This week’s Shonen Jump was full of what I’d like to call “Excite-moments”. This was partially because of the release of the first chapter in the new Naruto series, and because this was the issue that we finally found out what Luffy spent all that time on that island training for, and boy is it impressive. The fact that he’s been fighting others without using it and winning almost effortlessly is a testament to how strong he is now and how strong Doflamingo has to actually be for him to resort to such a technique.
So what is fourth Gear?
The 4th Gear in Luffy’s arsenal is a technique where by he expands his muscles in his body then adds amour to his arms and legs. He also he seems to have added some very unique folds into his rubbery body during the process allowing for him to (as stated by Doffy) boost his attack power 10 times what it normally is with armament haki (some scans say 3 times). Luffy has also now gains the ability of flight, by using a system similar to that which Sanji uses. However his looks more like he’s actually flying as he spreads his arms out like wings, supposedly as a way to better control his movement while in the air.
As usual Oda san has impressed me as a reader. So far fourth Gear looks amazing even though Luffy has only used a few moves in this chapter, and I can’t wait to see what he does in the next. Anywho I should get going now or I won’t be able to fight the urge to spoil the entire chapter for you, so stay beautiful till next we meet.
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