One Piece Chapter 1016: Yami gets a powerup and Tama takes control

One Piece chapter 1016 cover
One Piece chapter 1016 cover

One Piece manga chapter 1016 utilizes CP-0 to update the audience on the battle. The unknown member of CP-0, says that “5,000 soldiers have been incapacitated, leaving the Beasts Pirates with 24,000 soldiers and the alliance with 3,000.” These numbers are complicated by the revolt of the Pleasures and Waiters against Queen. As a result, the Beast Pirates have lost 4,000 soldiers and the alliance gained them. CP-0 notes that “the disparity in manpower was shrinking . . . the battle constantly changes with new information.” I think this is the theme of this arc so far.

I have predicted Zeus will get his redemption arc. It appears I was correct. It’s confirmed that Zeus is inside the Clima-Tact. He explains when he was eaten, “his soul left his body,” and entered the Clima-Tact. Nami is happy about it. However, Zeus tells her that Big Mom is the only one who can remove him. Suddenly, they run into Bao Haung and Ulti. The latter charges at the Strawhat’s (Nami and Usopp). She grabs Tama from Usopp, blaming her for turning the Gifters against them. For those that may have forgotten, Tama’s devil fruit ability, Kibi Kibi no Mi grants her the power to “tame” animals with her “dango.”

Zeus defeats Ulti in One Piece Chapter 1016.
Zeus defeats Ulti

I am the Mighty Zeus

The Beast Pirates are part animals, as a result, they can be controlled by her if they eat a dango. Ulti begins choking Tama. Enraged, Nami swings her Clima-Tact at Ulti. Zeus increases its length and adds spikes. He tells Nami that he can “help” and she should use her baton like always. Zeus believes Ulti is still weak from Big Mom’s attack and a “lightning blast” would defeat her. Nami refuses because Tama is too close. Using his Special Attack: Green Star Sargasso, Usopp frees Tama, leaving Ulti vulnerable.

Zeus turns into a large black cloud and a lightning bolt strikes the ground. Ulti evades but Zeus claims it’s not over until he “hits the target.” Ulti collapses shocking Bao Haung. Ironically, she was excited to tell the soldiers that Momonosuke was dead, hoping to kill morale, instead she accidentally tells them the two Tobi Roppo were defeated. This does ruin morale, just for her side. Usopp incapacitates her with his Green Star Devil, giving Tama a chance to speak through her. Some of the Beast Pirates get excited hearing their master. Finally, Yamato prepares to stall Kaido until Luffy returns.

One Piece Chapter 1015: Luffy survives and Yamato seeks freedom

The Alliance stops giving up, as Kaido corners Momonosuke in One Piece Chapter 1015.
The Alliance stops giving up, as Kaido corners Momonosuke.

It turns out the voice Momonosuke heard was from Luffy. In One Piece Chapter 1015, “Chains,” the alliance starts to lose hope until Sanji and Momonosuke reignite them. Queen and Perospero are about to defeat Chopper and the alliance fighter on the Live Floor. Suddenly, Sanji appears and attacks Queen. Perospero fires off more arrows into the air, but the long neck of a transformed Queen spins after Sanji’s. This results in Queen inadvertently blocking the arrows and then striking Perospero. While I’m excited to Sanji step up, I was disappointed that Chopper was so ineffective (at least in battle.) Anyway, Zoro is in Choppers care now and Sanji is ready to fight.

I was wrong in my last review, Kin’emon didn’t use his Devil Fruit ability to save himself. He does buy time for Momonosuke, he’s ultimately stabbed in the back by Kaido. He remembers how difficult it was for him to pretend to be Momonosuke’s father. I had completely forgotten they presented themselves as father and son. It’s a bittersweet moment when you realize what was sacrificed. Momonosuke recognizes Luffy’s voice and delivers Luffy’s message. Luffy is “still alive and that he would make it back, so no matter how to hurt everyone is or if they have nothing left, they have to keep fighting.” The message has its intended impact, reinvigorating the alliance. However, Kaido finally corners Momonosuke and Shinobu. The shinobi uses her Ripe Ripe Jutsu to decay a piece of rock they were standing on.

