One Piece Chapter 1071 sets up Monkey D. Garp vs Blackbeard

One Piece Garp and Luffy
Monkey D. Garp from One Piece. Pic credit: Toei Animation

One Piece manga Chapter 1071, titled “A Hero’s Offensive,” is unofficially out. For those who want to wait for the official translation, the chapter will drop on Friday instead of the usual Sundays.

The chapter opens with Kuma flying in the air after using his Devil Fruit powers on himself in Chapter 1068. I said in the review of that chapter that his most likely destination is Egghead Island, but it seems that is not the case.

We see Kuma crash into the Red Line at the Bondola Gate. Why is he here? I honestly have no idea, and it will be really interesting to see where this goes.

Eustass Kid has also reached Elbaf, so it is likely that the man marked by flames that he mentioned is actually Jaguar D. Saul.

Vegapunk’s ally

Pythagoras mentions that there is an ally on the island who can help them escape. Vegapunk called that ally asking for help, and they said they had always been prepared for this order.

My best guess is that the ally is someone from the Roger Pirates, maybe Scopper Gaban. We know that this arc is turning into Sabaody 2.0, so there is a chance that just like Rayleigh was introduced in that arc, Oda introduces another crewmate of Roger in this arc.

A traitor in our midst

Somehow the Frontier Dome defense system went offline for some time, giving CP0 a chance to infiltrate. There is no way this would be a technical fault, so it is possible that someone amongst the Vegapunk Satellites shut down the defense systems.

Or maybe it is that ally that Vegapunk called. It may be a trap by that ally to lure CP0. We’ll just have to wait and see.

Zoro vs Kaku 2.0

After infiltrating the Labostratum, CP0 finds the Thousand Sunny. Kaku uses his Tempest Kick Sky Slicer to destroy the ship, but he does not know that Roronoa Zoro is sleeping on that ship. Zoro wakes up and engages with Kaku.

For those who don’t remember, all this is very similar to Zoro’s first meeting with Kaku in Ennies Lobby. I wish Zoro would have mistaken Kaku for Usopp one more time.

A Hero’s Offensive

Monkey D. Garp picks up Helmeppo from the G-14 naval base to raid Blackbeard’s territory — Hachinosu Island, and save Captain Koby.

Who would have ever thought that we’ll see Garp vs Blackbeard? As hyped as I am for this fight, I don’t think Garp is strong enough to fight a Yonko 1v1. Rayleigh also said in Chapter 1059 that he couldn’t beat Blackbeard, and I consider Garp and Rayleigh to be on a similar level.

You can check out the official One Piece manga Chapter 1071 when it drops on the Viz website.

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