What Is LAZY JUSTICE | One Piece Character Analysis

What Is LAZY JUSTICE | One Piece Character Analysis


You cannot talk about a story, without talking
about the underlying moral message that story is built upon. This goes for any major piece of literature,
theater or cinematography. And One Piece, with its complex web of characters
and ideologies, is no exception to this. One of the central moral themes, that is thoroughly
explored in One Piece is justice. It is a golden thread that spans throughout
the entire story. What does it mean to be just? What rules does it imply? And who decides what these rules are? We explore these questions through the characters
we encounter throughout the story and even more so through the actions that these characters
then take based on their distinct believes. We follow a main character that despite being
a pirate often acts a lot more justly than many of the supposedly good marines. And with the revolutionary army, Oda has even
introduced an entity into the story, that openly opposes an idea of Justice under which
large parts of the world are suffering. However, in no other context, is the concept
of justice explored as openly and distinctly as within the ranks of the marine admirals. Each admiral has a unique perspective and
take on what justice means for them. And as a consequence, each admiral impacts
the story in very different ways. In this series, we will take a closer look
at the four marine admirals that we know off so far and explore together, what their different
ideas of justice truly mean and how they express themselves in the context of One Piece. And what better candidate to start with than
the coolest of the four. Get it? The coolest? Never mind. Kuzan, or as he is better known, Aokiji, is
probably the admiral, that we have gotten the most complete picture off, so far. Next to his amazing design and his unique
devil fruit power, Aokiji follows the path of lazy justice. But how exactly can justice be lazy? And how does it distinguish him from his fellow
admirals? If you´ve ever wondered about that: No worries,
that´s why we´re here. Before we get into the moral structure of
Kuzan´s character though, I first want to quickly update you guys on our small challenge
we´ve had recently. Once again, you have beat me to it and reached
the 3000 like mark on the last video a lot faster than I anticipated. Touché. So, this time, we´re gonna raise the bar
to 3500 likes in the first 24 hours that this video is online, and you will get the second
admiral by next Tuesday. And by the way, if you are wondering why in
the world, I´m trying to get more likes on these video´s, it´s because, one, it makes
these video´s available to more people and, two, it motivates me like crazy to work more
consistently to give you guys not only more but also better content. So, smash that like button, and make me work. But enough about that. After all we´re here to delve into one of
the most philosophical questions in the entirety of storytelling. So, let´s take a look at the man who is so
chill that he thinks Justice should be lazy. Aokiji, Kuzan is one of the most popular members
of the marines, that most of the time act as an antagonistic force to Luffy and his
crew. He is a tall, slender and muscularly built
man with long, curled black hair and tanned skin. Despite being the youngest among the admirals
by quite a bit, he nonetheless is without a doubt one of the strongest characters in
the story, thanks to years of hard training as well as his powerful Logia-Devil-Fruit
that turns his entire body into ice. Having joined the ranks of the marines at
a very young age, Aokiji has worked his way up the ranks fairly quickly. Which is no big surprise. As we know, he can be very determined and
focused when he needs to. In general, however, Aokiji is a rather laid-back
person, that enjoys respect and popularity throughout the ranks of the marines. This is most likely not only due to his immense
strength and influence, but also due to his personality, which is unusually kind and respectful
compared to other high-ranking members. As a matter of fact, respect and fairness
are two of the most defining traits for Kuzan´s personality. Not only does he treat his fellow marines
respectfully and fair, but even acknowledges alleged criminals for doing good deeds. A great example for this is letting Luffy
and his Crew go free, not only for taking down the tyrannical Crocodile and liberating
Alabasta, but also out of respect for Luffy´s will to sacrifice himself for his crew. What makes Aokiji a truly good character in
the eye of the reader, however, is that his respectfulness and fairness are firmly grounded
in the empathy and compassion he feels for others. He takes people´s circumstances and their
good intentions into account and wants to help create a world with less suffering and
pain. We can see this for instance when he freezes
the entire ocean only to let Tonjit return to his clan after the events at the Davy Back
Fight. But I think nothing proves this point as well
as his relationship with Robin. Even though, he was tasked with tracking her
down and capturing her, he was genuinely relieved and happy that she had finally found true
friends. All of that, despite the straw hats just invading
invaded Ennis Lobby and having declared war against the world government itself. Aokiji however is aware of Robin´s true personality
and how she had no fault at becoming a criminal in the eyes of the world. Which is exactly why he allowed her to flee
the slaughter on her Island many years ago in the first place. You may ask yourself now, how someone this
caring and apparently soft could possibly become an admiral in the otherwise so hard-boiled
marines. As a matter of fact, many of the marines asked
themselves the same question. But the answer to that is quite simple. Kuzan has an incredibly strong sense of duty. Even though he allows himself to live according
to his morals most of the time, when it is expected of him, he is always ready to follow
orders and do what is expected of him as an admiral. During the war at Marineford for example,
he grudgingly drops his usual laid-back and friendly nature and trades it for a more ruthless
and unforgiving personality. And when encountering Robin and the straw
hats for the first time, he at first decides to leave them alone, before changing his mind
and trying to take Robin, only to flip-flop again after seeing Luffy stand up for her. What becomes painfully clear, when we look
at this example, is how conflicted Aokiji is between his own idea of how to act morally
and his duty as a member of the marines and the world government. As you might have suspected, all of this also
