So, I watched One Piece episode 857 this week. This episode was pretty much all Luffy Vs. Katakuri. It was awesome to see Luffy finally go gear fourth and start landing some hits on Katakuri.

Luffy finally realized that it was Katakuri’s observation Haki that was making him seem unbeatable. Apparently, none of Luffy’s attacks were passing through Katakuri’s body. Katakuri was actually changing the shape of his body to avoid being hit all.

Once Luffy managed to break Katakuri’s calm state of mind by making him angry after seeing him eating, Luffy was able to get plenty of good hits on Katakuri. I did like how Katakuri refused to fall on his back and you used every technique he had to prevent himself from falling.

There was one other part to this episode that I really liked. Brulee called Pudding to update her on what was going on with the Straw Hats. She told her about Luffy and Katakuri’s one on one fight. Sanji was listening to their conversation. After Brulee hung up with Pudding, she expressed to Sanji how worried she was for Luffy because Katakuri has never lost a fight and his bounty is over a billion berries. Sanji was concerned at all. He had complete faith in his captain’s ability to win. It was awesome to see how much confidence he has in Luffy.

I can’t wait until next week it looks like Katakuri is calming down and starting to use his observation Haki on Luffy again. He also pulled out a new cool technique where he punches Luffy from a distance through donuts. Next week I guess we’ll see how Luffy handles this attack.

This week’s episode was just what I needed. Episode 856 was pretty much all Luffy versus Katakuri. We got to see a few funny moments, but more importantly, we got to learn more about Katakuri.

 

This episode starts out with Luffy buried under a few tons of Mochi. Luffy escapes by eating his way out and then he delivered this hilarious line: “What’s with the pirate battles in this place?! I have to eat something every time to win?!” I couldn’t stop laughing.  Luffy then proceeded to run away and then he came back having lost lots of weight.

Meanwhile, Katakuri made his own little shrine to eat in. Some chefs brought him his donuts and tea. The fight with Luffy caused him to be 40 minutes late for his snack time though, so his tea got cold. The chefs were so sure they were going to be punished, but Katakuri was nice and calm and said he’d just have iced tea.

When Luffy bust into Katakuri’s shrine to continue the battle, we get our first look at Katakuri’s crazy looking mouth. Apparently, the scarf he wears over his mouth isn’t just for decoration — it’s to hide his mouth. He’s pretty self-conscious about it, that’s why he never lets anyone see him eat. Those poor chefs died for what they saw. It was pretty much all Luffy’s fault though; they weren’t trying to look.

After Katakuri had taken care of the Chefs, he turned his anger towards Luffy and the battle started again. This time Luffy actually managed to get in a solid hit on Katakuri. Then, all of a sudden, something clicks for Luffy and he says he figured out how Katakuri’s ability works. He goes Fourth Gear and proceeds to get to work.

I love that Luffy didn’t get beat up all that time for nothing and actually managed to learn something. I also like that he didn’t waste his Fourth Gear by fighting an opponent he hadn’t figured out how to defeat yet. I’m really looking forward to next week.

Another week and another One Piece Episode. This weeks episode was mostly just Luffy VS Katakuri. Katakuri said he wasn’t going to underestimate Luffy. Which was pretty cool because we got to see Katakuri use his devil fruit awakening. Much like how Doflamingo was able to turn the things around him into strings, Katakuri was able to turn the things around him and Luffy into Mochi. This ability allowed him to seemingly defeat Luffy by burying him underneath a mountain of mochi. We all know that Luffy will escape though.

We also got to see some of the other Big Mom pirates talk about Luffy and some of the other Straw Hats. They decided that they will no longer keep underestimating the Straw Hats. I felt like this was refreshing because the antagonist is always underestimating the main characters in anime. Now that the Big Mom Pirates have decided to go all out when the Straw Hats beat them everyone will know its just because they were better. I look forward to that.

Lastly, we got to see a brief scene with Grema 66. They beat all ten thousand of the soldiers that the Big Mom Pirates sent after them. They are truly superhuman. Which is something we already knew but to defeat ten thousand soldiers with four people is pretty crazy. The icing on the cake though is that they were able to use this unique ability to sound like one of their defeated enemies while on the transponder snail with the other Big Mom Pirates. They used this ability to make the Big Mom Pirates think they had beat Germa 66, and they also got an update on what’s going on with the Straw Hats. Who knows what they’ll do next but I’m looking forward to it.