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hi hi hi hello i have been meaning to write this theory since chapter 1013 came out but i have only just got around to it now. welcome to possibly the dumbest idea i've had that could actually be true...


The Gomu Gomu no Mi Awakens! Luffy Saves Wano!

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In my fantastically popular Prediction Thread that I wrote after Chapter 1013, there were two events I suggested we could see in the coming chapters: Onigashima falling on Wano's Flower Capital and Luffy's Awakening.

Now, in Chapter 1014, we see that Onigashima is looming over the Wano mainland:

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Source: One Piece Chapter 1014 (Shueisha)


And as of Chapter 1015, Luffy is still underwater after losing to Kaido, but is about to be rescued by the Heart Pirates:

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Source: One Piece Chapter 1015 (Shueisha)



As of the end of 1016, Yamato is holding off Kaido on the rooftop until Luffy returns. But how does Luffy get up? And will he recover his energy both from losing the fight and from being in the ocean for so long before Kaido manages to defeat Yamato and drop Onigashima on the Flower Capital? And how is he going to get back up there? These two questions can be answered with a single solution: Luffy awakens his Devil Fruit.

Over the course of the series, Luffy has used the Gomu Gomu no Mi as his main means of covering large distances quickly. However, it's unlikely he can stretch all the way up to Onigashima from sea level (if that were the case, he could have quite simply Gomu Gomu no Rocket'd all the way to the top of Zunisha back in Zou). So somehow, a scenario needs to arrive where Luffy can actually reach Onigashima with his Devil Fuit.

I know what you're about to ask.

But Marco, why would awakening his Devil Fruit suddenly allow him to stretch more than his alotted Gomu Gomus?

And the answer is, it doesn't. The amount Luffy can stretch is very much fixed from the moment he eats his fruit, I believe. So, how does he get back up? Law's submarine certainly can't fly him up there. I believe for him to get back up, Onigashima must first come down. The scene with O-Toko and Tenguyama in 1016 where they look up at the sky is a potential foreshadowing of this:

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Source: One Piece Chapter 1016 (Shueisha)


It's been a long touted idea in the community for a long time that the Raid on Onigashima will fail, but given the amount of symbolism, prophecy and actual manga time we've spent there (this raid is 10 chapters longer than Marineford and it's nowhere near finishing), it would be a waste of Oda's time to have it fail, especially given that he's been setting this arc up for the better part of a decade.

I hear another question.

If Onigashima falls down, that means the raid fails! Right?

Well. Cast your minds back to Dressrosa, and the fight between Luffy and Doflamingo.

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Source: One Piece Chapter 785 (Shueisha)


Doflamingo's Awakening allows him to turn his surroundings to string. It's implied that all Paramecia types that allow the user to take material-based properties (rubber, string, soap etc.) awaken this way. So for Luffy, that would allow him to turn his surroundings into nice, bouncy rubber...

Hold on, here we go.

All Luffy needs to do is reach the Flower Capital before Kaido can defeat Yamato and drop Onigashima. As he comes into contact with the land there (probably the little castle on top of Mt. Fuji, or that big curly tree), it takes on his rubber properties and sends Onigashima flying back into the air whence it came. Or at the very least, softens and delays its landing so citizens can move to safety. And with the extra bounciness from the mainland, combined with Onigashima being closer to him and slightly more in reach, he can catapult himself right back into battle to take down Kaido once and for all.

TL;DR - Luffy bounces Onigashima back up to the sky as it falls.

This might be the ramblings of a crazy person, but I thought I'd ramble at you guys.

Let me know what you think!


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For starters, kudos for going perfectly along with Doffy's explanation of awakening. This is a big plus for me. As for your assumption, I think it'd be interesting if it played out this way. Not sure how much bouncing an island of that size would od if it fell from that height but I'll call it manga magic and be good with it. The only thing that's kind of troubling is the fact that they're no groundwork for awakening right now besides Doffy's comment. I agree with Sei on the suggestion that Vegapunk's arc will be the main arc which revolves around awakening. Besides that, this theory isn't as crazy as its author led me to believe from its title, I like it even. Thanks for sharing this mate.


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Woah this theory is awesome!

The biggest obstacle is that that scope of terrain-transformation is unseen by either Katakuri or Doflamingo, and we can assume that Luffy will be using it for the first time. So, having him use Awakening to bounce Onigashima back would be quite an unreasonably powerful first (or second) use of his Awakening (but not critically unreasonable).

