'One Piece' Chapter 897: Straw Hats Battle Big Mom's Forces, A New Villain Approaches

Mark Jason Alcala

One Piece Chapter 897 will now present another set of challenges for the Straw Hats Pirates. The highly anticipated closure of the epic fight between Luffy and Big Mom's strongest Sweet Commander, Katakuri, finally happened in the recent installment of Eiichiro Oda's hit manga series. However, escape from Big Mom's territory is not yet guaranteed as the team will now be facing the rest of the Yonko's forces.

Apparently, both attacks are powerful enough to knock down their intended targets, so the result could be considered a draw. However, while both Luffy and Katakuri were able to stand back up, the Sweet Commander eventually succumbed to his injuries that he fell down again and was unconscious.

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However, escaping Big Mom's territory will not be easy. The Yonko's forces are well prepared and have even gathered on Cacao Island to stop Luffy in case he manages to defeat Katakuri. With a confrontation bound to happen, expect more action when One Piece Chapter 897 arrives later this week.

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This has already been hinted at by the series' creator Eiichiro Oda, according to Comic Book. At the Jump Festa 2018, Oda apologized to fans of the delay of the arc, which is called the Wano arc. Originally, he thought that the manga would enter into the arc as early as 2017.

"I'll introduce one of the legends which lurks in the One Piece world," Oda explained to fans. "The greatest enemy ever for Straw Hats will hinder their way. Perhaps it will be related to Whitebeard. Oops, it seems I'm being too talkative. Can you believe Marineford Summit War will look 'cute' compared to that?"

Of course, the arrival of the new arc means that Luffy and the crew will have to resolve their fight against Big Mom Pirates soon. With the Yonko still as mad as ever, and with her forces bent on preventing Luffy and the Straw Hats from escaping, fans can still look forward to some action packed chapters up ahead.