The fourth season of the One Piece anime series was produced in two chapters, the "Arrival at Alabasta Chapter" and the "Alabasta Kingdom Chapter" by Toei Animation, and directed by Konosuke Uda and Munehisa Sakai based on Eiichiro Oda's manga by the same name. It was originally licensed for a heavily edited, dub by 4Kids Entertainment. Later, Funimation acquired the licensed to release the season uncut and mostly unedited, as well as releasing an English subtitled version along with the redubbing. The fourth season deals with the Arabasta arc and resolves the issue with the Baroque Works. At the end of the season, Nefertari Vivi leaves the Straw Hat Pirates to help her kingdom, while Nico Robin joins the crew.
The fourth season originally ran from December 16, 2001 through October 27, 2002 on Fuji TV and contained thirty-eight episodes. The 4Kids English version ran from February 25, 2006 though July 28, 2007 on Fox Television Network and, in contrast to the other seasons, also contained the same number of episodes as the original. It was released in two parts (called "Chapters") for the Japanese DVD release, the "Arrival at Alabasta Chapter" and the "Alabasta Kingdom Chapter".
The season makes use of six pieces of theme music: two opening themes and four ending themes. "Believe" by Folder5 is used a opening until episode 115. After that, the episodes use Hikari e (ヒカリヘ, lit. Toward the Light) by The Babystars, voiced in English by Vic Mignogna. "Before Dawn" by Ai-Sachi is used as ending theme for the first two episodes. For episodes 95 through 106, the ending theme is "fish" by The Kaleidoscope, followed by "Glory -Kimi ga Iru kara-" (Glory-君がいるから-, lit. Glory: Because You Are Here) by Takako Uehara until episode 118. The remaining episodes use "Shining Ray" by Janne Da Arc. The episodes of the 4Kids adaptation use "Pirate Rap V3" voiced by Russell Velasquez as opening theme. As ending theme they use "Pirate Rap V3 Instrumental" for episodes 77 through 87. Before and after that, they use "Pirate Rap Instrumental".
|No.||4Kids title/Funimation title
Original Japanese title
|Original airdate||English airdate|
"Off to the Desert Kingdom! The Rain-Summing Powder and the Rebel Army!"
"Iza sabaku no kuni e! Ame o yobu kona to hanrangun" (いざ砂漠の国へ!雨を呼ぶ粉と反乱軍)
|December 16, 2001||February 25, 2006|
|Luffy separates from the rest of the crew, right after arriving at Alabasta's port city of Nanohana. The crew dons disguises while Luffy learns of Dance Powder.|
"The Hero's Reunion! His Name is Fire Fist Ace!"
"Gōketsutachi no saikai! Yatsu no na wa hiken no Ēsu" (豪傑達の再会!奴の名は火拳のエース)
|December 23, 2001||March 4, 2006|
|While in Nanohana, the Straw Hats encounter Smoker and Tashigi. A powerful pirate named Portgas D. Ace appears, and is revealed to be Luffy's older brother.|
"Ace and Luffy! Hot Emotions and Brotherly Bonds!"
"Ēsu to Luffy! Atsuki omoi to kyōdai no kizuna" (エースとルフィ!熱き想いと兄弟の絆)
|January 6, 2002[n 1]||March 11, 2006|
|Ace fights Smoker while the Straw Hats run for their ship. Luffy reunites with his brother, and together take down agents of Baroque Works.|
|96||64||"All Dried Up"
"Erumalu, the City of Green and the Kung Fu Dugongs!"
"Midori no machi Erumaru to Kunfū Jugon!" (緑の町エルマルとクンフージュゴン!)
|January 13, 2002||March 11, 2006
March 18, 2006
|Ace decides to travel with the Straw Hats, as he is hunting for a man known as Blackbeard. The group arrives first at the 'Green City' of Erumalu only to find it abandoned to the desert. Vivi and Nami explain what Dance Powder is and what it has done to Alabasta.|
|97||65||"Humps, Bumps &
"Adverture in the Country of Sand! The Monsters that Live in the Scorching Land!"
"Suna no kuni no bōken! Ennetsu no daichi ni sugomu mamono" (砂の国の冒険!炎熱の大地に棲む魔物)
|January 20, 2002||March 25, 2006
April 29, 2006
|After leaving Erumalu, the Straw Hats plus Vivi & Ace continue through the desert, facing the many dangers of it.|
"Enter the Desert Pirates! The Men Who Live Freely!"
"Sabaku no kaizokudan tōjō! Jiyū ni ikiru otokotachi" (砂漠の海賊団登場!自由に生きる男達)
|January 27, 2002||April 5, 2006
May 6, 2006
|Nami and Vivi found themselves an easier way to travel in the desert and leave all men behind. While trying to catch up with them, Ace gets lost. Luffy and the rest of the gang find the Desert Pirates, and Vivi meets a figure from her past.|
"False Fortitude! Camu, Rebel Soldier at Heart!"
