the voice of all things & haki

I just want to put this page up for now because I’ve been thinking about it just recently, and since it’s my blog I get to do stuff like this so I won’t forget. 😛

From the Wiki:
Haki is separated into three categories, or “colors”: Kenbunshoku Haki, which grants users a sixth sense of the world around them and limited precognitive abilities[16]; Busoshoku Haki, which allows the user to use their spirit as armor to defend against attacks or to make their own attacks more potent; and Haoshoku Haki, a rare type of Haki only one in a million can use which grants the user the ability to overpower the will of others.

Being able to hear the voice of all things is something Rayleigh very famously explains Roger was able to do. It’s easy to attribute this to Kenbunshoku (observational) type haki, which I won’t refute. But why haven’t other people displayed this ability? Why Luffy and why Roger?

What they share in common is their command of Haoshoku haki, or the King’s disposition. I don’t have a lot of evidence for this yet, but I hypothesize that the reason why Roger was able to decipher the Poneglyphs and write in the old script is because he could hear the voice of all things and had the ability to speak in all languages. Maybe the outpour of haki that causes people and animal alike to faint is in actuality a non-verbally communicated “mess with me and get destroyed.”

The Proof I Need:
– Does Boa communicate with her snake on a different level than others?
– Did Ace ever display this ability?
– Has anyone that we know with the King’s disposition been able to communicate with animals or people that spoke a different language with ease?

I’ll look in to this as I re-read a good amount of this series during winter break!

Pages/Chapters of Interest
Rayleigh Talks about Roger: http://www.mangareader.net/103-2614-7/one-piece/chapter-507.html
Zoro can hear the voice of water: http://www.mangafox.com/manga/one_piece/v44/c422/6.html
Bakaburg hears Merry, but then so does everyone else at her funeral: http://www.mangafox.com/manga/one_piece/v44/c430/8.html



11 thoughts on “the voice of all things & haki

  1. “Zoro can hear the voice of water”
    dont also forget, Zoro was able to ‘hear’ the voice of metals/swords during his major fight in Alabasta

    Posted by my pace (@ch_amnos) | February 16, 2012, 10:46 pm
    • I think Zoro hearing the voice of metal and swords and stuff was more of him getting more into the zone of a swordsman and understanding what it means to be able to cut through things with his blade. That’s why he could stop his blade from cutting through the leaf but he could effortlessly slice through metal when he was in sync with everything. I think he’s a badass and if anyone else is able to hear the voice of things, it would be Zoro but that would be more because I think he’s a demon or has a demon spirit of sorts. Asura is a great example of his power and so was the gorilla arms and other awesome stuff. Zoro, the demon of the santoryuu.

