Words wasted on young ears
WARNING: The following contains spoilers for One Piece Chapter 1040, “Wasted Words on Young Ears”, by Eiichiro Oda, Stephen Paul and Vanessa Satone, available in English from Viz Media.
In the previous chapter, Big Mom was able to withstand Kid and Law’s onslaught, but barely. Despite their best efforts, she stood up again and revealed a new ability called Mother’s Visit Cannon: 3,000 Leagues of Misery. To everyone’s shock, the attack was another Homie and had a life of its own. In a final thrust, Law plunged his blade deep into Big Mom’s chest, his sword blade extending through her body, across the island, and into the ground below. As his crew begged him to flee, he launched his Puncture Wille attack, sending a shockwave through Big Mom’s entire body and creating a crater in the ground below Onigashima. While still reeling from Law’s attack, Kid unleashed his own, called Damned Punk, firing a large laser cannon at Big Mom.
We open right in the middle of Kid’s Damned Punk’s attack on Big Mom. We also get a small infographic about the location of the battle and where the Law tunnel created with his last attack is in relation to the rest of the island. Big Mom is still clinging to the ground, preventing her from falling into the hole Law created. She taunts them, saying they can either bear the brunt of the attack when it deflects it, give it 50 years of their lifespan, or keep their lifespan and serve her. Despite the sheer energy of Kid’s attack, Big Mom smiles and begins to suck the life out of those around them. Kid’s crew suggests that they retire just when their lifespan also begins to be sucked away.
Shocked that Big Mom doesn’t seem fazed at all by Kid’s efforts, even Law’s crew start trying to convince him to retreat, but he tells them to take their own advice. Kid reaffirms that Big Mom doesn’t scare him and Law activates his Re-ROOM ability, annoyed at what his death cry will sound like. Their bravery and the fact that their lifespan is not exhausted shocks the men around them, considering that Big Mom is an Emperor of the Sea.
Misery begins heading towards Law in an effort to help Big Mom. The kid taunts Big Mom, saying she doesn’t know when to stop. Law uses his Silence ability on her, saying that’s what her savior would have done, finally ending all the noise she was creating. Misery goes to attack Law, but just as she does, Kid launches another Damned Punk attack on Big Mom. As Big Mom is engulfed in the attack, Law cuts Misery in half.
This second attack from Damned Punk sends Big Mom crashing beneath her and all she can do is silently wonder why her Homies aren’t coming to her rescue. She crashes to the armory where Yamato is, who is shocked that Big Mom not only suddenly crashed through the ceiling, but did so without making a sound. In a moment of desperation, she reaches out and manages to damage one of the bombs, which quickly explodes. Yamato creates an ice barrier to protect himself, but the Burning Rage spirit is also caught in the blast.
Outside, Momonosuke is shocked by the explosion. Despite her best efforts, Big Mom continues to fall to the land below and into the crater Law created. In her final moments, she curses Gol D. Roger for delivering his infamous speech during her execution. She blames him for everything that happened, saying he had nothing to lose and left the consequences for the other pirates to clean up. She wonders if part of One Piece is in Wano if it even exists. In her final seconds, she curses Kid and Law, warning not to assume she will die.
During his monologue, we get a glimpse of what is happening in other parts of the island. The explosion sent Chopper, Jimbei and others flying through the air. Brook and Robin are still trying to escape the fire. Zoro lies on the ground in a pool of blood before the island around him collapses. Hiyori, still disguised as Komurasaki, now wears her fox mask while playing her shamisen. Fukurokuju eventually collapses to the ground as he and Raizo burn, calling for water as he hits the ground. Raizo is still standing despite the fire.
As she falls into the crater, Big Mom curses Kid and Law, saying her current situation wouldn’t be enough to kill her. As a large explosion explodes beneath the island, the end results are displayed: The New Generation has finally defeated Big Mom. As the two captains catch their breath, their crews begin to celebrate their victory and rush to their side.
Thanks to the new hole in the island, Momo and Yamato reunite. Momo asks about the hole and if Yamato was standing in the basement. Yamato confirms this and explains that one of the bombs went off and he was able to stop the other bombs from exploding by freezing them. Momo is happy to see his friend alive and asks him to listen carefully. He explains that Zunesha is on his way, which Yamato recognizes from Oden’s journal. Momo goes on to explain that 800 years ago, Zunesha committed a serious crime, back when she was Joyboy’s mate…
The next chapter of One Piece will be available on Sunday, February 27.
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