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Kappa-ryu is a swordsmanship style developed by the fish-man samurai Kawamatsu. As noted by Raizo and Kikunojo, this style is Kawamatsu's signature fighting style.[1]

Overview

According to Kawamatsu, fighting against the Kappa-ryu is like trying to swim against raging waters which makes full use of his fish-man strength to inflict powerful blows. When wielding his Soto Muso, Kawamatsu was able to blow away several men charging against him, taking them down with a single blow.[1]

Techniques

  • Menamu-gawa (滅南無川めなむがわ Menamu-gawa?, literally meaning "Destructive Hailing River): Kawamatsu lunges toward his opponents and quickly cuts them down. In the anime, he spins rapidly while charging towards his opponents, creating a small but potent horizontal whirlwind around himself while cutting them. It was first used against several Beasts Pirates guards in the Prisoner Mine.[1] Namu (南無?) is a transliteration of Sanskrit नमस् (námas, literally "to bow") and it is used in Buddhist salutations or expressions of faith. In the VIZ manga, this is called River of Retribution.
  • Yorikiri (寄り斬り Yorikiri?, literally meaning "Frontal Force Out Cutter"): Kawamatsu performs a slash and sends opponents flying away through sheer force. It was first used against several Beasts Pirates guards in the Prisoner Mine.[2]
  • Amano-gawa (海野川 Amano-gawa?): Kawamatsu jumps above his opponent, holding the blade behind him, then releases a powerful frontward flying slash attack that expands in a circle-shaped pattern horizontally. It was first used against Kaidou.[3] This is called River of Sea in the Viz Manga.

Trivia

  • Kawamatsu named this swordsmanship style after the mythological Kappa.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 94 Chapter 948 (p. 11-13) and Episode 948, Kawamatsu attack the Beasts Pirates.
  2. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 94 Chapter 949 (p. 5) and Episode 948, Kawamatsu uses Yorikiri.
  3. One Piece Manga — Vol. 98 Chapter 992 (p. 11).

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