Eiichiro Oda Shares Zoro's Family Tree, Debunks One Piece Clone Theory

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One Piece Volume 105 is finally releasing officially in Japan, and with it comes a new SBS column with Eiichiro Oda. In the latest SBS, Oda finally revealed Zoro’s family tree, debunking a popular One Piece clone theory.

Oda’s SBS columns typically contain interesting nuggets of information about the series’ world and characters.

Though the fact that Zoro’s family tree was revealed came as a huge surprise given how it’s one of the series’ biggest mysteries.

Roronoa Zoro’s Family Tree

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In the column, a fan asked Oda about Zoro’s family tree. Many fans believe that Roronoa Zoro is a descendant of Wano samurai, and that indeed turns out to be the case.

Oda revealed that Zoro’s ancestor is Shimotsuki Ryuma, meaning he is a descendant of the once-powerful Shimotsuki family of Wano.

Though his surname, Roronoa, came from his grandfather, Roronoa Pinzoro.

Given this reveal, it is now confirmed that Shimotsuki Kuina, Zoro’s childhood friend, is a distant relative of his. This also means Zoro is distantly related to Yasuie Shimotsuki, the adoptive father of Toko.

It’s not clear how distant Zoro’s relation is to the other confirmed Shimotsuki clan characters.

After all, we don’t have a solid idea of how big the Shimotsuki family was, only that it was a powerful family in the olden days of Wano.

For the longest time, Zoro’s family tree has been a topic of discussion among fans, with many even being disappointed at the Wano Country arc for not exploring Zoro’s lineage.

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Eiichiro Oda’s Latest SBS Debunks Clone Theory

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Due to the recent events of Vegapunk’s cloning projects, theories of Zoro being a clone have become popular. Though the new reveal debunked all of these theories.

One of the most popular related theories is that Zoro is a clone of Ryuma, a legendary Wano samurai.

While fans were fine with getting this theory debunked, some are disappointed by how his family tree was revealed.

On Twitter, some fans expressed their disappointment at how unceremonious the reveal of Zoro’s lineage is.

These fans feel that Zoro should’ve gotten his own arc that focused on his family.

Sanji’s family backstory from the Whole Cake Island arc was brought up in these discussions. This is because fans hoped that the Wano arc could’ve been better if Zoro’s past was examined.

On the flip side, some fans were happy to know Zoro’s backstory, with them saying that they find it in character for Zoro to not have a big family arc as his focus is becoming the world’s best swordsman.

One Piece Volume 105 will officially release on March 3, 2023, in Japan. There’s no word yet on when it will be released internationally.

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