Does anyone else think Kuzan and Brook are somehow related?
The similar facial and body structure is my premise. And to solidify my theory here is the childhood photos.
They both wear glasses with inverse colors. More interestingly, Kuzan didn’t start drinking until he was taught by Zephyr and yet in his childhood picture, he is seen holding a bottle of sake, a bag implying he is on a journey (a reference to delivering Bink’s sake) and an umbrella (the color, hooked part and slender body reminiscent of Brook’s walking stick). The explanation of Brook reaching into the underworld to use ice is Oda stretching, especially since Brook isn’t awakened, but I’m guessing it’s him establishing another similarity with Kuzan.
The validity of Brook being Kuzan’s father: Brook is 90 years old, Garp is 78 years, Roger died at 53 years old (24 years ago), Kuzan is 49 old.
Brook joined the Rumbar Pirates 52 years ago (age 38) and being Kuzan’s father meant Kuzan was conceived when Brook was 41, meaning the Rumbar Pirates should have existed for more than 3 years for him to have a kid before death. The age at which Brook met Laboon is vague and recorded as over 50 years ago and again, the year in which the Rumbar Pirates ended is vague (but that’s just Oda trying to hide the obvious).
Consequently, there is no record of the longevity of the Rumbar Pirates however Brook remembers Roger as a rookie. There is a 13 years gap between Brook and Roger meaning when Brook was a rookie at 38 (the Rumbar Pirates were still in West Blue), Roger was 25. Brook would have needed years of experience to call a 25 years old Roger a rookie.
Undeniably, it takes time depending of the level of a threat of any individual for a bounty to be issued and Brook’s 33 million bounty is proof and record of longevity that the Rumbar Pirates lasted for more than the 3 years required for Kuzan’s conception before Brook’s death. The bounty would be when Brook was in his early 40’s placing Roger in his late 20’s which is consistent with Garp being at least a marine captain in his early 30’s. There is a 12 year gap between Brook and Garp meaning when Brook was a rookie still in West Blue, Garp was 26. As stated, Brook’s 33 million bounty would have been issused in his early 40’s placing Garp in his early 30’s by which time Garp must have been at least a marine captain (42 years ago Garp was chasing Shakki).
This proves Garp was very familiar with notorious pirates and Brook’s bounty meant Garp knew who he was. As evident in the case of Shakki, Chinjao and Roger, Garp has a proclivity to chase pirates he has an interest in. Chasing free the famed captain of the Rumbar Pirates is consistent with Garp’s character. Now in chapter 319 or episode 227 Kuzan said to Luffy “Your Grandpa helped me a long time ago”.
This could mean Garp inspired a wayward Kuzan into becoming a marine only possible if Garp must have had a special interest in Kuzan (his dad being a notorious pirate). This won’t be the only time Garp kept the secret of a pirate’s son. As in Ace’s case, clearly Garp understands that the sins of the father shouldn’t affect the son.
Kuzan idolizes Garp and in all probability, Garp adopted him (Kuzan’s childhood pictures depict abject poverty, a sign implying he was an orphan) like in Ace’s case although unlike Ace and Luffy, Garp had successfully turned him into a marine further aggravating Garp’s obsession and consequent heartbreak when he failed with both boys.
It could be that, Garp didn’t inspire Kuzan to become a marine but that Kuzan would have been denied joining the Navy if his father was a pirate. Although X Drake was not denied leading me to believe strongly in the former explanation. But then again, the fleet admiral was different in both cases implying different policies. Bottom line is, Kuzan owes Garp an unexplained debt; and that is the secret of Brook being Kuzan’s father.
*Theory by orogolden