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The world is full of new sights! Cold and Heat like I've never felt! Flora! Fauna! Races! Strengths! Thoughts! All of it. Different! I feel like my eyes are reopened every day! Everything is so much more than I could have imagined! I amount to so little! A tiny, insignificant speck in the wide, wide world! Anything can happen!
~ Oden's diary.

Kozuki Oden is a posthumous character in the anime and manga series One Piece, serving as the posthumous overarching protagonist of the Wano Country Arc. He was the daimyo of Kuri in Wano Country and the son of the former Shogun Kozuki Sukiyaki, being a member of the Kozuki Family. He was the husband of Kozuki Toki and the father of Momonosuke and Hiyori. Additionally, he was the leader of a group of legendary and powerful samurai known as the Nine Red Scabbards, with all of them serving as his retainers and most trusted allies.

For 5 years of his life, Oden set out to sea and became a pirate, serving as the 2nd division commander of the Whitebeard Pirates and later becoming a member of the Roger Pirates. After finding Joy Boy's treasure on Laugh Tale, Oden journeyed home and made it his goal to open Wano's borders to the world by finally taking his father's place as Shogun. However, he met opposition from his usurper Kurozumi Orochi and pirate Kaidou, who executed him 20 years before the present, in an event known as the Legendary Hour.

Oden's name was first mentioned during the Zou Arc. He is a major background character during the Wano Country Arc, being the protagonist of a series of events taking place in and outside Wano in the past. In life, Oden is one of the strongest characters in the One Piece world and wields two legendary swords: Ame no Habakiri and Enma. With those in hand, he's able to clash with the likes of Whitebeard and Kaidou. Due to his fearsome strength and affiliation with the Whitebeard Pirates and the Roger Pirates, Oden received a bounty (the amount of which is unknown).

He was voiced by Hiroya Ishimaru in the Japanese version of the anime.

Appearance

Oden was a large and extremely muscular man of towering height, standing in at 382 cm. He had long, wild hair of black color that was notably gathered into a large, flat, circular plane at the top, and also included a prominent widow's peak and triangular sideburns. He had relatively sharp, black eyes whose inner and outer corners were marked by black jags going down and up respectively, and above a pair of prominent, highly arched eyebrows.

He also wore red eyeliner around his eyes, making them look even sharper. He had a mid-sized, slightly hooked nose, a large, expressive mouth, and a broad chin. Even during his late teen years, Oden looked just like a full grown man. During his journey with the Roger Pirates, he received two scars, one on his leg, and one on his chest. During the five years before his demise, he grew a short goatee.

For clothes, Oden typically wore an orange kimono, leaving most of his legs exposed; the kimono had two yellow crescent moon designs on it. Oden also wore a large purple and white nio-dasuki tied around his shoulders that ran down his back. He would often alternate between this and a similar longer kimono, with his nio-dasuki worn as a belt and tied in the front. Oden also wore his swords, Enma and Ame no Habakiri, across his left waist tucked inside an obi belt. While partying with the Whitebeard Pirates, he wore a light colored shirt, dark colored pants, and a crown on his head.

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Oden was an extremely brash, confident, and self-willed man. This motivated him to commit outrageous and violent actions for his own benefit during his youth and adolescence, such as fighting gamblers in a drunken rage, burning down the yakuza casino after being banned from it, and kidnapping women at night to form a harem in the mountains. Similiar to his son Momonosuke, Oden was a pervert as a kid as he was regularly roaming the Red Light District at age 6 and spent the castle's money at the pleasure halls, not to mention forming a harem at the age of 15. However, that toned down over the years as he already grew out of that phase by the time he became an adult. Overall, Oden was known for getting into a significant number of violent fights, and he cared little for the consequences of his actions, as he gladly stood his ground against the yakuza and the loved ones of the women when fighting broke out as a result of the two aforementioned incidents. Although most men were appalled by his actions, his attitude made him very attractive to women, including the ones he kidnapped for his harem as they stayed with him willingly.

After being sentenced to work in the quarries, Oden became less selfish and started acting to improve the lives of the Flower Capital citizens around him. However, these actions were just as outrageous and ill-thought-out as the ones Oden committed to benefit himself. The most notable example is when he attempted to help out the citizens during a drought by diverting a river into the city, which caused the city to become flooded. Additionally, when a Mountain God attacked the Flower Capital, Oden quickly went to action to try to deal with it and even took responsibility for causing the crisis in order to shift blame from Kin'emon, who caused the incident on accident. Oden seemed to often mean well, but acted in ways that were reckless and potentially alienating to those around him. For example, to honor a deceased man he once knew, Oden cooked a pot of oden soup over the cremated remains and "shared one last drink" with his former friend, much to the dismay of his mourning family members. After being exiled by Sukiyaki, he seemed to have found an outlet for his unconventional attempts at heroism, as he was able to bring peace to Kuri and rebuild its infrastructure in only two years.

Leaving this country is my dream!! Take me with you, let me see the world!!
~ Oden's thirst for adventure.

Oden was also extremely adventurous and wanted to illegally set sail away from Wano Country, viewing it as too cramped. In his youth, he viewed this dream as more important than preparing to succeed his father as shogun. In fact, Oden's determination to set sail was so great that he kept trying to do so 38 times before he became a daimyo. When Whitebeard constantly refused and tried to secretly set sail without notifying him, Oden jumped straight into the sea holding onto the Moby Dick by a chain, shocking the Whitebeard Pirates. Thus, Whitebeard imposed him an extremely difficult challenge which Oden readily agreed to accept it as Oden could brave through the harshest weathers and obstacles without flinching. After he officially joined the Whitebeard Pirates, Oden became immensely excited and curious when they arrived at every new island, learning new discoveries which were unknown to Wano, to the point he ended up recklessly throwing himself into danger. After sailing with the Roger Pirates, Oden decided that he wanted to succeed his father as shogun and open Wano's borders, wanting to change the entire world.

