For decades, naruto And A piece have been competing with each other for the hearts and minds of the comic fan community, and so with all the attention surrounding the recent One Piece reveal of Luffy’s Gear 5 transformation, it’s true. surprised that more advanced Gears have a base in Naruto.
Just a few days ago, on August 12, 2023, while posting on his X (formerly Twitter) account, Naruto creator Masashi Kishimoto revealed that a key factor in the Gear transition was Luffy’s 3 was inspired by the Akimichi Family’s “Multi-Strike” jutsu. demonstrated and practiced by Naruto’s Choji Akimichi during the Sasuke Recovery Mission storyline. As Kishimoto said, “Fun fact: Luffy’s giant pistol in Gear 3 was inspired by Choji’s ‘Baika no Jutsu’ in NARUTO????. Oda told me “Hey, I’m copying your style here. Sorry!””
Luffy’s giant pistol is Choji’s direct inspiration from Naruto
As Kishimoto explains, Oda was clearly so impressed with the power of the move and the way Kishimoto demonstrated it that he decided to copy it to power Luffy’s Gear 3. Baika No Jutsu or Multi-Strike Technique is an inherited ability of Naruto’s Akimichi Clan. It gives them the power to increase body size, like Marvel’s Giants, at will. In addition, any increase in body size will give them a proportional increase in strength and power. Naturally, this ability gives a shinobi practitioner a number of advantages from instantly overwhelming an opponent to creating a defense that is nearly impossible against most known physical attacks. .
Specifically, the Baika No Jutsu power that Oda copies is called Bubun Baika No Justsu, or “Partial Expansion,” which allows the practitioner to increase the size and strength of a specific body part, such as a wing. arm or leg, while maintaining normality. overall body size. The partial expansion was first shown in Naruto Chapter #189 when Choji Akimichi used it against Jirobo. It was a great power move to stop a strong opponent taking him down to give him space to maneuver, counterattack or retreat.
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In One Piece, Luffy uses it during his confrontation with former CP-9 agent Rob Lucci. Squeezed by a determined Lucci, Luffy was about to be defeated before he called out to Gear 3. Luffy bit his thumb and started blowing at it. This allows Luffy to inflate his lower arm to giant-like proportions, which he then uses to hit Lucci and hit a hole in the wall for Luffy and his teammates to escape while send Lucci far enough away that he can’t get in the way of their escape.
Although the results of Choji and Luffy’s battles are different, the technique is presented in an almost identical fashion and, in Oda’s comments, is unsurprisingly drawn in the style. and similar designs. While there is perhaps no contemporary manga series that has not been influenced by another, it is different when the two manga in question are generation-shaping classics like Naruto and One Piece. There have been a lot of comparisons between Luffy’s Gears and Naruto’s strength, but now fans know that A pieceAdvanced Gears frame of at least partially based on a word character Naruto, so there is no need to compare.
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