The names of attacks of the five gears of Luffy, we explain to you

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Monkey D. Luffy uses different forms of attacks depending on what form he is in. In his base form, he names his attacks after weapons. In Gear Two, he introduced the “Jet” version of his attacks. The Gear 3 introduces the Gigant series. In Gear 4, his attacks are named after animals. Not all of his attacks in these forms followed these naming formulas, but many of them did.

Now that Luffy has Gear 5, he has also come up with a new naming system. In One Piece Chapter 1070, “Humanity’s Strongest Form” , he introduced the “Dawn” series of attacks. At least, that’s what Viz’s translation calls them. Amateur translators who have read the manga’s raw scans might disagree. Either way, Luffy should have a new form for many of his old moves ready to be tested.

Why does Luffy use “Dawn” for the names of his Gear Five attacks?

Luffy showed off his new attack streak during his fight against Rob Lucci. First, he used the Gum-Gum Dawn Whip to spin kick the CP0 agent causing him to spin and even sink into the ground. Next, he used the Gum-Gum Dawn Rocket, where he uses his rubbery surroundings to launch himself at his opponent and hit them; he also donned a pair of glasses made from his hair. These are the only two attacks to follow this naming convention so far, but more will likely follow.

As for the meaning behind the attacks, it could tie into an overall theme in One Piece’s story. Several characters in the story have spoken of the coming of dawn after a dark night or something like that; night usually refers to terror or to oppression or other darkness that envelops a nation or group of people; , on the other hand, refers to a new age of freedom and prosperity. By coincidence, Luffy recently took on the titles of Joy Boy and Sun God Nika, both of whom were prophesied to return to the world as Liberators. You could even say that Luffy and his crew liberated countries and brought dawn wherever they went. In this regard, it makes sense that Luffy’s ultimate form has techniques named after the Aurora.

Is there another way to read the names of Luffy’s attacks?

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As obvious as the dawn reading might seem, it’s not something Luffy made up, at least not on purpose. He still doesn’t know what role he plays as Joy Boy or Nika, and doesn’t imagine himself to be a hero like a Liberator. He is content to save his friends and himself from those who might come after them; saving a country is just a bonus. While naming his attacks after dawn is thematically appropriate, it might not be what he had in mind. It would be as if he knew that Gear Five is a form of freedom.

This is where examining the original Japanese text becomes important, as it gives a better sense of the pun at play. The kanji reading for “dawn” reads Shiroi (白い, しろい), meaning “white » ; this could represent the white color that Luffy takes on in Gear Five. However, furigana, the intended reading, is spelled “dōn” (ドーン) in rōmaji. It could be read as “dawn”, but the first reading is notably used as a loud and resounding sound effect; it is also commonly seen in dramatic scenes.

It’s possible that Luffy originally intended his attacks to have a sense of a loud sound effect, which is why some fans translated the structure of the name to the series “Booming White”. It also makes sense since whenever ‘dawn’ is mentioned in One Piece, the term used for it in Japanese is yoake (夜明け, literally ‘breaking dawn’). That said, the “dawn” reading of ドーン could still be applied retroactively thanks to its homophonic reading.

There are several potential layers of puns at work here and the meaning Luffy intended might only become more apparent later. The official translation or fan translations may change as details become more apparent. At a minimum, the pronunciation of “dawn” should be correct, whatever the meaning.