One Piece 485 – Kuma finally left! The Fate of Zoro?
Posted January 19, 2008on:
The chapter begins by showing the impact and damage caused by Kuma’s bomb.
Every one (except Zoro) instantly fainted and Kuma picked up Luffy’s body and was about to finish him off. Suddenly, Zoro appeared out of nowhere and slashed Kuma’s body. His attack cut through Kuma’s shirt and revealed the machine parts beneath. Zoro came to realize that Kuma was a cyborg just like Franky, but his ‘steel’ is much harder than Franky’s. Kuma then shot a beam from his mouth right at Zoro, who barely dodged it.
Kuma then explained that he was indeed a cyborg, but far beyond Franky’s type. He continued that he was called ‘Pacifista’ and was an incomplete human weapon created by the World Government. The mastermind behind this project is Dr. Vegapunk, the genius scientist from the World Government.
Zoro realized that he had no chance against him and offered his life in exchange for Luffy’s. He held on to the belief that Luffy must be the man who becomes the Pirate King. Sanji heard all of this and offered to exchange his life for Zoro’s, but Zoro knocked him down with a single blow. Zoro hoped that Kuma would keep his promise of leaving the Strawhat pirates unharmed after he dies, and Kuma agreed to it.
Kuma then absorbed the pain and fatigue from Luffy’s body with his Devil Fruit ability and told Zoro that if he wished to die for Luffy, he must experience the suffering which Luffy had while fighting against Moria. Since Zoro didn’t have much energy left, this would most probably result in his death.
After receiving the damage, Kuma finally left. Before leaving, he muttered to himself, “To find such loyal companions, your son is indeed amazing… Dragon…” Soon after, every one was fine and was rejoicing. Only Sanji knew of what happened just now and was looking for Zoro. He found him but was surprised when he saw that he was covered in blood. He asked him what happened and Zoro replied, “Nothing. Nothing at all!”
Zoro’s Sword Technique! Lion’s Song!
Kuma’s cyborg body
Dr. Vegapunk in the background
Kuma absorbing the sufferings of Luffy
The Strawhat pirates are all fine!
Sad. Very sad. No Dragon, no Ace, no Mihawk, no nothing. Kuma just left like that, leaving me feeling damn disappointed. But this shows that Zoro is no match for a Shichibukai yet. Right now, only Luffy is capable of defeating a Shichibukai. The rest can only assist, nothing more than that. So Zoro is still standing after receiving that HUMONGOUS damage! Or did he really receive it?
That huge amount of suffering is enough to kill a person, and yet Zoro is still standing. I guess that Kuma was actually only testing Luffy’s companions and did not have any intent to kill them. After proving the loyalty of Luffy’s companions, his job was done and he left. And apparently, Kuma seems to know Dragon. That would most certainly be a great twist of events.
Also in this chapter, Dr. Vegapunk was mentioned once again. He seems to play a big role in One Piece and might well be one of the strongest villains who will be fighting against Luffy. However, since the final battle is definitely a battle for One Piece (The treasure, not the anime), it will definitely be a battle between 2 pirates. The Marines would have been wiped out by then, I hope. We know the identity of one of the 2, and would like to know the other.
My best guess would be Blackbeard. He seems perfect for the final villain.