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Ryuma in One Piece


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


Shimotsuki Ryuma was a samurai from Wano Country's Shimotsuki Family who lived during the "Country of Gold" era. He was legendary and well-known across the world. He was respected for his achievement of slaying a dragon as well as his skill with a sword, for which he was given the nickname Sword God. He is also Roronoa Zoro and Shimotsuki Ushimaru's immediate ancestor.


Twenty years before the start of the story, Gecko Moria broke into Ryuma's sacred burial in Ringo and stole both his body and his sword. The dead man's corpse was eventually brought back to life by Brook's shadow and transformed into a General Zombie to serve Moria on Thriller Bark.


All about Ryuma


Name

Ryuma

First Appearance in Anime

One Piece Episode 342

Voice Actors

Yoshimasa Hosoya (Japanese), Ian Sinclair (English)

DOB

6th November

Gender

Male

Status

Dead

Affiliations

Thriller Bark Pirates, Wano Country, Shimotsuki Family

Occupation

General Zombie, Samurai

Origin

Grand Line

Devil Fruit

Unknown

Bounty

Unknown


History


Past

Ryuma was a well-known samurai in the Wano Country's "Country of Gold" era, hundreds of years ago. He gained fame by slaying a dragon. Ryuma was expelled from a restaurant one specific day because he was unable to pay for his dinner. Ryuma was glancing through the glass at Cyrano's dinner while his stomach grumbled loudly, interrupting Flare's talk with the famed swordsman, who she claimed to have previously seen in another restaurant. Ryuma thanked the young waitress and said that this was his first meal in five days after Flare brought him something to eat. When Cyrano departed the restaurant, his sword's sheath unintentionally brushed Ryuma's, which the samurai mistook for a threat.


Ryuma was shocked when Cyrano defeated him and announced that Ryuma had lost after alerting Cyrano of this and attacking him. Ryuma made an attempt to complete the battle against Flare's orders to cease, but then to everyone's surprise, Ryuma obeyed. Later, Ryuma sat at the bar listening to the barman tell the tale of Flare's homeland, which was destroyed by a dragon and Flare was the sole survivor thanks to Cyrano's rescue. Ryuma said that after hearing Flare's tale, he had grown to like her and considered her to be a very brave young lady. Ryuma also discussed "King" with the barman.


Ryuma said he planned to face King at some point since he thought King had the spirit of a true warrior and was said to be the finest swordsman alive. Ryuma finished his food and made the decision to keep moving. Ryuma's sheath collided with D.R.'s as he was moving along the street. D.R. shouted out and said Ryuma stabbed him while he was being reprimanded by Ryuma for touching his blade. While the audience turned against Ryuma for this denial, D.R. further accused him of desiring the Dragon Horn for himself. The throng around blamed Ryuma for their misfortune and was growing violent until D.R. blew the horn to summon a dragon and destroy the entire town.


She smacked him in the face and labeled him a murderer for instigating the situation, much to Ryuma's amazement. Cyrano showed up on the scene as Ryuma continued to show no signs of understanding the issue and refused to accept responsibility. Only Flare and Ryuma stayed in the town after the majority of the locals had left to converse at the restaurant. Since Cyrano was considered to be a first-class swordsman, Ryuma didn't understand why Flare was so terrified, but Flare rushed off to confront Cyrano because of her memories, and Ryuma followed her outside. Ryuma abruptly paused in amazement when he came up with her and they started fighting once more. He tried to stop Flare from turning around. She turned to see Cyrano and D.R. pillaging the village, but she chose to ignore him.


Ryuma and Flare were able to obtain this information while they listened from behind a building. They discovered that Cyrano and D.R. were partners from the beginning and duped Ryuma into accepting responsibility for the dragon as well as the attack that devastated Flare's hamlet seven years prior. Flare pleaded with Ryuma to leave the town right away and warned him that remaining any longer would be suicide because a dragon had already been called and would still destroy it. She then went home and sobbed uncontrollably. Ryuma followed her and fled to confront Cyrano and D.R. after hearing her crying outside.


