As Oda’s One Piece manga is slowly, but steadily going towards its ending, more and more mysteries are being revealed, especially those surrounding the franchise’s main character, Monkey D. Luffy. In a recent text, we have revealed that Luffy is actually the enigmatic Joy Boy character, and in preparation for the upcoming Chapter 1044, set to be published on March 28, 2022, we have some more information about Luffy and his Devil Fruit. Here’s everything you need to know.
The upcoming Chapter 1044 of the One Piece manga reveals the true nature of Luffy’s Devil Fruit, as well as his Gear Fifth abilities, which is an exceptional step forward for the franchise. The new abilities are probably going to allow Luffy to defeat Kaidou, and as far as the Devil Fruit is concerned, it seems that the Gomu Gomu no Mi is actually the legendary Hito Hito no Mi, which is a mythological model of Sun God Nika.
In the rest of this article, we are going to tell you everything we know about the secret of Luffy’s Devil Fruit and the Gear Fifth within the One Piece franchise. You’re going to find out the true nature of the Fruit itself and some additional information from the upcoming Chapter 1044, which is – as it seems now – going to be one of the most important chapters in the whole series.
What is going to happen in Chapter 1044 of One Piece?
Continuing from the events of Chapter 1043, Luffy wonders how he could have recovered and feels strange. Momonosuke looks towards the roof and asks Zunisha for confirmation if his sentence about Joy Boy’s return refers to Luffy, which amazes even Yamato. In the red light area of the left tower, while Some is still healing him, Sanji stands up because he has sensed something and looks up, wondering if it is really Luffy.
In the main hall, Law, Kidd, and Hyogoro have the same reaction. The same happens to Marco, who realizes that the Straw Hat is still alive and communicates it to Nami and Tama. In Mary Geoise, the Five Elders learn that the agent in charge of Luffy has been eliminated by the emperor; one of them claims it was a misjudgment as they also provoked Kaido’s wrath.
Another points out that eliminating the biggest concerns takes precedence, while a third points out that the World Government has already tried to take over Gomu Gomu no Mi for eight hundred years, but has always failed. The first comments that it is as if the fruit was running away from them and a fourth Elder claims that the Zoan Devil Fruits have a will of their own and also the one in question has the name of a deity: in fact, it is actually a mythological Zoan Devil Fruit called Hito Hito no Mi, Model: Nika.
He claims that the latter had a rubber body and that he fought against all logic, in addition to the fact that he was considered “the warrior of liberation”, who brought smiles to people. Furthermore, the awakening of the fruit gives the user even more flexibility and freedom of movement, so much so that it was said to be the most bizarre in the world.
In the treasure room on the second floor of the castle, Orochi tries to convince Hiyori that he has been used by Kaido and begs her to free him. But the woman reminds him that her father kept his promise unlike the shogun and the emperor, making all Oden’s efforts and pain useless. Orochi replies that Oden was a very respectable samurai and as a shogun, he recognizes his value, however, Hiyori takes off his mask and in tears reaffirms his name, as well as scolds him.
After revealing to him that she never considered him a shogun for a day as he only caused innocent victims, Orochi tries to stop her by telling him that revenge doesn’t make sense and that in any case, she couldn’t do anything against Kaido. At that point, he is reached by what’s left of Kanjuro’s fire monster, who tells him he failed.
The shogun then orders him to burn the woman alive, sure that he has won. The creature, however, approaches Orochi, who is engulfed in flames, who calls the ally an idiot and asks Hiyori for help. She claims that the dawn will rise and that a Kozuki always keeps his promises. Luffy feels he can do anything and points out that her heart is beating strangely: she decides to call this state “Gear Fifth”.
His Conqueror King Ambition reaches the main hall and knocks out many of the Pirates of the Hundred Beasts, then Kaido is grabbed by the Straw Hat’s giant arm, which takes him back to the roof and spins and slams him to the ground. When he is let go, the emperor stands up, and is happy to see the opponent attack with a beam of energy, which however is sent back to him when Luffy turns the ground into rubber and uses it as a bungee shield.
Kaido apologizes for what happened earlier because he didn’t want to win thanks to an outside intervention, so Straw Hat looks at him with determination, smiles, and replies that it doesn’t matter, then tells him to stop it.
The secret of Luffy’s Devil fruit – its true nature revealed!
The Gomu Gomu no Mi is a Devil Fruit that gives the user’s body the properties of rubber, turning them into a rubber human. The fruit, however, is actually the Hito Hito no Mi, Model: Nika, a mythical Zoan-type Devil Fruit, which in addition to the aforementioned, converts its consumer in the incarnation of the “Warrior of liberation”, the Sun God Nika.
Nika was a legendary warrior, possibly even a mythical one, who was revered as the Sun God by the slaves of antiquity. Nika has been adored since antiquity by slaves who believed that he would eventually free them from their suffering. However, it is unknown whether this figure actually existed or not.
Who’s-Who, a former CP9 member who was once jailed for failing, heard the legend from the mouth of an unnamed prison guard, and then began praying to Nika with intent to alleviate his own suffering. When Who’s-Who realized that the same prison guard who told him the legend had suddenly disappeared, he suspected that the story was not meant to be shared and that the World Government had done something to the guard.
He then decided to get out of prison to escape a potentially worse punishment to find out too much. Who’s-Who spoke of Nika to Jinbe during their struggle, as the former associated the fish-man race with slavery, and they asked Jinbe about the legend.
He did not respond to Who’s-Who, and was angry with the assumption of the relationship between the fish-men and slavery, so after defending himself from the attacks of Who’s-Who, he gave him a critical blow.
Luffy’s Gear Fifth explained
Gear Fifth is a technique created as a result of the awakening of the Gomu Gomu no Mi used by Luffy. It was first seen after Luffy was defeated by Kaidou on the rooftop of Onigashima. The awakening of the Gomu Gomu no Mi, also known as the Hito Hito no Mi Model: Nika, grants the user’s rubbery body increased strength and freedom.
It allows him to use gear third but without physically pumping air into his body, as well as giving him the ability to elasticize and stretch the terrain around him. The most notable feature of the awakened form is granting cartoon-like effects, not only to the user, but also to their opponent, an example of which is eye-striking effects.
When Luffy first used it against Kaidou, he was able to grow his arm to enormous size so he could grab Kaidou’s transformed body and drag him out of the Skull Dome. With his enlarged limbs, Luffy could handle Kaidou despite his enormous size, swinging him from side to side. Luffy’s rubbery nature can spread to the environment around him, as seen when Luffy lifted a section of the ceiling and used it to repel Kaidou’s Boro Breath back at him.