Raizo of the Mist is a ninja from Wano Country, a comrade of Kin'emon and Kanjuro, a retainer of the Kozuki Family, and a former member of the Kozuki Family Oniwabanshu. He is also a member of the Nine Red Scabbards.
Raizo is very large, standing at 311 cm. His head is large enough to carry Luffy, an average sized human. His body is very disproportional, having a very large head with the rest of his body being relatively small in comparison. His hair is styled into six antennae, with three at each side of his head, a small spike on the middle, and a widow's peak. His hairstyle bears some resemblance to Gedatsu. He has bolt-shaped eyebrows and large sideburns. He also has a crescent moon-shaped scar on his forehead, which was given to him by King. He wears a dark-colored Ninja shozoku robe. As the Straw Hats pointed out, Raizo is very ugly, a fact that Raizo himself acknowledged as his fellow female ninjas of the Wano Country refused to even look at him.
When he was younger, his six antennae hair was shorter and he lacks the scar on his forehead.
Raizo is a reserved individual who takes his profession as a ninja very seriously. He does not like it when people talk about ninja, such as himself, in a joking manner, and can become very emotional about it, but he will gladly demonstrate his skills if coerced enough. Despite his claim that ninja do not say 'Nin Nin', Raizo ended up adopting the phrase in his speech as shown when he demonstrated ninja skills and again when he greeted the minks.
He is also sensitive about his bizarre and ugly appearance and is severely depressed by the fact that the female ninjas also known as kunoichi from Wano Country do not find him attractive and would not even look at him, and does not like it when people point out his ugliness. It was this reason that before meeting Oden, he would kidnap any women he laid eyes upon.
He is extremely kind, noble, and caring, and was so against the fact that the Mink Tribe was sheltering him at the risk of dying, that he had to be chained up to prevent him from fighting and making his presence known. He was worried to the point of tears over the fact the minks were heavily wounded from protecting him. It also moved him greatly that the minks were worried about his safety and glad to see he was okay. His kindness is also shown when the Straw Hats began to depressingly sulk after he refused to demonstrate his ninjutsu skills and immediately relented by showing his skills to them. When Kanjuro was defeated, Raizo openly cried for the latter despite his treachery and betrayal.
Raizo is very loyal to his masters in the Kozuki Family as well as his fellow retainers and the feeling is reciprocated toward him. Kin'emon and Kanjuro were excited to reunite with him on Zou.
According to Raizo, he has a particular bad relationship with the kunoichis due to their strong disgust and revulsion towards his ugliness, to the point that they refused to even look at him, a fact that greatly depressed Raizo as he could not have any romantic relationships with any kunoichis.
Due to their generations-old relationship with the Kozuki Family from Wano Country, the entire Mink Tribe protected the whereabouts of Raizo from Jack, despite the risk of dying and the destruction of their kingdom. However, Raizo did not want them to risk their lives protecting him and would rather turn himself in instead. This forced the minks to chain him to a poneglyph inside a secret area to keep him hidden, but Raizo continually begged for his release and updates on the minks' status.
When the minks happily celebrate his safety and welfare despite being brutalized by the Beast Pirates, Raizo is extremely touched and used a ninja technique to express his gratitude. When he saw the devastation that fell upon Zou as a result of the Minks' resistance to the Beasts Pirates for the sake of Raizo, he was deeply grieved and determined to repay their sacrifices.
Raizo once believed Kanjuro to be one of his most trusted friends and allies. On Zou, Raizo was pleased to meet Kanjuro and Kin'emon again. However, to Kanjuro, it was a role for him to play so he could spy on the Kozuki Family for Orochi. After all their time together, Raizo never suspected Kanjuro to be a traitor. When Kanjuro finally ended his charade, Raizo was shocked to hear that he was the spy and a member of the Kurozumi Family. Raizo was further shocked that Kanjuro hid his true artistic mastery from them as well and was further angered when Kanjuro captured Momonosuke. Despite knowing that Kanjuro is a traitor, he does have a sense of bond towards him as Raizo was shown crying for Kanjuro after the latter was defeated by Kikunojo.