Despite having a first bad impression of Orochi, who Oden considered nothing more than a "creepy weirdo", when Oden became a daimyo and Orochi frequently came to him and asked to borrow money from him, Oden always obliged despite never being paid back, doing so because he felt sorry for Orochi and out of respect for his relationship with Yasuie; something Denjiro constantly scolded him for. This makes Oden also a rather naive man as he was easily used by Orochi who approached him humbly and used Crocodile tears, which led Kaidou to call him a foolish lord later on. Oden also believed that Orochi would honor the agreement that Orochi and Kaidou would leave Wano if he humiliated himself for five years to stop the kidnappings of the citizens of Wano. Ultimately, Oden's naivety would indirectly allow Orochi to rise to power and turn Wano into a wasteland.

You should all be ashamed!! Being afraid of those who look different only highlights your ignorance!!
~ Oden's hate for discrimination.

Despite his rowdy behavior, Oden was an extremely compassionate man. While at first annoyed by Kin'emon and Denjiro acting as his followers, he still cared for their well-being and took them in. He also took in other people like the orphaned Izou and Kikunojo, the persecuted Kanjuro, and the lonely Raizo. After subduing the criminals and outlaws of Kuri, Oden chose to reform them rather than execute them as criminals. Oden did not tolerate discrimination, considering it a symbol of ignorance. He saved Kawamatsu, Inuarashi, and Nekomamushi from being publicly humiliated and tortured, beating up the ones responsible for it. He also saw the three as helpless children rather than monsters and was amazed by their uniqueness. Additionally, Oden willingly gave up on his trial to join the Whitebeard Pirates when he heard Amatsuki Toki calling out for help, choosing to save her even if it meant he could not join their crew. When Toki was forced to return to Wano in the middle of their voyage with Roger, she had to threaten to divorce Oden to keep him from staying with her.

When Oden learned how Orochi abused his power and authority as the shogun by enslaving Wano citizens for his tyrannical greed, including executing an innocent man along with his family for defiance, Oden was outraged and did not blame his retainers for attacking Orochi for the injustice he caused, as he personally stormed into the Flower Capital to execute Orochi himself. When Oden learned from Orochi how his family was unjustly persecuted for his grandfather's crimes, he accepted his demands of dancing naked weekly in the Flower Capital as an apology to the Kurozumi Family in exchange for sparing the citizens from Orochi's vengeance, including liberating the hundreds of abducted citizens that were meant as a tribute to Kaidou.

Oden's favorite food was oden soup, which he cooked to feed his retainers during his journey around Wano and also after becoming the daimyo of Kuri. Oden was even proud to be named after his favorite food, declaring he was born to be boiled like oden soup as he died in a pot of boiling oil. Oden also loved to drink sake, having started drinking alcohol when he was only 8 years old.

History

Biography

Chaotic Youth

Oden was born in the Flower Capital of Wano Country to the shogun Kozuki Sukiyaki 59 years before the present day, and he began committing outrageous acts as soon as infancy. When he was less than a year old, he threw his wet nurse across the room. When he was 2, he caught two rabbits with his bare hands, and at age 4, he obliterated a bear by hurling a boulder at it. Starting at age 6, he started roaming the Red-Light District and spent the castle's money at the pleasure halls. By the time he was 8, he started drinking booze and began picking fights with gamblers. At age 9, even the yakuza had banned him from their casino. This resulted in Oden setting their casino on fire and starting a conflict with them, culminating in his capture a year later after he almost killed someone.

As punishment and for rehabilitation as a prisoner, Oden was sentenced to hard labor in the quarries where his talent blossomed, with him working well enough there to gain significant prestige, rising to the rank of Chief Stonemason. He then left prison and reformed his ways. When he was 14, he attempted to help the Flower Capital citizens during a terrible drought as he was unable to bear the sight of people suffering from dried-out wells. He curved the river itself to run through the capital, however, this resulted in the Capital becoming flooded, and the authorities attempted to capture Oden again. To escape, Oden set out to sea for the very first time, but was quickly forced to return to land. When he was 15 and still in hiding, he threatened the priest of a secluded mountain into sheltering him. He then kidnapped many women from the Capital at night and formed his own personal harem. Said women were free to leave but preferred to stay with Oden. This however didn't stop the women's loved ones, as well as many powerful samurai, to go after Oden to stop him, but Oden stood his ground, resulting in the massive Harem War, where the Hyogoro Family was also involved. For the next three years, Oden attempted to set out to sea 38 times. He quickly failed every time, though he managed to survive.

At age 18, he went into the Flower Capital and proceeded to cook and eat a pot of Oden soup, heated by using the fire of the burned corpse of a man called Katsuzo, much to the dismay of his mourning family members. Turns out that the man called Katsuzo was a friend of Oden and it was Oden's way of honoring him, sharing one last drink with his deceased friend. After apologizing to the family members for the disturbance and leaving the crematorium, he saw that a Mountain God was attacking the Flower Capital, and overheard Kin'emon and Denjiro talking about the Mountain God's offspring being in their possession. Oden then told them to give him the giant boar's offspring. Oden then took the white boar when Kin'emon tried attacking the Mountain God. After Kin'emon was overpowered, Oden used the white boar to get the Mountain God's attention. As the giant beast charged at him, Oden struck it down with a single stike. When Kin'emon was going to take responsibility for the Mountain God's attack, Oden knocked him out and took the blame himself. His father's aide then delivered a message to him, saying that he was disowned and exiled from the Flower Capital. Oden was not upset when he received the decree, viewing it as his father and the Flower Capital being unable to contain his greatness. Out of gratitude and awe, Kin'emon and Denjiro began following him.

