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Ex Admiral: Kuzan Aokiji

Aokiji One Piece

Also known as Aokiji known as the Blue Pheasant, Kuzan was part of the Three Admirals with Borsalino aka Kizaru aka the Yellow Monkey and Sakazuki aka Akainu at the time when Sengoku the Buddha was Admiral Commander-in-Chief of the Navy . While still just a Vice Admiral at the time of the Ohara Incident, he was the one who saved Nico Robin’s life.

As Admiral, Kuzan also played an important role in the Summit War at Marine Ford. In addition, he was a contender for the Navy’s highest post, Admiral Commander-in-Chief, after Sengoku’s resignation. For that, he had to face the other candidate, his colleague Admiral Akainu, but he lost this duel and withdrew from the Navy. Subsequently, he became a traveler who always strives to achieve his goal for Justice. We later learn that he has allied himself with the Blackbeard Pirates for some reason unknown to us.

Appearance of Kuzan

Appearance of Kuzan

Born on September 21, Kuzan was 47 years old before the ellipse and is now 49 years old. When he was still Vice Admiral, during the Ohara Incident which took place 20 years ago, Kuzan was dressed in a blue de Navy shirt that he partially unbuttoned. At the time, he also wore sunglasses and a navy blue cap. It was Nico Robin aka the Demonic Child  who first introduced this character, describing him as an Admiral and one of the three most powerful members of the Navy in addition to the Admiral Commander-in-Chief, Sengoku. Like his fellow Admirals, Aokiji is very tall. He overtakes every member of the Straw Hat Pirates, with the exception of Brook the Honeymoonerwho was not yet part of this crew when Monkey D. Luffy and his cronies met Admiral Kuzan. It actually measures 2.98m.

Appearance of Aokiji

Before the two-year ellipse, he dressed in an indigo blue shirt over which he wore a sleeveless vest in white color and with blue buttons. His pants and his shoes were white. The whole thing was accompanied by a yellow tie and a night mask that he wore on his forehead. His overall appearance in no way suggests his admiral status or his overwhelming power. He also said to Usopp, the Sniper of the Mugiwarasnot to judge others by their appearance when he doubted that he was an Admiral of the Navy. After losing his fight against Akainu and leaving the Navy so as not to be under the latter’s orders, Kuzan opted for a padded blue coat to which he added a light blue cap as well as orange round glasses and a bag. Brown. On the one hand, he has large scars on his right arm due to his titanic duel against Sakazuki on Punk Hazard. On the other hand, thanks to his Devil Fruit, he was able to replace his lost left leg with an ice prosthesis.

Aokiji personality

Aokiji personality

Despite the fact that he has been an Admiral of the Navy with all the prestige and importance that this status confers on him, including the responsibility of representing the judiciary, Aokiji is not for all that a real bottleneck. train. He is often seen snoozing.  This is a relaxed and laid back character. Also, standing exhausts it, which may be due to its large size. He therefore prefers to sit, or even lie down on the ground and take a nap. Plus, he tends to want to flirt with every pretty girl he meets, like Nami did when he met the Straw Hat Pirates.for the first time, at the same time drawing Sanji’s on himself. Instead of the Absolute Justice advocated in particular by Akainu or the moderate Justice praised by Borsalino, Aokiji opts instead for a personal version that reflects his personality, in the style of a cushy Quiet Justice, cool, or even lazy justice. We understand that Kuzan is a real lazybone.

However, he is seen as a fairly nice person, unlike his colleague Sakazuki who is strict, taciturn, boring and whom he also calls an asshole. Furthermore, Aokiji comes across as someone who pays special attention to his friends. This can be seen in particular when he respected the wish of his deceased friend, the giant Haguar D. Sauro who was a former Vice-Admiral of the Navy., allowing Nico Robin to survive and go when the Buster Call destroys Ohara Island. Even though he’s a good-looking character with an easy conversation, he’s actually rather ambiguous. First of all, he is not the type to like to exert himself and represents what one could call the quiet force of the Navy. He usually obeys orders given to him, but he will never do more than necessary and he will even disobey if the order given goes against his moral values. And yet he is a very brilliant naval officer capable of freezing the sea in order to get around by bicycle. Even after leaving the Navy after the ellipse and his defeat to Akainu, his leitmotif remains the same,

The battles of Aokiji

Aokiji vs Whitebeard

Aokiji vs Whitebeard

The clash between these two very powerful figures took place during the Battle of Marine Ford. Indeed, on the one hand, there is Aokiji, Admiral of the Navy, therefore one of its four powerful members with the other two Admirals and the Admiral Commander-in-Chief. On the other side, we have the one who is known to be the Strongest Man in the World, a legendary pirate as well as one of the Four Emperors, Whitebeard . It just so happens that these two protagonists are the first to take action in this war. As for the pirates, it was Whitebeard who launched the “festivities” by throwing several tsunamis in the direction of the Navy.

