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"The Way of the Prawn" is the sixth episode from season three of Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness.



Over Po's objections, Shifu calls in a noble Samurai prawn to help take down a villain from Japan.[1]



Kira facing Po

Po and Crane are helping escort the imperial payroll through a bamboo thicket as a precaution against an unknown bandit. The assailant soon strikes and steals the gold with rapid speed, and then reveals himself to be a clam. Po is unable to take this tiny warrior, Kira Kozu of the Kozumoto Clam Clan, seriously, but is easily bested by the much smaller fighter. Po's ego is left bruised, particularly as the villagers, the Panda Pals, and other members of the Furious Five mock him.

Shifu reveals that Kira is from Japan, and that his homeland is sending someone to help stop him. The envoy is revealed to be Master Yijiro of the Clan Shida, a prawn whom Po quickly underestimates as he did Kira. Insulted, Yijiro draws his sword and attacks, defeating Po as easily as Kira. He cites Po's overconfidence as his failing, and his skill leaves Tigress smitten with him.

Yijiro then explains that he and Kira were once allies, until Kira went rogue and sought to conquer Japan with an army of mercenaries. He was defeated, but escaped to China and now seeks to form a new army. Yijiro sets out to find Kira's stronghold while Shifu rallies the Imperial Army. Po, who is eager to settle his score with Kira, is denied the opportunity to accompany the prawn, who takes Tigress and Crane with him.

As Kira recruits mercenary fighters, Po sneaks after Yijiro's party, and the panda continues to doubt the prawn's methods as a warrior. Yijiro presents Tigress with a bandana, triggering a fantasy in which she fights alongside him. However, Po then reveals himself, and Yijiro surprisingly decides to allow him to stay. He then sets out to instruct Po in the art of bushido, which demands that he let go of his ego and focus on the task at hand.

After some struggle, Po manages to briefly attain the same level of speed and concentration as the Japanese warriors, but is bested after he starts to focus on himself again. The four warriors then find Kira's base and his forces, and Po rushes in to attack in defiance of Yijiro's counsel. As Yijiro faces of with Kira, Po and the others battle his army, until Po interferes in an attempt to take revenge. Kira attempts to crush them both with a rock, but Yijiro knocks Po out of the way and is carried off a nearby cliff by the rolling boulder.

The Jade Palace masters retreat despite Tigress' desire to avenge Yijiro, and Kira begins to lead his forces in an attack. Crane set off to warn the Valley of Peace while Tigress prepares to face the army alone. However, Po knocks her unconscious and goes himself, determined to make amends for failing Yijiro. He soon goads Kira into fighting him again, and manages to keep him occupied long enough for the Imperial Army to arrive.

Surprisingly, Yijiro appears at the head of the army, having survived his fall and joined up with the Chinese force. He is then injured by Kira, and exhorts Po to oface the clam on his behalf. At last finding the strength of will to forget himself, Po is able to best him, with Yijiro striking a shell-splitting blow. Tigress then arrives and is overjoyed by Yijiro's survival, and the two later bid each other farewell at the Jade Palace. Shifu offers Yijiro a scroll, but the prawn offers it to Po in turn before returning home with the caged Kira.

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  • Although this episode aired during season three of the series, it is production-wise from season two, as shown by its production code number (290).




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[Yijiro swings his sword at Po several times, but appears to have missed.]
Po: “Ha ha! You missed me! Pretty lousy swordsmanship.
Yijiro: “Wait for it, panda-san...
[A moment later, Po's pants fall down. He shrieks and covers his privates.]
Po: “Drafty!
—While sparring

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Legends of Awesomeness Season 3 episodes
No. in series No. in season Title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod. code
53 1 "Shifu's Ex" Aaron Hammersley Gene Grillo June 24, 2013 218
54 2 "War of the Noodles" Lane Lueras Doug Langdale June 25, 2013 305
55 3 "The Break Up" Lane Lueras Katie Mattila June 26, 2013 208
56 4 "Mind Over Manners" Aaron Hammersley Kevin Campbell June 27, 2013 304
57 5 "A Thousand and Twenty Questions" Lane Lueras Brandon Sawyer June 28, 2013 302
58 6 "The Way of the Prawn" Michael Mullen Gene Grillo July 1, 2013 306
59 7 "Mouth Off" Aaron Hammersley Doug Langdale July 2, 2013 307
60 8 "Serpent's Tooth" Lane Lueras Gene Grillo July 3, 2013 308
61 9 "The Goosefather" Michael Mullen Katie Mattila January 11, 2014 309
62 10 "Po Picks a Pocket" Lane Lueras Gene Grillo January 26, 2014 310
63 11 "Croc You Like a Hurricane" Aaron Hammersley Doug Langdale February 2, 2014 311
64 12 "Crazy Little Ling Called Love" Aaron Hammersley, Luther McLaurin Doug Langdale February 9, 2014 319
65 13 "Kung Fu Club" Lane Lueras Gene Grillo February 16, 2014 314
66 14 "The Hunger Game" Michael Mullen John P. McCann February 23, 2014 315
67 15 "A Stitch in Time" Aaron Hammersley, Luther McLaurin Doug Langdale March 2, 2014 316
68 16 "Eternal Chord" Lane Lueras Gene Grillo June 8, 2014 317
69 17 "Apocalypse Yao" Michael Mullen Doug Langdale June 15, 2014 318
70 18 "The Real Dragon Warrior" Lane Lueras Allan Rice June 22, 2014 320
71 19 "Youth in Re-Volt" Aaron Hammersley Doug Langdale February 15, 2016 322
72 20 "Forsaken and Furious" Lane Lueras Gene Grillo February 16, 2016 326
73 21 "Po the Croc" Aaron Hammersley Doug Langdale February 17, 2016 328
74 22 "Camp Ping" Michael Mullen Gene Grillo February 18, 2016 327
75 23 "Goose Chase" Michael Mullen Doug Langdale February 19, 2016 324
76 24 "The First Five" Michael Mullen Gene Grillo June 8, 2016 321
77 25 "See No Weevil" Lane Lueras Gene Grillo June 15, 2016 323
78 26 "Face Full of Fear" Aaron Hammersley Allan Rice June 22, 2016 325
79 27 "Emperors Rule (Part 1)" Michael Mullen, Aaron Hammersley Doug Langdale, Gene Grillo June 29, 2016 312
80 28 "Emperors Rule (Part 2)" Michael Mullen, Aaron Hammersley Doug Langdale, Gene Grillo June 29, 2016 313
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