In my last review of One Piece I predicted that “Kid, Luffy, and Law will become official Emperors.” In One Piece Chapter 1053 the government loses control of the narrative as Morgans Newspaper scoops them and releases news before they can be stopped. Morgans claims that “Cipher Pol’s transmission from Wano broke off right after they spotted Big Mom’s ship,” suggesting he has them bugged. Regardless, he won’t allow the worlds “propaganda” to become the main story. The people learn that Big Mom and Kaido were both defeated and that Luffy, Law, and Kid are responsible. As a result, the government issues Law, Luffy, and Kid the identical bounty of 3 Billion.
While everyone continues to party, Nico Robin meets Kozuki Sukiyaki (Oden’s father) in the basement of the castle. The former shogun of Wano, Kozuki is ashamed of himself and can’t bare to face Momo. Robin informs him that the Ancient weapon Pluton is “somewhere in Wano.” Elsewhere, we finally see Ryokugyu in action (briefly). He impales the Beast Prates with wood, seemingly defeating King and Queen without much effort. His Devil Fruit abilities seem to include all manner of plant life and he can absorb liquid through his wooden branches. Ryokugyu wants to impress Sakazuki, claiming that he “digs his style,” and is “itching to get his approval.”
This is bad. At least for pirates as Sakazuki is brutal and has questionable ethics. His goal is to take Luffy’s head. He walks towards the celebration as everyone parties. I doubt there will be another fight so close to last one, so someone is likely to interfere. I would guess Drake or one of the Numbers. Finally, the new Four Emperors are revealed, Red-Haired Shanks, Blackbeard, Straw Hat Luffy, and The Bombastic Clown Buggy.
The first three are givens, but BUGGY. I’ve never like this character and I find the fact that he falls ass backwards into power irritating. Buggy has always been at the right place at the right time and has managed to gain from other pirates exploits. I’m not sure what he did to reach Yonko level but it’s unlikely he actually responsible. When we last saw Buggy he was being chased in Chapter 956 by the Marines after the dissolution of the seven warlords system. I’m now more curious what happened. One Piece is infamous for not depicting what happens off page but hopefully we’ll get some information.
After Luffy defeats Kiado, Nekomamushi announces the result. In One Piece Chapter 1052, The CP0 agent informs the Five Elders of two major developments. First, Nika as they feared has emerged and second, both Kiado and Big Mom have been defeated. An Elder notes that with the borders remaining closed an “invasion will be thwarted”. The World Government still wants Nico Robin captured. At the Onigashima castle, X Drake and Basil Hawkins discuss the later working for Kaido. Hawkins claims that he was afraid of the consequences if he refused to join Kaido. However, he acknowledges that Eustass Kid and Killer both resisted despite likely dying. He collapses after revealing that he was the “certain man” with the “one percent chance of surviving.”
We get confirmation from Kawamatsu that Ashura Doji and Izou died. Luffy and Zoro wake, fully healed. The citizens decide to celebrate the return of the Kozuki Family, while Franky and Usopp repair the ships. Scratchmen Apoo arrives being carried by Inbi and he brings a copy of the day’s Newspaper with the headline “New Emperors of the Sea”. After every arc we get to see the reaction of the other characters and the new bounties of the Strawhat’s. I expect Luffy will get the largest bounty increase especially after the threat the Five Elder’s claim Nika is, plus he defeated Kiado of all people. His current bounty is 1.5 billion. Kid and Law should also see an increase and with that headline there’s likely new Yonko. Luffy was already granted the unofficial title of the “Fifth Emperor” after the Whole Cake Island Arc.
Admiral Ryokugyu arrives at Wano
My best guess is that Kid, Luffy, and Law will become official Emperors. Other than the bounties, the most interesting part of the chapter is the arrival of Admiral Ryokugyu. The character has been shrouded in mystery since his introduction in chapter 905. Like most Admiral’s he wears the typical Marine coat. What is most striking about him (so far) is his personality. He’s laid-back or lazy. He refused the orders of Sakazuki to “expel Fujitora from Mary Geoise,” because he thought it was too much trouble for him. His power can be assumed based on his position as an Admiral. However, in chapter 1052, he’s seen flying towards Wano with a flower growing from his back. Despite Sakazuki’s warning, I think Ryokugyu is going to create some trouble. I’m excited to see what he can do.
