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The Kurozumi Family is the family of Kurozumi Orochi, the 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 with the help of Kaidou, resulting in Orochi becoming shogun.[4]

Crest

The Kurozumi Family crest consists of a downward-pointing pentagon surrounded by five three-pronged shapes on each side.[5]

During the family's rule over Wano Country, the crest is displayed on various buildings,[6] vehicles,[7] and events[8] associated with the shogunate.

Members

See also the associated category: Kurozumi Family.
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Kurozumi Family
Kurozumi Orochi Kurozumi Kanjuro * Kurozumi Higurashi  Kurozumi Semimaru  Orochi's Grandfather 
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Subordinates
Fukurokuju 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 Kaidou'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 Kaidou betrayed and killed the shogun, and the latter took all of his forces through an ultimatum.

History

Past

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. At some point afterwards, the Kurozumi Family's plot was then 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 and lynched by a majority of Wano's extrajudicial citizens out of self-righteousness and revenge for the deaths of the daimyo Kurozumi's leader had poisoned. For many years, everyone with the name Kurozumi was targeted, regardless of having any involvement in the crime, and were brutally beaten and killed.[9] Kanjuro's parents were also killed as a result of this persecution.[10] In turn, this bias persecution gave many originally innocent Kurozumi clan members such as Orochi and Kanjuro a legitimate reason to resent and hate Wano Country, having their childhood ruined and destroyed by self righteous citizens.

The three Kurozumi Family members as the shogunate.

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, desiring power and wealth from his poverty along with a murderous obsession to take revenge on the Wano citizens, Orochi agreed. 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 Kaidou's support. In the following years, Orochi had weapon factories constructed throughout Wano. After Oden returned from his voyage, he tried to kill Orochi, only to be stopped by Kurozumi Semimaru. Orochi and Kaidou 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 Kaidou 20 years before the present day, Higurashi distracted Oden by disguising as Momonosuke, causing Oden to be defeated. Sometime later, Kaidou 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][11]

Sometime after Oden's death, Orochi accepted Kyoshiro into his services.[12]

20 years later, Orochi was made aware of Momonosuke's return thanks to a letter from Kanjuro.[10]

Wano Country Arc

Orochi enjoys his power.

After CP0 tried to negotiate a deal with him, Orochi held a banquet.[13] 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.[14]

Thanks to information provided by Kanjuro,[15] Orochi had all the Kozuki supporters in the Flower Capital arrested.[16] After Yasuie got himself captured to cover for the Scabbards, Orochi saw to Yasuie's execution personally.[17]

Kanjuro reveals himself as the spy.

Kanjuro informed Orochi of Yasuie's ruse and all rebel activity.[18] On the night before the Fire Festival, Orochi ordered the bombings of bridges to prevent the rebels from gathering at their meeting place.[19] On the day of the Fire Festival, Orochi departed to Onigashima[20] and Kanjuro revealed his allegiance to Orochi[18] before taking Momonosuke hostage.[21]

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.[22] 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.[23]

Orochi is beheaded by Kaidou.

Kanjuro later delivered Momonosuke to Orochi and Kaidou. 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 Kaidou was announcing his New Onigashima Project, he decapitated Orochi, ending his alliance with the shogun.[24] Kanjuro was defeated by his former allies.[25] Both were later confirmed to have survived. Kanjuro, although grievously wounded, managed to crucially torment his former comrades with a fake Oden he drew from afar, remoting the drawing, calling this trick the perfect finale for his "performance" while looking for Momonosuke.[26]

Meanwhile, Orochi, supported by Fukurokuju, survived through unknown means his decapitation by Kaidou and started setting the castle on fire as revenge for Kaidou betraying him earlier.[27] While they were both spreading the fire, they engaged the Red Nine Scabbards (minus Ashura and Inuarashi), with Orochi in shock about his fear from the Scabbards coming true. He then came on to taunt the Scabbards about the fact that Kanjuro was spying on them all these years, with them never noticing or suspecting while he admitted though he was surprised to see Denjiro revealed as his former subordinate, Kyoshiro. When Fukurokuju advised Orochi to stay back (as the Scabbards were unaware he had been decapitated already) Orochi boasted about them being too weakened to pose a real threat to him, transforming into his Zoan-Form. However, he did not expect them to engage him directly, as they cut off six of his heads from his Zoan form, seemingly killing him, with Kin'emon telling him he will be judged in hell.[28]

