Gege Akutami, the creator of “Jujutsu Kaisen,” has seemingly revealed a fondness for the “Big Tree” quartet from “One Piece,” a collection of gashapon collectibles featuring the series’ admirals.
Reportedly, according to a post on X (formerly Twitter) by a devoted One Piece fan (@pewpiece), Akutami expressed excitement after managing to collect the entire “Big Tree” quartet from gashapon machines. Initially aiming for Kizaru (also known as Borsalino), one of the admirals, Akutami succeeded in obtaining the whole set after five attempts.
Gashapon machines are popular vending machines in Japan and other parts of Asia, dispensing small toys or collectibles enclosed in plastic capsules. These items range from miniature figures of anime, manga, or video game characters to keychains, trinkets, and novelty items. The appeal lies in the luck factor, as the items obtained are entirely random, adding an element of surprise and anticipation for collectors.
Kizaru, a fan-favorite character from One Piece, holds the position of one of the three current admirals in the Marines, possessing the Pika Pika no Mi Devil Fruit, granting him control over light. Alongside Fujitora, the other current admiral, Akainu, and Aokiji, former admirals, they form the formidable “Big Tree” quartet.
Fans on X have begun searching for possible influences of the “Big Tree” quartet on characters in “Jujutsu Kaisen.” Some users have drawn parallels between certain characters’ traits and actions, suggesting potential inspirations. For instance, comparisons have been made between Sukuna and Akainu, both characterized by extreme brutality and a penchant for lethal actions. Additionally, speculations have arisen regarding Higuruma’s executioner sword potentially being inspired by a light sword wielded by Kizaru in battle. Furthermore, similarities in powers related to light between Kizaru and Jujutsu Kaisen’s Gojo Satoru have been noted, despite their differing personalities.
The association between “One Piece’s” “Big Tree” quartet and the characters in “Jujutsu Kaisen” has spurred discussions among fans, aiming to identify potential influences or parallels in the creation of characters.
“Jujutsu Kaisen” is available for streaming on Crunchyroll, while “One Piece” can be watched on various platforms like Netflix, Hulu, and Crunchyroll.