Netflix’s release of Eiichiro Oda’s Monsters anime seems to confirm that both Ryuma de King from Monsters and Ryuma Shimotsuki from One Piece are the same.
Netflix’s release of Eiichiro Oda’s Monsters anime seems to confirm that Ryuma de King and Ryuma Shimotsuki from One Piece are one and the same character.
Netflix released the highly anticipated anime adaptation of Oda’s Monsters: 103 Mercies Dragon Damnation on January 21. Following the event of Ryuma de King slaying the dragon, the anime cuts to a post-credits scene that directly overlaps with One Piece of Thriller Bark Episode 362 titled “Dancing Slashes on the Rooftop!! The match between Zoro and Ryuma.” This new appearance of the same Ryuma in both Monsters and One Piece has led many to believe that Ryuma’s storyline has been adapted into One Piece, merging the events of both manga.
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Many fans were previously convinced that Monsters and One Piece’s Ryuma couldn’t be the same person. However, with the release of the new Monsters anime, differences in names – such as the former’s Ryuma de King and the latter’s Ryuma Shimotsuki – will be much easier to explain since “de King” is just a nickname. Continuity differences may be more difficult, as One Piece’s legend of Ryuma slaying a dragon in Wano contrasts with the distinctly European setting depicted in Monsters.
However, initial reactions to Monsters were largely positive. Directed by Jujutsu Kaisen Season 1 director Sunghoo Park, the title currently has a 7.73 rating on popular anime database MyAnimeList. In particular, the post-credits scene with Zoro and his ancestor Ryuma was a highlight for many viewers, ending the one-episode anime on a high note.
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Monsters is currently streaming on Netflix, which also releases new episodes from the “Egghead” arc of One Piece every week. The monster’s official description: “A samurai’s path leads him to a young waitress whose hometown has been destroyed by a dragon. He didn’t want any trouble – but it found them anyway.”
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