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Shaka in One Piece

Shaka in One Piece.
Shaka in One Piece. (Source: Toei Animation)


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


Shaka, also known as Punk-01, was one of Dr. Vegapunk's six satellites, representing the aspect of "good." He was later killed by York, a fellow satellite, while trying to protect the original Dr. Vegapunk.


All About Shaka


Name

Shaka

First Appearance

One Piece Chapter 1062: Adventure in the Land of Science

Japanese Voice Actor

Shūhei Sakaguchi

Gender

Male

Status

Deceased

Residence

Egghead Island

Affiliations

Marines (SSG)

Occupation

Scientist


Shaka’s History


When Lilith attacked the Straw Hat Pirates near the sea, Shaka confronted her about the mistake, pointing out that the pirates had the upper hand. Shaka decided to bring the Straw Hats to their location and contacted Monkey D. Dragon to discuss his impending fate.


Later, Shaka encountered Nami, Usopp, Nico Robin, Franky, and Sanji in a laboratory. He stopped the fight and shared that the advanced technology on the island wasn't actually modern but existed 900 years ago. Shaka then delved into a discussion with Robin about the Void Century, the Ohara Incident, and speculated on why Ohara was destroyed, connecting it to the Void Century.


Shaka shocked the group by revealing that anyone with knowledge about the Void Century faces a metaphorical death sentence from the World Government. He then explained Professor Clover's background, his connection to Dragon, and the aftermath of the Ohara Incident. Shaka shared that he visited Ohara after its destruction and talked about giants recovering saved books, mentioning Jaguar D. Saul.


Shaka in One Piece.
One Piece manga panel.


Having read every book from Ohara, Shaka claimed to hold all the world's mysteries in his brain. He showed the group interactions between Luffy's crew and the real Vegapunk from the lab's control room. When CP0 arrived at Egghead, Shaka ordered them to deliver S-Bear and leave immediately, preparing other Satellites for a potential fight with CP0.


Shaka, hearing Rob Lucci's question about Cipher Pol agents disappearing, denied knowledge and refused CP0 entry. When CP0 infiltrated Egghead, Shaka ordered evacuation, called back Atlas, and deployed three Seraphim under Sentomaru's command.


Watching Monkey D. Luffy fight Lucci, Shaka observed Lucci's awakened Zoan Devil Fruit. Vegapunk joined and shared his Devil Fruit theory. As the Straw Hats and Satellites reached the Labophase, CP0 cut off escape routes. Shaka suggested sacrificing Satellites for Stella's escape. With Sentomaru down, Vegapunk contacted secret ally Stussy. Lilith was to escort Vegapunk to Vegaforce-01, but CP0 attacked the Thousand Sunny after the Frontier Dome was briefly deactivated.


As CP0 approached the lab, Shaka noticed the Seraphim acting on their own and instructed Lilith and Edison to take command. Lucci then ordered the Seraphim to destroy the lab. Stussy, despite neutralizing Kaku and Lucci, couldn't override Lucci's command. Shaka revealed Vegapunk unintentionally had a spy in CP0. Edison managed to stop the Seraphim, and Stussy joined the group.


Unable to find Jewelry Bonney and Vegapunk, Shaka suggested searching while he worked on restoring the Frontier Dome's control. After an explosion in Building C, Shaka lost contact with Pythagoras, saw Cameko destroyed, and noticed communication disruptions across the labs.


S-Bear and S-Hawk attacked Zoro, Lucci, and Kaku in the control room. Despite Shaka's orders to stop, they continued. Luffy moved Shaka to safety, and Shaka suspected Vegapunk orchestrated the situation to eliminate them. Lucci and Kaku wanted to be freed to help fight the Seraphim, revealing CP0's mission to assassinate Vegapunk and the Satellites. Shaka let Luffy decide and emphasized protecting Stella. Luffy chose to free the agents.


Shaka in One Piece.
One Piece manga panel.


In the struggle against the Seraphim, Zoro noted their resilience compared to King. Shaka, surprised about the lunarian member in the Beasts Pirates, revealed the Seraphim's lunarian blood augmentation. Shaka went to find Stella alone and discovered her and the missing Cipher Pol agents in the old Devil Fruit Research Lab. Before he could free them, York shot Shaka in the head, killing him.


Shaka’s Personality


Shaka, designated the "good" satellite of Vegapunk, is portrayed as reasonable, collected, and observant. During Lilith's clash with the Straw Hat Pirates, Shaka disapproves of looting, emphasizing the importance of a scientist's pride. Despite caution, he seeks the crew's help and remains loyal to Vegapunk, prioritizing his safety even at the risk of their own lives.


Shaka’s Appearance


Shaka in One Piece.
One Piece manga panel.


Shaka is an average-sized man with a futuristic metal helmet marked "01." He wears a long dark blue coat with yellow patterns, featuring "Vegapunk 01" and "Caution" inscriptions. His large black boots cover most of his legs.


Shaka’s Abilities


As Vegapunk's satellite, Shaka likely contributes to technological advancements. Shaka can share senses with other satellites, staying aware of Lilith's activities. In combat, Shaka's analytical skills prove valuable, preventing reckless actions by assessing the Straw Hats' capabilities and strategies.


Shaka’s Relationship with Others

Lilith


Shaka in One Piece.
Still from the anime.


Lilith and Shaka represent contrasting aspects of Vegapunk's personality. They argue frequently, with Shaka disapproving of Lilith's impulsive tendencies. Shaka attempts to rein her in and voice concerns about her actions.


Lilith, with her impulsive and mocking attitude, tends to annoy Shaka, especially when he acts in a "goody-goody" manner.


Later, Lilith mourns Shaka's death following York's betrayal.


York


Shaka in One Piece.
One Piece manga panel.


Shaka's relationship with York can be presumed to be cordial initially. However, York's betrayal leads to Shaka's unexpected death in a surprise attack.


Monkey D. Dragon


Shaka in One Piece.
Still from the anime.


Shaka is in contact with Monkey D. Dragon, the leader of the Revolutionary Army, for unknown reasons. Shaka's prediction of his imminent death leads him to inform Dragon about this fact.


The nature of their relationship and the reasons behind their communication remain undisclosed.


Did You Know?


  • Shaka's name could be influenced by the Japanese name for Gautama Buddha, the historical Buddha.

  • Another possible source for Shaka's name is the asteroid 1246 Chaka, located in the Solar System's asteroid belt. This asteroid's name is derived from Shaka, the founder and ruler of the former Zulu Kingdom.

  • Shaka's helmet bears a resemblance to that worn by Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, one-half of the French techno-pop duo Daft Punk.


FAQs

Q. Who is Shaka in One Piece?

A. Shaka, also known as Punk-01, was one of Dr. Vegapunk's six satellites, representing the aspect of "good." He was later killed by York, a fellow satellite, while trying to protect the original Dr. Vegapunk.

Q. When does Shaka first appear in One Piece?

A. Shaka first appears in One Piece chapter 1062, titled "Adventure in the Land of Science."

Q. Who is Dr. Vegapunk in One Piece?

A. Dr. Vegapunk is the SSG’s chief scientist and is employed by the Marines. His work includes discovering the secrets and applications of sea stone, the secrets of how Devil Fruit powers work, co-discovery of the Lineage Factor and its applications, the creation of the Pacafista and Seraphim, and a variety of other scientific achievements that are said to be at least 500 years ahead of any current technology. 
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