Yamato prepares to cut the chains that bind them

The Heart Pirates find Luffy and Nami’s Clima-Tact has been transformed into a homie like Zeus. Finally, Yamato prepares to “cut the chains” binding them to Kaido. The Heart Pirates have saved Luffy before, but I’m not sure what they can do without Law. The fight between Yamato and Kaido has to last for long enough to grant Luffy time to recover. Sanji verses Queen could be interesting if the arc allows for a proper fight. So far everyone keeps getting interrupted. I wouldn’t trust that Clima-tact if I were Nami, Big Mom could have planted it. However, if it’s Zeus then this would be his moment to redeem himself. Speaking of Big Mom, Kid is going to need Law to help him, if they’re going to have a chance. Finally, what is Luffy’s new power and can he control it?

The Top 3 revelations from One Piece Manga Chapter 1009

“Naraku”

The Nine Red Scabbards decapitate Orochi in Chapter 1009 of One Piece.
The Nine Red Scabbards decapitate Orochi

Kurozumi Orochi’s has six more lives

We didn’t expect to see Orochi again after he was decapitated by Kiado. Well, he’s back and according to his Fukurokuju, he did die. So how is he alive, well that’s unknown. It does appear that Orochi had one fewer head. If this is accurate then he has seven, well six more lives remaining. He’s going to need them because he’s weak. Not only did Kiado kill him in one blow, but he also didn’t put up much of a fight against the notably weakened Nine Red Scabbards

Kiado and Big Mom’s alliance is going to be a problem

We were already prepared for the two Yonko to cause problems in One Piece, but seeing them fight together is giving us a glimpse of how much. The relationship between Kiado and Big Mom is complicated. Frenemies is probably the most appropriate. However, they fight together well. The pair combine their strength to attack Luffy, Zoro, Kid, Law, and Killer with Hakai. What feels like a casual assault from the two requires significant effort from Zoro. 

The Worst Generation will have to work together

When faced against two Yonko what can even the Worst Generation do? Their best hope is to separate the duo. Law’s Devil Fruit powers are ineffective against the Emperors. Teamwork is all they have. As Luffy battles Kiado head-on, Kid creates a metal box that Law uses to trap Zeus. Zoro cuts Prometheus into pieces using Homura Saki: Rokudo no Tsuji while Killer gets rid of Napolean. Big Mom strikes Kid, slamming him to the ground. Surprisingly, Kid seems fine and uses repel to send Big Mom into the air. Law throws a rock at her knocking her towards the sea. Without Zeus to help she’s helpless. 

One Piece Chapter 1007: Manga Recap and Review

Cover of One Piece chapter 1007 - Caesar giving penguin children gas-filled balloons.
Cover of One Piece chapter 1007

Chopper Saves the day

I have complained in the past that many of the characters outside of Zoro, Luffy, and Sanji aren’t getting much attention. I understand it’s difficult to balance such a large cast of characters, but Oda forgets the rest of the Strawhat crew. Chopper develops a counter virus to Queen’s Ice Oni disease. This arc had set the alliance against Kaido’s Beast pirates, who clearly out numbers them. I wondered how Oda would change that deficit. When Queen’s subordinates ask “why they have to suffer from his virus.” The All-Star berates them. Queen tells them to “shut up.” He explains that they “gambled” for power and “failed.” Queen says that they’re only useful dying. Oda uses this cruelty to justify the Beast Pirates switching sides.

Queen tries to turn the samurai against the Strawhat’s. He tells them that pirates are corrupt and Chopper will probably betray them. One Piece has blurred the boundaries between who we expect to be good or bad. Pirates in One Piece are neither good nor bad by default, their behavior determines the perception. Oda doesn’t fail at much, but I think he’s unsuccessful at establishing that Wano’s society thinks of Pirates. So when Queen says that “backstabbing is part of the pirate lifestyle,” I don’t think that anyone is going to believe it. The samurai don’t buy it. They’re certain in Chopper’s honesty and are not disappointed. Chopper cures Hyogoro of the Ice Oni and releases the antibodies into the air.

