In the latest chapter (Chapter #1101) of One Piece, it’s hinted that a character named Kuma might have known Luffy’s secret connection to Sun God Nika, even before Luffy himself was aware of it. This sheds light on a significant mystery involving Kuma and the Straw Hats.
This event possibly confirmed Kuma’s doubts, which also provides a reason for his peculiar behavior at Sabaody and why he went to great lengths to protect Luffy, his crew, and their ship. In essence, Kuma’s awareness of Luffy’s secret may have influenced his actions throughout the story.
Kuma Knew Luffy’s Major Secret From the Start
In One Piece Chapter #1101, it’s revealed that Kuma visited Foosha Village years ago and saw Luffy using his devil fruit powers. Kuma already knew about Nika’s rubber body from his father’s stories. He later tells Bonney that Nika has a rubber-like body. This suggests that Kuma might have connected Luffy to Nika when he saw Luffy’s stretchy powers.
Kuma’s suspicions could have been confirmed when Luffy punched a Celestial Dragon on Sabaody. This might explain Kuma’s strange behavior and why he went to great lengths to protect Luffy, his crew, and their ship.
One Piece Reveals Why Kuma Saved the Straw Hats in Sabaody
Chapter #1101 of One Piece hints that Kuma saved Luffy and the Straw Hats at Sabaody because he thought Luffy might be Nika. This explains why Kuma protected the Thousand Sunny for two years until the Straw Hats returned, a wish he made to Vegapunk. Kuma’s strong desire for Nika’s return, rooted in childhood stories, drove him to safeguard Luffy and maintain hope.
Although Kuma knew Luffy was Dragon’s son, it’s doubtful he went to such lengths just because of their friendship. While Luffy’s connection to Dragon might have influenced Kuma, the key factor was Luffy’s resemblance to Nika.
In summary, Kuma’s backstory provides crucial information and reopens major mysteries in One Piece. The revelation that the Buccaneer race revered Nika raises anticipation for an explanation about this mysterious god. Kuma emerges as a pivotal character in One Piece, and his connection with Luffy and Nika suggests he will play a significant role in the upcoming Egghead Arc.