Abilities and PowersEdit
In order to restrain him, the minks had to chain him to an indestructible Poneglyph. Despite his large body, Raizo is extremely agile. In the anime, he could leap extremely high and easily perform handsprings, flips, and somersaults with ninja like agility. He also has incredible speed, being able to slip past the Beasts Pirates in the Udon prison executive tower as he was stealing the keys to Luffy's Seastone handcuffs.
A testament of his ninjutsu skills in stealth is that Raizo is able to infiltrate the prison in Udon and got close enough to speak to an imprisoned Luffy without the Beasts Pirates knowing. After stealing the keys to Luffy's Seastone handcuffs, he was able to escape the executive tower without getting caught.
Raizo has incredible skills in Shurikenjutsu, throwing multiple shurikens with perfect precision to engrave symbols or words on walls. From a far distance, Raizo could throw to Kawamatsu his sword and key to his handcuffs with great speed and accuracy, allowing the latter to quickly free himself and fight back.
- Further information: Ninjutsu
As one of Wano's greatest ninjas, Raizo is an extremely powerful master of Ninjutsu (忍術 Ninjutsu?), being referred as a genius ninja during his youth. His strength is acknowledged by Orochi himself and is noted to rival even Fukurokuju, the leader of the Orochi Oniwanbanshu. He has several versatile skills such as disappearing in a cloud of smoke, making clones of himself, and throwing shuriken with expert precision.
As a ninja, Raizo uses shuriken.
During the attack on Kaido, Raizo armed himself with two katanas.
- Hana Shuriken (華手裏剣 Hana Shuriken?, literally meaning "Flower Shuriken"): Raizo possesses large quantities of shuriken which he can throw rapidly with expert precision. For example, he can make them form the kanji for "shinobi" (忍?).
- Kaminari Shuriken (雷手裏剣 Kaminari Shuriken?, literally meaning "Thunder Shuriken"): A technique in which Raizo throws several shuriken very quickly. In the VIZ manga, this is called Lightning Shuriken.
Raizo was once a member of the Kozuki Family Oniwabanshu, but over 41 years before the present day, he resigned after being rejected by a kunoichi. He became an infamous mountain bandit in Udon, fighting any man and kidnapping any woman he encountered. However, Kozuki Oden and his followers found Raizo after searching for him, and Raizo decided to join them. After Oden became daimyo of Kuri, Raizo became one of his retainers.
After Inuarashi, Nekomamushi, and Kawamatsu joined Oden, they were running low on funds. Therefore, he and the other retainers attempted to steal money from Yasuie, but they were caught. Instead of punishing them, Yasuie allowed them to take the money and encouraged them to use it to become better people for the sake of Oden and Wano Country. Following Yasuie's advice, they educated themselves and trained to become dignified warriors. 30 years ago, they visited the Flower Capital with Oden.
After meeting the Whitebeard Pirates, Oden and his retainers were having a feast with them. Oden said that he wanted to join the crew, but Raizo, Kanjuro, Kin'emon, and Denjiro voiced out against it. After the Whitebeard Pirates left Wano two weeks later, the retainers discovered Oden, Izo, Inuarashi, and Nekomamushi to be missing.
During Oden's absence, Raizo and his fellow retainers protected Kuri. When Oden returned to Wano with the Roger Pirates, the retainers greeted him, but before they could say anymore, Toki stopped them from convincing Oden to stay in Wano so Oden could continue his journey with Roger.
Around six months before Oden finished his voyage, the retainers were furious at Kurozumi Orochi for abusing his position as shogun. While Inuarashi and Kawamatsu stayed behind at Oden Castle, the other retainers marched to the Flower Capital to confront Orochi only to discover that a group of Beasts Pirates were in Kuri threatening Oden's family. When Oden returned to Wano after finishing his journey, the retainers (except Denjiro and Ashura, who were elsewhere at the time) welcomed him back. At Oden Castle, Raizo was ordered to take Momonosuke and Hiyori out of the room before Oden was told about the Beasts Pirates' attempted attack on his family.