Ryuma said to the two criminals that he knew someone who would carelessly smack his sheath against another warrior's sheath, and that person could not have the genuine fighter's soul. Cyrano tried to assault Ryuma after making fun of him, but Ryuma killed him in one blow. Fearing what would happen next, D.R. offered Ryuma the Dragon Horn, which might prevent the dragon from destroying the town, in a last-ditch effort to save his life. However, Ryuma only responded by telling him that he was not a resident of this town before murdering D.R. as well. When the dragon came, Ryuma climbed atop a structure to face it. He then plunged into the air and slashed the dragon's head off with a devastating blow.


After the battle, Ryuma ran into Flare as he was leaving the town and advised him to quit thinking about dying because, in his opinion, death was not at all enjoyable. Ryuma said that victories are judged by what one defends rather than by how well-known one gets when Flare questioned him about why she had never heard of him despite his strength. Later, when the town's residents had gone home, Flare discovered from the barman that Ryuma was truly the swordsman known as "King," a moniker bestowed upon him by many he had saved and who was regarded as the world's greatest swordsman.


Death

Ryuma passed away at the age of 47 from an undisclosed illness, and it is unknown what happened to him after that. Ryuma's body was interred at the Northern Cemetery in Ringo beside Shusui's. The body was completely preserved and hadn't rotted thanks to Ringo's very cold temperature. After Ryuma had been dead for hundreds of years, Moria desecrated his grave by removing both his body and Shusui, which caused the whole Wano Country to collapse.


Thriller Bark Arc

Brook visited Thriller Bark five years before the main story. His shadow was taken and put into Ryuma's corpse using Moria's Devil Fruit abilities after he was arrested. Ryuma became a General Zombie after Absalom abandoned Brook at sea, although Moria was in charge first. Ryuma and Brook engaged in a battle for control of Brook's shadow when Ryuma returned to the island in pursuit of Brook and cleaned several zombies. Despite the fact that they used similar methods, Ryuma had a superior physique and easily outperformed Brook in his own fighting style. Ryuma let Brook go, knowing that killing Brook would kill the shadow and leave him lifeless. The following five years saw Ryuma resume his duty as a General Zombie. During that time, Ryuma strengthened due to the fact that they shared the same thoughts, while Brook strengthened himself to fight him.


On the night the Straw Hats visited Thriller Bark, Ryuma decided to pursue Usopp, Nami, and Chopper after they were ejected from Hogback's chamber by a Jack in a box while he was out and about. They were watching Hogback create his most recent invention in his lab when he caught up to them, and slashed them inside. Ryuma used Hanauta Sancho: Yahazu Giri to assault the three Straw Hats after receiving the instruction from Hogback to do so. The tactic worked, however Nami, Chopper, and Usopp were only knocked unconscious when they were struck with Shusui's back as Ryuma strolled past the three and requested Cindry to make his night meal.


Later, as Ryuma was enjoying tea in Hogback's laboratory, Brook approached him and issued a fighting summons. Ryuma quickly defeated Brook using his own technique after landing a number of bone-breaking blows, during which he declared that Brook's afro was only a vulnerability that could be exploited. Ryuma then grabbed Brook's afro, which he then opted to chop off as a finishing blow to the skeleton. However, just as Ryuma was about to chop the afro off, the entire island started to tremble, causing him to lose his balance and grasp. Ryuma attacked both of them as Franky entered the lab and started attending to Brook, but Zoro stopped his strike and challenged Ryuma to a duel in Brook's place.


Zoro attacked Ryuma after announcing that he would be stealing Shusui from his body. Ryuma blocked before answering with Aubade Coup Droit, which caused a hole to be blown in the wall behind Zoro. Ryuma noticed that Zoro's retaliation had nearly cut him in return as it sliced through the wall behind him. Hogback's laboratory could not withstand the damage and the entire space collapsed as the conflict got more intense Zoro and Ryuma both used strong techniques that destroyed the floor and walls. Ryuma and Zoro continued their conflict on the roof after making their escape from the rubble before the building collapsed. Ryuma and Zoro were still fighting when they suddenly found themselves facing each other on top of two ledges, with nothing but the roof's peak standing between them.


