Speed is a Shinuchi of the Beasts Pirates who is stationed in Bakura Town. However, she became a subordinate to Tama due to the latter's Devil Fruit powers and became an ally of the Ninja-Pirate-Mink-Samurai Alliance. She has been dubbed Umami (ウマ美 Umami?, English version: "Horselina") by Tama and Monkey D. Luffy.
Speed is a tall woman who, due to her Devil Fruit, resembles a centaur, with the upper body of a human and the lower body of a horse. The right half of her hair is white while the left half is dark-blue. She has purple eye irises, and a furry tail that is white on the left-side, and dark-blue on the right-side. She also has a light-pink piercing on her left long horse ear, and light-pink goggles on her head. She wears a half-white, half-light-blue jacket that exposes her cleavage, with dark-blue shoulder pauldrons, a short black feather cape, a light-pink pearl-like necklace wrapped around her neck, three sets of light-blue bead bracelets on her left and right wrists, two sets of silver metal armbands on her left and right forearms, white gloves on each hand, and has a saddle on the back of her horse body that has a variety of accessories on it. Whenever she smiles, her mouth resembles that of a horse.
Speed is a serious woman who cares about her duties and can get annoyed if she sees others goofing around. She is also proud because she does not like being given orders. Despite this, she seems cheerful when she is praised and will smile like a horse in a humorous fashion when complimented or treated well. She seems to like explaining her powers to other people, as seen when she boasted about her great range of vision.
As a Shinuchi, she was put in charge of low ranking members of the Beasts Pirates who caused nothing but test her patience when it came to doing their jobs competently. She became enraged at them when they were goofing off instead of putting out a burning building, causing her to lose her temper. Her subordinates seem to hold her in high regard, often showering her with compliments. After being tamed by Tama, Speed became an enemy to the Beasts Pirates, as Kaidou nearly killed her for her perceived defection, and Speed later assisted Tama in spreading the Kibi Dango to other Gifters, further weakening the crew.
Upon Tama using her Devil Fruit abilities, she was able to fully tame Speed, who went from very stern to carefree and happy once Tama becomes her new master. Speed became very protective over Tama, letting her sit on her back and letting her ride her. She even went so far as to defy Kaidou in order to protect Tama, putting her life in jeopardy to save her. Speed also assisted Tama aiding the raid on Onigashima, becoming quite concerned for her well being when she was becoming greatly exhausted and weak from using her abilities too much. Despite her oath to keep Tama safe, she wished to help make her dream come true which would mean putting herself in harms way for her sake.
Knowing that her dango's effect would wear off after a month, Tama wished for Speed to stay with her forever as a mother, which shocked and moved Speed.
Monkey D. Luffy
Speed first encountered Luffy when he was rampaging in Bakura Town, earning her wrath. She was further enraged and shocked at Luffy attempting to ride her like a regular horse. She did not tolerate Luffy touching her until she was tamed by Tama, who changed her demeanor. After this, she grew to tolerate Luffy riding on her back. After Luffy found her injured in Okobore Town, Luffy made sure she was out of harm's way before fighting Kaidou.
Abilities and Powers
As a Shinuchi in the Beasts Pirates, Speed holds a high position in the crew and has authority over the lower-ranking members, and she is one of the top authorities in Bakura Town along with Holed'em and Basil Hawkins.
Speed is a Horse SMILE (ウマの
Speed carries a bow on her back, although she has not been seen using it.
She is shown using it in the anime, and was skilled enough to launch a barrage of arrows quickly, skillfully aiming and shooting multiple arrows at a time against Roronoa Zoro and Kikunojo.
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Speed owns a private ship for herself she uses to sail to Onigashima with. Its size is of average, with a handful of Gifters as crew members. Her ship dons the Beast Pirates flag, with her name printed on the front sail. The bow of the ship has a figurehead of a horse, resembling the knight piece from a chess board.
Four Emperors Saga
Wano Country Arc
Speed went into the Paradise Farm to collect provisions for her and her crewmates stationed in Bakura Town. She heard the fire bell ringing, and ensured that the fire was put out as she arrived at the recently destroyed remains of Holed'em's house. She then brought the Treasure Ship of Provisions to Holed'em as she asked him what was going on, and watched as her fellow Shinuchi and some of her subordinates were suddenly taken out by Monkey D. Luffy and Roronoa Zoro.
