While you can totally feel however you want, the shonen trope of a young person doing one simple thing extremely effectively is alive and well.
When people picture Momo being 'damaging' I think they're picturing Momo staring down Kaido in a duel, not as I envisioned any number of methods which could have seen him launched directly into Kaido thanks to Luffy. That way it's Luffy's toughness/power allowing Momo to do a very simply task, extremely well.
@theackwardstation said in Greg: Teacher of SUPER " OP " course !:
o if the boy was shown training for a few panels because he wants to become stronger, then that must pay off through a swordsman feat later. Well, it never crossed my mind.
Because it's not not just those panels. It's his demeanor, words, actions, and development leading up to them that I considered, not just a few panels.
The point about Momo not having a sword is a flaccid one. There were swords literally everywhere. Momo even could have done a mousetrap series of actions that allowed the GIANT sword to be worked into Kaido's defeat.
I'm not sure why I'm bringing up these points because it's a done deal and despite holding onto my reasoning (which I believe is solid) I haven't lost sleep over this. I also don't have any great love for Momo as a character (though Oda polishing it off like that WOULD have given me reason to respect the bugger) it's just that Oda was building to a dramatic character moment over a decade and....he flubbed it.
Here, how about this....
What if Kaido is alive (probably is) and although he might not go for the jugular against Luffy, he's out to make a bad day for the, well, the world. When things come to a head, if he attempts to make everyone's lives miserable, if Momo is then able to stand in and do something MAYBE it could be redeemed but here's my issue with that.
It would be bullshit because it would be 'cool'.
The entire point of Momo giving a massive blow to Kaido as a child or at very least during the end of Wano, would have been that it wouldn't have been 'badass'.
If he does it as an adult in human form, he'd have to be all the things he wasn't as a child.
And that? That would just make his victory the same as any other. What's more? He shouldn't be able to pull off anything badass against Kaido with such little time. It would be a complete wreck of balance if he rocked up and did some cool attack against Kaido. It would cheapen everything that came before it. The whole point of him being a child is that he'd have stood up against something BEYOND impossible that he knew he'd die for. Facing Kaido as an adult? Pretty much impossible. But as a kid??? Get outta here! That is what would have made it meaningul and feel at home in Oda's work.