Kozuki Oden (光月おでん) was a Japanese fictional character, the son of the former shogun Kozuki Sukiyaki, the daimyo of Kuri in Wano Country and a member of the Kozuki Family. As the leader of the Nine Red Scabbards, he had a group of powerful samurai as his closest allies. Formerly, he was affiliated with the Roger Pirates and Whitebeard Pirates, holding the position of the 2nd Division Commander and a famous pirate in the renowned series One Piece, created by the editor and mangaka Eiichiro Oda. The anime adaptation by Toei Animation premiered in October 1999.
Kozuki Oden was born on 22 February (age 39 years; at the time of death) in the Flower Capital of the Wano Country (Kuri). His zodiac sign is Pisces and his blood type is F.
Oden was a naughty kid from a young age. Before turning one, he had already thrown his nurse. By age 2, he caught rabbits, and at 4, he took down a bear with a big stone. From age 6, he hung out in the Red-Light District and wasted the castle’s money. He drank alcohol by 8 and fought with gamblers. At 9, the yakuza banned him, so he set their casino on fire. By 10, after a big fight, he was caught because he nearly hurt someone badly. Oden was punished with hard work in the quarries. There, he did so well that he became the Chief Stonemason. After leaving prison, he wanted to help people in the Flower Capital during a drought. At 14, he changed the river’s path to the city, but it flooded the Capital. The authorities chased him, and Oden escaped to the sea but had to come back. At 15, while hiding, he took women from the Capital, and they chose to stay with him, forming a group. However, many people, including powerful samurai, tried to stop him, leading to a big fight called the Harem Revolt. The Hyogoro Family also got involved. For the next three years, Oden tried to go to the sea 38 times but always failed, even though he stayed alive. After getting exiled, Oden said,
Wahaha!! So I’m disowned, eh? Banished from the capital!! A laughable move, shogun!! All this means is that you, no, the Flower Capital itself – is unable to contain my greatness!! Disown away!! I shall cross to a new riverbank!! Wherever the sun sets, that shall be my bed.”
At 18, Oden cooked and ate Oden soup in the Flower Capital, using fire from a dead man named Katsuzo’s body. Katsuzo was Oden’s friend, and this was Oden’s way of remembering him. Later, when a Mountain God attacked the city, Oden learned from Kin’emon and Denjiro that they had the creature’s child. Oden took the small boar to distract the big one. When the creature attacked, Oden defeated it with one hit. Oden took the blame for the attack, even though it was Kin’emon’s fault. Because of this, Oden’s father kicked him out of the capital. Instead of being sad, Oden thought the city couldn’t handle him. Kin’emon and Denjiro started following him because of their admiration towards him.
Height (approx): 12’ 6″
Weight (approx): 280 kg
Hairstyle: Top cut
Hair Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Black
Oden belonged to the Kozuki clan. The Kozuki clan had ruled Wano Country for centuries. They had a long history of creating the poneglyphs about 800 years ago. The family is known for their craftsmanship, especially in stonemasonry. They played a significant role in history by making the Poneglyphs at the end of the Void Century and had a close relationship with the people of Zou’s Mokomo Dukedom.
Parents & Siblings
Kozuki Sukiyaki was the father of Oden. In his early years, Oden’s relationship with his father was strained and distant because of his rash and violent behaviour. When Oden was young, he often got into trouble, causing tension between him and his father, Sukiyaki. By 18, Sukiyaki was so upset that he sent a note disowning Oden. Oden wasn’t sad and felt his father just couldn’t handle him. However, after Oden improved Kuri’s situation, Sukiyaki proudly made him a leader there. Years later, they met and Sukiyaki praised Oden’s growth. Oden was sad when he thought his father died and wished he was there. He didn’t know that Sukiyaki was actually alive.
Wife & Children
Oden married Kozuki Toki during his adventures as a pirate in the Whitebeard crew. He deeply cared for his wife Toki. When they first met, he saved her from danger and chose to save her over a chance to join the Whitebeard Pirates. They quickly fell in love and started a family while travelling with pirate crews. When Toki got sick, Oden wanted to stay with her, but she urged him to chase his dreams. Later, when Toki was hurt, Oden got furious and wanted his revenge, even though Toki didn’t want him to risk himself. Through all the challenges, including Oden’s public humiliation, Toki remained supportive and loyal to Oden until the time of her death.
Oden had his first child, Kozuki Hiyori and later had a son, Kozuki Momonosuke. He deeply loved his children, Momonosuke and Hiyori. Even when facing dangers at sea, Oden and Toki always looked after them. After spending a year apart, Momonosuke showed great respect to his father when they met again. His death had a significant impact on both kids. Momonosuke is driven by a strong desire to avenge his father by defeating Kaidou (Kaido) and Orochi. Hiyori, proud of her heritage, holds her father in high regard. As a lasting memory, Oden left his favourite swords to his children.
Journey to reform the Kuri Town
After Oden left the capital, he went to live with Shimotsuki Yasuie in Hakumai. There, he met Orochi, who was a servant at the time. Yasuie scolded Oden for wandering around and not living up to his responsibilities. When Oden shared his dream of exploring the sea, Yasuie told him he should first become a good samurai. Oden heard about a troublemaker named Ashura Doji and went to Kuri, Wano’s most dangerous place. He had Kin’emon and Denjiro follow him to Kuri as well. They met Kikunojo, Izou, Kanjuro, and Raizo on the way. Oden fought all the bandits in Kuri by himself and won in just one night. He made Kuri a peaceful place by having the people build a village and creating a farm to feed them. Because of this, Oden became the leader of Kuri when he was 20. He made the friends he met on his journey and changed Ashura his closest supporter. Later, Oden helped Orochi by giving him money when he needed it.
About 33 Years ago from the ongoing timeline of Luffy’s adventure, Oden found Inuarashi, Nekomamushi, and Kawamatsu at Kuri Beach. People were mean to them, so Oden stepped in and saved them. After that, the three decided to join Oden and became his close friends. A few years later, Oden heard that his father was sick. So, he went to see him in the Flower Capital, even using the Mountain God to carry him there.