And on the Navy side, the response was quick in the person of Aokiji leaping into the air and freezing the two huge waves with startling ease while the other Navy soldiers were all in a panic. Immediately after, the Admiral followed by an attack of spears made of ice on the Yonkô. However, the latter destroyed them, with great ease as well, just by shattering the air. Because of this very powerful blow, Aokiji fell into the water and froze the entire bay, creating an area suitable for combat.

A little later in the battle, as Edward Newgate prepares to launch another phenomenal attack, Aokiji blocked him by freezing him in a giant ice coffin. However, Whitebeard blew the block of ice into a thousand pieces using vibrations. Aokiji then leapt into the air again and when he was close to Whitebeard to attack him, he was stabbed right through by the Emperor with his Bisento, the Murakumogiri who is a Saijo Ô Wazamono, the ‘one of the 12 Meito. The Marines couldn’t believe their eyes and panicked thinking that the Admiral was killed, but the latter told them not to be idiots and began to freeze the Whitebeard Naginata. At the same time, he again created ice spears with which he would complete the Yonko. But that’s when Diamond Joz hit him with his diamond-covered left shoulder, which knocked him away and shattered him to pieces. Being made of ice, Aokiji was able to reconstitute himself, but his fight with Whitebeard ended there.

Aokiji vs Doflamingo

Aokiji vs Doflamingo

This event takes place in the Punk Hazard Arc after former Admiral Aokiji decides to travel to Punk Hazard Island. He disembarks there some time after the events that took place between the brilliant, but scientific psychopath Caesar Clown, the Straw Hat Pirates, Trafalgar D. Law, Smoker and the G-5 naval base . At one point, Don Quixote Doflamingo attacked Smoker as well as the Marines accompanying him. The King of Dressrosa wanted to know where the Mugiwara were and as Smoker refused to tell him, the two clashed.

Unfortunately, Smoker quickly lost the fight and was about to be killed by the Corsair Captain. It was just as the fatal blow was about to be struck that Kuzan suddenly appeared behind Smoker’s back. He stopped Doflamingo’s fatal gesture on the fly just by uttering his recurring expression: “Arara” which means “Oh, my” . Indeed, Doflamingo immediately recognized the voice of the ancient and very powerful Admiral Aokiji. The latter then asked him to move away from Smoker whom he revealed to be an old friend of his. Then follows a long gaze challenge between the two characters. And, despite everything, Doflamingo smiled and decided to execute Smoker anyway, but in a flash, Kuzan froze him in place. However,  broke the ice that was holding him back and turned to face Aokiji. The two protagonists then defy each other again for a good while until Doflamingo decides to leave and not to face Aokiji having nothing to gain from it.

Kuzan skills

Kuzan skills

As an Admiral of the Navy, Kuzan was what can be considered one of the most powerful characters in One Piece. He participated in the stability of the world since he was a member of one of the organizations making up the Three Great Powers, namely the Naval Headquarters  in addition to the Seven Corsairs  and the Four Emperors . He also had the prerogative to order a Buster Call which is a total destruction operation unleashed through a Golden Snailophone.

The fact that Sengoku nominated and supported him to succeed him as Admiral Commander-in-Chief demonstrates that he has substantial skills. Note that he was able to master Monkey D. Luffy and the other Mugiwaras on his own and with great ease . In addition, each time Nico Robin crosses the path of Aokiji, she always loses her footing and is seized with a great panic, which moreover happens to her very rarely even in perilous situations, which proves the level reputation of this Admiral.

