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The Tamatebako was a box that was said to contain the power to make one grow older. It was in the possession of the royal family of Fish-Man Island and was stored in the treasure room of Ryugu Palace. It originally contained Energy Steroids,[2] which were later replaced with explosives.[3] It was later given to the Big Mom Pirates.[1] It blew up during the chaos at the Tea Party.[4]

HistoryEdit

PastEdit

Vander Decken IX once planned to use the box to make a young Shirahoshi older in order to have her age match his so that he could marry her. However, Decken abandoned the plan when he learned that there was no way for him to enter the palace. It was first mentioned by the Flying Pirates in Jinbe's flashback.[5]

Fish-Man Island ArcEdit

After the defeat of Hody and Decken, the Ammo Knights discover that all the palace treasures and the Tamatebako, a national treasure, had been stolen.[6]

It is later revealed that the Tamatebako was also rumored to "make one as strong as a thousand men". Both of these rumors are true, as the box contained the Energy Steroid, which gives the user incredible strength at the cost of their lifespan, but if heavily abused, it ages them horribly.[2]

The Minister of the Right later told Neptune that he filled the box with bombs that will explode if the box is opened. He did this as a security measure since the contents of the box were stolen ten years ago. The contents were stolen by Hody Jones and were mass produced by Zeo. They were primarily used to bolster the strength of the New Fish-Man Pirates, and upon seeing the officers' heavily aged appearances, Neptune came to realize that Hody was the thief of the contents. The box was later stolen by Caribou during the coup and was recovered by the Straw Hats. Luffy gave it to the officers of the Big Mom Pirates, Pekoms and Tamago, who later left with the box and the rest of the palace treasure.[3]

Whole Cake Island ArcEdit

Sometime later, the box went into Big Mom's possession and she planned to open it during Sanji and Pudding's wedding. Knowing it is the national treasure of Fish-Man Island, Big Mom was overly excited and decided to forget all the candy that the island failed to deliver.[7]

Du Feld Loses the Tamatebako

The Tamatebako falls off the Whole Cake Chateau.

After Big Mom's tea party began, the Tamatebako appeared at the venue, where the guests marveled at it. During the chaos caused by the Sanji Retrieval Team, Du Feld attempted to open it, but Big Mom's scream caused the chest to be blown out of the Whole Cake Chateau.[8]

Du Feld later fell to where the Tamatebako landed. Before he could open the chest, he was shot by Stussy of CP-0. Du Feld's unconscious body leaned on the Tamatebako, causing it to drop to the base of the Whole Cake Chateau.[9] Upon landing, the chest shattered and the bomb inside detonated, causing a massive explosion that toppled the Chateau,[4] coincidentally saving the Straw Hat-Firetank-Germa alliance at the same time.[10]

Hours after the collapse of the Whole Cake Chateau, Stussy and Morgans met with Charlotte Mont-d'Or and Count Niwatori, and she revealed that the explosion that caused the castle to collapse came from the Tamatebako.[11]

TriviaEdit

  • The Tamatebako is the mystical box in the legend of Urashima Tarō (a well known Japanese legend), where the titular character was gifted the box by Otohime upon leaving the Ryūgū-jō, but was told never to open the box. Urashima, upon returning to the surface world, realized that 300 years had passed, and in depression and curiosity, he opened the box to have a white smoke envelop him, which was Urashima's age that Otohime stored inside the box; Urashima instantly grew 300 years old.

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 86 Chapter 861 (p. 7) and Episode 831, The actual Tamatebako box is shown to the underworld emperors at Big Mom's tea party.
  2. 2.0 2.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 66 Chapter 650 (p. 14-16) and Episode 570, New Fish-Man Pirates aged by Energy Steroids stolen from the Tamatebako.
  3. 3.0 3.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 66 Chapter 652 (p. 5-6) and Episode 572, The Minister of Right reveals that the Tamatebako will explode when opened.
  4. 4.0 4.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 87 Chapter 871 (p. 16-17) and Episode 842, The Tamatebako explode upon hitting the ground.
  5. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 63 Chapter 626 (p. 2-3) and Episode 546, Decken and the Flying Pirates discuss the Tamatebako.
  6. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 66 Chapter 648 (p. 8) and Episode 568, Ammo Knights find the Tamatebako, along with other treasures, gone.
  7. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 84 Chapter 847 (p. 12) and Episode 813, A rendering of the Tamatebako seen in Big Mom's speech.
  8. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 86 Chapter 869 (p. 3, 13) and Episode 839, Du Feld plans to steal the contents of the Tamatebako.
  9. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 87 Chapter 871 (p. 4-6) and Episode 841, The Tamatebako explodes after falling off the platform.
  10. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 87 Chapter 872 (p. 8) and Episode 842, Sanji comments that the explosion saved the alliance from being executed.
  11. One Piece Manga — Vol. 89 Chapter 891 (p. 2), Stussy reveals to the Big Mom Pirates the cause of the explosion.

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