[Theory] One Piece – Yamato And The Nitoryu Style

One Piece chapter 970 - Oden cuts Kaido

With Yamato resolving to become Kozuki Oden, could she become a Nitoryu user? Yamato has already donned a style similar to Oden’s in terms of her outfit and if she had two blades, I believe she would also wield them. Just like Oden, Yamato wouldn’t need to follow a set Nitoryu style and could develop her own. Yamato has already shown she has experience with her Kanabō and if she were to attain two blades, she could incorporate her existing fighting style through the swords to develop her own variation of Nitoryu, just like Oden.

Once Yamato and Momonosuke befriend each other, I wonder if Momonosuke will eventually bestow onto Yamato, the Ame no Habakiri. At this point in time, Momonosuke does not believe he is ready to wield it and given their current conflict with the Beast Pirates and Big Mom, Momonosuke may end up offering the blade that once belonged to his father, Oden, to Yamato as a weapon to wield against Kaido and Orochi.

Yamato could use that blade to help defeat Orochi once he reappears and transforms into his Yamata no Orochi form (he ain’t dead). Orochi also wields a sword (the one he tried to kill Toko with) and that could be a Meito that he had Tenguyama Hitetsu forge at some point in the past. Even if Hitetsu did not specifically forge a sword for Orochi, Orochi could have still claimed one of Hitetsu’s blades as his own after he became Shogun. It could have been that event that led Hitetsu into hiding. Orochi’s sword could potentially be the Ame no Murakumo no Tsurugi (“Heavenly Sword of Gathering Clouds”). In the Yamata no Orochi tale when Susanoo used the Ame no Habakiri to chop up Orochi into small pieces, he ended up discovering a blade in the fourth tail of the beast. The sword was the Ame no Murakumo no Tsurugi. If Yamato is destined to fight and help defeat Orochi, Yamato could discover Orochi’s blade when Orochi is defeated. Yamato could claim that as her second blade for her Nitoryu style. If Yamato’s mother were part of the unrevealed ‘avian-race’ Hitetsu belongs to, he may have known her and as such have no issue with Yamato using the swords he crafted. Once in possession of the blades, Yamato could help Luffy against Kaido by slicing though the heavens and cutting the clouds Kaido uses to fly in his Dragon form. At some point it would also be fitting for Yamato to inflict a physical wound onto Kaido – with the Ame no Habakiri.

One Piece chapter 987 - Yamato declares her decision to ally with Luffy

In addition to using the two Meito, Yamato could also continue using her Kanabō. The reason for wielding two different weapon sets could stem from the dual identity Yamato is currently in a state of collision between. Given a situation, Yamato could choose to fight as the daughter of Kaido using the Kanabō or if she feels like Kozuki Oden, she could choose to use her Nitoryu style during those moments. Yamato’s conflict between her two identities could serve as her quirk (if she were to become a Straw Hat nakama) and be the struggle she has to eventually overcome. To not be lost in the strife and uncertainty of her current state of mind. If Yamato were using Kozuki Oden’s identity to mask her own weaknesses and vulnerabilities, the moment she has to face herself could be a deeply inspiring moment with much emotional resonance. Yamato will need to find out who she really is and this could be someone that embraces being both the child of Kaido and the inheritor of Oden’s will.

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