One Piece’s Pluton might be the perfect mix of old anime and reality yet

Eiichiro Oda needed additional time to contemplate the ultimate fate of his series, resulting in a temporary hiatus of One Piece’s final saga. Fans eagerly anticipate the unveiling of numerous mysteries within this arc, including the potential revelation of the Ancient Weapons.

Currently, the whereabouts of only one weapon, known as Poseidon (Princess Shirahoshi), are known. However, there are two other weapons whose locations remain a mystery, with only fragmented information scattered throughout the Grand Line. One of these two weapons is the Pluton.

There is a well-known rumor surrounding this weapon, claiming it was a formidable battleship capable of obliterating entire islands in an instant. Many fans believe that the ship’s connection to these impressive abilities could be linked to an ancient Japanese vessel and, intriguingly, even some older anime series.

Please note: This article includes possible spoilers from the One Piece manga series and reflects the author’s personal views.

The Myth of Pluton: Uncovering the Truth Behind One Piece’s Mysterious Ancient Weapon

Franky, as seen in the anime (Image via Toei Animation)
Franky, as seen in the anime (Image via Toei Animation)

The weapons of mass destruction in One Piece, known as ancient weapons, were created in the past. These powerful weapons, including Poseidon, Pluton, and Uranus, were intended to prevent unlawful pirates from uncovering the secrets of the Void Century. Of the three, Pluton was a formidable battleship.

During episode 118 of the Arabasta arc, Crocodile revealed a rumor about Pluton’s destructive power, claiming that it could obliterate an entire island in a matter of minutes. Fortunately, this weapon’s blueprints are currently only accessible in the timeline of One Piece. They were passed down to Franky, the Straw Hats’ shipwright, by his master Tom.

The cover story of chapter 1109 (Image via Shueisha)
The cover story of chapter 1109 (Image via Shueisha)

Franky was forced to destroy the blueprints in order to initiate a war against the World Government, who had pursued Nico Robin during the events of the Water 7 saga. As a result, the weapon was possibly able to be resurrected. Currently, it is believed that the weapon is concealed in Wano, concealed beneath the mighty Mount Fuji. The cover story in chapter 1109 could potentially be a visual depiction of Pluton’s deck hidden beneath the Wano Kingdom.

Despite the lack of additional clues about this weapon, there is speculation among fans that Pluton may have a connection to an ancient Japanese ship known as the ‘Battleship Yamato’ that was constructed during World War II. This vessel was equipped with the largest caliber gun ever installed, possibly serving as the inspiration for Pluton’s immense destructive capabilities that can decimate an entire island in a matter of seconds.

Furthermore, there is an even more compelling allusion to Pluton’s strength, which is also found within the One Piece universe. Eiichiro Oda has a tendency to pay homage to past media in his series, and two ancient anime series could potentially be direct references to Pluton.

Space Battleship Yamato as seen in the anime (Image via Group TAc & Academy Productions)
Space Battleship Yamato as seen in the anime (Image via Group TAc & Academy Productions)

Among the numerous anime series from the 1970s, one stands out as particularly memorable: Star Blazers: The Quest for Iscandar (also known as Space Battleship Yamato). Set in a future world ravaged by radiation, the series follows the journey to find the powerful Cosmo Cleaner D, the only hope to prevent further damage to Earth.

In order to obtain this device, the Earthlings had to refurbish the Battleship Yamato, which had been utilized during World War II, and transform it into a space battleship as the Cosmo Cleaner D was situated in a distant galaxy.

The Yamato cannon on Space Battleship Yamato had the power to obliterate entire islands and the ship was capable of traveling faster than the speed of light. Its ability to warp from one location to another suggested that the Pluton may also possess this incredible speed and warping capability.

Additionally, this could potentially suggest that the Straw Hats would acquire Pluton as Sunny’s Coup de Burst functions similarly to the Goan Canon, providing a burst of energy for swift transportation.

The Solaris as seen in the anime (Image via Studio Pierrot)
The Solaris as seen in the anime (Image via Studio Pierrot)

The Mysterious Cities of Gold, an anime series from the 1980s, is the second item on the list. The show showcased ancient weapons that could potentially hold clues about Pluton. One particular weapon that may be of interest is the Solaris, a battleship that is tied to an island and can only be released if the island is destroyed.

The ship was equipped with one-of-a-kind sails that served as both solar panels, providing enough energy to navigate on water, and mirrors that could reflect light onto adversaries. Interestingly, this ship also contained a red button that had the capability to annihilate the entire vessel. This could possibly be a nod to the incident where Franky unintentionally destroyed Vegapunk’s former laboratory by accidentally pressing a button.

Therefore, similar to the Solaris, the Pluton battleship could possess sails or abilities to reflect sunlight as a means of attack, as well as solar panels that aided in its navigation through water.

Blackbeard’s intentions in Wano extend beyond the acquisition of merely Pluton; he plans to steal much more.

A popular One Piece theory strongly suggests that the Ancient Weapons Uranus and Pluton have been identified.

The upcoming One Piece Chapter 1057 (Theory) could see Yamato, Momo, and Kin joining forces and setting sail, potentially introducing a crucial element to the inevitable final war.

Despite the conclusion of Wano Country, there are still 8 mysteries that remain unsolved in One Piece.

In One Piece chapter 1060, did Oda unveil the Ancient Weapon Uranus?

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