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Murakumogiri[2] is a naginata that was used by the Yonko Edward Newgate, better known as Whitebeard, until his death.[1] It is one of the 12 Saijo O Wazamono.[2]

AppearanceEdit

Murakumogiri is a massive naginata, fitting the size of Whitebeard, with a striped pole (with the stripes being all plain brown in the anime, but red and yellow in the manga) ending in a spherical pommel, and a large, curved blade attached to the pole with a brass bolster, decorated with a relief of a sea snake, and langets protruding onto the blade itself.[1]

AbilitiesEdit

With Whitebeard's immense power and skill, the naginata was strong enough to clash with Shanks's saber, the Gryphon, which caused the clouds (and even the heavens) to split.[1] Whitebeard usually employed the naginata with both hands,[3][4] but could also use it proficiently with just one hand.[5][6][7] Most of the time he kept it in his right hand, though he occasionally planted its blade in the ground in order to use both of his hands for his Devil Fruit.[8] The naginata could be used in conjunction with his Devil Fruit[3] and Busoshoku Haki[1] to increase the already great damage it could inflict, as well as to neutralize any potential Devil Fruit defense his opponents may possess.[9]

The naginata is extremely durable, having stopped Akainu's magma attack without melting or receiving any visible damage, though this may have resulted from Whitebeard coating it with Busoshoku Haki.[10] It sustained a two-handed downward swing from giant Vice Admiral John Giant as well.[5] Two years after Whitebeard's death, the weapon still showed no signs of decay in spite of two years of weathering the elements, further demonstrating its durability.[11]

TechniquesEdit

  • Naginata Rasetsu (薙刀羅刹 Naginata Rasetsu?, literally meaning "Halberd Rakshasa"): Whitebeard surrounds Murakumogiri with a quake bubble to greatly increase its striking power and range.[12]

Video Game-Only TechniquesEdit

  • Ikkitosen (一騎当千 Ikkitōsen?, literally meaning "Matchless Warrior" or "Mighty Hero"): Whitebeard swings Murakumogiri, sending waves of vibrations at his opponents. This was first used in One Piece: Pirate Warriors [13]. It is one of Whitebeard's special moves and requires one special gauge to perform. In the game's English release, the technique is called One Man Army.

HistoryEdit

Whitebeard acquired Murakumogiri sometime after his childhood. He was first seen with it during the Great Age of Pirates, when he took control over Fish-Man Island.[14]

Whitebeard died on Marineford two years ago with Murakumogiri in his hand,[15] and it was placed on his grave near Sphinx, with Whitebeard's Jolly Roger and coat hanging from it, and remained there since.[11]

TriviaEdit

  • Murakumogiri is the only known Meito that is not a sword.
  • The name of this weapon is likely derived from that of the legendary Japanese sword popularly known as "Kusanagi-no-Tsurugi" (草薙の剣? lit. "grass-cutting sword"), though it was originally called "Ame-no-Murakumo-no-Tsurugi" (天叢雲剣? lit. "heavenly gathering of clouds sword").

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 45 Chapter 434 (p. 15-17) and Episode 316, Murakumogiri is first seen.
  2. 2.0 2.1 SBS One Piece MangaVol. 93, Murakumogiri's name is revealed.
  3. 3.0 3.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 58 Chapter 566 (p. 16-17) and Episode 475, Whitebeard defeats several dozen Marines with a quake-enhanced naginata swing.
  4. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 58 Chapter 573 (p. 4) and Episode 482, Whitebeard attacks the Marines with a two-handed naginata slash.
  5. 5.0 5.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 58 Chapter 564 (p. 6) and Episode 473, Whitebeard blocks John Giant's strike with one hand on his naginata.
  6. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 58 Chapter 568 (p. 2-3) and Episode 477, Whitebeard slashes through Inagumi Guren, causing a nearby tower to collapse.
  7. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 58 Chapter 569 (p. 10-11) and Episode 478, Whitebeard defeats dozens of Marines with a single attack.
  8. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 57 Chapter 552 (p. 4) and Episode 461, Whitebeard plants his naginata in the ground prior to using his powers.
  9. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 58 Chapter 567 (p. 5) and Episode 476, Whitebeard impales Aokiji with his naginata.
  10. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 57 Chapter 554 (p. 11) and Episode 463, Whitebeard extinguishes the flaming rock on the end of his naginata with a single breath.
  11. 11.0 11.1 One Piece Manga — Vol. 68 Chapter 668, cover story: From the Decks of the World Vol. 48, Whitebeard's grave is seen two years later.
  12. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 58 Chapter 566 (p. 16-17) and Episode 475, Whitebeard defeats several dozen Marines with a quake-enhanced bisento swing.
  13. One Piece Video GamesPirate Warriors 2, Whitebeard shows some special moves exclusive to the game.
  14. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 65 Chapter 645 (p. 6-7) and Episode 567.
  15. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 59 Chapter 576 (p. 16-17) and Episode 485.

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