Kanjuro eventually found Momonosuke, and tried to use his Oden disguise again, but Kin'emon and Kiku arrived before him and were able to protect Momonosuke before he fell for the ruse. As the samurai attacked, Kiku was severely wounded and Kin'emon delivered the final vengeful blow to the traitor.[29]

Meanwhile, Orochi who also survived, secretly witness Inuarashi defeat Jack.[30]

Trivia

  • Kurozumi literally means "black charcoal" in Japanese.
  • The Kurozumi Family is the second family in which all known named members are Devil Fruits users, the first being the Gorgon Sisters.
    • Interestingly, both families have at least one member with a model of a fruit from the Hebi Hebi no Mi series, and all members having only Paramecia and/or Zoan type abilities.

References

  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 and Anime — Vol. 96 Chapter 965 (p. 8-11) and Episode 965, Higurashi talk about the family past.
  4. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 96 Chapter 968 (p. 11-17) and Episode 970, Oden learns of Orochi's actions as shogun.
  5. Vivre Card - One Piece Visual Dictionary (Card #0917), The symbol is confirmed to be the Kurozumi Family crest
  6. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 90 Chapter 909 (p. 14) and Episode 892, The crest is seen on the paper lantern at the seppuku ceremony.
  7. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 91 Chapter 917 (p. 10) and Episode 905, The crest is seen on the food supply carriage.
  8. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 91 Chapter 915 (p. 2) and Episode 901, The crest is seen during the Sumo Tournament.
  9. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 96 Chapter 971 (p. 14-16) and Episode 973, Orochi explains his grudge.
  10. 10.0 10.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 96 Chapter 974 (p. 3-5) and Episode 976, Kanjoru's past is mentioned by Orochi.
  11. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 82 Chapter 819 (p. 8-13) and Episode 771, Momonosuke acts as the head of the Kozuki Family.
  12. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 96 Chapter 973 (p. 15) and Episode 976, Denjiro is recruited by Orochi.
  13. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 92 Chapter 929 (p. 11-16) and Episodes 922923, Orochi makes deals before his party.
  14. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 93 Chapters 932933 and Episodes 927928.
  15. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 95 Chapter 955 (p. 16-17) and Episode 956, Orochi receives information from Kanjuro.
  16. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 93 Chapter 939 (p. 8-9) and Episode 935, The samurai are arrested.
  17. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 93 Chapter 941 and Episodes 938940, Yasuie is executed.
  18. 18.0 18.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 96 Chapter 974 (p. 11) and Episode 977, Kanjuro reveals his actions to the Scabbards.
  19. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 95 Chapter 959 (p. 11-13) and Episode 960, Orochi's plot based on Kanjuro's intel.
  20. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 95 Chapter 958 (p. 6-7) and Episode 959, Orochi leave toward Onigashima.
  21. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 96 Chapter 974 (p. 12-17) and Episode 977, Kanjuro grabs Momonosuke.
  22. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 97 Chapter 975 (p. 13-17) and Episode 979, Denjiro arrives to join the battle.
  23. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 97 Chapter 976 (p. 3-12) and Episodes 979980, Kanjuro heads to Onigashima with Momonosuke.
  24. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 98 Chapter 985 (p. 3-8, 15-19) and Episodes 993994, Kaido seemingly decapitates Orochi.
  25. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 98 Chapter 986 (p. 2-5) and Episode 994, Kanjuro is defeated by Kikunojo.
  26. One Piece Manga — Vol. 100 Chapters 10071008, Kanjuro tries to fool the Scabbards.
  27. One Piece Manga — Vol. 100 Chapter 1008 (p. 13), Orochi is revealed to be alive.
  28. One Piece Manga — Vol. 100 Chapter 1009 (p. 3-6), The Scabbards encounter Orochi.
  29. One Piece Manga — Vol. 100 Chapter 1014 (p. 10-15), Kanjuro's final act ends his life.
  30. One Piece Manga — Chapter 1026 (p. 16-17), Orochi watch as Jack is defeated by Inuarashi.

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