Kumadori

Kumadori

Kumadori is an agent of CP0.

Before being instated into CP0, he was an agent of CP9 and one of the last agents to be introduced. He is the son of Kumadori Yamanbako and one of the few characters without a known first name. After CP9’s defeat at the hands of the Straw Hat Pirates, he and the rest of CP9 were dismissed by Spandam. For unexplained reasons, he was later reinstated and promoted to CP0.

He was one of the major antagonists during the Enies Lobby Arc.

Appearance

Kumadori is a very tall man, standing exactly twice Nami’s height pre-timeskip. He also has massive hands, a huge mane of pinkish hair, and a right eye that rarely seems to be open. His body positions (especially his penchant for holding one hand out in front of him) are also reminiscent of mie poses, and his vocal inflection is similar to that of kabuki actors. Also, in one of the covers of CP9’s Independent Report, Kumadori is shown to have four scars: two large ones on his torso and a pair of smaller ones on his left arm. Like other CP9 agents, he wears a black suit, black pants and a black shirt, but he also wore flip flops with green socks, a green tie, and hand guards covering the backs of his hands that were tied around his palm.

As a CP-0 agent, he wears the same suit but the only difference is the color being white.

In SBS Volume 44, Oda drew members of CP9 as children. Kumadori has been wearing his kabuki-style makeup since his youth and had his left eye closed instead of his right.

Personality

Kumadori is, overall, an eccentric character, perhaps the most within CP9. He seems to honor the samurai code of honor very heavily as he comically attempts to take his own life after dishonoring himself. As he accepts the blame for nearly anything, even the faults of others, this happens quite often in his appearances. Before he commits seppuku, however, he instinctively uses Tekkai, unintentionally saving his own life in a rather comical way. He thinks “real men” shouldn’t cry or give up, which is why he kept fighting, even when confronted against Chopper’s monster form. Kumadori also tried to keep Chopper from crying and from giving up because of his ideals.

He also seemed to be the most obedient and dutiful of the CP9 agents as he was the only one who intervened to help Spandam while he was attacked by Franky and knocked the cyborg away from his superior, though he also ironically sends Spandam crashing in the process, causing him more injuries.

Kumadori resembles a character in kabuki (traditional Japanese theater). He is a very loud character, and often punctuates his sentences with a loud, dramatic “YOYOI!!” He has a strange way of speaking, talks rather slowly and tends to repeat or draw out syllables and words in the manner of kabuki actors. He also has a penchant for spouting haiku, even during battles and at other inappropriate times. He often makes references to his “mother in heaven”, Kumadori Yamanbako, then begins to sob, even while fighting. Before killing his opponents he often asks them to visit his mother in afterlife and tell her that he is okay. He claims her “divine protection” is the reason for his failure at committing seppuku. However, according to Oda in SBS Volume 44, his mother is still alive.

Kumadori claims to be a sennin (仙人?, a type of hermit in Japanese folklore who can control even their body’s autonomic functions, as well as live forever), which explains his ability to suddenly gain or lose weight by controlling the digestion and absorption of food, and the ability to control his hair.

He was also fond of his fellow CP9 agents as he helped raise money to pay for Lucci’s treatment after his fight with Luffy and enjoyed spending time with his comrades at St. Poplar.

Abilities and Powers

Physical Abilities

As a full-fledged agent of CP9, Kumadori possesses great superhuman strength, with a Doriki of 810. His fighting style consists of combining his martial arts with his staff and bodily manipulation skills to increase versatility and destructive powers.

After two years, Kumadori grew stronger as the World Government saw fit to reinstate him and promote him to CP0.

Rokushiki

Main article: Rokushiki

Kumadori has mastered all six techniques of Rokushiki, having a Doriki of 810. He usually combines his skills with his staff and Seimei Kikan to increase versatility.

Seimei Kikan

Further information: Seimei Kikan

As a hermit, Kumadori can use Seimei Kikan to control his bodily functions to his desire. His main style of combat is to manipulate his hair to grasp his opponents or compress them into hands. He can also allow himself to digest food in an instant and losing all the excess weight at once.

Weapons

Kumadori wields a staff, known as a Khakkhara (錫杖, shakujō?, literally meaning “tin stick”), which he uses in conjunction with his Rokushiki. He can utilize his superhuman strength to stab the blunt end of the staff with tremendous force, capable of shattering stone.

He also carries a knife with a long blade and handle, strictly to commit hara-kiri with. The blade is quite resilient as it does not break when he instinctively uses Tekkai to protect himself from it.