Reforming Kuri

After leaving the capital, Oden moved to Shimotsuki Yasuie's residence at Hakumai, where he also met Kurozumi Orochi, who was working as a servant there. Yasuie later got mad at Oden for living as a vagabond instead of rising to his father's challenge. Oden told Yasuie how he wanted to set out to sea, and Yasuie replied that he had to become a competent samurai before he could be so selfish.

After hearing about Ashura Doji, Oden decided to journey to Kuri, which was Wano's most lawless region. During the journey, he was followed by Kin'emon and Denjiro. Along the way, the group was joined by Kikunojo and Izo at Ringo, Kanjuro at Kibi, and Raizo at Udon. Oden entered Kuri alone and fought all the bandits there, including Ashura, Kuri's most dangerous criminal. By the time his companions arrived, Oden had defeated all of his enemies in the span of a single night. He then rounded up the lawless ruffians of Kuri and with his considerable strength, he turned the hellish wasteland, into a place worthy of being called home, bringing peace to Kuri. He had the residents work to build a village to live in, and he built the Paradise Farm to feed them. Oden was then granted the title of Daimyo of Kuri at the age of 20 after Sukiyaki heard about his deeds. In addition, Oden chose the companions he made on his journey as well as the reformed Ashura to be his retainers. After Orochi quit being Yasuie's servant, Oden lent him money to support him.

33 years before the present, while fishing at Kuri Beach, Oden discovered Inuarashi, Nekomamushi, and Kawamatsu being tormented by humans who persecuted them. Oden rescued the three and lectured the people who tried to set them on fire. The three then followed him back to Kuri and became his retainers. 3 years later, Oden paid the Mountain God and its child, who had grown much taller, a visit and proceeds to use the latter to carry his palanquin while traveling through the Flower Capital along with his retainers to pay his father a visit after hearing that he had fallen ill. As Oden paid him a visit, he was relieved seeing his father invigorated. Sukiyaki is proud that his son became a great man and had a turn-around, but Oden answered that he has been only made great and not changed a bit. Unknown to Oden, this was the last time he and his father exchanged words.

Journey With Pirates

Later that year, Oden learned that a pirate ship had arrived at Itachi Port, prompting him to go there. Charging towards the Whitebeard Pirates, he clashed with their captain while informing Whitebeard that he wanted to join his crew. Afterwards, Oden and his retainers had a feast with the crew. Oden kept asking to join only to be turned down by Whitebeard himself because he correctly sensed that Oden had no experience in subordinating himself to another person up to that point and Whitebeard knew how catastrophic that could be, having served aboard a ship full of such individuals. This caused Oden's enthusiasm to balk, aware that he could not argue against the pirate's reasoning. Two weeks later, the Whitebeard Pirates tried to leave Oden behind, but he caught up to them and held onto a chain he attached to the ship. Izo also held onto Oden and got dragged away with him. After pulling Izo up onto the ship, Whitebeard gave Oden a test. If he could hold onto the chain for three days, he would be allowed into the crew. Just when Oden only had ten minutes left, he heard a woman in trouble and let go. He drifted to an island and scared away some kidnappers who mistook him for a sea monster, saving the woman in the process. On the next day, he got acquainted with the woman, who was named Toki. They were then confronted by Karma and his crew, but Whitebeard came and defeated Karma. Understanding that Oden let go because of his desire to help, Whitebeard allowed him on board, telling Oden that they're going on a grand adventure beyond anything he can imagine. After boarding and being welcomed by the crew, Oden discovered that Inuarashi and Nekomamushi had stowed away on the ship, waiting for Oden. Afterwards, Oden went on adventures with the Whitebeard Pirates.

On his journey, Oden wrote his adventures in a journey log and explored multiple islands and places around the entire world, being absolutely in awe of the things that he has never seen before. He also became a notorious outlaw with a bounty. He found the geography of the world astounding and the government overseeing it as unbelievable. Having grown closer with Toki and marrying her at some point, the couple became parents on their second year aboard the Moby Dick and named their son Kozuki Momonosuke. Later, as the crew was growing in numbers, Whitebeard split its members into five divisions, and Oden was appointed as the commander of the second division. Two years later, he and Toki would have a daughter whom they named Kozuki Hiyori.

Docking at an island, the Whitebeard Pirates unexpectedly encountered the Roger Pirates, leading to Oden rushing towards the crew to take their treasure. Engaging the crew in battle, he drew the attention of Gol D. Roger and was knocked away by the pirate. Running back to his opponent, Oden was left amazed at how his captain and Roger were fighting each other. Afterwards, the two crews began fighting for the next three days until a cease fire was made on the fourth day. A few days into it, Oden had a discussion with the two captains, during which he informed Roger that he could read the Poneglyphs. Revealing his intention to reach the rumored final island of the Grand Line and become Pirate King, Roger left Oden frozen from being impressed. Roger begged Oden to join him for a year in order to get to the island, and Whitebeard, despite being against it because he didn't want to lose someone he considered a brother, ultimately honored Oden's choice to join Roger, leading to him parting ways with the Whitebeard Pirates.

