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Kawamatsu the Kappa is a yokozuna-ranked sumo wrestler, as well as a samurai of Wano Country who once served as one of Kozuki Oden's Nine Red Scabbards until Oden's death 20 years ago.[1] He was a prisoner of the Beasts Pirates in Udon's Prisoner Mine until he was freed by Raizo.[5][2]

AppearanceEdit

Younger Kawamatsu

Kawamatsu as he appeared over 20 years ago.

Kawamatsu is a large kappa or kappa-like being who is close to the same size as Raizo and has webbed hands. He has a round body, two blush marks on his cheeks, a beak-like mouth and he has extremely long and wild light hair. He wears a dark kimono, a light cape, sandals, and a large kasa with a dark diamond shape at its top.[2]

PersonalityEdit

Kawamatsu's Kappa Dance

Kawamatsu dancing to try and cheer Hiyori up after she was traumatized by her parents' deaths.

Kawamatsu is a very kind and caring person, as shown by his care for Kozuki Hiyori and his efforts to make her laugh after the trauma she went through.[4] When one of the Beast Pirates attempted to attack Luffy, Kawamatsu silently aided him by attacking his attacker with a fish bone.

Like other characters, Kawamatsu possesses a unique laugh: "Kappappappa".[6]

RelationshipsEdit

AlliesEdit

Kozuki FamilyEdit

As Oden's retainer, Kawamatsu is extremely loyal to the Kozuki Family. He was the one who helped Hiyori escape from their enemies at Oden Castle and took care of her for 7 years during her childhood until he was captured and imprisoned. After reuniting with Raizo after twenty years, the first thing he did was asking about Momonosuke's safety, showing his concern for Oden's son. Unlike Ashura Doji, Kawamatsu is eager to join the Kozuki Family in the war against Orochi and Kaido.

Shimotsuki YasuieEdit

In his youth, Kawamatsu tried to steal money from Yasuie along with the Nine Red Scabbards only to get caught. Yasuie held no grudge against him and his retainer comrades. Instead, he convinced them to behave as real retainers to support their lord Oden and Wano while freely giving them the money. When Orochi killed his benefactor, he grieved for his death as he watched his execution.

Monkey D. LuffyEdit

Kawamatsu first saw Luffy when he was brought to Udon as a prisoner and protected the latter when a Beasts Pirate attempted to attack him for defiance. As Kawamatsu continued to observe Luffy, he was deeply impressed with Luffy not only in his courage to stand up against the Beasts Pirates but also his compassion in helping Hyogoro. He even trusted Luffy to protect Hyogoro from being executed in Queen's execution games. After Luffy was freed and planned to start a rebellion, Kawamatsu encouraged Luffy to inspire fellow prisoners to rebel by announcing the Kozuki Family's revolution and happily joined Luffy in preparing to fight the Beasts Pirates.

EnemiesEdit

Beasts PiratesEdit

During his 13 years of imprisonment at the prisoner mines, Kawamatsu refuses to submit to his enemies and defiantly stays in his cell chained up.

Kurozumi OrochiEdit

When meeting Raizo again after many years in Udon prison, Kawamatsu expressed eagerness in joining the cause to overthrow Orochi. Also, Orochi was the one who ordered the Beasts Pirates to feed him poisonous fish for the past thirteen years to kill him in a slow and painful way.

Abilities and PowersEdit

As one of the Nine Red Scabbards, Kin'emon considers Kawamatsu, alongside Denjiro and Ashura Doji, to have been one of Oden's most powerful followers, being worth 100 men in battle.[1]

Physical AbilitiesEdit

Kawamatsu is a fast digger and swimmer, which enabled him to sneak Hiyori out of Oden Castle.[4]

As a Yokozuna, Kawamatsu possesses tremendous physical power as he is stated to be the strongest sumo wrestler in Wano.[7] Shortly after being released, Kawamatsu easily overpowered multiple members of the Beast Pirates with great ease.

Kawamatsu possesses immense endurance as he has been fed poisoned fish every day for thirteen years by the Beasts Pirates without dying or even suffering any illness like Tama, a feat which has baffled his captors.[8] He was also shown to go on while starving himself while providing for Hiyori.[4]

SwordsmanshipEdit

Further information: Kappa-ryu

As one of the most powerful samurai in Wano, Kawamatsu is an extremely skilled swordsman and wields a shirasaya named Soto Muso. Raizo states that his skill has not waned at all even after thirteen years of imprisonment. He calls his style the Kappa-ryu (河童流 Kappa-ryū?), which appears to combine his swordsmanship and sumo physicality to create rushing attacks that overpower opponents.[9]

MarksmanshipEdit

Kawamatsu is capable of spitting projectiles with great speed and precision, potentially turning them into deadly weapons if they are sharp enough. Thus, his guards are ordered to remove the bones of the fish they feed him. When they failed to do this, he was able to take out a guard by spitting the bone as a projectile that pierced his neck.[8]

HakiEdit

Further information: Haki

Kawamatsu possesses the ability to use Busoshoku Haki, as shown when he performed an attack named Yagura Ryuo (櫓流桜 Yagura Ryūō?, literally meaning "Tower Flowing Sakura") which repelled several Beasts Pirates charging toward him.[10]

HistoryEdit

PastEdit

Kawamatsu Takes Care of Hiyori

Kawamatsu takes care of Hiyori.

