Sarutobi is a very large man with tanned skin and a purple gorilla-like mask over its face with round red eyes and horns at the top. He has a long, wild mane of light hair. He wears a blue kimono which is open at the front, showing part of his chest covered in netting; he also wears a red obi and a yellow scarf.
As a member of the Oniwabanshu, Sarutobi appeared to be loyal to Kurozumi Orochi until the latter's death. He easily believed Brook to be an evil spirit and so became very scared upon being confronted by the pirate's disembodied soul, believing it was the Gashadokuro.
Abilities and Powers
Wano Country Arc
While Nico Robin was sneaking around Orochi Castle, Sarutobi and the rest of the Orochi Oniwabanshu silently appeared behind her. The group moved to restrain her, but then discovered that this Robin was actually a body double, and so Fukurokuju sent them to the banquet hall to locate the real Robin. Daikoku eventually spotted Robin and the Oniwabanshu confronted her, but she and her accomplices were able to escape.
After Shimotsuki Yasuie's execution, the Orochi Oniwabanshu arrived to help fight off the Straw Hat Pirates. However, Sarutobi, Chome, and Bishamon were quickly scared away by Brook's disembodied spirit, which they mistook for the Gashadokuro.
Several days later, the Fire Festival arrived and the Oniwabanshu accompanied Kurozumi Orochi to Onigashima to celebrate with the Beasts Pirates. However, Kaido killed Orochi during the festivities as part of his plot to assume full control over Wano, and Fukurokuju pledged the Oniwabanshu's allegiance to the Emperor and his crew.
- Sarutobi is likely named after Sarutobi Sasuke, a popular fictional ninja in Japanese folklore.
- His appearance fits his name, which contains the kanji "Saru" (猿?), meaning monkey.
- One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 92 Chapter 931 (p. 12-13) and Episode 925, Sarutobi debuts.
- SBS One Piece Manga — Vol. 97 (p. 62), Sarutobi is named and has his height and special attack revealed.
- One Piece Manga — Vol. 98 Chapter 986 (p. 6).
- One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 94 Chapter 945 (p. 7) and Episode 943.
- One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 93 Chapter 932 (p. 3-6) and Episode 926.
- One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 93 Chapter 933 and Episode 928.
- One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 94 Chapter 945 (p. 4, 7) and Episode 943.
- One Piece Manga — Vol. 95 Chapter 958 (p. 6-7).