Enraged, Queen demands to know why Chopper would cure his subordinates. A doctor, Chopper believes that “viruses aren’t meant to be weaponized.” Queen attacks Chopper but is blocked by the Pleasures. They have sided with their savior, Chopper. Marco grabs Queen by the neck and Chopper transforms into his Monster Point form. He draws blood from Queen, as he reminds people he’s a “Tanuki.”

The Artificial Devil Fruit

The side story in this chapter focuses on Momonosuke. He feels unworthy of the praise he receives. Momonosuke considers himself to be weak. After he transforms into his dragon form, we pivot to the CP-0’s room. Here they discuss the Artificial Devil Fruit that was derived from Kaido’s DNA. The leader hopes they destroyed it. Momonosuke is still a child, so it’s unreasonable for him to think he should be stronger than he is. Regardless, considering the Artificial Devil Fruit was created by Vegapunk and taken from Kaido, it must be a powerhouse devil fruit. I’m curious what makes up a “failure” by Vegapunks standard. The ultimate shocker is the return of Kozuki Oden. I’m not buying Oden being alive, but you never know right.

One Piece Chapter 1000: Recap and Review

Luffy joins Law, Zoro, Killer, and Kid to face Yonko's Kaido and Big Mom in the milestone chapter 1000 of One Piece.
Luffy joins Law, Zoro, Killer, and Kid to face Yonko’s Kaido and Big Mom

Chapter 1000 – “Straw Hat Luffy”

One Piece chapter 1000 won’t be released until Jan 4th, 2021. However, those of us that don’t want to wait can find it on mangafreak now. Anyway, after over twenty years, 450 million copies sold, and 97 volumes One Piece has reached its 1000 chapter. I’ll admit I expected more from this chapter, but I’m not disappointed. On the fifth floor, the Inuarashi Musketeer Squad has cleared the way for Luffy to get to the roof. Shishilian tells Luffy that he’s never forgotten that Luffy risked his life for Raizo. Luffy heads upstairs. Elsewhere, Marco grapples King and Queen, as he throws Roronoa Zoro threw a hole in the roof. Yamato reveals more about Ace and Lord Oden’s journal to Momonosuke and Shinobu. She claims that the emergence of a “young and powerful” pirate generation was predicted decades ago.

In a flashback, Ace tells Yamato that Luffy “believes that he can achieve it.” It’s not made clear what he means, but I think we can all figure it out. According to Yamato, Oden described a future when the next generation leads a new era and defeats Kaido. As she says this, we see that Luffy has made it to the roof, joining Zoro, Trafalgar D. Law, Eustass Kid, and Killer. With Kaido and Big Mom standing side by side, Luffy walks between them. Kiado challenges Luffy to “say it one more time.” Luffy ignores him, going to Kin’emon. Bloody and defeated, the Nine Red Scabbards survive.

Kin’emon begs Luffy to “save Wano.” As Kaido prepares to attack Luffy, Law moves the Scabbards with his devil fruit ability. Kaido’s attack misses as Luffy dodges. Using his Gear Third Gomu Gomu no Red Rock, Luffyknocks Kiado to the ground. He proclaims that he is “Monkey D. Luffy” and he “will surpass them” and “become the King of the pirates.”

I don’t know if it will disappoint fans that this chapter didn’t feature a great deal of action, but I think it great chapter. From the first chapter, Luffy had always had the same dream, becoming pirate king. Oda does a wonderful job reminding us how far he’s come and that he’s never lost sight of this dream. Throughout the 1000 chapters of this series, Luffy has had sets backs and disappointments but always overcame them. However, Luffy still has obstacles to his pursuit, the Yonko. I didn’t think Luffy could defeat Kiado and Big Mom, so I it makes sense that Luffy will have support. The image of Kid, Killer, Law, Zoro, and Luffy standing together gave me chills.

This entire chapter had so many subtle elements. The mink tribe and Kin’emon reminding us that despite the power Luffy has, he always is will to sacrifice for others. This puts him in direct contrast with Kaido and Big Mom, who use their strength for selfish ends. In order for anyone to become Pirate King, they need support. Over the series, Luffy has amassed a small army that wants to see him as King. His brothers Ace and Sabo believed in him, Yamato believes in him, and so does his crew. With the battlefield set, all that remains is the battle. One Piece is going to be epic in 2021.