Tuesday, December 21, 2010

nami ~ navigator "The Straw Hat Pirates'

Nami (ナミ), nicknamed "Cat Burglar" Nami (泥棒猫のナミ Dorobō Neko no Nami, renamed Nami the "Navigator" in the 4Kids dub), is the crew's 18-year-old navigator and thief. She has the ability to recognize and analyze even the slightest changes in the weather. She is also an excellent pickpocket. Her dream is to draw a complete map of the world. Throughout the series, Nami fights using a three-sectioned bo staff. Usopp later provides her with a version of this weapon capable of controlling weather, called the Clima-Takt (天候棒 Kurima Takuto, renamed "Climate Baton" in the English manga, and "Weather Forcer" in the 4Kids dub). Even later, Usopp augments the Clima-Takt with dials, making it more powerful. Nami's current bounty is 16,000,000 Berries. She is voiced by Akemi Okamura in the Japanese version of the franchise. In the English dubs, she is voiced by Kerry Williams for 4Kids, and by Luci Christian for Funimation.
Nami ranked in the Top 10 of all three Shōnen Jump character popularity polls. Her backstory has been found to be a "touching story" as it "unfolds with a lot of emotion" by Mania Entertainment writer, Jarred Pine. Pine also mentioned Nami was his favorite character from the series, and satisfied with how the manga showed her past. While reviewing the 8th DVD from Viz Media, Activeanime mentioned Nami is one of the best characters from the series as "She’s got guts, smarts, and can heft a mean punch when needed". Like Pined, Activeanime liked Nami's background and added that his "itty bitty heart went out to her". In the SPJA 2008, Nami was nominated in the category "Best Female Character".
When a reader asked Oda who Nami is in love with, Oda answered that there will not likely be any romance among the Straw Hat Pirates. Oda explained that he does not portray romance in One Piece as the series is a shōnen comic, and the young boys who read the comic are not interested in romance.

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