Warning: There are spoilers for One Piece volumes 103 and 104.A piece Episode 104 was released in Japan, and in SBS, series author Eiichiro Oda ruined Kaido’s best moment in Wano. In SBS episode 104, the masked CP0 agents appearing throughout the story were fully identified, and the scarred and black-eyed agent who interfered in Luffy and Kaido’s fight was identified as Guernica. What is surprising, however, is that it initially appears that Guernica is agent CP0, who is briefly seen on the run from Onigashima, as his taking a picture of Luffy’s Gear 5 form makes him the only one. was confirmed to be alive, but the agent was identified by SBS as Joseph.
Guernica being CP0 agent got on the roof which means he’s likely to survive the events of Onigashima, but that ruins Kaido’s best moment in the Wano part of One Piece. Kaido killing the CP0 agent who interfered in his fight with Luffy was a great moment for him as it re-established him as a proud villain who hated having to ask for help from others. , especially against someone he considers a worthy opponent. It’s completely right that Kaido killed Agent CP0 for ruining his fight, but with the revelation that the agent is capable of surviving the fight, the whole event comes to a cheap one because Kaido now do nothing to compensate.
Kaido’s fight with Oden makes SBS reveal the worse
What makes the revelation about Kaido not killing agent CP0 that came to the roof in SBS recently even worse is how his fight with Oden turned out. When Kaido and Oden fought, Oden would have won if Kurozumi Higurashi hadn’t distracted him by transforming into Momonosuke, and even though One Piece’s Kaido took advantage of that, he still killed Higurashi for interfering. his war. It was the same situation as Kaido’s fight with Luffy took place, so it wouldn’t make sense for Kaido not to kill Guernica for interfering in his fight like he did with Higurashi.
However, the bigger problem with Kaido not killing Guernica is that it continues the bad trend of fake death in One Piece. One of the biggest criticisms of the series is how often a character seems to tragically die only when it is revealed that they have survived, often with little or no explanation. This has been a problem ever since Pell’s unexplained survival in the Alabasta story, and although characters like Ace, Pedro, and Yasuie all have obvious deaths, it still happens all too often. with characters like Vander Decken, Pound, Kin’emon and Okiku. . Shonen Jump’s One Piece consistently refuses to kill the character making it difficult to invest in some of the more dramatic scenes, and Kaido’s failure to kill Guernica is solely intended to continue that trend.
Fake deaths in One Piece are still a problem for the series
With the anime recently reaching this point in episode #1070, the show had a chance to include some hints that Guernica did in fact survive the encounter with Kaido despite all the difficulties or conflicts with Kaido. manga and pledge to kill him. However, the anime adapts this moment like the manga, showing the extreme power of Kaido’s attacks without actually showing Guernica’s body afterwards. This is the kind of ambiguous representation of the attack the manga stumbles upon, doesn’t commit to confirming or denying Guernica’s ultimate fate, and unfortunately the anime has fallen into the same trap.
With One Piece author Eiichiro Oda confirming that Guernica was agent CP0 on the roof, Kaido’s best moment in Wano was ruined because it meant he didn’t reaffirm his pride. himself by killing him for interfering in his fight with Luffy. Not only does that continue the series’ bad trend of fake deaths, but it also makes Kaido’s character extremely conflicted since he’s already explicitly killed someone while in a similar situation. Wano arc created a lot of problems for A piece manga at the end of it, and this unexpected revelation about Kaido doesn’t help that at all.