Boarding the Oro Jackson with his wife and children, he discovered Inuarashi and Nekomamushi had followed him on board. The crew sailed to Mock Town and afterwards reached Skypiea, where Oden read a Poneglyph and engraved Roger's message on the Shandorian Golden Belfry Bell. After returning to the ocean, the crew sailed towards Water 7, during which Oden informed Roger that Wano had a Road Poneglyph. Docking at the island, Oden invited Cutty Flam to join the crew but the latter declined the offer. From there, the crew sailed to Fish-Man Island, where Oden read the island's two Poneglyphs and learned from Neptune that Poseidon is a mermaid. Oden later read another Poneglyph after venturing to another island. Upon Toki becoming sick, the pirates dropped her and her children off at Wano alongside Nekomamushi and Inuarashi, during which Oden could tell his country had changed despite not looking at it. Afterwards, the crew learned the contents of Wano's Poneglyph. Arriving at Zou, Oden felt a different vibe from the island that did not sit well with him and Roger. Venturing into the country, the crew found the last Road Poneglyph, leading to Oden discovering his family's ties to the Mink Tribe after seeing his clan's seal above the stone. Having left Zou, the crew discovered the location of the final island of the New World and sailed there. There, the crew found Joy Boy's treasure and laughed when they saw it, leading to Roger naming the island Laugh Tale.

Grateful he joined Roger, he declined offers from his crew members with assisting him in opening Wano's borders, and instead sought to make his vision a reality with the aid of his retainers and by becoming Shogun.

Homecoming and Death

Over 20 years before the present, Roger decided to disband the crew and Oden parted ways with him as the Pirate King left the ship. Afterwards, the rest of the crew returned Oden to Wano Country and he bid farewell to them as well. Oden then reunited with his family and retainers. He heard about Orochi becoming Shogun and how he had been oppressing the citizens with the aid of Kaidou. He also heard about how his family was threatened and that Toki was injured while protecting Momonosuke. Enraged, Oden ordered his retainers to guard his family before charging to the Flower Capital.

He arrived at the castle, fought his way through the guards, kicked in the door to the throne room, and rushed directly at the panicking Orochi, ignoring his pleas that Kaidou won't take this attack lying down, attempting to kill Orochi.  Oden's attack was stopped by Kurozumi Semimaru, who used a barrier to protect Orochi. Confronted by Kaidou, Oden proceeded to clash evenly with him and to stop them from destroying the castle, Orochi came up with a deal to blackmail Oden, while also showing him a room with hundreds of hostages. If Oden danced naked in the Flower Capital once a week, the hostages Orochi has taken, as well as the citizens of Wano, would be spared. They also promised to leave Wano in five years. Holding onto the deal in the hopes of preventing Orochi from offering innocent people as tribute for the Beasts Pirates, and to avoid involving innocent lives in a battle between him and Kaidou, Oden left the castle and a few hours later, he started dancing naked in the streets of the Flower Capital. He did this once a week, causing the people of Wano to lose faith and respect for him. Fearing the worst when the ones he cares about are involved, Oden refused to explain his motivations to his retainers when they wanted to know the truth. One year later, Oden received a foreign newspaper and read about Roger's execution, to which he cried, then laughed, then cried again.

On the second year since his return, Oden asked Toki if she wants a divorce to which she asked if he's joking. Later that year, Oden paid Hyogoro and his wife a visit. Three years later, Oden heard that Hyogoro had been captured for his defiance and that his wife was killed. Grieving over the fate of Hyogoro and his wife, Oden finally decided to gather his retainers to take down Kaidou. Before leaving Kuri, Oden gave Toki a letter. On the way to Onigashima, Oden and his retainers were confronted by Kaidou and his crew in the Udon region. Oden asked Kaidou why he and his men are so thoroughly prepared and how they knew that Oden and his Retainers were on their way, to which Kaidou replied that there may be a spy in Oden's castle. Kaidou mocks Oden for choosing the method where nobody gets hurt, saying how he's just like Newgate and Roger, mighty, but soft. Not regretting the choice he made 5 years ago, Oden proceeded to blast through Kaidou's army. In the ensuing battle, Shinobu joined Oden's side and it was said that the battle lasted longer as expected as Oden's strength surpassed the enemy's imagination. Kaidou hits Oden with Blast Breath but Oden gets back up and uses Togen Totsuka to severely injure and scar Kaidou. As Oden was about to deliver the finishing blow, he was distracted by Kurozumi Higurashi, who disguised herself as Momonosuke and pretended to be a hostage, so that Kaidou can strike him down. After his defeat, Oden claimed that Shinobu was not his ally to save her from the Beast Pirates and allow her to walk free. Oden and the Scabbards were then imprisoned in the Flower Capital and sentenced to be boiled alive in three days. Toki visited Oden at the prison, and Oden handed his swords—Ame no Habakiri and Enma—to her and asked her to pass them on to their children.

On the day of the execution, Oden made a deal with Kaidou to allow those who survive the execution to go free and Kaidou gave him an hour. Oden entered the pot, and before his retainers joined him, he lifted a plank upon his shoulders and ordered his retainers to stand on top of the plank, proceeding to hold them all up. As the citizens who watch the execution continued to mock Oden, Shinobu, who spied on Oden and Orochi's deal, called them fools and revealed the reason for Oden's actions during the past five years: Protecting and saving them. Orochi desired revenge for the crimes committed against the Kurozumi Family and he threatened to deliver hundreds of kidnapped citizens to Kaidou as a tribute, giving Oden an ultimatum provided that he humiliated himself in front of everyone every week to spare a hundred lives with each dance as per his reparations to the Kurozumi Family. To protect the citizens, prevent a fight against Orochi and Kaidou that would've endangered a lot of innocent lives, and being left with little choice, Oden started to follow Orochi's terms. Oden also traveled from each region to region every week to make sure that nothing had changed. In the end, Shinobu points out that the true fools are the Wano people, who disrespected Oden while he was secretly saving them. After the citizens heard how Oden protected them all this time during the past five years, they started cheering for Oden's effort to survive and Oden appreciated that. As the boiling in the pot passed 700 degrees and continued to rise while Oden endured the hour, he explained to his retainers that it was the Kozuki Clan that closed the country to the rest of the world, to protect them from a great external power. He also stated that the world awaits a certain figure and that Wano must be prepared to welcome and work with them, when that figure appears after an 800-Year Span. Being certain that Orochi and Kaidou will kill him no matter what, Oden requested his retainers to open Wano's borders in his stead. Even though Orochi continued to raise the heat even more, Oden didn't die. Oden successfully survived the hour, but Orochi summoned a firing squad to execute Oden and his retainers. Oden once again told his retainers to open Wano's borders before throwing them far away from the pot. As the Scabbards fled, Oden told Kaidou to not underestimate his Samurai and how he's a story to accompany his drinks. Oden's last thoughts were of his family and as Kaidou shot Oden in the head, Oden died with a smile as his body sank fully into the pot.

