15 Things You Didn't Know About Swordsmen In 'One Piece'

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Vote up the most interesting facts about the series' swordsmen.

The swordsmen of One Piece have dedicated their lives to perfecting their bladework, but there's more to them than just their swords. In fact, there's a whole lot of interesting things that you didn't know about swordsmen in One Piece.

You might have known that Kozuki Oden is named after a food, but you will not believe how many references there are to that meaning within the story itself. Also, did you know Silvers Rayleigh actually appeared way earlier in the series than most people realize?


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    Ryuma Was Purified In A Unique Way

    Most of the zombies at Thriller Bark are purified using salt or by Gecko Moria cutting out their shadows using his Devil Fruit. 

    Ryuma is the only zombie to be purified by having his body set on fire, creating a sort of "cremation" effect. 

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    Shiryu's Apology Has A Double Meaning 

    When Shiryu slashes a group of guards, he says "Kiri-sute gomen" (斬捨て御免). This literally translates to "authorization to cut and leave [the body of the victim]." It's an old term used by samurai to indicate they have the right to slay lower-class people who insult them.

    These days, the term is still used, but it's not quite as harsh - it's more about sarcasm and a lack of sympathy in one's apology.

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    Oda Planned Part Of Silvers Rayleigh's Role From The Start

    Silvers Rayleigh doesn't appear in the series under his own name until chapter 500, but Oda had some of the details planned about him long before that. In chapter 19, Shanks and Buggy are yelled at by an unnamed person. A fan wanted to know if that person was the captain. Oda confirmed this man wasn't the captain, but actually a young Silvers Rayleigh:

    Ah yes, the story of Buggy and Shanks in their swabby days. That would mean the captain of their ship was none other than the Pirate King, Gold Roger. The man who scolded the two boys was the first mate. I've had that set in stone since the very start, so I even made sure the anime staff knew that.

    Everyone knows Oda plans things far in advance, but it's still impressive to encounter specific examples.

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    Cavendish Takes His Name From A Real Pirate

    Like many pirates in the world of One Piece, Cavendish is named after a real pirate from history. 

    Thomas Cavendish was an English explorer and a privateer (a person who performs pirating activities legally for the government) who circumnavigated the globe and came back with substantial riches.

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    Kozuki Oden's Name Goes Deep

    Unless you're a connoisseur of Japanese comfort food, you might not realize that Kozuki Oden's name refers to a dish composed of boiled eggs, daikon, konjac, and fishcakes boiled in a soy-based dashi broth. He often makes references to his own name. Oden is his favorite food, but that's not all. His catchphrase is "I am Oden, and I was born to boil," and the deal with Kaido that stated he'd boil his own body for an hour refers to the amount of time that oden needs to boil for. Oh, and his birthday, February 22, is National Oden Day. The chapter in which he perished was released on that day as well. 

    It goes even further, if you can believe it. His retainers' favorite foods are common oden ingredients - for example, Ashura loves mochi kinchaku and Kin'emon enjoys daikon radishes.

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    Kuina And Tashigi Have More In Common Than Their Looks

    The reason Zoro finds Tashigi so unnerving is she strongly resembles his childhood friend Kuina. But Tashigi and Kuina have more in common than just their appearance and handiness with a sword. Both of them are named after flightless birds. Oda says:

    More specifically, they are the names of birds that cannot fly. But just because they say a bird cannot fly, doesn't mean that it never will. After all, I saw a duck fly in an anime I watched when I was little, called The Wonderful Adventures of Nils. By the way, Nojiko (Yellow Bunting) is a bird's name, too.