-And, multiple times throughout this story, Sanji has mocked Zoro for having a lower bounty than him. There are exceptions to this (like misunderstandings) but generally, bounties are set by noteworthy achievements
–I do not understand how after all of this–all of this narrative trail pointing towards Zoro fulfilling prophecy/destiny and leveling up and doing what Oden started with Enma but taking it farther and finishing the job–why there is so much pushback and denial from so much of the One Piece fandom on what is clearly narrative set up for Zoro to play a crucial role in the defeat of Kaido.
- Why is it such a big issue to so many for Zoro to have such a huge accomplishment like playing a vital role in defeating Kaido? Roger was barely the King of the Pirates for like just a few months. If Luffy wants to clearly hold that crown, especially for a longer time period, there are going to be so many people gunning for him for that crown.
- It makes sense that for him to have a strong claim to the crown, he needs an accomplished crew that is a cut above the rest. Zoro playing a vital role in defeating Kaido is a feat that boosts Zoro towards his endgoal of being the greatest Swordsman out there and having the greatest Swordsman as his right-hand man is a beautiful boost for Luffy’s desire to have the title King of Pirates
-In chapter 997 Zoro reiterated that he will cut down Kaido
-In the same chapter where Zoro challenges Kaido, Oda makes sure to have two disconnected scenes be panelled like this:
On the left is Zoro facing right while Kiku’s arm falls and he’s surrounded by the smoke of the chaos.
On the right is Kaido facing left in the aftermaths of destroying the scabbards and cutting Kiku’s arm surrounded by the flame couds lifting the island.
-I understand disagreeing, but how can any reasonable person read/watch Wano and deny that Oda is clearly growing a narrative here of Zoro being vital in defeating Kaido? I’m not saying Zoro is gonna 1-on-1 Kaido, but look at all of this stuff in the story. People aren’t pulling this out of thin air. Zoro has barely been touched outside of some so-so fights since the timeskip. Yet in this arc, he has been getting so much build-up for the final conflict and forming a deep bond with the daughter of the central tragic hero of this arc.
*Theory by Use_Your_Illusion3