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For other models of this fruit, see Inu Inu no Mi (Disambiguation).

The Inu Inu no Mi, Model: Okuchi no Makami is a Mythical Zoan-type Devil Fruit that allows the user to transform into a hybrid and full version of an ancient wolf deity at will.[2] It was accidentally eaten by Yamato.

As noted by Kaidou, said wolf is the "Guardian Deity of Wano", making this Zoan particularly valuable.[2] Its power was first hinted at during Yamato's confrontation with the Armored Division when Yamato briefly flashed his fangs,[1] before its power was properly introduced in Yamato's later fight with Kaidou on the Skull Dome's roof.[3]

Etymology

  • Inu (?) is Japanese for "dog".
  • The Ōkuchi-no-Magami or Ōguchi-no-Makami (大口真神? lit. "Large-Mouthed True God") is the deification of the extinct Japanese gray wolf, once worshipped in Japan as a guardian of humans.
  • In the Viz manga, the fruit is called Dog-Dog Fruit, Mythical Type, Model Okuchi-no-Makami.

Appearance

The fruit is round and somewhat flat with an orange exterior, resembling a persimmon. Its surface is mostly bare save for a pattern of fishhook-like Devil Fruit swirls that go from the stem halfway down the fruit, with this pattern circling all the way around. On its top, the fruit possesses a small set of brownish leaves and the typical Devil Fruit stem in lighter-orange color, swirling upward on the left side.[4]

Transformations

This Devil Fruit grants the power to transform into a hybrid and full version of the Okuchi no Makami—a legendary wolf that, according to Kaidou, is a "Guardian Deity of Wano Country" (ワノ国の守り神 Wano Kuni no Mamorigami?).[2] While transformed,[3] the user's hair becomes longer and more untamed, they gain a ribbon-like trail of cold air[4] around their shoulders, and grow a large tail.

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Yamato's Beast Form.
Inu Inu no Mi, Model Okuchi no Makami Human-Beast Form.png
Yamato's Human-Beast Form.

Strengths and Weaknesses

The transformation greatly bolsters the user's physical abilities and, as a carnivorous Zoan, presumably bestows heightened predatory instincts, on top of equipping the user with canine fangs and claws well-suited for combat. More specifically, the wolf deity form seems to come with a dramatic increase in physical strength, in Yamato's case enough to let him clash near-evenly with his father Kaidou, an Emperor of the Sea, while the latter has assumed his extremely powerful human-dragon form.[3][5][6][7]

Ice coating on Yamato's body cracks.

Moreover, as with other fruits of the Mythical Zoan variety, this one blesses the user with at least one special ability: in particular, the user is enabled to produce cold and ice, which they can expel as blasts from their mouth or otherwise make appear from their body,[4][8][9][10][11] and can even use such ability without transforming.[12]

No weaknesses are currently known of this ability beside the standard ones for a Devil Fruit user.

Usage

Yamato utilizes this fruit's power for battle. He has proven able, in his Human-Beast Form, to fight on nigh-even grounds against his father, Kaidou, while the latter was in his half-dragon form, with Kaidou commending his level of strength. In hybrid form, Yamato prefers to still wield his kanabo, Takeru, like he does in human form (similarly to Kaidou), enhancing his melee combat prowess.[3][5][6][7]

Yamato makes use of his ice-generating ability for offense, by breathing out the substance to freeze targets solid[8][11] or enveloping his club in it for strengthened melee attacks.[10][13] For defense, Yamato may clad his body in a layer of ice to absorb damage like armor[9] or erect protective walls of ice.[12]

Techniques

Yamato using Namuji Hyoga.

  • Namuji Hyoga (無侍氷牙ナムジヒョウガ Namuji Hyōga?, literally meaning "Non-Samurai Ice Fang"): A technique where Yamato rears his head back, takes a deep breath, and then abruptly exhales forward a dense blast of cold air[4] at his target of choice, ideally freezing that target solid.[8][11] First seen used by Yamato in his Human-Beast Form against Kaidou atop the Skull Dome, the attack proved strong enough to clash against and counter Kaidou's Bolo Breath (used by the latter in his own hybrid form).[8] Namuji may be a reference to the Japanese deity Ōkuninushi, who is also known as "Ōnamuji". In the Viz manga, the technique is called Namuji Glacier Fang.
  • Kagamiyama (鏡山 Kagamiyama?, literally meaning "Mirror Mountain"): A defensive technique, Yamato fully encases himself in ice, which initially cannot be distinguished from his body. Should Yamato be struck by an enemy attack, said armor-like coating will absorb the damage, becoming visible as it cracks and breaks off Yamato like glass. The technique was first seen following a Raimei Hakke clash between Yamato and Kaidou;[9] however, it failed to block the full force of the attack.[14] Kagamiyama (鏡山?), or Mount Kagami, is the name of a mountain in the Saga Prefecture of Japan. According to an old legend, Matsu-ura Sayohime bid farewell to her husband Ōtomo no Satehiko at the mountain's top and prayed for his return so intensely that she turned to stone. The Viz manga calls the technique Mirror Mountain.

Yamato using Himorogiri.