Techniques

  • Shigan Cue (指銃 Qキュー, Shigan Kyū?, literally meaning “Finger Gun: Cue”): In this attack, Kumadori uses his blunt staff in the same way a finger is normally used in Shigan. The Q in the name is a reference to a pool cue, which is held in the same manner that Kumadori wields his staff. In the Viz Manga and Funimation dub, this is called Finger Pistol Q.
  • Shishi Kebab (獅子樺蕪 シシカバブ, Shishi Kababu?, literally meaning “Lion Kebab”): Kumadori heats up the tip of his staff (possibly by using friction with his superhuman strength) and creates a fireball on that tip. He can shoot these fireballs as projectiles at his opponent at fast speeds, as well as use them to boost the destructive power of his staff’s strikes. The name is a pun on lion (shishi) and shish kebab, which is a food made through a method similar to how the attack is performed. In the Viz Manga and Funimation dub, this is called Shishi Kabob.

Haki

Main article: Haki

Kumadori possesses the ability to use Busoshoku and Kenbunshoku Haki.

History

Past

Kumadori, Jabra, and Fukurou were given a mission to assassinate three leaders within the Revolutionary Army, but Fukurou leaked the plot to the town, so the CP9 agents were forced to kill 23 people.

Water 7 Saga

Enies Lobby Arc

When Kumadori, Jabra, and Fukurou met with Spandam on Enies Lobby, the chief chastised them for their blown mission. In apology, Kumadori bowed his head to the floor, lifting his feet up into the air, and attempted seppuku; however, he instinctively used Tekkai, blocking the stab and causing him to get depressed on how he cannot die, which prompted Jabra to yell at him to just die. The agents listened as Spandam received reports about Monkey D. Luffy and the Franky Family infiltrating the island.

Upon the reunion of all eight agents, Rob Lucci and Jabra began bickering, and Kumadori pleaded for them to stop. The agents then tested their strength on Fukurou, who ranked them based on Doriki. When Kalifa made fun of Spandam and kept claiming his actions to be sexual harassment, Kumadori stated how rude she was and decided to commit seppuku to atone on her behalf, but once again, he failed due to Tekkai, depressing him again and prompting him to wonder if his mother was keeping him alive.

The agents then sat down, and the prisoners, Nico Robin and Franky, were brought before them. When Franky leapt forward and bit Spandam’s head, Kumadori used his hair to slam Franky against the floor, separating the two men. The agents watched as Spandam punished Franky and Robin and revealed his plan to take the Straw Hat Pirates as prisoners and send them to Impel Down since the pirates had come to Enies Lobby. Spandam dismissed the agents to their rooms. Before they left, Spandam gave Kaku and Kalifa two Devil Fruits to eat; they were the first ones that Kumadori had ever seen.

Later, while Blueno was fighting Luffy, Jabra tried to dissuade Kaku and Kalifa from eating the fruits. Fukurou accused Jabra of fearing the pair growing stronger than him, and Kumadori pointed out that such jealousy stains a person’s name. They then watched as Kaku and Kalifa ate the fruits and reacted to the disgusting tastes.

After Luffy defeated Blueno, Spandam ordered the other agents to be summoned. After stopping Franky from escaping with Robin, the agents gathered atop of the tower and prepared to fight the Straw Hats, who all gathered atop the courthouse. Spandam ordered the agents to kill any Straw Hat that enters the tower, and they then witnessed the chief boasting about his ability to summon a Buster Call and Robin warning about such an action. The Straw Hats declared war against the World Government as the drawbridge lowered. When the drawbridge was stopped from completely lowering, Franky pulled out the blueprints for Pluton and incinerated them in front of the CP9 agents. The Rocketman then crashed out of the courthouse and into the tower, carrying Franky and the Straw Hats across the gap.

Spandam ordered the other agents to deal with the Straw Hats while he fled with Robin. The agents each took a key to a set of Seastone cuffs and went to different areas of the tower. Kumadori sat in the underground prison and encountered Nami. After binding her with his hair, he attempted to stab her with his staff, but she escaped by slipping her arms out of her jacket and fled to the first floor. Kumadori snuck up behind her and bound her again with his hair. He recited a poem while choking her and preparing to stab her. However, Tony Tony Chopper in Arm Point arrived and struck Kumadori across the face, knocking the agent into a wall and freeing Nami. Instead of fighting, the two pirates fled since Nami had already stolen the agent’s key.

After Sanji fell from above, Kumadori stood back up, so Chopper chose to face him while Nami left to fight Kalifa. When Kumadori tried to stop Nami, Chopper struck him in the torso.As their fight continued, Kumadori knocked Chopper through a wall into the pantry. Before Kumadori could finish off Chopper, the reindeer trapped him in the large refrigerator. When Franky ran out of energy, Chopper had to briefly open the refrigerator to grab various drinks, but Kumadori was unable to escape in time.

