The final saga of One Piece will see Eiichiro Oda doing as he pleases, and this is evident in the introduction of Gear Fifth. This power-up for the protagonist, Luffy, has been highly anticipated, with fans wondering what abilities it will bring. Oda’s statement, “I think I’ve reached a point where I can do whatever I want,” echoes Luffy’s sentiment of being able to do everything he wanted to do.
Oda and Gosho Aoyama, the creator of Case Closed, recently discussed the importance of their fan bases. They both expressed that the support of the fans is crucial to their success, and Oda mentioned his fear of being told that his work is not interesting. He believes that it is impossible to survive without fear and constantly worries about whether his audience will find the story thrilling. However, he also feels that he has reached a point in his career where he can take risks and do whatever he wants.
While Oda and Aoyama’s tenure as weekly serialized artists is unlikely to be repeated in the future, One Piece’s approach to power-ups and new forms sets it apart from other shōnen manga. Unlike other series that focus on sleek and cool designs for power-ups, One Piece has taken a departure from the norm with forms like Gear Second, Gear Third, and Gear Fifth. These forms deviate from typical shōnen designs and introduce unique abilities for the characters.
Gear Fifth has become a highly anticipated moment in the anime adaptation of One Piece. Anime-only viewers are eagerly awaiting its debut on August 6th, and there is some concern that Luffy defeating Kaido with this power-up might introduce a dilemma for the story. However, this departure from the norm may be what makes Gear Fifth so exciting and highly anticipated among fans.
The final saga of One Piece will mark the culmination of a decades-long journey. The stakes in the world of One Piece have never been higher, and Oda feels the pressure to deliver a satisfying ending. However, he is also approaching this final saga with a desire to have fun and do as he pleases. The fans’ support will play a crucial role in the success of the series, and Oda’s willingness to take risks and push boundaries will surely make the conclusion of One Piece a memorable one.