One Piece: the 5 best theories of the moment

Having to date more than twenty years of existence, One Piece has become a classic of shonen manga, having won over generations of fans from its beginnings until now. With already more than 1000 episodes released and more more chapters, Eiichiro Oda’s story is one of the most dense and detailed of contemporary manga. So, with a series that has been going on for so long, fans have had plenty of time to try and guess what surprises Oda might have in store for us at the end of her story. Here is a selection of the most famous fan theories. regarding One Piece.

5) The Giant Straw Hat Theory: An Ancient Weapon?

As revealed in chapter 906, a giant straw hat that strangely looks like Luffy’s in a cold room under Mary Geoise. Indeed, Donquixote Doflamingo had previously spoken of a hidden treasure on Mary Geoise during the Dressrosa arc, saying that he “would shake the whole world if it was made public “. Because of the dangerous implications of Doflamingo’s words, Many fans believe the giant straw hat to be none other than the mysterious Ancient Weapon Uranus, or at least that it would be related. To date, the other Ancient Weapons, Poseidon and Pluto, have been revealed to be a Mermaid Princess (Shirahoshi) and a Warship, respectively.

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4) What if Blackbeard had eaten three Devil Fruits?

Become a legendary antagonist, Marshall D. Teach, better known as Blackbeard, is famous in the world of One Piece, not only for having taken Whitebeard’s place among the Four Emperors, but above all for be the first to use the power of two Devil Fruits, which is normally considered impossible in this world.

A popular theory to this riddle, titled “Cerberus theory”, postulates that Blackbeard had already eaten a Devil Fruit before eating the Yami Yami no Mi. He would have especially eaten a Mythical Zoan fruit, which some already call the Inu Inu no Mi. Thus, the theory would like that because of the nature of the mythical Cerberus, having three heads endowed with an independent thought, this would allow Teach to use more than one Devil Fruit. The rationale for this theory comes mainly from the way Blackbeard and his actions tend to revolve around the number three.

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Indeed, just on the Jolly Roger of Blackbeard’s ship and its crew, we can very clearly distinguish three distinct skulls, thus making a very specific flag. Then there is his weapon of choice, a claw with three blades he’s been using since joining the Whitebeard Pirates. Moreover, it is indeed Teach who is at the origin of the famous three scars of Shanks on the left eye, although it is not known exactly if these last are due to the weapon of Blackbeard, or if they are the result of his hypothetical Zoan form. Finally, the fact that the myth of Cerberus exists directly in the world of One Piece gives even more credibility to this theory.

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3) Shanks le Roux: Keeper of the balance?

Many fans believe that the end of One Piece will involve, in one way or another, the end of a cult figure, the one called Shanks the Redhead. A user named Nessos, meanwhile, believes the famous captain and member of the Four Emperors kept the truth about the Lost Century a secret., a secret he would probably have discovered in the company of the Pirate King, Gol D. Roger.

According to the theory, then the truth would be an answer that no one wants to hear, because if it were to be revealed, it could cause an unprecedented war. Shanks’ role would therefore be to watch Laugh Tale in the New World, to ensure that no one decipher the Poneglyphs containing the forbidden secrets of the Lost Century.

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This could then give another explanation on the meeting between the Gorosei (ie: the Five Deans) et Shanks, where the latter mentioned a “certain pirate”. While we thought the reference was for Blackbeard, Nesso thinks the pirate in question is none other than Luffy, and that Shanks will then have to face it the minute Luffy finds out the truth.

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2) A new Devil Fruit user for the Mugiwara crew?

Fans have often speculated on how many members the Straw Hat Pirates will have at the end of One Piece, but is there a way to determine exactly who will join Luffy and his crew? On Reddit, user Panino87 brought to light a theory, which was reportedly commented on by Eiichiro Oda himself! In a question-and-answer section that appeared in SBS Volume 59, a fan wrote for Oda: “I noticed an amazing thing !!! Is that if you look at the Mugiwara devil fruit users in numbers, you find the numbers from 1 to 10”.

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The fan in question is talking about the how the Japanese names for Devil Fruits used by the Straw Hat Pirates range from 1 to 10. For example, the Japanese name for Luffy’s Devil Fruit, “Gomu Gomu no Mi”, is 5 (Go) and 6 (mu). “Go” is the number 5 in Chinese reading (On’yomi), while “mu” is the number 6 in Japanese reading (Kun’yomi).

The rest is therefore as follows:
Chopper → Hito (1-10), Robin → Hana (8-7), Brook → Yomi (4-3)
There is only one combination left for the next Devil Fruit user: 2-9.
Oda’s reaction to this:

“QUOOOOI? !! So that surprised me! Why was I surprised?! NO COMMENTSSSS !!!!! NEXT !!”.

And another fun fact: 56 (Gomu) + 110 (Hito) + 87 (Hana) + 43 (Yomi) + 29 (Nikyu) = 325. Another way to say 325 is San (3) Ni (2) Go (5) ), which could be a reference to Thousand Sunny, the Mugiwara’s second ship after Vogue Merry

1) Monkey D. Dragon: a former navy?

What if the world’s most wanted criminal was actually a former Navy Admiral? This is what several Internet users say, such as Gobee129 and MythicalZoan, that it would be a safe bet that Monkey D. Dragon was, at some point in his life, an admiral working for the World Government. Because Oda is known to draw inspiration from myths, legends and fables for his stories.

For example Elbaf, the realm of giants, is the word “fable” spelled backwards. Then in Chinese mythology, there is mention of four seas: North, South, East and West. They are generally represented by four colors: yellow, blue, red and white. And over time these four seas have also been represented by animals: a monkey, a bird, a dog and a dragon. Thus, the North Sea with the yellow monkey could therefore be a direct reference to theAmiral Kizaru. The South Sea with the blue bird for theAmiral Aokiji, and the West Sea with a red dog for theAdmiral Akainu. All that remains is the East Sea (“Shiroryu”) with a White Dragon.

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There is also another popular myth supporting this theory. It is the story of a king who had four disciples: one with the shape of a bird (Dragoon), a monkey (Kizaru), a dog (Akainu) and a pheasant (Aokiji) . After realizing how evil the king was, the bird decided to leave his side, but not without telling the truth to his comrades. However, the bird’s efforts were in vain, for the dog was too loyal, the monkey too stupid, and the pheasant too lazy to leave the king. Once again, this makes the link with the Admirals both by the color, the animal and the personality in question.. This therefore suggests that Dragon was an Admiral who left the Navy after realizing the corruption of the World Government.

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We will therefore have to wait until the end of the work to finally have the answers to these questions, but to be patient, you can already discover the first sketches of the next animated film One Piece, Red.