When he met his dad, Oden was happy to see he was okay. His dad was proud of him. Sadly, that was the last time they got to speak to each other. The same year, Oden found out about pirates at Itachi Port and rushed there. He met the Whitebeard Pirates and wanted to join them, but their leader, Edward Newgate, aka Whitebeard, rejected the request. Oden was stubborn and tried to prove himself by holding onto a chain on their ship for three days.
Almost at the end of the challenge, he heard a woman in danger and let go to save her from kidnappers on an island. Even though he failed the test, he still saved someone in need. The next day, Oden met the woman he saved, Toki. Later, they faced a threat from Karma and his crew, but Whitebeard stepped in and defeated Karma. Since Oden showed he cared about others, Whitebeard let him join the crew for an exciting journey. Once on the ship, Oden found out that Inuarashi and Nekomamushi had hidden there to be with him. Oden then had many adventures with Whitebeard and his crew.
While travelling, Oden wrote about his adventures in a logbook and visited many unknown places. He became famous and even got a bounty on his head. He was amazed by the world’s structure and the big government controlling it. During his travels, he got closer to Toki, married her, and they had a son named Momonosuke. As more people joined the crew, Whitebeard created five groups and made Oden the leader of the second group. Two years after that, Oden and Toki had a daughter named Hiyori. When the Whitebeard Pirates landed on an island, they met the Roger Pirates. Oden tried to take their treasure but was stopped by their captain, Gol D. Roger. Oden was amazed to see Roger and Whitebeard fighting. After three days of battling, both crews decided to stop fighting and call it a draw. They shared a good exchange of treasure loot and food to spend a good time as fellow pirates.
During a chat with the two captains, Oden told Roger he could read special stones called Poneglyphs. Hearing this, Roger told Oden about his dream to find the hidden island and become the Pirate King. Oden was very impressed. Roger then asked Oden to join him for a year to help find the island. Whitebeard didn’t want Oden to leave, but he respected Oden’s decision. Oden left Whitebeard’s crew with a heavy heart and joined Roger and his crew. Along with Inuarashi and Nekomamushi, Oden and his family joined the Roger Pirates and sailed to various places.
They visited Mock Town and then Skypiea, where Oden read a special stone message and left another message by Roger for the people to read in future. Then, they went to Water 7, where Oden invited a young boy named Cutty Flam to join them, but he said no. The crew then went to Fish-Man Island. There, Oden read two more stone messages and found out about a mermaid and an ancient weapon known as Poseidon. After a few days, Toki got sick, and they had to leave her and the kids in Wano. Oden felt something was wrong with Wano even before he saw it.
After that, they learned what Wano’s poneglyph message said. Oden and the crew reached Zou, an island with a unique feeling. There, they found the last Road Poneglyph, which had Oden’s family seal. This revealed a connection between Oden’s family and the Mink Tribe. Later, they found the last island in the New World and saw Joy Boy’s treasure. It made them laugh really hard, so they named the island “Laugh Tale.” Oden was thankful for his time with Roger. Although his crew wanted to help him open Wano’s borders, Oden wanted to do it with his close friends and by becoming the shogun of Wano.
End of a Journey and Homecoming
About 20 years ago as per Luffy’s timeline, Roger chose to break up his crew. Oden left Roger and went back to Wano. His friends dropped him off, and he said goodbye. When Oden got back, he met his family and close friends. He found out Orochi was the new leader of Wano and mistreated people with Kaidou’s help. He also learned that his family was in danger and his wife got hurt protecting their son. All this made him very angry and he told his friends to look after his family while he went to the main city.
Oden stormed into a castle, fought guards, and tried to attack Orochi. But a man named Semimaru blocked him with his devil fruit powers. Then, he faced off with Kaidou, and in order to stop the fight, Orochi offered a deal to Oden saying that, if Oden danced in the streets without clothes every week, he wouldn’t hurt the people. Wanting to keep people safe, Oden agreed. He did the same thing every week, which made people lose respect for him. Oden kept quiet about why he did it. A year later, he read in a newspaper that his old friend Roger had died. This news made him very emotional.
Two years after coming back, Oden jokingly asked Toki if she wanted a divorce, and she playfully asked if he was joking. Later, Oden visited Hyogoro and his wife. After three more years, he learned that Hyogoro was caught and his wife was killed for standing up to the enemies. As he got upset by that, Oden decided it was time to gather his team and face Kaidou. Before leaving, he gave Toki a letter. On their way to Onigashima, Oden and his team ran into Kaidou and his crew. Oden wondered how Kaidou knew they were coming, and Kaidou hinted at a possible spy. Kaidou made fun of Oden for being strong but kind-hearted. Still, Oden bravely fought against Kaidou’s forces.
During the fight, Shinobu joined Oden. The battle went on for a long time because Oden was much stronger than Kaidou had thought. Even after Kaidou used his powerful Blast Breath attack on Oden, Oden got up and managed to hurt and leave a mark on Kaidou using his Togen Totsuka move. Oden was about to win against Kaidou when Kurozumi Higurashi tricked him by pretending to be his son, Momonosuke, in danger. This distraction allowed Kaidou to defeat Oden. After the fight, to protect Shinobu, Oden said she wasn’t with him. Oden and his friends were captured and told they’d be boiled alive in three days. When Toki visited him in jail, Oden gave her his swords and asked her to give them to their kids.
On the day he was to be executed, Oden made a deal with Kaidou, that if he and his friends could survive boiling for an hour, they would be allowed to be set free. Oden bravely held up his friends above the boiling pot, keeping them safe. As people mocked Oden, Shinobu revealed that Oden had been dancing and acting foolish for five years to save them. Oden had been doing so because Orochi threatened to harm hundreds of Wano’s citizens unless Oden humiliated himself. So, to protect everyone, Oden chose public shame. Shinobu pointed out that the real fools were the people who laughed at Oden, not knowing his sacrifices for them.