Sometime after the Nine Red Scabbards were assembled, Shimotsuki Yasuie caught them stealing money from him. Instead of punishing them, Yasuie allowed them to take the money and encouraged them to use it to become better people for the sake of Kozuki Oden and Wano Country.[11]

Kawamatsu served under Oden until the latter was executed 20 years ago.[1] After Kozuki Momonosuke and some of Oden's retainers were sent to the future by Toki, Kawamatsu helped Hiyori escape the destruction of Oden Castle and took care of her[4] until they were separated seven years later.[6] He was imprisoned in Udon where he was fed with a poisonous bone-less fish each day on Kurozumi Orochi's orders.[8][5]

Wano Country ArcEdit

After Monkey D. Luffy was brought to Udon, Kawamatsu spat a fishbone at one of the guards when the guard attempted to attack Luffy.[8] He later witnessed Dobon's confrontation with Luffy and Eustass Kid.[12]

When Luffy and Hyogoro were brought before Queen, Kawamatsu called out to Raizo while the ninja was in front of his cell. After revealing himself, he asked if Momonosuke was okay.[5] He then asked Raizo to help him escape so he could join the decisive battle against the Beasts Pirates during the Fire Festival. Raizo was spotted and forced to disappear in a smokescreen. Kawamatsu then noticed how Luffy had been causing a commotion and prayed that he would not let Hyogoro die.[6]

Sometime during the Sumo Inferno, Kawamatsu commented that he wanted to try a sumo match as well.[13] On the next day, Kawamatsu watched the broadcast of Yasuie's execution with tears in his eyes.[11]

Luffy's Group Fights in Udon

Kawamatsu joining his allies.

During a fight between Queen and Big Mom, Kawamatsu's cell was damaged.[14] When Babanuki turned the prisoners against Luffy, Kawamatsu got everyone's attention by shouting out to Luffy. After Babanuki revealed Kawamatsu's identity, some guards attempted to kill him, but Kawamatsu kept them at bay by spitting fishbones until Raizo tossed him Soto Muso and the key to his handcuffs. After freeing himself, Kawamatsu repelled several more guards and went into the clearing, where he joined Raizo, Kikunojo, Hyogoro, Tony Tony Chopper, and Luffy against the Beasts Pirates.[15]

TriviaEdit

Kawamatsu Initial Design

Kawamatsu's initial design.

  • The name Kawamatsu (河松?) literally translates to "river pine", while the term kappa (河童?) means "river-child".
  • Kawamatsu's Haki technique Yagura Ryuo refers to yagura tower structures in Japanese castles. Sumo competitions have a tradition of taiko drumming from atop a yagura (yagura-daiko), which fits into Kawamatsu's profession as a sumo wrestler.
  • Like Kanjuro, Kawamatsu had a different initial design, featuring a rounded head.
  • He is the second kappa-like character introduced in the story, the first being the non-canon character DJ Gappa.

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 One Piece Manga — Vol. 91 Chapter 920 (p. 8), Kawamatsu is first seen in silhouette.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 One Piece MangaChapter 948 (p. 13), Kawamatsu is formally introduced.
  3. One Piece Manga — Vol. 93 Chapter 939 (p. 6), Kawamatsu's affiliation is confirmed.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 One Piece Manga — Vol. 93 Chapter 939 (p. 4-5), Hiyori talks about hers and Kawamatsu's past.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 One Piece Manga — Vol. 93 Chapter 935 (p. 17), The mysterious prisoner in Udon is confirmed to be Kawamatsu.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 One Piece Manga — Vol. 93 Chapter 936 (p. 2-3, 9), Kawamatsu speaks with Raizo and observes Luffy.
  7. One Piece MangaChapter 948 (p. 14).
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 One Piece Manga — Vol. 92 Chapter 924 (p. 12-14), Kawamatsu's imprisonment conditions are shown.
  9. One Piece MangaChapter 948 (p. 10-13).
  10. One Piece MangaChapter 948 (p. 10-11).
  11. 11.0 11.1 One Piece MangaChapter 943 (p. 2-3), The scabbards reminisce about Yasuie.
  12. One Piece Manga — Vol. 92 Chapter 926 (p. 15-17), Luffy and Kid take down Dobon.
  13. One Piece Manga — Vol. 93 Chapter 939 (p. 10), Kawamatsu thinks about his desire to fight.
  14. One Piece MangaChapter 946 (p. 7), Kawamatsu's cell door is torn apart.
  15. One Piece MangaChapter 948 (p. 8-17).

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