Fans are currently celebrating their excitement because of One Piece Luffy’s Gear 5 debut in the anime version of One Piece, which will air on August 6, 2023.
Nakama has been waiting for the moment when Luffy’s powers awaken in the anime version since the first appearance in manga chapter 1044.
However, before RevivaL friends witness the latest strength of the Mugiwara Pirates captain, you should know some facts about Luffy’s Gear 5 form.
Here are 7 facts about Luffy’s Gear 5 that you should know.
7 Facts about Luffy’s Gear 5 in One Piece
1. Gear 5 Luffy was first mentioned on SBS 98
In one of the questions on SBS 98, a fan asked Oda about how Luffy can defeat the strongest monster in the One Piece series.
These fans also questioned whether Luffy would have Gear 5 or not.
Oda also answered this question by providing a code that connects current world technology.
“The enemy that must be defeated now is the strongest man in the world, the world is also transitioning from 4G to 5G, “G” means “Gear”, right?” said Oda, quoted from the Reddit site.
Five volumes later, Oda introduced Gear 5 to fans and confirmed it directly on SBS 103.
2. Inspired by Tom and Jerry
Quoted from the Instagram account @ oploverzz, on July 10 2023. In Oda’s interview with Gosho Aoyama which was published on WSJ 34 and WSS 35.
Oda explained that when drawing One Piece Luffy’s Gear 5, he wanted a fight that wasn’t too serious. Because of this, many scenes are similar to cartoon effects.
“I humorously drew Gear 5 because I knew readers would be sick of it, to be honest, I hate serious combat.
“I don’t want my manga to be too serious so I like drawing it during his battle with Kaido,” said Oda, quoted from Instagram @ oploverzz.
It doesn’t stop there, Luffy and Kaido’s battle was inspired by the Tom and Jerry cartoon, and Oda likes Luffy’s silly and sad figure.
“When I drew Gear 5 like Tom and Jerry, it was very difficult. The world of Tom and Jerry works because of the two characters themselves. But I suffered a lot because of the difference in style.
Luffy is the only one who pulls pranks, while Kaido doesn’t. I like his expression like he is running around like a wheel. “Sadly, it has been forgotten nowadays,” continued Oda.
3. Luffy’s Devil Fruit Awakening
The appearance of Gear 5 indicates that Luffy’s Devil Fruit has reached awakening. Apart from that, during this awakening, we also found out Luffy’s true Devil Fruit type.
In fact, since his first appearance, Luffy was introduced to have eaten the Paramecia Gomu Gomu no Mi type devil fruit.
However, when Luffy’s Gear 5 was displayed, Gorosei explained that the real devil fruit power was the Mythical Zoan Hito Hito no Mi Model: Nika.
4. Drums of Liberation
After Luffy lost so many times at Kaido’s hands, his heart started to stop beating completely.
Luffy’s Devil Fruit awakens, and Luffy’s heartbeat is very different and we can hear his heartbeat like the “Drum of Liberation” as said by Zunesha.
5. The Form of Freedom
Gear 5’s appearance is very special, with his new abilities he is the embodiment of freedom in One Piece.
Luffy is described as a “Liberation Warrior”. According to Gorosei, he has the characteristic of spreading wherever he goes and fighting with extraordinary freedom.
This was also seen during the fight against Kaido, where Luffy could do anything freely according to the user’s imagination.
6. All White
Gear 5 is a unique transformation. As explained by Kaido in one panel in the manga.
Luffy’s transformation has flaming hair and almost everything he wears turns white, even his legendary sandals.
7. Gear 5 is not the peak of Luffy’s strength
Even though Luffy’s changes are very strong, it could be said that this latest gear is not the peak of the captain’s strength.
A power that can give freedom to the body like rubber, and can change everything around it according to the user’s imagination.
Then, has Luffy maximized the power of the devil fruit with his Gear 5?
We should pay attention to this, considering that after the Wano arc ended. Luffy’s adventure has entered the final saga and will face enemies that could match Gear 5.
Therefore, Oda’s returns can show strength that is stronger than Gear 5.
Those are 7 interesting facts about Luffy’s Gear 5 powers that you should know.