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Sengoku in One Piece

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


Sengoku 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 Sengoku and might contain spoilers for some viewers. Readers are advised to proceed at their own discretion.


Sengoku, also known as Sengoku the Buddha, is a former fleet admiral of the Marines, the organization responsible for maintaining order and justice in the One Piece world. Sengoku held the position of fleet admiral after succeeding Kong and was succeeded by Sakazuki.


He played a significant role in the events of the Summit War of Marineford, a major arc in the series. After the war, he retired from his leadership position but remained in the Marines as an inspector general. As an inspector general, he likely provided oversight and guidance to ensure the organization's integrity and adherence to its principles.


Sengoku was a prominent figure during the era when Gol D. Roger, the legendary "Pirate King," was alive, and he continued to be relevant in the present timeline even after retiring from the Marines.


Throughout his life, he had close relationships with several important characters, including Donquixote Rosinante and X Drake, whom he raised as if they were his own sons.


In the Marineford Arc, Sengoku is depicted as one of the three main antagonists, along with Sakazuki and Marshall D. Teach (also known as Blackbeard).


All About Sengoku


Name

Sengoku

Alias

Sengoku the Buddha

First Appearance in Anime

One Piece Episode 151: The 100,000,000 Man!

The World's Highest Authority and the Pirate Blackbeard

Japanese Voice Actor

Takkō Ishimori (former)

Tōru Ōkawa (Unlimited World Red; 3D2Y; Episode 703+)

English Voice Actor

Ed Blaylock (Episode 151-511, Strong World, Film Z, 3D2Y)

Philip Weber (One Piece: Stampede, Episode 703+)

Birthday

9th May

Age

77 (debut)

79 (after timeskip)

Gender

Male

Status

Alive

Affiliations

Marines (semi-retired)

Occupation

Inspector General

Fleet Admiral (former)

Admiral (former)

Origin

South Blue

Devil Fruit

Hito Hito no Mi, Model: Daibutsu (Human-Human Fruit, Model: Buddha)

Bounty

NA


Sengoku’s History


Sengoku's early life was shrouded in mystery as not much was known about his background, except that he hailed from the South Blue. At the age of 23, he made a significant decision to join the Marines, alongside other notable figures like Monkey D. Garp and Tsuru.


As the years passed, Sengoku steadily rose through the ranks within the Marines, showcasing his exceptional skill and dedication. Eventually, he achieved the prestigious rank of Admiral, becoming one of the highest-ranking officers before the Great Age of Pirates.


Around 40 years ago, Sengoku found himself entangled in a momentous event known as the Rocks Pirates incident. This incident had far-reaching implications and involved some of the most notorious pirates and Marines of that time.


Around 31 years ago, Sengoku's life took a different turn when he encountered an 8-year-old boy named Donquixote Rosinante. The young boy was grieving the loss of his father, who had been killed by his own brother, Doflamingo. Sengoku saw potential in Rosinante and took him under his wing, treating him as a surrogate son. As Rosinante grew older, he eventually joined the Marines as well.


Sengoku in One Piece.
Still from the anime.


About 27 years prior to the current events of the storyline, the Marines received intel about a confrontation between two legendary figures – the fearsome pirate Shiki and the renowned Gol D. Roger. The situation demanded immediate action, and Sengoku, along with his trusted comrade Garp and other high-ranking Marines, were dispatched to handle the situation.


However, nature had other plans, and a powerful storm during the battle resulted in the destruction of half of Shiki's fleet. Three years later, a pivotal moment in history occurred when Gol D. Roger, the Pirate King, surrendered himself to the Marines.


His impending execution was announced, shaking the world to its core. As the execution date neared, Shiki, still seeking vengeance, launched a daring attack on Marineford. Sengoku and Garp united their forces to face the formidable pirate.


The ensuing battle was fierce, leaving Marineford heavily damaged. Nevertheless, their combined strength prevailed, and they managed to defeat Shiki, who was subsequently imprisoned in the feared underwater prison, Impel Down.


Ohara Incident


Sengoku, a prominent figure in the Marines, rose through the ranks and became an Admiral before the Great Age of Pirates. One significant event he was involved in was the Buster Call mission on Ohara.


Sengoku in One Piece.
Still from the anime.


