Kenzo

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Kenzo is a character in Spirit Tracks.[3]

Biography

Kenzo is an expert craftsman who specializes in bridge-building and lives alone in isolated abode within the Snow Realm, known as the Bridge Worker's Home.[4] When Link obtains the Ocean Rail Map and journeys to the Ocean Realm, he finds that the bridge to the Realm has fallen under dilapidation and is in need of immediate repair if he is to continue his adventure.[5] At the nearby Trading Post, Linebeck III mentions a bridge worker from the Snow Realm,[1] and suggests that Link ferry him to the broken bridge for their mutual benefit.[6] Link locates Kenzo at his home and informs him of the job, which he readily accepts, implying that he has personal history with Linebeck.[7]

On his way back to the Spirit Train, Link encounters Ferrus just outside the Bridge Worker's Home, who warns the young engineer that Kenzo is especially fussy about following the rules of the tracks.[8] As Kenzo is Link's first Passenger aboard the Spirit Train, this serves as instructions on how to properly transport Passengers and keep them from disembarking the train.

Back at the Trading Post, Kenzo surveys the damage and agrees to fix the bridge,[9] for a steep fee of 5,000 Rupees, a price that includes previous debts that Linebeck III apparently owes the bridge worker.[10] Linebeck III's plan to cover the bill is to have Link locate the Regal Ring, a secret Treasure buried by his grandfather, Linebeck Senior, supposedly valued at 8,000 Rupees. Just as Link returns with the Treasure in hand, Kenzo finishes his work,[11] and takes the Regal Ring for himself as payment, pocketing the 3,000-Rupee difference.[12]

Some time later, the Anouki of Anouki Village plan to erect a wooden fence as part of their "neighborhood watch" mission to keep so-called "monsters" out,[13] and require the aid of a handyman.[14] Link can return to the Trading Post to find Kenzo, who is looking for a change of scenery.[15] When Link mentions the job in Anouki Village, Kenzo initially resists the idea of building something other than a bridge,[16] but quickly changes his mind and agrees to the job after inferring that a "true craftsman" can build any structure.[17] After another trip on the Spirit Train, Kenzo arrives invigorated and ready to work,[18] so long as there is sufficient Lumber for him to work with.[19] However, Kenzo is never shown to actually complete the structure, and works away at it for the remainder of the game.[20]

Trivia

  • Kenzo strongly resembles Gazpacho from Phantom Hourglass, implying that he may be a descendant. This is further supported by the fact that he has a portrait of Gazpacho in his house.
  • Kenzo is apparently a union member. He implies this when Link has a Freight Car with which to transport Lumber, but nonetheless takes him to Anouki Village without any Lumber to work with, by mentioning that the "union handbook" instructs him to keep his hands warm.[21]

Nomenclature

Names in Other Regions
LanguageNamesMeanings
Japan
Japanese
ケンゾウ (Kenzō)[23] 
Canada
FrenchCA
Latraverse[24] 
The French Republic
FrenchEU
Tomar[25] 
The Italian Republic
Italian
Pontaldo[22]"Ponte" (bridge) + "Aldo" (Al)
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Gallery

