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19 Jan 2023

Capturing the First Mate’s Rizz in CosmiQ x One Piece: Zoro

First mate of the Straw Hats, Zoro has always been a stoic, serious, ultra-reliable (except when it comes to directions) member of the crew. He values his Nakama, sake, and his honor as a swordsman—even going so far as to offer his life to protect it in his first encounter with Mihawk.

The latest CosmiQ launch captures Zoro’s essence, his coolness and confidence through his fashion sense. Bringing the character to life in our world, what he’s wearing in this collectible won’t look out of place on the streets! Yet, each piece has been carefully curated to represent him as close to the source as possible. This collectible is the second in the CosmiQ series, with the first being his captain, Luffy.

To commemorate the launch, we take a look at some of the epic moments in the series that give us a good glimpse of who the swordsman really is.

Let the sword decide

Early on in the series, Zoro picked out the Sandai Kitetsu from a barrel of cheap swords in Loguetown, East Blue, sensing its high quality. The shopkeeper was reluctant to sell him the sword at first, due to its cursed nature. However, loved the concept as staked his arm against the sword as a test. 

He flung the sword up and held out his arm, allowing the blade to slice it off. However, a mix of luck and skill ensured that the sword circled around his arm, missing it. Impressed by his courage, the shopkeeper gave him the sword as well as his best blade, the Yubashiri as a gift.

“Nothing Happened”

My Crewmate's Pain is My Pain, Zoro Fights Prepared to Die is the name of the episode and it is truly a character-defining one. The Straw Hats were successful in their Moria in Thriller Bark, but Luffy was left unconscious from the effects of using Gear Second and Gear Third. 

Warlord of the Sea Bartholomew Kuma receives orders from the World Government to clean up the mess on the island. While the Straw Hats fought hard to protect Luffy, they were easily defeated. Refusing to hand Luffy over, Zoro continued his flurry of desperate attacks. 

Beaten completely, Zoro offers his life to Kuma in exchange for Luffy’s. Surprised, Kuma offered Zoro a deal: take on all the pain experienced by Luffy in his time on Thriller Bark. With no hesitation, Zoro agreed. When Sanji woke up, he asked Zoro what happened. Covered from head to toe in blood, Zoro utters his iconic line, “Nothing happened... nothing at all.”

Slicing stone-like paper

Post-time skip, we finally get a glimpse of the result of Zoro’s training near the end of the Dressrosa arc. Pica, one of the elite officers of the Donquixote Pirates, has the devil fruit ability to assimilate and manipulate all stone he comes into contact with. 

In his battle against Zoro, Pica takes on the form of a giant stone statue. In the final confrontation, Zoro was hurled toward Pica. Coating his blade with armament haki, he claims that there is nothing in this world he cannot cut. 

He proceeds to continuously slice the stone pillar that is Pica rapidly, giving him no time to regenerate, before finally cutting down Pica’s real body mid-air. 

From personality to style

Fashion has always been a form of self-expression. For the CosmiQ series, we try to capture the essence of each character in their clothing, while including references to their stories.

For Zoro, the collectible features a stylish windbreaker that matches his hair color—balancing comfort, style, and functionality. Wrapped around his arm is his iconic bandana which he can easily wear on his head should he need to get serious. 

Finishing up the look is a pair of loose-fit maroon pants, which perfectly complement the green. Accessory-wise, he dons three gold earrings on his left ear, replicating his look in the One Piece world.

Ready to add some extra flair to your collection? Pre-order CosmiQ x One Piece: Zoro!

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