      Posted by Sid | February 18, 2012, 4:16 am
  2. Hey, what you said about Hancock and about Luffy with the large monsters and Surume is really getting me to thinking that King’s Disposition Haki can have a profound effect on living things in general and as we’ve seen, Luffy easily seems to communicate with larger creatures at the very least. Hancock can do it with Salome at the very least and considering Rayleigh said that your own willpower commands how well you can use Haki, I would assume that Luffy would have a naturally stronger ability to ‘hear all things’ and even somehow ‘communicate’ with them as he clearly did with the animals and hearing the Sea Kings as Roger did could have been an even more powerful version of this disposition that let’s him get more in tune and communicate using this disposition/influence. I know that it is 2 ways because the sea-kings were definitely aware that Luffy heard them speak and they knew that Roger could hear them as well and could understand both Luffy and Roger. We even saw Shanks scare away the first Sea-King (Lord of the Coast) and it seemed to almost understand what he was saying. That might be a simplistic approach to ‘hearing the voice of all things’ but it could also just be crazy enough to work for Oda. Then again, this is Oda we’re talking about and he could just go and be awesome and shock us even more than we would have ever expected.
    I even believe that Busoshoku haki and probably even Kenbunshoku Haki can be manipulated to a greater degree than has been seen. Rayleigh himself said that he was teaching Luffy the basics for those 2 years. We’ve seen hints of things and based on what I can see, Busoshoku haki is the most adaptable, with the ability to create a repulsive force to enhance attacks, even on weapons and other things and it can negate DF powers. Speaking of DF powers, I am strongly under the impression that Haki doesn’t just hold the power to negate DF abilities, but to enhance them in some way or be influenced by them at the very least. The first time I thought of this was when Luffy’s rubber vulcanised due to the Haki. That seems extremely precise of an occurrence to happen and seeing as haki is part of the person’s willpower and own personal resolve, it could be manifested through the person’s own body and abilities. Even when Whitebeard seems imbue his bisento with some kind of engulfing energy, it is said to be his haki but that was one of the first and only physical manifestations of Haki, although we previously see Shank’s ‘vigor’ (I assume his King’s Disposition Haki) to knock out some of Whitebeard’s crew while boarding his ship, but at the same time, some of the ship seems to be getting damaged and I can only attribute that to being a combination of the Hakis or something much more manipulated. If the energy around the bisento wasn’t haki, it would most likely be his DF quakes and that seems like something that could only happen through the manipulation of the DF power through haki.
    When Jozu first blocks Hawkeye’s immense slash at the start of the war, there seems to be the same sort of crackle of energy from the collision of the slash and diamond as we see when Luffy creams his first Pacifista. This makes me think Jozu was using his haki as well and used it in conjunction with his DF as well! We already know that Enel can use his DF ability to significantly enhance his mantra/haki so it just seems to me that DFs and haki can be intertwined much more than we know. This is probably because of the overall amount that it can be manipulated.
    Apologies for what is probably a disjointed post but I kept thinking of things as I wrote this.
    Thoughts please!

    Posted by Sid | February 21, 2012, 1:02 am
    • ok sid I’m so sorry but I just read this

      hancock & salome, yes
      i think the community is still not clear on the vulcanization of luffy (is it just oda’s new way of showing it being used?)

      but i totally see what you’re saying: haki & df do something entirely different than haki alone.. if dfruits alter a person’s wavelength, then it makes sense that haki can do the same thing! i don’t know that anybody could ever question it or prove it, though, which is why it’s hard to put in to words (as i’m sure you understand :P)

      Posted by nanallday | December 28, 2012, 4:35 pm
  3. One other thing I had meant to say about this was that because Roger was so good at ‘hearing the voice of things’ and, as I have implied in the other post, ‘communicating’ with these things, perhaps this was why he could both read the text on the Poneglyphs as well as somehow write in their language. As for how he was able to carve the words into indestructible stone, I can only assume that this was either through his Busoshoku haki or something much more advanced and unique to do with the Will of the D. I will elaborate more on this if I ever get all these thoughts in order. Roger is so much of a mystery! As is all of One Piece… It’s so wonderful.

    Posted by Sid | February 21, 2012, 1:06 am
  4. Another important candidate for the ability to hear the “voice of all things” would be Coby. In the War of the Best he said he could hear voices in his head disappearing one by one (anime episode 488). He was holding his head in agony, and seemed to be losing his mind. Awakening ability methinks?

    Posted by FAI | June 15, 2012, 6:40 am
    • yeah absolutely. coby is developing some crazy listening and he follows kuzan/aokiji’s sense of justice, making him pretty much a good guy.

      i wonder what’ll happen with him. i think he’s going to want to become a marine vice admiral/captain and be a captain by the time luffy is pk (and vadmiral/admiral by in some sort of epilogue) but i can’t help but think he’s gonna help luffy in some extremely important way (he already has, but again)

      Posted by nanallday | June 21, 2012, 7:58 am
  5. I want to correct the writer at a point he made,
    He said “Roger was able to decipher the Poneglyphs and write in the old script is because he could hear the voice of all things and had the ability to speak in all languages”
    At that point it wasn’t correct, Rayleigh told Robin that they had someone aboard the ship who could (which I suspect it was her mother, not sure)
    And you could check my point on the 13th or 14th season, when they meet up with Rayleigh at the bar.

    Posted by Dante | October 31, 2012, 7:53 pm
  6. Speaking of the voice of all things. This is why I like the translation kings haki over conquerors haki. Because kings have a responsibility to listen. Where as a conqueror. Doesn’t.

    Posted by Seth | March 22, 2013, 8:05 pm

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