One of Kuzan’s notable skills is that he is an experienced sailor. Indeed, he was able to sail on the Grand Line or the Route of all Perils using a bicycle.  After the ellipse, he did the same thing but on the back of a penguin this time. In addition to his former rank in the Navy, his power is measured by his ability to face very powerful figures such as Diamond Joz, the former Commander of the Whitebeard Third Fleet. It turns out that he could even have beaten Edward Newgate aka the Yonko Whitebeard .

It also seems that he has very high speed as well as stealth skills as he was able to sneak behind the back of King of Dressrosa without him noticing until the moment when he revealed his presence to her. He was also able to fight his colleague Admiral Akainu in a titanic duel which lasted ten days and caused permanent and irreversible damage on the island of Punk Hazard. Having been an essential asset for the Navy, its abandonment had a very negative impact within this military force.

Apart from all this and his abilities powers linked to his Devil Fruit , Aokiji also has extraordinary physical abilities. According to Haguar D. Sauro, Kuzan’s physical strength was out of the ordinary even before he was promoted to Admiral. He was notably able to counter the simultaneous attacks of Luffy, Zoro as well as Sanji, and that without suffering the slightest damage. He even came out unscathed and uninjured after being kicked infused with Armament Haki from Marco the Phoenix .

It has also been seen jumping from great heights in fractions of a second in an attempt to freeze tsunamis caused by Whitebeard. His sense of hearing is also highly developed as he was able to hear what was going on under the ocean before the start of the Summit War. And, at the end of the great battle of Marine Ford, we see that he escaped unscathed. Finally, like all senior officers of the Navy (Vice-Admirals and Admirals), Kuzan masters the Haki. This is particularly the case with the  Busoshoku no Haki or Haki of the Armament which he used against Joz as well as Marco during the battle of Marine Ford. He also knows how to master the Kenbunshoku no Haki or Haki of Observation .

Devil Fruit: Hie Hie no Mi

Devil Fruit: Hie Hie no Mi

Aokiji is the holder of the Hie Hie no Mi which is a Logia type Devil Fruit. Called in French Givro-Fruit, this one gives its user the ability to create ice, to manipulate it or even to become ice himself, which makes him the Ice-Man. Indeed, Kuzan is able to freeze absolutely everything he touches such as water and even the sea for several kilometers in order to be able to move there by bike. The layer of ice created can remain as it is for a whole week. However, the Hie Hie no Mi is mostly used for combat as its user has the ability to not only create ice weapons just with blades of grass they blast on, but also freeze opponents just by hitting them. It immobilizes them, makes their bodies vulnerable and puts them at its mercy. Another advantage of this Devil Fruit is that physical attacks do not have no impact on its user. In the event that the opponent breaks it, it suffices to reconstitute itself since it is made up of ice.

The power of this Devil Fruit is such that half of an island has been transformed into an icy desert and the climate has changed following the clash between Aokiji and Akainu for the post of Admiral Commander-in-Chief of the Navy. Her power is vastly superior to that of the Harpy Woman Monet aka the Snow Woman Yuki Yuki no Mi.since the temperature of ice is much lower than that of snow.  Indeed, the cold given off by ice is similar to that of liquid nitrogen which is – 195.79 ° Celsius. This cold is so intense that it is able to freeze metal and modify its physical structure as well as its solidity. Aokiji has the ability to build up enough ice to freeze people, like Nico Robin or Whitebeard, a Giant and even a Sea King, those sea monsters who are much larger and majestic than other sea monsters. It even managed to freeze the tsunamis caused by the Yonkô Barbe Blanche, whose height was greater than that of the Marine Headquarters at Marine Ford.

Hie Hie no Mi from Aokiji

Despite the great power of the powers of the Hie Hie no Mi, this Devil Fruit comes with some weaknesses. On the one hand, it is not very effective against pyrokinetic powers as fire seems to be able to neutralize ice. This was particularly the case against the abilities of the Mera Mera no Mi of Portgas D. Ace aka Ace of the Silver Fists  and Admiral Akainu was able to melt the Aokiji ice in a very short time at the using his fruit from the lava demon. In addition, Aokiji is weaker when in hot places such as a desert for example. It also appears that the ice is powerless against the tremors emitted by Whitebeard since,, the latter managed to free himself after being frozen by Admiral Aokiji. It is important to note that of all the Logia-type Devil Fruits, the Hie Hie no Mi is one of the only ones that the user can be hit by physical attacks. Indeed, unlike the other Logia types known to date and which are intangible (smoke, sand, lightning, fire, darkness, etc.), ice is water in a solid state. On the other hand, as we have seen previously, the majority of attacks have no repercussions on the user of this Devil Fruit.

