|Manga - Anime|
|Official English Name:||Aphelandra|
|Debut:||Chapter 514; Episode 408|
|Affiliations:||Kuja; Kuja Pirates|
|Japanese VA:||Akemi Okamura|
|Funi English VA:||Sarah Wiedenheft|
Aphelandra is an extremely tall lady who is possibly one of the tallest Kuja from Amazon Lily. Her facial features are childlike, with wide dark brown eyes and long orange-brown hair falling evenly past her shoulders.
She, like the rest of the Kuja, wears scanty attire. Her clothes consist of a blue corset bordered with yellow and studded with buttons, a similar blue bikini bottom, a white cape, and a plumed morion -type helmet with cheek guards and the Kuja emblem embossed on the front.
For footwear, she wears dark outdoor boots. Her sword can be seen sheathed horizontally over her lower back, different from most sword-wielding characters seen in the series, who wear their swords on either hip.
Despite her size, Aphelandra has shown to be rather timid, often repeating what others have said to her as she obeys their command. She is a kind and innocent person. She even apologized to Luffy because she had to fight him for being a man. Aphelandra tends to respond to orders in a militaristic manner by suddenly standing straight and using a right-handed salute.
Abilities and PowersEdit
Aphelandra is most likely a melee-type fighter where her prodigious size affords her a tremendous advantage over many foes. This large size worked to Luffy's disadvantage, who landed on (and bounced off) her chest during his escape from imprisonment.
She was seen accompanying Boa Hancock on the Kuja pirate ship after the two year timeskip, indicating that she has become strong enough to become part of the crew, since only the strongest warriors are allowed on the ship.
Unlike many of the other Kuja, she does not use a snake bow as her weapon, instead using both her large size and a sword she carries behind her to fight.
It would seem that Aphelandra has yet to master the use of Haki (or at least Busoushoku Haki), since she wasn't able to significantly injure Luffy's elastic physiology after she struck him back to the ground with her bare arm. Seeing as how she is now considered strong enough to be part of the Kuja pirate crew, she might have improved her Haki during the time skip.
Summit War SagaEdit
Amazon Lily ArcEdit
She was first seen when her friend, Marguerite, found the mushroom-covered Luffy. She helped transport him back to the village before they realized he was a man. She is seen standing with the other Kujas to witness Luffy awaken.
When he attempts to escape, she bodily blocks his path. She pursues Luffy into the forest after he grabs Marguerite, and after finding Marguerite, she heads toward the village with the others.
During Luffy's execution, when Marguerite confesses to saving Luffy, Aphelandra claims responsibility as well and is turned to stone along with her. Luffy moves her petrified form out of harm's way to keep her from being broken, in the hopes that she can be un-petrified.
She bids Luffy farewell when he embarks on a quest to save his brother.
She is seen with the other Kujas expressing great joy that Luffy has returned.
Two Years LaterEdit
Return to Sabaody ArcEdit
At some point in the timeskip, she became part of the Kuja Pirates.
Anime and Manga DifferencesEdit
In the anime, Aphelandra and her fellow Kujas have a brief interaction with the Heart Pirates.
It shows her along with Kikyo and Marguerite cooking and serving food to the Heart Pirates while they are treating a wounded Luffy. Kikyo strictly tells Aphelandra to not talk to them. Aphelandra is then surprised when they run away, due to Kikyo's anger.
- She is named after the flower aphelandra. Correspondingly, the flower that shares her name is hailed as one of the tallest known flowers in the world.
- ↑ One Piece Blue Deep: Characters World (p. 22), Aphelandra's birthday is given.
- ↑ One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 53 Chapter 514 and Episode 408, Aphelandra, Marguerite, and Sweet Pea find Luffy covered in mushrooms.
- ↑ One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 53 Chapter 515 and Episode 409, Luffy lands on Aphelandra's chest during his prison break.