For Luffy, the confrontation with Shanks could be the prerequisite to becoming the Pirate King. If true, the confrontation between these two emperors is expected to be the biggest fight in One Piece ever.
There is a lot of debate about the ending of One Piece, especially the reunion between Straw Hat Luffy and Red-Haired Shanks. A lot has changed since they last met twelve years ago.
On the one hand, Luffy and Shanks have a strong bond and once promised to meet when Luffy became a great pirate, which has now come true. On the other hand, Shanks is currently a Yonko so he must also defend his title if Luffy comes to confront him.
Ultimately, the meeting between Luffy and Shanks is likely to turn into a fierce battle between the two. Currently, Shanks’ actions are still very mysterious, which may be to hide his true purpose.
Shanks seems to intentionally take advantage of Luffy
Chapter 1054 of One Piece revealed some more information about Shanks and rekindled the debate among readers about his reunion with Luffy. In it, Shanks and his teammates appear near Wano, they discuss together about Luffy becoming the Yonko.
They both agree that Luffy has fulfilled his promise to Shanks, although he is not yet ready to see the boy again. In any case, Shanks’ criteria for being a “great pirate” might reveal what he’s really aiming for.
Another important thing shown in chapter 1054 is the flashback of the Redhead Pirates stealing the Rubber Fruit. This shows that Shanks seems to have understood the true nature and value of this Devil Fruit.
If he wanted something important and was willing to steal it from the World Government, this would have revealed the true ambitions of the leader of the Red Hair.
If Shanks really knew about the rubber fruit, it would also raise questions about his interest in Luffy. The redhead loves the boy not only because of his time in Foosha village, but he also sees in Luffy himself and Gol D. Roger, the captain he served under in the past.
However, the fact that Shanks accepted to let the world’s most valuable Devil Fruit “fall into” Luffy’s stomach explained why he put so much faith in the boy. Not only did he sacrifice his left arm, but he also gave Luffy the legendary straw hat of Roger.
Redhead understands that this boy can change the world and become the future of pirates. It is possible that Shanks used Luffy to do something he planned from the beginning, which requires more information to conclude.
Shanks and Luffy will definitely face each other
Of course, the theory that Shanks is someone with big ambitions like Big Mom or Kaido seems a bit hard to believe. Although he is a Yonko, he rarely goes to spread fear on innocent people, plunder or seize lands like other pirates.
Shanks is a pacifist who only really fights or becomes serious if he or those close to him are threatened. Many of Luffy’s actions seem to be inspired by Shanks.
Even the World Government isn’t trying to confront Redhead, not because of what he’s done, but because of what he hasn’t done. Shanks’ calmness is the reason why it’s hard for readers to imagine the fight between him and Luffy.
With that said, it is essential to remember where Luffy and Shanks are currently. With ambitions to be the new Pirate King, Luffy has pledged to defeat all the Yonko, including Shanks. Of course, he would want to confront Shanks as late as possible.
As for Shanks, of course he had to maintain the majesty of a Yonko. He himself demonstrated this in chapter 1054 by prioritizing preventing Bartolomeo from encroaching on his territory over meeting Luffy again.
Therefore, although unlikely, it is clear that the ambition and obligations of these two Yonko will inevitably force them to confront each other.
Shanks says it’s time to get One Piece
Chapter 1054 also reveals another detail about why Shanks confronts Luffy. In the final scene, Shanks asserts that it’s time for the Red Hair Pirates to “take action” and claim One Piece.
It’s unclear what Shanks aspired to get by owning One Piece, but if this desire drives Shanks the way he stole the Nika Devil Fruit from the Marines, then surely, Shanks has his own plans. .
Luffy intends to go to the treasure first to officially become the Pirate King. Because both captains have a desire to take One Piece, conflict is bound to happen.
Most readers believe that the confrontation between the Straw Hat Pirates and the Red Hair Pirates will take place in the direction of “friendly fights” rather than a harsh battle.
As the two captains work together to build a peaceful world, the nature of the battle is expected to be similar to how the Whitebeard Pirates encountered the Roger Pirates.
Many fans have also theorized that the Straw Hats and Redheads will deal with a round-by-round confrontation like the one in the Davy Back Fight arc, which advocates non-violence.
If that happens, this confrontation will not be a decisive battle but just an “emotional competition” to evaluate how far the Straw Hats have come in their journey to become the Pirate King.
However, both crews still seem to have something important to fight for, even if it’s not about territory or ideals. Therefore, each side may have to resort to force to get what it wants.
The ability of the Straw Hats to win is now somewhat lower
If Redhead or Straw Hats want to win, they might have to take their opponent seriously. Assuming in such a confrontation situation, it’s hard to conclude how Luffy’s crew will fight.
Luffy still has some weakness between attacks, so of course he will be at a disadvantage against Shanks’ top swordsmanship. Lower-ranking members of the Straw Hats can also have a hard time fighting Red Hair members, who are stronger and have higher bonuses.
The Straw Hats might be able to win, but this would be more convincing if they had more time to get stronger.
The Redheads have also proven themselves to be brutal in combat. In the first chapter, Lucky Roux shot and killed a man while the rest of the crew were having a good time.
In addition, Kid was also a witness to Shanks’ cruelty when he lost an arm during the two’s fight. The Red Hair Pirates may be pacifists, but when they fight, the crew’s power is formidable.
However, all of the above is not enough to conclude that Shanks will be a great villain. Many fans theorize that Shanks has a plan of some sort that has been gradually worked out over the years.
In the end, everything revolves around Luffy and Shanks again and the confrontation between the two is expected to be very important. Both are ambitious and can lead to great change in the world. Whether the Straw Hats and Redheads fight “friendly” or fiercely, it’s going to be explosive and dramatic.
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