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Cat Claws
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Japanese Name: 猫の手
Romanized Name: Neko no Te
English Name: Cat Claws
Literal Meaning: Hands of the Cat
First Appearance: Chapter 28; Episode 12[1]
Owner(s): Kuro
Type: Iron claws

The Cat Claws[2] are the main weapons of Kuro. They are first seen vaguely being used against Merry,[1] and then properly seen and introduced against the Nyaban Brothers.[3]

AppearanceEdit

The Cat Claws are a pair of furred gloves, at the end of each finger and thumb is a katana blade. This is a reminiscence of overly long cat claws.

AbilitiesEdit

Due to the length and sharpness of the blades, one swing can inflict multiple aggravating wounds and cut through walls and rocks.[1][4] However, they may not be durable enough, as Luffy managed to snap the right claw.[5] As a reference to remembering how to kill, Kuro pushes his glasses up with his palm, in order not to scratch his face with his claws.[3]

Kuro primarily uses these giant claws in conjuncture with his superhuman speed to strike his opponents with such swiftness that they will not know what struck them until it is too late; he can reportedly kill 50 highly skilled assassins before they notice his presence.[3]

Though Kuro's raw speed — which is roughly the same as that of CP9's Soru technique[6] — and long claws makes him a deadly fighter, his weakness lies in his inability to see clearly while running, causing him to strike anything his claws randomly connect with, whether it be an enemy, the surroundings, or his subordinates.[4]

AttacksEdit

Shakushi

Kuro using Shakushi.

  • Shakushi (杓死 Shakushi?, literally meaning "Death Scoop"): Kuro's ultimate technique. A fearsome attack that utilizes Kuro's Nuki Ashi to the fullest, moving at a speed of 100 meters in 4-5 seconds, allowing him to sweep a large area, killing anything his claws connect with at random, including his own crew. He initiates this move by swaying back and forth sideways in a fluid manner — this is necessary in order to enter the "trance" needed to perform the move. The order in which he inflicts his attacks are so random that they range from mediocre scratches to fatal evisceration to both friend and foe alike. He moves so fast even he does not know what he's attacking, and only stops when tired out (or when someone can catch and physically stop him, as Luffy did). In the anime this move has the side-effect of generating purple clouds of smoke to rise from the ground as Kuro moves at his topmost speed.[4] It is said that he killed many of his own crewmates in the past with this technique. In Unlimited Cruise, Kuro uses this attack to focusing onto his opponent with multiple strikes, rather than a widespread carnage. In the Funimation dub, 4kids dub, and Viz manga, this attack is called "Out of The Bag Attack", referring to the phrase "Cat's out of the bag".
  • The name of this attack comes from the Japanese phrase "neko mo shakushi mo" (猫もしゃくしも neko mo shakushi mo?, literally meaning "even cats and rice ladles"), which is a Japanese figure of speech, meant to mean "absolutely everything", reflected in the fact that this attack indeed attacks "absolutely everything". The word "Shakushi" is homonym with "Rice Ladle". It's also a pun of the Japanese word, Sakushi which means schemer, hence Kuro's personality.

TriviaEdit

  • These weapons are possibly based on the real life weapon the Tekagi-shuko, also known as the Neko-te.
  • The Nyaban Brothers fight with similar gloves to that of their captain, albeit much shorter, and are instead long nails as opposed to katana blades.

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 4 Chapter 28 and Episode 12, Kuro uses the Cat Claws in a vague manner against Merry.
  2. One Piece Yellow: Grand Elements, The Cat Claws are named and briefly explained.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 4 Chapter 33 and Episode 14, Kuro properly shows the Cat Claws against the Nyanban Brothers, and Jango explains Kuro's speed.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 5 Chapter 38 and Episode 16, Kuro releases the Shakushi against Luffy and his crew, causing deep scratches all over.
  5. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 5 Chapter 37 and Episode 16, Kuro stabs through a boulder Luffy picked up as a shield, and the claws snapped when Luffy bent them.
  6. SBS One Piece MangaVol. 42, Fan question: "Which is faster, Kuro's Shakushi or CP9's Soru?"

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