Legacy

His death was deeply mourned by the rest of the country and his noble reputation was fully restored to the rest of the people of Wano, causing tons of people to take arms and ready to rebel against Orochi's regime and the Beasts Pirates in his name and the Kozuki Family. Kaidou attacked the rest of Oden's family after Oden's death, but his children survived as Toki sent Momonosuke 20 years forward in time and Kawamatsu and later Denjiro kept Hiyori safe. Sometime after Oden's execution, Kaidou's daughter Yamato discovered his journal and kept it.

For the next 20 years, Oden was vilified by Orochi's administration, who informed the populace that he had attempted to destroy Wano in his quest to open its borders. Sympathizing with the Kozuki Family became a high crime, one that even children were punished heavily for committing. Orochi was officially recognized as a hero for defeating Oden.

However, in spite of Orochi's attempts to portray Oden in a negative light, thousands of Wano citizens remained loyal to him and his family due to Oden's selfless action. These included the other four daimyo and the yakuza bosses, and Orochi and Kaidou had to resort to killing or imprisoning them to silence them. In fact, the people, including those in the Flower Capital, would use the Fire Festival to pray for the Kozuki Family and the rebels to end Kaidou and Orochi’s reign of terror.

Before he died, Oden told his retainers to complete his quest to open Wano's borders. After being sent forward in time, Momonosuke, Kin'emon, Kanjuro, Raizo, and Kikunojo recruited all of the remaining Nine Red Scabbards aside from Denjiro and thousands of other Kozuki Family sympathizers to rise up and bring down Orochi and Kaidou. Additionally, they went abroad and formed an alliance with the Straw Hat Pirates and Heart Pirates to increase their fighting power, and the mink citizens of Zou that Inuarashi and Nekomamushi ruled over were also recruited.

Several years after his death, Whitebeard heard about Kaidou killing Oden. However, despite this, the Whitebeard Pirates did not storm Wano Country to attempt to take revenge, knowing there would be many casualties among the citizens there if they did.

Yamato, who admired Oden before his death, was devastated when he was killed and, upon finding his journal, held dearly to it like a bible. Yamato is so devoted to Oden, to the point of adopting a similar fashion style like him, and intends on fulfilling his dream of reopening Wano's borders.

Abilities and Powers

Overview

There will never be Samurai as monstrous as him again...!!!
~ Kaidou about Oden.

As daimyo of Kuri, Oden had a large amount of power and influence over the region before his death. Being a former member of both the Whitebeard Pirates, as a former Division Commander, and the Roger Pirates, Oden was regarded as being a tremendously powerful pirate with a great level of influence in both crews. For several years after Oden's death, Whitebeard kept Oden's spot as the 2nd Division Commander vacant and noted to Portgas D. Ace, the new 2nd Division Commander, about the importance and significance of his predecessor and that Ace was arrogant for thinking he could attempt to challenge Kaidou, a man that not even Oden could defeat. In truth, the only reason why Oden lost to Kaidou was because Kurozumi Higurashi distracted Oden before he could finish Kaidou off.

Kaidou envisions Oden behind Luffy alongside other legendary pirates.

Kaidou, who at some point came to be called the world's "Strongest Creature", even put Oden in the same elite class as other legendary pirates such as Edward Newgate, Shanks, Gol D. Roger, and his former captain, Rocks D. Xebec. Oden's influence even extends toward the members of the Mink Tribe on Zou, with the leaders Inuarashi and Nekomamushi being members of the Nine Red Scabbards.

Additionally, the rest of the Mink Tribe has shown enough respect and loyalty toward the Kozuki Family that all of them were willing to die rather than to allow one of Oden's retainers from being captured even after Oden died. In spite of all the conflicts that he had with the Yakuza over the years, his death had such an impact on the leaders of the Yakuza that they staged their own rebellion against Kurozumi Orochi who had allied with Kaidou before they were all captured and sent to Udon prison.

Oden possessed a tremendous combination of combat skills and charisma. His combat prowess was seen at an early age, when he got into massive battles and altercations with powerful samurai and yakuza and survived, causing an implied high number of casualties over the years. Despite being frequently pursued by authorities in his youth, he was only captured once and eluded capture many times afterward. His combat and charisma combination was best seen in his restoration of peace to Kuri, where he defeated the powerful Ashura Doji and then proceeded to round up the rest of the dangerous criminals and get them to work under him, including Ashura. Prior to this, he also demonstrated his charisma by quickly becoming a figure of high repute as a laborer in the quarry.

Voice of All Things

Like Roger and Luffy, Oden had the ability to hear the "Voice of All Things", which his son also inherited. On the trip to Fish-Man Island, he could hear the voices of the Sea Kings alongside Roger, and could also hear a voice while nearing Zou.

Philology

As a descendant of the Kozuki Family, Oden inherited from his ancestors the knowledge and skill to read Poneglyphs and write its ancient language. He was a capable philologist, able to inscribe Roger's message on the Shandorian Golden Belfry Bell in the same ancient language, as well as decipher all the Poneglyphs the Roger Pirates had found, particularly the Road Poneglyphs, which proved vital in the Roger Pirates' success in locating and sailing to Laugh Tale.

