Kotatsu is a large lynx, as big as a fully grown panther. He has a hunched back, thin limbs, and a dark-colored belt.
When he belonged in the freak show, Kotatsu was very cowardly. However, he grew to become more encouraged after spending time with his crew.
Portgas D. Ace
Abilities and Powers
As a large feline, Kotatsu is one of the main fighters of the Spade Pirates and fights with his claws.
Making their Mark
Kotatsu was a freak show animal who was captured by poachers. Ace freed him from the poacher's trap, and Kotatsu joined the Spade Pirates to travel with Ace as he made a name for himself. He helped fight off a group of bounty hunters, and, when Isuka infiltrated the crew's ship, he surrounded the Marine Ensign alongside his crewmates. However, she easily fended them off. After the confrontation, the crew reached Sabaody Archipelago. While they waited for their ship to be coated, Kotatsu and his crewmates explored the island and secretly read Deuce's adventure diary. Unlike the rest of his crewmates, he did not laugh at his poor writing skills.
At one point, the Spade Pirates were shipwrecked in Wano Country. The people from Amigasa Village were starving to death, so they tied the entire crew and stole all their food. The crew watched the villagers finish their meal and then broke out. Instead of attacking, Ace asked the villagers where he could get them dessert. They stayed in Amigasa Village for a few weeks and became good friends with Tama. They also went to Onigashima to liberate the abducted children from the Beasts Pirates. They never encountered Kaidou and his top subordinates because they were away on an expedition. After Ace did so much damage to Kaidou's castle, they rescued the children and met Yamato, whom Ace had a brief scuffle with.
After Ace and Jinbe tied, Kotatsu and the other Spade Pirates defended their captain against Edward Newgate and were easily defeated. They were then taken into the Whitebeard Pirates like their captain. Kotatsu has not been seen since his joining.
- A kotatsu is a famous Japanese table with a heat source underneath, commonly used in winter. This resembles Kotatsu's habit of resting next to his captain because of his warmth.
- One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 57 Chapter 552 and Episode 461, Kotatsu makes his first appearance.
- One Piece Magazine Vol.2 — Kotatsu and the rest of the Spade Pirates are named.
- One Piece novel A Vol. 1 Chapter 2, Kotatsu and his crewmates fight Isuka and reach Sabaody Archipelago.
- One Piece novel A Vol. 1 Chapter 3, The Spade Pirates set off for the New World.
- One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 99 Chapter 999 and Episode 1013.