  • Himorogiri (氷諸斬り Himorogiri?, literally meaning "Icy Various Cuts"): An offensive move where Yamato, in his Human-Beast Form, leaps into the air and starts vertically spinning his kanabo to her left, making a swirl of ice form around his weapon. Therewith, he consequently strikes down upon his foe from above. When first using this attack against Kaidou, he struck the back of his head and knocked him to the ground despite Kaidou blocking with his own club.[10] The attack's name is a pun on himorogi (神籬? lit. "divine fence"), a Shintō term referring to sacred spaces/altars used for kami worship, consisting of square areas demarcated by green bamboo or sakaki. The Viz manga calls the technique Hallowed Glacier Slash.

Yamato using Mahoroba.

  • Mahoroba (馬幻刃まほろば Mahoroba?, literally meaning "Horse Phantom Blade"): An attack that Yamato has used in his human form. After imbuing Takeru with a frosty aura, he swings the kanabo to strike whomever he targets with great force, simultaneously freezing them. Yamato showcased this technique during his efforts to stop Kurozumi Kanjuro's "Kazenbo", but to no avail.[13] The attack's name is a reference to the ancient concept of Mahoroba (まほろば?), which describes a far-off land full of bliss and peace within Yamato (Japan).

History

Kaidou claims to have had a difficult time acquiring this Devil Fruit and never intended for it to be eaten by his child. Regardless, at some point, Yamato came across it and, not knowing the fruit's nature, ate it out of hunger, gaining its powers at the cost of losing the ability to swim, and thus giving him even less hope of ever escaping from Onigashima on his own.[15]

Trivia

  • This fruit is the second model of the Inu Inu no Mi series that is based on a wolf species, the first being Jabra's regular wolf Zoan. It is also the second (canon) Mythical variant of the dog Zoan, being introduced in the same story arc as the first one (that is based on another canine found in Japanese folklore).
  • The Ōkuchi-no-Magami—or simply Makami/Magami (真神?)—is the deification of the now-extinct Japanese wolf, which was traditionally worshipped as a sacred beast in Japan, in places like the Yamato Province. For centuries, the Makami was held as a guardian deity that understood human language and protected humans from misfortune, fire and theft, their crops from despoilment by animals, etc. Once a rather popular folkloric figure, the Makami's worship fell into decline with the rapid depopulation of Japanese wolves following the Edo period, during the Meiji era when systematic wolf hunting culled the species until it went extinct in the early 1900s. Today, the Makami is a relatively obscure deity, though it remains enshrined at various locations, like the nearly 2000-year-old Mitsumine Shrine in Chichibu-Tama-Kai National Park.
    • Yamato possessing this fruit's power may reference a particular mythological tale from the 2nd century AD, about the legendary Japanese prince of the Yamato dynasty, Yamato Takeru (possibly Yamato's namesake, and hence the name of his weapon, Takeru). The story tells of a white wolf whom said prince encountered in a moment of despair, after having gone astray in the mountains. Said wolf guided the prince out the mountains' deep forests and thereby saved his life. In appreciation, the prince supposedly had many shrines constructed in dedication to the wolf god of the mountains, including the above-mentioned Mitsumine Shrine in Chichibu, Saitama (the supposed location of said mountains).
  • The trail of cold air around Yamato's shoulders, forming a circle behind his head, resembles the floating, ribbon-like drapery found with certain depictions of East Asian (especially Buddhist) deities, including on Japanese statuary, befitting the Ōkuchi-no-Magami's own status as a deity.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 99 Chapter 996 (p. 6) and Episode 1009, Yamato is first shown activating the fruit's power.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 One Piece Manga — Vol. 101 Chapter 1020 (p. 2), The fruit is named, and the animal it is based on identified, by Kaidou.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 One Piece Manga — Vol. 101 Chapter 1019 (p. 18-19), The fruit's power is first displayed in full.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 One Piece Magazine Vol.13 — The design of Yamato's Devil Fruit is shown and its power explained.
  5. 5.0 5.1 One Piece Manga — Vol. 101 Chapter 1020 (p. 2-4), Yamato fights Kaidou, both being in their respective Human-Beast Form.
  6. 6.0 6.1 One Piece Manga — Vol. 101 Chapter 1024 (p. 5-7, 16-17), Yamato continues fighting Kaidou.
  7. 7.0 7.1 One Piece Manga — Vol. 101 Chapter 1025 (p. 4-7, 13-15), Yamato continues to physically clash against Kaidou.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 One Piece Manga — Vol. 101 Chapter 1020 (p. 3-4), Yamato uses Namuji Hyoga to counter Kaidou's Bolo Breath.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 One Piece Manga — Vol. 101 Chapter 1025 (p. 3-4), Yamato uses Kagamiyama.
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 One Piece Manga — Vol. 101 Chapter 1025 (p. 4-5), Yamato uses Himorogiri against Kaidou.
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 One Piece Manga — Chapter 1038 (p. 8-9).
  12. 12.0 12.1 One Piece Manga — Chapter 1040 (p. 9), Yamato produces an icy barrier while in Human Form.
  13. 13.0 13.1 One Piece Manga — Chapter 1038 (p. 10), Yamato uses Mahoroba to strike Kanjuro's Kazenbo.
  14. One Piece Manga — Vol. 102 Chapter 1027 (p. 4).
  15. One Piece Manga — Vol. 101 Chapter 1019 (p. 18), Kaidou and Yamato talk about the fruit and why Yamato ate it.

External links

  • Makami – Japanese Wikipedia article on the mythical creature this fruit transforms the user into.
  • Japanese wolf – Wikipedia article on the Japanese gray wolf, on which said mythical creature is based.

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