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 "But I agree that the bridge is a sad mess. The huge storms we had really did a number on it. I was going to call a bridge worker I know in the Snow Realm to fix the mess. But with the Spirit Tracks vanishing, I've got bigger fish to fry. See, I deal with merchants all over the world, and I can't get anywhere now! Wait... You're an engineer, aren't you? Well, that's just perfect! Go fetch that bridge worker so we can both get on with our business. Sounds good?" — Linebeck III (Spirit Tracks)
  2. "Can you believe he just took off with that ring? It's worth almost double what I owed!" — Linebeck III (Spirit Tracks)
  3. Encyclopedia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 288
  4. "See, I'm a bridge worker, carpenter, and craftsman, so I know all about work. If ya need a bridge, I'm your guy. I'll travel to any place that needs a bridge. It's called bein' a professional!" — Kenzo (Spirit Tracks)
  5. "We can't make it over that broken bridge... Now how are we supposed to get to the new realm?" — Princess Zelda (Spirit Tracks)
  6. "Wait... You're an engineer, aren't you? Well, that's just perfect! Go fetch that bridge worker so we can both get on with our business." — Linebeck III (Spirit Tracks)
  7. "What? Ya want me to fix the bridge? ...All right, let me at it! I got somethin' to tell that Linebeck anyhow." — Kenzo (Spirit Tracks)
  8. "Oh, but you should know that the bridge worker is super-mega fussy. If you don't blow your whistle when the signs say so... Or if you don't follow the signs telling you to speed up or slow down... Or if you don't stop right at the platform... Or if you get hit by an enemy while you're traveling... He'll jump off the train and yell at you till he's blue in the face." — Ferrus (Spirit Tracks)
  9. "Hmm, yep, this bridge got a number done on it. It's not beyond fixin', though." — Kenzo (Spirit Tracks)
  10. "Course, course. Just leave it to me! Shouldn't be a problem. Assumin', of course, that you've got my repair fee on hand. Ya do, right? Ya also still owe me for the work I did on your house. So along with the bridge... Hmm, I'd say 5,000 Rupees oughta cover the bill nicely!" — Kenzo (Spirit Tracks)
  11. "Just came by to let ya know the bridge is all patched up." — Kenzo (Spirit Tracks)
  12. "Sure is! And now that the work's done, I'll take that ring as payment! So this little doodad's worth 8,000 Rupees? Coulda fooled me. Still, it beats takin' another IOU!" — Kenzo (Spirit Tracks)
  13. "Take a look, pal. We're thinkin' about buildin' a fence to keep monsters out." — Honcho (Spirit Tracks)
  14. "Hey there, little guy! I know we don't got any lumber around these parts. And...we don't really got anyone with the know-how to build a fence. So, listen... Do ya think ya can bring us both lumber and a handyman? We'd be eternally grateful, guy!" — Yeko (Spirit Tracks)
  15. "Well, whaddaya think? The bridge hasn't fallen down yet! Not too shabby, eh? But this place is kind of a bore for a cosmopolitan fella like myself. Actually, I'm thinkin' of headin' somewhere new..." — Kenzo (Spirit Tracks)
  16. "What?! They're lookin' for someone to build a fence in Anouki Village? What does that have to do with me? I'm the BRIDGE worker! Got that? BRIDGE! Ya think I want to build some ugly old fence?!" — Kenzo (Spirit Tracks)
  17. "What's that ya say? A true craftsman can build anything he wants to? Hmm... I think I know more about what a craftsman can do than you do, kid! Still, maybe ya got a point there... Tell ya what! I'll build that fence after all! We can go right now!" — Kenzo (Spirit Tracks)
  18. "What? We're here already? Your driving was so smooth that the trip just flew by! I'm rested and ready to tackle the work. Off I go!" — Kenzo (Spirit Tracks)
  19. "Ya don't have any lumber? But that's the key ingredient!" — Kenzo (Spirit Tracks)
  20. "Eh? What do you mean, "no progress?!" See, that's why projects like this are tough! Can't ya see? The base is the most important! Ya can't just throw it together! If I leave this for later, the end product is gonna be completely off! It's the details that make a true craftsman! And I been at this my whole life! If ya understand, then get outta my hair and let me get back to work!" — Kenzo (Spirit Tracks)
  21. "It's f-f-freezin' here, kid! Hurry up and bring the lumber already! My hands are too numb to do a thing! I'll just warm up my hands so I can start as soon as ya bring the materials. It's in the union handbook." — Kenzo (Spirit Tracks)
  22. "Pontaldo! Finalmente hai cacciato fuori il tuo brutto muso!" — Linebeck III (Spirit Tracks)
  23. Hyrule Encyclopedia, Tokuma Shoten Publishing Co., Ltd., pg. 286 (ST)
  24. "Je voulais faire venir Latraverse, le constructeur de ponts, pour y voir. Mais, il vit dans la contrée des neiges et les voies ferrées ont disparu." — Linebeck III (Spirit Tracks)
  25. "Je voulais faire venir Tomar, un artisan qui vit dans la contrée des neiges." — Linebeck III (Spirit Tracks)