Warning, this article contains SPOILERS for One Piece from both the manga and the Netflix series! We tell you who Montblanc Noland is, the character in the story that Nami reads to Zoro and who has special relevance in a future arc of the series.
It’s been almost a month since Netflix launched One Piece, the adaptation of the famous manga by Eiichirô Oda, which has been a success on the platform both for fans of the manganime and for those who have discovered the adventures of the manga for the first time. Luffy and the Straw Hats.
Throughout this first season we find numerous references to the manga and interesting clues for future seasons of the Netflix series, which at the moment is already confirmed for a season 2.
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One of the most obvious references is when Nami reads the story of Montblanc Noland to an unconscious and badly injured Zoro.a character who will have special relevance in a future One Piece arc.
If you don’t know the manga and are curious, below we will tell you everything there is to know about Montblanc Noland, of course, with spoilers for the plot of Eiichirô Oda’s work, as we indicated at the beginning.
Montblanc Noland and its relevance in the Sky Island saga in One Piece
In the series of Netflix We know part of the history of Montblanc Noland through the story he reads to him Nami to Zoro while waiting for him to wake up and recover from the serious injuries suffered after the fight against Mihawk in the Baratie.
“In a certain country in the northern seas, there was an explorer named Montblanc Noland. His stories were great adventures that seemed like lies. He told his king that he found a city of gold, but when the king set out in search of it, he did not find it and most of his soldiers died on the journey..
Noland was sentenced to death, but continued to lie to his king, insisting that the city be
had sunk in the sea and, although no one believed him anymore, he never stopped lying until his death,” Nami says in the series.
In the manga, the story is just as it is told, with the difference that our protagonists find the book when they arrive on the island of Jaya shortly after finishing the Alabasta saga, the arc that Netflix season 2 will deal with.
There Luffy and the Straw Hats meet Montblanc Cricket, a descendant of Noland who has had to deal with the denshora that his ancestor left the family 400 years ago and whose story has been reflected in this famous story titled The Liar Noland.
Cricket is residing in Jaya with the idea of locating the city of gold that supposedly sank into the sea, so far without any result.
However, everything changes when our protagonists manage to reach the Island of Heaven, since This is where the lost golden city of Montblanc Noland ended up during which he went to inform his king.
In a flashback that takes place in volume 31 of One Piece we see how Noland arrives in Jaya and meets its locals, with an unlikely encounter because he kills the god they worship (a giant snake) because they were going to hand over a young woman in sacrifice to try to deal with an illness that she has been suffering from for years.
In a confrontation between religious beliefs and science, Noland manages to convince both the great warrior Calgara and the rest of the Shandora tribe that what they suffer from is a disease that has a cure.
After curing the epidemic, Noland and Calgara become very good friends and, after various disputes that they subsequently have, the Shandora warrior says goodbye to Noland as he leaves for his home, telling him that he will always be welcome here.
However, A huge rising sea current causes the island of Jaya to crack and the city of gold to ascend to the heavens. and since then he has remained on the Island of Heaven with its inhabitants, something that Montblanc Noland never discovered and was executed by the king for calling him a liar.
This is the history behind Montblanc Noland and its importance in One Piece. For now, there is still that part to be seen on Netflix (if it is adapted as is, of course), since first it is time to see the Alabasta saga in the future season 2 of the series.