Rippounet Posted March 29, 2022 Share Posted March 29, 2022 9 minutes ago, sifth said: Sorry, but I don't agree. I think your take on it is perfectly valid tbh. Nonetheless Spoiler I do think Oda had planned for Luffy to be the savior of the world with nearly limitless power from the start. Generally speaking, I feel that Oda planned his story better than Kishimoto or Kubo. Of course, it's obvious many elements were made up along the way, but the core story seems to have remained the same throughout the manga. I just can't say the same of Naruto or Bleach, both of which introduced completely new powers out of nowhere (to say nothing of new themes). To sum up, I just don't find Luffy's power up to be random or completely out of the blue. On some level, the power he uses at the end of chapter 1 against the sea king is the exact same one he uses against Kaido in the latest chapter: a trick straight out of a Tex Avery cartoon. And, to my eyes, his powers finally make sense (I never quite understood how they worked). I do understand you not liking it though. I'm not a huge fan of the "savior" trope either tbh. But that's a problem with the genre imho. Shônens pretty much always end with the main character wielding the power to save (or destroy) the world, don't they? I can think of a few counter-examples, but as a rule, the hero ends up relying on the "power of friendship" to save everyone. In a nutshell, I like the way Oda chose to use tropes. And the story isn't over anyway. Though we now know how it ends, I still expect a handful of surprises here and there. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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