One Piece: The Return of Joy Boy after 800 Years

Spoilers ahead for One Piece Anime and Manga.

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Episode 1070 of ‘One Piece‘ saw Zunesha, the Naitamie-Norida elephant announce the return of Joy Boy. Zunesha tells Momonosuke and Yamato that he hears the Drums of Liberation for the first time in 800 years. 

Towards the end of the episode, smoke starts rising out of Luffy’s body as his Gear 5 transformation begins. The drums that Zunesha hears are the heartbeats of Luffy who is not dead. The anime which is based on the ‘One Piece’ manga written by and illustrated by Eiichiro Oda follows the story of the pirate, Monkey D. Luffy, and his crew.

Episode 1071 which is one of the highly anticipated ones in One Piece is all set to premiere on August 6, 2023, at 9:30 am JST.

Luffy Gear 5 Form
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Who is Joy Boy in One Piece?

‘Joy Boy’ is the man who has left behind the treasure known as ‘One Piece’ on the last island of the Grand Line. He was first mentioned in the Poneglyph read by Nico Robin while at the Sea Forest. As per the recordings, it was believed that Joy Boy would return after 800 years which Zunesha confirms after hearing the ‘Drums of Liberation’.

As per one of the messages on Poneglyph, Joy Boy apologizes to the people of Fish-Man Island for breaking his promise and proclaimed that someone would fulfill it in the future. Could this someone be Luffy? Hopefully, we get to know more in the upcoming episodes. 

Zunesha In One Piece
© Toei Animation

Zunesha, the elephant who carries the island of Zou on his back, was affiliated with Joy Boy 800 years ago. Zunesha compared Luffy’s heartbeat to the sound of ‘Drums of Libertaion’ 800 years ago. Could it be that Luffy is Joy Boy?

With Gear 5 awakened, the Raid on Onigashima by Kaido and his allies could come to an end soon. Fans can expect to see the Fire Festival end with a ‘Bang’ and the preview for Episode 1071 has gotten the fans hyped. 

Momonosuke In One Piece
© Toei Animation

Episode 1070  ended with Luffy grinning after having his Devil Fruit awakened and transforming into his Gear 5 form for the first time. Fans can now stream previous episodes of One Piece on Crunchyroll. 

Source – One Piece Fandom

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