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Japanese Name: コアラ
Romanized Name: Koara
English Name: Koala
Debut: Chapter 622; Episode 541
Affiliations: Revolutionary Army[1]
Occupations: Revolutionary[1]; Fishman Karate assistant instructor[1]; Slave (former)
Age: 11 (upon introduction)
23 (present day)[1]
Birthday: October 25th[2]
Japanese VA: Satsuki Yukino

Koala is a former slave who was set free by Fisher Tiger's rampage on Mariejois. She sailed along with the Sun Pirates to reach her home town.

At some point later, she became the Fishman Karate assistant instructor of the Revolutionary Army, where she now works with Sabo, making an appearance in the Dressrosa Arc.[1]

Appearance

When she appeared twelve years ago, Koala was a skinny girl with long, unkempt brown hair. She also had distinctively large and round eyes, similar to that of a koala, and was always smiling. She had on a dirty, short-sleeved collared shirt, which she wore under dark overalls and a smudge on her right cheek. Judging from the way Fisher Tiger branded her on her back, she had the mark of the Celestial Dragons on her back, which was replaced by the mark of the Sun Pirates.

After a few weeks she had neat, shoulder-length hair, a light-colored dress, and a pair of loafers.

At age 23, she became taller, slim, curvaceous and well-endowed, with a pronounced hourglass figure, and wears a crimson newsboy cap with gold goggles, a pink shirt with frilly collar, a maroon short skirt, and black thigh-high stockings and brown boots.[1][3]

Gallery

Koala
Koala before encountering the Sun Pirates.
Koala After Living with Sun Pirates
Koala's appearance after living with the Sun Pirates.
Koala's Manga Color Scheme
Koala's color scheme in the manga.

Personality

Koala Finally Cries

Koala cries for the first time since enslavement.

Aladdin described Koala as having the lifestyle of a slave ingrained in her blood, even after being set free for three years. She was very apologetic and vowed to never cry or stop working. The pirate explained that if a slave ever cried or stopped cleaning, then they would be killed. Koala seemed to consider the Sun Pirates her masters, as she asked them if she would be killed if she stopped cleaning. The pirate also said that slaves panicked constantly, even when they were by themselves, and could never trust anyone. It is unknown if Koala also became paranoid in that regard.

But when Fisher Tiger convinced her that they were not like the Celestial Dragons by throwing a gun into the water, she finally cried for the first time in years. She then began to regard the Sun Pirates as her family rather than her masters, though this did not stop her habit of cleaning even when she wasn't asked.

By the time they reached her home town she genuinely liked the fishmen and mermen of the Sun Pirates, creating especially strong bonds with Hatchan and the future members of the Macro Pirates. She went as far as to actually hold Fisher Tiger's hands despite him trying to shake her off.

Koala Gets Angry

Koala displays her temperamental side after getting frustrated with Sabo.

At the age of 23 Koala has become much more mature, having shown compassion to Sabo for not being there to save Ace and that he should not let his guilt get to him.[1] She also has become rather playful and cheery, having gleefully hugged Robin again after meeting her[4] and teased Sabo about him crying upon meeting Luffy again.[1] She has also been shown to have a temper, as she got angry with Sabo for fighting Fujitora instead of staying at his post and comedically pinched his cheeks for his disregard for his duties as a Revolutionary.[5]

Relationships

Family

Koala's only known family is her mother. It is clear she loves her mother very much, having hugged her after reuniting with her when Tiger brought her home. It is unknown if Koala ever discovered of her mother and the other people on her home island betraying Tiger by selling him out to the Marines.

Sun Pirates

Koala was much loved during her time with the Sun Pirates. As the crew included former slaves, they understood the plight that Koala had suffered and why she was how she was. They treated her and protected her while she traveled with them and were very sad to see her go. Out of all of them, she was especially fond of Hachi, Jinbe, and Macro.

Fisher Tiger

Koala was deeply thankful to Fisher Tiger for freeing and returning her home. Though she appeared to like the fishmen, Fisher Tiger himself admitted that he was unable to love humans upon his deathbed so he could not return affection towards her. He even refused to hold her hand, though he still smiled when she returned home. It is unknown if Koala ever discovered of Tiger's death by the Marines due to her people selling him out to the Marines.

Arlong

Arlong spent the entire time objecting to her presence on the Sun Pirates' ship, attempting to beat or kill her for being a human. Koala seemed to have left a long-term impression on Arlong as it seemed, notably, in the final moments of his fight with Luffy, Arlong stated that as long as Nami was fed and well-clothed, she was happy. As a slave, Koala had little much to her name and what made Koala happy was the things she had missed while being a slave such as nice clothes and suitable meals.

Nico Robin

Koala seems to have developed a very friendly relationship with Nico Robin, who was rescued by the revolutionaries just prior to the timeskip. In a conversation with Sabo in Dressrosa, she commented on how she had not seen Robin in a while.[1] Later on, Koala hugs Robin when she does see her again.[4]

Revolutionary Army

Sabo

Koala seems to be well acquainted with Sabo. She knows him well enough that she knows of Sabo's relationship with Ace and Luffy as well as his guilt at not being at Marineford to help save Ace. She consoled Sabo by telling him that it was impossible to know whether Sabo would have made a difference or not. Even though they are friendly to each other most of the time, Koala comedically pinched Sabo's cheeks when he frustrated her for fighting Fujitora and neglecting his duties as a Revolutionary by leaving his post.

Hack

Hack is a fellow colleague in the Revolutionary Army.

Abilities and Powers

She's been shown to have certain skills like being able to take down larger enemies and great agility and can make a big jump from the stands and down easily underground Sabo wearing clothes.

Their position indicates that in terms of combat is above simple revolutionary soldiers, so as to have a decent level within fishmen standards despite being human.

