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Pandaman
Pandaman Manga Infobox
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Japanese Name: パンダマン
Romanized Name: Pandaman
English Name: Panda Man
Debut: Chapter 44;[1] Episode 1 (opening);[2] Episode 16
Occupations: Narrator
Age: Even he does not know
Height: 200 cm (6'6½")
Weight: 122 kg (268.9 lb)
Bounty: Beli Small3,333,333 [3]
Japanese VA: Mahito Ōba
4Kids English VA: Jimmy Zoppi[citation needed]

Pandaman is a joke character created by the author, Eiichiro Oda. He is, so far, the most notable of Oda's joke characters, having appeared hidden in nearly every One Piece chapter, episode arc, movie, and such. He is also a playable character in One Piece: Grand Battle 2 for the Playstation. In One Piece: Pirates Carnival, not only is there a minigame to find him, but he is a captain in a minigame set in a flaming mansion where you control where the flames go. In the Japanese version, however, this position was used by Blueno. In the 4th Japanese Fan Poll, Pandaman was voted the 39th most popular character in One Piece.[4]

AppearanceEdit

Pandaman usually appears as a muscular man with a stylised panda's head, with the word Panda written across his forehead. Whether this is a mask or his real face is unknown. His arms are black with white bamboo tattoos, and on his chest are two heart tattoos. In the series, his appearance often differs from scene to scene. In one scene, he could be seen as a skinny individual with no black arms or tattoos at all. This is apparently because in order to be properly hidden in some scenes, Pandaman's body features need to be less detailed. The only thing that remains constant is his panda head.

Pandaman appears throughout the series in crowds and backgrounds anywhere, as an easter egg character. He can be found posing as a citizen, a pirate, a marine or Government agent, and many others. He can even be found in flashbacks, going as far back as 400 years.[5] He is sometimes seen in the same panel with Tomato Gang, a debt collector who has been on the lookout for Pandaman for the money he owes. This is also why Pandaman is often seen running away on some appearances.[6]

Pandaman's cameos are not limited to his physical appearance, but also include his name as well. In the first panel in page 144 of Volume 22, on the Alabasta Poneglyph, his name can be seen written in Japanese. This writing on the Poneglyph was noted by a fan and confirmed by Oda.[5]

Pandaman also appears in One Piece Grand Battle! in the background. In some stages he might appear in more than one place. In One Piece: Unlimited Adventure, he shows up in several locations, usually in a humorously precarious position.

Pandaman appears in the anime's 1st opening "We Are," as one of the people attacking Zoro and the 4th opening "Bon Voyage", being fished up by Usopp in a scene where the Straw Hat crew is riding the Going Merry.


GalleryEdit

Pandapanda
Pandaman's appearance often varies greatly. This example is from vol. 52 under the dust jacket.
Pandaman Volume 21 Alternative Cover
Pandaman in place of Crocodile on the Volume 21 alternative cover.
Pandaman Wiper
Pandaman as Wiper on the Volume 28 alternative cover.

RelationshipsEdit

PandawomanEdit

SBS55 2 Pandawoman

Pandawoman

Pandaman is said to be in love with Pandawoman, but it is unknown if the relationship is mutual.[7]

Tomato GangEdit

Pandaman, unfortunately, is also constantly on the run from Tomato Gang, a debt collector who Pandaman owes money.

Unforgivable MaskEdit

Pandaman's greatest rival, Unforgivable Mask, is hired by Tomato Gang to track Pandaman down and retrieve the money he owes Tomato Gang.[8]

Abilities and Powers Edit

Even though as a joke, Oda did give Pandaman some attacks as written in his datafile in the contest submission. His attacks are Bamboo Leaves, Panda Drop and Giant Panda Deathlock.

Oda also mentions jokingly that Pandaman has a strength of "3,300,000 power" after eating bamboo and before meals.

