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    But aside from Devil Fruit weaknesses/team-ups... Yes, power levels do generally matter. Not on a ridiculous Dragon Ball Z level, but there are clear cut classes of superiority. You can tell by how Oda always likes to have Zoro fight the second strongest member of an antagonist pirate crew and Sanji the third strongest. Or how the Weakling Trio is always the group to cower in fear and usually handle enemies in ways that require stalling the enemy or thinking tactically about exploiting a particular weakness rather than straight up overpowering the other person like the Monster Trio usually does. Usopp also gave Luffy a decent battle in Water 7, one that I would say was as tough as his pre-Arlong East Blue battles. Although he obviously had the advantage of prep time and knowing about Luffy's gullibility, aiding his deception. But as a whole, while weaknesses can come up (Crocodile's water weakness or Big Mom's soul stealing requiring fear), big fights always come down to strength.
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    Also, think of characters like Sugar too. Her Devil Fruit is easily the most overpowered in the series. Any decent fighter has a good chance of becoming Pirate King or the Fleet Admiral with that Devil Fruit. But that is why Oda gave that Devil Fruit to a psychologically vulnerable defenseless little girl. Because her lack of standard fighting capability balances out how monstrously OP her Devil Fruit is. If any one of the Straw Hats had Sugar's Devil Fruit in this scenario, Big Mom would be going down without a doubt.
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    Hm... They do slightly matter. But a lot less than many fans like to think. For example, you're not going to see the likes of Buggy or the Straw Hats right now actually defeat Big Mom. They're only stalling and pushing her back while she is focusing solely on wrecking the ship to find the cake. But Devil Fruit weaknesses do exist, and they can matter a LOT. This has always been prevalent in the series ever since Enel, who is technically the most powerful Grand Line villain Luffy defeated despite Lucci, Moria/Oars, the Boa Sisters, and Magellan giving him a harder time later on in the story. And that is only because Luffy got a lucky break with his rubber properties. The same exact thing applies to Nami, Brook, and Jinbe. Chopper's Guard Point on the other hand is just that dense, but it works because he was still stressed out by Big Mom's punch and can't move around while in that form, so it's balanced well by only working as a support move in a team-up battle rather than a 1v1.
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    1) That's a bit tricky. Ultimately, at the end of the series I think Luffy will be strong enough to take down the Admirals and Yonko. But I hope he still maintains creativity in his fighting style, rather than overcoming them through simple force. He's definitely not gonna destroy continents or planets lol, thankfully OP has a power cap to prevent that (mostly).

    2) Not really, since she was in the Mirro-World since their fight began and played a pretty decent role in it. That said, I don't like that particular event because it didn't lead to anything other than Luffy coming back to Mirro-World
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    I give those views very little legitimacy. Yeah, sometimes One Piece fights are brute strength vs. brute strength, but oftentimes the best fights are characters identifying and exploiting each others' weaknesses. It's honestly really dumb how people think Big Mom is physically weak when she clearly overpowered Jinbe in this chapter, matched a Gear Fourth punch with little effort, and so far has only been injured by her own power.

    Big Mom might not be able to fight as long as some of OP's strongest characters, but she can probably compensate by dealing a lot of damage in that timespan. She can hurt her opponent without being hurt herself, so if her opponent lasts long enough to exploit her hunger weakness they will likely be riddled with injuries while she's still untouched.
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    Just a different body type. Considering that she's completely immune to physical attacks in peak condition, I think decreased stamina is a fair trade-off.
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    Nah. During the fast she was at least allowed to conserve her energy; here she's been moving for ~10 hours straight. Plus I wonder if her reaction to the fast worsened her addiction to food.
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    Simple minded people suffer from intellectual laziness. They don't often like to apply much thought to whatever it is they're reading. All they know is: "it's not cool so i don't like it" Thats how they think and thats how they argue. You can see this in the way the refuse to acknowledge the actual facts that disagree with their feelings. Then they call us "dishonest" or "fanboys" or say we're "sucking Oda's dick" simply because we choose to remain objective.
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    I read very few manga series; OP was the second one I ever read and has become a huge landmark series for me. Usually my interest in a series waxes and wanes over time but I've constantly read this series for five years now. At its best it's legendary and at its worst it's still pretty entertaining. I tend to deviate from many users here in that I enjoy Dressrosa very much but I don't think much of Skypiea. Barring maybe a couple works OP is one of the best series I've read.
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    Thanks! Honestly, the most I can say about my knowledge about writing techniques is that it comes from reading a lot and engaging in open discussion. So discussing OP here as frequently as I do has almost certainly given me a lot of knowledge.

    Another thing to consider is that a lot of it is also subjective. I tend to get into a lot of disagreements here haha, so it's not like there's one absolute standard to grade writing. You just gain knowledge about writing conventions, and see whether or not something fits your understanding of a good work. And all the discussion I've done has definitely helped shape how I view writing, however stubborn I continue to be with some people.
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