By Nick Valdez
One Piece has really thrown fans for a loop with Kaido’s shocking new opinion of Luffy in the newest chapter of the series! Eiichiro Oda’s original manga series has reached the climax of the war across Onigashima as the island is dangerously close to crash landing on Wano itself, but the final fights of the arc are still very much in motion with the newest chapter of the series. This is especially true for Luffy and Kaido’s fight on the roof of the dome as the two of them revealed that they were beginning to enjoy the brawl itself.
After briefly revisiting Luffy and Kaido’s fight on the roof of the Skull Dome, the previous chapter teased that Luffy and Kaido started to see one another differently as they actually began to enjoy fighting each other. It’s something fans never would have expected to see after Luffy took the first two losses against the Emperor in the arc previously, and it’s taken in an even more surprising direction when Kaido started to reveal that he actually has some respect for Luffy. Enough that he’s willing to get drunk in the middle of the fight.
Chapter 1037 of the series picks up right after Luffy and Kaido revealed that they were enjoying their fight, and Kaido begins drinking immediately. Luffy’s shocked to see it, but Kaido says he’s drinking because he’s having fun. Luffy then argues that Kaido is just trying to use his new drunkenness as an excuse for why he would lose, but Kaido says it’s actually the opposite. He’s not drinking because he wants and excuse, he’s drinking because he’s actually accepted Luffy as an equal challenger.
He even says that it’s been long since he’s fought against someone who could actually fight on his level (something Kaido has been mumbling about through the fights thus far as he mourned over the loss of Oden in the fight against the Akazaya Nine), and his drunkenness was surprisingly a show of respect for his opponent. This goes even further by showcasing that Kaido is actually a lot more deadly thanks to the loss of his inhibitions and even seems to get a bit stronger drunk.
It’s something Luffy now has to deal with, and goes further to show that this third fight between them is truly the final one either way. But now it’s a matter of seeing whether or not Luffy can actually get the victory this time. But what do you think? What are you hoping to see in Luffy and Kaido’s fight next? Let us know all of your thoughts about it in the comments! You can even reach out to me directly about all things animated and other cool stuff @Valdezology on Twitter!
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