He received orders from the World Government to carry out this secret mission, which involved sending a powerful attack to obliterate Ohara, a land of scholars interested in history. Despite objections from Vice Admiral Jaguar D. Saul, who pleaded that the Oharans were harmless scholars, Sengoku proceeded with the mission.


During this time, a young girl named Nico Robin managed to escape the devastation caused by the Buster Call. Sengoku and other high-ranking officials considered her a threat and put a substantial bounty on her head to facilitate her capture.


Pursuit of the Donquixote Pirates


Sengoku had a close relationship with Donquixote Rosinante, whom he met 31 years before the current storyline. Rosinante was grieving the loss of his father and was taken under Sengoku's wing, with Sengoku treating him as a son. Rosinante eventually joined the Marines and became a commander.


Sengoku assigned Rosinante a mission to spy on the Donquixote Pirates, led by his elder brother, Donquixote Doflamingo, ensuring no children got involved with the dangerous pirate crew. Tragically, Rosinante's mission ended in his death, leaving Sengoku devastated by the loss of the young Marine he had come to care for deeply.


After Rosinante's passing, Sengoku encountered X Drake, who had fled from his father's pirate crew. He took Drake in and treated him like a son, similarly to how he had done with Rosinante.


Jaya Arc


After Crocodile was defeated by Monkey D. Luffy and stripped of his rank as a Warlord of the Sea, Sengoku was called in to discuss Crocodile's replacement in Mary Geoise. During the meeting, he arrived late and found Doflamingo messing around with some Marine officials. He told Doflamingo to stop and then started the meeting.


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Later, Laffitte, a newcomer, suggested Marshall D. Teach (Blackbeard) as a candidate to replace Crocodile. Sengoku wasn't familiar with Teach and questioned his suitability, but Laffitte assured them that they had a plan to make Teach famous. Laffitte left, introducing his crew, the Blackbeard Pirates.


Post-Enies Lobby Arc


Following the destruction of Enies Lobby, Sengoku learned from Garp that Luffy was his grandson. He was annoyed that Garp hadn't shared this information earlier and ordered him to go back to Water 7 to capture Luffy.


Thriller Bark Arc


After Gecko Moria's defeat, Sengoku was in Mary Geoise with Garp and Bartholomew Kuma. He was angry that Kuma didn't eliminate the Straw Hat Pirates and return with Luffy's head as proof, as he had issued the order to terminate the pirate crew.


He also voiced concern about the Straw Hat Pirates' increasing proximity to Marine Headquarters and was irritated when Garp seemed more interested in tea and crackers than his grandson's progress.


One Piece Film: Strong World (Non-Canon)


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When the notorious pirate Shiki returned after a 20-year disappearance, he attacked Marineford, showcasing his powers by levitating and hurling fleets of ships at the island as a warning to the Marines. Sengoku was surprised that Shiki was still alive after all this time. However, days later, Shiki was surprisingly defeated by Luffy, leading Sengoku to lament that the Marines were useless and had been saved by pirates.


Sabaody Archipelago Arc


Sengoku was greatly irritated by Luffy's audacious attack on World Noble Saint Charlos and for "taking hostage" his father and sister. Admiral Kizaru offered to handle the problem personally, and Sengoku gave him permission to go to Sabaody Archipelago to deal with the situation.


Amazon Lily Arc


During that time, Sengoku received a report that Vice Admiral Momonga managed to "convince" Pirate Empress Boa Hancock to follow the government's summons. He acknowledged Hancock's strength but was troubled by Jinbe's refusal to cooperate with the Marines and his willingness to fight them instead of Whitebeard.


Meanwhile, Admiral Kizaru captured many pirates at Sabaody, sending 500 to Impel Down. Sengoku was annoyed and focused only on Whitebeard. He ignored an incident with Saint Charlos and got upset that Garp had already left for Impel Down. Meanwhile, Whitebeard's ship, the Moby Dick, destroyed 23 patrol ships, leading to extreme caution being ordered at Impel Down.


Impel Down Arc


Sengoku was displeased to learn that Luffy had broken into Impel Down to rescue Portgas D. Ace, especially when they were preparing for war against Whitebeard. Garp found it amusing that his grandson would go to such lengths to save Ace.


Sengoku in One Piece.
Still from the anime.