In One Piece Chapter 1044, one of the Five Elders mentions that “there is no power more ridiculous” than Hito Hito no Mi, Model: Nika. He wasn’t kidding. When Luffy reaches Gear 5, he becomes more energetic, constantly bouncing around. It reminded me of the old Saturday morning cartoons (Looney Toons) from my childhood. Luffy grabs Kiado and swings him around, repeatedly bashing him into the ground as he inflates, grins, and laughs. Many of the characters eye bulge out of their sockets (also like the cartoons). One Piece Chapter 1045 almost felt like a completely different series. However, the absurdity of Joy Boy’s powers felt appropriate for Luffy’s personality.
Awakening the Gomu Gomu no Mi
It was mentioned earlier in the series by Donquixote Doflamingo that one can reach another “stage” of their Devil Fruit abilities. This occurs rarely but bestows more power on the user. It’s not made clear what exactly triggers this transformation but reaching a moment of near death may be one. Without fully mastering their awakened abilities the user will exhaust their stamina quickly. Furthermore, the user can “spread their power beyond their own body and transform or alter the properties of the material around them to match the nature of their Devil Fruit power, as well as manipulate the transformed material in any way they desire.” This effect allows the user to “to transform the environment from afar, as well as control it with just their mind,” whereas, unawaken Devil Fruit users must “touch what they wish to transform, and often requires bodily movement to be controlled.”
So far the only Devil Fruit user to have awakened their abilities are five Zoan types: Luffy, Minotaurus, Minokoala, Minorhinoceros, and Minozebra. Four Paramecia types have also awakened: Doflamingo, Katakuri, Law, and Kid. It seems like awaken doesn’t occur with the Logia type and is a way to increase the abilities of some Zoan and Paramecia abilities to that of Logia. It should be noted that Kid and Law both used their “awaken” abilities during their fight with Big Mom. Law’s Kroom allows him to “adhere a miniature room to his weapons, which then gain the ability to extend as far as he desires, harmlessly bypass anything solid and directly operate on the insides of whatever they may phase through,” he also can use R-Room to “create and throw a room on a particular object and dictate a specific effect to take place in it.” Kid’s Assign ability allows him to turn anything he touches into magnet. By assigning one of the two poles, he can use the magnetic polarity to force objects to crash into one another.
Listen up, hatchling. Devil Fruit abilities have a whole other stage to them. It’s called “Awakening”! Very rarely, an ability will “awaken”, and begin to affect things other than the user’s own body!
Kiado notes that Luffy’s transformation is a hallmark of the Zoan Devil Fruit. He attempts to bite Luffy but it backfires as Luffy bounces around inside Kaido. Luffy is able to transfers his rubber qualities to Kaido’s body as well. When Luffy sees two light he grabs at them, pushes through them, and then latching on to Kiado’s nose pulling himself out. It looks painful but because Kaido’s body is rubber it doesn’t appear to do much damage. Luffy them enlarges himself using Gomu Gomu no Gigant and as a giant manhandles Kaido, using the Yonko as a jump rope. Luffy deflates and ages after exhausting himself Kaido promises that after his “death” he will make sure Luffy’s story get told. Unwilling to die just yet, Luffy pushes himself once again while remembering Pedro, Kinemon, and Momo.
As Kaido attacks with his Hassaikai, Luffy appears to be impervious to damage but not pain. He then bounces off the environment eventually launching into Kaido. Confused by his new appearance and fighting style, Kaido is unable to avoid Luffy’s punch that goes through his head knocking him to the ground. Luffy’s new powers seems to not only alter his opponents body but mental disorients them with confusion.