"Nisemono no iji! Kokoro no hanrangun Kamyu!" (ニセモノの意地!心の反乱軍カミュ!)
|February 3, 2002||April 6, 2006
May 13, 2006
|After hearing that a small village has fake Rebel Army bodyguards that have been keeping peace, Vivi asks the men of the crew to test if they're worthy of staying.|
|100||68||"Kids of the
"Rebel Warrior Koza! The Dream Vowed to Vivi!"
"Hanrangun senshi Kōza! Bibi ni chikatta yume!" (反乱軍戦士コーザ!ビビに誓った夢!)
|February 10, 2002||April 10, 2006
May 20, 2006
|Still trekking through the Alabasta desert, the crew beats up a giant desert scorpion for lunch, while Vivi tells Nami about her past and her friendship with Kohza.|
"Showdown in a Heat Haze! Ace vs. the Gallant Scorpion!"
"Yōen no kettō! Ēsu vs otoko sukōpion" (陽炎の決闘!エースVS男スコーピオン)
|February 17, 2002||April 11, 2006
May 27, 2006
|Ace finds out that Blackbeard isn't in Alabasta after all, and leaves the group to continue looking for him. He leaves Luffy a mysterious piece of paper, explaining that it will let them meet again.|
|102||70||"Secret Beneath the
"Ruins and Lost Ways! Vivi, Her Friends, and the Country's Form!"
"Kiseki to maigo! Bibi to nakama to kuni no katachi" (遺跡と迷子!ビビと仲間と国のかたち)
|February 24, 2002||April 12, 2006
June 3, 2006
|Zoro, Chopper and Luffy manage to get themselves lost and stumble across some huge underground ruins.|
"Spiders Café at 8 o'Clock! The Enemy Leaders Gather!"
"Supaidāzu Kafe ni hachiji teki kanbu shūgō" (スパイダーズカフェに8時敵幹部集合)
|March 3, 2002||April 13, 2006
June 10, 2006
|Baroque Works plan starts to take effect, and for that, the Number Agents gather to meet Mr. 0. Meanwhile, crew finds out that the Rebel Army has moved out of Yuba and headed to Katorea, and the rebel leader Khoza is determined to attack.|
"Luffy vs. Vivi! The Tearful Vow to Put Friends on the Line!"
"Rufi vs Bibi! Nakama ni kakeru namida no chikai" (ルフィVSビビ!仲間に賭ける涙の誓い)
|March 10, 2002||June 17, 2006|
|Vivi and Luffy disagree in how to stop the rebel army and Baroque Works, leading to a fight.|
"The Battlefront of Alabasta! Rainbase, the City of Dreams!"
"Arabasuta sensen! Yume no machi Reinbēsu!" (アラバスタ戦線!夢の町レインベース)
|March 17, 2002||June 24, 2006|
|The crew travels to the city of Rainbase to take down Sir Crocodile and Baroque Works, but run afoul of Smoker and Tashigi.|
"The Trap of Certain Defeat! Storming Raindinners!"
"Zettai zetsumei no wana! Reindināzu totsunyū" (絶体絶命の罠!レインディナーズ突入)
|March 24, 2002||July 1, 2006|
|Most of the Straw Hats, along with Smoker, are trapped by Crocodile. Vivi reunites with the royal guardian Pell, but is captured by Miss All-Sunday. Crocodile reveals his invincible Devil Fruit power.|
"Operation Utopia Commences! The Swell of Rebellion Stirs!"
"Yūtopia sakusen hatsudō! Ugokidashita hanran" (ユートピア作戦発動!動き出した反乱)
|April 14, 2002||July 8, 2006|
|Baroque Works' plan to take over Alabasta is set in motion. The king is kidnapped and framed for a crime, and the rebel army begins to move.|
|108||76||"They Call Me Mr.
"The Terrifying Banana Gators and Mr. Prince!"
"Kyōfu no Bananawani to Misutā Purinsu" (恐怖のバナナワニとミスタープリンス)
|April 21, 2002||July 8, 2006|
|Most of the Straw Hats are helplessly trapped, but Crocodile is contacted by "Mr. Prince".|
"The Key to a Great Comeback Escape! The Wax-Wax Ball!"
"Gyakuden dai dasshutsu e no kagi! Dorudoru Bōru!" (逆転大脱出への鍵!ドルドルボール!)
|April 28, 2002||February 3, 2007|
|Chopper distracts Crocodile while Sanji frees the rest of the crew, but find themselves trapped yet again. Smoker's view on Luffy changes a little.|
"Merciless Mortal Combat! Luffy vs. Crocodile!"