A second obstacle is that once the bounce happens - what next? If it drops and bounces back, it'd really launch higher than its starting altitude, which would just pose an even bigger threat. You sort of half-heartedly tried to address this, but there has to be another detail that actually turns this theory into a solution to the problem of Onigashima crushing the Flower Capital. (maybe it keeps bouncing until it launches into space? :P)

What I like most about this theory is that it takes the threat of dropping Onigashima on Wano seriously. If that island free-falls to the mainland as it is now, it realistically should kill all life on Wano, and the quake should even knock down the factories all the way out in Udon (which would work against Kaido's purposes). Maybe Kaido was planning to slow the fall a bit to restrict the destruction to the Flower Capital, but I think it's safe to assume that Oda won't let it happen as such a tragic event in the main story.

So, we would ideally have a scenario where the island is dropped either in the ocean or slowly, or, this theory could be an answer where it harmlessly crashes into Wano and is bounced back.


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Yuuzume wrote:
Wed Jun 23, 2021 1:47 am
Not sure how much bouncing an island of that size would od if it fell from that height but I'll call it manga magic and be good with it.

Jawahib wrote:
Wed Jun 23, 2021 7:10 am
A second obstacle is that once the bounce happens - what next? If it drops and bounces back, it'd really launch higher than its starting altitude, which would just pose an even bigger threat. You sort of half-heartedly tried to address this, but there has to be another detail that actually turns this theory into a solution to the problem of Onigashima crushing the Flower Capital.

OK so my answer to this (I believe these are kind of getting at the same point) is to show you this map:

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So as you have rightly pointed out, what goes up must come down. Provided it’s bounced back in the right direction, we could see it just crash back into the ocean. That’d be fine. If that’s too far, however, there’s currently only one place in Wano Kuni that’s currently uninhabited, and it just so happens to be in the rough direction that Onigashima is coming from - the prisoner mines in Udon. We could see Onigashima land there, destroying the prisons that Kaido(?) built to enslave the samurai of Wano.

Jawahib wrote:
Wed Jun 23, 2021 7:10 am
The biggest obstacle is that that scope of terrain-transformation is unseen by either Katakuri or Doflamingo, and we can assume that Luffy will be using it for the first time. So, having him use Awakening to bounce Onigashima back would be quite an unreasonably powerful first (or second) use of his Awakening (but not critically unreasonable).

Would you consider it more believable if I said he only had to use his Awakening to affect one tree?

As for which tree, it’s that very tall curly one in the centre of the Flower Capital:

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Its roots extend to the ground so if Luffy can’t scale it in time, he can affect it from ground level. If he makes it up in time, he just needs to manipulate the top part of the tree and use it as a catapult. The palace beneath it might take a little damage, but if anything that just allows Shogun Momonosuke to remake it in his own image.

This idea obviously hinges on the bottom bits of Onigashima (the base of the island) being small enough that the tree (which is the highest point in the Flower Capital and therefore the part that would first be crushed by Onigashima falling) can deflect it, but it’s not completely impossible


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Marco Polo wrote:
Wed Jun 23, 2021 6:29 pm
Would you consider it more believable if I said he only had to use his Awakening to affect one tree?

As for which tree, it’s that very tall curly one in the centre of the Flower Capital:

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Its roots extend to the ground so if Luffy can’t scale it in time, he can affect it from ground level. If he makes it up in time, he just needs to manipulate the top part of the tree and use it as a catapult. The palace beneath it might take a little damage, but if anything that just allows Shogun Momonosuke to remake it in his own image.

This idea obviously hinges on the bottom bits of Onigashima (the base of the island) being small enough that the tree (which is the highest point in the Flower Capital and therefore the part that would first be crushed by Onigashima falling) can deflect it, but it’s not completely impossible
Just to throw my two cents here is it's alright. I'd personally consider this scenario less believable. Considering the force the island would plummet to the ground with, the rubber Luffy would have to make would need to be able to handle it. It'd be fun to think about Luffy being able to manipulate minute details such as the hardness / softness of the rubber but he seems capable of procusing only soft rubber, like his body (since he can stretch just from a kid pinching his face). Taking that into account, the other way to allow the rubber to produce enough force to bounce Onigashima over to Kuri would be to make te ground itself rubber and allow Wano to be compressed by the fall of Onigashima as much as possible. Since the structure of Wano is basically like a mountain, it has a lot of leeway to be compressed and the force of its decompression as it'd return to its original state would be proportionate to the length of its compression. Turning only the tree into rubber would not allow the necessary leeway, and hence the decompressive force of the rubber tree probably wouldn't be enough to bounce Onigashima. It's slow down the fall and reduce the damage but the caste and tree would probably get crushed.

Well, I'm still filtering it through manga magic though so I'd be good with Luffy bouncing it off even without taking all the above details into account. Just taking the general idea of it into account, I'd just personally find the notion of turning the ground into rubber more believeable than the tree version.


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