One Piece’ chapter 896 release date, plot rumors: Luffy vs. Katakuri battle could end in a draw

Luffy just unlocked a new phase of his Boundman form in the One Piece manga, Snakeman, and fans have noticed something that might have hinted at the future of Luffy’s Gear Fourth transformation.

One fan theory posits that Luffy might have two more Boundman transformations in the future, and even proposes names for the two new transformations.
Reddit user CAMUNAI posits that “Boundman grants four abilities (contraction-attack, flight, elastic defense and python) and each other form specializes in one of those.” They specify that Tank Man provided the elastic ability (as recently used against Cracker during the Whole Cake Island arc) and Python was recently revealed as the Snakeman ability.

So CAMUNAI suggests that Luffy needs a form that contracts his arms and legs and one that specializes in flight, and goes as far to suggest “Lion-man” as “Luffy’s arms and legs are huge and make really powerful attacks. It looks similar to champion luffy and nightmare Luffy. But he’s slow and can’t fly” and “Eagle-man” which is specialized in flight and speed. Great mobility, dodges attacks easily and his final attack is a better version of “red hawk.”

If these theories come to pass, it would be a great way to show much stronger Luffy has gotten in his fight with Katakuri and others, and fans would surely appreciate it.

Eiichiro Oda’s One Piece first began serialization in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump in 1997. It has been collected into 87 volumes, with a few chapters yet to be included. It has been a critical and commercial success worldwide with many of the volumes breaking printing records in Japan. The manga has even set a Guinness World Record for the most copies published for the same comic book by a single author, and is the best selling manga series worldwide with 430 million copies sold worldwide.
Eiichiro Oda also revealed some upcoming news for One Piece’s future at Jump Festa 2018. Not only will the manga see Wano sooner rather than later, the next villain of the series is “one of the legends which lurks in the One Piece world. The greatest enemy ever for Straw Hats will hinder their way…Can you believe Marineford Summit War will look ‘cute’ compared to that?”

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The new live-action One Piece series also got some new information as it was revealed that the series will portray the Straw Hats’ adventures from the very beginning, and will take place in the East Blue.
An interesting development happened in the fight between Monkey D. Luffy and Charlotte Katakuri in the previous chapter of “One Piece” manga. After many hours of getting beaten repeatedly by Big Mom’s Sweet Commander, the Straw Hat leader has finally unlocked a new technique that could help him finish his opponent soon. Luffy’s Gear 4th Snakeman form has proven to be effective against Katakuri, although the latest spoilers for “One Piece” chapter 896 suggest that the face-off could end in a draw.

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According to the latest plot predictions posted on Otaku Art, it is possible that the almost endless battle between Luffy and Katakuri will come to an end in “One Piece” chapter 896. However, there is still uncertainty regarding the outcome of the fight. For one, Luffy is now able to move faster using his Gear 4th Snakeman technique, and Katakuri is having a hard time determining the next move of his opponent, in spite of the latter mastering the Observation Haki. While this might be an advantage on Luffy’s side, there is no guarantee that the Snakeman would be enough to take down Katakuri for good.

With this, the outcome of the fight between Luffy and Katakuri in “One Piece” chapter 896 could be a draw, considering that both parties have already exhausted much of their strength to secure a victory. Some fans thought that Luffy might not be able to handle his Gear 4th Snakeman form any longer. Although, it is also likely that Luffy will be able to throw Katakuri out of the Mirror World. Nevertheless, Luffy and the rest of the Straw Hat pirates are in danger, now that Big Mom’s children are determined to capture them all. Sanji could play a special role in the next chapter as he tries to save Luffy from the group sent by Big Mom to kill him.

“One Piece” chapter 896 will come out of a one-week hiatus as manga creator Eiichiro Oda previously announced that he is going on a leave. The latest chapter is expected to be out later this week.

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