Ryuma used his blade to make a powerful slice through the whole roof, but Zoro ducked the blow and used the portion of the roof that had been torn off as a ramp to strike Ryuma from above. Ryuma was sliced in mid-air by Zoro's Hiryu: Kaen, which resulted in blue flames spreading from the wound, as he jumped towards Zoro and prepared to perform Hanauta Sancho: Yahazu Giri once again. Zoro descended deeper as Ryuma landed on the roof's edge. Ryuma accepted defeat and made the decision to give Zoro his sword, believing that it would be happy to serve the person who had beaten its previous owner. Brook's shadow left the corpse and went back to its true owner as the corpse was soon consumed by the flames and burnt to ashes after acknowledging its sadness at allowing Ryuma's body to be vanquished. Since then until the Wano Country Arc, Zoro carried Shusui in place of Yubashiri, which Marine Captain Shu destroyed.


Legacy

The story of his battle with the dragon was handed down through the ages and became legendary. Due to the country's natural resources, Ryuma is said to have led the samurai in defending it from numerous outside threats, earning himself and his sword Shusui the status of national treasures. This story also helped the world learn about the strength of Wano Country and its samurai. After numerous conflicts, Ryuma's sword Shusui finally evolved into a "Black Blade," and around the time of his passing, he was given the title of "Sword God," with his body continuing to be considered a treasure of Wano. People continue to refer to him as "The Greatest Hero of Wano" even today.


Many other people are aware of Ryuma's fabled sword and are aware that Zoro is in possession of it. These included the samurai Kin'emon and the swordsman Tashigi, the latter of whom attacked Zoro while thinking Zoro was the thief. The sword was taken from Zoro when he went to the Wano Country by Onimaru, who later gave it back to Ryuma's natural resting place. In order to prepare for the decisive confrontation with Kaidou, Zoro wanted to retrieve it, but Kozuki Hiyori was able to convince him to leave it there in return for one of her father's swords.


Personality


Ryuma lived under a strict personal ideology based on fairness and honor. Ryuma was adamant that saving a life was an obligation that only those with virtue could do, and that doing so was the path of a genuine swordsman. In order to do this, Ryuma would occasionally heed the advice of someone he owed money to, despite the fact that it went against his personal convictions. In addition, he thought that rather than focusing on glory, a war should be judged by what was safeguarded. As a swordsman, Ryuma had an odd habit: he would immediately interpret any unintentional touch of another person's sword sheath with his as an invitation to a battle to the death.


Ryuma in One Piece
Still from the anime


The reason for this behavior is Ryuma's belief that the sword is the swordsman. Despite his best efforts, this propensity would cause him to engage in pointless and gruesome fights. Ryuma was not good with money, either. As a result, Ryuma would very frequently find himself without money and without food for days. Ryuma's zombie habits are a lot like Brook's. Although Ryuma mostly shares Brook's demeanor, he has a somewhat different worldview. While Brook treasures his afro, Ryuma simply sees it as an eyesore since he has abandoned his history as a part of Brook and every memory associated with it. In Ryuma's eyes, it is a flaw in Brook that may be taken advantage of in their combat.


He also exhibits a distinct sadistic bent, acting extremely harshly towards Brook, his "former master;" in battle, Ryuma seems to relish causing both physical and emotional suffering as well as playing games with him when he could have easily prevailed as the stronger of the two. He still exhibits an enthusiasm for combat that is more in keeping with his body's samurai heritage. After Zoro had vanquished him, he felt a great sense of shame about himself.


