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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

  • Nuki Ashi (抜き足 Nuki Ashi?, literally meaning "Stealth Foot"): An ability in which Kuro moves to a certain location (usually behind an opponent) very quickly, moving about 100 meters in 4 to 5 seconds,[7] almost looking like he teleported. He initiates this move by performing several quick foot movements to propel himself to another location, much like CP9's Soru, except that the movements of his feet are more noticeable, suggesting that this ability is a rudimentary form of Soru.[6] This technique is called Pussyfoot Maneuver in the Viz Manga and FUNimation dub and Stealth Walk in the 4Kids dub.
  • Creeping Cat: Like the Nuki Ashi, except he has more control and moves about freely while appearing invisible. The downside is, he needs to revert to normal speed when initiating attacks, making him automatically visible at that point. The same thing also happens if, by any chance, the opponent(s) should manage to strike out at him while he's in this state. This is a technique name that comes from the English versions, as this is simply another use of the Stealth Foot in the Japanese version of the series. This move is one of his super attacks in the One Piece Grand Adventure.
Shakushi
Kuro using Shakushi.
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  • Shakushi (杓死 Shakushi?, literally meaning "Death Scoop"): Kuro's ultimate technique. A fearsome attack that allows him to sweep a large area, killing anything his claws connect with at random, including his own crew. 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). 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. 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 seemed to have refined this attack, by focusing onto his opponent with multiple strikes, rather than a widespread carnage.
  • 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.
  • This is called Out of the Bag Attack in the Viz Manga and 4Kids and FUNimation dub, this translation appears to be in reference to the phrase "Cats out of the bag", this is also coincidental to the fact that he uses it after his secret is "out of the bag" and he uses it in an attempt to kill everyone in the area who knows his secret.

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. 6.0 6.1 SBS One Piece MangaVol. 42, Fan question: "Which is faster, Kuro's Shakushi or CP9's Soru?"
  7. SBS One Piece MangaVol. 7, Fan question: "How quickly can Captain Kuro run 100 meters?"

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