Culinary Skills

Oden is an expert in cooking his favourite Oden hotpot, having frequently cooked it to feed his retainers during his journey around Wano and also during his journey with the Roger Pirates. Oden even managed to use Katsuzo's cremation to cook a pot of oden.

Physical Abilities

Oden had immense physical strength since infancy, during which he flung his wet nurse across the room. By age two, he could catch rabbits with his bare hands, and at age four, he obliterated a bear by hurling a boulder at it. By adulthood, Oden could carry a giant carp which he caught at sea by himself and exerted enough physical power in his swordsmanship to clash with Whitebeard's Meito Murakumogiri. To match his tremendous strength, Oden also had astounding tolerance to pain, as he could hold a hot pot with his bare hands.

Oden had immense stamina, durability, and endurance, as he was able to fight against the criminals and ronin of Kuri joined led by Ashura Doji for an entire night alone with multiple wounds such as arrows sticking out of his body yet still came out victorious. In his fight with Whitebeard, Oden took a point-blank quake punch from Whitebeard straight to the face and was fine afterwards. Additionally, he held onto a chain pulled by the Moby Dick and faced the many dangers and climates of the New World ocean with no protection for three days before eventually letting go, more because he went to rescue Toki than due to exhaustion. When he washed ashore on an island afterward, he received slight treatment from Toki and slept for one night before getting up with exuberant energy, leaving Toki surprised about his tremendous recovery speed. When meeting Roger and getting hit by his Divine Departure (imbued with Busoshoku Haki and coated with Haoshoku Haki), Oden retained not only consciousness but also immediately got back up and ran back towards Roger, without at any point evincing exhaustion or impediment by injury, with only some bleeding visible on his face. In his fight against Kaidou, Oden was hit by his Blast Breath not just once, but twice, and powered through them both times.

As a testament to his monstrous strength and endurance, Oden was able to hold up all nine of his retainers, each who are very large, on a thick wooden plank while his lower half was submerged for an extended period of time in a large pot of boiling oil, which killed an average man in seconds despite getting out. He survived being boiled alive in oil while the temperature continued to increase to over 700 degrees of heat for almost over an hour, a feat no one has managed before, which impressed even Kaidou. Despite being near death, Oden could still muster the strength to throw all nine of his retainers a great distance away from the execution site. However, it appeared that Oden reached his limit from this as Kaidou noted that his body was dead.

Swordsmanship

Oden Nitoryu

Oden was an immensely skilled and powerful swordsman, having developed his own variation of Nitoryu, which Oden himself called as Oden Nitoryu, known in the VIZ manga as Oden Two-Sword Style. He had immense prowess and ambidexterity in dual-wielding the legendary swords, Enma and Ame no Habakiri.

Even at age 9, Oden could fight against an entire yakuza gang in the Flower Capital until the age of 10 where he almost killed someone. At age 18, he was able to strike down the massive beast hailed as the Mountain God with a single attack. Kin'emon stated that Oden was able to fight against all of the outlaws, ronin, and the region's most dangerous criminal, Ashura Doji (someone noted to be worth 100 men in battle), and beat them all by himself after an entire night of battle. In fight with Edward Newgate, Oden was able to clash and trade blows with him, including matching the force of Whitebeard's quake punch by using Togen Shirataki. During his adventures with the Whitebeard Pirates, Oden was able to easily sink a large pirate ship by cutting it in half. Due to his adventures with the Whitebeard and Roger Pirates, he was stated to have grown many times stronger than before, returning to Wano "invincible and triumphant". In his first encounter with Kaidou, Oden managed to clash with him on equal terms by using only one sword, and in his final fight wih Kaidou, Oden became the first and only individual to wound the nigh-invulnerable Kaidou in his Mythical Zoan dragon form, causing him to fall to the ground and be permanently scarred, though he couldn't deal another blow due to being tricked by Kurozumi Higurashi who disguised herself as a kidnapped Momonosuke.

Even 20 years after his death, Kaidou acknowledged Oden as the strongest samurai, and stated his belief that there will never be another samurai who could match Oden. Oden's strength left a big impression on Kaidou who, even 20 years after Oden's death, considers Oden as one of the very few, besides Rocks, Roger, Whitebeard, and Shanks, who can match him. Despite Zoro managing to leave a scar on Kaido 20 years after Oden's death by using his strongest attack, Kaido didn't care, wasn't screaming in pain, and was still standing after the attack, being totally fine as he was more concerned about Zoro being able to use Conqueror's Haki, than the fact that Zoro scarred him, with him still calling Zoro a runt, showing Oden's supreme mastery in terms of strength, haki, and swordsmanship over Zoro, as Oden left a massive scar on Kaidou (much bigger than the cut Zoro did 20 years later), had him screaming in pain, and knocked him to the ground, with Kaidou still speaking highly of Oden's strength 2 decades after he died.

  • Togen Shirataki (Paradise White Waterfall): Oden hardens both his swords using Armament Haki and then delivers a diagonal slash with each one of them at the same time. This technique has immense power and range, as seen when Oden used the technique to bisect the massive Mountain God in half. When performing it in the anime, Oden not only imbues his swords' blade, but also their hilts and his own arms.
  • Shimi Daikon (Great Spirit of Samurai): Oden imbues his swords with an extra amount of Armament Haki, then charges the opponent with the swords crossed behind his own head, then uncrosses them in a single motion, eventually unleashing the Armament Haki and cutting into them at once. Each sword wears a long Armament Haki blade extension as a result of this technique.
  • Gan Modoki (Gun Imitating Demon): After hardening his swords with Armament Haki, Oden crosses his swords and charges forward, slicing anyone in his path. When Oden used this technique, he was able to defeat several members of the Roger Pirates at once.
  • Togen Totsuka (Paradise Ten Hands): Oden hardens his swords using Armament Haki, then leaps toward his opponent, and performs an X-shaped slash powerful enough to give the nigh-invincible Kaido his permanent scar. When performing it in the anime, Oden not only imbues his swords' blade but also his own arms.

