The World Government is on the move, not only after the Reverie but also during the Five Wise Men's decisions to carry out the will of the enigmatic Im-Sama. Im-Sama, the being who can sit on the Empty Throne and holds the most significant role in the world of ONE PIECE, remains shrouded in mystery, appearing only as a black silhouette.
Unraveling Im-Sama's Origins and Speech Pattern
Im-Sama's origins are still unknown, but recent chapters shed some light on this character. Observant readers who analyze the text in Japanese have gleaned information, including an intriguing aspect of Im-Sama's speech pattern. Im-Sama refers to themselves in the third person, using the name "Mu". In Japanese, the name used is "イム" (Imu), where イ means "I" and ム means "Mu".
However, the shadowy ruler does not use the complete name イム while speaking, opting for ム instead. This self-referring speech pattern is primarily used by young Japanese children in preschool or early elementary school, suggesting that Im-Sama may indeed be a child.
The Significance of "Mu" and the Connection to Emptiness
The term "mu" can be one of the readings for the word "vuoto" (emptiness). As suggested by the fan Pangea D Vinci, the term 無 (mu) implies the philosophical concept of emptiness, a state achieved by Buddha in Buddhism. Interestingly, part of Buddha's name is written with the kanji 仏, which unmistakably combines the katakana characters イ and ム.
This hints at a deeper meaning behind Eiichiro Oda's choice. The character's name could officially be Imu rather than Im, considering these considerations. Furthermore, it may be a connection to the Empty Throne, the Void Century, and Imu erasing themselves from history to rule.
Contemplating the Enigma of Im-Sama
What are your thoughts on the enigmatic character Im-Sama in ONE PIECE? The unique name and childlike way of speaking add to the intrigue surrounding this mysterious figure. Share your theories and join the discussion!
The first page of chapter 1085 is officially out. Imu refers to himself/herself as Mu (ムー), which gives us Japanese fans a somewhat *childish* impression. BTW, Mu is a mythical lost continent introduced by Augustus Le Plongeon, who identified the "Land of Mu" with Atlantis.🔔 https://t.co/9x2ZPIexM3— sandman (@sandman_AP) June 2, 2023
In Ch. 1085, Imu refers to himself as "Mu" [ムー]which is a nod to "Mu" [無] for "Nothingness" or "Emptiness" in a philosophical Sense.
I think it suggests that Imu (イム) has erased his own Existence, much like the Concept of Buddha (仏) in Buddhism, which... pic.twitter.com/6dr9GToXPs— PANGEA D VINCI 🧩🇯🇵 (@Pangea_Castle) June 2, 2023