Did you know that Yamato is a character inspired by Japanese culture?
It seems an inevitable event that One Piece introduces us to Yamato, the son of the Yonkou Kaido, as the next member of the Straw Hat Pirates, if they manage to survive the intense battle without quarter that they are experiencing on the island of Onigashima. However, before we can see Yamato join the crew, it’s worth taking a look at his powers and the story of one of the most beloved heroes by fans in the One Piece series.
The first interesting fact about this character is that Yamato’s gender identity is a highly discussed topic in the fan community.. His identity has not been confirmed, however, we will refer to Yamato with neutral pronouns.
After appearing in the adaptation as a mysterious descendant of Kaido, Yamato had to be involved in the battle immediately, despite having little time to explore his own past, there was a flashback that revealed some important details regarding his upbringing. In fact, Kaido raised her to be his successor, but Yamato’s life was full of mistreatment and abuse by his father, who almost let him starve to death because, inspired by the death of Kozuki Oden, samurai and hero of Wano, Yamato made the decision to “become Oden”, adopting his ideals to a great extent. However, a group of legendary samurai of Wano saved Yamato from starvation, so he promised himself to overthrow his father one day. Motivated by this, he allied himself with Luffy and the pirate-samurai-Mink alliance during the assault on Onigashima and even spoke about his intention to join the Straw Hat crew after the confrontation was over, to venture out into the seas, just like that. his hero Oden did. In addition, there is a very interesting fact regarding Yamato, and that is that Eiichiro Oda, the creator of One Piece, seems to have been inspired by a very important figure in Japanese culture, Yamato Takeru no Mikoto, to create this beloved character..
On the other hand, also Could there be a connection between Yamato’s devil fruit, the Inu Inu no Mi: Oguchi-no-Makami model, and Yamato Takeru’s story?. The Oguchi-no-Makami (whose meaning responds to “god with the big mouth”) is the personification of a Japanese wolf, worshiped as a guardian who dedicated herself to protecting people from evil (mainly forest fires or evildoers). ). Apparently this cult started with Prince Yamato Takeru. When he got lost in the mountains, a white wolf guided him out of the forest, thus saving his life. In this way, the prince then built the first sanctuary dedicated to the wolf gods of the mountain, in gratitude to the animal that had rescued him.
And, by the way, in the One Piece series, Kaido states that the Makami is the guardian deity of Wano.and Yamato’s mission is to protect that land and free it from the power his father has wielded.
In this way, the relationship between the Yamato of One Piece and their historical counterpart show us that the main inspiration of Eiichiro Oda is based on multiple elements of Japanese culture. From the pirates to the folkloric details in its animation, this masterpiece has an incredible setting, which encourages the funniest adventures of the crew. The One Piece fan community can’t wait for Yamato to join the Straw Hat crew and fulfill his destiny as a hero.
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