"Jōmuyō no shitō! Rufi vs Kurokodairu!" (情無用の死闘!ルフィVSクロコダイル)
|May 5, 2002||February 10, 2007|
|After escaping from Rain Dinners, the Straw Hats and Vivi cross the desert to Alubarne, where the final battle will take place. Crocodile, however, manages to catch Luffy, beginning the first round of their battle.|
|No.||4Kids title/Funimation title
Original Japanese title
|Original airdate||English airdate|
|111||79||"Off the Hook"
"Dash For a Miracle! Alabasta Animal Land!"
"Kiseki e no Shissō! Arabasuta Dōbutsu Rando" (奇跡への疾走!アラバスタ動物ランド)
|May 12, 2002||February 17, 2007|
|Luffy is left for dead by Crocodile, but is helped by the mysteríous Miss All-Sunday. The rest of the Straw Hats reach Alubarna.|
"Rebel Army vs. Royal Army! Showdown at Alubarna!"
"Hanrangun vs kokuōgun! Kessen wa Arubāna!" (反乱軍VS国王軍!決戦はアルバーナ!)
|May 19, 2002||February 24, 2007|
|The revolution is on the verge of starting and the crew comes out with a plan that could stop it.|
"Alubarna Grieves! The Fierce Captain Karoo!"
"Naki no Arubāna! Gekitō Karū taichō" (嘆きのアルバーナ!激闘カルー隊長!)
|June 2, 2002||March 3, 2007|
|Vivi's attempts to stop the rebel army go to waste, and she is attacked by Mr. 2 Bon Clay, but manages to escape. Meanwhile, the battle of Usopp and Chopper vs. the Mr. 4 team begins.|
"Sworn on a Friend's Dream! The Battle of Molehill, Block 4!"
"Nakama no yumi ni chikau! Kettō Mogura tsuka 4 banchō" (仲間の夢に誓う!決闘モグラ塚4番街)
|June 9, 2002||March 10, 2007|
|Things look hopeless for Usopp & Chopper as they continue to suffer from every attack that the Mr.4 team makes. However, the tides may be beginning to turn as Usopp learns what it truly means to be a man.|
"Big Opening Day Today! The Copy-Copy Montage!"
"Honjitsu dai kōkai! Manemane Montāju!" (本日大公開!マネマネモンタージュ!)
|June 16, 2002||March 17, 2007|
|Albeit severely beaten and bruised, Usopp and Chopper have finally defeated the Mr.4 team. However, Mr. 2 has figured out Sanji's weakness.|
"Transformed into Nami! Bon Clay's Rapid-Fire Ballet Kenpo!"
"Nami ni henshin! Bonkurē renpatsu baree Kenpō" (ナミに変身!ボンクレ-連発バレエ拳法)
|June 23, 2002||March 24, 2007|
|Though Mr. 2 discovers Sanji's weakness, Sanji still defeats his opponent after an evenly-matched fight. Meanwhile, before Vivi could give the word to blow up the palace, Crocodile appears.|
"Nami's Cyclone Advisory! Clima Takt Burst!"
"Nami no senpū chūihō! Kurimatakuto sakuretsu" (ナミの旋風注意報!クリマタクト炸裂)
|June 30, 2002||April 14, 2007|
|Nami faces off against Miss Doublefinger and tries to figure out her new weapon, the Clima Takt (Climate Baton), at the same time.|
"Secret of the Royal Family! The Ancient Weapon, Pluton"
"Ōke ni tsuwaru himitsu! Kodai heiki Puruton" (王家に伝わる秘密!古代兵器プルトン)
|July 14, 2002||April 21, 2007|
|While Crocodile reveals to Vivi about the ancient weapon Pluton, Nami attempts to defeat Miss Doublefinger with her most powerful attack: The Tornado Tempo.|
|119||87||"Zolo vs. Mr.
"Essence of a Mighty Sword! The Power to Cut Steel and the Breath of All Things"
"Gōken no kyokui! Hagane o kiru chikara to mono no kokyū" (豪剣の極意!鋼鉄を斬る力と物の呼吸)
|July 21, 2002||April 28, 2007|
|While Miss. Doublefinger's fight with Nami was challenging, Zoro is having an even more difficult time fighting Mr.1: A man who can change his entire body into steel - something that Zoro can't cut. As Zoro nears death, he must discover the secret to "the breath of all things".|
|120||88||"Hook, Lie &
"The Battle is Over! Kohza Flies the White Flag"
"Tatakai wa owatta! Kōza ga ageta shiroi hata" (戦いは終わった!コーザが掲げた白い旗)
|August 4, 2002||May 5, 2007|
|When Vivi reveals Crocodile's plan to Kohza, he attempts to stop the fighting, but is shot. Crocodile reveals that he has set up a massive bomb in the city.|
"Vivi's Voice Goes Unheard! A Hero Descends!"
