Did Luffy become very powerful too quickly?

Luffy’s ambitious journey began when he was very young. Garp – one of the greatest and strongest marines of all time – toughened him up, giving him the tools to be a survivor early on.

Then Luffy had a great role model in Shanks. Thanks to Shanks, Luffy gained his pirate moral compass. He learned the value of a true friend and a man of action. More importantly, he learned that you have to be willing to make sacrifices for what you believe in.

Later, Luffy put his survival skills to the test alongside his brothers. He practically raised himself by living by his own standards.

When Luffy started his journey at 17, our boy was no ordinary 17 year old. He had lived and experienced more than most young men his age. Behind those cheeky smiles and stupid, naive looks was a young boy who had lived as an adult since childhood.

Just like Oden, Luffy had had more experiences at a young age than many people in their lifetime. But as great as they are, they only became legends by undertaking their respective journeys.

Notice how Oda made sure to let us know which way the wind was blowing in LogueTown. Luffy’s journey west, like Sun Wukong, is a journey to wholeness.

Sun Wukong

Luffy’s Growth

During the first leg of his journey, Luffy spent months battling adversity, learning and adapting, and suffering defeats and setbacks.

After his failure, he spent two years training in the wild with the Pirate King’s right arm in order to become stronger.

During the second stage of his journey, Luffy fought even harder against even bigger foes, mastering new advanced forms and techniques.

Luffy’s journey has been hard and exceptional. Its development is therefore not so surprising, nor a kick in the ass. The people who claim this surely do not take everything into account.