Why is the Animation of Luffy’s Gear 5 Facing Criticism? Unraveling the Factors behind Cartoon Adaptation

One Piece Episode 1071 was released yesterday and the hype for the episode was so high that it crashed Crunchyroll and many other anime servers upon its release. Fans were dying to see the much-awaited Gear 5 of Luffy, and their curiosity was finally quenched yesterday. The episode was a massive success, trending on social media within minutes of its release.

However, there is a section of viewers who are conveying their disappointment in the animation of Luffy’s Gear 5. According to them, the animation is too cartoonish for an important power-up such as the Gear 5. So, what is the reason behind the cartoonish art and animation of Luffy’s Gear 5? Let’s find out.

Reasons behind the Cartoonish Animation of Luffy’s Gear 5

The animation of One Piece Episode 1071 or Luffy’s Gear 5 is not a mistake or a case of poor quality, but rather entirely by purpose. Viewers who have already read the manga know that the Gear 5 powers of Luffy are supposed to be cartoon-like. The anime adapted the scenes from the pages of the manga into motion, and that’s why the anime of Luffy’s Gear 5 is childlike and cartoonish.

Actually, Gear 5 which is the awakened form of the Mythical Zoan-type devil fruit, Hito Hito no Mi; Model: Nika, turns Luffy’s entire body into highly moldable rubber, and also provides high elasticity to the ground he stands on. According to Eiichiro Oda, Luffy can practically do anything he wants. As the Gorosei discuss among themselves, it is the world’s most ridiculous power and doesn’t follow the laws of physics.

This strange yet all-powerful state of Luffy is his peak, and where he feels most free. The cartoonish imagery and animation reflect Luffy’s almost manic joy at reaching his peak and finding the freedom to move any way he wants to.

Eiichiro Oda very deliberately created Luffy’s Gear 5 to be cartoonish, both in art and the feel of it. This signifies Luffy’s happiness and his excitement, and the way he sees the world in Gear 5. This cartoonish animation also reiterates just how crazy the powers of Luffy’s Gear 5 are. There is practically no limit to what he can do in this state, and it’s so crazy to believe that it’s blended into his environment.

Fan Theory behind the Cartoonish Animation of Luffy’s Gear 5

Fan Theory behind the Cartoonish Animation of Luffy’s Gear 5

There is also a fan theory that Luffy also gains the ability to alter reality in his Gear 5, and the childlike and cartoonish art and animation we see is because he’s unconsciously altering reality in his joyful state. Everything that we see happening is from Luffy’s perspective, and thus look very different from reality.

There is no evidence of Luffy possessing such a power, at least not yet, so this theory remains unconfirmed. But it is for certain that the cartoonish animation of Luffy’s Gear 5 is deliberate and has a purpose.

One Piece Episode 1072 will be released this Sunday, and will continue with Kaido’s battle against Luffy in Gear 5. This episode is expected to be as amazing as the last one, and the hype is already too much to contain. Catch the latest episode on Crunchyroll this Sunday.

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