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The Kurozumi Family is the family of Kurozumi Orochi, the previous shogun of Wano Country.[2] Several decades ago, they were one of the six ruling families in Wano, but lost their power after a failed attempt to seize the shogunate.[3] However, they successfully conspired another coup on the shogunate two decades ago which was successful, resulting in Orochi becoming shogun, only to fall from power again after Kaido betrayed them.[4]


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See also the associated category: Kurozumi Family.
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Kurozumi Family
Kurozumi Orochi  Kurozumi Kanjuro * Kurozumi Higurashi  Kurozumi Semimaru  Orochi's Grandfather 
Orochi's Mother 
Subordinates
Kyoshiro Family  Orochi Oniwabanshu  Mimawarigumi  Kamazo 
Allies and Affiliates
Beasts Pirates 

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As the family of Wano's shogun, the Kurozumi Family has numerous allies and retainers. In addition to the Orochi Oniwabanshu and Mimawarigumi, the Kurozumi Family is closely allied with both Kaido's Beasts Pirates and the Flower Capital's leading yakuza organization, the Kyoshiro Family. Kyoshiro himself works as a money changer for the Kurozumi shogunate, though his respect for Orochi appears to be questionable at best until he completely defected along with his family during the Fire Festival.[2] The Kurozumi Family lost all connection and support when Kaido betrayed and killed the shogun, and the latter took all of his forces through an ultimatum.

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Long ago, my grandfather committed a crime and was sentenced to seppuku!! If our family were to simply fall from grace, then that is fine!! However, all the remaining relatives were hunted down by self proclaimed allies of justices out of nowhere!! They were beaten or thrown into rivers or outright killed!! Those fools scared me so much I can't even sleep!!
— Orochi described his family persecution to Oden.


The Kurozumi Family attacked by lynch mobs.

A few generations ago, the Kurozumi Family was one of the six most prominent families in Wano, with their leaders serving the Kozuki Family by ruling as daimyo over an unknown region. When the current shogun had not fathered an heir, the five daimyo became the top candidates for the position. The head of the Kurozumi Family proceeded to work toward gaining the shogunate by poisoning the other daimyo. However, his plans were foiled when the shogun suddenly fathered an heir, Kozuki Sukiyaki. The Kurozumi Family's plot was soon afterward brought to light, and they lost all of their power and possessions as their leader was sentenced to commit seppuku.[3] In the following years, the remaining family members were hunted by lynch mobs and some were brutally killed. Everyone with the name Kurozumi was targeted, regardless of having no involvement in the crime.[5] Kanjuro's parents were killed as a result of this persecution.[6] In turn, this bias persecution gave many originally innocent Kurozumi clan members a legitimate reason to resent and hate Wano Country.

Several decades later, the grandson of the treasonous leader, Kurozumi Orochi, was approached by Kurozumi Higurashi, a fellow member of the family, who offered to help him become shogun. In the next 15 years, Orochi gathered up money and recruited Kanjuro to infiltrate the Kozuki Family and spy for the Kurozumi Family. Higurashi used her Devil Fruit ability to pose as Sukiyaki and declare that Orochi would temporarily succeed him.[3] Orochi succeeded Sukiyaki after his death, and he would use his position as shogun to carry out his vengeance on Wano's citizens with Kaido's support. In the following years, Orochi had weapon factories constructed througout Wano. After Oden returned from his voyage, he tried to kill Orochi only to be stopped by Kurozumi Semimaru. Orochi and Kaido then made a deal with Oden, who followed their terms for five years to spare the citizens. Once a week, Oden danced naked in the streets of the Flower Capital, enduring humiliation and scorning from the citizens. On the fifth year, Orochi captured Hyogoro and killed his wife. While Oden battled Kaido 20 years before the present day, Higurashi distracted Oden by disguising as Momonosuke, causing Oden to be defeated. Sometime later, Kaido killed Higurashi for her interference. After Oden's execution, Toki sent her son Kozuki Momonosuke forward in time, leaving Momonosuke as a rival to the Kurozumi Family for the shogunate.[2][3][7]

Sometime after Oden's death, Orochi accepted Kyoshiro into his services.[8]

20 years later, Orochi was made aware of Momonosuke's return thanks to a letter from Kanjuro.[6]

Wano Country Arc[edit | edit source]

After CP-0 tried to negotiate a deal with him, Orochi held a banquet.[9] While warning his guests about the return of the Nine Red Scabbards, Orochi became enraged at Toko for laughing at him and then at Komurasaki for defending her, causing chaos at the banquet that led to Komurasaki's "death" and Orochi wanting Toko dead.[10]

Thanks to information provided by Kanjuro,[11] Orochi had all the Kozuki supporters in the Flower Capital arrested.[12] After Yasuie got himself captured to cover for the Scabbards, Orochi saw to Yasuie's execution personally.[13]

Kanjuro reveals that he is the spy.

