After much anticipation, One Piece fans have received confirmation that the Straw Hat crew is set to explore the long-foreshadowed island of Elbaf. This revelation, however, came at a cost, as it inadvertently spoiled the ending of the ongoing Egghead Arc. The news was revealed in chapter #1090 of the manga, translated by Stephen Paul.
The journey to Elbaf has been a topic of speculation among fans for some time, with many predicting that the crew would set their course there after their adventures in Egghead. The direction is hinted at by Nami’s observation that the log pose, which guides them between locations, is still pointing towards Elbaf. The notion is supported by Vegapunk, and further strengthened by Kid’s crew ending up there after following a similar direction.
Elbaf’s significance has been built up since the early arcs of the series, particularly when giants Dorry and Brogy mentioned it during the Little Garden arc. Fans speculated that this island could hold the key to various mysteries, including the location of the last Poneglyph and Laugh Tale. The excitement surrounding Elbaf’s potential also stems from the presence of the enigmatic character known as the “Man Marked by Flames” and the potential connection to the history of Ohara.
However, the reveal of the Straw Hats’ next destination has implications for the current Egghead Arc, diminishing the tension of the ongoing high-stakes battle. In the previous chapter, the Straw Hats triggered a major showdown involving the Navy, with Admiral Kizaru’s appearance heightening the stakes. The sudden mention of Elbaf suggests that the crew will be able to escape the situation relatively easily and move on to their next adventure.
Despite this potential spoiler, Eiichiro Oda, the creator of One Piece, is known for his unpredictability, leaving room for twists and turns in the conclusion of the Egghead Arc. While the reveal of Elbaf may have deflated some tension, it is still a thrilling prospect for fans who have been eagerly awaiting more information about the island of giants. The upcoming exploration of Elbaf and the potential reunification with Shanks adds an exciting layer to the unfolding saga, even if it momentarily dampens the current arc’s intensity.