“D’s will” has always been the only trope chosen. This “fate will judge the D Clan to fight against Celestial Dragons” thing. Great in the narrative is revealed only in Dressrosa. Because in the past the bearer of the name D. was hinted at fighting celestial dragons. They all fought the World Government in one way or another.
Portgas D. Rouge – The presumptive heir to Roger’s (Ace’s) will is born. Monkey D. Garp – Practice justice under the law but still won’t let dragons control it. Monkey D. Luffy – Freedom. Monkey D. Dragon – Literally fighting the world government. Marshall D. Education – freedom. Gol D. Roger – The Age of Great Pirates has begun and the Empty Horn has learned. Jaguar de Sol – Rescue Nico Robin to carry the Will of the Past and O’Hara. Trafalgar D. Water Law – Literally fighting Doflamingo. Portgas D. Ace – A tool that used to end an era but started a new one. He also saved Luffy, the future King of the Pirates. Rocks D. Xebec – I don’t know, but he seemed a very intelligent and well-informed man who, in the study of many subjects that were considered taboo, was able to reveal many secrets of the World Government, prompting the government to take the decision to erase his name from history.
I should also talk about Luffy’s Devil Fruit.
Now, I know everyone hated this because everyone loved it when he was an underdog and not because of the fruit of it. I understand that. In fact I even hated it at first feeling like a cop out. But ODA did so masterfully by tying it back in with the core themes of One Piece that Will bequeathed. Shanks stole from a world government ship. So he knows this fruit is special and fans have theorized that the reason Shanks is in East Blue is to give it to Ace and that’s believable. I even liked it because it made sense that he wanted it for the boy who is supposedly the heir to Roger’s will. But Luffy ate it.
I hate the theory that Luffy ate it because it tempted Luffy to eat it.
A large part of the fans believe that the reason as Oda wrote is that the Zuan fruits have a will of their own. It just doesn’t make sense. It is the fruit of freedom. Of course everyone is free to eat it. Are you going to say that the fruit lured Shanks into stealing it from WG? That whoever ate of the fruit before was chosen by the fruit? If so, why hasn’t anyone woken her up for 800 years? The fruit is distinctive but not so special that it attracts people to eat it. Instead of thinking that the fruit chose Luffy. Why don’t we think about the possibility that Shanks chose Luffy.
What if it wasn’t the fruit that Luffy chose but Shanks.
right Now. When it was revealed that Shanks was a Yonko everyone had the same idea. Why would Shanks lose his arm just because of a boy he met in East Blue? If he was that strong, why would he lose it just because of the Sea King? Everyone accepted that it was because Shanks was weak at the time, but what if Shanks lost his arm because he hesitated to save Luffy? He was thinking of letting Luffy die and giving him to someone more worthy. He hesitated but going back to the core of the series and One Piece themes (the legacy) he saw Roger’s dream of Luffy’s and so he saved him. Choosing to entrust him with the fruit in the process, this too was tied to his arm. It’s not that he was weak to fight the Sea King. You could argue that he hesitated to the point that he could only save Luffy by sacrificing his arm. When not. He let his arm be cut off as punishment for his hesitation to save his friend Luffy. As well as letting the world down for choosing this boy. The world needs a Joy Boy. The world needed someone to bring the dawn. Luffy was among D’s will but carrying that Devil Fruit is another matter. Shanks did not choose Luffy because he has the will of Dr. He chose Luffy as a gamble.
It was his decision that decided the fate of the world that day and it was a gamble that paid off. Now, everyone said the fruit undermines Luffy’s achievements but think about it.
Luffy was also not the embodiment of true freedom to begin with, so his fruit didn’t help him. He has to earn it. Let’s talk about his character progression and how his vigilance is actually earned rather than some grit.
- East Blue – This was him, confident that he would become the King of the Pirates. He’s cruising and doing whatever he wants but it’s all selfish. He only cares about his dreams, his meat, his friends, and that’s it. Even recruiting him is selfish.
- He did not free Alabasta because he saw it collapse. He saved it for Vivi. It’s the same with Skypiea who saved it for his friend the inhabitants.
- Ennis Lobby. second and third gear. The first power up in the series literally happened because he was fighting against the World Government. This is the only time I will admit that Luffy’s Fruit of Will appears in action. But at the same time, this does not feel like a cop. He also earned it because Luffy earned it with his creativity.
- Impel Down is an arc where Luffy’s morals are questioned. He released the prisoners not because of freedom but because of the selfish freedom of his goal of saving Ace.
- Marineford is what cemented that Luffy’s Fruit is not some daring. If it were any other series, he’d have a power up. This was a real test to be free you have to be strong enough to take on the world. If Luffy takes his role as leader seriously in Enies Lobby, then Luffy takes his dream seriously here.
Post timekip is Luffy’s agency to actively pursue his dream. This is why it no longer feels like an adventure but rather a step-by-step process.
Let’s talk about power ups. We have proven that to be free you must have the strength to resist the world. Gear Fourth is Luffy’s power boost after becoming powerful with Rayleigh. It’s a natural progression. His journey has always been to save his friends but let’s keep that in mind.
He saved Fishman Island for Jinbe. He saved the kids from Punk Hazard because they are friends. He saved Dressrosa for his dream and against Kaido. So are Lou and Rebecca. He went to Whole Cake Island for Sanji but even though he went to Wano, he didn’t save it for Momonosuke but for the people there.
Luffy’s selfish dream before “a world where my friends can eat as much as they want”
Wano is the first time we see Luffy wanting to save the country not only because of his friends but also because he genuinely wants to save it for himself. This was the first time they saw selflessness and actually become a liberation warrior wanting to save people just because he wanted them to be free.
Luffy said “I don’t want to be a hero because heroes share meat” but now in Wano we saw him sharing it with people. No wonder Luffy’s Fruit Awakening was in Wano. This is he rewrites his dream into a more selfless dream: “A world where everyone can eat as much as they eat.” Such as”
*by stars and death