After Oden failed to kill Orochi, the retainers remained loyal to him for the next five years despite Oden acting like a fool and losing the respect of most of Wano's people. 20 years ago, Oden finally had enough and decided to take down Kaido. The retainers eagerly followed him and marched with him to Onigashima.
On the way to Onigashima, the group was confronted by Kaido and his crew in the Udon region. Shinobu joined the samurai and in the ensuing battle, Raizo was attacked by King. Unfortunately, the samurai were overwhelmed in the end. Oden and the Scabbards were then imprisoned in the Flower Capital and sentenced to be boiled alive in three days.
All ten prisoners were later brought to the execution site, at which point Oden made a deal with Kaido. After Oden stepped into the pot of boiling oil, the retainers were about to join him, but Oden grabbed a plank and ordered them to stand on it as he held them over the pot. As Oden endured the hour, he explained to his retainers the reason Wano Country was isolated and requested them to open Wano's borders for him. Oden successfully survived the hour, but Orochi summoned a firing squad to execute Oden and his retainers. Oden once again told his retainers to open Wano's borders before throwing them far away from the pot. The Scabbards fled with tears as Oden met his demise.
As they were chased by an army of pursuers, Shinobu gave the Scabbards their weapons. On the way back to Oden Castle, Inuarashi and Nekomamushi were captured by the shogun's forces and Denjiro and Ashura split from the group to fight their enemies. By the time the rest of the group reached Oden Castle, it was set ablaze by Kaido. The retainers went inside the castle and found Momonosuke as well as his sister and mother. Toki then sent Momonosuke, Kin'emon, Kanjuro, Raizo, and Kikunojo twenty years into the future. After arriving at the future, they went around Wano and discovered how much it changed over the years. However, they discovered allies they could still count on and began forming a plan to take back Wano. Momonosuke, Kanjuro, Kin'emon, and Raizo decided to travel to Zou to seek aid from the Mink Tribe, but when they were leaving Wano, they were spotted by the Beasts Pirates.
On the way to Zou, they were shipwrecked, during which Raizo got separated from the others. He later ended up on Zou. Jack attacked the Mokomo Dukedom to find Raizo. The Mink Tribe, being firmly loyal to the Kozuki Family, lied to Jack that Raizo was not on the island, resulting in the near destruction of their civilization. Raizo being unwilling to let his mink comrades risk their lives for him, tried to turn himself in. This led them to chain Raizo up to a poneglyph in a secret room inside the whale-shaped tree in order to keep him hidden.
Seventeen days later, the Straw Hat Pirates, Law, Inuarashi, Nekomamushi, and Raizo's samurai comrades visited him in the whale-shaped tree. Raizo wept for the minks, begging them to tell the truth about the country's status and why they did not turn him over. He was overjoyed to see his comrades and was freed from his chains, but grew annoyed as the male Straw Hats told him to perform various ninja arts that they came up with in their imaginations. Eventually, he performed various tricks for them, greatly impressing them.
Raizo, Kin'emon, and Kanjuro then stood outside the Whale Tree. When he saw all the destruction the Beasts Pirates had left behind, Raizo felt deep remorse and swore to repay the Mink Tribe for their selfless actions. When Nico Robin deciphered the red Poneglyph, Nekomamushi called them back in. After Nekomamushi explained to the Straw Hats about the creation of the poneglyphs by the Kozuki Family, Raizo and the samurai revealed that Momonosuke was not able to inherit the knowledge of the poneglyphs and expressed sorrow in explaining that Lord Oden was executed by Kaido and the shogun of Wano Country Kurozumi Orochi.
The samurai and the two rulers of Zou revealed Oden's will to open the country of Wano to the world and to defeat Kaido and the shogun of Wano Country. The samurai also explained that they needed allies which was the reason why they journeyed to Zou. They then formed an alliance with the Mink Tribe and the Straw Hats.
They later left the secret room and Raizo and the samurais explained that they never went with Oden during his travels as leaving the borders of Wano is a crime. While discussing their plans to defeat Kaido, the alliance decided to split up and meet up again at Wano Country. Law agreed to take Raizo and the samurai back to Wano Country in his submarine. Right after they left the Whale Tree, Raizo was overjoyed to see the minks and went to greet them. This joy was short-lived as they felt Zou shaking and heard Zunesha crying.