Sengoku was angry, stating that nobody had attempted such a daring act in Impel Down's history, and he was annoyed that it was Garp's grandson who did it. He expressed frustration with Garp but acknowledged that his position as the "Hero of the Marines" prevented him from taking personal responsibility for his family's actions.


As the situation grew more intense, Blackbeard and his crew stole a Marine ship and broke into Impel Down, leaving Sengoku distraught upon hearing the news, further escalating the challenges faced by the Marines.


Marineford Arc


Three hours before Ace's execution, Sengoku told Garp that he would reveal Ace's true identity to the world - that he is the son of Gol D. Roger, the Pirate King. Garp agreed to this. Sengoku informed his subordinates about Ace's true parentage and then Whitebeard and his allies arrived at Marineford.


Whitebeard, who had not seen Sengoku in decades, began attacking. Sengoku revealed that Whitebeard has a powerful ability called the Gura Gura no Mi, which can destroy the world. The war between the Marines and pirates began. Sengoku remained determined to execute Ace as planned.


Sengoku in One Piece.
Still from the anime.


Luffy, Ace's adoptive brother, entered the war and Jinbe resigned from the Warlord of the Sea title, angering Sengoku. Sengoku agreed to execute all the Impel Down escapees and revealed that Luffy is not only Ace's adoptive brother but also the son of the Revolutionary Dragon, making him a dangerous person in the future.


Whitebeard split his forces, and Sengoku realized he had sensed the Fleet Admiral's trickery but believed it wouldn't save him. Sengoku ordered Akainu to deceive one of Whitebeard's allies, Squard, causing chaos among the pirates.


Soon after, an army of Pacifista appeared, and Sengoku ordered them to attack the pirates, even though they were not all in the bay as planned. In the meantime, Buggy interrupted the video broadcast, delaying Ace's execution.


During the battle, Sengoku's plan to deceive Squard worked as expected. The Pacifistas attacked everyone in the bay except the Whitebeard Pirates. Squard, fueled by his hatred towards Roger and Ace, believed Akainu's lies and attacked Whitebeard, stabbing him. However, Buggy's Den Den Mushi broadcasted everything to the world.


When Whitebeard entered the battle and caused earthquakes, Sengoku ordered the raising of a siege wall, but it was hindered by Little Oars Jr.'s body. He then instructed Akainu to melt the ice beneath the pirates. Luffy broke through the wall and stood before the execution platform.


Ace's execution began, but Crocodile attacked the executioners unexpectedly. Later, the Whitebeard Pirates breached the wall, and Sengoku prepared to join the fight.


When Marco flew towards the execution platform, Garp attacked him without orders from Sengoku. Ace was moved to tears by everyone's sacrifices for him.


Sengoku in One Piece.
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After Marco and Jozu were severely injured, Sengoku ordered the Marines to focus on Whitebeard. Whitebeard refused to die until he secured a future for his "children." Sengoku ordered another pair of executioners to proceed with Ace's execution, but Luffy used Haoshoku Haki to knock them out, surprising Sengoku.


When Luffy used Inazuma's powers to reach the execution platform, Sengoku was upset that Garp hesitated and let his grandson pass through. He even mentioned that he understood the feeling as he too was a father. Angry at Luffy's attempt to save Ace, Sengoku transformed into his giant form and tried to carry out the execution himself.


During their clash, Luffy activated Gear 3, increasing his body size, surprising Sengoku. However, Luffy's attack was stopped by Mr. 3's defense. Sengoku's punch destroyed the execution platform, and he fell to the ground with the pirates.


After Ace was freed, Sengoku felt ashamed for allowing Ace to escape in his presence. Meanwhile, Whitebeard was wreaking havoc on Marineford, and Sengoku saw him as the immediate threat.


When Akainu killed Ace, Garp wanted revenge, but Sengoku stopped him from acting on his desires by pinning him down to the ground. Sengoku was shocked at Whitebeard's immense power even after sustaining serious injuries.


Sengoku in One Piece.
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Sengoku's fury grew when the Blackbeard Pirates arrived, revealing that they wanted the Warlord of the Sea title to recruit Impel Down prisoners. Whitebeard's final words about the Will of D. frightened Sengoku, and he was furious that Whitebeard revealed the existence of One Piece to the world.


