8 – The Desert Princess and the Pirates: Adventures in Alabasta
One Piece Movie: The Desert Princess and the Pirates: Adventures in Alabasta (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 Gekijōban Wan Pīsu: Episōdo Obu Arabasuta: Sabaku no Ōjo to Kaizokutachi?, lit. One Piece Film: Episode of Alabasta: The Desert Princess and the Pirates) is a 2007 Japanese anime film released by Toei Company. The film is the eighth feature based on the One Piece media franchise, adapting a story arc from the original manga by Eiichiro Oda, wherein the Straw Hat Pirates led by Monkey D. Luffy travel to the Kingdom of Alabasta to save the war- and drought-plagued country from Sir Crocodile and his secret criminal organization Baroque Works.The film was directed by Takahiro Imamura. The screenplay was written by Hirohiko Uesaka based on a storyboard by Kōnosuke Uda, Eisaku Inoue, Ken Ootsuka, Kenji Yokoyama, and Takahiro Imamura. Eisaku Inoue was also responsible for the character designs and acted as animation director. Kohei Tanaka and Yasunori Iwasaki are again credited for the film’s musical score, joined this time byShirō Hamaguchi, Kazuhiko Sawaguchi, and Minoru Maruo. The film’s theme song was written and sung by Ai Kawashima. The Desert Princess and the Pirates: Adventures in Alabasta stars the regular television cast of Mayumi Tanaka, Kazuya Nakai, Akemi Okamura, Hiroaki Hirata, Ikue Ōtani, Yuriko Yamaguchi, Ryūzaburō Ōtomo and Misa Watanabe.In Japan, the film was released on March 3, 2007, where it peaked at second place of the weekend box office and grossed $7,075,924. Worldwide, the film has grossed a total of $7,090,891. The film was briefly shown at select theaters across the United States, before it was released on DVD in North America on February 19, 2008.
The film opens with Nefeltari Vivi flying with Pell in a brief flashback. Returning to the present, Vivi and the Straw Hats meet Crocodile’s subordinate Mr. 2 Bon Clay. Mr. 2 shows the Straw Hats his devil fruit ability, which allows him to assume the form and voice of anyone whose face he has touched. Vivi describes a brief history on how the Baroque Works leader Crocodile has used Dance Powder while posing as the country’s hero. He has also tricked the rebel and royal armies into fighting each other. Once in Alabasta and after crossing the desert, the Straw Hats find the rebel’s base deserted, while the rebel army, led by Vivi’s childhood friend Koza, witnesses the port town Nanohana being burned by members of Baroque Works disguised as soldiers of the royal army. The rebels decide to attack Alubarna, where at the same time Mr. 2 impersonates the king, Nefeltari Cobra, and orders the royal army to engage. Meanwhile in the desert, the Straw Hats are intercepted by Crocodile and his partner, Ms. All Sunday. Crocodile aims for Vivi, but Luffy stays behind and distracts him, while the other Straw Hats escape. In the ensuing fight, Crocodile defeats Luffy by impaling him through the chest with his hook and buried alive….