The Lord of the Coast is fairly small in size compared to other Sea Kings. However, he is still large enough to swallow a full-grown man whole.
His appearance is similar to a large oversized brown eel with red eyes and blue fins. These eyes become bloodshot and the pupils turn catlike when it goes into a berserk frenzy, a trait shared in the fish-man Arlong.
The Lord of the Coast is very aggressive and fierce in nature. In the creature classification, he's considered even more savage than a typical Sea King. However, he still possesses enough survival instinct to fear displays of power such as Shanks' angry glare.
Romance Dawn ArcEdit
He was first seen when he ate Higuma, who was in a small rowboat, shortly after Higuma threw Luffy into the water. He then tries to eat Luffy, failing to do so and instead just managing to bite off Shanks' left arm. He is scared away then by Shanks, who stares him down using his Haoshoku Haki.
Anime and Manga DifferencesEdit
Initially, the anime skipped Luffy's "rematch" with the Lord of the Coast, as Luffy's past was consigned to a flashback that was somewhat shorter than the corresponding manga chapter. However, the scene was adapted into both the anime's first opening and One Piece: Grand Battle! Rush!'s opening cinematic.
The scene was finally adapted into the anime proper in Episode 504, when the rest of Luffy's backstory was revealed. Luffy's stance in the episode is closer to the manga than in the opening, with his foot sticking up and his left arm holding his right, whereas the opening has his foot on the edge of the boat and his left arm pulled back.
Translation and Dub IssuesEdit
The Viz manga does not treat 近海の主 (Kinkai no nushi?) as a name or epithet, instead translating it as "our local sea monster"; the Funimation simulcast of the anime follows this convention. It was not until the English localization of One Piece: Treasure Cruise that the creature was given an official English name, Master of the Near Sea.
He was issued alongside Shanks and Luffy in a One Piece Block Figures set featuring the Straw Hats and their past mentors/loved ones.
- The Lord of the Coast was the first Sea King to be featured in the series. It is also the first Sea King to appear outside of the Grand Line.
- In some older fan translations, he is identified as a "shark" rather than a Sea King (possibly in conflation with Romance Dawn V.1, where his role was served by an ordinary shark). It should be noted that the term "Sea King" was not introduced until Chapter 101.
- ↑ https://one-piece.com/news/detail/20171102_6345/
- ↑ One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 1 Chapter 1 (p. 40) and Episode 4, The Lord of the Coast sneaks up on a gloating Higuma.
- ↑ One Piece Red: Grand Characters, The Lord of the Coast is explicitly identified as a Sea King.
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 One Piece Blue: Grand Data File (p. 88-89), classification of animals by dangerousness.
- ↑ One Piece Blue: Grand Data File, the relative size of the Lord of the Coast is discussed.
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 1 Chapter 1 and Episode 4, the Lord of the Coast eats Higuma and Shanks' left arm. Ten years later, he is punched by Luffy.
- ↑ One Piece Anime — Episode 4, Luffy's reminiscence of his past ends with Shanks bestowing his famed straw hat.