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Takeru[2] is a kanabo wielded by Yamato as her signature weapon.

Appearance

Takeru is a giant kanabo club much like Kaidou's Hassaikai, though in comparison it is is studded and more slender, while Hassaikai is spiked and a bit thicker.[1]

Abilities

Coupled with Yamato's immense strength, the kanabo can wreak tremendous damage to objects and opponents with a single hit,[1] and with Yamato's strength and Haki, it can be used to perform flying strikes that resemble energy blasts.[3] Yamato has masterful technique with her kanabo despite its great size and weight, being capable of moving it to counter Luffy's rapid attacks with little effort. She can also channel the mythical freezing abilities of her Devil Fruit through it.[4]

Techniques

Raimei Hakke.

  • Raimei Hakke (雷鳴八卦 Raimei Hakke?, literally meaning "Thunderclap Eight Trigrams"): A technique used by Kaidou and imitated by Yamato, in which she lunges forward at her target with blinding speed and swings her kanabo horizontally, striking the target with tremendous force. The attack was first seen used against Ulti in her full-beast transformation, knocking her out instantly.[1] However, while Kaidou can choose to use only one hand to swing his kanabo,[5] Yamato swings it with both hands instead, having a more slender kanabo which she mostly if not exclusively uses two-handed. When Yamato in her half-Makami form did have a clash with Kaidou in his half-dragon form—using their respective versions of Raimei Hakke, the two of them imbuing Haoshoku Haki through their weapons—their attacks seemed evenly matched,[6] but Yamato ultimately ended up taking more damage despite protecting herself.[7] The "Bāguà" (八卦 Hakke?, "Eight Trigrams" in English) are eight tripartite symbols used in Taoist cosmology to represent the fundamentals of reality, based on eight interrelated concepts. It is called Thunder Bagua in the VIZ Manga and Funimation subtitles.

Narikabura.

  • Narikabura (鳴鏑 Narikabura?, literally meaning "Ringing Turnip"): Swinging her kanabo upward, Yamato unleashes a vertical energy projectile to hit opponents from below with great force. It was first used against Hatcha, and immediately knocked him unconscious upon striking him in the head.[3] Narikabura is another term for Kabura-ya ("turnip-headed arrow"), arrows used by samurai which made a whistling sound when fired. It is called Narikabura Arrow in the VIZ Manga.
  • Himorogiri (氷諸斬り Himorogiri?, literally meaning "Icy Various Cuts"): An offensive move where Yamato, in her Human-Beast Form, leaps into the air and starts vertically spinning her kanabo to her left, making a swirl of ice form around her weapon. Therewith, she consequently strikes down upon her foe from above. When first using this attack against Kaidou, she struck the back of his head and knocked him to the ground despite Kaido blocking with his own club.[4] The attack's name is a pun on himorogi (神籬? lit. "divine fence"), a Shintō term referring to sacred spaces/altars used for kami worship, consisting of square areas demarcated by green bamboo or sakaki. It is called Hallowed Glacier Slash in the VIZ Manga.
  • Shinsoku Hakujaku (神足白蛇駆 Shinsoku Hakujaku?, literally meaning "Divine Step White Snake Dash"): A melee attack where Yamato imbues her kanabo with Haoshoku Haki, causing dark lightning to emanate from it. Yamato then dashes toward her opponent, swinging her club horizontally with two hands to strike a powerful blow to that opponent. When used against Kaidou alongside Luffy's Jet Culverin, it managed to knock the Emperor back quite some distance and made him spit up blood.[8] The first part of the attack's name is a pun on the word shinsoku (神速?) for "great speed" (literally meaning "divine speed"). It is called Divine Swiftness White Serpent in the VIZ Manga.

Mahoroba.

  • Mahoroba (馬幻刃まほろば Mahoroba?, literally meaning "Horse Phantom Blade"): An attack where Yamato remains in her human form, but imbues her kanabo with frost before swinging it horizontally. It first used against Kazenbo.[9] The name of the attack is a reference to the ancient concept of Mahoroba (まほろば?), which describes a land of peace and harmony within Yamato (Japan).

Trivia

Takeru as a person.

  • Yamato Takeru is a legendary Japanese prince of the Yamato dynasty, prominent in mythology, who wielded Kusanagi no Tsuguri, one of three Imperial Regalia of Japan, which represents the Virtue of Valor.
  • Like the weapons of other characters, Oda has drawn a joke rendering of Takeru anthropomorphized, taking the form of a large-chinned man with a missing tooth, beard stubble and bumps on top of his heard, as well as bulbous hair resembling the studs on the weapon itself. The man is also smoking and wearing a shirt that says kanabō (金棒?).[10]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 97 Chapter 983 (p. 15-17) and Episode 990, Yamato saves Luffy from Page One and Ulti.
  2. SBS One Piece Manga — Vol. 101, Takeru's name is revealed.
  3. 3.0 3.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 99 Chapter 996 (p. 9) and Episode 1009.
  4. 4.0 4.1 One Piece Manga — Vol. 101 Chapter 1025 (p. 4-5), Yamato uses Himorogiri against Kaidou.
  5. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 92 Chapter 923 (p. 16-17) and Episode 915, Kaidou defeat Luffy.
  6. One Piece Manga — Vol. 101 Chapter 1024 (p. 18-19).
  7. One Piece Manga — Vol. 102 Chapter 1027 (p. 4).
  8. One Piece Manga — Vol. 101 Chapter 1025 (p. 13-15), Yamato uses Shinsoku Hakujaku on Kaidou.
  9. One Piece Manga — Chapter 1038 (p. 10).
  10. SBS One Piece Manga — Vol. 101.

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