Was it a Dream? Nope, the chapter’s here! No Alibi needed. Let’s talk, kiddies.
Not much to talk about. Here I thought this chapter would focus on All Might taking down the Instant Villains and chapter 94 showing Team Overclock fighting Hoodie, but no. All Might only took 30 3 seconds to beatdown the Instant Villains. Wowsers! I keep forgetting how truly powerful the former #1 hero was.
So, yeah. All Might saved the day and Team Sugar Rush was able to fend off Hoodie long enough to be saved. Go Team Venture and all that jazz. Now, let’s talk predictions!
A website called Claymore. Yeah, I think that was the name. I clicked on a short video clip of Luffy punching Captain Kuro. The art style in that video was nothing I’d ever seen. The punch was satisfying too. That, y’all, was my first exposure to One Piece back in…2004? 2003? Somewhere along that time.
Fast forward buying cheap, badly subbed anime episodes to buying Japanese volumes to look at while I read chapter translations online to actual scanlations. To, finally, reading official English Translations the same day it comes out in Japan! If you told me that’s how I’d be reading One Piece one day I’d think you were nuts.
So, here we are, One Piece chapter 1000. I gotta say, I enjoyed it. Mostly because we’re getting to the actual fight between Luffy and Kaido. But, it’s bigger than that. It’s Luffy, Zoro, Kid, Killer, and Law VS Kaido and Big Mom. It’s gonna be quite the fight!
The Paranormal Liberation Front wanted to destroy the current society. This chapter is a dark reminder they almost succeeded.
R-Rated Hero: Midnight is dead.
I seriously didn’t think Horikoshi would go there, but here we are. I’m shocked. Really shocked, y’all. I thought he was going for the classic fake-out death. I was wrong. Look, I’m no huge Midnight fan, but I liked her as a character. Especially, after seeing her more informal side in My Hero Vigilantes. We learn how much of a true friend she is to those around her. How she cares for them and is willing to even put her career in jeopardy for them. Midnight was never my favorite character, but she was always a welcomed character. I’m gonna miss her.
Oh, this beautiful arc. Mark my words, this flashback is planting seeds to some big stuff happening in the future.
But first, let’s talk about All Might being able to bulk up in his prime. That was surprising. I always thought it was the result of his injuries during the 1st All Might/AFO fight. Nope! It’s always been a thing. Why? What exactly is it? My guess it’s All Might’s version of Full Cowling at a high percentage. Just like with Deku, the Symbol of Peace can’t be stomping around at 100% power 24/7. He’s gotta hold back when that insane power isn’t needed, hence him using Full Cowling too.
Nice seeing All Might and Sir Nighteye interact. You can see All Might’s always willing to put himself at risk for others (Deku, anyone?) while Nighteye is the more pragmatic one. Guess that’s always been their relationship.
There’re two other big takeaways I got from this chapter. One, All Might should easily be able to realize All For One is behind this mess. And, two, AFO really wants Overclock. This supports my theory of O’Clock’s meeting with All Might will lead to the speedster helping discover AFO’s location for the #1 hero. Which, of course, leads to the top hero and top villain’s first big fight.
Someone with a fish-fish devil fruit? And, it could be Kaido?! I don’t think anyone saw that coming.
The odds of Oda making a fish-fish devil fruit in a world where Fish-men exist and the natural weakness of devil fruit users is being submerged in water were pretty low. But, here we are. It’s been implied by Big Mom she gave Kaido a fish-fish devil fruit. But, he’s a dragon, right? He ate the dragon-dragon fruit and that’s that, right? Well…take a look at this:
Kaido’s got fish scale tattoos and whiskers. And, so does our fishy Koi friend here (Well, it’s got actual scales but you get what I mean). We can also ignore Kaido’s horns because they seem to be more of a characteristic of his species than the product of having a devil fruit (Yamato’s got horns too), so I guess it’s really true.
What’s more, it’s probably a fish-fish fruit: model Koi. Why a Koi? Because there seems to be an Eastern legend about the Koi fish. Basically, the gods were so impressed by a Koi making it to the top of a waterfall against all odds that they turned it into a dragon. Think Magikarp and Gyarados, for you Pokémon fans, and you got the gist of it.
So, what does this all mean? Is Kaido’s dragon form simply the awakened version of his devil fruit? Does he have even more hidden abilities ready to unleash on Team Luffy? Maybe. Or, maybe there’s a hidden weakness ready to be discovered by some perceptive opponent. I don’t know but I find it very fascinating.
Is this it? Are we finally nearing the conclusion to this roller coaster of an arc? I-I think so…
…Unless Horikoshi turns back the clock in order to show us the ENTIRE Re-Destro/Geten VS Gunga Villa Heroes fight. Nah! Maybe we’ll get a snippet or catch the end of it, but no way is Hori ending on that battle after everything that’s happened with Team Deku. That’d be like ending an awesome rock music festival with Justin Bieber. Sure, he’s a big name, but who wants to see that after watching U2, AC/DC, and Foo Fighters play? BTW, I humbly apologize to every Re-Destro and Geten fan for comparing them to Beiber. I hope someday you will forgive me.