After Whitebeard's death, Sengoku witnessed Blackbeard somehow stealing Whitebeard's Gura Gura no Mi powers and using them to attack Marineford.


When Blackbeard threatened to sink Marineford and declared this age as his own, Sengoku transformed into his Buddha form and sent a powerful shockwave, scattering the Blackbeard Pirates. He warned Blackbeard not to spout nonsense about destroying the symbol of justice and prepared to defend the pride of the Marines.


Blackbeard taunted Sengoku and Garp, saying he would end their age just as he did with Whitebeard.


The battle came to a halt when Koby screamed for everyone to stop. Sengoku listened to Koby's speech and then witnessed Shanks' arrival. Shanks stopped Akainu from harming Koby and declared his intention to end the war.


After a brief conversation with Shanks, Sengoku allowed him to take the bodies of Ace and Whitebeard. He took full responsibility for letting all the pirates go and ordered the Marines to tend to the wounded, declaring that the war was over.


Post-War Arc


After the war's aftermath, Sengoku was sitting on a pile of rubble, covered in bandages from his injuries during the battle. He learned about Magellan's critical condition and forbade him from taking responsibility for the prison breakouts or committing suicide.


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Sengoku was informed that other Level 6 prisoners from Impel Down had escaped, not just the ones Blackbeard took. He became angry at the World Government for trying to keep this information quiet to save face.


Two weeks later, Sengoku approached Commander-in-Chief Kong and resigned from his position as fleet admiral. Kong accepted his decision and assured him that his and Garp's records would remain untainted for recruiting new Marines. Sengoku recommended Aokiji as his successor.


One Piece Film: Z (Non-Canon)


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After the destruction of Secon Island by former Admiral Z, Sengoku, and Garp reflected on their tragic past and the danger innocent civilians faced. Garp explained Z's backstory to Koby and Helmeppo while Sengoku silently remembered his old friend.


Dressrosa Arc


Following Doflamingo's defeat, Sengoku discussed the news with Tsuru while snacking on okaki.


Three days later, Sengoku and Tsuru arrived at Dressrosa, where they met Admiral Fujitora. Sengoku was relieved not to be the Fleet Admiral anymore. They encountered Princess Mansherry of the Tontatta Tribe, who had healing abilities. Sengoku offered to assist in healing the injured.


Sengoku in One Piece.
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Later, Sengoku had a private conversation with Law about Rosinante near the eastern port. Law revealed he was a "D." and asked about it, surprising Sengoku. Sengoku advised Law to live his life as Rosinante wanted.


When Fujitora allowed Luffy and his allies to escape, Sengoku overheard him thanking Luffy. After leaving Dressrosa, Sengoku and the Marines escorted Doflamingo. Sengoku asked Fujitora to apologize to Sakazuki, but he refused. Later, Jack, a subordinate of Kaido, attacked the Marine convoy but was defeated.


Levely Arc


Sengoku returned to New Marineford and had a humorous exchange with Sakazuki about his difficult job as Fleet Admiral.


One Piece: Stampede (Non-Canon)


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Outside the Marine Headquarters, Garp met with Sengoku, who began telling him about Douglas Bullet's past.


Wano Country Arc


After the abolishment of the Warlords of the Sea system and learning about Big Mom and Kaido's alliance, Sengoku participated in a meeting with Marine officers. He talked about the Rocks Pirates and their captain, Rocks D. Xebec, and explained the God Valley Incident and Garp's history with Roger facing the Rocks Pirates.


Sakazuki entered the meeting and discussed the Marines' decision to leave Wano Country alone due to their lack of manpower to deal with both Big Mom and Kaido. Sengoku and Sakazuki also discussed Kozuki Oden and his connections to the Four Emperors.


Egghead Arc


Some days later, Sengoku and Tsuru read about T-Bone's murder by an unknown assassin, who was motivated by a bounty reward from the Cross Guild for eliminating Marines. They express concern about the threats the Navy faces from both pirates and common people.


Sengoku’s Personality


Sengoku in One Piece.
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Sengoku is a complex character marked by a strong sense of justice, integrity, and intelligence. His stern exterior as a Marine leader and his strict adherence to his personal motto, "Reigning Justice", underscore a sense of dutifulness and rigidity. He is highly dedicated to the cause of the World Government, though he has been shown to question their decisions, especially those he perceives as compromising security or integrity.


