I will be blunt: this is probably a year of pent up anger over the B.S. from Oda getting worse. I think I could hold it back because it seemed like people weren't getting too caught up in it. However, if Oda's B.S. and sloppiness is making someone like Yuz completely misinterpret what's going on in key parts of the plot...Oda you are making a damn mess of your child.
Side tangent: Jawa doesn't really post any more so Yuz is the opinion/analysis I respect the most. If Oda's making such a mess that even a microanalyzer is missing basics of the basics...what in the world are you doing to make such a damn mess Oda. So if this wasn't clear enough, this is more of a F U Oda vent than anything else.
So I'll jump straight to it. In the most recent anime episode, Oden using his haoshoku is not even able to make a significant dent/crack in the Bari Bari no Mi's barrier. And this is with an old man using the fruit (nothing implies he has more than one douriki/is a superhuman in any means of physical capability). If Oden can cut through potentially Kaidou using defensive haoshoku coating, this means Barto now is the strongest in the world. No one can defeat him. Even whatever new Vegapunk technology driven weapon the Government has (what is making Kaidou and Big Mom fearful enough to ally together), cannot defeat Barto by himself.
If we run with the B.S., with Kaidou "not at Yonkou level", Oden's attack at the barrier can kill Kaidou. Oden is so strong, yet so stupid/gullible that he could have prevented all of the suffering by just cutting down Kaidou instead of going after Orochi.
Kaidou isn't the "strongest being in the world" that only gets scarred by the strongest offensive fruit ability (by Oda's own words). He gets scarred by a Yonkou exec that readily admits that Whitebeard is in a completely different tier of power level than him. And the other Yonkou and admirals that defeat Kaidou are so weak at the same time that they cannot scar Kaidou...
Just when the manga is making a clear turn for the better, the anime decides to reinforce the contradictions of what Yonkou and admirals are actually capable of doing. Using defensive busoushoku for over an hour is a piece of cake (Aokiji and Akainu fighting constantly for a week).
So forget Luffy saving the world, it's going to be Barto that saves the world. All Barto has to do is just put the Governments new weapon in a barrier so it destroys itself with its own attack (it is shown to be able to deflect attacks if the curvature prevents a straight on attack).
But at least to end on a positive note, at least Oda is putting in definite breadcrumbs of a return to the norm. Hopefully this is the last time I have to vent about the series getting unraveled and going to crap. Once Oden's flashback ends in the anime, there shouldn't be anything that can derail the plot further. I'll definitely take 2 years of nightmares to get things back to where even foundational things are not contradicted.
Or hopefully even better, maybe Oda's so busy someone in the anime team just went rogue. I'll take back the diss to Oda since it would not be him if this is the case. Here's to hoping things stay connected and believable.