If you’ve been reading the One Piece manga the past few years, you’ll know that we’ve spent quite a while in Dressrosa, making it the longest arc in the series thus far. Two years and 100 chapters later, it’s finally starting to wrap up, and the results could change the world of One Piece forever. Before continuing this article, keep in mind that there will be some major spoilers, both for the latest arc, but also for One Piece as a whole.

For the vast majority of the One Piece manga, we’ve followed Luffy on his quest to become the King of Pirates. While there have been some pretty awesome moments, it seemed that for the most part it would be a while before the Straw Hat Pirates would do anything substantial in order to achieve that goal. That is until the New World, when the crew effectively declared war on Big Mom, a notorious yonko, on Fishman Island. It’s been a few years since then, however, and things are finally starting to get interesting now that Dressrosa is wrapping up.

Dressrosa spoilers below. If you’re not caught up with the manga, don’t read beyond this point. 

Dressrosa is one of the longest arcs in One Piece, but it’s also one of the best, if only for setting the upcoming events into motion. One Piece has been running for a while now — almost two decades — and while Luffy has always proclaimed that his goal is to be Pirate King, it’s been a long journey watching that come to fruition. In the One Piece manga, the crew is always up to something new, but it’s only once in a while that we get to see something with a real impact.

For example, the Marineford arc and the War of the Best, which not only had an impact on the characters involved, but the world at large. Of course, Dressrosa isn’t exactly on that scale, it’s just another arc with strong parallels to Alabasta. It’s the people that the Straw Hat Pirates meet, and what occurs afterwards that really makes Dressrosa memorable. Throughout the story we’ve seen the characters we know and love grow, but Dressrosa was the first time we really got to see everyone go all out in the New World, or at least everyone that stayed on Dressrosa since the crew split up early on.

Zoro defeated Pica without breaking a sweat, while Luffy and Law teamed up to take down the menacing Doflamingo. There were a lot of revelations. Sabo, the possibility of awakened devil fruits, the actual identity of Kaido, and a much needed power-up from Luffy in the form of Gear 4th. These were all great moments that progressed the story in their own way, but they’re not the most important, at least in the grand scheme of things. Instead, the most important aspect of Dressrosa became one that a lot of people overlooked, the people of the colosseum that ultimately banded together to sail under Luffy.

Naturally, his response was typical Luffy, and he didn’t want to accept them as his subordinates. But that didn’t stop them, which means that Luffy now has an army of 5600 men sailing under him, and that’s a big deal. Luffy and Law have been working to ultimately take down a yonko since Punk Hazard, but it’s at this point that you begin to realize that it’s probably going to happen, and a lot sooner than we would have thought. That, combined with the fact that Luffy wasn’t afraid to challenge an admiral this time around despite the fact that he was still wounded shows that Luffy is finally a force to be reckoned with in the New World.

There’s no more turning back, we’re in the final stretch. And while that final stretch might be a few more years, we’re finally on the way to seeing Luffy become a power player. Whether or not he becomes a yonko remains to be seen at this point, but it’s pretty clear by now that something big is about to go down. There are at least two yonko currently after Luffy and his crew, and it seems like something will happen sooner rather than later.

Dressrosa has been a damn good arc for the One Piece manga, but the best part by far has been seeing Luffy progress into a more formidable captain, and a stronger individual. It’s only going to get better from here on out, and I can’t wait.

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Adam Capps is the editor of video games at BentoByte. He spends his days playing video games and his nights writing about them. He's also an avid fan of anime, manga and music.

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