We’ve seen a few people hate Yamato, mostly because she’s a protected princess with a bland persona pretending to be Oden, and hating the possibility of her joining the crew since she first appeared. Let’s talk about these two points.
What does Yamato’s character look like?
Hard to say, because she always tries to imitate Oden. She is ready to risk her life, because she believes that Oden would have done it. She likes to fight, but so does Oden. Everything we know about her revolves around Oden. She however considers “Yamato” as her other name and didn’t like Luffy giving her a nickname. She wants to go to the sea because that’s what Oden used to do. We can only assume that we have seen part of the real Yamato (a bit naive, compassionate, horny, eccentric, fun, ambitious, strong) before she found the notes, in Ace’s flashback, and in her ways in Wano.
Why is she like this?
Yamato was Kaido’s prisoner (almost?) his whole life. There was no room for her to grow, no air to expand freely, no freedom to gain depth. His only straw in life was Oden’s notes, and later Ace to reinforce his attachment to the notes, while giving him a moment to wait: Ace’s return or Luffy’s arrival. Only when Kaido is defeated (now) will Yamato have the chance to shine and become more than the rather bland person that she used to be.
She couldn’t develop her character in the past because she wasn’t allowed to be herself. Getting beat up by her monster father when she tried to express her will didn’t really help. Nor did she grow up in a toxic environment where torture, slavery, war and the killing of innocents was just another Tuesday.. She had to hold on to those notes that gave her a glimmer of hope by presenting her with an alternative – fun adventures in a wonderful world that seemed so far from her suffocating bubble. It was a traumatized child’s way of dealing with his problems. Yamato couldn’t handle these problems, but you know who could? Oden. He was a chad and did things. He was willing to be a jerk for years to protect others. He laughed in pain. That’s what Yamato needed, so she became Oden so she could live this shitty life and start rebelling against her abusive father. She didn’t want to be Oden, she had to be.
Now that she can close this chapter of her life, she could find out who she really is. She’ll have to realize that the Yamato inside her can be as awesome as Oden, in her own way.. She will never be such a chad though.
So should she join the Straw Hats? Here are the pros and cons:
- She is extremely strong, just what our Yonko level team needed;
- Another Devil Fruit user, which makes the fights and pairings interesting;
- That’s the point of all his involvement with Ace;
- This has been his goal for more than half his life;
- Another race on Luffy’s ship;
- She’ll fit right in with the crew – she’ll be turned on by everything she sees, show Brook her panties, won’t understand Sanji’s antics, believe Usopp’s lies, confuse Chopper pretending to be Oden, s may train in Conqueror’s Haki with Zoro and blindly dash with Luffy.
- Joining the fleet is the catalyst for her to stop being Oden and start being Yamato
- If she’s Gloriosa’s daughter, we’ll have some great interactions once the Kuja join the Grand Fleet.
- Her Devil Fruit represents Wano’s tutelary deity as Kaido said, which ties her somewhat to Wano;
- Oden wanted to set sail, that’s why Yamato wanted him too, but what does the real Yamato really want? She will have to find out.
- She could just become a member of the Grand Fleet and protect Wano.