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Bunbuku in One Piece

Bunbuku in One Piece.
Bunbuku in One Piece. Still from the anime.


Bunbuku is a fictional character in the popular manga and its anime adaptation, the One Piece series, written and illustrated by Eiichiro Oda.


Disclaimer: This article will contain details revolving around Bunbuku and might contain spoilers for some viewers. Readers are advised to proceed at their own discretion.


Bunbuku is a teapot owned by Tenguyama Hitetsu. It gained life after "consuming" the Inu Inu no Mi, Model: Tanuki.


All About Bunbuku


Name

Bunbuku

First Appearance

One Piece Episode 894: He'll Come - The Legend of Ace in Wano Country!

Status

Alive

Devil Fruit

Inu Inu no Mi, Model: Tanuki (Dog-Dog Fruit, Model Tanuki)


Bunbuku’s History


Bunbuku, at some point, gained the powers of the Inu Inu no Mi, Model: Tanuki, becoming alive through unknown means.


In the Wano Country arc, It watched as Tama served Monkey D. Luffy rice in Tenguyama Hitetsu's home in Amigasa Village. When Tama fell ill, Bunbuku stood by her side.


Later, when Tama was returned injured, Bunbuku observed as Hitetsu thanked Chopper and some minks for treating her. When Tama, Kiku, Momonosuke, and Chopper went for a walk to Kuri Beach, Bunbuku listened as Hitetsu communicated with them through a Smart Tanishi.


Bunbuku’s Personality


Bunbuku is usually very quiet and doesn't move much. However, it appears to care for its owner's ward, Tama, as it showed surprise upon learning that she had gone far away.


Bunbuku’s Appearance


Bunbuku in One Piece.
Bunbuku, as seen in One Piece digitally colorized manga.


Bunbuku is a sizeable teapot decorated with dots around its middle. Due to its Devil Fruit transformation, it now features a tanuki's head where the spout should be, a striped tail replacing the handle on the opposite side, and it stands on tanuki legs at the bottom.


Its eyes have a yellow sclera in the manga and a white sclera in the anime. Bunbuku is typically seen standing or sitting on a large, flat, fleshy sack, which does not appear to be directly connected to it.


Bunbuku’s Abilities


As a teapot, Bunbuku can store tea and other liquids. After "eating" the Inu Inu no Mi, Model: Tanuki, a Zoan-type Devil Fruit, Bunbuku gained the ability to transform into a tanuki, turning it into a living creature.


Bunbuku’s Relationship with Others


Bunbuku in One Piece.
Still from the anime.


Before eating the Inu Inu no Mi, Model: Tanuki, Bunbuku was a carefully used teapot by Hitetsu. Hitetsu holds Bunbuku in high regard, and they share a close bond. Bunbuku has been Hitetsu's pet since gaining the ability to transform into a tanuki


Did You Know?


  • Bunbuku gets its name from a Japanese folktale about a tanuki turning into a teapot.

  • The character humorously sits on its own testicles, a reference to traditional tanuki depictions.

  • Despite being a teapot originally, eating the Inu Inu no Mi, Model: Tanuki prevents Bunbuku from boiling water, as it gets hurt by fire.

  • Bunbuku is the only non-weapon, canon Zoan-powered object in One Piece.

  • It shares similarities with the non-canon character Pato, both being inanimate objects with tanuki Zoan devil fruits, although Pato transforms into a fictional monster.


FAQs

Q. Who is Bunbuku in One Piece?

A. Bunbuku is a teapot owned by Tenguyama Hitetsu. It gained life after "consuming" the Inu Inu no Mi, Model: Tanuki.

Q. When does Bunbuku first appear in One Piece?

A. Bunbuku first appears in One Piece episode 894, titled "He'll Come - The Legend of Ace in Wano Country!"

Q. Who is Tama in One Piece?

A. Kurozumi Tama, who is often referred to as O-Tama, is a young girl from Wano Country's Kuri area. She is a Kasa weaver working for Tenguyama Hitetsu and a kunoichi trainee learning under Shinobu. She is the last member of the Kurozumi Family still alive.
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