Kozuki Oden is one of the most chivalrous and brave man in not only the history of One Piece but in the history of anime as well. Oden was the daimyo of Kuri in Wano Country and the son of the former shogun Kozuki Sukiyaki, being a member of the Kozuki Family. He was the husband of Kozuki Toki and the father of Momonosuke and Hiyori. Additionally, he was the leader of a group of legendary and powerful samurai known as the Nine Red Scabbards, with all of them serving as his retainers and most trusted allies.
For 5 years of his life, Oden set out to sea and became a pirate, serving as the 2nd division commander of the Whitebeard Pirates and later becoming a member of the Roger Pirates. After finding Joy Boy’s treasure on Laugh Tale, Oden journeyed home and made it his goal to open Wano’s borders to the world by finally taking his father’s place as Shogun. However, he met opposition from his usurper Kurozumi Orochi and pirate Kaido, who executed him 20 years before the present timeline by boiling in alive! Here is a brief story of the great man who was BORN TO BE BOILED!
Oden was born in the Flower Capital of Wano Country to the shogun Kozuki Sukiyaki 59 years before the present day, and he began committing outrageous acts as soon as infancy. When he was less than a year old, he threw his wet nurse across the room. When he was 2, he caught two rabbits with his bare hands, and at age 4, he killed a bear by throwing a large boulder at it. Starting at age 6, he started roaming the Red-Light District and participating in casinos, and by the time he was 8, he started drinking booze and began picking fights with gamblers. At age 9, even the yakuza had banned him from their casino. This resulted in Oden setting their casino on fire and starting a conflict with them, culminating in his capture a year later after he almost killed someone.
As punishment, Oden was sentenced to hard labor in the quarries, and he worked well enough there to gain significant prestige. When he was 14, he attempted to help the Flower Capital citizens during a great drought by diverting a river to the city. However, this resulted in the Capital becoming flooded, and the authorities attempted to capture Oden again. To escape, Oden set out to sea for the very first time, but was quickly forced to return to land. When he was 15 and still in hiding, he started working at a mountain temple, where he formed a harem of women whom he kidnapped from the Capital at night. The women’s loved ones, as well as many powerful samurai, went after Oden to stop him, but Oden stood his ground, resulting in the massive Harem Revolt.
For the next three years, Oden attempted to set out to sea 38 times. He quickly failed every time, though he managed to survive. At age 18, he went into the Flower Capital and proceeded to cook a pot of oden soup over the cremated remains of a man named Katsuzo. After leaving the crematorium, he saw that a Mountain God was attacking the Flower Capital, and overheard Kin’emon and Denjiro talking about the Mountain God’s offspring being in their possession. Oden then told them to give him the giant boar’s offspring.
Oden then took the white boar when Kin’emon tried attacking the Mountain God. After Kin’emon was overpowered, Oden used the white boar to get the Mountain God’s attention. As the giant beast charged at him, Oden struck it down. When Kin’emon was going to take responsibility for the Mountain God’s attack, Oden knocked him out and took the blame himself. His father’s aide then delivered a message to him, saying that he was disowned and exiled from the Flower Capital. Out of gratitude and awe, Kin’emon and Denjiro began following him.
After leaving the capital, Oden moved to Shimotsuki Yasuie’s residence at Hakumai, where he also met Kurozumi Orochi, who was working as a servant there. Yasuie later got mad at Oden for living as a vagabond instead of rising to his father’s challenge. Oden told Yasuie how he wanted to set out to sea, and Yasuie replied that he had to become a competent samurai before he could be so selfish.
After hearing about Ashura Doji, Oden decided to journey to Kuri, which was Wano’s most lawless region. During the journey, he was followed by Kin’emon and Denjiro. Along the way, the group was joined by Kikunojo and Izo at Ringo, Kanjuro at Kibi, and Raizo at Udon. Oden entered Kuri alone and fought all the bandits there, including Ashura, Kuri’s most dangerous criminal. By the time his companions arrived, Oden had defeated all of his enemies. With the help of his companions, Oden rounded up the other criminals to bring peace to Kuri. He had the residents work to build a village to live in, and he built the Paradise Farm to feed them. Oden was then granted the title of daimyo of Kuri at the age of 20 after Sukiyaki heard about his deeds. In addition, Oden chose the companions he made on his journey as well as the reformed Ashura to be his retainers. After Orochi quit being Yasuie’s servant, Oden lent him money to support him.
While fishing at Kuri Beach, Oden discovered Inuarashi, Nekomamushi, and Kawamatsubeing tormented by humans who persecuted them. Oden rescued the three and they followed him back to Kuri and became his retainers. 30 years ago, Oden heard that his father had fallen ill and he visited the Flower Capital with his retainers. Oden then spoke with his father one last time.
Later that year, Oden learned that a pirate ship had arrived at Itachi Port, prompting him to go there. Charging towards the Whitebeard Pirates, he clashed with their captain while informing Whitebeard that he wanted to join his crew. Afterwards, Oden and his retainers had a feast with the crew. Oden kept asking to join only to be turned down. Two weeks later, the Whitebeard Pirates tried to leave Oden behind, but he caught up to them and held onto a chain he attached to the ship. Izo also held onto Oden and got dragged away with him. After pulling Izo up onto the ship, Whitebeard gave Oden a test. If he could hold onto the chain for three days, he would be allowed into the crew. Just when Oden only had ten minutes left, he heard a woman in trouble and let go. He drifted to an island and scared away some kidnappers who mistook him for a sea monster, saving the woman in the process. On the next day, he got acquainted with the woman, who was named Toki. They were then confronted by Karma and his crew, but Whitebeard came and defeated Karma. Whitebeard then finally allowed Oden to join his crew. After boarding, Oden discovered that Inuarashi and Nekomamushi had stowed away on the ship, waiting for Oden. Afterwards, Oden went on adventures with the Whitebeard Pirates.