Sun God Luffy
Sun God Nika was first mentioned by Who’s-Who, the former CP9 agent that was responsible for losing the Gomu Gomu no Mi Devil Fruit to Lucky Roux. He claims that he heard the rumor of the warrior from a guard while in jail. Nika was a liberator, rescuing slavery from their bondage. In Chapter 1044, one of the Five Elders mentions that the Hito Hito no Mi, Model is named “after” a God. Early in the series during the Skypie arc, specifically chapter 287 page 15, a “God of the Sun” is mentioned along with a “God of Rain”, “God of the Earth”, and “God of the Forest”.
I don’t think Luffy is a God. But I do think that the Gomu Gomu no Mi Devil Fruit was used by this Nika. He likely inspired people to worship him for his amazing abilities especially after awakening them. One of the Elders mentions that the World Government has been trying to “recover” the Devil Fruit for “800 years.” A more superstitious society would probably assume a Devil Fruit user was a God rather than a human with powers from a fruit. Regardless, Oda subtlety weaving the hints at Luffy’s awakening all these years is brilliant. Otherwise it would have felt like an asspull to make Luffy stronger. The Elders are right, the power is ridiculous and I love that.
Joy Boy was apparently a historic figure the lived back during the Void Century. He was first introduced in One Piece after Nico Robin read the Ryugu Poneglyph at the Sea Forest. Kozuki Oden believed Joy Boy would reappear 900 years after his initial appearance. Joy Boy is also responsible for the treasure known as One Piece. Not much is known about Joy Boy, however, the message he left on the Poneglyph suggests he had regretted failing to maintain his promise to Fish-Man Island. He attempted and failed to raise Noah, the massive arc known as the “ship of promise”. It’s not clear why Joy Boy wanted to raise the ship, but the civilians Fish-Man Island promised to keep the ship safe until it can be raised.
During the Fish-Man Island Arc, Vander Decken “threw” the entire ship at Shirahoshi using his Mato Mato no Mi abilities. I should note that Decken didn’t actually lift the ship but only needed to touch it to send it flying. The danger the ship presented forced Luffy to attempt to destroy it using his Elephant Gatling. Eventually Noah was stopped by a group of Sea Kings. Still Luffy damaged the ship. The Sea Kings took the ship to Sea Forest for repairs, stating that “the time for Noah’s mission was almost here”. At some point in his journey, Joy Boy became acquainted with Zunesha, a Naitamie-Norida Elephant, that walks continually with the island of Zou on it’s back.
Kaido defeats Luffy, again
Zunesha apparently is being punished for a past crime, sentenced to walk around without stopping. Miyagi speculates that “Zunesha is not walking aimlessly and may, in fact, be looking for a certain location”. Like Joy Boy there’s not much known about Zunesha. During the Wano Arc, Zunesha reached the waters of Wano Country. Through the “voice of all things“, Zunesha spoke to Momonosuke, telling him that it’s prepared “to fight under his command”. One Piece Chapter 1043 concludes the second fight between Kaido and Luffy, with the later losing again. Kaido is upset that his victory over Luffy came after the interference of the CP0 agent. After knocking Luffy unconscious, he asks the agent if he’s “prepared to face the consequences for his actions”. Kaido then strike him with his Hassaikai, as the CP0 agent does nothing.
Momonosuke can’t hear Luffy’s voice anymore and Kiado confirms that “Luffy is dead”. He wants Momonosuke to surrender, which the young warrior considers after Luffy’s defeat. While the Beasts Pirates cheer, the samurai and the rest of the allies despair. Of course Luffy isn’t dead but it’s concerning how he fails to defeat Kaido. The Yonko reveals how little he cares for the people of Wano, declaring them “slaves”, he only sees as sources of “cheap, free, and replaceable labor”. As Momonosuke considers giving up, Yamato challenges him. It might stop the war now but everyone would die as Kaido’s slaves. She reminds him of the decades of fighting that lead to this moment. Yamato would rather die than become a slave. Momonosuke is inspired by her words and decide to continue to fight. Suddenly, Zunesha speaks to Momonosuke, telling him it can hear the “Drums of Liberation”. Zunesha claims that this means “Joy Boy has returned,” as Luffy starts to smile with a weird substance covering him.