His intolerance for criminality is unwavering, and he has a strong tendency to get irritated with failure. His commitment to justice was both his driving force and a source of tension. He could be quite inflexible when it came to dealing with criminals, refusing to let them go under any circumstances and often getting frustrated with failures.


He was also known to be irritated by disobedience, demonstrating an uncompromising side. However, his sense of justice was not one-sided. It was more a mix of absolute and moral justice, as indicated by his actions and speeches about morality.


His pragmatism was reflected in his belief that justice was a matter of personal values and that one form of justice should not be prioritized over another. His refusal to endorse mass-murder weapons and experimentation on prisoners is a testament to his sense of morality.


While known for his calm demeanor, Sengoku is not without a temper, especially when faced with events that upset the balance of justice or cause chaos, such as the antics of the Monkey family or the World Government's decision to cover up the breakout from Level Six of Impel Down. His anger is driven by his commitment to protect the innocent and maintain order in the world.


Despite his seriousness and commitment to justice, Sengoku was also capable of showing compassion and kindness. This was particularly evident in his concern for the welfare of civilians and his actions to prevent their involvement in conflicts. He was also deeply affected by the loss of those he cared for, demonstrating emotional depth and sensitivity.


As a strategist and leader, Sengoku was intelligent and observant. He kept a close eye on potential threats and was highly knowledgeable about world affairs. His views on individuals were deeply influenced by their lineage, highlighting his belief in the influence of heritage on potential impact.


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Sengoku underwent a significant transformation after resigning from the Marines, becoming more cheerful, laid-back, and casual, much like his friend Garp. His interactions with others became more jovial, reflecting a shift in his responsibilities and outlook.


However, his wisdom and insight remained, contributing to his role as a mentor and guide for the new generation of Marines. In his personal life, Sengoku enjoyed simple pleasures, such as munching on fried rice crackers, okaki, and eating soba noodles. These quirks brought a sense of humanity and relatability to his character.


Sengoku’s Appearance


Sengoku in One Piece.
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Sengoku is a tall, muscular man with fair skin, signifying his robust health and physical strength. He is characterized by a long, braided goatee and a mustache, giving him a distinctive and imposing look. One of his constant companions is his pet goat, which often accompanies him.


His hair, hidden under a cap, is styled into a large afro, which was only revealed when he used his Devil Fruit powers. Remarkably, despite being an elderly man, Sengoku exhibits few signs of physical aging. His hair remained its original color until the two-year timeskip, at which point it turned gray.


Sengoku's attire usually consists of a full Marine admiral uniform, which is white and gold and adorned with medals, reflecting his high rank and significant achievements. The uniform features unique elements, such as a life-size seagull perched on top of his cap and an oversized Marine coat that he wears like a cape.


The back of the coat bears the kanji for justice in blue, symbolizing his dedication to upholding justice. His uniform also features distinctive white cuffs. Twenty years prior to the present storyline, when he served as an admiral, Sengoku chose not to cover his afro and wore a mustache only.


His attire was significantly less formal during this time: a simple black tank top, blue jeans, and glasses, with his Marine coat being the only indicator of his rank. When he was fighting Shiki in Marineford, his attire consisted of a black double-breasted suit with a blue tie under his coat.


As an Admiral, he also began to grow his trademark braided goatee, though it was considerably shorter than it is currently. His epaulettes during this period were red and black, similar to Garp's.


Sengoku in One Piece.
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In his youth, Sengoku's attire was even more casual. He did not cover his afro and lacked a beard. He was often seen wearing a karate uniform with a black belt. His appearance as a child included his iconic afro and he wore a karate uniform with a black belt tied around his waist, hinting at his martial arts training from a young age.


After the two-year timeskip, there were noticeable changes in Sengoku's appearance. His hair turned gray and he grew sideburns. His formal uniform was replaced with more casual attire in line with his retirement. He opted for a dark blue shirt with red and green zig-zag patterns, an orange tie, white Marine shorts, and his Marine coat.


Sengoku’s Abilities


As the former Fleet Admiral of the entire Marine force, Sengoku wielded immense authority and power. He had the power to command every Marine action, including summoning a Buster Call or altering a Warlord's title. His power was only superseded by a select few, including Imu, the Five Elders, and Commander-in-Chief Kong. Despite resigning from his post, Sengoku is still recognized for his exceptional abilities.