History of Kuzan

The origins

History of Kuzan

Kuzan was already known 27 years ago before the events narrated in the One Piece series at the same time as the famous Battle of Ed War raged between the Pirates Roger Pirates and the immense fleet of Shiki the Lion of Gold. He was seen at Marine Ford alongside the other Vice-Admirals Haguar D. Sauro, Sakazuki alias Akainu, Tsuru alias The Great Tactician and Monkey D. Garp alias the Navy Hero congratulating the latter for saying no to his appointment to the rank of Admiral. Subsequently, 22 years before the ellipse, he was one of the Vice Admirals who led the Buster Call against the island of Ohara. He is the one who must have killed his own friend Haguar D. Sauro for having revolted against the Navy. However, in honor for the memory of his friend, he respected his will to save Nico Robin’s life.who was only a child at the time and helped him escape the island illegally. On the other hand, he had warned her that he was not her ally and that if she did something reprehensible, he would be the first to come and capture her. And subsequently, Kuzan seems to regret his gesture since Robin has become someone too dangerous and who requires his intervention.

Meeting with the Straw Hat Pirates

Meeting with the Straw Hat Pirates

Indeed, Admiral Aokiji aka the Blue Pheasant first met the Mugiwaras crew on an unnamed island. Having known that he was an Admiral of the Navy and that at the mere sight of him, Nico Robin was shaking like a leaf, Luffy and his friends thought he wanted to harm her or capture her. So they wanted to do battle with him when he said he was just going for a walk. In fact, he especially wanted to see what happened to Nico Robin, the young girl he had saved once, and Luffy, the grandson of Garp the Hero., with his own eyes.  After coming to the aid of shipwreck survivors together, Kuzan and the Mugiwaras sympathized. However, things escalated when Kuzan stated that their crew was sure to become a problem quickly and that it might be better if they died right now.

Then began a clash between them during which he neutralized in a single blow Zoro, Sanji and Luffy. He then froze Nico Robin entirely, threw Nami to the ground then also froze Luffy, but saved his life because the latter had taken charge of Crocodile in his place. Knowing that Luffy and his crew would then make their way to Water Seven, Kuzan warned Spandam, the leader of CP9 or Cipher Pol. 9of their imminent arrival. He also allowed the latter to use a Buster Call to force Nico Robin to surrender. After the Mugiwaras with the help of the Franky Family and Galley-la Company foremen defeated CP9 and save Robin as Enies Lobby aka Judicial Island was destroyed by the Buster Call, the Blue Pheasant decided to leave Robin quiet since she had changed and found her place.

The Battle of Marine Ford

The Battle of Marine Ford

As Navy Admiral, Kuzan was present during the Ford Navy Summit War in 1522 alongside the other two Admirals in front of the execution platform planned for Portgas D. Ace. He was also the first on the Navy side to intervene in this legendary battle when he stopped the very first attack launched by Whitebeard on Marine Ford, namely two gigantic tsunamis that he simply froze. Then he froze the bay to allow the two groups to confront each other. During this battle, he will freeze Baggy the Clown aka the Thousand Piece Clown.as well as other escaped prisoners from Impel Down Underwater Prison. Following Sengoku’s orders, he also took care of freezing the Video Snailphones so that events would no longer be broadcast to the world after false information that Whitebeard had betrayed his allies was spread.

He also tried to stop Luffy in his race to save Ace, but the latter was protected by Marco the Phoenix on the orders of his captain, the Strongest Man in the World.. He then used his Haki in conjunction with Borsalino and Akainu to stop the shock wave unleashed by Whitebeard and targeting the scaffold. He also tried to confine the Emperor inside a huge block of ice, but in vain since the latter managed to escape by making him explode thanks to his tremors. Having become involved in his clash against Whitebeard, Diamond Joz was completely frozen and lost his right arm in the process. He also wanted to stop Ace who was freed by Luffy, but due to Ace’s Devil Fruit powers opposing his (fire against ice), his attempt was unsuccessful. In order to prevent the pirates from escaping aboard their ships, Kuzan once again froze Marine Ford’s bay. At the end of hostilities, he tried to freeze the submarine fromTrafalgar D. Water Law aka the Death Surgeon  in which Luffy was evacuated, but he and Borsalino failed with his light lasers.