plays a decisive role in his sense of justice. So now, in order to understand what lazy justice
actually means, let´s have a look at Aokiji´s character arc. To understand what Kuzan means, when he talks
about his lazy justice, we first have to understand how his character has developed over the course
of the story. Despite the admirals not getting a lot of
screen time in the story, Aokiji has nonetheless undergone a significant change of perspective. As a base for that, we have to look at the
admiral in his younger days, where he was still a vice-admiral. To be more precise even, we have to look at
the events surrounding the destruction of the island of Ohara. Back in time Aokiji had a very different take
on justice in general. When first informed about the events on the
island by his men, he doesn´t really care about the fate of the Island. For him it is simply the fate of criminals,
that have to be taken out to protect the peace. He only changes his mind, when he learns that
his friend Jaguar D. Saul, who previously had deserted the marines to save Robin´s
mother Olivia, is also on Ohara. When arriving on the island, he appears indifferent
to the injustice that is happening there in the name of the world government. And at first Kuzan decides to follow his sense
of duty and takes down his old friend Saul himself, who is trying to escape with Robin. When Saul confronts him about the massacre
going on, Aokiji says that he has no opinion about it. But we can already read from this response,
that he is not at all happy with what is happening. Just a short time later however he has to
witness Akainu sinking a ship full of refugees, simply on the whim that some of the scholars
might have sneaked on board. This seems to be THE decisive turning point
for him. It becomes very clear that Aokiji indeed DID
have an opinion about what was happening, and he decides to let the innocent girl Robin
escape the island. What this shows us, is that Aokiji has always
been good at heart, but forcefully has put his duty before his own ideals. He needed to realize the brutal lengths to
which the world government would go to protect its power. And he also needed to learn how to put his
own morality into his actions as well and distance himself from the justice practiced
by the higher ups. That is what the incident of Ohara was all
about for his character. So now we know how Aokiji got to follow his
path of lazy justice. But we still don´t quite know what lazy is
actually supposed to mean in this context. As a matter of fact, lazy can be seen in quite
a variety of ways when it comes to justice. I would argue that Aokiji labels his justice
as lazy to distinguish himself from his fellow admiral Akainu. While Akainu´s absolute justice leaves no
room for interpretation and situation-based morality, Kuzan´s justice is lazy in the
sense that it is not always necessary to take action no matter what. Sometimes it might be the right thing to take
a look at things first and see how they develop. This is exactly what we see him doing most
of the time. Observing but not taking action, unless he
sees a truly justifiable reason for it. But even more so than that, I would argue
that with the phrase lazy, Aokiji is actually hiding his true idea of justice. Which is moral justice. When we strip away all the distractions around
his character, at his core, Aokiji´s idea of justice is based on his values. In other words: Compassion, respect and fairness. Since this very liberal take on the issue
conflicts heavily with that of the world government however, Kuzan can use his laziness as an
excuse to actually take moral action in critical situations. While most people will see it as him being
lazy and undetermined, Aokiji actually is able to make himself a clear image of a situation. He can assess whether someone deserves respect
or compassion and what the fair and right thing to do is. This allows him to let Robin go on Ohara,
letting the straw hats get away after the Davie Back Fight or letting Luffy of the hook
several times during Marineford, not dealing the fatal blow or chasing after Laws submarine. And even when he tries to uphold his sense
of duty toward the marines, we can always see glints of mercy and understanding in his
actions. Even though it is quite unique in the ranks
of the Marines, Kuzan believes in second chances and he usually gives people the benefit of
doubt. Seeing how he actually cares for Robin and
feels responsible for what happened to her in the past, really shows us how different
Aokiji is from his superiors. Which is exactly why I believe that in the
end he went his own way. After having to kill his close friend on Ohara
and swallow his morality during the war, Kuzan decided to change something. He tried to turn the marines into a more compassionate
and positive organization that works for the people after being suggested as the new fleet
admiral by Sengoku himself. Being defeated by Akainu however, he saw no
purpose in continuing his work as an admiral. Instead, he now is free to act based on his
own idea of justice, freed from any restriction or doubt. Now the question here of course is, whether
Aokiji is actually still a marine at heart or not. Currently he seems to be affiliated with the
Blackbeard Pirates in some shape or form. However, after being saved by him from Doflamingo,
Smoker asks Aokiji who he now is. But the former admiral reassures his friend
that as a matter of fact he is still himself. Well, does he mean by that that he is still
a marine? Possibly. But most importantly, I think that Aokiji
is still himself in the sense that he is a man of his own justice. Someone who now is able to follow his own
path of moral justice. And it´s okay if to others it looks like
it is lazy. After all, Aokiji is a pretty cool dude. I hope you guys enjoyed this video. If you did, make sure to smash that like button
for a freshly made video next Tuesday. And Subscribe, if you aren´t already part
of the crew. Also, I asked you last time to come up with
an alternative title for Buggy. And I was happy to see so many creative ideas
in the comments. This time I will give the win to Buggy D.
Clown, which is just too good not to pick. And since there were multiple entries of this
idea, I can´t state one winner in particular. But good job everyone. This one is truly perfect. For next week, I´m super curious to see with
what title you can come up with for our man Aokiji. Finally, if you wonna learn more about the
characters in One Piece, you can simply click here and make yourself a great One-Piece day. Otherwise I see you around next time. AND until then, have a wonderful week.

