I cannot believe it, has Absalom been killed off in the background? Direct confirmation hasn’t been given but Shiryu’s display of using the Clear Clear Fruit certainly does seemingly confirm that Absalom has been killed in order to free up his Devil Fruit for use by the Blackbeard Pirates. Unless a method exist that allows a Devil Fruit user to have their power stolen/mimicked, the only other reason that would explain Shiryu having the fruit power is Absalom being dead. Would Oda-sensei really do that off-screen without much build up? Why didn’t he have any of the Blackbeard Pirates confirm Absalom’s death? I am completely surprised and questioning whether Oda-sensei has decided to adjust the way he handles present time character deaths within the story.
Well that is one way to bring Kid into the focus, by having Luffy being captured by Kaido as well. I expected Law to save Luffy but it turns out that Hawkins predicated such an outcome and acted to minimize Law’s capabilities. Kaido does not know it yet but by bringing Luffy and Kid together, he may have effectively paved the path towards his own downfall.
I expected this result but for Luffy to be instantly KO’d in Gear Fourth with one hit by Kaido, I didn’t anticipate such a decisive and overwhelming end to their first bout. It was glorious seeing Luffy unleash on Kaido and force Kaido back to his human form but the way Kaido finished the fight conflicts with everything that occurred just before. Why did Kaido not unleash earlier?
A wild Kaido appears! And an equally wild Luffy attacks. I did not expect that, for Luffy to challenge Kaido right then and there. I understand that Luffy reacted to Kaido blowing up Oden Castle but to have Luffy put in such a situation where he would unleash Elephant Gun on Kaido, how utterly crazy. For anyone within the One Piece world who isn’t a Straw Hat Pirate, Garp or Shanks to have thought they knew Luffy, they definitely were wrong. I don’t think even Hawkins’s conditional predictive powers could have foreseen this particular set of events. Luffy punched Kaido! Luffy PUNCHED Kaido in the head!! Kaido was mad at Luffy before but with that personal strike, he will be furious once he realizes what went down i.e. Luffy’s fist.