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Bunbuku is a teapot owned by Tenguyama Hitetsu that was given life by "eating" the Inu Inu no Mi, Model: Tanuki.[2]

Appearance

Bunbuku is a fairly big teapot adorned with dots around the middle. With its Devil Fruit transformation, it has a tanuki's head where its spout should be, a striped tail replacing the handle on the opposite side, and it is supported by tanuki legs at the bottom.[1] The sclera of its eyes are yellow in the manga,[3] but white in the anime.

Personality

Bunbuku is typically extremely quiet and sedentary.[1] However, it does seem to care for its owner's ward Tama, as it expressed surprise upon hearing that she had gone far away.[4]

Relationships

Hitetsu

Before eating the Inu Inu no Mi, Model: Tanuki, Bunbuku was carefully used as a teapot by Hitetsu. Due to Hitetsu's esteem for it, they are close, and Bunbuku has been the swordsmith's pet since it acquired its ability to transform into a tanuki.[2]

Abilities and Powers

Being a teapot, Bunbuku is capable of storing tea and other liquids.[1]

Devil Fruit

Bunbuku "ate" the Inu Inu no Mi, Model: Tanuki, a Zoan-type Devil Fruit that allows it to transform into a tanuki. This fruit caused Bunbuku to become a living creature.[2]

History

Past

At some point, Bunbuku gained the powers of the Inu Inu no Mi, Model: Tanuki through unknown means, causing it to become alive.[2]

Wano Country Arc

When Tama brought Monkey D. Luffy back to Tenguyama Hitetsu's home in Amigasa Village, Bunbuku watched as Tama made and served Luffy all of her rice.[1] After Tama fell ill, Bunbuku stood at her side.[5]

After an injured Tama was returned, Bunbuku sat and watched as Hitetsu thanked Chopper and some of the minks for treating Tama.[6]

After Tama, Kiku, Momonosuke, and Chopper left the village to go for a walk to Kuri Beach, Bunbuku listened as Hitetsu spoke to them through a Smart Tanishi.[4]

Trivia

  • Its name comes from "Bunbuku Chagama," a Japanese folktale about a tanuki that turns into a teapot.
  • It was revealed that Bunbuku appears sitted on its own testicles.[2] This is a reference to the large scrotum that is traditionally associated with the tanuki as a yokai.
  • Even though Bunbuku is originally a teapot, after "eating" the Inu Inu no Mi, Model: Tanuki, it cannot be used to boil water, as it will be hurt from the fire.[2]
  • Bunbuku is the only canon Zoan-powered object so far who is not a weapon.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 91 Chapter 911 (p. 14) and Episode 894, Bunbuku makes its debut.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 SBS One Piece Manga — Vol. 93, Bunbuku is first identified.
  3. One Piece Manga — Vol. 100 Chapter 1009 (p. 1-2).
  4. 4.0 4.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 93 Chapter 934 (p. 4) and Episode 929, Bunbuku listens to Hitetsu speak through a Smart Den Den Mushi.
  5. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 91 Chapter 912 (p. 8) and Episode 897, Bunbuku stands at an ill Tama's side.
  6. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 92 Chapter 925 (p. 15-16) and Episode 918, Bunbuku watches as Hitetsu thanks Chopper for treating Tama.

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