After much anticipation, the long-awaited meeting between Franky, one of the Straw Hat pirates, and Dr. Vegapunk, renowned as the world’s smartest individual in the One Piece series, has finally taken place. This momentous encounter unfolds on Egghead Island, Dr. Vegapunk’s residence and a place of great scientific innovation referenced throughout the story. Franky’s ties with Vegapunk were established even before they met, as the scientist’s work had once saved Franky’s life. Now, Franky gets the chance to showcase his own brilliance, leaving even the world’s brightest mind astonished.
Upon the Straw Hat crew’s arrival at Egghead Island, chaos erupts, delaying Franky’s interaction with Vegapunk. However, in chapter #1090, their minds finally converge to formulate an escape plan from the island. Franky’s genius becomes apparent when he proposes a solution involving his robot, Vegaforce-1, and the Thousand Sunny ship. Vegapunk initially believes the robot’s capabilities are confined to the island, but Franky ingeniously suggests using the Sunny’s Coup de Burst along with the robot to overcome the Navy blockade. This revelation astounds Vegapunk, especially when he learns that the ship is powered by simple cola.
Franky’s journey to this point has been marked by resilience and innovation. Despite sustaining injuries during his time away from the crew, he utilized Vegapunk’s abandoned lab to rebuild and enhance himself. This experience deepened his admiration for the scientist. While fans had anticipated a meaningful exchange between Franky and Vegapunk, various obstacles, such as the intrusion of CP0 agents and naval forces, limited their interaction.
Dr. Vegapunk’s decades-long pursuit of knowledge, coupled with the Nomi Nomi no Mi Devil Fruit’s effects on his brain, has led to remarkable technological advancements and controversial creations. Franky’s unique achievements, including his cola-based power source, align with Vegapunk’s aspiration to develop an abundant, globally accessible energy supply to foster peace. This goal, however, comes with the risk of misuse, as seen with Vegapunk’s research into cloning and formidable weapons like the Pacifistas. Franky’s cola innovation could offer a solution that aligns with Vegapunk’s vision.
Although the expected intellectual showdown between Franky and Vegapunk doesn’t fully materialize, chapter #1090 underscores Franky’s resourcefulness and potential. Beyond the clash of minds, the arc promises to highlight Franky’s remarkable abilities as he stands alongside the intellectual titan. As the story progresses, Franky’s role might contribute significantly not only to the crew’s survival but also to the realization of Vegapunk’s dream of sustainable, conflict-free energy.