In terms of One Piece secondary characters, Izou is one of the more interesting ones. This unique character has a rich history and is closely connected to a lot of the major characters, including Monkey D. Luffy and the late Whitebeard. But, aside from Izou’s interesting story, his fate is what also intrigued fans and what caused a lot of debate online. In this article, we are going to tell you what happened to Izou in One Piece Chapter 1052, i.e., whether he has died or not.
Chapter 1052 heavily hints at Izou being dead, since we can see his weapons moved to the Ringo. Now, this wasn’t actually confirmed and we know that anime and manga characters rarely die of-screen, so there is a possibility that he might still be alive but we don’t really know. Izou is not so relevant as to be kept alive at all costs, but we’ll probably have to wait it out a bit before we get an official confirmation.
In this article, we are going to tell you about the events that preceded Izou’s disappearance as well as the theories surrounding his fate. It is strange for Oda to give us some hints about Izou’s fate and not reveal what actually happened to him, but we have no doubt that we are going to find out sooner rather than later. Until then, read out article for more info.
What happened to Izou in One Piece?
In this section, we are going to tell you the story of Izou up to Chapter 1052, where it is seemingly confirmed that Izou dies. We are going to tell you all the relevant details that have led to this moment so we can give you the necessary background you need to have in order to understand our opinion on the matter. So, let us begin.
During the Marineford Arc, Izou can be seen fighting hand-to-hand alongside his fellow lower-rankers and commanders. Once Luffy saved Ace, all the pirates, including him, were filled with satisfaction and joy.
Whitebeard gives his last order, leaving him alone in front of the entire Marines, and saving the rest of his crew with this heroic act, which Izou, like the rest of the commanders, does not fully assimilate during the battle, but fulfills it as an order. of his father Whitebeard. And when they were falling back, Akainu took it upon himself to make Ace fight him despite the other commanders, including Izou, telling him not to. That is when Ace is killed.
He shows great surprise but firmness as Whitebeard asks all the commanders to protect Luffy by any means necessary and save him, so that he will be able to see the New Age that is coming. He is also surprised by Shanks’ arrival at Marineford, but does nothing about it as he is in shock over Ace and Whitebeard’s deaths.
He stops fighting once Sengoku called a ceasefire thanks to Shanks. Along with the rest of the commanders and crew, he is seen going to Whitebeard and Ace’s funeral somewhere in the New World. A year after the Battle of Marineford, Izou participated in the Battle of Vengeance against the Blackbeard Pirates alongside his companions. After his defeat, the definitive dissolution of the band took place, so Izou separated from his companions.
During the raid on Onigashima, Izou returned to Wano Country along with Nekomamushi and Marco. After arriving at Onigashima she along with the rest of her appeared in front of several of the Nine Red Scabbards and congratulated her sister for becoming a samurai so worthy of her. After Marco left to see a shadow he saw in the sea, the group confronted Kanjuro and an army of Beasts Pirates.
As Kikunojo engaged Kanjuro, the rest fought off the other enemies. After Kanjuro and the Beasts Pirates with him were defeated, Izou reunited with Kin’emon and Denjiro. Izou and the Pods then entered Kaido’s castle, made their way to the main stage, and launched a collective attack on Kaido and the headliners.
When the alliance mobilized and attacked the Beasts Pirates, Kaido transformed into his dragon form and flew up to the skull’s roof, with the Pods grabbing onto him. On the roof, the Pods prepared to fight Kaido with the help of the mink tribe. After Jack’s defeat, Kaido tried to attack them with a bolo breath but Kin’emon managed to cut it off, even managing to damage him.
Said cut began the combat without quarter, getting together with Kikunojo to damage him together. As Kaido responded with a roar that created scythes of wind, Izou was alarmed as Kikunojo’s left arm was severed. Izou placed a tourniquet around Kikunojo’s arm, and Kin’emon cauterized the wound. Continuing the battle, Kaido began to overpower Izou and the Pods and then incapacitated them.
Big Mom, Kid, Killer, Zoro, Luffy, and Law later arrived on the roof. At Luffy’s request, Law teleported Izou and the Pods to safety. They were eventually taken to the treasure room on the second floor, where a person was seen tending to their serious injuries. Izou was victorious against several rank and file members of the Beasts Pirates, having suffered only minor injuries.
As he descended towards the basement floor, he was met by the members of the CP0 who, while noting that they would not normally let the remnants of the Whitebeard Pirates roam freely, were returning to their initial task of capturing Nico Robin and dealing with the Whitebeard Pirates.
Straw hat. Already saying goodbye to Izou, the two agents prepared to let him go, but the samurai told them to stop. That caused both agents to face the commander of the former Emperor, managing to defeat Maha the time he defeated him. As he lay dying on the ground, Izou asked his sister not to die. His future is unknown from this moment on and Chapter 1052 seems to imply that he has indeed die, but we’ll have to wait and see whether that is true or not.
Is Izou really dead in One Piece?
The chances that Izou is alive are unknown at this moment, so the fans of the character cannot relax just yet, if even a bit. We know that Oda rarely kills of his characters before they’ve reached the end of their respective stories. Izou’s story was so fragmented that he is not even near his end, as it seems, which is why it would be completely out of character for Oda to simply kill him off like this.
It would also be atypical for Oda to kill a relatively important character off-screen, and this is another argument why we actually think that Izou’s actually alive. Namely, there’s an unwritten rule in manga and anime that states – if you don’t see a character die explicitly, he’s not dead. Now, this rule is not 100% true, but it is true in 99.9% of the cases.
So, since we’ve actually never seen Izou die, he is, by all probability, not dead. Now, Chapter 1052 has not been released as of the time of writing this article, so in all honesty, we don’t know if there are more clues or confirmations about Izou in the upcoming chapter, but from what we know at this moment, chances are that Izou’s actually still alive in one piece.