Back when the Kozuki Family ruled over Wano Country, Yasuie served as the daimyo of Hakumai. 20 years after Kurozumi Orochi's takeover of Wano, Yasuie sacrificed himself in an effort to misdirect the shogun's forces and enable Kozuki Momonosuke's revolution to continue.
Yasuie is a thin short man with a thick spherical head. He has tiny blush marks on his cheeks, stubble around his mouth, and a thin mustache on his upper lip. Like the other residents of Ebisu Town, he's always smiling. In the past, his thick afro appears to have been a trademark of his as Kanjuro and Shinobu didn't recognize him until they saw it. Nowadays, it is usually covered by a polka-dotted bandana and tied in a top knot. He wears a light kimono with stitched patches and waraji sandals.
Over 25 years ago, Yasu's face was much cleaner and less spherical; he wore a dotted kimono with a dark robe over it. He also appeared to be much taller than he is in the current storyline.
Yasuie was very easily excited, as he gushed over Zoro's accomplishments and showered the swordsman with compliments. He could also be self-deprecating, as he did not object when Zoro accidentally referred to him as "Kasu" (trash) instead of "Yasu".
Though eccentric, carefree, and fun loving, Yasuie was extremely kind and compassionate, using the money his daughter earned to support the citizens of Ebisu Town, providing provisions to those who are too sick and injured even if it means starving himself. He enjoyed helping people, even those as amoral as Bingo, Bongo, and Bungo. He also went to lengths as great as stealing from the residents in the Flower Capital simply to give the impoverished the resources to survive. His friendly and compassionate personality gave him a strong charisma, as when he joined the conversation with Kanjuro and Shinobu about the rebellion, neither of them brought up the fact that they did not know who he was.
According to Shinobu, he was a strict man in the past, but lost much of that attitude over the last 20 years. He took his position as daimyo extremely seriously, especially when it came to protecting the Habu Port. In much of the same way, he expected Kozuki Oden to devote his time proving himself as Sukiyaki's heir. He is also extremely generous as not only did he gave away all the money the Nine Red Scabbards tried to steal, he also gave them extra money to them and encouraged them to buy books to educate themselves for the sake of supporting Oden.
Toko is Yasuie's daughter, whom he sold so that she can live a better life than in Ebisu Town. In return, Toko sends her earnings to her father. When news about his capture and planned execution reach her, she ran to the Flower Capital, despite being targeted by the shogun. Right before his execution, one of his last thoughts was an apology to Toko for leaving her behind.
Yasuie is a strong supporter of the Kozuki Family, so much so, that he was even willing to lay down his life on the line just to be of help to them. Even when the title of shogun was rumored to be going to him by the time of Sukiyaki’s death, he acted against it because he firmly believed that only the Kozuki Family should be the ones to have such power. He even disciplined Oden while he was under his care, to make the late daimyo take responsibility of becoming the next shogun seriously. As a result, he believes that Oden's son, Momonosuke, will be the future shogun. He also stood along the other four daimyos in standing up against Orochi to show their disgust against the shogun’s cowardly ways of claiming his title.
Yasuie is a loyal supporter of the Kozuki Family, and stood by Oden during the Beasts Pirates' takeover of Wano Country 20 years ago. When he came across the secret message Kin'emon sent, he showed his willingness to join the fight to Kanjuro's group immediately. At the time neither Shinobu nor Kanjuro could recognize him and felt awkward to mention that, but when his hair was exposed at his execution site, they realized who he was.
Despite not knowing their connection to the Kozuki Family, he provided shelter to Law and the Straw Hat Pirates in his home in Ebisu Town. When the masses started laughing and crying at Yasuie's death, Zoro was furious and tried to stop them, believing it was an insult.
Nine Red ScabbardsEdit
The Nine Red Scabbards once tried to steal money from him. Despite his first impression of them as a bunch of odd people, Yasuie gave away all the money they tried to steal after confirming their loyalty to Oden while also gave them extra money to buy books to educate themselves, encouraging them to learn knowledge and wisdom in order to effectvely support Oden. Thus, the Nine Red Scabbards held immense respect for Yasuie.
When Yasuie gave his life in order to misdirect Orochi's forces into believing that the rebellion's symbol was nothing more than a prank, Kin'emon tearfully expressed his gratefulness of the former daimyo's sacrifice. After his death, most of the members of the Nine Red Scabbards who saw his execution were tearfully heartbroken, with Kanjuro voicing his regret of being unable to save the former daimyo. Even Ashura who has distanced himself from the Kozuki Family's revolution is noticably distraught over his death.
Ebisu Town ResidentsEdit
Yasuie has taken upon himself to care for the poor residents of Ebisu Town, going from door to door to see if they needed help, giving his own food rations if he deems necessary. He has shown kindness to anyone, from the old and sick to the young and playful. Because of his kindness, he was beloved by the town's residents and they were devastated when he was executed.
Yasuie holds incredible hatred against Orochi, wanting to deliver a message and calling him "stupid" as a final request. During his execution, Yasuie viciously insulted Orochi for his cowardice and greed, referring him as a pest. With a last act of defiance against Orochi, Yasuie took the blame for the captured alliance members and humiliated Orochi in front of the whole kingdom by showcasing his cowardly and paranoid behavior about the Kozuki Family's return.