After learning of Oden’s sacrifices, the people cheered him on as he braved the boiling pot. Despite the increasing heat, Oden held on, explaining the history of Wano’s closed borders and hinting at a future saviour after 800 years. He believed Orochi and Kaidou would still kill him, so he urged his retainers to open Wano for him. Oden survived the boiling, but Orochi ordered his shooting. Protecting his friends till the end, Oden threw them away from the danger. Before Kaidou shot him, Oden warned him about underestimating Wano’s samurai. Thinking of his loved ones, Oden faced his end with a smile.
After Oden’s death, the people of Wano grieved and his reputation was restored. Many wanted to rebel against Orochi and the Beasts Pirates in Oden’s name. Although Kaidou attacked Oden’s family, his children were saved as Toki sent Momonosuke and the others 20 years into the future, while Kawamatsu and Denjiro protected Hiyori. Kaidou’s son, Yamato, later found Oden’s journal. For 20 years, Orochi’s rule has shown Oden as a villain, saying he wanted to harm Wano, due to which supporting the Kozuki Family became a serious crime. Orochi was hailed as a hero for defeating Oden. Despite Orochi’s efforts to ruin Oden’s reputation, many citizens in Wano remained loyal to Oden because of his selfless acts. This loyalty extended to other leaders and yakuza, whom Orochi and Kaidou tried to silence through imprisonment or death. Even during the Fire Festival, people prayed for the Kozuki Family and hoped for an end to Kaidou and Orochi’s rule. Before his death, Oden tasked his allies with opening Wano’s borders. When sent to the future, Momonosuke and some of the Nine Red Scabbards, minus Denjiro, gathered supporters against Orochi and Kaidou. They formed alliances with the Straw Hat and Heart Pirates, and also recruited the minks from Zou, led by Inuarashi and Nekomamushi, to strengthen their forces.
Years after Oden’s death, Whitebeard learned about Kaidou killing Oden. But the Whitebeard Pirates didn’t seek revenge in Wano to avoid harming its citizens. Yamato greatly admired Oden and was heartbroken by his death. Finding Oden’s journal, Yamato treasured it and even adopted Oden’s style, aiming to fulfil his dream of reopening Wano’s borders. Oden’s daughter, Hiyori, gave her sword Enma to Zoro because she saw Oden’s spirit in Zoro’s sword skills. Zoro, like Oden, managed to scar Kaidou and played a vital role in the revolution by defeating the All-Star King, and helping to bring down the Beast Pirates. 20 years after Oden was killed, his follower Kanjuro, who was secretly working against him, created a fake Oden using his powers. He tried to trick the other followers by saying this “Oden” had travelled to the future. While some believed it, Ashura Doji and Raizo knew it wasn’t true. Kanjuro had put bombs on the fake Oden, hoping to destroy everyone. Ashura pushed the fake Oden away to save the others but died in the explosion. Later, Kanjuro pretended to be Oden to trick Momonosuke and his group. Even though Kikunojo realized it was fake, she couldn’t attack “Oden,” and Kanjuro hurt her. When he revealed himself, Kin’emon fought and defeated him. Eventually, Luffy defeated Kaidou and avenged Oden’s death. Orochi, another of Oden’s enemies, was killed by one of Kanjuro’s creations and then beheaded by Denjiro, marking the ending of Orochi’s reign.
Love Interest- Girlfriend
Oden fell in love with Kozuki Toki while travelling on the same pirate crew after saving her from a bunch of slavers. Later on, they got married and started their own family.
Inspired by/Based on
Kozuki Oden’s life was based on the traditional Japanese dish he was named after. It was his preferred meal, and his catchphrase “I am Oden, and I was born to boil,” also reflected the cooking process of the dish. His tragic execution by boiling and the hour-long agreement with Kaido echo the typical cooking duration for oden.
The director of One Piece, Eiichro Oda designed Oden to be known for his larger-than-life character, which sometimes led him into problematic situations but also made him memorable. He draws parallels with Susanoo-No-Mikoto, the Japanese storm god. Both possessed strong egos and faced exile due to their certain actions. Also, they even named their swords similarly and ultimately got redemption through noble acts.
Oda drew inspiration for Oden from multiple legendary figures. Like Heracles from Greek mythology, Oden was immensely strong from a young age and had a unique history. Some of his adventures resemble Heracles’ Twelve Labors. Both also sailed the seas and had fathers in leadership roles. Moreover, Oden’s dual-sword style links him to Miyamoto Musashi, a famed Japanese swordsman. Given the rich Japanese cultural references in the Wano Arc, it’s noticeable that Oda intentionally mirrored aspects of Musashi in Oden’s character.
The Wild Youth: Recklessness and Defiance in Oden’s Early Days
Kozuki Oden’s life was filled with ups and downs. Born in a rich family, he was wild when he was young but grew to be a wise leader. His trips outside Wano, meeting people like Whitebeard and Roger, changed him a lot. He learned from every adventure and the people he met. He faced hard choices, like dealing with bad guys like Orochi and Kaidou. These choices showed he was ready to be laughed at to help others. As he grew older, he tried to teach the younger people to keep his dream alive. No matter what, Oden always showed strength, honesty, and love for his home.
Acceptance of Responsibility: Embracing His Role as a Leader and Daimyo
Kozuki Oden’s journey from a rebellious youth to a respected leader is a testament to personal growth and the acceptance of responsibility. In his early days, his wild antics and disregard for tradition made many view him as a troublemaker. However, life’s adventures encounters with influential figures, and the weight of his family’s legacy slowly moulded him. The challenges and the realization of the larger threats facing Wano forced Oden to step up and embrace his role, not just as the heir to the Kozuki name, but as a protector of his people. His leadership was further solidified when he took control of the lawless land of Kuri, bringing order and peace. This evolution wasn’t just about duty; it was about Oden recognizing the impact of his actions on others and choosing to be a beacon of hope for Wano, even if it meant personal sacrifice.
Moral Dilemmas and Choices: Moments That Tested Oden’s Integrity
Kozuki Oden faced many tough choices in his life that tested his true character. One of the biggest was when he chose to dance in the streets, facing humiliation to protect his people from Orochi and Kaidou. Instead of fighting and risking the safety of Wano’s citizens, he bore the shame of keeping them safe. These moments showed Oden’s deep sense of duty and his willingness to put his people’s needs above his own pride. His choices were not always easy, but they always focused on the greater good for Wano and its people.
