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Shusui is one of the 21 O Wazamono grade swords and was once wielded by the legendary samurai Ryuma. It is prized as the national treasure of the Wano Country.[2] After his death, the katana was buried with Ryuma, until his grave was robbed 23 years ago.[3][4]

Ryuma appeared as a zombie on Thriller Bark, who had been given Brook's shadow. After his defeat, Ryuma bequeathed the sword to Roronoa Zoro, and said he was satisfied with Zoro as the sword's master. The sword then replaced Zoro's Yubashiri which was destroyed by Marine Captain Shu at Enies Lobby.[5]

AppearanceEdit

Shusui's blade is black with a distinct white hamon (hardening line) and its tsuba (hand-guard) has flower-like edges, hence it is a "Black Sword/Blade" (黒刀 Kokutō?).[1] Its hamon is white colored (reddish purple in the anime) and Kanemoto style, having the appearance of a saw or sharp teeth. It has no accessories on the hilt, being wrapped with black silk. Kashira, tsuba and kojiri end cap are golden, and the sheath is black, decorated with dark red circles split in even thirds.

After the Thriller Bark Arc, Zoro wrapped a sageo rope around the upper part of the sheath, although this wasn't shown in the anime until after the timeskip.[6]

During the Dressrosa Arc in the manga, Shisui's hamon was changed to red, most likely to match its anime color.

Shusui's Sheath
Shusui's sheath.
Shusui-white
Shusui's original color in the manga.
Shusui-red
Shusui's new color in the Dressrosa arc.

AbilitiesEdit

Shusui is designed to tremendously increase the damage potential and destructive power of the user. At one point, Zoro commented that Shusui's greatest attribute is its durability, claiming that even if a dinosaur were to step on it, the blade would not bend a millimeter. He clearly demonstrated it by blocking Oars' arm with the blade held horizontally.[7][8] Furthermore, the sheer power of the blade alone was enough to redirect one of Oars' punches.

While it is capable of dealing heavy blows and is extremely hard, Shusui has a few major problems of its own. Just as Sandai Kitetsu turned out to be a "problem child", Zoro describes Shusui as having a "temper" that makes it harder to wield.[8] Zoro also said Shusui is quite a bit heavier than Yubashiri, which was extremely light, so it could be anywhere from normal weight to a good deal heavier than normal swords.

While in the hands of Ryuma, this sword was used by him in both life and death. As a zombie who was imbued with Brook's shadow, Ryuma had acquired the Fencing Style. Coupled with his already powerful skills, the modifications made to the zombie body, and the powerful attributes of Shusui, the Fencing Style had been revamped to the point of being completely different from Brook's original version.

When transferred into the hands of Roronoa Zoro, he used this sword to replace Yubashiri, which had been rusted by the Marine Captain Shu, as part of his Santoryu. When first fighting against Oars, Zoro discovered that Shusui's weight was the reason it was considered quite powerful. This was demonstrated by the fact that it created a larger vacuum when the Hyaku Hachi Pound Ho was performed, and absorbed the vacuums from his two other swords, making its already great destructive power increase tremendously, as Zoro puts it.[8] This weight contributes to the decreased control Zoro has over some of his attacks. As time passed, Zoro began to master Shusui's negative attributes.

After his training with Dracule Mihawk, this sword seems to have become Zoro's favored blade, as he has been using it frequently with his Ittoryuu techniques, when prior to the time-skip he mainly used the Wado Ichimonji, the sword he inherited from Kuina. To prove his mastery over Shusui after the time-skip, Zoro was seen easily cutting a ship in half with it shortly before reuniting with his crew. Furthermore, the majority of opponents that Zoro has faced since leaving Sabaody Archipelago, were dealt with Ittoryu techniques while using Shusui.

HistoryEdit

PastEdit

The sword originally belonged to Ryuma, and was buried with its original master in Wano Country upon his death, where it was prized as a national treasure.[2]

23 years ago, both the sword and Ryuma's body were stolen, and Wano Country were brought to its knees in shock.[3][4]

Thriller Bark ArcEdit

Ryuma wielded Shusui once again when he was revived as a zombie, and later bequeathed it to Zoro upon his defeat.[5]

Punk Hazard ArcEdit

Upon seeing it, Tashigi was awed.

Dressrosa ArcEdit

After he saw it, Kin'emon became determined to challenge Zoro so the sword can be returned to Wano Country. While at a restaurant in Acacia, Shusui was stolen by a dwarf named Wicca.[2] Zoro caught the dwarf and reclaimed his sword.

Wano Country ArcEdit

Due to his possession of the sword, Zoro was accused of being behind a series of attacks and was sentenced to commit seppuku, while a magistrate took Shusui for himself. Zoro managed to identify the magistrate as the real culprit and attacked him.[9]

TriviaEdit

  • In Chapter 599, Zoro's Shusui was shown with a different sheath strongly resembling that of Trafalgar Law's nodachi, Kikoku. Although Oda did not write anything about it, it could be taken as a mistake as Zoro is then seen holding Shusui with its traditional sheath with no comments about the change. This error is fixed in the anime episode that adapts this scene from the manga.

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 48 Chapter 462 and Episode 357, Ryuma describes the sword's qualities.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 71 Chapter 702 and Episode 631.
  3. 3.0 3.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 70 Chapter 699 and Episode 625, Kin'emon states how Ryuma's grave was defiled.
  4. 4.0 4.1 One Piece MangaChapter 909 (p. 14), Zoro is accused of robbing Ryuma's grave.
  5. 5.0 5.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 48 Chapter 467 and Episode 362, Ryuma passes Shusui to Zoro upon his defeat.
  6. One Piece Manga — Vol. 51 Chapter 499, Zoro tries to attack Charlos.
  7. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 49 Chapter 473 and Episode 368, Zoro uses Shusui for the first time against Oars.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 49 Chapter 474 and Episode 369, Zoro uses a more powerful Hyaku Hachi Pound Ho and commented on Shusui's weight.
  9. One Piece MangaChapter 909 (p. 14-17), Zoro stands on trial for his possession of Shusui.

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