A play released a major teaser for Luffy’s next big power boost with the series’ final chapter cliffhanger! As the fight between Luffy and Kaido comes to an end atop the Skull Dome, the climax of the Land of Wa arc is now more heated than ever. Luffy gave his all to this fight because after losing to the Emperor twice, he can’t afford to lose another time. But as he continued to struggle with his Gear Fourth’s abilities, Kaido seemingly only grew stronger as the fight between them continued.
With Luffy exhausting every one of his current options with the extent of his power so far, fans started wondering whether or not he would unlock the Gear Fifth form through this fight next. But it was teased in the previous chapter that Luffy reached the end of his rope in terms of how much he could muster, and things looked pretty dire when he was suddenly attacked from behind by a CP0 member. But things look very different at the end of the new chapter, as Luffy might just be unlocking a whole new type of power.
Chapter 1043 of A play picks up right after Luffy is hit by not only the CP0 member’s surprise attack, but also Kaido’s. This combination of final attacks unfortunately left Luffy completely lifeless and knocked to the ground. The series then officially crowned Kaido the winner of their third fight, and it looked pretty bleak to everyone, as Luffy’s heart had apparently stopped beating as well. But while things are hopeless, Luffy isn’t quite ready to count yet as the chapter’s final moments see something strange happen to his body.
His heart starts beating again and it sounds like a drum. Zunesha hears this nearby and celebrates that Joy Boy has seemingly returned as the chapter’s final moments see a smile cross Luffy’s face and a mysterious ooze begins to form around him. It looks like this Joy Boy is some sort of power boost that activated during Luffy’s last loss, but it remains to be seen what kind of power it will actually be.
Will it be something Luffy can control? A new being who takes over his body? What power will it give him as a result? What do you think? Let us know all your thoughts on this in the comments! You can even contact me directly about all things anime and other cool stuff @Valdezology on Twitter!