On his journey, he became a notorious outlaw with a bounty. He found that the geography of the world astounding and the governmentoverseeing it as unbelievable. Having grown closer with Toki and marrying her at some point, the couple became parents on their second year aboard the Moby Dick and named their son Kozuki Momonosuke. Later, as the crew was growing in numbers, Whitebeard split its members into five divisions, and Oden was appointed as the commander of the second division. Two years later, he and Toki would have a daughter whom they named Kozuki Hiyori.
Docking at an island, the Whitebeard Pirates unexpectedly encountered the Roger Pirates, leading to Oden rushing towards the crew to take their treasure. Engaging the crew in battle, he drew the attention of Gol D. Rogerand was knocked away by the pirate. Running back to his opponent, Oden was left amazed at how his captain and Roger were fighting each other. Afterwards, the two crews began fighting for the next three days until a cease fire was made on the fourth day. A few days into it, Oden had a discussion with the two captains, during which he informed Roger that he could read the Poneglyphs. Revealing his intention to reach the rumored final island of the Grand Line and become Pirate King, Roger left Oden frozen from being impressed. Roger begged Oden to join him for a year in order to get to the island, and Whitebeard honored Oden’s choice to join Roger, leading to him parting ways with the Whitebeard Pirates.
Boarding the Oro Jackson with his wife and children, he discovered Inuarashi and Nekomamushi had followed him on board. The crew sailed to Mock Town and afterwards reached Skypiea, where Oden read a Poneglyph and engraved Roger’s message on the Shandorian Golden Belfry Bell. After returning to the ocean, the crew sailed towards Water 7, during which Oden informed Roger that Wano had a Road Poneglyph. Docking at the island, Oden invited Cutty Flamto join the crew but the latter declined the offer. From there, the crew sailed to Fish-Man Island, where Oden read the island’s two Poneglyphs and learned from Neptune that Poseidon is a mermaid. Oden later read another Poneglyph after venturing to another island. Upon Toki becoming sick, the pirates dropped her and her children off at Wano alongside Nekomamushi and Inuarashi, during which Oden could tell his country had changed despite not looking at it. Afterwards, the crew learned the contents of Wano’s Poneglyph. Arriving at Zou, Oden felt a different vibe from the island that did not sit well with him and Roger. Venturing into the country, the crew found the last Road Poneglyph, leading to Oden discovering his family’s ties to the Mink Tribe after seeing his clan’s seal above the stone. Having left Zou, the crew discovered the location of the final island of the New World and sailed there. There, the crew found Joy Boy’s treasure and laughed when they saw it, leading to Roger naming the island Laugh Tale.
Grateful he joined Roger, he declined offers from his crew members with assisting him in opening Wano’s borders, and instead sought to make his envisionment a reality with the aid of his retainers and by becoming shogun.
Over 20 years before the present, Roger decided to disband the crew and Oden parted ways with him as the Pirate King left the ship. Afterwards, the rest of the crew returned Oden to Wano Country and he bid farewell to them as well. Oden then reunited with his family and retainers. He heard about Orochi becoming shogun and how he had been oppressing the citizens with the aid of Kaido. He also heard about how his family was threatened and Toki got injured protecting Momonosuke. Enraged, Oden ordered his retainers to guard his family before charging to the Flower Capital. He arrived at the castle and fought his way through the guards. Once he reached Orochi, Oden quickly attacked him. Oden’s attack was stopped by Kurozumi Semimaru, who used a barrier to protect Orochi. After hearing about how Orochi rose to power, Oden left the castle and a few hours later, he started dancing naked in the streets of the Flower Capital. He did this once a week, causing his people to lose faith and respect for him. One year later, Oden received a foreign newspaper and read about Roger’s execution.
On the fifth year after his return, Oden heard that Hyogoro was captured for his defiance and Hyogoro’s wife was killed. Grieving over Hyogoro’s fate, Oden finally decided to gather his retainers to take down Kaido. Before leaving Kuri, Oden gave Toki a letter. On the way to Onigashima, Oden and his retainers were confronted by Kaido and his crew in the Udon region. In the ensuing battle, Shinobujoined Oden’s side and Oden managed to wound Kaido. However, when Oden was distracted by Kurozumi Higurashi, who disguised herself as Momonosuke and pretended to be a hostage, Kaido struck him down. After his defeat, Oden claimed that Shinobu was not his ally, allowing her to walk free. Oden and the Scabbards were then imprisoned in the Flower Capital and sentenced to be boiled alive in three days. Toki visited Oden at the prison, and Oden handed his swords to her and asked her to pass them on to their children.
On the day of the execution, Oden made a deal with Kaido to allow those who survive the execution to go free and Kaido gave him an hour. Oden entered the pot, and before his retainers joined him, he lifted a plank upon his shoulders and ordered his retainers to stand on top of the plank. After the citizens realized how Oden protected them during the past five years, they started cheering for Oden’s effort to survive and Oden appreciated that. As he endured the hour, Oden explained to his retainers the reason Wano Country was isolated and requested them to open Wano’s borders for him. Oden successfully survived the hour, but Orochi summoned a firing squad to execute Oden and his retainers. Oden once again told his retainers to open Wano’s borders before throwing them far away from the pot. As the Scabbards fled, Kaido shot Oden in the head and Oden died with a smile.
This is the legacy of the great Samurai, Kozuki Oden; the man, the myth, the legend.