Across the world, One Piece’s character Yamato is trending on social media as new information sheds light on the debate over the character’s gender.

If you have been part of the One Piece community for a while, you may remember Yamato and their gender being a topic of conversation before.

Back in June 2021, social media posts and news articles were strife with arguments between fans over the misgendering of legendary character Yamato, who was widely considered to be transgender.

Now, it appears that this debate has been settled once and for all with the official Vivre Card for Yamato being shared online.

What gender is Yamato in One Piece?

  • There has been some considerable debate on social media about Yamato’s gender, but the recently released official Vivre Card for the character confirmed that Yamato is female.

Historically, the majority of fans believed that Yamato was a transgender character in the One Piece universe. Not only was the character introduced as male in the manga, but is consistently referred to using the traditional male he/him pronouns.

However, it was recently reported that Yamato’s Vivre Card (the official character information pack) instead stated that their gender is canonically female and not transgender.

This has caused some considerable confusion online amongst fans, with many pointing out that Yamato referred to themselves with traditional male pronouns in previous installments.

However, users on social media have stated that this may be due to differences in translation between the original Japanese and English versions.  

One user shared a post that detailed, “The characters isn’t calling Yamato with he/him because that is just the English translation.” Continuing that, “In Japanese, pronoun is genderless, there is only ‘that person’.”

Concerning the multiple occasions when Kaidou refers to Yamato as his ‘Son’, the argument is that this is because he wants Yamato to be a Shogun, which is a male-only title from Japanese history.

This ties into Yamato referencing themselves as ‘Oden’, with user ‘7uffytaro‘ stating that this is “not about gender issue, its about her having identity crisis/obsession with oden.”

Moreover, Yamato is reportedly inspired by Oscar Franois de Jarjayes from The Rose of Versailles, a story where a woman is raised as a boy in order to success him – a series even referenced by One Piece’s author in chapter 945.

Additionally, some fans have also used Kiku, another openly transgender character, as evidence for Yamato also being trans female. However, Twitter user ‘Soul_StormOP’, who was one of the first to share the information, explained the difference between Kiku and Yamato’s Vivre Card.

“For people that want to bring Kiku’s Vivre Card as reasoning for Yamato being called a female (Kiku was labelled as “male” in hers), the difference here is that Kiku’s had another panel of info where it said she identified as a female where in Yamato’s case there is nothing.” – Soul_StormOP, via Twitter.

Thankfully, the vast majority of One Piece fans have remained understanding on social media. As RogersBase explains: “I use he/him in my reactions and reviews because it’s what Yamato wants and I, much like all of the characters we’ve seen in the story, respect that.”

He goes on to conclude that, “If Yamato wants to go by something else, I’ll go with that. It’s super simple. Trust the text.”

By Tom Llewellyn – [email protected]

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