One Piece Chapter 1087 Review/Recap
Eichiro Oda’s returned after a month-long vacation recovering from eye surgery, so One Piece is back! Whenever Oda goes on these extra long breaks for his well-being, he makes up for it by giving us a fantastic chapter to set fans hearts ablaze! While the returning chapter might not be as epic as others, it does one thing for fans. We glimpse how Luffy’s grandpa Garp is ‘that guy’ for the Marines, and it’s incredible! The man used battleships as punching bags!
At the scrapyard at Navy Branch G1, Jango and Fullbody gawk at a pair of battleships with massive dents. Brannew explains that they’re the work of Garp and Kuzan: the former punches at one every day since his youth, while the latter was the result of the former Admiral when he became Garp’s student. They punched at them without using Devil Fruits or Haki to gain their monstrous strength, and it shows!
Meanwhile, on Hachinosu, Garp, Koby, Helmeppo, and Prince Grus are still going at it with the Blackbeard Pirates. Everyone else has evacuated and ready to leave, prompting Garp to declare its time to do the same. Unfortunately for them, Kuzan’s blocking the way. Worse, when Koby rushes to help a woman he thinks was a captive, it’s revealed to be a trap! Shiryu almost runs Koby through with his blade, only for Garp to take the hit!
The pirates start to swarm on the Marines, only for Kuzan to order them back while he deals with Garp. The clash between the former student and teacher is so powerful, it leaves both lying on the ground. However, that’s not the worst part. Using his Island-Island Fruit, Avalo Pizarro makes the island sprout hands, ready to crush the Marines ship, much to Koby’s utter horror. Garp, on the other hand, remains calm, saying that justice will prevail.
Just when I thought that Luffy had finally reached the level of strength that his Grandpa Garp has, or even surpassed, the bar’s raised yet again. Garp might be one of the most vital members the Marines have, even in his old age!
To recap, Garp has spent every day punching away at a derelict battleship. No haki or devil fruit allowed, just raw strength. And he managed to make a massive dent in it. No wonder he was Roger’s rival; he earned his power through a training regimen that would make Goku proud.
Be that as it may, it was still concerning to see Garp take that stab wound from Shiryu. We know from Luffy that it wouldn’t kill him, but this mirrored what happened to Whitebeard at Marineford. Then he just kept taking more and more damage until he died. As a result, fans might fear that Garp will face a similar fate. While that would be badass, it wouldn’t change the fact that it would be heartbreaking, especially if Luffy found out.
Beyond that, the main draw was how this chapter demonstrated how close Garp and Kuzan were during the latter’s time as a Marine. While Garp didn’t want him at first, he warmed up to him enough to vent about how his son and grandson turned out. That shows genuine camaraderie there. At the same time, it also makes Kuzan’s decision to join Blackbeard even more surprising. I’m expecting a big twist to come out of this, but until then, I hope Garp makes it out alive. I want him to see Luffy become King of the Pirates.
This wasn’t quite the welcome back I thought we’d get, but I still enjoyed it. Here’s hoping we return to Egghead Island soon, though.
I Give “Battleship Bags” a 3.5/5
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