Gyukimaru is a very large man with a face resembling a mask. He wears a dark kimono, light pants, and a light cape, and carries many weapons on his back. He also wears a very large bead necklace.
Gyukimaru greatly reveres the legends of Ryuma, and so went to great lengths to return Shusui to his grave. He is rather pragmatic in battle and always looks for an opening on his opponent, even when they are distracted or caught up by something else altogether. However, he would not attack an opponent who can no longer fight as he left Zoro alone when he fell unconscious from a wound he received from Kamazo.
Gyukimaru can also come off as judgmental, as he refused to listen to Zoro's claim that Ryuma willingly gave him Shusui and did nothing when Hiyori and Toko pleaded for help from Kamazo and even tried to attack Zoro when he was trying to protect them.
He is infamous for ambushing armed people who attempt to cross the Oihagi Bridge and taking their weapons. However, he is somewhat lenient as he allowed Zoro to keep his two remaining swords.
Abilities and Powers
Gyukimaru is a skilled thief, being able to successfully steal Shusui from Zoro and make his way halfway across Wano Country at a fast pace.
Befitting his size, Gyukimaru has enormous strength as he could easily match Zoro's physical power. He also has great speed, able to match Zoro's agility, and after stealing Shusui, he swiftly traved halfway across Wano Country to return it to Ryuma's grave.
Gyukimaru has shown to be extremely skilled in wielding his naginata, able to clash evenly with the extremely powerful swordsman Roronoa Zoro. He has been shown using the handle of the staff to counter Zoro's sword strikes.
Gyukimaru's main weapon is a very long naginata, which grants him great size and range in addition to cutting power.
He also carries around a very large variety of weapons on his back.
Wano Country Arc
Gyukimaru was in Ebisu Town when he spotted the sword Shusui and took it. He went to Ringo and returned it to Ryuma's grave before he was confronted on Oihagi Bridge by Roronoa Zoro, from whom he had taken Shusui. Refusing to believe Zoro rightfully earned the sword, Gyukimaru battled him to take his other two swords. A woman and a girl then came onto the scene being chased by Kamazo, and as Zoro turned his attention to Kamazo, Gyukimaru repeatedly tried striking at his openings, annoying the swordsman.
After Zoro defeated Kamazo, Gyukimaru took the assassin's scythe and walked away as Zoro fainted from the wound he received from the assassin.
- Gyukimaru vs. Roronoa Zoro
- Gyukimaru is possibly based on Benkei, a Japanese warrior monk who was said to have stolen weapons from samurai that he believed to be arrogant and unworthy.
- Gyūki (牛鬼? "ox demon/ogre") is another pronunciation for ushi-oni, a creature in Japanese folklore with a bovine head and horns. Maru (丸? "ring" or "perfect") is a common suffix for Japanese male names.
- Gyukimaru's name may be based on Oniwaka (鬼若 demon/ogre child?) or Oniwakamaru, Benkei's childhood name.
- It may also be a portmanteau, combining 牛 ("ox"?) from Ushiwakamaru (牛若丸?), the childhood name of Minamoto no Yoshitsune who Benkei faithfully served as retainer, 鬼 ("demon/ogre"?) from Oniwakamaru, and the -maru suffix from both.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 One Piece Manga — Vol. 93 Chapter 936 (p. 16-17) , Gyukimaru makes his debut.
- ↑ One Piece Manga — Vol. 93 Chapter 938 (p. 12) , Hiyori talks about Gyukimaru.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 One Piece Manga — Vol. 93 Chapter 937 (p. 6) , Gyukimaru is introduced.
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 One Piece Manga — Vol. 93 Chapter 937 (p. 6-9) .
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 One Piece Manga — Vol. 93 Chapter 938 (p. 2-3) , Gyukimaru walks away as Zoro faints.
- ↑ One Piece Manga — Vol. 93 Chapter 935 (p. 11) .
- ↑ One Piece Manga — Vol. 93 Chapter 937 (p. 6-9, 11-15) .