Kuzan, aka Aokiji, is one of the most mysterious characters in the world One Piece. Since his first appearance, he seems to have had connections with many important figures. You have a big debt with Garp. Although it is unknown what Kuzan is, Kuzan seems to respect the Hero of the Navy (as opposed to Akainu). Kuzan is also quite close to Smoker and even now has a connection with Blackbeard.
Below, let’s take a look at interesting facts about Kuzan to learn more about this former naval admiral!
1. Basic information
Aokiji is more known by the name Kuzan. But Aokiji is actually just a nickname, and Kuzan is the real name. He ate the Devil Fruit Hie Hie no Mi, a Logia Devil Fruit. As a result, he can freeze his surroundings, even the ocean or create an ice surface, so he can cross the sea with just a bicycle.
Prior to the timeskip, Kuzan was a member of the Marines, making him an enemy of Luffy in Long Ring Long Land and Marineford. Now, he has left the navy and allied with Blackbeard.
2. For justice, Kuzan is not as difficult as Sakazuki or Borsalino
During his time in the Navy, Kuzan sometimes applied justice more flexibly and mercifully than Sakazuki’s view of justice, which was too harsh. Therefore, Kuzan is considered to be the most merciful of the marines. During the Buster Call attack on Ohara Island, Kuzan released little Robin to escape. He even helps Robin flee with his bandage until there is shelter. Kuzan also kept his promise, even with criminals. He did not attack the Straw Hats after Luffy dared to fight him.
3. During the Edd battle, Kuzan acted as a Navy
In Strong World, Kuzan was at the Naval Headquarters along with Garp, Tsurru and Sakazuki. It took place before Edd War, a sea war 27 years ago. Tong when Sakazuki was silent, Kuzan at that time said that Garp’s decision was excellent.
4. There are signs that Kuzan doesn’t like Crocodile
In chapter 321 One Piece, Kuzan considered him indebted to Luffy for helping him to defeat Crocodile. Kuzan seems to appreciate Luffy’s accomplishment, so much so that he didn’t kill Luffy in chapter 321 and allowed him to decide for himself the Straw Hats’ path and will not interfere in the future. It is unknown whether Kuzan has a personal aversion to Crocodile or to the Shichibukai in general.
5. Having survived an Haki attack
Kuzan was attacked by Whitebeard with a weapon wrapped in Haki, but he survived unharmed after this attack. He was only injured after being punched by Jozu afterwards. There were signs that Kuzan had manipulated his body, leaving his body punched in before being attacked by Whitebeard.
A similar trick was also performed by Sakazuki at Marineford, when attacked by Marco and Vista.
6. Leaving the Navy after losing to Sakazuki
When Sengoku resigned as the Admiral, he nominated Kuzan as his successor. But the world government nominated Sakazuki so they had to fight for this position. The battle lasted for 10 days without stopping, leaving the island of Punk Hazard divided into two different climates.
After a duel at Punk Hazard against Akainu, Aokiji suffered severe burns and left a long scar from his neck to his right shoulder and upper body. His right hand also suffered severe burns, and his left leg also lost due to burns, where he now uses the Devil Fruit power to create a prosthetic leg for himself. Overall, this scar has a strange shape.
7. The appearance and date of birth were inspired by actress Yusaku Matsuda
Many One Piece characters are inspired by famous Japanese actors. Kuzan in particular, Oda used actor Yusaku Matsuda as inspiration to draw the face of this character. Matsuda is a veteran actor who acted in the movie Detective Story. Even Kuzan’s birthday coincides with Matsuda, which is September 21.
8. Cooperation with Blackbeard
Based on the conversation between Gorosei and Sakazuki, it is known that Kuzan cooperated with the pirate group Blackbeard. This is very surprising because Kuzan was once a navy admiral. It’s still unclear what Kuzan’s motive for shaking hands with Blackbeard.
9. Of all admiral admirals, Kuzan is the youngest
Kuzan’s age after the timeskip is 49 years old. He is younger than the other teammates. Sakazuki is currently 55 years old, Borsalino 56, and Issho, who replaced Kuzan who is 54 years old. Only Ryokugyu hasn’t been revealed yet so he doesn’t know how.