Kuina and Tashigi – How are they connected?

kuina and tashigi

Lets start today’s post with a small introduction of the characters we ‘ll analyse today, Kuina and Tashigi.  Two women closely related to Zoro and the swordsmen world. What exactly is their connection, assuming it exists?

Many theories and speculations exist about them being the same person or that they are somehow connected. It is only logical as their appearance is identical, if we exclude Tashigi’s glasses. They must be of similar age and they both have(Kuina had to be exact) swordmanship(or swordswomanship for that matter :P) as their dream. Also, they both have kuina and tashigia type of rivalry with Zoro, who did mistake Tashigi for Kuina when he first saw her.

On the other hand, there are facts that contribute to the idea that they are a separate character and in fact not connected as many believe. Firstly, Kuina is supposed to be dead(duh!). Furthermore, Tashigi wears a pair of glasses and is a part of the Marines. To the contrary, Kuina was the daughter of a swordsman master and her dream was to become the greatest swordsman herself.

Lets delve into two different but equally fascinating theories about them.

The same person

The first idea we ‘ll explore further is that Kuina and Tashigi are in fact the same person. They look the same and they have the same aspiration. Heck, they even have a similar swordmanship. Lets go as far as to assume that Kuina didn’t die then. The main problem is, why doesn’t she remember Zoro? Assuming she doesn’t pretend to not remembering him, the following scenario seems a possible explanation.


We all remember the fight that happened between Zoro and Kuina. They exchanged their dreams of being the greatest swordsman and it must have been the first time for her to see someone really believing in her dream. Excited, she went back to her father’s dojo and shared her enthusiasm with him hoping for the best.

We all remember the fact that he didn’t want his precious daughter to become a swordsman. That’s the reason he shattered her enthusiasm, told her he speaks nonsense and forbade her from becoming a swordsman ever. Upset and shaken she storms out of the dojo falling down the stairs and staying unconsious. The doctor’s verdict? She ‘ll survive having no recollection of her past self.

The perfect opportunity

Now was the time for her father to grieve, but also an opportunity for him to shape his daughter to what he wanted her to be and protect her from her own dreams. He decides to send her away under the care of the Marines.

That would be the place for her away from dangerous pirates and rogue swordmen. Her dream though surfaced again but in a different kuina's deathenvironment, making her the girl with the sunglasses with a heightened sense of justice, Tashigi.

Away from Zoro or a protection?

The reason Kuina’s father decided to fake her death in front of Zoro could mean two things. He either wanted to protect her from Zoro, and the dreams he represented. On the other hand, he just may have wanted to protect Zoro from blaming himself for what happened to Kuina. After all, he was the one she fought the night of the accident, and the person who inspired her to pursue her dream.

Tashigi: The determined sister?

Lets start off with the obvious. If Kuina had a sister, why is it that Zoro had not met her?

A really possible explanation could be that Tashigi never entered the dojo. This is quite probable if we considered two facts. First of all, Kuina’s father didn’t want his daughter to follow the path of a swordsman, believing it to be dangerous and difficult for her to compete against men in the future.

The second reason is Tashigi’s clumsy nature. We have seen the way she behaves even now that she is an experienced adult. Imagine her being a little brat in the dojo. Probably a nightmare her father wanted to avoid.

How did she learn to yield a sword?

The big question is how did she end up being a swordswoman? The answer exists in her deceased sister Kuina. After she learned to use a sword in the dojo, she went on to teach everything she learned to Tashigi. That way, their common way of swordsmanship can be explained. But how did she end up hunting down users of legendary swords she considers a threat?

A sister’s determination

The answer lies to the way Kuina died and it wasn’t by just falling down some stairs. It all started when Zoro challenged her to a duel with real tashigiswords. In order to take part in that fight, she took a legendary sword from her father’s dojo. Then, she went off to meet Zoro for their appointed fight. Their clash of swords happened the way we know, but with a caveat.

A danger was lurking

Their duel was observed by a shady character. That person must have been someone hunting down legendary swords for his own benefit. After realising how important and rare the sword the small girl yielded he had to have it.

He waited patiently in the shadows for the fated clash between the children to end. When they parted with Zoro, he followed her and attacked to get the sword. She barely escaped but with a mortal wound. That was the end for Kuina.

Disgusted with people wanting swords for evil ways, Tashigi had to avenge her sister. Her high sense of justice, made her do that through the Marines, when she could have gone rogue. She took up swordsmanship seriously and decided to hunt down everyone who possessed legendary swords for evil purposes. What happened to her sister should not happen to anyone else.

What do you think?

Kuina and Tashigi. Two women swordsmen(swordswomen? :P), who look very similar and are connected to Roronoa Zoro. We have only scratched the surface of possible theories and ideas here, so your feedback is much appreciated. What do you believe is their connection? Are they sisters, the same person or do they have no connection whatsoever? Share in the comments below! Also, head over to our recommendations page, for our top choices regarding One Piece :).

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13 thoughts on “Kuina and Tashigi – How are they connected?”

  1. I haven’t read the manga or watched the anime in a long time and never got very far but I do know the character you’re talking about and these theories do sounds possible. I could easily see that being a twist plot or something later down in the series (because we all know it will never end 😛 )

  2. My son is OBSESSED with anime and he knew exactly who you were talking about in this blog post. He says he is going to start watching this show just so he can comment here 🙂 Thanks.

  3. I am a one piece fan I always watch the latest episode. I like your article talks about different types of theories about one piece. The time I watched the video when zoro meet her I said to myself that it is her friend. But I have some questions. With your own thoughts what is ther connection?

    1. From what i have analysed at the article i believe they can either be sisters or have no connection at all. Of course if we assumme that they are not the same person. Hope this helps :

  4. I use to be heavy in anime. I seen a few episodes here and there so I can kind of relate. I see the connection and noticed they looked almost the exact same and wondered if anyone else noticed. I believe they could be relatives, but I also like the same person theory as well.

    1. Hello Michelle. Thanks for stopping by. My opinion is they are connected somehow but it remains to be seen 🙂

  5. I like to think they are the same person.
    They hold the same sword style, one passed down in her father’s dojo.
    They have the same face.
    They have the same personality.
    How did Kuina “die?” She tripped (down a flight of stairs). Tashigi is prone to slips and falls as well.
    IF that fall left her in a coma state for some amount of time, brain damage, potentially resulting in loss of memory and damaged vision is very possible, really.
    Anyone, maybe even her father, on discovery of a pulse, or breath, would very likely have her sent to a hospital of excellent reputation. However even if it was her father, having seen Zoro’s resolve when they next met, would have probably kept her survival to himself, for any number of reasons really.
    Now Tashigi after undergoing rehabilitation yet without her previous memory and living in a Navy town has grown up. She gets a job that makes excellent use of her swordsmanship.

    My only real questions are regarding the name change. Is Tashigi her new given name or family name (last name)? Did she forget her given name? Was the name change due to her father not being made aware of her survival? If he is aware, why is she now Tashigi? etc

  6. I think they are twin sisters that were separated. When we see the youth of Zoro we see Kuina with her father, but no mother. It could be that the mother had twins and she left, or divorced Koushirou taking Tashigi with her. Considering they are voiced by the same person and look so similar, while also not showing a mother gives me the idea of twins split apart like Luke and Leia Skywalker.

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