Wisdom Through Sacrifice: The Maturing Effects of Hard Choices
Kozuki Oden’s journey wasn’t just about bold adventures; it was deeply shaped by sacrifices he made for the greater good. Every tough decision he faced, from enduring public humiliation to risking his life, taught him valuable lessons about leadership. It wasn’t about personal pride or honour, but about what was best for the people he served. As he faced more challenges, Oden learned the true meaning of wisdom: it’s not just about knowledge, but also about understanding and making tough choices for the right reasons. His sacrifices not only protected his people but also carved a path for the future, making him a truly wise leader.
Legacy and Responsibility: Preparing the Next Generation
Kozuki Oden wasn’t just living for the present. He had a keen understanding that his actions would shape Wano’s future. Even in the face of adversity, he was always thinking ahead, nurturing the next generation to carry on his vision. Oden knew that true leadership meant preparing others to take the helm. He passed on his beliefs, dreams, and lessons to his retainers, children, and allies, ensuring that his spirit and mission lived on even after his time. His dedication to the future is evident in how characters like Momonosuke and the Nine Red Scabbards carried his ideals forward. Oden’s lasting legacy is a testament to his foresight and commitment to ensuring Wano’s bright future.
Oden’s Final Evolution: Reflections on a Life Filled with Challenge and Change
Kozuki Oden’s journey from a rebellious young man to a wise leader showcased a life full of twists, lessons, and personal growth. His early days, filled with misadventures and defiance, are far removed from his later years marked by selflessness and profound understanding. Each challenge he faced, from his travels with legendary pirates to the oppressive rule in Wano, brought a new layer of depth to his character. His final actions, steeped in sacrifice, capture the essence of his evolution: a man who prioritized his country and its people over his own pride. Reflecting on Oden’s life offers a holistic view of a character who constantly changed, learned, and ultimately, left an indelible mark on Wano and those he touched.
- Oden vs. Mountain God
- Oden vs. Bandits of Kuri
- Oden vs. Ashura Doji: This fight was only in the anime.
- Oden vs. Edward Newgate (Whitebeard)
- Oden vs. Karma
- Oden vs. Scopper Gaban
- Oden vs. Gol D. Roger
- Oden vs. Kaidou (Flower Capital)
- Oden, the Nine Red Scabbards, and Shinobu vs. Beasts Pirates
- Oden vs. Kaidou (Udon)
Some of the major victories in the life of Kozuki Oden are:
- Taking over Kuri town: One of Oden’s most significant victories was restoring order to Kuri, the most lawless region of Wano. He single-handedly defeated Ashura Doji, Kuri’s most feared criminal, and turned the lawless wasteland into a place worthy of being called home. His efforts here earned him the title of Daimyo of Kuri at 20.
- Facing Whitebeard and Joining His Crew: Oden clashed swords with the mighty Whitebeard, a true symbol of his strength and bravery. While his initial attempt to join Whitebeard’s crew was declined, his perseverance and act of saving Toki showcased his character, leading to Whitebeard eventually accepting him into his crew.
- The Battle with Kaidou: Arguably his most intense and personal battle, Oden took on the fearsome Beast Pirate captain, Kaidou. In this fierce confrontation, Oden inflicted a lasting scar on Kaidou, a mark that even the mighty Yonko would remember.
- Sailing with Roger: His collaboration with Gol D. Roger, the Pirate King, was another testament to Oden’s strength and importance. He played a crucial role in Roger’s journey to find Laugh Tale and the One Piece.
- Moral Choices and Sacrifices: While not a physical battle, Oden’s decision to dance naked in the streets of the Flower Capital every week to protect the citizens of Wano from Orochi and Kaidou’s wrath showcases his inner strength and dedication. This act of humiliation, done for the greater good, is a significant victory of character and spirit over adversity.
Kozuki Oden, despite his incredible strength and determination, faced a few setbacks and failures during his lifetime:
- Betrayed by a Retainer: One of the most heartbreaking betrayals for Oden was discovering that one of his trusted retainers, Kanjuro, had been operating as a spy for the Kurozumi Family their entire time together.
- Deception at the Hands of Orochi: Orochi, with the help of Kaidou and aided by his deceptive methods, managed to overthrow Oden and take control of Wano Country. Oden’s initial trust in Orochi and his inability to perceive the depth of his treachery was a significant failure.
- Falling for Kaidou’s lie: Oden’s final moments came when he was betrayed again during his execution. He made a deal with Kaidou to spare his retainers if he could endure being boiled alive for an hour. Oden successfully survived the ordeal, holding his retainers above the boiling oil. Yet, Orochi went back on his word, and Oden was killed without achieving his dream of opening Wano’s borders.
When Oden was 18, he met Kurozumi Orochi, who worked for Yasuie. Oden didn’t like Orochi, calling him weird. Even so, Oden would lend Orochi money, but Orochi never paid back. He did this because he felt bad for Orochi and remembered that he was close to Yasuie, but Orochi had secret plans. He wanted to take over Oden’s position and used Oden’s money to make weapons. When Oden came back from his travels, he found out Orochi was in charge and had hurt his wife and son. Oden was furious and tried to fight Orochi. But Orochi had powerful friends who stopped Oden. Orochi made Oden look foolish in public, and even though he promised Oden freedom if he survived a tough challenge, he broke that promise. After Oden died, Orochi told everyone that Oden was a bad guy.
Oden and Kaidou became enemies after Kaidou harmed Hyogoro and his family. When they met, Kaidou made fun of Oden for allowing himself to be humiliated. Oden didn’t care because he stood by his choices. Kaidou recognized Oden’s strength and used tricks to beat him. Even though Kaidou had promised to spare those who survived a dangerous challenge, he broke that promise. Before Oden’s death, Kaidou said sorry for the betrayal but also shared that he had taken care of the traitor.
Oden was part of both the Whitebeard Pirates and Roger Pirates, so he became a famous outlaw with a bounty. Even 20 years after his death, top Navy officers like Sengoku and Sakazuki still remembered him.
