and song from this series.

Music

Opening Theme

– “compass” by Ai Kawashima
– “Compass(English Version)” by Catlin Glass
Pirate King Gol D.Roger
"Destiny… fate… dreams… These unstoppable ideals are held deep in the heart of man. As long as there are people who seek freedom in this life, these things will not vanish from the earth."
Sanji
"Men who can't wipe away the tears from women's eyes aren't real men."
Monkey D. Luffy
"I don't care what you want, whether you want to live or to die!!! But whatever you decide, say it while you're with us!!!"
Usopp
"There comes a time when a man has to stand and fight. That time is when his friends or dreams are laughed at.”
Pirate King Gol D.Roger
"Inherited Will, The Destiny of the Age, and The Dreams of the People. As long as people continue to pursue the meaning of Freedom, these things will never cease to be!"
Jinbei
"You can't bring back what you've lost, think about what you have now!"
Dr. Hiluluk
"When do you think people die? When they are shot through the heart by the bullet of a pistol? No. When they are ravaged by an incurable disease? No. When they drink a soup made from a poisonous mushroom!? No! It’s when… they are forgotten.”
Nico Robin
"Fools who don't respect the past are doomed to repeat it.”
Red Haired Shanks
"By experiencing both victory and defeat, running away and shedding tears, a man will become a man. It's okay to cry, but you have to move on.”
Usopp
"There comes a time when a man has to stand and fight. That time is when his friends or dreams are laughed at.”
Pirate King Gol D.Roger
"That which cannot be stopped: Inherited will, a man's dream, and the flow of time. As long as man continues to seek out the answer to freedom, these things shall never be stopped.”
Tony Chopper
"I'll become a doctor who can cure any disease! Because… because there's no disease in this world that can't be cured!”
"The Black Leg" Zeff
"No matter how many hundreds of weapons or armor one is equipped with, they are no match for that "one special spear" that comes from your guts.”
Nami
"What good is treasure if I'm alone? After sharing so much of our dreams instead of sacrificing them and leaving with you. I would rather have nothing at all!”
Monkey D.Luffy
"Hero? No! We're pirates! I love heroes but I don't wanna be one! Do you know what heroes are? Say there is a chunk of meat. Pirates will have a banquet and eat it but heroes will share it with other people. I want all the meat!”
Donquixote Doflamingo
Pirates are evil? The Marines are righteous? These terms have always changed throughout the course of history! Kids who have never seen peace and kids who have never seen war have different values! Those who stand at the top determine what's wrong and what's right! This very place is neutral ground! Justice will prevail, you say? But of course, it will! Whoever wins this war becomes justice!"
Eiichiro Oda
"Whether we wound or are wounded, the blood that flows is red.”
Zoro
"If I were to take even one step back right now, I get the feeling that I'd never be able to return back to where I'm standing right now.”

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