Haki

Oden was one of the very small number of people in the world who could use all three types of Haki. His Haki was so powerful that he could easily wield the sword Enma, which drains away its wielders Haki at a near fatal rate, displaying his supreme mastery compared to Roronoa Zoro whose entire arm was emaciated after a single slash wielding Enma (he was, however, able to force his Haki back to his arm). Oden was the only samurai who tamed Enma despite its dangerous Haki-draining properties and his mastery over Enma leaves Zoro in awe, with Zoro wondering how Oden was able to easily wield the sword despite how much Haki pours out of it.

Haoshoku Haki

Oden and Whitebeard's clash of Haoshoku Haki.

Oden possessed the ability to use Haoshoku Haki/Conqueror's Haki, a very rare type of Haki whose users are said to have the qualities of a king. In his initial encounter with Edward Newgate 30 years ago, the sudden clash between both of them created a notable effect similar to lightning, as well as released a shockwave, this is also shown during his clash against Kaidou. While not shown in the manga, Oden uses Haoshoku's more common effect at least once, making a bunch of Kaidou's henchmen faint.

Busoshoku Haki

Oden using "Ryuo" to harden his swords.

Oden was an extremely powerful master of Busoshoku Haki/Armament Haki, which is known as "Ryuo" in Wano. It is most noted as he was the only samurai who tamed the Meito, Enma despite its dangerous Haki-draining properties, which even Kin'emon, the Nine Red Scabbards' Leader feared, displaying his supreme mastery compared to Zoro whose entire arm was emaciated after a single slash wielding Enma (he was, however, able to force his Haki back to his arm).

Even at age 18, Oden was masterful in using Ryuo, as he imbued both his swords (Ame no Habakiri and Enma) hardening them, letting him cleanly bisect the enormous Mountain God in a single slash. At age 29, Oden hardened his swords and then clashed against one of the 12 Supreme Grade Swords, Murakumogiri, which belonged to Edward Newgate, an immensely powerful Busoushoku Haki master in his own right. A true testament to his prowess, at age 39, Oden was able to wound the nigh-indestructible Kaidou while in his dragon form, giving him a permanent scar whereas Luffy using Boundman couldn't even damage him. In the anime when Oden uses advanced Busoshoku Haki, it is shown as a red colored flowing aura.

Kenbunshoku Haki

Oden possessed the ability to use Kenbunshoku Haki/Observation haki. This haki works similarly to a sensor, the user is able to see or feel people's aura, being able to anticipate their attacks and capture them even from great distances. In other stages, this haki provides the user with the ability to even see the future.

Weapons

Only one man of this country has ever managed to tame this blade. Kozuki Oden! None before, and none since.
~ Tenguyama Hitetsu about Oden's ability to wield Enma with ease.

Oden's swords

Oden wielded two Great Grade-ranked Meito: Ame no Habakiri (the sword said to be able to cut "heaven" itself) and its sister sword Enma (the sword said to be able to cut to the "bottom of hell"), respective masterpieces of Wano's greatest swordsmiths Tenguyama Hitetsu and Shimotsuki Kozaburo.

Even more notably according to Hitetsu, Oden was the only one who mastered Enma's significant Haki depletion, something which emaciated Zoro's arm and drained several other samurai. Even after training with the sword several times, Zoro is still having problems with just controlling it as it forcefully drains his Haki against his will. Oden's mastery over Enma leaves Zoro in awe, with Zoro wondering how Oden was able to easily wield the sword despite how much Haki pours out of it.

These swords are the only known weapons to have ever harmed the near-invulnerable Kaidou, giving him a permanent scar, something no one else has been able to do before or after until Zoro decades later.

