One Piece Chapter 1044: Do Zoan fruits have a mind of their own?

The recent chapter might just provide an explanation on Zoan fruits (Image Credits: Eiichiro Oda/Shueisha, Viz Media, One Piece)
The recent chapter might just provide an explanation on Zoan fruits (Image Credits: Eiichiro Oda/Shueisha, Viz Media, One Piece)

One Piece Chapter 1044 is a major turning point for how readers perceive Zoan fruits.

The biggest talking point right now is Luffy's new Gear Fifth. It turns out that he ate the Hito Hito no Mi, Model: Nika, which allows him to warp reality like a cartoon. The World Government spent over 800 years looking for this Mythical Zoan fruit, yet they failed every step of the way.

There is a possible explanation for why that is the case. One Piece Chapter 1044 may indicate that Zoan fruits can think for themselves. If that is the case, it may clear up confusion on why inanimate objects can absorb Zoan fruits.

One Piece Chapter 1044 brings up a very interesting discussion about Zoan fruits

For the longest time, Zoan fruits have been a mystery. They seem to operate differently than other classifications, so there has to be a reason. Partial credit goes to Reddit user Idoma_Sas_Ptolemy, who brought this up in the spoiler thread for One Piece Chapter 1044.

Zoan fruits seem to have a mind of their own

At one point in One Piece Chapter 1044, the perspective switches to Mary Geoise. The Five Elders are discussing the true nature of Luffy's Devil Fruit. One of them laments that his fruit has been escaping them for over 800 years. They were met with a rather interesting response.

The youngest Elder states that Zoan fruits have their own will, especially Mythical ones. Such fruits can seemingly perform actions by their own accord. Although the circumstances aren't very clear, Luffy's Devil Fruit knowingly evaded the World Government for centuries.

This would explain why inanimate objects can eat Zoan fruits

One Piece Chapter 1044 brings attention to a very strange phenomenon regarding Zoan fruits. For some reason, this is the only classification that can be absorbed by inanimate objects, such as the following:

  • Lassoo, a bazooka that "ate" the Inu Inu no Mi, Model: Dachshund
  • Funkfreed, Spandam's sword that "ate" the Zou Zou no Mi
  • Smiley, a poisonous gas that "ate" the Sara Sara no Mi, Model: Axolotl
  • Bunbuko, a teapot that "ate" the Inu Inu no Mi, Model: Tanuki

Based on findings from One Piece Chapter 1044, perhaps these fruits have found their way to inanimate objects and fuse with them.

It makes perfect sense for Zoan fruits to have a mind of their own. Remember, users can turn into animals or humans. These are sentient creatures with the capacity to think and feel.

By comparison, Paramecia and Logia fruits deal with concepts like superpowers and element manipulation. There is no reason for these fruits to have any personality, since they are merely an extension of power.

What this means for the series

The nature of Devil Fruits is till a huge mystery. At the very least, One Piece Chapter 1044 offers a few more pieces for the puzzle. Given Kaido's obsession with SMILE fruits and artificial Zoans, there has to be a connection with Joy Boy. Perhaps readers will find out in the next few weeks.

Note: This article reflects the writer's personal views.

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