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Domo-kun and Nnke-kun are aliens planning to conquer the Earth.[2] They are the first joke characters created by Oda. They first appeared in Oda's short story God's Gift for the Future. Later Domo-kun makes an appearance among the Buggy Pirates.[3] Oda answered a question in an SBS and drew both of them.[4] Nnke-kun appeared again alongside Pandaman on the cover of Volume 52.

Appearance

Domo-kun is humanoid creature with a pear-shaped head, dark circles on his cheeks and braided dark hair with a ribbon at the end. He wears an orange jumpsuit that covers his entire body apart from his hands.

Nnke-kun is a creature that consists of a mushroom cap-shaped head segment and several tentacle-like appendages. He has two eyes and a mouth with some missing teeth.

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Nnke-kun with Pandaman from Vol.52.
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Domo-kun from Vol.52.

History

Domo-kun and Nnke-kun once had an encounter with Pandaman. As Domo-kun preyed on Pandaman with a net in hand, Nnke-kun descended from a UFO. The two aliens attempted to capture Pandaman using the net, but were beaten up and forced to reflect while Pandaman lectured them. They then ran away when a strange bear-like creatured appeared.[5]

Comprehensive List

God's Gift for the Future

  • Page 21 - Panel 4
  • Page 27 - Panel 6

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Trivia

  • "Domo-kun" is also the name of a fictional creature that has served as NHK broadcasting's mascot since the late 1990s.
    • Though predating this character by several years, Oda's Domo-kun (and Nnke-kun) may still have been named in a deliberate homage, as their names were not established until Databook Blue in 2002.
  • One of the events God writes into existence in God's Gift for the Future is the appearance and crash of a UFO. This possibly explains how Domo-kun and Nnke-kun ended up on Earth, as the UFO design is very similar to the one later used by Nnke-kun on the inside covers of One Piece volumes.

References

  1. Vivre Card - One Piece Visual Dictionary, Domo-kun's birthday is revealed.
  2. One Piece Blue: Grand Data File (p. 38), Information about Domo-kun plans revealed.
  3. One Piece Manga — Vol. 2 Chapter 9 (p. 7).
  4. SBS One Piece Manga — Vol. 31, Fan question: "I would really like to see these earth-domination-plotting aliens like "Nnke-kun", the partner of "Domo-kun". Please show me what he looks like."
  5. One Piece Manga — Vol. 53Vol. 60, inside covers: Domo-kun and Nnke-kun attempt to capture Pandaman.

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