Kin’emon and Denjiro quickly became loyal to Oden after seeing him defeat the Mountain God. They were so dedicated that they argued over who was Oden’s first follower. While Oden didn’t initially want them around, he let them stay when they showed their loyalty by guarding his home. Izou, Kikunojo, Kanjuro, and Raizo were attracted to Oden because they faced hardships. Inuarashi, Nekomamushi, and Kawamatsu also became loyal to Oden after he protected them. Even though Oden didn’t ask for followers, he never turned them away.
Oden wanted his loyal followers to help him bring peace to Kuri. After Oden defeated Ashura Doji, a criminal, Ashura was impressed and started to follow Oden, grateful for bringing peace to his life. When Oden became a leader in Kuri, he made all these followers his main helpers because of their loyalty. They all felt that Oden had changed their lives for the better. When Yasuie told them to act like true samurai to support Oden better, they quickly learned and changed, surprising Oden with their dedication.
Oden’s followers were very loyal but weren’t afraid to speak their minds. They sometimes tried to stop him from making hasty decisions. Denjiro often stopped him from giving money to Orochi, and many didn’t want him to leave Wano to explore the world. Izou even tried to stop Oden from joining the Whitebeard Pirates but couldn’t. Inuarashi and Nekomamushi were different and they just wanted to be with Oden and secretly followed him on his adventures. When Oden was about to return to Wano, he saw that Izou was happy with the Whitebeard Pirates and let him stay. While the other followers were initially upset with Oden for leaving, they still respected him and welcomed him back when he returned.
Oden deeply loved his retainers. He went through extreme pain by being boiled in oil for an hour just to save them, even though he knew Kaidou and Orochi might not keep their word. He sacrificed himself, throwing his retainers away to safety when they were about to be shot. His nine followers were heartbroken, remembering how Oden had once saved them. They hurried to protect Oden’s family.
Oden was determined to join the Whitebeard Pirates when they visited Wano. Even though Whitebeard’s crew liked Oden, Whitebeard hesitated, thinking Oden wouldn’t follow orders. To prove himself, Oden held onto a chain attached to Whitebeard’s ship for three days. Even though he let go to save someone in danger, his brave act impressed Whitebeard, who then allowed Oden to join his crew. Oden quickly became close to the Whitebeard Pirates, with Whitebeard seeing him as a younger brother. When Roger wanted Oden to join him, Whitebeard didn’t like it. But Oden wanted the adventure and Whitebeard let him go. Even though Oden left, he and the Whitebeard Pirates parted on good terms. He never rejoined them, choosing to go back to Wano after his journey with Roger. After Oden’s death, the Whitebeard Pirates knew about it. They didn’t go to Wano for revenge to avoid hurting the people there. But Marco and Izou later joined the fight in Wano to honour Oden.
Gol D. Roger became interested in Oden after he joined Whitebeard’s crew because of Oden’s family’s ability to understand Poneglyphs. Years later, they met as rivals, but after a short battle, Oden decided to join Roger to help him with the Poneglyphs. At first, Roger’s crew was unsure about Oden. But soon, they accepted him, and Oden felt as close to them as he did with Whitebeard’s crew. When Roger ended their journey and left, Oden was very sad. The crew offered to help Oden with his mission in Wano, but he said no. They still took him back home. Later, when Oden heard about Roger’s death, he cried but was also proud of the legend Roger became.
Oden and Yasuie were close friends. When Oden was a young troublemaker, he lived with Yasuie, who hoped Oden would mature and become Wano’s leader. Yasuie was proud when Oden brought peace to a troubled region of Wano. Later, when Orochi took power and made Oden look bad, Yasuie still supported and believed in him. Oden even trusted Yasuie to look after his family when he faced Kaidou. Even 20 years after Oden’s death, Yasuie remained loyal and even sacrificed his life to support Oden’s cause.
Oden and the yakuza leader, Hyogoro, became good friends during Orochi’s time as shogun. Even when Oden was made to look bad in public, Hyogoro and his family still respected him. Hyogoro didn’t like Orochi and was loyal to Oden. But when Hyogoro was taken and his family hurt, Oden was very angry and wanted to get revenge.
As a young man, Oden often got into trouble in Wano, especially when he took women to the mountains to create a group. Most men disliked him, but many women were drawn to him. When he returned to the Flower Capital at 18, it caused a stir. Later, even when he became a leader, people still saw him and his team as troublemakers. Yet, they started liking him when he showed up looking dignified. They hoped he would become the main leader instead of Orochi. But Orochi tricked Oden. He made him act silly in public every week to save the citizens. Without knowing the truth, the people started disliking Oden. It was only during Oden’s final moments that they learned the truth, felt guilty, and cheered for him. After Oden’s death, Orochi tried to paint him as a bad person. But most people didn’t believe it and secretly hoped for Oden’s family to return and fix everything.
Oden was bold, confident, and did things his own way. In his younger days, he often acted without thinking, like fighting when drunk, causing chaos in a casino, and even kidnapping women to have them around him. As a child, he had a habit of spending money in places he shouldn’t, and by 15, he had many women around him. But as he grew up, he stopped behaving this way. He loved fighting and wasn’t afraid of the results. Many men didn’t like his behaviour, but many women were drawn to him. Even the women he took seemed to like staying with him and never tried to run away. Oden was someone who always tried to do right by people, but his methods were often unconventional and rash. For instance, he once tried to solve a drought by redirecting a river, but it ended up flooding the city. When a Mountain God threatened the Flower Capital, Oden swiftly intervened and even took the blame for someone else’s mistake. He had a big heart and often acted in unique ways, like cooking soup over a friend’s ashes to remember him. Unlike others in Wano, Oden didn’t stick to traditions and always chose to help in his own style, regardless of how others viewed him. Even when others blamed him, many were actually envious of his freedom to act outside Wano’s strict norms. After his exile, Oden channelled his energy into making Kuri a better place, achieving a lot in just two years. He has a MBTI personality type of ESTP person.