Flower Capital ResidentsEdit
Yasuie has been going around the Flower Capital, stealing from the wealthy. Despite that, when he was captured and his identity revealed, the capital residents showed their support and gathered to ask for his release, showing their love for the former daimyo.
Abilities and PowersEdit
As the daimyo of Hakumai, he had control over the region and its inhabitants until he lost the position. In the present day, he showed himself to be very conniving and well-spoken, tricking authorities into believing he was Ushimitsu Kozo in order to give himself a platform to trick Orochi and forces.
Over 25 years ago, when Kozuki Sukiyaki ruled over Wano Country, Yasuie served as daimyo of Hakumai. At one time, Kozuki Oden hung around Hakumai, and Yasuie got mad at him for living as a vagabond instead of rising to his father Sukiyaki's challenge. Oden told Yasuie how he wanted to set out to sea, and Yasuie replied that he had to become a competent samurai before he could be so selfish.
Sometime after the Nine Red Scabbards were assembled, Yasuie caught them stealing money from him. 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.
20 years ago, Kurozumi Orochi came into power, and after executing Oden and his family, he approached Yasuie and the three other daimyo and gave them the choice to submit to him. The daimyo all refused, and they and their samurai mounted a fight, but were defeated by Kaido of the Yonko.
Yasuie managed to survive, and took on the name Tonoyasu and resided in Ebisu Town. At some point in time, Yasuie and the Ebisu Town residents had their emotional expressions stripped away by eating defective SMILE fruits, letting them only smile. He had a daughter named Toko with an unnamed woman, but at some point, he sold Toko to the Flower Capital. Toko sent him money, which he used to support the people of Ebisu Town.
Wano Country ArcEdit
Yasuie saw the swordsman Roronoa Zoro and decided to follow him, having a good feeling about him and paying for some sushi for him to eat. He believed his decision vindicated when Zoro earned a lot of money gambling and took out some members of the Kyoshiro Family when they decided to stop him. Yasuie gushed over Zoro's accomplishments as they walked toward Ebisu Town, a leftovers town near the Flower Capital that Yasuie was from. After arriving at the town, Yasuie introduced Zoro to the people living there.
He later met Trafalgar Law, Usopp, and Franky after Zoro left to recover a stolen sword. After hearing that they were friends of Zoro, Yasuie invited them to his house and informed them that they just missed Zoro.
As Shinobu, Law, and Kanjuro argued over what to do with the captured Heart Pirates, Yasuie entered and showed them a copy of Kin'emon's secret message and talked about the rumors swirling around the Flower Capital, wondering if the final battle was at hand. After telling Kanjuro and Shinobu that he wished to join them, he went around Ebisu Town, helping those in need.
At midnight that night, Yasuie went into the Flower Capital to commit robberies in order to pose as Ushimitsu Kozo. He was caught by Orochi's forces, who believed his confession that he was Ushimitsu Kozo. He was taken to the Rasetsu Town prison in the Flower Capital the next morning to be crucified, and he was happy to see that the crowds gathered around him knew who he was. He spoke to Orochi, saying that the Kozuki Family built everything good in Wano and that the current shogun had only ruined it. He then lied that he created the Kozuki Family's secret message as a childish prank, and that the crescent moon symbol that resulted in Orochi making dozens of arrests was a common, unrelated design. As Orochi approached the execution platform, Yasuie cursed him and eagerly anticipated the return of the Kozuki Family. He was then shot multiple times and killed by Orochi and his forces.
While full effects of his attempted deception have yet to be seen, Yasuie was able to cause significant doubt in the Rasetsu prison guards, leading them to believe the crescent moon symbol signifying loyalty to the Kozuki Family was insignificant and that Orochi was mistaken in arresting people who bore it. Yasuie secretly bought more time for Kin'emon and the Nine Red Scabbards, Mononosuke, and their allies who are against Orochi a new gathering place to start off a new plan.
- Yasuie's name may come from Tokugawa Ieyasu, the first shogun of the last feudal shogunate in Japan.
- Yasuie's appearance (as Tonoyasu) might be based on a popular Hyottoko mask.
- A taikomochi is a male geisha.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 One Piece Manga — Vol. 92 Chapter 929 (p. 9-10), Yasuie makes his debut.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 2.9 One Piece Manga — Chapter 941 (p. 3-7, 12-17), Yasuie's real name and history are revealed.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 3.8 3.9 One Piece Manga — Chapter 942.
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 One Piece Manga — Chapter 940 (p. 5-9), Yasuie's status in Ebisu Town is explained.
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 One Piece Manga — Vol. 92 Chapter 930 (p. 2-5), Yasuie and Zoro arrive to Ebisu Town.
- ↑ One Piece Manga — Chapter 942.
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 One Piece Manga — Chapter 935 (p. 11), Yasuie lets Kanjuro's group to stay at his home.
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 One Piece Manga — Chapter 938 (p. 9), Yasuie wants to join the fight against the Beasts Pirates.
- ↑ One Piece Manga — Chapter 942 (p. 13-17), Yasuie's last moments.
- ↑ One Piece Manga — Chapter 942.
- ↑ One Piece Manga — Chapter 943.