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|Manga - Anime|
|Official English Name:||Kuromarimo|
|Debut:||Chapter 131; Episode 79|
|Affiliations:||Wapol Pirates (disbanded), Drum Kingdom (former)|
|Japanese VA:||Kenji Nomura|
|Odex English VA:||Paul J. Pistore|
|4Kids English VA:||Jamie McGonnigal|
|Funi English VA:||Charles Baker|
Kuromarimo sports a long, orange cloak, with white lining, and black afros at each end, and white afros hanging from the front. He wears gloves that cover all fingers but his thumb, and resemble an afro. He has a large black afro on his head, and three small ones on his beard. He is of medium height and normal weight. He wears a shirt that's orange in the middle and white on the sides with light yellow buttons, along with orange shorts. He has hairy legs, and black boots with white laces. Overall, Kuromarimo resembles a boxer.
Kuromarimo is selfish and arrogant. Despite this, he is extremely loyal to Wapol.
Abilities and PowersEdit
Kuromarimo has the ability to do many tricks with said afros, from ejecting spikes from them to shooting them off and using them to constrict opponents.
- Eleki-Marimo (静電気(エレキ)マーリモ Ereki-Mārimo?, literally meaning "Electric Ball Seaweed"): Kuromarimo throws an afro shaped hairball at his opponent that sticks to the opponent with a strong static cling. While the Afros themselves are not that dangerous they do burn quite well and make great targets for Chess' Checkmate attack. Called Marimo's Static Cling in the Viz Manga and FUNimation dub and Static Cling Attack in the 4Kids dub.
- Bikkuri Marimo (ビックリマーリモ Bikkuri Mārimo?, literally meaning "Surprise Ball Seaweed"): Kuromarimo exposes spikes protruding from his Afro gloves and attempts to crush his opponent. Called Marimo's Surprise in the Viz Manga and FUNimation dub.
One day, Blackbeard arrived on Drum Island and began the destruction of the island. Kuromarimo, along with Chess, followed Wapol who cowardly escaped it. For a whole year in exile, he spent his life as a pirate.
Drum Island ArcEdit
Kuromarimo and the rest of the Wapol Pirates crossed the path of the Straw Hat Pirates and begin to attack the pirates. But they stopped the attack after Luffy sent Wapol to the sea. Kuromarino and the Wapol Pirates decided to rescue their king and swear vengeance on the Straw Hat Pirates.
One day later, Kuromarimo and the Wapol Pirates returned to Drum Island after one year of exile and began to terrorize the inhabitants of Drum Island. Kuromarimo also learned that the Straw Hat Pirates were also on Drum Island. After they defeated Dalton, Kuromarimo and the Wapol Pirates were buried by an avalanche caused by the Lapahns.
Thinking that the avalanche was caused by the Straw Hat Pirates, Wapol, Kuromarimo and Chess decided to pursue the Straw Hat Pirates. Kuromarimo, Wapol and Chess managed to find Luffy who was carrying Nami and Sanji to Kureha, who is living at Wapol's former castle. They tried to attack him but Luffy dodged the attack. They continued the attack until the Lapahns stopped Kuromarimo and Chess, giving Luffy time to escape. But soon after, Kuromarimo, Wapol and Chess defeated the Lapahns.
Kuromarimo, Wapol and Chess then go to Drum Castle with the help of Robson so Wapol can evict Kureha and Chopper from his castle. Once arrived, they confronted not only Kureha and Chopper, but also Luffy and Sanji. When Luffy nearly sent Wapol off the cliff with a punch, Kuromarimo and Chess saved him just in time. Kuromarimo then send his afro-shaped hairballs at Sanji, which stick to him.
After being humiliated again by Luffy, Wapol then used his Baku Baku no Mi abilities to fuse Kuromarimo and Chess into Chessmarimo. After transforming, Chessmarimo vows to protect Wapol, and then engage a fight with Chopper. The reindeer then eats a Rumble Ball, and much to Chessmarimo surprise, he achieves more than his regular 3 transformations. After witnessing him evading their attacks with Jump Point, and blocking them with Guard Point, and even destroying their hammers with Arm Point, Chopper uses his Brain Point to locate Chessmarimo's weak spot. After identifying his chin as the weak point, Chessmarimo is defeated by Chopper's Kokutei Roseo.
Translation and Dub IssuesEdit
With regards to his name, "kuro" means "black" and "marimo" is a kind of algae that forms into round balls due to the action of the tides. So in essence, "Kuromarimo" is a way of referring to his hairstyle.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 15 Chapter 131 (p. 15) and Episode 79, Kuromarimo debuts but isn't introduced.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 16 Chapter 142 (p. 5) and Episode 91, Chess is introduced in a flashback.
- ↑ One Piece Manga and Anime - Vol. 16 Chapter 142 and Episode 81, Kuromarimo approves of Wapol's decisions labeling it as "politics".
- ↑ One Piece Manga and Anime - Vol. 15 Chapters 133-134 and Episode 80, Dalton explains why Wapol turned to piracy.
- ↑ One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 15 Chapters 131–132 and Episode 79, Chess and Kuromarimo decide to flee in order to help Wapol.
- ↑ One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 15–16 Chapters 136–138 and Episode 83, Wapol and his group defeat the Lapahns.
- ↑ One Piece Manga — Vol. 16 Chapter 141.
- ↑ One Piece Manga — Vol. 17 Chapter 146.
- ↑ One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 17 Chapter 147 and Episode 87, Wapol uses his "royal" technique.
- ↑ One Piece Manga and Anime - Vol. 17 Chapter 149 and Episode 88, Chessmarimo fights Chopper.