Oden had a unique hairstyle that formed a flat circle on top. He had a noticeable widow’s peak, triangular sideburns, and sharp, black eyes. There were distinctive marks near the corners of his eyes, and his eyebrows were arched. His eyes had a by red eyeliner Even as a young teenager, he resembled a mature man. Journeying with the Roger Pirates, he earned three scars, on his leg, arm, and chest. In the years leading to his end, he grew a small beard. Oden’s choice of dress was an orange kimono that showed off much of his legs, along with two yellow crescent moon symbols. Draped over his shoulders was a large purple and white nio-dasuki that sometimes he wore as a belt. He carried his swords, Enma and Ame no Habakiri, on his left side, secured with an obi belt. Occasionally, while enjoying time with the Whitebeard Pirates, he wore a light shirt and dark trousers.
Oden was a respected leader in Kuri and held significant influence there until his death. He was also a notable figure among pirates, having served in both the Whitebeard and Roger Pirates, two of the most powerful crews. This made him a significant figure in the pirate world. Even years after his death, Whitebeard kept Oden’s position in the crew vacant, highlighting his importance. When Ace became the 2nd Division Commander, Whitebeard mentioned Oden’s significance and warned Ace about challenging Kaidou, whom Oden couldn’t defeat. Oden was famously known as one of the top fighters in the world, with even the formidable Kaidou mentioning him in the same breath as legendary pirates like Whitebeard, Shanks, Roger, and Rocks D. Xebec. His influence wasn’t just limited to Wano, as even the Mink Tribe on Zou respected and revered him, with their leaders being part of his trusted group, the Nine Red Scabbards. What made Oden stand out was not just his strength but also his charismatic leadership. Despite his past battles with the Wano Yakuza, they rose against Orochi in his memory, showing the lasting impact of Oden’s legacy. His fighting abilities were clear from a young age. He faced and survived numerous clashes with skilled samurai and yakuza, and despite being on the radar of the law, he was caught only once. One of his most remarkable achievements was bringing peace to Kuri, a place notorious for its lawlessness. He took down the strong Ashura Doji and made the criminals of the region follow him, showcasing both his might and leadership. Before all this, Oden had also made a name for himself as a highly skilled labourer, quickly becoming a chief stonemason in a quarry.
Voice of All Things
Oden possessed a rare gift, the “Voice of All Things”, a talent he passed on to his son, Momonosuke. This ability allowed him to sense and understand entities without the need for communication in the conventional sense. For instance, during a journey to Fish-Man Island, he could hear the conversations of the Sea Kings. Similarly, near Zou, he sensed an unseen voice, and upon arriving there with the Roger Pirates, both he and Roger felt the presence of a powerful entity, thanks to this unique ability.
As a part of the Kozuki Family, Oden had the knowledge to read and write on Poneglyphs, passed down from his father. He was skilled in understanding the ancient script. Using this script, he engraved Roger’s message on the Shandorian Golden Belfry Bell. More importantly, he decoded various Poneglyphs for the Roger Pirates, including the vital Road Poneglyphs, which helped them find and sail to Laugh Tale.
Oden was great at making his favourite dish, the Oden hotpot. He often made it for his followers during their travels in Wano and with the Roger Pirates. He even used the heat from Katsuzo’s cremation to cook a pot of oden.
Oden was incredibly strong even as a baby, once throwing his nurse across a room. By age four, he took down a bear with a large rock. As an adult, Oden could handle a giant fish he caught, and his sword skills were so good that he could go head-to-head with Whitebeard and his famous sword. He didn’t even flinch holding a hot pot with his bare hands. He was super fast too and he could catch animals easily as a child and move across places swiftly when he grew up. Oden could take a lot of hits and keep going. He battled the criminals of Kuri all night, even with arrows stuck in him, and won. Even after taking a direct hit from Whitebeard, he was okay. And, when he had to hang onto a chain for three days in the open sea, he only let go to save Toki. He recovered fast too and after a rough night, he’d bounce back the next day full of energy. Even powerful attacks from Roger and Kaidou couldn’t take him down easily. He was truly a force to be reckoned with. Oden showcased an incredible level of strength and resilience. Notably, he held up nine of his large retainers on a plank while being submerged in boiling oil for over an hour, a feat that would kill a normal person in mere seconds. Even with the temperature soaring beyond 700 degrees, he held on. While he was near the end of his limits, he still had enough strength left to throw his retainers to safety. However, even with his extraordinary endurance, the ordeal took a toll, with Kaidou pointing out that Oden had reached his physical limit.
Swordsmanship: Oden Nitoryu
Oden was a master swordsman with a unique style he called Oden Nitoryu or Oden Two-Sword Style. He wielded the famous blades, Enma and Ame no Habakiri. His claim that his style was the strongest wasn’t just a false claim, but it was the only style that inflicted a deep wound on the mighty Kaidou. His fighting style truly stood out as one of the most formidable. Even as a child, Oden possessed a great level of skill. At just 9 years old, he battled against the entire Yakuza, holding his own until age 10 when he was arrested for nearly killing someone. When he was 18, he displayed his prowess by slashing a massive beast known as the Mountain God in half with a single blow. Also, he did this without killing the beast or any of the citizens it had swallowed. Oda mentioned in an SBS volume that Oden’s attack on the Mountain God was so sharp and accurate that the split parts could be joined back. Oden was known for his strength. He took on the toughest fighters in a region, including Ashura Doji (equal to 100 men in combat), and beat them all after a night-long battle. He stood toe-to-toe with Whitebeard, matching even his quake punch. On his journeys with the Whitebeard and Roger Pirates, Oden became even stronger.
When he fought Kaidou, Oden was the only one to ever scar him, even in his dragon form. However, he missed the chance to hit again because of a trick by Kurozumi Higurashi. Even two decades after Oden’s passing, Kaidou still regarded him as the most formidable samurai ever, doubting that anyone could ever match him. Oden was one of the rare individuals, including greats like Rocks D. Xebec, Gol D. Roger, Whitebeard, and Shanks, whom Kaidou considered his equals in combat. While Zoro managed to scar Kaidou years later, Kaidou seemed more concerned about Zoro’s ability to use Conqueror’s Haki than the injury itself. Oden’s scar on Kaidou was much larger and seemed to inflict more pain, reinforcing the vast difference in strength and skill between Oden and other great warriors like Zoro. Even after so long, Kaidou’s high regard for Oden’s power speaks volumes about his unparalleled abilities.
