Kazenbo

Kazenbo

Kazenbo was a flaming ghost-like entity created by Kurozumi Kanjuro, with the power of the Fude Fude no Mi, for the purpose of destroying Onigashima. It was created to symbolize the “burning hatred” (燃える怨念, moeru onnen?) of the Kurozumi Family against those who wronged them.

Appearance

Kazenbo was a massive ethereal being, having the ability to fluctuate in size to the point of taking up the entire height and width of large corridors. It started out transparent at the bottom, but became much darker and more opaque towards the top, where it possessed two glowing eyes. Large flames burned along its edges.

Personality

Kazenbo was the manifestation of the hatred of the Kurozumi Family, particularly the entity’s creator Kanjuro. While it started out doing nothing other than going to the location that Kanjuro intended for it, it did appear as though Kazenbo had a consciousness and personality of its own, as shown by its response to Yamato’s attacks. It was shown to have high reverence for Orochi, referring to him as “Orochi-sama”. Despite this reverence Kanzenbo did not follow Orochi’s orders to burn Hiyori, going towards and burning him instead, likely from reaching its limit.

Abilities and Powers

Being covered in flames, Kazenbo was capable of burning anything it comes into contact with. Due to its large size, it was very difficult to avoid and thus was capable of causing tremendous destruction in a short timespan. It was intangible and capable of passing through any solid object, particularly walls and floors. It appeared that Kazenbo could manipulate its shape at will, allowing it to generate appendages to aid in close combat.

Being made of flames, Kazenbo was vulnerable to ice attacks, as shown when it recoiled against Yamato’s strike. It also became substantially weakened when caught in a bomb’s explosion.

History

Wano Country Saga

Wano Country Arc

As Kurozumi Kanjuro laid dying on Onigashima, his relative Kurozumi Orochi contacted him to give one last “encore” in the Kurozumi Family’s story by creating a manifestation of their burning, unending hatred. Kanjuro thus drew and manifested Kazenbo with the power of the Fude Fude no Mi, and the entity was tasked with going to the Armory at the bottom of Kaidou’s fortress which would destroy all of Onigashima. Kazenbo moved freely through the fortress, setting fire to everything it touched and causing much of the structure to burn as a result. Upon arriving at the second basement level, it collided with the pair of CP0 agents who were chasing Nico Robin, inadvertently saving her.

Kazenbo made it to the Armory unopposed, but Yamato was able to get there at the same time and used his Mythical Zoan abilities to freeze the explosives, preventing Kazenbo from detonating them. Yamato then struck Kazenbo with an ice-powered kanabo attack, making it groan; Kazenbo then called out to Orochi as it manifested an arm-like appendage and hit Yamato with it. Big Mom then came crashing into the Armory unexpectedly through the ceiling, and detonated one of the bombs with her hand. Caught in the bomb’s explosion, much of Kazenbo’s form was destroyed.

The remaining wisp then ascended back through the castle to the Treasury, where Orochi was. When it emerged from the floor, Orochi commanded it to burn Kozuki Hiyori, but Kazenbo instead set the Shogun aflame.

Major Battles

  • Kazenbo vs. Yamato

Trivia

  • In Japanese mythology, the Kazenbo is a yokai in the form of a monk engulfed in flames. “Kazenbo” means “monk before the fire” in Japanese.
  • The appearance of Kazenbo is rather similar to that of the representation of Kanjuro during Orochi’s flashback when he was offered to eat his Devil Fruit.
  • It is hinted by Orochi himself that Kazenbo possesses Kanjuro’s soul.
    • This possibility can be supported by the fact that both Kanjuro and Kazenbo share the same voice.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 102 Chapter 1030 (p. 8-10) and Episodes 1055–1056, Kazenbo makes its debut.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 103 Chapter 1038 (p. 8-10) and Episode 1065, Kazenbo vs. Yamato.
  3. 3.0 3.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 103 Chapter 1040 (p. 9) and Episode 1067.
  4. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 102 Chapter 1032 (p. 4-6) and Episodes 1058–1059, Kazenbo burns the CP0 agents.
  5. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 103 Chapter 1044 (p. 9-10) and Episode 1071.
  6. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 96 Chapter 974 (p. 4-5) and Episode 976.

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