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Sengoku was considered one of the most powerful Marines of his generation, along with Garp. Esteemed figures like Gol D. Roger and Whitebeard held him in high regard. His power was proven in battle against strong adversaries like Shiki, an immensely powerful swordsman whom he subdued in cooperation with Garp.


Even in his late seventies, Sengoku could still defeat formidable foes, such as Jack, a high-ranking member of the Beasts Pirates. Sengoku is recognized as an exceptional strategist with deep military experience. His strategic brilliance was displayed in the Whitebeard War at Marineford, where he successfully deployed various maneuvers to disrupt the opposition's composure and alliances.


He carefully considered the capabilities of his subordinates when formulating his strategies, demonstrating his tactical foresight and adaptability. In terms of physical abilities, Sengoku possesses immense strength, even without his Devil Fruit powers.


He is shown to restrain an enraged Garp with one hand and is a highly skilled hand-to-hand combatant. His strength combined with his Devil Fruit power allows him to knock away the powerful members of the Blackbeard Pirates. He also exhibits exceptional speed, even in his transformed state.


Sengoku's Devil Fruit, the Hito Hito no Mi, Model: Daibutsu, is a Mythical Zoan-type that allows him to transform into a giant golden Buddha or a human-Buddha hybrid at will. In this form, his already formidable physical capabilities are further enhanced. He can produce a powerful golden shockwave, capable of sending a group of powerful adversaries flying, and even clash evenly with Blackbeard's Gura Gura no Mi in the anime.


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Sengoku is also proficient in Haki and is one of the rare individuals who can use all three types of Haki. This includes Busoshoku Haki, which allows him to create a force akin to invisible armor around himself, greatly increasing his offensive and defensive capabilities. Although he hasn't showcased his usage of it in the manga, it's confirmed that he possesses this ability in the game Burning Blood.


Sengoku’s Relationships

Marines

Monkey D. Garp


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Sengoku and Garp have a complex relationship. They have been lifetime colleagues and have great respect for each other due to Garp's status as a "Hero of the Marines." However, their friendship was tested when Sengoku discovered that Garp withheld the information that Monkey D. Luffy, a notorious pirate, is his grandson.


This angered Sengoku, especially given Luffy's repeated actions against the World Government. Despite their disagreements and frustration, Sengoku still considers Garp an important friend and ally. They have had moments of concern and camaraderie, but their differing approaches to duty and family have caused some tension between them.


Garp adopted Ace, the son of Pirate King Gol D. Roger, and kept it secret from the World Government. Sengoku warned Garp not to let his emotions cloud his judgment regarding Ace's execution. It's not explicitly stated how Sengoku feels about Ace, but given his position as Fleet Admiral, he must prioritize the government's interests over personal feelings.


Sengoku knows that Dragon, the infamous Revolutionary leader, is Luffy's father and Garp's son. The exact timeline of when Sengoku learned about this and how it affected Garp's standing in the Marines is unclear. Sengoku later revealed this information to the world, possibly as a way to put pressure on Garp and show that no one is above the law.


Vice-Admiral Tsuru


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Sengoku and Tsuru have a professional relationship. They have worked together in the past, and Tsuru used to serve under Sengoku's orders. Despite being outranked by him, Tsuru is not afraid to speak her mind and even called him a fool once. Presently, she appears annoyed with Sengoku's cheerful disposition and lack of responsibility, which reminds her of Garp's behavior.


Kuzan (Aokiji)


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Sengoku shows great respect for Kuzan, the former Admiral. He appreciates Kuzan's view on justice and believes in his potential for leadership. Sengoku nominated Kuzan to replace him as Fleet Admiral when he decided to step down, indicating the level of trust and admiration he holds for him.


Issho (Fujitora)


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Sengoku shows respect for Issho, the newly promoted Admiral. He admires Issho's view on justice, especially when Issho exposed the abuse of the Warlord of the Sea position by Donquixote Doflamingo to the public.