After consuming all of the food in the refrigerator, a fattened Kumadori broke out and then used Seimei Kikan to quickly digest and absorb the food, returning to his normal physique. When Chopper compared him to an octopus, Kumadori was insulted and insisted on being called a lion. When they resumed fighting, Kumadori repeatedly failed to bind and stab Chopper due to the reindeer’s ability to change size, but his Tekkai was too strong for Chopper to break. Kumadori then ignited the butt of his staff and managed to severely injure Chopper after the reindeer resorted to eating a second Rumble Ball and could not properly control his transformations. Kumadori shaped his hair into multiple hands and stabbed Chopper. Kumadori’s hair and staff continued stabbing Chopper as he struggled to enter the right form. When Chopper finally entered Arm Point, Kumadori tried to defend with Tekkai, but the reindeer’s attack broke through and heavily damaged Kumadori. However, the agent refused to fall and continued attacking the exhausted reindeer.

Kumadori then lifted Chopper up and tried to stab him one last time, but the reindeer slipped out and ate a third Rumble Ball, transforming into a giant monster, which frightened Kumadori. Kumadori moved to the monster’s back and tried to attack, but Chopper smacked him out of the air and repeatedly bashed him into the floor. Chopper then carried the bloodied and defeated Kumadori out to the balcony and threw him all the way to the square in front of the courthouse. The Marines there were surprised to find the unconscious CP9 agent.

CP9’s Independent Report

Despite the whole island being bombarded by the Buster Call, Kumadori and the other agents survived and gathered together amongst the ruins. After Blueno brought over Lucci and, along with Jabra, overheard that Spandam had scapegoated the agents, Kumadori carried an unconscious Lucci along the Sea Train tracks. Having arrived at St. Poplar, Kumadori and the others performed in the street to pay the medical fees for Lucci’s recovery. After paying for Lucci’s medical fees, they used the rest to buy clothes and other essentials. While shopping, Kumadori shared food with Hattori.

Later, Lucci was discharged from the hospital to general celebration. He seemed to enjoy himself as he and the other agents of CP9 went bowling, particularly when Kalifa used her explosive strength to smash the bowling ball through the wall (let alone the pins). However, the Candy Pirates appeared and began ransacking St. Poplar. Thus Kumadori, along with the rest of CP9, stopped their bowling match to save the kidnapped citizens by beating up the offending pirates. Lucci went too far and killed the captain, which shocked the onlookers, and CP9 realized they could not stay in the city anymore. However, a little girl gave Kalifa a flower to thank her for saving the town, with Kumadori, Fukurou, and Jabra frightened. Taking this gift and commandeering the Candy Pirates’ ship, they sailed back to their homeland.

Upon arrival, they watched the next generation of CP9 agents being trained. As they were watching, they found out the pursuers that Spandam sent had caught up with them. In order to protect their homeland from these people, the agents dealt with the Marines and then commandeered Very Good’s ship. During the fight, Lucci gave their former leader a message that they would come back for him someday. Before sailing off from their homeland, the agents planted the gifted flower on the shore of the island.

During the Timeskip

Sometime during the timeskip, Kumadori was reinstated as an agent of CP0.

Wano Country Saga

Wano Country Arc

On the fourth day of the Levely, four commanders of the Revolutionary Army attacked the Domain of the Gods. Kumadori and the other CP0 agents watched from outside the Celestial Dragon Gate as the two admirals, Fujitora and Ryokugyu, fought the revolutionaries inside the World Nobles’ residence.

Later, the CP0 agents captured Princess Nefertari Vivi and tied her up in a guest room in Pangaea Castle. While Jabra and Kalifa watched over the princess, Kumadori played cards with Blueno and Fukurou. When Wapol chewed through the wall in a panic and barreled through the room, the CP0 agents were confused at what just happened until they realized that Vivi had escaped.

Major Battles

  • Kumadori vs. Nami
  • Kumadori vs. Tony Tony Chopper
  • CP9 vs. Candy Pirates
  • CP9 vs. Very Good’s crew

Early Concepts

In One Piece Green: Secret Pieces it is revealed that the early concept of Kumadori looked nothing like what he is now. His name was also different; it was originally supposed to be Apollo (アポロ). His body build was not too different from the current version, but he looked more like a gorilla in terms of the body shape, and he had what appears to be face paintings. He somewhat resembles a train conductor with his outfit.

Merchandise

Video Games

Playable Appearances

  • One Py Berry Match
  • One Piece Treasure Cruise
  • One Piece Bon! Bon! Journey!!

