Lord of the Coast

Lord of the Coast

The Lord of the Coast is a Sea King that inhabits the waters of Dawn Island, typically near Foosha Village. He is classified as a Type C creature, “Big Savage”.

Appearance

The Lord of the Coast is fairly small in size compared to other Sea Kings. However, he is still large enough to swallow a grown man whole.

His appearance is similar to a large oversized brown eel with red eyes and blue fins. These eyes become bloodshot and the pupils turn catlike when it goes into a berserk frenzy.

Personality

The Lord of the Coast is very aggressive and fierce in nature, preying on humans on multiple occasions. In the creature classification, he is considered even more savage than a typical Sea King.

Abilities and Powers

Being a Sea King, the Lord of the Coast is naturally a very vicious and dangerous predator, as well as a powerful swimmer. His speed and strength in water are so great that even a famous and powerful pirate like Shanks had to sacrifice his arm to prevent the beast from devouring Luffy. However, his will is weak enough to be affected by Shanks’ Haoshoku Haki, having been intimidated by him. He was also defeated in one hit by the grown-up Luffy.

History


The following events are Non-Canon and therefore not considered part of the Canon story.


Past

When Luffy and Uta challenged each other on a paddle race in barrels, they reached towards a rock, but they actually encountered the Lord of the Coast and quickly began paddling away. The Lord of the Coast did not notice the two children as it was too busy eating a fish.


Concludes non-canon section.


East Blue Saga

Romance Dawn Arc

When the bandit Higuma kidnapped a seven-year-old Monkey D. Luffy and threw him into the sea, the Lord of the Coast was attracted by the noise, and quickly swallowed Higuma. He then tried to eat Luffy, but was intercepted by Shanks; while he managed to bite off Shanks’ left arm in the process, the veteran pirate’s sheer force of will intimidated him, and drove him to flee.

Ten years later, when Luffy left Foosha Village to start his journey as a pirate, the Lord of the Coast tried to eat him again, and was promptly knocked out with a Gomu Gomu no Pistol.

Major Battles

  • Lord of the Coast vs. Shanks
  • Lord of the Coast vs. Monkey D. Luffy

Anime and Manga Differences

Initially, the anime skipped Luffy’s “rematch” with the Lord of the Coast, as Luffy’s past was consigned to a flashback that was somewhat shorter than the corresponding manga chapter. However, the scene was adapted into both the anime’s first opening and Grand Battle! Rush!‘s opening cinematic.

The scene was finally adapted into the anime proper in Episode 504, and most subsequent adaptations of Luffy’s backstory (such as Episode 878). These usually choreograph the scene to be closer to the manga, with Luffy raising one foot in the air and holding his right arm with his left.

Translation and Dub Issues

The VIZ manga does not treat 近海の主 (Kinkai no nushi?) as a name or epithet, instead translating it as “our local sea monster”; the Funimation simulcast of the anime (as well as Shueisha’s English edition of the 7th popularity poll) follows this convention. The creature’s ‘official’ English name, Master of the Near Sea, has been established only by video games—first by the American-produced One Piece, and subsequently by the localization of One Piece Treasure Cruise. However, a newer unit in Treasure Cruise uses the label “Local Sea Monster”.

The live-action series is the first official content that uses the translation “Lord of the Coast“.

Merchandise

He was issued alongside Shanks and Luffy in a One Piece Block Figures set featuring the Straw Hats and their past mentors/loved ones.

Video Games

Playable Appearances

  • One Piece Treasure Cruise

Enemy Appearances

  • One Piece: Become the Pirate King!
  • Set Sail Pirate Crew!
  • Aim! The King of Belly
  • One Piece Bon! Bon! Journey!!

Non-Playable Appearances

  • Birth of Luffy’s Dream Pirate Crew!
  • One Piece: Grand Battle! Rush!
  • One Piece
  • One Piece Romance Dawn: The Dawn of the Adventure
  • One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4

Trivia

  • The Lord of the Coast was the first Sea King to be featured in the series. It is also the first Sea King to appear outside of the Grand Line.
  • In some older fan translations, he is identified as a “shark” rather than a Sea King (possibly in conflation with the original Romance Dawn, where his role was served by an ordinary shark). It should be noted that the term “Sea King” was not introduced until Chapter 92.
  • In Set Sail Pirate Crew!, Lord of the Coast is revealed to be a female Sea King and has four pink offspring. However, this is conflicts with canon sources.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 1 Chapter 1 (p. 49) and Episode 504, The Lord of the Coast is named by Luffy.
  2. 2.0 2.1 ‘ONE PIECE’ A-Z Guide: What is a Devil Fruit? – Netflix Tudum
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 1 Chapter 1 and Episode 4, The Lord of the Coast eats Higuma, as well as Shanks’ left arm. Ten years later, he is defeated by Luffy.
  4. Vivre Card – One Piece Visual Dictionary (EX Characters: East Blue Saga Vol. 1 #0027).
  5. SBS One Piece Manga — Vol. 87, https://one-piece.com/news/detail/20171102_6345/, Lord of the Coast’s birthday is revealed.
  6. One Piece Red: Grand Characters, The Lord of the Coast is explicitly identified as a Sea King.
  7. 7.0 7.1 One Piece Blue: Grand Data File (p. 88-89), classification of animals by dangerousness.
  8. One Piece Blue: Grand Data File, the relative size of the Lord of the Coast is discussed.
  9. One Piece Anime — Episode 1030.
  10. One Piece Anime — Episode 4, Luffy’s reminiscence of his past ends with Shanks bestowing his famed straw hat.
  11. See One Piece World Top 100’s East Blue section.
  12. One Piece Press Notes. Netflix.
  13. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 11 Chapter 92 and Episode 42, Sanji likens the enraged Arlong’s eyes to those of a Sea King; an image of the Lord of the Coast is offered as a point of comparison.

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