Pandaman, that hidden mystery character you never noticed

One piece full of mysteries and anecdotes. It can be said that Eiichiro Oda did not skimp on the details! His work is filled with many breathtaking characters. But there is one who quietly slipped into the universe One pieceeven if you don’t notice it… Discover the easter egg that pops up everywhere but you can’t spot it unless you know it’s there!

Did you get an eye? manga readers One piece probably had a better chance of finding him. Indeed, Oda explained in SBS (“The Questions Everyone Asks”) who this Pandaman was.


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Pandaman: hidden character One piece

One piece is now a full-fledged universe in which each character has his own story, his own problems and his own character. But in the 44th chapter of the manga, during the Baratie arc, Pandaman appears for the first time. Some fans noticed it right away and Oda talked about it during SBS for the next chapter. Here’s the story behind the most authentic Easter egg in manga history.

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ONE PIECE © 1997 Eiichiro Oda/SHUEISHA Inc.

Pandaman is a wrestler drawn by Eiichiro Oda for the series’ character design contest. Kinniku-man (known in France as muscular man). He is the captain of the Pandamen ship and crew of the same name (not a very original type). Pandaman is on the run from the Tomato Gang and their worst enemy, the Unforgivable Mask. And that is why we see him everywhere and why he often runs away during his performances.

Appearances of Pandaman

Throughout the series, he appears in the crowd everywhere and always. He can be disguised as a citizen, a pirate, a government agent… He can even be found in memories from 400 years ago!

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At the first opening One piece, Pandaman fights Zoro and in opening 4, Usopp catches him with his fishing rod. It is impossible to play “I already exist” with Pandaman, he saw absolutely everything and survived everything. For example, in episode 50, he is part of the Roo team. In Episode 976, he is among the 4,200 people gathered to defeat Kaido. Also his head is on books, clothes (often worn by Sanji), slot machines. His name even appears on the list of prisoners of Impel Down… Plus, he has his own wanted poster! (His bounty is actually higher than Chopper’s…) In short, he’s everywhere and always.

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Pandaman does appear in all of the arcs, with the exception of the Amazon Lily arc, where he is replaced by Pandaven, his fiancée (or his wife, we don’t know). The Easter egg also appears on the inside cover of the volumes. One piece !

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Pandaman is a playable character in the game. Grand Battle 2 on the PlayStation. One of the Pirates Carnival mini-games is even called “Where’s Pandaman?” (Charlie winked). The goal of the mini-game is obviously to find Pandaman. It can also be seen in several places in the games. One Piece Boundless Adventure as well as Unlimited cruise.

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Now that you know, you will be careful when reading and/or watching One Piece to try and find Mr. Panda. As a result, you will very quickly realize that it is omnipresent.

Flavy Pete

anime manga journalist

Anime and manga journalist

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