Minatomo-san is a carpenter who was created by Oda as a One Piece SBS joke character to explain how the door Higuma kicked off its hinges was suddenly back in place as the bandit left the bar, after Higuma smashed a bottle of sake over Shanks.
According to Oda, Minatomo is a carpenter who cannot go past a broken door without repairing it. Since the answer was given, Minatomo has made several appearances in the anime, normally seen either randomly standing next to people or repairing doors. Minatomo's appearances are similar in idea to Pandaman and Sam.
Minatomo is a short, elderly man with tanned skin, dark gray hair, and a stern look on his face. He also has a scar on his left cheek. He wears working clothes in varying shades of blue and has a rope tied around his forehead.
Not much is known about his personality except that he is apparently short-tempered and cannot stand broken doors, immediately repairing them when he sees one.
Abilities and Powers
After Higuma kicked off the door to Partys Bar, Minatomo saw the damage and, due to his inability to ignore a needed fix, quickly replaced it in the brief time between Higuma barging into the bar and hitting Shanks over the head with a bottle.
East Blue Saga
Later, Minatomo appeared in Loguetown to watch the Loguetown cooking contest.
Warship Island Arc
Drum Island Arc
Concludes non-canon section.
- Minatomo is the first of two canon character to have only appeared in the anime, the other being Yamon.
- SBS One Piece Manga — Vol. 7, Fan question: how come the door was suddenly repaired?
- One Piece Anime — Episode 51, Minatomo appears in Loguetown filler.
- One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 1 Chapter 1 and Episode 4, Minatomo fixes the door to the bar unseen.
- SBS One Piece Manga — Vol. 92, The relationship between the Minatomos is revealed.
- One Piece Anime — Episode 61, Minatomo appears in Warship Island.
- One Piece Anime — Episode 81, Minatomo appears in Drum Island.