HistoryEdit

Pandaman was originally created by Oda for a character design contest called the "New Super Human Contest". This contest allowed artists to submit character designs for wrestlers to be included in the popular anime and manga series Kinnikuman. In December 16, 1998, the comic in which these designs would be included, "Kinnikuman 77 no Nazo", was released and Pandaman was listed as entry number 12.

When Oda wrote One Piece he decided to include Pandaman as a hidden character, along with a little more backstory. According to Oda, Pandaman is a man of unknown age who originated from Tibet with the mortal blow techniques: S.P.D, Bamboo Leaves Panda Drop, and Giant Panda Deathstock. He was abandoned in a bamboo thicket as an infant and was raised by Giant Pandas. Pandaman would often say that he had seen Kaguyahime. However as no one would believe him, he was often picked on. Since then, Pandaman resolved to become a strong demon superhero.[9] Apparently at some point in time, Pandaman used to be a rich guy living on a certain island until he got into some trouble.[10] Pandaman apparently owed a large sum of money. Since then, the debt collector, Tomato Gang, has been chasing Pandaman in order to collect his debt.[6] Tomato Gang also hired Pandaman's rival Unforgivable Mask to catch him.[8]

Pandaman made his first appearance in Chapter 44 where Gin first showed up in the Baratie.[1] He was later revealed and identified by Oda in one of the SBS questions of the next volume.[11] In the anime, Pandaman made his first appearance in an actual episode in an earlier scene amongst the Black Cat Pirates.[12] Since his first appearance he has been in every arc, with exception of the Amazon Lily arc, where Pandawoman replaced him due to the circumstances surrounding the arc. Oda later confirmed in SBS form that Pandaman is in love with Pandawoman; but it is currently unknown if the feelings are mutual.[7]. There is even a Zombie Pandaman in Episode 351 , shown chasing Usopp and Chopper with the other Absalom's zombies.

Special EpisodeEdit

Pandaman has appeared most of the time as a hidden character that no one else seems to care about or notice, whose actions apparently do not affect the main plot at all. However, in one special episode of the anime, not only did the main characters actually take notice of him, but he was also made the center of attention[13] (although he wasn't revealed to be Pandaman until near the end):

Tot-san

"Tot-san", a not-so-hidden Pandaman, interacting with the main characters.

In the special setting in an alternate universe based on feudal Japan, Pandaman owed a large sum of money to Buggy and his gang, the Clown Family. Because of this, they searched high and low around town for him. This eventually led to them to Orika's house where Pandaman was being cared for by her and her mother. Due to his nickname that everyone around town call him being "Tot-san" (which means 'father' in Japanese), Buggy and his men assumed that Orika was his daughter.

After Buggy's men were beaten off by Detective Luffy, Buggy plotted to sell Orika off to pay for Pandaman's debt as well as get rid of Luffy with the aid of a corrupt Bugyō, or magistrate. It was only with the appearance of Vivi and Pandaman himself that Buggy and the Bugyō's plans were foiled.

Later, Pandaman was seen interacting with the rest of the main characters in Onami's restaurant celebrating Christmas.

Examples of Pandaman's cameosEdit

KuroPandaman
Pandaman's first appearance in the anime (excluding the opening) in Episode 16.
Pandaman in Cross Epoch
Pandaman in Cross Epoch.
Pandaman Baratie
Pandaman's appearance on the Baratie.
Pandaman in Loguetown
Pandaman in Loguetown.
Sbs 276 1
"Pandaman" written within the Poneglyph in Alabasta.
Pandaman in Jaya
Pandaman on Jaya.
Pandaman Episode 195
Pandaman amongst some Skypieans.
Pandaman Water 7
Pandaman at Water 7's Dock 1.
Pandaman at Thriller Bark
Pandaman on Thriller Bark.
Pandaman Sabody
Pandaman on the Sabaody Archipelago.
Pandamantenryuubito
A very hidden Pandaman in the Human Auctioning House (in the bottom-right corner).
Panda Okama
Pandaman mixed into the faces of Bentham.
Panda man in a group of Impel Down escapees
Pandaman amongst a group of Impel Down escapees.
Pandaman 634
Pandaman charging with the New Fishman Pirates. He can be seen right in the middle, holding a sword.
PANDAMAN IN MARINE SHIP
Pandaman on a Marine ship.
Pandaman Rainbase
Pandaman appears on a lottery slot.
Pandaman Bon Voyage
Usopp fishing up Pandaman in the 4th opening, BON VOYAGE!.
Pandaman wanted
Pandaman's bounty poster from the 9th One Piece Movie.
Chapter 272
Pandaman in Chapter 272's cover (in the bottom-left corner).
Pandaman Marine
Pandaman is a Marine in the Chapter 691's cover.
Pandaman Sprite
Pandaman's portrait in One Piece: Gigant Battle!.

