I don’t know about you guys, but I absolutely loved the fight between Luffy and Katakuri.
I was saying before that I was hoping/expecting Luffy to not simply fodderize Katakuri with his new gear form, after all this is the right-hand of a Yonko and he had been dominating 85%-90% of the fight, but rather to balance things out and I got exactly what I wanted.
This fight really looked great, and so much more vicious and lively than the previous fight chapters, which had one or two events happening each, but at the end you felt you ended in almost the same spot as you started. This one not, this one really looked like a vicious fight between people going all out.
To everyone who is disappointed in Luffy’s power-up not easily beating Katakuri, you must keep in mind he is facing the right-hand of a Yonko. They are all similar in power level-wise, he won’t go down as easily. It is not that Snakeman is weak as a power up, it is that Katakuri himself is already one of the top dogs of One Piece (after Yonko themselves and Admirals).
Snakeman was a power up, but it is not a power up that made Luffy substantially stronger than Katakuri, it is a power up that made Luffy reach the same level as Katakuri, and that is perfectly realistic, as Luffy was simply being beaten by Katakuri this time. Even G4 Boundman was still being dodged/countered by Katakuri. And this also shows that Katakuri is not only a random fighter, he is also a very smart fighter, after only 2-3 hits he noticed the pattern and the mechanics behind Luffy’s attack form and he came up with a counter to Luffy’s counter within the same chapter.
Some people expected the fight to be over after Snakeman, and probably there are some who think that Snakeman wasn’t that much of a power up after all Luffy got hit just as much as Katakuri (and Katakuri probably landed the strongest attack during the chapter with his diced Mochi), but it actually makes perfect sense.