Quotes

It's too cramped!
~ Oden's catchphrase.
Wahaha! So I'm disowned, eh? Banished from the capital! A laughable move, Shogun! All this means is that you, no, the entire Flower Capital itself, is unable to contain my greatness! Disown away! I shall cross to a new riverbank! Wherever the sun sets, that shall be my bed!
~ Oden's reaction to being disowned and exiled.
Hey! You! Do you still love me? Then lend me your wisdom and strength. I've decided that these worthless hooligans need me as their king!
~ Oden wants to bring peace to Kuri, Wano's most lawless region.
Shame on all of you! Your fear of the alien exposes your own ignorance! It is absolutely pathetic for you to torment little children!
~ Oden saves Inuarashi, Nekomamushi, and Kawamatsu and lectures the people who tormented them.
My name is Kozuki Oden! We may not know each other but I want you to let me join your crew!
~ Oden to Whitebeard.
Leaving this country is my dream!! Take me with you, let me see the world!
~ Oden's thirst for adventure.
The world is full of new sights! Cold and Heat like I've never felt! Flora! Fauna! Races! Strengths! Thoughts! All of it. Different! I feel like my eyes are reopened every day! Everything is so much more than I could have imagined! I amount to so little! A tiny, insignificant speck in the wide, wide world! Anything can happen!
~ Oden's diary.
The day we reached the last island, we learned everything about the world. What is the 100-Year Void? What is the People of the D? What are the Ancient Weapons? The Land of Wano was once connected with the rest of the world. With the extraordinary treasure that sat there before our eyes, at that moment, Roger was...laughing. So were we. We laughed so hard that we cried.
~ Oden's writes in his diary what he found on Laugh Tale.
This is something that we of the Kozuki Clan must solve on our own. I've always had my reservations about why the Land of Wano must keep its borders closed. I can't leave the country behind, then come back and demand "Make me the Shogun!" but I will find a way to pass this will on! I shall work with my excellent vassals that I left back home to open the land of Wano and wait for a future over 20 years from now!
~ Oden declines the offers from his crew members with assisting him in opening Wano's borders, and instead sought to make his vision a reality with the aid of his retainers and by becoming shogun.
Don't ever come back to the Land of Wano!
~ Oden, about to finish Kaido off.
Give me a chance. I must live! We'll get in the pot at once. Set whatever time limit you like and if any of us survive that long...Set us free!
~ Oden makes a deal with Kaidou to allow those who survive the execution to go free.
Listen to me! If I manage to survive this boiling...I would...like to open up this country! Long, long ago...the ones responsible for closing this nation to the rest of the world...were the Kozuki Clan! And it was to protect Wano from a great external power! Wano...no, the entire world awaits a figure...and when that figure appears, after an 800-Year span...this country must be prepared to welcome and work with them. I will be clear with you. They are going to kill me today. On behalf of me...Open up the Land of Wano!
~ Oden to his Retainers.
I'm counting on you guys! Open up the Land of Wano!
~ Oden to his Retainers, before throwing them far away from the pot to save them from Orochi's firing squad.
Don't make the mistake of underestimating my Samurai!
~ Oden to Kaido.
They can forget me, for all I care. My soul will live on!! Build your strength while you can. For I am a story to accompany your drinks. I am Oden and I was born to boil!
~ Oden reciting his name phrase to Kaidou, finished by the citizens after Kaido shot Oden in the head.

Anime and Manga Differences

Additional scenes are added to the glimpses of Oden's past in Episode 910 of the anime. The scenes showed that Oden fought the thugs of Kuri bare handed, defeated Ashura without sustaining any injuries, and during the time of his death, Oden was fighting a group of enemies until he was struck down, which at the time, the full details of his death were not revealed yet in the manga. Also, when Inuarashi first recalled Oden defending him and Nekomamushi at Kuri Beach, Oden did not attack the thugs but rather criticize them in a calm manner.

Oden's design during these scenes is also heavily different from the manga, specially his face, clothes, and hair that is mistaken for a hat.

Trivia

  • Oden's life heavily revolved around his food namesake, a traditional Japanese winter dish. In addition to it being his favorite food, his catchphrase "I am Oden, and I was born to boil" refers to the boiling required to cook Oden, as did his execution by being boiled alive. His deal with Kaidou of being boiled for an hour refers to the time it takes to fully cook oden.
  • Oden's birthday, February 22, is National Oden Day in Japan. Additionally, the chapter where Oden was killed, Chapter 972, was released on February 22.
  • Oden possesses some notable parallels and contrasts to his arch-enemy [Kaidou. Both were born 59 years ago and fathered their intended successors, Momonosuke and Yamato, 28 years ago. However, while Oden wanted to leave the confines of Wano and explore the sea and later open Wano's borders, Kaidou started out as a voyaging pirate and now has a great interest in being based in Wano and keeping its borders closed. Interestingly, however, the paths of each of their children resemble that of the other parent; despite having been out at sea, Momonosuke wishes to fulfill his birthright and take control over Wano as its shogun, while Yamato has been trapped on Wano and wishes to set out to sea. Additionally, Momonosuke has eaten an artificial copy of Kaidou's Devil Fruit, while Yamato wishes to actually adopt the identity of Oden.
  • Oden bears a resemblance to Susanoo-No-Mikoto, the Japanese Shinto god of the sea and storms.
    • Both were violently impulsive and committed outrageous acts against their peers out of bravado and recklessness, causing them to be banished from their homes as punishment.
    • Both their signature swords are named Ame no Habakiri.
    • Both went on paths of redemption to atone for their deeds by committing great acts of heroism in defense of others.
    • Both came into violent enmity with a malevolent entity that went by the moniker of Yamata no Orochi, alluding to Oden's personal vendetta against Kurozumi Orochi.
  • Oden also bears a resemblance to Heracles, a divine hero in Greek mythology:
    • Both possessed tremendous strength since infancy.
    • Both had numerous affairs with women.
    • Some of Oden's actions are based on the Twelve Labors of Heracles:
      • Oden defeating the Mountain God is based on the fourth labor, the capture of the Erymanthian Boar.
      • Oden's attempt to help the Flower Capital citizens during a great drought by diverting a river to the city is based on the fifth labor, cleaning the Augean stables in a single day. Unlike Heracles, Oden's action ended in disaster.
    • Both were rejected and disowned by one of their family members (Heracles' nemesis was Hera and Oden was disowned by his father, Kozuki Sukiyaki).
    • Both were sailors (Heracles was part of the Argonauts and Oden sailed with the Whitebeard Pirates and Roger Pirates).
    • Both had fathers who were rulers of their respective domains (Heracles's father was Zeus, King and ruler of Olympus; Oden's father was the head of the Kozuki family and shogun of Wano).
  • The execution of Oden is similar to the execution of Ishikawa Goemon, a semi-legendary Japanese outlaw hero who lived in the 16th century. One version of Goemon's execution is when Goemon tried to assassinate Hideyoshi to avenge the death of his wife Otaki and the capture of his son, Gobei. He sneaked into Fushimi Castle and entered Hideyoshi's room but was caught and captured. He was sentenced to death by being boiled alive in an iron cauldron along with his very young son, but was able to save his son by holding him above his head, similar to how Oden saved his retainers.
  • Kozuki Oden is similar to Miyamoto Musashi, who was considered as the greatest (and the most feared) Samurai of all time, in the style of two swords.

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