Weekly Shonen – One Piece Chapter 1042, JJK Chapter 177, and MHA Chapter 346

One Piece Chapter 1042

The Victor Needs no Epithet

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.

Yuta prepares to call Rita.

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.


One Piece Chapter 1014: The Alliance begins to fall

I won’t even waste time contemplating whether Luffy is alive or dead. He’s alive. Or he’ll survive. What I wonder is how? In One Piece chapter 1014, “The Ham,” the alliance begins to unravel as Kiado and his Beast Pirates get the upper hand. As Luffy falls of Onigashima and into the sea, Kaido declares his victory. Before he does, Kiado notes that Luffy’s use of Haoshoku Haki was “crude and clumsy.” I was pleasantly surprised by this outcome. Let me explain. I fully expected that Luffy would win this fight, even if it was going to be a difficult one.

Oda has done this in the past, but I’m surprised that Luffy failed. Don’t get me wrong, Luffy will defeat Kaido at some point, but it may not be this arc. When Luffy “fought” Big Mom he actually stood no chance. The Strawhat’s had to flee. Luffy becoming the “fifth Emperor” was premature and largely media propaganda. Luffy learned the difficult and rare ability, Haoshoku Haki, very quickly. It was an extraordinary accomplishment. However, Luffy failed to master it. Kaido and Big Mom aren’t going to lose so easily. Kiado then makes a reference to “Joy Boy.”

Who is Joy Boy?

In One Piece, Joy Boy was a historic figure from the Void Century. He was first mentioned on the Ryugu Poneglyph Nico Robin read. He’s important to the residents of Fish-Man Island. Joy Boy attempted to raise Noah and broke his promise to the Island’s citizens. He left a letter (in the form of a poneglyph) apologizing for his failure. Joy Boy left behind the treasure that will become known as One Piece. It is expected that Joy Boy will return. Oda occasionally reminds us what’s at stake and aspects of the series that may have been forgotten.

Regardless, Bao Huang informs Kaido that Momonosuke has been located. He tells her he’ll find him and that she should announce Luffy’s defeat. Oda continues his callbacks when Momonosuke hears the “Voice of All Things.” The users of the “voice” are able to understand “the words conveyed by inanimate objects and animals that do not speak the human language.” So far the users of this ability have been, Gol D. Roger, Oden, Luffy, the Three-Eyed Tribe, and Momonosuke. On the Live Floor, Chopper fails to make much of a dent in Queen. In another callback, we see Caesar Clown mocking Chopper’s Rumble Balls for being too weak. He gives Chopper a list of chemicals that increase his Monster Point time from 3 minutes to 30 minutes. Suddenly, Bao announces the defeat of the Scabbards and Luffy.

Kiado strikes down Kin’emon

Kanjuro locates Momonosuke, Shinobu, Kikunojo, and Kin’emon before Kiado does. He disguises himself as Oden once more and is able to fatally wound Kikunojo. Kin’emon enraged cuts Kanjuro down. As he collapses, Kiado bursts through the wall and prepares to kill Momonosuke with his kanabo. Kin’emon prepares to defend Shinobu as she takes Momonosuke and runs. Kiado’s kanabo comes crashing down on Kin’emon’s head. Is he dead? Maybe. Kin’emon’s devil fruit ability, Fuku Fuku no Mi, allows him to change various articles of clothing. Specifically, he can create armor. Furthermore, he’s able to Busoshoku Haki. If he can combine these two thing he might survive long enough to stall Kiado.

So far the fights in this arc have been underwhelming. Most of the battles have been too short. It feels rushed. Maybe, Oda doesn’t want every fight to be 40 chapters long. That makes since considering how many characters are in this arc. Overall, the alliance needs someone to save them. Maybe the marines will interfere not to help the alliance directly but to stop Kiado. Anyway, Luffy needs someone to save him. I’m guessing Jinbe who we haven’t seen in a while would do it.