Comprehensive ListEdit

Manga AppearancesEdit

Anime AppearancesEdit

Manga and Anime InfluencesEdit

Taking into account that Oda originally designed Pandaman for a contest that would choose designs for wrestlers, Pandaman's design is based on the concept of a themed pro wrestler. This concept normally, if not stereotypically, consists of usually a pro wrestler wearing a colorful themed costume that sometimes comes with a mask; Pandaman's theme is unsurprisingly a panda. This concept of a masked wrestler is shared by another One Piece character, Jesus Burgess, who is a more typical lucha libre fighter. Futher, the specific combined concept of pro wrestling and a panda theme is shared with yet another character, Spandam, who wears a mask over his damaged, Panda-resembling face like the one worn by the professional wrestler, Mankind.

The person Pandaman keeps telling people he saw Kaguyahime but keeps getting picked on in return. Kaguyahime is a character from a popular Japanese myth; according to the myth, Kaguyahime is a mystical princess from the moon. She was found inside a bamboo stalk by a kindly woodcutter after he had chopped the stalk down, and was adopted and raised by the woodcutter and his wife. Parts of Pandaman's profile and history can be connected to this myth in some way.

TriviaEdit

  • He has a similar nature to the main character of the children's book Where's Waldo.
  • He is the only character thus far to have an odd numbered bounty (as seen in the ninth movie).
  • He was also a prisoner in Level 5 of Impel Down, and can be seen in a list Bentham (disguised as Hannyabal) was reading; he was also seen amongst the group of Impel Down escapees.
  • A pirate group with a panda figurehead and jolly roger can be seen fighting with the Rumbar Pirates.
  • Pandaman made a cameo appearance in One Piece: Pirate Warriors as a coin to power up the player's character.

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 One Piece Manga — Vol. 5 Chapter 44, In the page where the marine is shot by Gin, Pandaman makes his first appearance in the manga.
  2. One Piece AnimeEpisode 1, Pandaman makes a cameo in the first opening We Are!: he is seen running with a sword along with the rest of the enemy pirates on the right side of the screen just as Zoro begins to use his sword attack.
  3. One Piece Movie 9, Pandaman's wanted poster is briefly seen at the beginning.
  4. Poll Results: One Piece Manga - Vol.43 Page 218, Results 31-50
  5. 5.0 5.1 SBS One Piece Manga - SBS Volume 30 - Fan question: I found Pandaman's name on the Poneglyph. Is Pandaman an important thing in Arabasta?
  6. 6.0 6.1 SBS One Piece Manga - SBS Volume 27 - Fan question: Who is that guy in the same panel as Pandaman?
  7. 7.0 7.1 SBS One Piece MangaVol. 55, Oda confirms Pandawoman and Pandaman relationship.
  8. 8.0 8.1 SBS One Piece MangaVol. 48, Unforgivable Mask revealed.
  9. SBS One Piece Manga - SBS Volume 7 Pandaman's profile.
  10. SBS One Piece Manga - SBS Volume 22 - Fan question: Where does Pandaman live?
  11. SBS One Piece Manga - SBS Volume 6 - Fan question: Who is that guy in the background?
  12. One Piece Anime - Episode 16, Pandaman's first appearance in an actual episode.
  13. One Piece Anime - Episode 291, The main characters notice and interact with Pandaman.

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