"Bibi no koe no yuke! Eiyū wa maiorita!" (ビビの声の行方!英雄は舞い降りた!)
|August 11, 2002||May 12, 2007|
|As Kohza tries to stop the Rebel Army, both sides are once more fighting due to the intervention of Baroque Works. Vivi is thrown to her certain death when Luffy saves her and challenges Crocodile to a second round.|
|122||90||"Live & Let
"Sand Crocodile and Water Luffy! Death Match: Round 2"
"Suna wani to mizu Rufi! Kettō dai ni raundo" (砂ワニと水ルフィ!決闘第2ラウンド)
|August 18, 2002||May 19, 2007|
|Luffy fights Crocodile with more success this time by using water, but still loses this round. Meanwhile, the other Straw Hats hurry to locate the bomb before it goes off. Nico Robin forces the king to take her to the tomb where the Pluton Poneglyph is hidden.|
"Gatory! Run to the Tomb of the Royal Family, Luffy!"
"Wanippoi! Ōke no haka e hashire Rufi!" (ワニっぽい!王家の墓へ走れルフィ!)
|August 25, 2002||May 26, 2007|
|Crocodile joins Robin in the tomb, and orders her to translate the Poneglyph. Robin tells him that Pluton was not mentioned and that it was only about history, but Crocodile figures out that she was lying and stabs her in response. When Luffy recovers from the last round of fighting, he chases after Crocodile into the tomb.|
"The Nightmare Draws Near! Secret Base of the Sand Sand Clan"
"Akumu no toki hakaru! Koko wa Sunasunadan himitsu kichi" (悪夢の時迫る!ここは砂砂団秘密基地)
|September 1, 2002||June 9, 2007|
|Luffy fights with Crocodile by using blood on his fists. Meanwhile Vivi finds the bomb, and calls the Straw Hats together.|
|125||93||"The Bomb in the
"Magnificent Wings! My Name is Pell, Guardian Spirit of the Kingdom"
"Idai naru tsubame! Wa ga na wa kuno no shigoshin Peru" (偉大なる翼!我が名は国の守護神ペル)
|September 8, 2002||June 16, 2007|
|Vivi finds the bomb inside of the clock tower, but the Mr. 7 pair of Baroque Works are there to protect it. Vivi defeats them, but she realizes the bomb cannot be stopped so easily. It has a timer, and right before it blows up, Pell shows up and takes it into the atmosphere, where he sacrifices himself to save Alabasta.|
"I Will Surpass You! Rain Falls on Alabasta!"
"Koete iku! Arabasuta ni ame ga furu!" (越えていく!アラバスタに雨が降る!)
|September 15, 2002||June 23, 2007|
|Luffy defeats Crocodile by punching him through solid bedrock. When Crocodile falls, the rain-drops calm the soldiers.|
|127||95||"All the King's
"A Farewell to Arms! Pirates and a Little Justice"
"Buki yo saraba! Kaizoku to ikutsu ka no seigi" (武器よさらば!海賊といくつかの正義)
|October 6, 2002[n 2]||June 30, 2007|
|Now that the battle has ended, the outcome is tallied. Igaram appears with proof of Cobra's innocence, as well as Kohza telling everything. Tashigi and Smoker both are rewarded for taking on Crocodile, but neither one of them believes that is right, considering the Straw Hat pirates did all the work.|
|128||96||"The Turn of the
"The Pirates' Banquet and Operation Escape Alabasta!"
"Kaizokutachi no utage to Arabasuta dasshutsu sakusen!" (海賊たちの宴とアラバスタ脱出作戦!)
|October 6, 2002[n 2]||July 14, 2007|
|Luffy is rescued from the collapsed tomb where he fought Crocodile and brought into Cobra's palace to rest. When he awakens, a magnificent banquet is thrown for the pirates, then, the Straw Hats are invited to enjoy the hot spring steam room inside the palace.|
"Everything Began that Day! Vivi Tells of her Adventures!"
"Hajimaru wa ano hi! Bibi ga kataru bōkendan" (始まりはあの日!ビビが語る冒険譚)
|October 20, 2002||July 21, 2007|
|It's the day for Vivi's speech and her decision whether or not to continue to be with the Straw Hats. Meanwhile, Bon Clay and his crew attempt to protect the Straw Hats from Hina.|
"Beware her Scent! The Seventh One is Nico Robin!"
"Kiken na kaori! Shichininme wa Niko Robin!" (危険な香り!七人目はニコ·ロビン!)
|October 27, 2002||July 28, 2007|
|The Marines fail again to catch the Straw Hats. After escaping from the Marines, Nico Robin (Ms. All Sunday) appears from inside of the Straw Hats ship. She manages to persuade the crew to let her join. Pell is seen at the end standing over his own grave.|