Some of his strongest attacks were:
- Togen Shirataki (Paradise White Waterfall): Oden had a strong sword move called Togen Shirataki. He would power up both his swords and slash with them together. He once used this to slice a huge beast named the Mountain God in two. But his cut was so neat that the beast didn’t die, and people inside it were fine. Oda, the creator, said that Oden’s cut was so perfect that the beast’s parts could join back. In the anime, when Oden uses this move, he powers up not just the blade, but the handle and his arms too. Also, this move uses a special power called Haoshoku Haki.
- Shimi Daikon (Great Spirit of Samurai): Oden powers up his swords with a special energy called Busoshoku Haki. Holding his swords crossed behind his head, he charges at the enemy. With a single move, he swings them down, releasing this energy. This makes his swords seem longer because of the energy extending from them.
- Gan Modoki (Gun Imitating Demon): Oden strengthens his swords using Busoshoku Haki, holds them crossed, and rushes forward. With this move, he easily cuts down multiple enemies. He even took down several of Roger Pirates’ members using this technique.
- Togen Totsuka (Paradise Ten Hands): Oden’s ultimate move involves strengthening his swords with advanced Busoshoku Haki and adding Haoshoku Haki. He then jumps at his target and delivers a powerful X-shaped cut. This attack was so fierce that it hurt Kaidou, a nearly indestructible beast, leaving a permanent scar. In the anime, along with his swords, Oden also hardens his arms when using this technique.
Oden was one of the rare individuals who could use all three Haki types. In Wano, he stood out because he could handle the sword Enma, which drains its user’s Haki. His dad, Kozuki Sukiyaki, said only Oden could control Enma. This surprised Zoro, who found the sword challenging due to the amount of Haki it took, while Oden used it with ease.
Oden had the ability to use Haoshoku Haki, often known as the “kingly” qualities. He mastered it to the point where he could make people pass out. When he first clashed with Edward Newgate 30 years ago, their Haki created a lightning-like effect and a shockwave. This was seen again in his clash against Kaidou. In the anime, there’s a scene where Oden made some of Kaidou’s men faint using this Haki. Ashura Doji referred to Luffy’s ability to make enemies pass out using Haoshoku Haki as “Oden’s special trick”, suggesting Oden had displayed this ability before, even if the exact moment isn’t mentioned.
Oden was a master of Busoshoku Haki, known in Wano as “Ryuo”. He’s the only samurai who could handle the sword Enma, known for its tough Haki-draining ability. Even strong warriors like Kin’emon feared it. While Roronoa Zoro, another skilled swordsman and Haki user, struggled with Enma initially, Oden wielded it effortlessly. At 18, Oden’s use of Ryuo was seen when he was able to cut the huge Mountain God in half with a single strike. Later, in a clash with Edward Newgate, he held his own against one of the world’s most powerful swords, proving his mastery over Ryuo. His peak display of power was at 39, when he gave Kaidou, an almost indestructible dragon, a permanent scar. In comparison, Luffy’s attacks on Kaidou were not as effective. The anime depicts Oden using an advanced form of Busoshoku Haki, seen as a red flowing aura, during his fight with Ashura Doji.
Along with the other forms of Haki, Oden also possessed the Kenbunshoku Haki.
- Physical Power and Endurance: Oden had immense physical strength since his childhood. He demonstrated exceptional feats of endurance, such as going through boiling oil for an hour while supporting his nine retainers and taking powerful hits from some of the world’s strongest characters without much damage.
- Mastery in Swordsmanship: Oden was an extraordinarily skilled swordsman. He developed his unique two-sword style, which allowed him to leave a permanent scar on Kaidou and clash with legends like Whitebeard. His ability to wield the notorious Enma further emphasizes his mastery.
- Advanced Haki Abilities: Oden could utilize all three forms of Haki. His Haoshoku Haki was comparable to that of legendary figures, allowing him to emit powerful shockwaves in clashes. His mastery of Busoshoku Haki or “Ryuo” was unparalleled in Wano, enabling him to take on extremely powerful opponents.
- Charisma and Leadership: Beyond his combat skills, Oden was a natural leader. His charisma attracted many to his side, even those who initially opposed him. He inspired unwavering loyalty in his retainers and allies.
- Unyielding Spirit and Determination: Oden was incredibly determined, pursuing his goals without wavering, whether it was to join Whitebeard’s crew or to open the borders of Wano. He made numerous sacrifices for the greater good without concern for his reputation.
- Knowledge and Abilities: Oden had the rare ability to hear the “Voice of All Things”, and he could also read and inscribe the ancient Poneglyphs, a skill passed down in the Kozuki Family. This knowledge made him invaluable to the likes of Gol D. Roger in their quest for Laugh Tale.
- Resourcefulness and Creativity: From cooking to dealing with challenges in unconventional ways, Oden displayed unique ways to handle situations, proving his adaptability and innovative mindset.
- Moral Code and Compassion: Despite his reckless and often wild behaviour, Oden had a strong sense of justice and was compassionate. He often acted for the benefit of others, even if it meant personal sacrifice.
- Impulsiveness: Oden often acted on impulse without considering the potential consequences of his actions. Whether diverting a river into the city or challenging Whitebeard and Roger without a solid plan, his impulsive nature sometimes put him and others in precarious situations.
- Overconfidence: His immense strength and skills occasionally led him to underestimate situations or threats. This was evident when he was caught off-guard by Kurozumi Higurashi’s trick, which led to his eventual defeat against Kaidou.
- Honour and Trust: While his strong sense of honour was admirable, it also made him vulnerable. Oden’s trust in Orochi’s words that he would release his allies after he endured an hour in boiling oil is a prime example of this.
- Emotional Decision-making: His emotions often influenced his decisions. For example, when he learned about the capture of Hyogoro and the killing of Hyogoro’s men and wife, he immediately sought revenge without a well-thought-out plan.
