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Banban is an old man from Water 7. He is the focus of a non-canon episode involving Sanji.[1]


At first glance, Banban looks like a drunken old man. However, in reality, he is actually an excellent chef with superb skills. He wears a green vest with an orange top over it and grey pants.


He has a calm and relaxed nature as seen, when first introduced. Though he may appear to be an old drunk, he actually an skilled chef. It is also hinted that he is somewhat lecherous, as he fond of the ladies of Water 7, to the point Sanji suggests he stays in Water 7 because of his lechery.



Young Banban with Zeff

A picture of a younger Banban.

Not much is known about Banban's past before coming to live in Water 7; however, it is stated that he once knew Zeff. It is not explicitly explained what exactly the relationship between the two of them was; however, a picture of a younger Banban and a supposedly younger Zeff somewhat gives a vague idea of what it was, that they were probably good friends.

Abilities and PowersEdit

He is an excellent chef with superb cooking skills. He made extensive usage of the rare Aqua Laguna salt to flavor his cooking, giving it an exquisite delicious taste that even Sanji is awed at.



At some point in time, Banban came to Water 7. There he discovered the special salt that was left by the Aqua Laguna. He also discovered the beautiful women of Water 7. Wanting to use the salt for his culinary creations (and to get to know the women better), Banban set up a small restaurant in a little boat in Water 7. He has since lived in the city.[1]

Post Enies-Lobby ArcEdit

He was seen on a small floating restaurant asleep and not easily woken, so Sanji decided to prepare something himself. While he was cooking, the old man woke up and immediately recognized Sanji's way of handling the carving knife, for he knew Sanji's mentor, "Red-Leg" Zeff. He insisted that Sanji tasted some of his cooking. Sanji was amazed by the flavor, but could not figure out how the old man made it. Intent on discovering the secret, he searched the city for seasonings that might had been used. He got to eat an onigiri made by the old man and realized that he used a special salt. The salt was created by Aqua Laguna. As the storm flooded the lower parts of the city, it covered the buildings with sea water. In the following sunny days, particularly tasty residual salt was left on the rooftops that Sanji used.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 One Piece AnimeEpisode 319, Banban is introduced.

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