100 thoughts on “What Is LAZY JUSTICE | One Piece Character Analysis

  1. Hey there, scholars! 🙂 Time for another analysis Tuesday! I hope you all enjoy this video! What are your thoughts on Kuzan and what role do you think he will play in the future?

  2. Aokiji the Slush.

    He is cold and soft. This man is an ever following force that is welcoming in the face of blazing heat.

  3. You deserve MUCH more views and subscribers my man!!!
    I hope you do videos for all the admirals! This is quality content!

  4. Well if it isn't a video about everyone's favorite ex admiral, Kuzan Aokiji! Oda needs to give this guy more screen time in the manga. I'm hoping for a rematch between him and Akainu.

  5. Aokiji is going to shape the way Robin influences the story. I also believe that he will be siding with the pirates if there's another paramount war. Thoughts?

  6. Man. I’m blessed to have your channel & mr morj’s for providing the best one piece analysis out there. Love your content dude, keep it going.

  7. Maybe Kuzan resignation is just a front made by marines in order to Spy Blackbeard's crew and plans. Blackbeard's entrance on Marineford is very unexpected and very fatal in Marines thus they sent Kuzan to spy him. Maybe he is a member of swords like Xdrake.

  8. I love these character analysis videos but I feel by doing so soon before side characters can fully develop holds back the videos’ true potential. There’s still so many questions surrounding different characters and situations in the One Piece world

  9. I was planing on using the different admiral's ideas of justice for my philosophy term paper but I couldn't make it to a point of getting a none One Piece reader to get it. I got 3 pages in before giving up.
    Maby if this video was out at that time I would have been able to do it GREAT JOB.

  10. Aokiji reluctantly executed Jaguar D. Saul, he was not pleased with his actions… because if he does not…. Akainu will do the execution personally…then report to headquarters that Aokiji was neglecting his duty

    Aokiji, has been walking the road to atonement ever since killing Saul…who was his best friend.

  11. I know this is far ahead, but it would make sense and also would put things together for us now a bit. What if kuzan is aboard blackbeard's ship as a part of sword or other, with Akainu to take down black beard and luffy. Kuzan knew of luffy and Akainu blackbeard. and so they formulated a plan. End game after luffy shows up, he may side with kuzan to take down black beard. And the plan may be to take down luffy too, but his moral justice says to side with them in the final war.

  12. Kinda glad lord Nuxanor’s like challenge thing caught on in the anime community. Great video O’Hara I think you’ve always got something very insightful to say about all of these characters

  13. This is nit picking his Powers are not ice. It's chill. But I guess when you're so cold you freeze. But it's not limited to just ice. And this is why I love Oda, he never allow any of his character to be limited. He allow himself to comeback and expand and cover any plotholes. Not just the protagonists grew but so are the surroundings.

