Kunie Tanaka, actor who inspired Kizaru from One Piece, passed away at age 88

Being one of Japan’s most talented actors and known among One Piece fans for inspiring Admiral Kizaru, Kunie Tanaka passed away at the age of 88. The news was shared by his family, stating that on March 24 the actor died of natural causes (via japantimes).

But besides being the main inspiration of Eiichiro Oda to build the look of Kizaru, Tanaka had a long successful career, having worked in Sanjuro, 1967 film directed by Akira Kurosawa, and received in 1994 the Japan Academy Film Prize as best supporting actor, for his role in A Class to Remember.

In case you are not familiar, Oda has previously revealed that he inspired each of the One Piece Admirals in a Japanese actor. So, Yusaku Matsuda is the inspiration for Aokiji, Bunta Sugawara for Akainu, Shintaro Katsu to Fujitora and finally Kunie Tanaka for Kizaru.

As for the Vice Admirals, some also received this same tribute, as is the case with Momousagi, who was inspired by the actress Michiyo Kogure, and Chaton, who had his look based on the actor Kiyoshi Atsumi.

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