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Roronoa Zoro’s Bronze Statue Unveiled In Kumamoto Prefecture

Roronoa Zoro’s Bronze Statue Unveiled In Kumamoto Prefecture

The official website of Kumanichi introduced on Saturday, Jan 22, 2022, {that a} bronze statue of fighter Roronoa Zoro was unveiled in creator Eiichiro Oda’s hometown, Kumamoto in Japan. The revealing ceremony of the bronze statue was held at Ozu Central Park in Ozu City, Kumamoto Prefecture.

The ceremony was broadcasted on Youtube, with solely six folks in attendance, together with Mayor Hideki Kaneda, following COVID protocol.

Zoro’s statue is the ninth addition within the line up of Straw Hat statues which have been erected in Kumamoto, for the Kumamoto Earthquake Reconstruction Venture, with Jinbei’s statue subsequent in line.

The peak together with the sword is about 2 meters and 60 centimeters, and the pedestal is 1 meter.

As a backstory for the character, it says, Zoro, a swordfighter, rushes to Ozu City, the place kendo is widespread and goals to create a city that may face up to earthquakes.

A particular illustration was drawn by creator Eiichiro Oda to commemorate the event.

Earlier than Zoro, statues of Franky, Chopper, Luffy, Brook, Nami, and Robin had been unveiled in Oda’s hometown.

Oda, a Kumamoto native, had donated round 800 million yen ($7.1 Million) for the earthquake reduction within the space. The statues are being erected in affected areas to commemorate it together with the 1000 episode celebrations.

The federal government erected a bronze statue of Luffy (174 centimeters excessive) in November 2018. This statue is exterior the Kumamoto Prefectural Authorities Workplace and its inauguration celebrates Oda getting a prefectural honor for his service to restoration efforts. It was then introduced that eight different statues will be part of Luffy; every one positioned in an space notably broken by the earthquake.

In 2019, the primary two of those statues had been unveiled. A statue of Sanji, positioned within the city of Mashiki. And a statue of Usopp, erected in entrance of Aso station.

2020 has seen the addition of three extra statues with Tony Tony Chopper showing at Kumamoto Metropolis Zoological and Botanical Gardens, Brook in Fureai Hiroba Sq. in Mifune City, after which Franky at Takamori Station. In 2021, the statue unveiling began with the statue of Nami on the Tawarayama Village of Change Middle Moe in Nishihara Village.

Whereas statues may appear a bit sketchy to spend reduction cash, the concept right here is to draw vacationers to the realm. By making Kumamoto’s Vacationer spots tourers pays to make use of native amenities and purchase native items.

Researchers from Shokei College surveyed individuals who visited the Luffy statue in 2019 and 2020 and estimated that the statue attracts 55,211 guests per yr, placing ¥2.67 billion into the native financial system.

To make this entire mission extra attention-grabbing, Oda additionally wrote a backstory to tie the statues collectively. In line with the story, when Luffy’s crew landed in Kumamoto, they noticed the harm and determined to assist out. Luffy deployed his crew across the prefecture, sending every one to a spot the place their ability set can be helpful to the native folks. Every of the statues has an info board, informing guests concerning the native space and the harm it sustained.

The anime adaptation of Eiichiro Oda’s One Piece manga premiered in 1999. The a centesimal manga quantity shipped on September 3. Oda revealed the 1,000th chapter on this yr’s mixed fifth/sixth problem of Weekly Shonen Bounce journal on January 4.

Supply: Kumanichi