The longest and most anticipated battle in One Piece manga history, Luffy vs. Kaido, has ended while revealing something about Joy Boy.
Warning: Contains spoilers for A piece chapter 1049
The longest and most anticipated fight in the history of A piece has finally come to an end: after many dramatic twists, Luffy beaten down Kaido once and for all, literally smiting the Emperor and ending his tyrannical rule over Wano. The outcome of this epic showdown also confirmed a popular theory that fans have been debating for a while.
The fight between Luffy and Kaido was the main event of the memorable raid on Onigashima, which saw the forces of the Pirates-Samurai-Ninja-Mink alliance attack Kaido’s Beasts Pirates and the samurai loyal to the usurper Orochi. After a gruesome all-out battle, Kaido’s numerically superior forces are driven back, with his best officers all defeated. Kaido’s power alone, however, is enough to fend off the attackers, so it all depends on the outcome of Luffy’s personal fight against the Yonko. After awakening the true power of his Devil Fruit, the Straw Hat Captain is finally able to put Kaido on the ropes. In the end, the outcome of the battle is decided by a head-on clash between the two fighters’ most powerful techniques: Luffy’s Bajrang Gun and Kaido’s Rising Dragon Flaming Bagua.
In the end, Luffy’s Haki proves to be superior. In Chapter 1049, Luffy’s colossal punch, imbued with the Ryuo technique he learned in Wano, explodes through Kaido’s defenses and his burning body, hitting Yonko’s dragon form so hard that it falls. from heaven to Wano, burying him in the ground. Before losing consciousness, Kaido reminisces about his past conversations with his second-in-command, King. Both are about the legendary figure of Joy Boy, a mysterious savior who has been prophesied to change the world. Kaido tells King that Joy Boy will be the one to beat him one day, and his defeat at the hands of Luffy proves that – at least from Kaido’s perspective – the Straw Hat Captain is indeed the man of legend.
A pieceThe author of Eiichiro Oda has yet to reveal who or what Joy Boy actually is and its meaning, but readers know that Wano’s last legitimate ruler, Kozuki Oden, wanted to open up his isolationist country to welcome Joy Boy’s arrival. . The fact that Luffy freed Wano from Kaido and Orochi’s grip, which kept the island closed to the world, means that Kaido’s final thoughts actually hold great significance. If Joy Boy is truly a liberator and bringer of happiness, then no one fits the description better than Luffy, who has helped many countries and peoples regain their freedom and smiles. The battle between Kaido and Luffy is also the battle between two ideal worlds: one where the weak are trampled by the strong, and another where everyone can live without oppression.
This fight may have been the best in the long history of A piece, and one of the most memorable in shonen manga history. Kaido was firmly established as the strongest creature in the world and this long battle, where he never looked overwhelmed despite Luffy’s constant power-ups, proved his worth as a villain and as a character. . The end of the fight also proves that this was not just a contest to see who is the strongest, but a clash of ideals with the fate of an entire country at stake. Just like Oda the said in a 2016 interview: “My audience won’t be satisfied if the reason for Kaidou’s defeat is simply because Luffy’s punch is so strong.“In the end, Luffy won because his ambitions – represented in the manga by the power of Haki – are stronger and purer than Kaido’s. Fans of A piece may be excited to see what comes next, but they will surely remember this epic battle between Luffy and Kaido for the coming years.
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