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The Skypiea arc is well underway in the latest batch on One Piece, taking the Straw Hat Pirates to a floating island where danger and adventure abounds. In a new land, it's useful to have new allies, and Conis is one of the first Luffy and co meet. A friendly and outgoing girl, she introduces her newfound friends to the wonders of the airborne island, inevitably facing down some enemies with time and growing in courage herself from the experience. Like all the inhabitants of Skypiea, Conis has hair-like antennae and angelic wings, making her an instant target of Sanji's affections!
Conis' father, Pagaya is a painfully over-polite man who apologises incessantly – even when there's nothing to apologise for! He takes a shine to the Straw Hats, despite Skypiea's government initially labelling them criminals, and teaches them about flying bike-boats known as Wavers and the strange Dial shells that power them. Although he appears bald, he still has the antennae his people are known for, plus a bushy beard obscuring his mouth. Much like Brock from Pokémon, we never see his eyes open.
Also known as the Knight of the Sky, Gan Fall is an ancient but noble warrior who thinks only of other people's well-being. Such altruism once elevated him to ruler of Skypiea, a position referred to as God, albeit without the theological implications. Gan Fall will always aim for a diplomatic resolution to conflict, and long ago strove to create peace between the Skypieans and their rivals on Shandia. Although he lacks Devil Fruit powers himself, his pet bird Pierre ate the Horse-Horse Fruit, allowing him to transform into both a regular equine and a winged, pink pegasus.
The villain of the Skypiea arc, Enel is the current God of Skypiea. Unlike his predecessor, he's a vain and cruel ruler, one who believes himself to be actually divine and has authority to play with people's lives. He gained the power of electricity from the Rumble-Rumble Fruit, which only feeds into his delusions. Everything about him is designed to evoke the idea of godhood, from his religiously-inspired dress to his Buddha-like stretched earlobes. Enel views existence as something of a game, living in luxury and seeming totally relaxed, before gleefully humiliating opponents in battle.
. The leader of the Shandia warriors, who fight to take back the coveted Upper Yard area of Skypiea from Enel. Covered in intricate tribal tattoos and brandishing a massive Burn Bazooka, Wyper cuts an intimidating figure, something he backs up with his ferocious fighting style. Wyper's aggression is legendary, though it comes from a passionate need to defend his people. Like Gan Fall, he lacks Devil Fruit powers but makes up for it with an assortment of Dials, weapons and accessories made from Devil-draining Sea-Prism Stone, and his own incredible strength and endurance. Initially distrustful of Skypieans and outsiders alike, he eventually comes to understand Luffy's intentions and becomes a loose ally.
One Piece collection 7 is out now on UK DVD from Manga Entertainment.