Luffy Gear 5, the strongest and most ridiculous power in One Piece

It’s been 17 years since Luffy surprised us all with Gear 2, his first big power-up. To give you an idea, we were in the Enies Lobby arc and we were going through chapter 387 of the manga (in the anime it happens in episode 272). From there to Gear 3, also called Gia sado, it only took a few months. However, between Gear 3 and Gear 4, nine years passed, although the wait was worth it. We’ll never forget that moment when Eiichiro Oda pulled it out of his sleeve during the fight with Doflamingo, one of the best fights in the series. And now, seven years later, we are once again witnessing a historic moment for One Piece.

In recent months, Luffy reached Gear 5 and the result left no one indifferent. It’s not just another march, but the awakening of Gomu Gomu no Mi. Or what amounts to the same thing, according to the logic of the series we are facing its maximum potential. Everything indicates that this Gear 5 could be the last transformation of the man called to become the King of the Pirates. Precisely for this reason he had to be up to the task and he was. This arguably made Luffy the strongest character in One Piece.


Kaido 4 – 0 Luffy

What is such an assertion based on? Very Easy: In which the battle between Kaido and Luffy has finally stabilized. Not only that, but he’s started to side with the mugiwara and the conclusion of the Wano arc seems closer than ever. Gear 5 played a key role in balancing the contest. With his fruit awakening, Luffy began to be able to stand up to the Beast King, perhaps the strongest character in the New World. Or have you perhaps forgotten how the One Piece narrator introduced it?

“He challenged the navy and the four emperors single-handedly. He was captured 18 times and sentenced to death 40 times. When they hung him, the rope broke. When he was sent to the guillotine, the blade broke. When he was sentenced to death by impalement, the spear broke under his weight. He sank nine giant prison ships. No one can kill him. Not even himself. »

We’re talking about a pirate who jumped off Skypiea to kill himself, but survived. A pirate who has never lost a one-on-one fight. The highest bounty after Gol D. Roger and Whitebeard. Kozuki Oden’s assassin. A monster able to turn into a dragon and fight drunk to see if that evens things out a bit. A guy who knocked Luffy down four times before he, now yes, starts warming his muzzle.

One Piece Luffy vs. Kaido


More cool? more pleasure

Many fans expected to see a totally black Luffy covered in haki armor. Many others have for years supported the theories of a “Tiger Man” form or the Monkey King version of Luffy. But Eiichiro Oda still managed to catch us off guard. The Gear 5 is faithful to the original spirit of One Piece. Nothing more edgy or more… “tough guy”. On the contrary, Luffy’s new power is the most ridiculous of all in terms of design and possibilities.

This transformation is humor and joy, it is laughter and fun. Generally speaking, when Luffy activates it, he can’t stop laughing, it turns everything around him into rubber, even people, and has become a kind of Cartoon Network cartoon, paradoxical as that may be. to appear in the case of an anime. It’s more exaggerated than ever. A comic.

One Piece Luffy Gear 5 Wano Manga


Physical changes, Luffy as Sun God

On a physical level, the first thing that stands out is the discoloration of Luffy’s hair. In the initial images, he appeared to be melting or on fire, leading to him being paired with the color yellow, Super Saiyan style, but it has already been confirmed that he will be white, like his eyebrows. What is certain is that it flickered as if it were on fire.

Added to the hair change is the appearance of a haki cloud around the neck that goes under the armpits. It makes him look like a Greek hero, a god of the pantheon, and that makes sense. With the emergence of the G5, it was revealed that the Gomu Gomu fruit is actually called Hito Hito: Nika pattern, and Nika is precisely that, a god. Specifically, it is the sun god in One Piece folklore.

Nika was given this title because she radiated light across the world in a metaphorical sense. Wherever he went, he rescued slaves, made them laugh and celebrated with them to the sound of the so-called “liberation drums”. In Gear 5, these are the final physical changes of a Luffy transformed into Nika. He can’t stop laughing and his heart resonates with every beat like those drums.

One Piece Luffy Joy Boy Nika


His new powers: gigantism and catching lightning

When introduced, the Gear 5 is defined as “the most ridiculous power in the world” and it is said that its only limit is the wearer’s imagination. Now that Luffy is just a cartoon, he can bend into any shape and dodge almost any attack. Do you hit him with a spiked mace? It does not affect you. His body wraps around her and adapts to her. Does a dragon eat it? He pumps up his biceps and escapes like Kratos into the Hydra’s mouth from God of War.

One Piece's Strongest Power


His other great ability is the same as the rest of the fruits when they wake up. He turns everything around him into rubber, just like Doflamingo turned things into string. Turn the floor into a trampoline to avoid a woodcut, or pick it up and roll it to return an attack with it. Its function is not only defensive, but comic. Luffy can’t control it and when it affects the rest of the Straw Hats, suddenly turned into cartoons, the results are hilarious.

One Piece Mugiwara Straw Hat


But without a doubt, the biggest show of power with this trait was seeing Luffy catch a bolt of lightning and throw it as if it were Zeus himself. That and the ability to push the Gear 3 to the limit. With the Gia sado from time to time he grew an arm or a leg, but now he completely transforms his body. Luffy becomes a giant, a Shingeki titan capable of destroying everything in front of him, even the island of Onigashima where he fights with Kaido. Using this, he launched his ultimate attack against Kaido, the Monkey King’s Gun.

One Piece Luffy Lightning Kaido


Implications and future

The Gear 5 raised (pun intended) a lot of questions among fans. Why did Luffy’s fruit change its name from Paramecium to Mythological Zoan? Why was the Gorosei looking for this fruit? Has Luffy ceased to be luck, effort and will to become a matter of fate? Does Luffy share a personality with the Sun God? DNA? Are Luffy, Nika and Joy Boy the same person, like the Holy Trinity? When Luffy’s heart stopped during the battle with Kaido, just before he woke up, what happened? The one who woke up… is it still Luffy or is it someone else?

Eiichiro Oda is hoarding the iron, but after tracking his career for the past 25 years, what has become clear is that he has a plan and deserves a vote of confidence. As for those wondering how Luffy will improve from now on, the answer seems simple. Mastering Gear 5 will take time, and you’re sure to discover new strategies and possibilities before facing Blackbeard, Akainu, and the rest of your enemies on your way to Laugh Tale. “The only limit is your imagination”, remember? There is no doubt that Luffy has become the strongest character in One Piece.

One Piece Luffy vs Kaido Gear 5


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