Monday, March 31, 2008

"Red Haired" Shanks Crew:

The Red-Haired Pirate crew spend most of their time partying and having a good time, as they are seen on most of their appearances. Their crew strength is considerably high, considering their captain is one of the Yonkou

"Red haired" Shanks

Captain


Shanks is Monkey D. Luffy's childhood hero and a former member of Gol D. Roger's Crew. Despite having few appearances, he plays a major role in the series. Shanks has three scars across his left eye, inflicted in a battle with Blackbeard. Shanks is missing his left arm, which he lost while saving Luffy from a Sea King. Shanks and his crew are almost always seen partying and drinking alcoholic beverages whenever they make an appearance as the Captain's favourite pastimes are attending and hosting parties and banquets. Shanks' fighting abilities are formidable; he was considered a rival of Mihawk prior to losing his arm, and he regularly clashed with Whitebeard's crew while serving under Gol D. Roger. His monsterous "spiritual intent" is so great that junior members of the Whitebeard crew pass out by merely being in his presence.

When he was still an apprentice he and Buggy the Clown worked on the same ship, although they were big rivals and disagreed on everything


Yasopp

Snipper

Yasopp is a gifted sharp-shooter said to be capable of shooting the legs off an ant at 100 feet without harming the rest of it. He is the father of Usopp and was one of Luffy's favorite members of the Red-Haired pirates. In his first appearance Yasopp wears a headband with his name on it. In his most recent appearances he has dropped the headband and grown dreadlocks.

In the anime only, Yasopp had a duel with Daddy the Father. Daddy lost against Yasopp and wanted to be killed, but Yasopp let him live after seeing a picture of his daughter.


Rockstar

Miscellaneous Crew



(94,000,000 beli bounty) Rockstar is a newer member of Red-Haired Shanks pirate crew. Shanks sends him to deliver a message to Whitebeard, which the pirate captain promptly ripped up, going along with Shanks' prediction anyway. Rockstar wants to fight Whitebeard to reclaim his honor, but Shanks tells him it was no big deal and to pull back

Benn Beckman

First Mate


Ben Beckman
is the first mate in Red-Haired Shanks' pirate crew, he possesses astonishing wisdom and strength, and acts as an advisor to his captain. When first seen in the manga and anime, he wears his black hair in a ponytail, and is never seen without his rifle nearby or a cigarette in his mouth. Later in the series, his hair has turned grey and is cut short, and he has a large X-shaped scar on his left temple. He appears to be a lot less fun-loving than the other members of the crew but a lot more relaxed, acting as the level headed member. It appears he is quite strong, wiping out a large group of Higuma the Bear's mates rather quickly. According to Eiichiro Oda, Ben Beckman has the highest IQ of all the characters introduced in the East Blue saga


Lucky Roux

Lieutenant


Lucky Roux is the fat member of the pirate crew and is always seen eating a rack of meat. He usually using white-green striped t-shirt. Lucky is also the first person to actually kill someone in One Piece and sets the stage for the series; a pirate's life is a dangerous one.

Shanks's flag is a standard Jolly Roger, similar in appearance to the flag of Calico Jack. It has 3 slashes on the left eye and two swords in place of crossbones. The Red-Hair Pirates ship is called "Red Force", a large dragon-themed vessel

Akatsuki


Akatsuki was created by Madara Uchiha, initially dealing in assassinations and espionage that draw little attention. Some members use their time with Akatsuki to further their own goals; Kakuzu, for example, joined because it makes it easier for him to collect bounties. Soon after the start of the series, however, Akatsuki becomes increasingly more active as its members start to carry out the tasks needed to achieve their ultimate goal: domination over the Naruto world. The leader, Pain, has created a three-step process to work their way towards this goal. First, they plan to obtain a large amount of money to support their organization. Second, they plan to set up a mercenary group loyal only to Akatsuki. To build their reputation, they plan to accept any mission below the usual cost and operate off of the excess funds earned in the first part of their plan. Because there haven't been any wars in some time, the established shinobi villages can't afford to charge such low prices, leading the smaller countries to hire Akatsuki over the more expensive shinobi villages. By using the tailed beasts, Akatsuki can start wars and then immediately quell them, solidifying their reputation and convincing every country to depend on them. Without any business, the other shinobi villages would collapse due to a lack of funds. Finally, after Akatsuki is the only major shinobi force in existence, they could easily conquer the other countries. Despite the severity of this plan, members do not automatically learn of it upon joining; Hidan did not find out about it until asking.

The tailed beasts, nine gigantic demons of immense power, are the focus of much of Akatsuki's effort and screen time within the series. Each Akatsuki member is assigned to capture alive one of the nine beasts or, in most cases, the person that beast has been sealed into. Akatsuki has so far obtained seven of the nine.

Once one of the demons has been captured it is taken to the nearest Akatsuki lair where the remaining members then assemble through astral projection. Pain summons a giant statue of a humanoid monster while the beast or its host is placed before it. The members then take their place on the finger of the statue that corresponds to their respective ring, and the group prepares to seal the beast into the statue. For the sealing, nine dragon-like effigies pour from the statue's mouth to surround the captured host, forcefully remove the tailed beast from them, and seal it into the statue. In the case of an unsealed tailed beast, the same thing happens to the beast itself. The sealing process takes three days to complete. Kisame Hoshigaki notes that the demons must be sealed in a specific order, as he states that sealing the Nine-Tailed Demon Fox before the other eight beasts would destroy the statue. Tobi, the character shown giving Pain orders, hints that the tailed beasts have a purpose beyond global conquest, implying that acquiring all nine would allow his Sharingan to return to full power. Pain, however, has different plans on using the tailed beasts, wishing to use them to create a weapon of mass destruction that will force the world to learn the pointlessness of fighting and try to achieve a sense of world peace.

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