Roronoa Zoro is undoubtedly one of the best-known One Piece characters. Like Luffy, Zoro wants to be the best in his own category, i.e., he wants to become the best swordsman in the world, surpassing his idol and rival, Dracule Mihawk, who is said to be the best swordsman in the world. Zoro uses three swords at the moment, with Shusui being his second one. In this article, we are going to tell you when and how Zoro got Shusui, how he lost it, and whether he is going to get it back.
Shusui originally belonged to Ryuma, whose tomb was looted by Gecko Moria, which plunged the whole country into deep sadness. Following his defeat, he bequeathed his Shusui to him, which then replaced his old katana. But, when Zoro arrived in Wano Country, where Ryuma was considered to be a legendary warrior, he was asked to leave the sword and received Enma as a replacement. This is why Zoro probably won’t get Shusui back.
The rest of this article will focus exclusively on Shusui, Zoro’s second sword in his current collection. We will tell you about Shusui, the sword’s history, how Zoro obtained it in the anime series, how he lost it, and whether he will get it back. You’re also going to find out what Shusui can do and why this sword, in particular, is so special and so important within the lore of One Piece.
How and when does Zoro get Shusui?
As O Wazamono, Shusui is among the thirty-two best katanas in the world. It is considered the national treasure of Wano Country and is the sword that enabled the legendary samurai Ryuma’s exploits. After many battles by his side, the sword became a black blade. Before acquiring Enma, Zoro was convinced that Shusui would be decisive in the battle against Kaido’s Hundred Beasts Crew.
This blade greatly increases the power of its user’s attacks. Zoro demonstrated this by first using Hyakuhachi Pound Ho against Oz; the blade of air created by Shusui was so great that it absorbed the blades of air from Zoro’s two other sabers, Wado Ichimonji and Sandai Kitetsu, to form a single blade of air with tenfold destructive power.
Shusui wasn’t always a dark blade. She only became one after many battles alongside Ryuma; when the latter died, she was buried with him on the lands of the Pays des Wa, where she is considered the national treasure. Twenty-three years before the arrival of the Straw Hat crew in Wano Country, Ryuma’s tomb was looted by the ex-privateer Gecko Moria, which plunged the whole country into deep sadness.
Ryuma appeared as a zombie on Thriller Bark and confronted Zoro. Following his defeat, he bequeathed his Shusui to him, which then replaced his old katana, destroyed after the events of Enies Lobby. After seeing it in Zoro’s hands, Kin’emon was determined to confront him so that he could return his national treasure to the Land of the Wa. These events were depicted in Chapter 467 of the manga, collected in volume 48. As for the anime, the events happened in Episode 362.
How did Zoro lose Shusui?
Later, the sword was stolen by a dwarf named Wicca while Zoro was eating in Acacia. However, he managed to catch up with the dwarf and thus recover his sword. Zoro is accused of being responsible for a series of murders and is sentenced to Seppuku. He is also accused of ransacking Ryuma’s tomb due to possessing his sword, Shusui.
In reality, Toyama Tsujigiro, the corrupt Flower Capital magistrate who ordered his execution, just wanted to steal the sword from him. But Zoro smelled blood on him and identified him as the real culprit. He knocked him down, retrieved the black blade, and escaped his execution. Shusui was then stolen by Gyukimaru, who brought her back to Ryuma’s grave.
For Shusui to remain in the Land of Wano, Kozuki Hiyori asks Zoro to please give it up. In exchange, she offers to offer him her own sword, Enma, which was bequeathed to her by her father Kozuki Oden. After a brief hesitation, Zoro accepted the proposal. And this is how Zoro lost Shusui, which is now located in Wano, as part of Ryuma’s grave.
Will Zoro get Shusui back?
Well, this is a question we cannot answer with 100%-certainty, but we’re pretty sure that we know what will happen here. As we have said, Zoro obtained Shusui after defeating Ryuma, which was a great honor for him. It was also a form of recognition of his skills, especially in light of the fact that Zoro wants to surpass Mihawk and become the best swordsman in the world. As Ryuma was a truly legendary figure in the swordsmanship lore, getting such recognition was a big deal for Zoro. Also, Shusui in itself was an amazing weapon, and it boosted Zoro’s abilities significantly.
This is why it was somewhat strange that Zoro actually gave up on Shusui, despite receiving Enma as a replacement. But it made sense, and it was a noble move that showed, once again, that Zoro was not in it for the power but because he genuinely wanted to become the best swordsman in the world. Someone else would have taken both blades, but not Zoro. And that is precisely why we think that Zoro won’t get Shusui back, at least not permanently.
Zoro respects the heritage of the blade and how important it is for the people of Wano Country. This is why he would never resort to stealing it, especially since he received Oden’s Enma as a replacement. On top of that, the protagonists have moved on from Wano Country, and unless someone actually brings the sword to Zoro, it’s not realistic to expect him to go back just to get it. He has so much more to offer in his arsenal that Shusui can rest peacefully in Wano.