In the latest episodes of the One Piece anime, the intense battle between Kaido and Luffy’s Gear 5 transformation has captivated fans. While Luffy’s powerful new form has managed to push Kaido to his limits, a deeper look at their entire showdown in both the anime and manga reveals that Kaido might have actually been the stronger contender.
Throughout the Raid on Onigashima, Kaido, known as “The Strongest Creature,” has demonstrated his unparalleled strength and resilience. His ability to withstand numerous assaults from formidable opponents like Wano’s Legendary Nine Red Scabbard Samurai, Zoro, Law, Kid, and Luffy himself showcases his exceptional durability. Despite sustaining significant damage, Kaido relentlessly continues to battle.
Even Kaido’s clash with his own son, Yamato, who possesses Mythical Zoan Devil Fruit powers and Conqueror’s Haki, couldn’t stop him. The unyielding strength he displays, along with his enigmatic origins as the spawn of “Ogres” (Oni), contribute to his dominance. Kaido’s history of surviving countless execution attempts and his unique Devil Fruit, which allows him to survive underwater, further emphasize his resilience.
Luffy’s Gear 5 transformation is undeniably impressive, but it required substantial assistance and occurred at a time when Kaido had already undergone immense damage from earlier battles. Kaido’s reputation as “The World’s Strongest Creature” has been built on overcoming legendary figures like Rocks D. Xebec, Gol D. Roger, Monkey D. Garp, and Big Mom.
Luffy’s victory over Kaido was also facilitated by external factors, like pushing Kaido into a sea of lava, causing a chain reaction that ultimately led to his defeat. This raises questions about whether Luffy truly outmatched Kaido on his own.
In conclusion, Kaido’s unwavering strength, his ability to withstand numerous attacks, and his enigmatic origins all suggest that he might have been the stronger opponent in the battle against Luffy’s Gear 5 transformation. While Luffy’s new form was undoubtedly powerful, the circumstances surrounding Kaido’s defeat indicate that his title as “The Strongest Creature” might have been well-deserved.