A PLAY released episode 1028 this Sunday, and we finally see Luffy evolve into a version that could possibly stand up to a Yonko! The episode started Big Mom creating another cloud of thunder, giving Prometheus the girlfriend he asked for. We also witness the scene where she takes part of her soul and creates the new ally, after which she launches an attack on Kid and Killer. She sends them flying inside the castle, and we briefly see Usopp and Nami, running away from Page One with Tama.
Big Mom follows Kid and Killer although they don’t know exactly where they crashed. She is determined to get revenge on Kid, while Supernova’s captain is determined not to let her regroup with Kaido. The two walk towards her when Basil Hawkins interrupts them. Kid is mad at him for the betrayal and ready to fight, but Killer shows his #2 reliability here. He decides to face Hawkins alone, while Kid heads for Big Mom. While Hawkins gives him a 92% chance of dying, their fight will certainly be interesting, considering the Devil Fruit that Hawkins possesses.
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After that, the episode shifted back to Luffy, who just got up and told Kaido that they would never join him. He thinks back to what Hyogoro taught him about Haki and also realizes that Kaido imbues his attacks with Counqueror Haki. Kaido laughs at him, thinking knowledge can’t help him, but then we see him fool himself in an incredibly animated sequence. Luffy’s ascension to a higher level of power is shown symbolically, and he then manages to block Kaido’s attack filled with the Conqueror’s Haki attack. In an incredible sequence, Luffy manages to damage the Yonko without touching it, and it looks like he’s now ready to continue the 1v1 fight. He tells Law and Zoro to come down and let everyone know he’ll win at all costs, and we get his signature smile for the end.
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Starting next week with episode 1029 we will have 2 FILM ONE PIECE RED prequel episodes focusing on young Luffy, Uta, Shanks, and the Red Hair Pirates. The title of episode 1029 is “A faint memory! Uta, Luffy’s daughter and the redhead! and it will premiere next Sunday August 14th. A PLAY manga will release Chapter 1056 today after which Shonen Jump will be on hiatus for 1 week. You can watch episode 1028 of A PLAY on Crunchyroll, and you can catch the latest manga chapter for free on VIZ website or MANGA Plus.
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