WARNING: The next comprises spoilers for One Piece Chapter #1026, “The Pivotal Clash,” by Eiichiro Oda, Stephen Paul and Vanessa Satone, obtainable in English through Manga Plus and Viz Media.
For almost all of post-timeskip One Piece, Kozuki Momonosuke has been an integral a part of the story. First assembly the Straw Hats throughout the Punk Hazard arc, he was portrayed as a goofy, typically pervy, scaredy-cat. This was regular although given the truth that he was solely 8 years-old, however along with his objective being to deliver down Kaido and liberate Wano, issues weren’t essentially trying good.
However, since assembly the Straw Hats, Momonosuke’s character has grown by leaps and bounds. Whereas the women of the Straw Hat Pirates spoil him rotten (a lot to the chagrin of Sanji and Brook), his friendship with Luffy is what has actually motivated him to change into the chief Wano wants. This reality is finally what leads to a significant sea-change of Momonosuke in One Piece Chapter 1026.
Momonosuke has watched Luffy overcome a few of his hardest battles, most notably in opposition to Doflamingo in Dressrosa, and has been constantly impressed by his willpower to win. This, together with the truth that Luffy and Momonosuke have each been aiming to deliver down Kaido since they first met, makes his admiration for the Straw Hat captain all of the extra comprehensible.
Since returning to Wano, Momonosuke’s development has change into way more noticeable. On the factories in Udon, Momonosuke was the one who finally satisfied the imprisoned samurai to hitch their trigger. Luffy could have been the one to encourage him to take action, nevertheless it simply goes to point out how deep the connection is between the 2. All through their time collectively, however notably on Wano, it has been Luffy who’s inspired Momonosuke to push himself.
Even when he was kidnapped by Kanjuro earlier than the raid, Momonosuke stayed sturdy and instructed the fleet to not fear about him. This was considered one of, if not the primary actual second in One Piece that Momonosuke actively selected to be courageous, totally acknowledging the burden of the accountability that being Wano’s shogun required. This was seen later as effectively when he tried escaping from Kanjuro on his personal. He would possibly’ve failed, nevertheless it’s essential to notice that it did not deter him afterward.
However he most essential occasion in Momonosuke’s growth got here whereas he was being rescued by Yamato and Shinobu. After getting his father’s journal from Yamato, Momonosuke found that his life is way more essential than he thought, and that his survival and victory within the raid is of the utmost significance.
It is not too lengthy after this that he encounters Kaido, who proceeds to slay Kin’emon in entrance of his eyes earlier than trying to kill Momonosuke for the second time. Despite the fact that he barely managed to flee alive with Shinobu’s assist, Momonosuke refused to surrender. When Luffy wanted some technique to get again as much as Onigashima, he asks Shinobu to make use of her personal Satan Fruit powers to age him 20 years into maturity, fully of his personal volition.
As soon as an grownup, he nearly instantly takes the type of a dragon, with Luffy instinctively realizing the explanations behind Momonosuke’s choice. And whereas he has been notably hesitant since reworking, it isn’t an correct reflection of who Momonosuke has steadily change into since his introduction. That is an 8-year-old boy who, in moments, went from being perhaps a meter tall to being a large flying dragon. So his shock and conduct is kind of comprehensible.
No matter his concern and obvious PTSD from his first encounter with Kaido 20 years earlier, Momonosuke nonetheless flew immediately into Kaido’s fort and was instrumental in bringing Luffy again to the combat. He even musters up the braveness to chew Kaido and latch on, organising a shock assault from Luffy, clearly exhibiting how far he has come for the reason that final time they encountered one another solely chapters earlier.
With Luffy and Yamato going through Kaido, and the remainder of the Straw Hats and samurai going through Kaido’s forces, all that is left for Momonosuke to do is cease Onigashima island from falling into the capital. Whereas this may need been not possible for a youthful Momonosuke, in his present state he needs to be comparatively as highly effective as Kaido’s dragon type, which makes the feat way more doable.
Momonosuke has come fairly far since he was first launched again in Punk Hazard. With all of the latest developments he is gone via since returning to Wano, Momonosuke is not nervous about being able to main Wano, reasonably he’s decided to. Momonosuke is aware of he cannot fear about his insecurities and fears anymore and has lastly gotten to a degree the place he has chosen to just accept his future, each because the son of Oden and the shogun of Wano.