  14. what if Kuzan is robin dad secretly lol that why he saved her lol. I know that he must really like robin to continue to do right by her.

  15. Actually His justice used to be , ( Fired up justice ) and it changed to ( Lazy justice )
    i wonder what changed him !!

  16. Hands down ohara and mr morj best analysis and theories… now if only you can both get ur hands on the moshikomu moshikomu no mi … or swap subscriber numbers with uhhh not mentioning any names

  17. a title for Aokiji
    Blue Cool because he's a cool character and his devil fruit ability being ice and Ao means Blue in Japanese

  18. i feel like aokiji will be important when the whole revolutionary army strawhats vs celestial dragons becomes an arc . i think he’ll be an important alley in trying to make the world a better place

  19. Should aokiji get his own video after later when he get more screen time ? i mean, mugiwara and buggy, we can tell because we know their character much enough. But, Aokiji ? I think we need more screentime of him until next act when aokiji involved in the story. The only clear thing that we know, aokiji is laid back, and a good-natured person.

  20. Do you plan on doing a video examining Sengokus motto of relative justice that he outlined to Commander Kong? Or is just the 4 admirals for now?

  21. He is part of the Sword Organization. His Goal is to infiltrate Black Beard
    Pirates
    along with other members like Coby, X-Drake, Silver Axe from Rocks Pirates
    (All of this is Just a Theory tho.)

  22. Aokiji froze the ocean to help the stranded people from the food cruise ship make it to civilization not to help the old man after the Davy back fight didn't he?

  23. If only he became a fleet admiral, the world would be a better place instead of that gronk kizaru who not only destroyed the refugee ship in ohara but also took the life of ace.

  24. LoTR is a fantasy epic with elves and wizards and dragons and kings in which a small man goes on an adventure and learns that even seemingly insignificant actors can exert massive influence on the world.
    I just talked about a story without talking about the underlying moral message that story is built upon. Get rekt.

  25. Video Breakdown:
    0:00 – 2:05 Introduction
    2:10 – 3:00 Begging for likes
    3:00 – 12:50 actual video
    12:50 – 13:47 More begging for likes

  26. Titel for kuzan: the chilling Marine

    Also I'd like to say that I'm absolutely stunned by the quality of these Videos. Keep up the good work.

  27. Well the likes worked because I just got recommended your video and discovered your channel I truly am in love with your content

  28. I think Kuzan is "Real" justice, which is why he would inevitably leave the marines in some way, shape or form.
    The marines are a symbol of "deceiving and righteous justice", which isn't really justice at all.
    The more injustice they practice and the more people join the revolutionaries, will bring the marines of real justice closer to opposing their actually unjust leaders.
    In the end I have no doubt that a big part of the marines will turn on the world government, because most of them joined the marines to become a part of the fair and just protectors of the world that they thought the marines and WG were, and not an enforcer of the dictatorship the WG is actually leading.
    Kuzan is a good example. Smoker is also having his doubts, and Akainu is getting increasingly frustrated with the WG.
    Additionally, since Coby is basically Luffy as a marine, he will probably be a catalyst for change in the marines, just like Luffy will be for pirates (just like Roger).

  29. Have you made a video on Blackbeard yet? I would love to hear something from you about his function in the story as Luffy‘s evil counterpart.

  30. Akainu = Absolute Justice
    Aokiji = Lazy Justice
    Kizaru = Reckless Justice
    Fujitora = Blind Justice (right is right, wrong is wrong)
    CP = Forced Justice

  31. I'd personally would choose the Nome' de gar of "Frosted lantern" his work as a marine has forced him to have a cold shell that holds inside of him a warmth and light that refuses to be caged by the cold.

  32. You should do a charecter analysis on Hordy Jones.

    As a villain he's lackluster but a charecter study he's actually intresting such as being empty hatred incarnate.

  33. The revolutionary army is a terrorist organization led by their terrorist leader dragon. His son monkey d kuffy is a terrorist too. His radical crew comitted a terrorist attack on the sabaodi Archipel. They were kicked out by the army of the government

  34. The way Ohara dude is explaining things, Oda himself would be surprised to know about his character's true nature. Just wow… OHARA. Keep up the good work, Good Job.

  35. wtf. 27k viewers? I remember when I found your channel around 100 viewers. Couldn't believe how great ur content was with such low viewers.

    Edit: What I am trying to say is keep up the great work man. Great things to come.

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