"Salvage King" Masira is the captain of the Masira Pirates and the head of a simian ship salvage operation near Jaya Island. His sworn brother is Shoujou and both of them are members of the Saruyama Alliance, headed by Mont Blanc Cricket. He and Shoujou are both fans of Mont Blanc Noland's exploits and the fairy tale book based on them.
Masira is a human with ape-like features, he wears an orange-yellow jumpsuit, and also has headphones and goggles. What makes him interesting is he apparently has a tail, although sometimes it cannot be seen. An example of when it clearly can be seen is when Bellamy first tackles him from behind, during the Bellamy Pirates vs. Saruyama Alliance fight, or when he is carrying wood to fix the Going Merry. Masira also has huge arms and some kind of piercing around his wrists.
After the timeskip he no longer wears the jumpsuit, but has a shirt with the same design on the front. Other than this he looks the same as before.
Masira often acts very serious, but is very silly and not very bright in reality. He is easily angered, notably most of all, by the idea of someone stealing his salvage operations, yet at the same time has a rather friendly disposition, especially if someone shows interest in his salvaging skills (putting a lot of effort to impress observers) or calls him a monkey. He is easily won over with friendship along with his brother when the Straw Hats appear at their home on Jaya Island.
Like his brother, he is protective of Cricket who they have come to know as a father figure. He and his fellow Alliance members displayed a amazing spirit to get back up and continue their modifications to the Going Merry after Bellamy's attacks. On their last encounter with the Straw Hats, all sides left on good terms.
Abilities and Powers
Masira is immensely strong, being capable of knocking out a gigantic eel with merely a punch while underwater.
Masira has amazing lung capacity, being able to blow a giant air bubble in nearly a single breath, which was enough air to raise an entire sunken ship from the seafloor. He is also an excellent diver and has great knowledge of how to recover shipwrecks from the sea bottom, befitting his epithet as "Salvage King".
- Saru Naguri (猿殴り Saru Naguri?, "Monkey Punch"): Masira winds up and delivers a punch powerful enough to fend off a giant eel.
- Saru Lunge (猿ランジ Saru Ranji?, "Monkey Lunge"): An anime only attack, both he and Shoujo launch a strong punch against their opponents. This was first used against the Bellamy Pirates. In the Funimation dub it is called Monkey Punch.
Sky Island Saga
Masira first appears during the Jaya Arc, after a huge ship fell from the sky and into the ocean, and it is here where he first meets the Straw Hats. However, a sea monster and "giants" appearing in the ocean interrupt them. Somehow as the Straw Hats attempt to escape he winds up on the Going Merry and is quickly kicked off.
When Luffy successfully rang the Shandorian Golden Belfry Bell, it brought the Alliances' dream to fruition, and proved that Skypiea does exist. Masira and Shoujou then decide to follow Cricket to pursue their next dream.
Fish-Man Island Saga
From the Decks of the World
- Saru Agari Salvage
Translation and Dub Issues
- It is unknown if his tail is real or fake.
- His favorite food is banana.
- One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 24 Chapter 219 and Episode 144.
- One Piece Blue Deep: Characters World (p. 173), His birthday is revealed.
- Vivre Card - One Piece Visual Dictionary (Card #0235), Information about Masira is revealed.
- One Piece Manga — Vol. 24 Chapter 219 (p. 15), Masira's name is romanized on his suit.
- One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 24 Chapter 221 and Episode 148, Masira is angry the Straw Hats are trying to steal his treasures.
- One Piece Anime — Episode 150.
- One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 24 Chapter 221 and Episode 145, The sea monsters.
- One Piece Manga — Vol. 65 Chapter 643, cover story: From the Decks of the World Vol. 26.
- SBS One Piece Manga — Vol. 27 (p. 106), Oda confirms the inspirations for Masira and Shoujou's names