Straw Hat Pirates

15 11 2010

 

The protagonists of the One Piece series are part of the Straw Hat Pirates, a crew of pirates founded and captained by Monkey D. Luffy. Starting out with Luffy alone the crew’s number grows throughout the series as Luffy keeps recruiting new members. The name of their first ship is “Going Merry” (ゴーイング・メリー号, Gōingu Merī-gō?, renamed “Merry Go” in the English manga and 4Kids dub), however due to severe damage, the Straw Hat Pirates got a new ship called “Thousand Sunny” (サウザンドサニー号, Sauzando Sanī-gō?). Though the Straw Hats are few in number, the level of skill each member possess in his or her role on the ship can easily surpass that of a veteran sailor. The prowess in combat each member possess can easily allow them to become the captain of an average to somewhat skilled group should they choose to do so. The crew went from a little known gang of children, elevating their status as they journey through some of the roughest waters. Read the rest of this entry »





Gorousei

15 11 2010

The Gorōsei (五老星 lit. Five Elder Stars, Five Elders in the Viz Manga) are the heads of the World Government, and as such, they essentially rule the entire world. They are the five men who rule above the Marines, the Cipher Pol and made a pact with the Shichibukai. The elderly group made their debut in Chapter 233 and Episode 151. Read the rest of this entry »





Commander-in-Chief

15 11 2010

Kong

Kong is the World Government Commander-in-Chief. He was the Fleet Admiral of the Marines at the time of the Battle in Edd War 27 years ago and at the time of Gol D. Roger‘s execution 24 years ago

Kong is a muscular old man who has his whitened hair and beard arranged in an array of spikes, similar to a lizard’s spine. He also has a stitched scar under his left eye. He wears a sleeveless black shirt adorned with medals, revealing his muscular arms, with armbands, a scarf around his neck, and a Marine coat draped over his shoulders.

While he was the Fleet Admiral of the Marines, he had absolute control of the organization, under the World Government. Now, as World Government Commander-in-Chief, he works for the World Government, and possesses not only power over the Marines, but also authority over the Government’s espionage agents, the Shichibukai, Enies Lobby, and the Cipher Pols. According to the World Government hierarchy, his authority is second only to the Gorousei.[2]

It was stated that all Vice Admirals possesses Haki,[3] so with a rank above Vice Admiral, Kong can also use the ability. However, he hasn’t been shown using it yet.





The World Noble

15 11 2010

The World Nobles (Sekai Kizoku, 世界貴族), also known as the Tenryuubito (天竜人, lit. Heavenly Dragon Folks), are the descendants of the Twenty Kings who established what is now known as the World Government. In the Viz Manga and FUNimation subs, “Tenryuubito” was accurately translated as Celestial Dragons. They are first mentioned in Chapter 496 and Episode 390 Read the rest of this entry »





Fleet Admiral

15 11 2010

In the world of One Piece, Fleet Admiral (元帥, Gensui) is the highest marine rank, and is the avoided commander of the entire organization. It is just above Admiral but below the World Government Commander-in-Chief and the Gorousei.

The only Fleet Admirals seen so far in the series are Kong from 27 years ago, who was eventually promoted to the rank of World Government Commander-in-Chief, and Sengoku, who was Fleet Admiral until he resigned from his post three weeks after the Battle of Marineford. Sengoku suggested to Kong that Admiral Aokiji be his successor as Fleet Admiral. In between the two years where the Straw Hat Pirates took a training break, a new Fleet Admiral is mentioned, but yet to be named.

The World Government Commander-in-Chief, Fleet Admiral, and the three Admirals are the only ones within the Marines capable of legally initiating a Buster Call, as well as granting World Government agents or lower ranking Marines the right to do so. Read the rest of this entry »





Admiral

15 11 2010

Admiral (大将, taishō) is a title of a signified senior command rank in the Marines. Admirals, also known generally as flag officers, were typically responsible for a high level military command at battle group or fleet level, and/or for administrative and political duties relating to Marine operations. An Admiral is senior to a Vice Admiral and junior to the Fleet Admiral.

In the series, Admirals are shown as being the second highest rank in the Marines behind the Fleet Admiral. There are only three Marines with the title of Admiral. The three current ones are known by their aliases: “Aokiji” (Blue Pheasant), “Akainu” (Red Dog), and “Kizaru” (Yellow Monkey). They are also possible behind the Yonkou, the three most powerful persons in the world of One Piece.[1] Read the rest of this entry »





Vice Admiral

15 11 2010

Vice Admiral (中将 , Chūjō) is a Marine rank of three star level, equivalent to Lieutenant General in seniority. A Vice Admiral is typically senior to a Rear Admiral and junior to an Admiral.

The Vice Admiral position is the third highest post in the Marines and currently the one with most representatives seen in the series (before five named Captains) besides common, unnamed grunt soldiers. The highest seen position below a Vice Admiral is that of a Rear Admiral.

Their duties are different from those of common Marine commanders, as is for instance that of commanding 2 out of 10 Buster Call ships. However, one Vice Admiral, John Giant, is seen to have some special authority, as he was the first in the entire Marine Headquarters to receive the report of the Buster Call and could also evidently command other Vice Admirals to dispatch. At least ten of them (John Giant, Momonga, Komir, Onigumo, Doberman, Strawberry, Tsuru, Lacroix, Ronse, and Yamakaji) are known to be stationed in the Marine Headquarters.

The general attire of a Vice Admiral is that of a Marine coat with epaulets and a suit and tie worn below. The only Vice Admiral to wear an attire different from others is, again, John Giant, who wears a gold and red uniform with a strain of medals on his chest. While most Vice Admirals wear standard blue epaulets, Garp wears black and red, while Tsuru wears gold.

It would seem that most Vice Admirals are swordsmen and several have been shown using Rokushiki. Many Giants who are shown to be Marines are Vice Admirals, a testament of their immense strength. Another attribute that is common among Vice Admirals is that they all know Haki,[1] though almost none have been shown using it in obvious ways yet. Read the rest of this entry »