Speed was shocked at Holed'em's defeat when Luffy, thinking she was a horse, tried to ride on her back. Speed got angry, but when Tama offered some kibi dango made from her body, she ate it and became subservient to Tama, carrying her and Luffy out of Bakura Town as they made their way to Okobore Town. After Tama ate some food from the Treasure Ship of Provisions, Speed escorted her back to her home.
On the way, both Speed and Tama were attacked by Kaidou when the Emperor discovered them. Speed was unable to protect Tama and she was greatly injured. She then traveled back to Okobore Town and collapsed. When Luffy found her, Speed told him what happened. He then put her out of harm's way as he fought Kaidou.
When Tama was left behind, she expressed her wish to support the alliance, so Speed complied taking Tama on her own vessel. While inbound to Onigashima, Speed expressed her worry when Tama started to exhaust herself from making too many Kibi Dangos. However, Tama waved aside her worry by expressing how she wished to live in a Wano without Kaidou and Kurozumi Orochi. Speed then resolved herself to fulfill her master's wish, alongside Daifugo and Gazelleman, who were also converted into Tama's ally by the dangos. After arriving, the three distributed Tama's dangos to the other Gifters, with Speed claiming it to be a medicine to restore the injured SMILE users created by Queen.
Speed later heard Tama broadcast her voice across Onigashima through Bao Huang. After Tama issued the command for the newly-turned Gifters to fight against Kaidou, Speed was relieved that the plan had succeeded. She then came to the aid of Tama, Nami, and Usopp, who had become a target for the other Beasts Pirates, and let them ride on her back, carrying them through the battlefield.
Speed took refuge with Tama and Nami, while Usopp warded off the Beasts Pirates. Speed noted that Big Mom's Haoshoku Haki shockwave was emanating through the floor they were on and knocking out the Beasts Pirates in front of him. Speed, Tama, and the Straw Hat Pirates retrieved Komachiyo and descended back to the main floor to escape the fires that were raging out of control. When they came across the sentient legs of Kinemon, Speed was left speechless at the legs' ability to talk and communicate.
After splitting up with Usopp and Hamlet who went to help Kin'emon and Kikunojo, Speed and the others took Komachiyo to the Beasts' Bath, where Marco treated him and Hihimaru. As the ceiling started falling apart into chunks, Speed bid Tama to take shelter with her. Later, she stepped outside onto the Live Floor with Tama when Kaidou appeared inside the Skull Dome to announce Luffy's defeat.
After Kaidou was defeated and Onigashima landed safely, Tama explained that her dangos' effects on the Beasts Pirates would wear off after a month and that some might choose to stay with her. Happier to be with Tama, Speed hugged the girl. Tama then wished that Speed would stay with her forever as a mother, which shocked the Shinuchi. Later, during Kozuki Momonosuke's speech, Speed watched as Tama clung to Nami and cried.
Anime and Manga Differences
The anime gave Speed more scenes than in the manga. At Bakura Town, she puts up a fierce fight, firing volleys of Haki-infused arrows at Zoro and Kiku, who are able to push through her arrow shots and escape.
Also in the anime, Speed is shown putting up a desperate stand against her former leader Kaidou, who greatly injures her and Tama with a fire blast.
During the raid on Onigashima, the anime extends the scene where Speed convinces the Gifters to eat the Kibi Dango, with Speed pretending gain a power boost by eating one herself. The flashback of Speed taking Tama to Onigashima is also extended, giving more dialogue to Speed and showing how they managed to set sail.
- Speed is possibly named after the card game of the same name or the name variant of a card game, fitting with the Beasts Pirates' playing card naming theme.
- Speed is the first named SMILE Devil Fruit user who possesses a fruit that has the ability of another already existing Devil Fruit, the Uma Uma no Mi.
- Speed came in 187th place in the seventh popularity poll.
- Eiichiro Oda ranked Speed as his third favorite SMILE user design, behind only Holed'em and Hamlet. Oda wished to make her a woman since most centaurs are depicted as men, though has avoided drawing her horse feet in order to make her look more beautiful.
- Speed's favorite food is apples eaten whole.