However, Sengoku does lightly suggest that Issho apologizes to Sakazuki (Akainu) to mitigate the punishment he received for refusing to suppress the Government's decision to allow Doflamingo to take over Dressrosa. Sengoku's relationship with Issho appears to be supportive and understanding, though he also recognizes the complexities and challenges of leading the Marines.


Sakazuki (Akainu)


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Sengoku's relationship with his successor as Fleet Admiral, Sakazuki, seems casual and amicable. He is amused by Sakazuki's use of a loophole to attend the Levely, and the two share conversations about various matters, such as Kozuki Oden. Despite being casual, there is still a level of respect and acknowledgment of each other's roles and decisions within the Marines.


Donquixote Rosinante (Corazon)


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Sengoku had great trust in Rosinante, the younger brother of the future Warlord of the Sea, Donquixote Doflamingo. Sengoku took Rosinante under his wing when he was 8 years old and helped him become a Marine. Sengoku always saw Rosinante as a son and was devastated when Rosinante's death was reported.


Despite Rosinante lying to Sengoku once regarding the Minion Island incident, Sengoku later sought closure and confirmation of the circumstances surrounding Rosinante's death by conversing with Trafalgar Law. The relationship between Sengoku and Rosinante is one of trust, mentorship, and deep emotional connection.


X Drake


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After fleeing his father's crew, Sengoku took in Drake and treated him like his own son. The exact details of their relationship are not fully elaborated upon in the series, but it seems that Sengoku played a significant role in Drake's life and upbringing, showing a sense of responsibility and care for him.


World Government


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Sengoku was once fiercely loyal to the World Government and held them in high regard. However, over time, his trust in the government, especially the Five Elders, has eroded. He became disillusioned with their decisions, such as suppressing information about the Impel Down incident and not issuing bounties for the escaped Level 6 criminals.


This led to his retirement from the Marines, indicating a significant loss of faith in the institution he once served.


Enemies

Edward Newgate (Whitebeard)


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Sengoku respects Whitebeard and acknowledges him as the greatest of all legendary pirates. Despite being enemies, there is mutual respect between Sengoku and Whitebeard, and Sengoku honors Whitebeard's wishes, as shown by allowing the proper burial of Whitebeard and Ace after the Marineford War.


Marshall D. Teach (Blackbeard)


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Sengoku harbors a great deal of hatred towards Blackbeard due to various reasons, including his betrayal of the Marines, recruitment of dangerous prisoners, and attempts to destroy Marineford. Blackbeard's actions have deeply angered and disappointed Sengoku, leading to a strong animosity between the two.


Monkey D. Luffy


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Initially, Sengoku was extremely displeased with Luffy's actions, which often dealt severe blows to the World Government and challenged their authority. He viewed Luffy as a significant threat, especially due to his heritage as the son of Dragon and brother of Ace.


However, after the timeskip, Sengoku's animosity towards Luffy seems to have diminished, and he no longer reprimands others for letting Luffy escape, indicating a possible shift in his feelings towards the young pirate.


Shanks


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Despite being a pirate and an enemy, Sengoku shows respect towards Shanks. This is evident when he agrees to end the war with the Whitebeard Pirates and honors Shanks' wish to give a proper burial to Whitebeard and Ace. Sengoku's respect for Shanks is notable, as he usually does not show such regard even towards members of the Seven Warlords of the Sea.


Shiki


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Sengoku viewed Shiki as his main enemy twenty years ago and had a personal vendetta against him. He saw capturing Shiki as his responsibility and was willing to fight him alongside Garp during the Marineford attack, even though he acknowledged the destructive power of Shiki. Sengoku's determination to capture Shiki goes beyond seeking fame and is rooted in a desire to bring down his formidable foe.


Trafalgar D. Water Law


Sengoku in One Piece.
Still from the anime.


Despite being on opposing sides, Sengoku and Law share a connection through their mutual care for Donquixote Rosinante. Sengoku respected Rosinante's sacrifice and told Law to live on in his memory. He allowed Law to leave Dressrosa, showing a level of understanding and respect for Law's connection to Rosinante, even though Law is a pirate and a former Warlord.


Jack


Sengoku in One Piece.
Still from the anime.


Sengoku's reputation alone was not enough to deter Jack from attempting to rescue Doflamingo during his transfer to Impel Down. While there is no direct animosity between Sengoku and Jack, it is evident that Sengoku's authority alone was not enough to prevent Jack's intervention.