Support Appearances

  • One Piece: Gear Spirit

Trivia

  • In SBS Volume 44, it is revealed that Kumadori’s mother is still alive. However, Kumadori does not seem to know this.
  • Kumadori’s first name remains unknown since with his mother’s introduction, “Kumadori” is revealed to be their family name.
  • Kumadori has a lion theme, due to his mane-like hair and several attacks containing “shishi”, or lion. He also tends to compare himself to a lion and gets angry when compared to other animals, such as an octopus.
  • In the 4th Weekly Shonen Jump Fan Poll to determine the most popular One Piece characters, Kumadori ranked at 122nd.
  • Kumadori’s name most likely comes from the Japanese word kumadori (隈取り, a type of makeup used for kabuki), as his features look very similar to those of kabuki actors in their makeup.
  • Kumadori’s staff is called Khakkhara. It was used by monks as a weapon and the rings were attached so that the jiggling-sound would scare away little animals, to make sure the monk would not accidentally kill them.
  • Kumadori’s favorite foods are sake and miso soup.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 39 Chapter 375 (p. 15-17) and Episode 264, Kumadori debuts alongside Jabra and Fukurou.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 One Piece Manga — Vol. 107 Chapter 1083 (p. 13), Kumadori is confirmed to be a member of CP0.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 39 Chapter 375 (p. 16) and Episode 264, Kumadori is introduced.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 Vivre Card – One Piece Visual Dictionary (Card #0406), Information about Kumadori is revealed.
  5. SBS One Piece Manga — Vol. 47 (p. 26), Kumadori’s age is revealed.
  6. One Piece Blue Deep: Characters World (p. 53), Kumadori’s birthday is revealed.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 40 Chapter 379 (p. 8) and Episode 266, The eight CP9 members’ individual Doriki levels are revealed.
  8. One Piece Manga — Vol. 51 Chapter 497, cover story: CP9’s Independent Report Vol. 7, Kumadori’s scars are shown.
  9. SBS One Piece Manga — Vol. 44 (p. 86), Kumadori is drawn as a child.
  10. 10.0 10.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 42 Chapter 406 and Episode 290, Kumadori battles Chopper.
  11. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 39–40 Chapters 376–378 and Episodes 264–266.
  12. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 40 Chapter 379 (p. 3-15) and Episodes 266–267, The whole of CP9 are reunited.
  13. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 40 Chapter 382 (p. 4-12, 14-16) and Episodes 268–269.
  14. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 40 Chapter 385 (p. 2-7) and Episode 271.
  15. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 40 Chapter 388 (p. 18) and Episode 273.
  16. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 41 Chapter 389 (p. 16-19) and Episode 274, Kumadori arrives with the remaining members of CP9 before commenting on Luffy’s presence.
  17. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 41 Chapter 390 and Episode 274.
  18. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 41 Chapter 391 (p. 6-13) and Episode 275.
  19. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 41 Chapter 398 and Episode 278.
  20. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 41 Chapter 399 and Episode 284.
  21. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 42 Chapter 400 and Episode 285.
  22. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 42 Chapter 402 (p. 16) and Episode 287.
  23. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 42 Chapter 403 (p. 8-16) and Episodes 287–288.
  24. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 42 Chapter 404 (p. 11-17) and Episode 288.
  25. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 42 Chapter 405 (p. 11) and Episode 289.
  26. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 42 Chapter 406 (p. 11-19) and Episode 290.
  27. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 42 Chapter 407 (p. 2-13) and Episode 290.
  28. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 42 Chapter 408 (p. 10-15) and Episode 293.
  29. One Piece Manga — Vol. 50 –Vol. 51 Chapters 491–497, cover story: CP9’s Independent Report Vol. 1-7.
  30. One Piece Manga — Vol. 51 –Vol. 52 Chapters 502–504, cover story: CP9’s Independent Report Vol. 12-13, Kumadori and the other CP9 agents rest awhile while Lucci recovers.
  31. One Piece Manga — Vol. 52 Chapters 506–509, cover story: CP9’s Independent Report Vol. 15-17, CP9 celebrate Lucci’s recovery at a bowling alley but are interrupted.
  32. One Piece Manga — Vol. 52 –Vol. 53 Chapters 511–513, cover story: CP9’s Independent Report Vol. 19-21, CP9 save St. Poplar from the Candy Pirates.
  33. One Piece Manga — Vol. 53 Chapters 514–517, cover story: CP9’s Independent Report Vol. 22-24, CP9 decide to leave St. Poplar.
  34. One Piece Manga — Vol. 53 Chapters 518 and 519, cover story: CP9’s Independent Report Vol. 25-26, the agents sail back to their homeland and spy upon the next generation of CP9.
  35. One Piece Manga — Vol. 53 –Vol. 54 Chapters 521–528, cover story: CP9’s Independent Report Vol. 27-33, CP9 defeat their pursuers and leave their homeland.
  36. One Piece Manga — Vol. 107 Chapter 1085 (p. 14-17).

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