Hi everyone. It’s Mokugyo, your manga and anime-loving writer from MANGA.TOKYO. One Piece celebrated its 20th anniversary in July 2017. I’m glad that the manga has been continuing for so many years as I’ve been enjoying it from the beginning. It’s amazing that the manga hasn’t lost a bit of its excitement over the years. One of the strong points of One Piece is its storylines. They include a lot of foreshadowing, which gives us loads of fun speculating what’s going to happen next. In this article, I’m going to examine the foreshadowing used for the mysterious characters the Five Elders (‘Gorosei’ in Japanese).
What are the Five Elders?
The Five Elders is a collective term for the five old men who are the highest authority of the World Government. They live in the Holy Land Mariejois and scenes with them appear from time to time in the story. We don’t know their names, identities, or abilities at this moment. The five men can control the Marines and Cipher Pols of their own accord and possess an absolute authoritative power. I think their background stories of how they obtained absolute power will unfold, and perhaps the battle between them and the Straw Hat Pirates might happen in the future. I’m going to examine the Five Elders and speculate their identities and how the story will revolve around them.
A Bald Man Wearing a Robe and Holding a Sword Which Looks Like the Shodai Kitetsu
The character who stands out most among the Five Elders is the bald man with a samurai sword who is suspiciously similar to the Shodai Kitetsu.
First of all, I’ll explain the Kitetsu to you. The Kitetsu is a sword which was crafted by the Kitetsu swordsmith group. Roronoa Zoro got hold of it at Loguetown. It’s said that the Kitetsu group are extremely skilled swordsmiths and the swords they created are highly regarded, though widely feared as cursed to bring death to their owner.
Zoro made a bet as to whether the cursed sword will chop off his arm or not when he threw it in the air and held out his arm. Zoro’s luck won and he was said to break its curse and obtain it. As it’s a cursed sword, it lets its owner slash anytime he likes to.
It’s said that, although both performed superbly, the Shodai (First Generation) and Nidai (Second Generation) Kitetsu brought death to their owners and were long lost. However, the sword which belongs to the bald man in the Five Elders has quite a similar tsuba (a hand guard) and tsuka (a hilt) to the Shodai Kitetsu. The theory of the sword belonging to the Five Elders being the Shodai Kitetsu is being whispered around in the fan community.
As the scene of the Bald Man cleaning the sword suggests, the sword may still be in good condition. In that case, we might be able to watch the battle between the Bald Man with the Shodai Kitetsu and Zoro with the Sandai (Third Generation) Kitetsu. I hope to watch him in a battle scene, as he has a grim and strong look.
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