Kanjuro informed Orochi of Yasuie's ruse and all rebel activity.[14] On the night before the Fire Festival, Orochi ordered the bombings of bridges to prevent the rebels from gathering at their meeting place.[15] On the day of the Fire Festival, Orochi departed to Onigashima[16] and Kanjuro revealed his allegiance to Orochi[14] before taking Momonosuke hostage.[17]

Despite Kanjuro's efforts to warn Orochi, the rebels still gathered at the wharf of Habu, due to a mistake of Kin'emon saying to rendezvous at Tokage Port.[18] Seeing the odds stacked against him but resolving to take the young lord, Kanjuro then drew a crane on the ground and after easily evading attempts by Kawamatsu to stand in his way, Kanjuro conjured the crane and escaped on its back. As he fled, Kanjuro claimed that he would find Hiyori and dispose of her. As the Straw Hats tried to hinder him, he used his Ukiyo Yudachi Ezu technique in order to cause disarray among the alliance. He then mocked Oden and Toki's legacy as well as Momonosuke's cowardice before flying away to Onigashima.[19]

Kanjuro later delivered Momonosuke to Orochi and Kaido. With the boy in his clutches, Orochi put Momonosuke on display by tying him to a crucifix. When some of the Scabbards arrived at Onigashima's back entrance, Kanjuro confronted them and Kikunojo clashed with him. As Kaido was announcing his New Onigashima Project, he decapitated Orochi, ending his alliance with the shogun.[20] Kanjuro was defeated by his former allies, with his fate unknown.[21]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Kurozumi literally means "black charcoal" in Japanese.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 70 Chapter 700 and Episode 629, Kanjuro is first seen in silhouette.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 91 Chapter 919 (p. 8) and Episode 909, The Kurozumi Family is first mentioned in Kyoshiro's introduction.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 One Piece Manga — Vol. 96 Chapter 965 (p. 8-11), Higurashi talk about the family past.
  4. One Piece Manga — Vol. 96 Chapter 968 (p. 11-17), Oden learns of Orochi's actions as shogun.
  5. One Piece Manga — Vol. 96 Chapter 971 (p. 14-16), Orochi explains his grudge.
  6. 6.0 6.1 One Piece Manga — Vol. 96 Chapter 974 (p. 3-5), Kanjoru's past is mentioned by Orochi.
  7. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 82 Chapter 819 (p. 8-13) and Episode 771, Momonosuke acts as the head of the Kozuki Family.
  8. One Piece Manga — Vol. 96 Chapter 973 (p. 15), Deniro is recruited by Orochi.
  9. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 92 Chapter 929 (p. 11-16) and Episodes 922923, Orochi makes deals before his party.
  10. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 93 Chapters 932933 and Episodes 927928.
  11. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 95 Chapter 955 (p. 16-17) and Episode 956, Orochi receives information from Kanjuro.
  12. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 93 Chapter 939 (p. 8-9) and Episode 935, The samurai are arrested.
  13. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 93 Chapter 941 and Episodes 938940, Yasuie is executed.
  14. 14.0 14.1 One Piece Manga — Vol. 96 Chapter 974 (p. 11), Kanjuro reveals his actions to the Scabbards.
  15. One Piece Manga — Vol. 95 Chapter 959 (p. 11-13), Orochi's plot based on Kanjuro's intel.
  16. One Piece Manga — Vol. 95 Chapter 958 (p. 6-7), Orochi leave toward Onigashima.
  17. One Piece Manga — Vol. 96 Chapter 974 (p. 12-17), Kanjuro grabs Momonosuke.
  18. One Piece Manga — Vol. 97 Chapter 975 (p. 13-17), Denjiro arrives to join the battle.
  19. One Piece Manga — Vol. 97 Chapter 976 (p. 3-12), Kanjuro heads to Onigashima with Momonosuke.
  20. One Piece Manga — Vol. 98 Chapter 985 (p. 3-8, 15-19).
  21. One Piece Manga — Vol. 98 Chapter 986 (p. 2-5).

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