Zou's shaking was because of Jack returning and assaulting the giant elephant. On Momonosuke's command, Zunesha retaliated and sank Jack's fleet. With the threat of Jack ended, everyone became calm again.
After Momonosuke decided to stay on Zou in order to communicate more with Zunesha, Raizo and his comrades prepare to go back to Wano with Law and Zoro accompanying them. As the Sanji Retrieval Team departed from Zou, everyone, except for the Straw Hat members left behind, was shocked when Monkey D. Luffy jumped off Zunesha with his party.
Wano Country ArcEdit
Raizo and his group later infiltrated Wano Country, where they remained hidden until the alliance was ready to strike.
After Luffy was sent to a prison in Udon by the Beasts Pirates, Raizo informed the alliance that he would assist with rescuing Luffy. He later infiltrated the prison and while Luffy was working, Raizo appeared beside him and informed him that he located the keys to Luffy's Seastone handcuffs but it was heavily guarded. Raizo then asked Luffy to wait a little longer before vanishing.
Raizo eventually managed to steal some keys from the Prisoner Mine executive tower and made his way back to Luffy. However, he then discovered that Luffy was brought before Queen for causing an uproar in the prison. While Raizo was hiding behind a small wagon, Kawamatsu called out to him from a nearby cell.
Raizo told Kawamatsu about the decisive battle during the Fire Festival before the latter asked Raizo to free him from his cell. Raizo was then spotted by the guards, forcing him to disappear in a smokescreen. When Queen had Luffy's handcuffs removed so he could fight in the Sumo Inferno, Raizo was dismayed that he went through a lot of trouble for nothing.
With the key in his possession, Raizo freed Caribou from his cuffs and hid inside his body. After the Sumo Inferno was put on hold for the night, Caribou approached the ring with Raizo. After revealing himself, Raizo reunited with Hyogoro and learned of many potential allies locked in the prison.
During the night, Raizo and Caribou stole Queen's o-shiruko supply and fed it to Luffy and Hyogoro. On the next day, Raizo and Caribou hid in the shadows and noted that Luffy and Hyogoro were obviously going to stand out after eating too much food. Raizo soon tearfully witnessed Shimotsuki Yasuie's execution when it was being broadcasted.
Caribou later told Raizo how Wano Country's communication network operates. While Caribou disabled Udon's communications, Raizo worked on stealing the keys to free Kawamatsu. After Kawamatsu's cell was damaged from a fight between Big Mom and Queen, Raizo jumped out of the Executive Tower and glided into the clearing. As he flew by Kawamatsu's cell, he threw the key to Kawamatsu's handcuffs inside as well as the Scabbard's sword, Soto Muso, enabling Kawamatsu to free himself and fight back against his attackers. With the prisoners turned against Luffy, Hyogoro told Raizo to reveal himself to give them hope, which he did. Raizo then joined Luffy, Chopper, Kikunojo, Hyogoro, and Kawamatsu as they prepared for battle.
As Raizo and his group fought against the Beasts Pirates, Raizo tossed keys to Eustass Kid and Killer. Raizo's group were then cornered by prisoners who were infected with the Mummy virus. Raizo became worried when Luffy made contact with the infected prisoners.
After the prison takeover, the prisoners became skeptical after learning that Luffy is a pirate. Raizo tried to reassure them but he was insulted when the prisoners stated that he always looked like an old man when they expressed doubts about him traveling 20 years in time. Raizo later spoke with Kawamatsu before the latter left to take care of some business.
After Tama tamed Babanuki and had him give a false report to Queen, Raizo was amazed by her ability. He also thanked Caribou for his assistance. Raizo then contacted Kin'emon to inform him of the events that occurred at Udon and discussed with him about the shortage of weapons. He later joined a meeting with several key alliance members at Amigasa Village.