Deku has Spidey-SenseDanger Sense. Yep, that happened. I don’t know how I feel about that. I’m not saying it’s overpowered or dumb, just…really unexpected. And, yes, I know Horikoshi is a Spider-Man fan. I just didn’t think he’d give Deku that power. Especially, since he already gave Spider-Deku webbing in the form of Blackwhip. Well, okay… Guess we won’t have to worry about Toga fooling him again.
Alright, so that’s 3 quirks Deku’s got (The Fourth, Fifth, and Seventh Users), not counting One For All. 3 more to go (The Second, Third, and Sixth Users). Hm… Running up walls. I’m calling it now, he’s getting a quirk that’ll give him that ability.
First Dabi and now Mr. Compress. Now, I’m just waiting for Spinner to reveal he’s actually Froppy’s little brother from the future here to get revenge for canceling his favorite TV show.
Yep. Mr. Compress is Oji Harima, The Peerless Thief’s descendant. Many people guessed that but that’s how Horikoshi rolls. He loves dropping clues to mysteries. And, it’s not the mystery itself, it’s how the reveal affects the story that’s important. In this instance, we now know Mr. Compress’ motivation for joining the League of Villains: A reformation of society.
We also learned more about Oji Harima. Most of the Robin Hood-ish stuff was first revealed in the second My Hero Academia data book. But, what we didn’t know is Harima targeted “sham heroes” more concerned with getting rich than fighting for justice. Did he kill those heroes? We don’t know. But, I think a major reason why he’s so notorious is more about him defying the new world order. Flawed or not, the Hero System was created to stabilize this chaotic world where quirks are now the norm. It was to give hope and support to the masses and make potential criminals think twice about committing crimes. It’s no wonder the government back then villainized Oji Harima so hard for his actions. It wasn’t about whether he was right or wrong, but about them wanting to establish that system and, most likely, thinking they can always “fix” the cracks later.
Ah, yes, the classic Oda Flex™ chapter. Let’s see if the Tobi Roppo zoan reveals were worth the wait.
We’ve already seen X. Drake’s zoan form. Did we know he was an Allosaurus? I always thought he was a T-Rex. I guess Oda’s saving that one for later. He’s gonna fight Scratchmen Apoo and maybe co-fight Queen? Just who the hell is fighting Queen? Brook and Robin? They’d be more useful fighting him with Drake than Kaido. Queen and Brook can have a rock star battle or something. Oh, and let’s not forget Monster Chopper for the assist. Yeah, I’d like to see that.
Zoro/Marco VS King. I think that’s happening. Who else is King gonna fight? Franky? Nope, General Franky’s about to tangle with Sasaki, a Triceratops. Gotta say, I’m loving Sasaki’s zoan form design. He’ll be a real challenge for ole Frank.
*SIGH* Sanji’s getting a joke fight with Black Maria. Okay, that’s not fair. It’s possible Black Maria could be one of the strongest—HAHAHAHA! Oh, boy. Sorry! I tried to keep a straight face. This is One Piece we’re talking about. The odds are not in Black Maria’s favor she’ll be anything more than an eye candy gimmick. Next!
Hoodie’s just too strong. Gonna need Mr. Big Guns with the big buns to take him down.
It’s Hoodie talk time. O’Clock suggests he has a souped up version of cellular propagation, which is kinda funny because that’s close to what I first thought Re-Destro’s quirk was. Anyway, it looks like Doctor Ujiko modified Hoodie so much his original fighting style doesn’t work. In the end, the bad doctor and All For One only care about power for their Nomu soldiers. Technique need not apply.
Um… There’s not really much else to say about the chapter itself since it was mostly fighty-fight/runny-run. But, I will like to touch upon a couple things. One, I don’t see All Might fighting Hoodie. If he does then Hoodie’s going down, hard, and going straight to Tartarus. We know that’s not happening so it’s safe to say Kurogiri will warp Hoodie outta there the second they see All Might arrive.
Not only does Katsuki Bakugo win Japan’s recent My Hero Academia Popularity Poll, but his official hero name is revealed. And, that’s not all…
It’s safe to say Bakugo’s having a great week for someone impaled by Super Shigaraki several chapters ago. #1 in Shonen Jump’s My Hero poll for the fifth time and we learn his hero name is Great Explosion Murder God Dynamight. It’s a dumb name but I’m guessing everyone will just call him Dynamight so just going by that I like it.
There’s another interesting development for Bakugo this chapter: He’s focused on saving people and not winning. Remember, his thing was “fight to win” while Deku was “fight to save”. Well, when attacking the Near High-Ends, Bakugo remembered how powerful his explosions were when saving Deku several chapters earlier. He’s now realized first hand to strength that can be drawn from an intent to save. Sure, Deku has leveled up but Bakugo is right on his heels. Don’t count the overrated brat out yet. He’s still got a lot more room for growth!
We have confirmation Eri did indeed heal Mirio with her Rewind quirk. Good job, Eri! Have fun getting kidnapped. What? I’m just saying Eri’s too powerful even with having to store up power before using her quirk for big projects. She’s way too temping a target for the Paranormal Liberation Front. Especially, with Doctor Ujiko captured by the heroes. If they want erasure bullets they’re gonna need a lab to replicate a bullet or Eri herself.