Appearance


Ryuma in One Piece
Still from the anime


When Ryuma was alive, he had black hair that was top knotted at the end. He also wore a straightforward khaki samurai gi and plain zori sandals. Later in adulthood, he developed a scar over his left eye and became a one-eyed swordsman. Ryuma is much shorter than Brook as a zombie. He is wearing a samurai gi with exquisite decorations that is more ornate than his initial costume, and multiple bandages are covering a portion of his skull face that is covered with no eyes and no nose. He also has a blue midriff band with a whirling pattern, replacing the zri sandals of his previous life with geta. Ryuma has whitened his black hair, is wearing a blue scarf over half of his mouth, and has Shusui strapped to his right hip.


Ryuma ’s abilities, strengths, and fighting style


Ryuma was incredibly physically strong, as seen by the force he used in his swordsmanship to sever the head off a gigantic dragon in a single motion. A bronze statue was also slashed in half by him. Ryuma could sprint for long distances and had a high level of stamina. He could also jump to tremendous heights and land safely. His physical power combined with his sword proficiency allowed him to fight monsters without ever getting hurt.


Ryuma in One Piece
Still from the anime


In Wano Country, Ryuma was well respected for his exceptional swordsmanship. He eventually became referred to as the "Sword God" in Wano, and even centuries after his passing, his prowess is still considered as legendary. Due to his reputation as the strongest swordsman of his day and his fervent dedication to protecting others, Ryuma has access to all of Brook's sword skills because he is a zombie who has taken over his shadow. The strength of Ryuma's physique, in contrast to Brook's, greatly increases the effectiveness of the methods. The gap between the two is so great that Ryuma can beat Brook with just a small portion of his full power.


In addition to Brook's sword prowess, Ryuma possessed incredible power that allowed him to kill Nami, Usopp, and Chopper with only one strike while just needing to utilize the dull edge of his blade. He possesses so much strength that, unlike Brook, he is able to totally cut through the spire roof of a tower with a single strike, penetrate through walls at a distance with the air pressure from his stab, and shatter an enemy's blade after only a few battles. Zoro and Ryuma have the same build as swordsmen, as Brook had seen. If they were physically equal, any combat between them would be over very fast since their destructive powers would be so near to one another.


Ryuma’s special abilities


Weapons

Shusui, one of the 21 Great Swords, came into Ryuma's possession at some point in his life. It stands out because of its flower-shaped guard and black blade. Even after he passed away, the sword was still with him. Shusui, because of its connection to Ryuma, is regarded as a national treasure in Wano Country. Before getting Shusui, Ryuma used a sword with a guard like Yubashiri's during his illustrious battle with the dragon.


Haki

Ryuma had "Ryuo" throughout his life, which is another name for Busoshoku Haki in Wano. He was able to transform Shusui into a permanent Black Blade after multiple encounters, however, it is unknown how skilled he was with it.


Ryuma ’s Top fights


Shimotsuki Ryuma vs. Brook

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=krIjLymZkEU


Shimotsuki Ryuma vs. Roronoa Zoro

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v9knZNvzKfo


Ryuma in Other Media


Ryuma is not only an anime character but is also a video game character:


Video Games

  • One Piece Treasure Cruise

  • One Piece Bounty Rush

  • One Piece Romance Dawn: The Dawn of the Adventure

  • One Piece Bon! Bon! Journey!!


Quotes of Ryuma From One Piece


  • Yohoho, you have a good eye. This is one of the 21 Great Swords. It is the meito Shusui. It is a sword not seen by many eyes.

  • He is a man who came from "Wano Country" in the "New World"!!! Believe it or not, a long time ago he was known as a legendary samurai who killed a dragon!!! And his story is still passed down to this day!!!

  • When a person has been slashed by a master, the master can casually walk three paces while humming before the person notices.


FAQs

Q. What does Ryuma like to eat?

A. Ryuma likes to eat curry.

Q. When is Ryuma’s birthday?

A. Ryuma’s birthday is on the 6th of November.

Q. What does Shimotsuki mean?

A. "Shimotsuki" is November in Japanese, the month when Ryuma was born.
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