Bunbuku

Bunbuku

Bunbuku is a teapot owned by Tenguyama Hitetsu that was given life by “eating” the Inu Inu no Mi, Model: Tanuki.

Appearance

Bunbuku is a fairly big teapot adorned with dots around the middle. With its Devil Fruit transformation, it has a tanuki’s head where its spout should be, a striped tail replacing the handle on the opposite side, and it is supported by tanuki legs at the bottom. The sclera of its eyes are yellow in the manga, but white in the anime. It is always seen stood or seated on a large, flat, fleshy sack, which does not usually appear connected to it.

Personality

Bunbuku is typically extremely quiet and sedentary. However, it does seem to care for its owner’s ward Tama, as it expressed surprise upon hearing that she had gone far away.

Relationships

Hitetsu

Before eating the Inu Inu no Mi, Model: Tanuki, Bunbuku was carefully used as a teapot by Hitetsu. Due to Hitetsu’s esteem for it, they are close, and Bunbuku has been the swordsmith’s pet since it acquired its ability to transform into a tanuki.

Abilities and Powers

Being a teapot, Bunbuku is capable of storing tea and other liquids.

Devil Fruit

Main article: Inu Inu no Mi, Model: Tanuki

Bunbuku “ate” the Inu Inu no Mi, Model: Tanuki, a Zoan-type Devil Fruit that allows it to transform into a tanuki. This fruit caused Bunbuku to become a living creature.

History

Past

At some point, Bunbuku gained the powers of the Inu Inu no Mi, Model: Tanuki through unknown means, causing it to become alive.

Wano Country Arc

When Tama brought Monkey D. Luffy back to Tenguyama Hitetsu’s home in Amigasa Village, Bunbuku watched as Tama made and served Luffy all of her rice. After Tama fell ill, Bunbuku stood at her side.

After an injured Tama was returned, Bunbuku sat and watched as Hitetsu thanked Chopper and some of the minks for treating Tama.

After Tama, Kiku, Momonosuke, and Chopper left the village to go for a walk to Kuri Beach, Bunbuku listened as Hitetsu spoke to them through a Smart Tanishi.

Trivia

  • Its name comes from “Bunbuku Chagama,” a Japanese folktale about a tanuki that turns into a teapot.
  • It was revealed that Bunbuku appears seated on its own testicles. This is a reference to the large scrotum that is traditionally associated with the tanuki as a yokai.
  • Even though Bunbuku is originally a teapot, after “eating” the Inu Inu no Mi, Model: Tanuki, it cannot be used to boil water, as it will be hurt from the fire.
  • Bunbuku is the only canon Zoan-powered object so far who is not a weapon.
  • This character shares similarities with the non-canon character Pato, with both coincidentally being inanimate non-weapon objects that ate tanuki Zoan devil fruits, though Pato’s is one of a fictional monster rather than the real life animal.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 91 Chapter 911 (p. 14) and Episode 894, Bunbuku makes its debut.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 SBS One Piece Manga — Vol. 93, Bunbuku is first identified.
  3. One Piece Manga — Vol. 100 Chapter 1009 (p. 1-2).
  4. 4.0 4.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 93 Chapter 934 (p. 4) and Episode 929, Bunbuku listens to Hitetsu speak through a Smart Den Den Mushi.
  5. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 91 Chapter 912 (p. 8) and Episode 897, Bunbuku stands at an ill Tama’s side.
  6. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 92 Chapter 925 (p. 15-16) and Episode 918, Bunbuku watches as Hitetsu thanks Chopper for treating Tama.

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