- Reckless Bravery: While his courage was commendable, it sometimes bordered on recklessness. Oden would dive head-first into challenges without fully analyzing them, relying on his might and determination to see him through.
- Unconventional Morality: Oden’s sense of right and wrong was often unconventional. For instance, while he intended to honour his deceased friend, cooking a pot of oden over his cremated remains was a bizarre and offensive way to do so.
- Perceived Carelessness: Especially in his younger days, Oden’s actions, like forming harems or causing disruptions, made many view him as careless and irresponsible, affecting his image and reputation.
Oden had two special swords: Ame no Habakiri, which could supposedly cut the sky, and Enma, which could reach deep into the underworld. These swords were made by the best sword makers in Wano, Tenguyama Hitetsu and Shimotsuki Kozaburo. Enma is a challenging sword to handle. Just holding it for a bit could drain a regular Samurai’s energy, making them weak. However, Oden was able to master the sword, even though it took away a lot of Haki’s energy. Zoro, a strong swordsman, had difficulty with Enma as it pulled out his Haki energy unexpectedly. When Zoro saw how well Oden used Enma, he was very impressed, wondering how Oden managed it with such ease. Enma and Ame no Habakiri are special swords. They are the only weapons that have ever left a lasting mark on the almost indestructible Kaidou, causing a scar that no one else had given him. Two decades later, only Zoro managed to injure Kaidou in a similar way.
Tougen Totsuka: Oden’s ultimate attack, “Tougen Totsuka,” involved using his enhanced Ryuo to harden his swords before delivering a powerful X-shaped slash. This move has devastating power, evident when it caused Kaidou, an almost indestructible Mythical Zoan user, immense pain and left him with a lasting scar. This technique draws its name from the legendary Totsuka-no-Tsurugi swords in Japanese mythology, specifically referencing Ame no Habakiri. Different translations refer to it as “Paradise Totsuka” or “Oden Two-Sword Style Paradise Totsuka”.
Appearances in Popular Media
Oden appearance in the manga Chapter 920, “I Love Oden.”
He appeared in the anime in episode 910, “A Legendary Samurai – The Man Who Roger Admired!”
- Jumputi Heroes
- One Piece Treasure Cruise
- One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4 (DLC)
- One Piece Bounty Rush
- One Piece Bon! Bon! Journey!!
- One Piece: Burning Will
The Japanese voice actor of Oden was Hiroya Ishimaru and the English voice actor was Robbie Daymond.
- German: Morgenstern, Tommy
- French: Dacquin, Franck
Reviews and Receptions
The episodes featuring Oden have been a highlight in the One Piece series. This flashback arc, which ended in the later episodes, was truly special. Everyone grew fond of Oden quickly as they watched the Nine Red Scabbards come together, and saw Oden’s adventures with Whitebeard, and then with Roger to the end of the Grand Line. His sad return to Wano and his fight against Orochi and Kaido to save his homeland, ending in sacrifice, was deeply touching. Also, travelling with the prime Whitebeard and Roger, understanding the Nine Red Scabbards’ history, getting to know young Momo and Hiyori, and seeing Wano before its decline added depth to the series. Even after 24 years, One Piece keeps getting better and is gaining momentum. In the vast history of One Piece, deciding the top arc was always challenging, especially with classics like Arlong Park, Alabasta, and Marineford. However, the Wano Country Arc had shaped up to be one of the most notable. Toei had taken their animation to new heights for this arc, making it one of the most visually stunning parts of the series. The end of the episode, along with the nostalgic “to be continued” scene, was bound to be remembered alongside other unforgettable moments from the series. It stood out as a prime episode in a series that’s already seen as legendary: a definitive 10/10. 1
After years of sacrifice for Wano’s people, Oden faced his final challenge by enduring an execution by boiling oil. The citizens cheered for him when they learned of his sacrifices. Even after surviving, he was betrayed and faced execution by Kaidou. In his last moments, Oden told his closest followers to open Wano’s borders and protect its future. He bravely faced Kaidou, emphasizing the strength of Wano’s samurai. Despite Kaidou ending his life, Oden died smiling, thinking of his family and his beloved country. His last words before dying were,
Oden would’nt be Oden, if not boiled.”
- Food: Oden
- Activity: Exploring Islands
- Hobby: Writing Journals
- Drink: Sake
- Oden was often called by various names such as “Idiot Lord” (バカ殿, Bakatono, Fool of a Lord), Oden-sama, Lord Oden, Daimyo, Great Samurai, and Heir to the Shogun of Wano.
- In Episode 910 of the anime, there are extra scenes showing Oden’s past. He is seen fighting Kuri’s thugs using just his hands, easily beating Ashura without getting hurt, though the full story wasn’t shown in the manga at that time. Also, when Inuarashi remembered Oden protecting him and Nekomamushi, Oden didn’t fight the attackers but talked to them calmly.
- In the original story, after visiting Katsuzo’s cremation, Oden wandered around Wano with a straw in his mouth and talked to a man at a tower about a fire bell. But in the anime adaptation, they left out the details about the straw and the conversation with the tower man.
- Oden’s name and life were closely tied to the Japanese dish called “oden”. His catchphrase and even his tragic execution reflected the process of cooking this dish. His agreement with Kaidou to endure boiling for an hour was a nod to how long oden is typically cooked.
- In a fitting tribute, Oden shares his birthday with ‘National Oden Day’ in Japan, which falls on February 22. Also, the chapter of the manga 972, where Oden met his tragic end was also released on this date.
- Oden and Kaidou, who were arch-enemies, shared interesting parallels and differences. Both had been born 59 years prior to the main timeline and became fathers 28 years before Momonosuke and Yamato. Oden had aimed to explore the world and open Wano’s borders, while Kaidou, once a traveller, had later sought to dominate Wano and keep it isolated. Also, their children’s dreams were based on the opposite parent. Momonosuke, though he had been exposed to the world, had wished to rule Wano and align with Oden’s final wish. In contrast, Yamato, having been locked in Wano, dreamed of sailing the seas, much like a young Oden did. Additionally, Momonosuke had consumed a replica of Kaidou’s Devil Fruit, while Yamato had a desire to copy Oden’s identity.