The group then learned from Zoro and Kawamatsu that Hiyori is alive. On the day for the raid on Onigashima, Raizo marched to the rebel meeting place with Momonosuke, Kin'emon, Kanjuro, Kikunojo, Shinobu, Inuarashi, Kawamatsu, and Ashura. The group eventually arrived at the meeting place, but found none of their ships and allies. In spite of this major setback, the Scabbards were still determined to go through with the raid, knowing that they would not get another chance.
The Scabbards set sail and left Momonosuke at the port. As Kin'emon wondered about the possibility of a traitor among them, Kanjuro then revealed that he was the mole, leaving the other Scabbards stunned at this revelation. After Kanjuro explained what he did, Kin'emon angrily beheaded him, only to learn that it was a copy and the real Kanjuro remained on the coast and that he had captured Momonosuke to bring him to Onigashima. As this was happening, the Scabbards' boat was confronted by three Beasts Pirates ships, but the ships were suddenly attacked by the Straw Hats, Heart Pirates, and Kid Pirates. The Scabbards' boat was then lifted by Law's submarine.
When Kyoshiro arrived, the Scabbards were confused to see him attacking one of the Beasts Pirates ships. They were then shocked when Kyoshiro revealed himself to be Denjiro and that he freed the prisoners in the Flower Capital and the rebels gathered at Port Habu. To their relief, the Ninja-Pirate-Mink-Samurai Alliance allies arrived at Port Tokage on a massive fleet to commence the raid on Onigashima.
Kanjuro then fled the scene with Momonosuke in tow on a drawn crane and briefly attacked the alliance with an ink cloud that rained down ink arrows. Momonosuke ordered the alliance to press forward to Onigashima without worrying about him. As the alliance was attacked by a Beasts Pirates ship with long ranged cannons, Jinbe came to aid the rebels.
After Shishilian and Hyogoro boarded the Polar Tang, the Scabbards discussed with Law about the plan to enter Onigashima. Raizo was then surprised to see the Straw Hats take over the port in front of Onigashima. Afterwards, the Heart Pirates and the Scabbards (except Kin'emon and Denjiro) traversed to the back of Onigashima inside the Polar Tang. Along the way, they were contacted by Nekomamushi, who just arrived and was planning to meet them at Onigashima. When the submarine got close enough, Law teleported himself and the Scabbards with him to Onigashima's back entrance, where they were joined up by Marco, Nekomamushi, and Izo. After Marco left to check on a shadow he saw at sea, the group was confronted by Kanjuro and an army of Beasts Pirates. While Kikunojo clashed against Kanjuro, the rest fought the other enemies.
Kanjuro and the Beasts Pirates with him were defeated, and Raizo's group were soon rejoined by Kin'emon and Denjiro. They then entered Kaido's castle, fought their way to the Performance Stage, and launched an all-out attack on Kaido. While falling to the lower floor, the Scabbards managed to inflict wounds on Kaido. As the alliance revealed themselves and attacked the Beasts Pirates, Kaido transformed into his dragon form and flew to the roof of the Skull Dome, with the Scabbards grabbing onto him. On the roof, the Scabbards prepared to fight Kaido with the Mink Tribe's help. When Jack arrived to the roof with a platoon, Raizo stated his intention to repay his debt to the Mink Tribe.
- Kozuki Oden, the Nine Red Scabbards, and Shinobu vs. Beasts Pirates
- Raizo vs. King
- Raizo, Monkey D. Luffy, Tony Tony Chopper, Hyogoro, Kikunojo, and Kawamatsu vs. Beasts Pirates (Udon Prisoner Mines)
- The Nine Red Scabbards (minus Kanjuro, Kin'emon, and Denjiro) and Izo vs. Kurozumi Kanjuro and Beasts Pirates Gifters (unseen)
- The Nine Red Scabbards (minus Kanjuro) and Izo vs. Kaido
- Raizo appears to be a homage to the depiction of ninja in various media, including that of the Naruto manga series by Masashi Kishimoto.
- His voice actor is the same as the Naruto character, Might Guy.
- Raizo's favorite food is fishcake stuffed with burdock root. Fittingly enough, fishcake is one of the main ingredients in oden, just as Raizo was one of Kozuki Oden's main retainers.
- Ninja – Wikipedia article on Raizo's occupation.