Before I get started, I would like to say a few things!
I am not a Katakuri or Luffy Fanboy (Zoro for Life?).
This post-Will Contain spoilers from the Manga too (at the time of this post)
The analysis will not be based entirely on Strength level (Haki).
Now that’s all said, let’s begin this evaluation. If you’re up to date with One piece anime, you’ll realize that the “Whole cake
Arc” is starting to come to an end (or has ended already). But if your impatient like me and have read the manga then you’ll
realize the best is yet to come in the next two Arcs. However, we’ve reached a point in the anime where a major battle is about to
unfold. Which is the fight between Monkey D Luffy and Charlotte Katakuri. However, if your impatience got the better of
you, then you’ll know the outcome of this intense struggle. But most people, are not satisfied with the result of the fight. Even
though Luffy has always tangled with opponents much stronger than him in the past and come out Victorious, some are still
against the fact that Luffy with his current skills shouldn’t be able to best the 1 billion berry man in combat (At least not
alone). But right now, ill disprove that theory by giving you Three reasons why Luffy did not only take the “W” but should be
seen in this arc as the better fighter. And those three reasons are
At the beginning of the fight (in chapter 879) when Dogtooth was raining down Shots on Luffy, he mentioned that he never for
once underestimated him. However, I believe that’s a lie because the reason Katakuri went after Luffy in the first place is because
he wanted to eliminate him before he became a bigger “threat” to Big Mom. If he claimed he wasn’t underestimating Luffy, then
why did he go so far by trying to prove the difference between their Strength, Speed, Devil fruit and even Techniques being
used (Example when Luffy used a Hawk Gatling and in response, Dog Tooth Sprouted extra limbs from his body to counter).
Likewise, before the fight, a “Merienda” had already been scheduled for him (Katakuri). Meaning he had so much faith that he
was going to defeat Luffy before it was time for his meal. Clearly, Actions speak louder than Words & It’s not like Luffy did not
know he was going into the fight at a huge disadvantage. If there’s one thing a fighter should never do is “Underestimate their
opponent” and since he knew he was going to be the challenger, he had something with him that katakuri didn’t have which was
For someone who’s been undefeated for quite some time (Katakuri), I find it strange why he won’t have a game plan
before entering battle. I guess seeing the future always puts him at a huge Advantage during fights because it’s pointless
planning when you know what’s coming. But on the other hand, Luffy who doesn’t think things through. came prepared with a
scheme on how to take down the Goliath known as Katakuri and this wasn’t during the fight but back at his 2-year training with
Rayleigh In Chapter 894. This was when Rayleigh informed Luffy about people (in the new world) who could see the
Future (clearly ) with their Color of Observation (Kenbunshoku Haki). And then asked Luffy what he would do if he should
face such Adversary. To which he replies, “It depends on their Personality”
Unlike Dog Tooth that can see the near future with his Color of Observation, Luffy is able to sense the Feelings of living
things to a much greater degree. And we all know that the biggest personality Katakuri had was “Pride”.Moreover, there’s a
famous saying that “Pride comes before a Fall”. Luffy knowing this (intuitively) just had one simple thing to do which was
“make him lose focus by breaking his pride” and he did this by
Exposing Katakuri’s “Mealtime” hence, breaking his pride thereby causing him to lose focus in the fight (Un -Intentional).
And tried seeing into the future in order to break Katakuris Pride hence, cause him to lose focus in the fight (Intentional).
That’s why Katakuri couldn’t understand why Luffy came back to the mirror world for a second round. He didn’t see how Luffy
could be Victorious because so-far he remained calm, he was Invincible. However, since Luffy was trying to see the future just
as Katakuri, he knew somewhere along the line he would get a chance at him because it wasn’t an easy task but Rayleigh had
already told him that Haki only blooms in Extreme Situations. And as the battle went on, Katakuri saw the steady growth in
Luffy’s color of observation so it was just a matter of time before he lost Focus again. However, as luck would have it, his task
was lessened thanks to Flampe. Because Katakuri’s pride was belittled once again when he discovered he was assisted during
the One V One battle. That’s why he didn’t just stab himself but removed his scarf, which meant he no longer cared about his
Personality. Rather, winning the match that had initially begun as a One on One battle. But this was his Greatest
mistake yet because if there’s anything a fighter should Have before entering Battle is something called “Resilience”.
Most of the Big mom pirates (with Charlotte Oven being an exception) lack the ability to take damage in combat e.g.
Cracker and Katakuri. If you can recall in Chapter 884 when Luffy went Gear 4th and was on the offensive for the first time in
the fight, Dogtooth mentions something peculiar and that is “he can’t recall the last time he was hit”. Meaning all he could
do was dish out Blows but was never on the receiving end (at least for a while). But on the contrary, Luffy’s Devil Fruit,
which has the ability to Soak up damage over a long period of time, & his undying will to never give up gave him the upper
hand in this fight. After all, a wise boxer once said: “It ain’t about how hard you hit, but how hard you can get hit and
“keep moving forward”. And this was clearly seen in the fight because no matter how many times Katakuri knocked Luffy
down, with attacks like Chikara Mochi, Ginchaku, Grilled Mochi, Cheese nut mochi, Diced Mochi and many more, he
always got back on his Feet. Luffy had fallen multiple times before & during the fight and that’s what Aided him to keep
Pushing. Unlike katakuri who never for once in his life let his Back touch the ground (even while taking damage).
That’s why Luffy was victorious after the Final clash with Dogtooth!! Even though they both got back up, Katakuri was
unwilling to continue the fight because with his Huge Ego busted, he had nothing left to support him while Luffy on the other
hand, with he’s Undying will as well as his belief in he’s Nakama, gave him the ability to fall and get back up each time thus,
making him the better fighter overall??.
My Final Thoughts
Well, that brings me to the end my Analysis of the fight. But let me know what you guys think about the Skirmish in the
comments. Do you feel it ended in a silly way or it was good the way it turned out? I honestly think Luffy at his level should be
able to tangle with Younkou Commanders. After all, there’s a Beast out there that can keep fighting for 5 consecutive days
without rest or Merianda (All-Star Jack). while Katakuri after mere hours into battle was Huffing and Puffing (Check out
my post on Top 5 Younkou Commanders if you want to get a full picture of what I’m talking about). Moreover, if Luffy
couldn’t handle Dogtooth then I don’t know what business he has in Wano (a wild zoo filled with ancient creatures).
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