Seven Warlords of the Sea


Sengoku in One Piece.
Via Toei Animation.


Sengoku sees the Warlords as no more than pirates and, as such, trusts them little. He refers to them as the "scum of the sea." He recognizes their usefulness to the World Government but shows resentment towards those who fail to live up to their duties, such as Boa Hancock, Jinbe, and Marshall D. Teach (Blackbeard).


However, when he learns about Doflamingo's criminal enterprises on Dressrosa, he remains relatively calm and discusses the situation casually, possibly because he is semi-retired and no longer responsible for handling such matters.


Others

Kong


Sengoku in One Piece.
Still from the anime.


Sengoku and Kong have a history together, with Sengoku having worked under Kong when the latter was Fleet Admiral during Gol D. Roger's time. Despite their different positions, they maintain an acquaintance, and Kong eventually convinces Sengoku to stay in the Marines after the Marineford War, reassigning him as Inspector General.


Sengoku in Other Media


Sengoku in One Piece.
One Piece Bon! Bon! Journey!! Cover.



So far, Sengoku has appeared in various merchandise collections, including the One Piece DX Figure The Marines set, the One Piece Collection - Promise of the Marineford, and the One Piece Den Den Mushi Measuring Tape collection.


In addition to the manga and its anime adaptation, Sengoku also appeared in video games. He is a playable character in the following games:


  • One Py Berry Match

  • One Piece Treasure Cruise

  • One Piece: Burning Blood

  • One Piece Thousand Storm

  • One Piece Bounty Rush

  • One Piece Bon! Bon! Journey!!


Sengoku also makes supporting appearances in:


  • One Piece: Gigant Battle

  • One Piece: Gigant Battle! 2 New World

  • One Piece: Super Grand Battle! X

  • One Piece: Great Pirate Colosseum

  • One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4


Sengoku also appears as a non-playable character in the following games:


  • One Piece: Grand Battle! 3

  • One Piece: Grand Battle! Rush!

  • One Piece: Pirates Carnival

  • One Piece: Unlimited Cruise SP

  • One Piece: Pirate Warriors

  • One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4


Did You Know?


  • Sengoku has a pet goat that accompanies him in various situations, including important Marine events and meetings. The goat was present during key moments like the Ohara attack, Crocodile's defeat, and the revelation of Ace's parentage.

  • In One Piece Party, Sakazuki jokingly mentioned that the goat had the Yagi Yagi no Mi (Goat Goat Fruit).

  • Sengoku's name, written in kanji as 戦国, means "warring states," borrowed from ancient Chinese to represent Japan's Sengoku Period known for military conflict.

  • Sengoku shares his birthday, May 9, with Kong.

  • He is the first known Haoshoku Haki user who has never been a pirate, and he and Garp are the only Marines known to possess this type of Haki and all three forms of Haki.

  • Despite having Haoshoku Haki, Sengoku has not been shown using it in any form of media.

  • Sengoku's motto is "Reigning Justice."

  • He is the first known Marine admiral without a codename, followed by the non-canon Z.

  • Sengoku's favorite food is Marines' okaki.


FAQs

Q. Who is Sengoku in One Piece?

A. Sengoku, also known as Sengoku the Buddha, is a former fleet admiral of the Marines, the organization responsible for maintaining order and justice in the One Piece world. Sengoku held the position of fleet admiral after succeeding Kong and was succeeded by Sakazuki.

Q. What is Sengoku's Devil Fruit power?

A. Sengoku is a user of the BHito Hito no Mi, Model: Daibutsu, a Zoan-type Devil Fruit that allows him to transform into a giant, Buddha-like form. In this form, he can release powerful shockwaves and exhibit immense strength.

Q. Who are the Japanese voice actors for Sengoku?

A. Sengoku is voiced by two Japanese voice actors: Takkō Ishimori (former) in the early episodes and Tōru Ōkawa in later episodes, including "Unlimited World Red," "3D2Y," and Episode 703 and beyond.

Q. Who are the English voice actors for Sengoku?

A. Sengoku is voiced by two English voice actors: Ed Blaylock from Episode 151 to 511, as well as in "Strong World," "Film Z," and "3D2Y," and Philip Weber in "One Piece: Stampede" and from Episode 703.
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