The long awaited one One Piece Movie: Red is almost here and will definitely add more information to the knowledge of One piece. Not only will the film reveal more about Shanks, but it will also focus on his daughter. Despite being a significant character in the series, he remains one of the most mysterious characters – even after over 1000 chapters. So here’s a quick rundown of what we know about Shanks so far.
Also known as “Red-Haired Shanks” or “Red Hair”, Shanks is the captain of the Red Hair Pirates and one of the Four Emperors. As Emperor, many recognize him as one of the strongest pirates in the world. His primary weapon is a sword named Gryphon. Aside from his hair, another notable aspect about him is the set of scars on his left eye that he apparently received from series antagonist Marshall D. Teach – better known as Blackbeard.
At the age of nine, Shanks was one of the crew members of the legendary Roger Pirates, donning Luffy’s now iconic straw hat – originally Gol D. Rogers. He was apprenticed to the crew along with Buggy, who also goes on to become another infamous pirate. One Piece Movie: Red has revealed the surprising fact that Shanks has a daughter named Uta.
Shanks and Luffy
Shanks is a character of great importance in the series, especially since he was the one who inspired Luffy to become a pirate. During Luffy’s childhood, Shanks served as a role model. The Red Hair Pirates briefly stayed in Foosha Village, Luffy’s hometown. At first, Shanks didn’t take Luffy’s goal seriously because of his age. However, after an incident where Luffy stood up for Shanks against mountain bandits, he began to take Luffy’s dream seriously. Additionally, Shanks and his crew stole the Gomu Gomu no Mi (Gum-Gum Fruit) before Luffy ate it.
Shanks also saved Luffy from a Sea King, leading to the loss of his left arm. Before the Red Hair Pirates left Foosha, Shanks entrusted his precious straw hat to Luffy. The two made a deal that Luffy would return the hat once he became a great pirate. Throughout One piece timeline, Luffy and Shanks have had a few opportunities to meet again, but they are still not reunited. Despite that, the Red Hair Pirates happily watch over Luffy’s development as a pirate.
Strengths and Abilities
Despite being one of the strongest pirates, One piece creator Eiichiro Oda still hasn’t revealed everything about Shanks’ abilities. One of Shanks’ notable feats is that he is one of the few who can use Conqueror’s Haki. He is even the first character in the series to display Haki, using it when he saves Luffy from the Sea King. Remember this was hundreds of chapters before the audience even understood what Haki was. During Shanks’ encounter with Whitebeard, he quickly knocks out several members of Whitebeard’s crew with his Haki. Throughout history, there are many instances that prove that Shanks’ Conqueror’s Haki is truly something else, even compared to that of other powerful pirates.
Other than that, he is one of the few pirates who has a significant influence on practically everyone. He can interact with pirates, marines, and even the mysterious Five Elders. During the Marineford arc, his mere appearance brought the war to a halt. In addition to blocking Admiral Akainu’s powerful magma attack, Shanks’ conversation with then-Fleet Admiral Sengoku resulted in Sengoku officially ending the war. Not only does the Fleet Admiral respect Shanks, but he is even influential enough to have a private meeting with the Five Elders – the highest ranking Heavenly Dragons near the top of the world government. Shanks is also very skilled with a sword as he used to be the rival of Dracule Mihawk, known as the world’s greatest swordsman. Shanks is also incredibly fast as seen during the Marineford arc when he saves Koby from Akainu in the blink of an eye.
One piece fans will know of the jokes going around over the years about Shanks finally making a move. IN One piece In Chapter 1054, he finally makes said move, claiming to join the quest for the titular One Piece – his former captain’s legendary treasure. In addition to this, despite being in Wano at the same time as Luffy, Shanks still showed no intention of meeting with him (even though some of his crew wanted to). While his motives remain relatively unknown, one can only hope for the reunion. of these two will be iconic. For now, fans have to settle for more questions than answers when it comes to the red-headed pirate who started it all.