Punk hazard

Punk hazard

After this war, Sengoku resigned his post of Admiral Commander-in-Chief of the Navy and recommended Admiral Aokiji to succeed him. However, the Five Elders or the Council of the Five Elders on  their side wanted Admiral Akainu to inherit the post. Then ensued a bloody clash between the two Admirals on the Isle of Punk Hazard to determine who will occupy the post. It was finally Akainu who won the duel after 10 days of fighting and who was promoted. As for Kuzan, he left the Navy not wanting to be under Sakazuki’s orders. We see him again in the Punk Hazard Arc when he saved the life of his friend, Vice-Admiral Smoker aka the White Hunter , whom Don Quixote Doflamingo is trying to kill.

He froze the latter to prevent it, but not to the bones or the heart so as not to kill him. Following this and after the departure of Doflamingo, Aokiji asked Smoker to request from Sakazuki the deployment of the Admirals to find and monitor Doflamingo, because it could become the next major problem of the new Admiral Commander-in-Chief since his appointment. This is how we learn the new role of Kuzan, namely a traveler who always pursues the same objective, Justice, but this time in an unofficial way. It is also during this event that we discover the new pet of the former Admiral who responds to the name Camel and who is a Super-Penguin .  Like his master, he is very lazy and likes to snooze a lot.

Dressrosa Bow and Whole Cake Bow

Dressrosa Bow and Whole Cake Bow

In a conversation between Burgess and his Captain the Emperor Marshall D. Teach aka Blackbeard  after the C-Block battle royale, Aokiji’s name is mentioned. Burgess said in particular that he did not trust the ex-Admiral of the Navy, which suggests that the latter had been in contact with Blackbeard and his crew. This turned out since, during the heated exchange between Sakazuki and the Council of Five Elders, it was revealed that Kuzan joined the Blackbeard Pirates. Subsequently, we see Aokiji and his Super-Penguin Camel in the twenty-second mini-adventure titled  The Quays of the World: the Arc of the Man with 500 Millions .  The

An Incredible Fight: Aokiji vs. Akainu

An Incredible Fight: Aokiji vs. Akainu

After nearly 20 years of loyal service at the highest level in the Navy, Admiral Commander-in-Chief Sengoku decided to step down after the Ford Navy Summit War. To replace him, Sengoku himself opted for Admiral Aokiji and recommended him to General Kong, the Commander of the Armed Forces of the World Government.while the Five Elders had chosen Admiral Akainu. Knowing the extreme ideas and excessive cruelty of the latter, Kuzan refused to let him be the head of the Navy. It was therefore decided that the two candidates face each other in a duel over who will be promoted and it was the island of Punk Hazard that was selected as the battleground. It was an epic and bloody fight which lasted straightforward ten days and ended in Akainu’s victory despite both suffering terrible injuries. For his part, Aokiji was seriously injured in his shoulder and his right arm. He also lost his left leg. However, his life was spared by Akainu due to the fact that they were comrades.

Let us note that this confrontation was indeed so violent that the island was ravaged and changed forever as much in its geographical structure as its environment and its climate. The western part of Punk Hazad is known today as Les Terres de Glaces or Ice Lands . The area has transformed into an icy land dominated by freezing cold with gigantic mountains of ice everywhere and icebergs floating around. The situation on this side of the island relates to the powers of Admiral Aokiji’s Hie Hie no Mi. As for the other part to the east of the island, it is now called Les Terres Brûlées or Burning Lands. because it has become a landscape covered with lava and fire. The buildings present on this part of the island have melted or been deformed and the surrounding sea has been turned into a sea of ​​fire. This condition is due to the powers of Sakazuki related to his Devil Fruit, the Magu Magu no Mi .

Become the friend of the mighty Kuzan

As you can see in this article, Kuzan is one of the most powerful characters in the One Piece universe . He was able to stand up to legendary pirates like Whitebeard and was able to oppose Admiral Akainu in a duel that lasted 10 days.

You can become the friend of this powerful fighter if you wish. For that, show him your love for Justice, but true Justice and not cruel Justice. Having a friend of such power will be of great help to you in progressing and becoming a great fighter for Justice yourself . 

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