Fishman Karate

Further information: Fishman Karate

She is skilled enough at Fishman Karate to be able to teach it and was able to defeat an opponent much larger than her. Not being a fishwoman and still being able to learn the art makes her more impressive.[1]

History

Past

Tiger marks Koala

Tiger covers Koala's slave mark with his jolly roger.

After Fisher Tiger attacked Mariejois, Koala escaped and fled to an island. Unfortunately, the inhabitants there had no way of returning her to her homeland. When the Sun Pirates visited there three years after she was freed, the inhabitants asked them to take the little girl home. After Koala introduced herself and thanked Tiger for freeing her, she boarded the Sun Pirates' ship.

Koala was instantly met with hostility by Arlong, who hit her for being human, but was restrained by Hatchan. Tiger gave the girl the mark of the sun to cover up her slave mark. He then told the girl that she was allowed to cry if she wished and made a vow to return the little girl to her home. Koala then began to cry.

Koala and Tiger

The last time Koala ever sees Tiger.

The Sun Pirates were able to find an Eternal Pose for her home island, Foolshout Island. When they arrive, she bid everyone farewell, and Tiger took her to her village. The whole town rejoiced, but everyone was still afraid of Tiger.

Later, she heard some strange noises. When she asked if anyone else heard them, her mother replied no. The truth was that Fisher Tiger was attacked because people from a previous island informed the Marines about the Sun Pirates while the people on this island allowed it on the condition that the Marines overlook the fact that she was a released slave and not take her back.

Sometime after Fisher Tiger's death, Koala joined the Revolutionary Army and she became a Fishmen Karate assistant instructor. After Robin agreed to meet Dragon, Koala became acquainted with her.[1]

Dressrosa Arc

Koala, Sabo, and Hack arrived at Dressrosa in order to put a stop to a weapons trade that has been promoting wars throughout the world.[6]

Koala was first seen sitting on a pile of defeated enemies, talking to Sabo on the Den Den Mushi inquiring about his meeting with Luffy. She told him that Ace's death could not have been prevented by him. Then, when Sabo told her to inform him if anymore underground movements happened, Koala told him that she would.[1]

Later, Koala disguised herself as a member of the Donquixote Family and managed to get inside the Corrida Colosseum, relieved that she had arrived just in time to watch the next round.[7]

When the toys in the audience transformed back into their original forms, Koala informed Hack that Sabo was heading to the basement as he demolished the entire arena.[8]

Revolutionaries in Dressrosa

Koala, Sabo, and Hack reveal themselves.

After Sabo acquired the power of the Mera Mera no Mi, destroyed the arena, and exposed the underground, Koala returned his clothes to him. At the underground trade port, she returned Sabo's hat as the Revolutionary Army members revealed to Rebecca their objective in Dressrosa.[6]

After Koala and Sabo reunited with Robin and met Usopp, they later watched in shock as Doflamingo initiated his "bird cage" plan and created a "game" which gives the citizens of Dressrosa a choice to either kill him or a list of people he offers to them.[4]

Doflamingo announced his hit list, which includes Sabo, Robin, Rebecca, and Usopp. With Usopp's new followers turned against them, Koala, Sabo, Hack, Robin, Rebecca, Usopp, Bartolomeo, and the Tontatta dwarves fled from the mob.[9]

Instead of going to the surface with the others, Koala remained in the underground trade port to continue her investigation. She discovered that the ships at the trade port were actually merchant ships disguised as pirate ships.[10]

She later met up with Sabo in front of the New King's plateau after he fought Admiral Fujitora. She then scolded Sabo for going off on his own and fighting the admiral on his own accord.[5]

Trivia

  • Koala is the first non-fishman known to use Fishman Karate[1] as well as the first human to have their Celestial Dragon slave mark replaced with the symbol of the Sun Pirates.
  • Koala and Nami were both in fishmen crews, but draw contrasting parallels with each other:
    • While Nami was forced to join Arlong's crew against her will, Koala only traveled with the Sun Pirates because they were asked to take her.
    • While both were forced to wear their crew's mark, Koala's "mark of the sun" was put on to replace another mark. Nami's Arlong tattoo was removed and replaced with a tattoo of her own design.
      • Each girl ended up with a permanent mark replacing a former mark of enslavement as a result of affiliation with fishmen.
    • When Koala joined the Sun Pirates, she was finally allowed to cry, whereas with Nami, after she was forced to join Arlong she refused to cry.
    • Koala was never forced to do any work as she was freed from slavery. Nami was forced to draw maps and act as a slave to Arlong.
    • Koala's time in the crew was only meant to be temporary while Arlong intended to keep Nami in the crew forever.
    • Koala left the crew with good memories and was sad to leave the crew while Nami's time was spent in misery and was happy to leave. This caused Koala to have a good opinion of fishmen while Nami had to put her feelings behind when she finally came across fishmen again.
    • In Koala's case, her hometown exchanged her freedom with the Marines for the lives of the fishmen. In the case of Nami's hometown, they fought against the fishmen for their freedom after the Marines betrayed them.

External Links

  • Koala - Wikipedia article about the animal she is named after and somewhat resembles.

References

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 73 Chapter 731 and Episode 663.
  2. One Piece Blue Deep: Characters World (p. 58), her birthday is revealed.
  3. 4.0 4.1 4.2 One Piece Manga — Vol. 75 Chapter 745.
  4. 5.0 5.1 One Piece MangaChapter 760.
  5. 6.0 6.1 One Piece Manga — Vol. 75 Chapter 744.
  6. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 74 Chapter 735 and Episode 667.
  7. One Piece Manga — Vol. 75 Chapter 743.
  8. One Piece Manga — Vol. 75 Chapter 746.
  9. One Piece Manga — Vol. 75 Chapter 747.

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