Chapter 1042 of One Piece begins with X Drake stabbing the CP0 agent. The agent is surprise Drake’s interfering who responds that “he follows his own justice.” The agent uses Shigan to break free and puncture a hole in Drake’s throat. On the rooftop of Onigashima, Luffy and Kiado continue to fight. Kaido is having difficulty tracking Luffy’s punches as his punches alter there trajectory. On top of that Luffy’s attacks hurt.
Kaido, still drunk, transforms several times to try to avoid more damage. He enters his full dragon form and even “eats” Luffy. Kaido takes Luffy into the air, opens his mouth, and fires a Bolo Breath at Luffy. Strawhat avoids the attack and prepares to use the last of his Gear Fourth. He lands a devastating blow against Kaido with his Gomu Gomu no: Over Kong Gun. Luffy rushes to get another strike against Kaido before he runs out of strength but Kaido recovers first and hits him with another Thunder Bagua. Suddenly, the Cipher Pol Aigis Zero (CP0) from before interferes in the fight. Previously the agent was told that Gorousei gave them the order to “eliminate Straw Hat Luffy to prevent him from defeating Kaido.” Using Iron Body he distract Luffy, leaving him open to being hit by Kiado.
Jujutsu Kaisen Chapter 177
Sendai Colony, Part 4
Ryu Ishigori and Yuta Okkotsu begin their fight, with Ryu displaying his mastery of curse energy. Ryu claims that he’s been left “unsatisfied” and he hopes Yuta can solve this problem. Yuta and Ryu’s fight is explosive. The sorcerers clash with a barrage of punches. Yuta is repelled by Ryu’s attack sending him flying through the air and through the top of a nearby roof. Ryu then attacks with Granite Blast which Yuta deflects barehanded. With Ryu caught off guard, Yuta manages to strike him with a punch. However, Ryu deflects this with ease.
Vulnerable in the air once again, Yuta is attacked from behind by Takako Uro. She explains that she doesn’t “hit the person, but the surface of the sky.” She can hit her opponent when she “breaks” that surface. Uro uses Thin Ice Breaker, once again sending Yuta flying into a building. Pissed she’s interfering in his fight, Ryu attacks her with Granite Blast but Uro rotates the sky around her and reflects the blast at Ryu. Yuta returns. Ryu deduces that he’s used Reverse cursed Technique “each time he, Uro, and Kurourushi use their big moves,” causing him to be “bottoming out.” With little option Yuta calls Rika.
My Hero Academia Chapter 346
Super Hyper Unfair Broken Stage
Dynamight, Suneater, Nejire Chan, Edgeshot, Best Jeanist, and Mirko prepare to battle Tomura Shigaraki on the newly constructed floating U.A. fortress. The original intent was to have Deku there as well, but without him they’ll have to make due. Shigaraki realizes that he’s the only villain in the floating sky. He tries to use his Decay quirk to attack the heroes but he’s blasted into the air and knocked into an electromagnetic barrier. Best Jeanist grabs “carbon fibers” and returns Tomura back to the battlefield. Jeanist explains that “no matter how superhuman he may be, a strong enough current will cause his body to stiffen up momentarily, giving them just enough time to react.”
The heroes don’t have the power that Shigaraki possess so they need to be smarter. The fortress is designed to be Tomura’s “coffin in the sky,” with the Development Class repairing the battlefield as Tomura destroys it, Creati making new parts, and the combination of Phantom Thief, Eraser Head, and Manual “erasing” Tomura’s Quirks, U. A. has created a detailed counter to Tomura’s many abilities. However, Tomura’s left hand begins to transform into a bunch of fingers. With his body nearly complete Tomura might still be too much to deal with.
Neito Monoma (Phantom Thief) is really having a moment. He’s the most irritating character but his Quirk is useful. The heroes wouldn’t have much of a change without him. However, it also makes him a target and I don’t think it will end well for him. With this being the final arc of the series I’m expecting a number of deaths, Neito might be sacrificed. I hope they let other characters shine instead of leaving everything to Bakugo, Deku, and Todoroki. It already appears like the top ranked heroes, Endeavor, Mirio, and Best Jeanist are going to have important roles in this battle. U. A. has step up a powerful team against Tomura, so far this arc is starting off well.