The latest chapter of One Piece gave us a sneak peek into Wano’s past. The country’s culture, beliefs, and people, including Oden, Kinemon, Denjiro, and others were the main subjects. However, One Piece chapter 961 is just around the corner, and it’s not too early to predict what might happen next.

Here are some predictions that I can say are pretty obvious, given how the story ended in the previous chapter. Still, we can expect a turn of events as is often the case with Oda’s One Piece.

Kinemon might have Doomed the Capital

In the previous chapter, Kinemon was in a dilemma for having the mountain god’s offspring. He learned from a young Denjiro that an adult mountain god is big and powerful enough to level even a whole town. This got Kinemon worried sick that he might have just accidentally doomed the capital.

Kinemon is already known as a thug in Wano. Causing the destruction of the capital will only worsen his current state. He might even end up being executed if people learn that he was responsible for the attack of the mountain god.

Oden takes Kinemon’s place

An eavesdropping Oden, however, overheard Denjiro’s story. He finds it interesting and wanted to take the pig from Kinemon. Chances are Oden would use the pig to lure the adult mountain god away from the capital to save it.

It might still cause damage to the capital. But Oden would take the blame for it, saving Kinemon from further disgrace. A Reddit user BEWMarth thinks this so too.

The redditor suggests that Oden will say he took the pig to eat it in order to detract people’s attention from Kinemon. This would then make Kinemon forever indebted to Oden, and the two of them (and possibly Denjiro too) will begin to forge a bond that would later be known as the Scabbards of Oden.

Oden, a Similitude of Hercules

This story of Oden reminds me of the Greek demi-god, Hercules. In fact, Oden’s character is undoubtedly a similitude of Hercules. As we all know, Oda often takes inspiration from different mythologies for his characters and storylines.

The ancient weapons, Pluton, Poseidon and Uranus are examples of how Oda took inspiration from Greek mythology. Although not in totality, it is possible that Oda’s inspiration for creating Oden’s character is Hercules.

Being a son of Zeus, Hercules had superhuman strength displayed since his childhood. Oden also had superhuman strengths and seems to be always ahead of his age.

Oden’s Herculean Labors

In Greek mythology, Hercules was given twelve tasks to redeem himself from his previous acts involving the death of his wife and children. Eurytheus, king of Tiryns was the one who gave Hercules his tasks that came to be known as the Twelve Labors of Hercules.

One of the labors of Hercules was to capture the Erymanthian Boar alive. That boar was a giant creature, just like the mountain god in Oden’s story. It has caused people trouble as it destroys farmlands at its passing.

The description of Erymanthian Boar clearly depicts that of the mountain god. And Oden defeating the pig might win him the praise of some that will later develop love for the Shogun’s heir. Just like Hercules, defeating the mountain god may be the first step to Oden’s redemption.

One Piece Chapter 961 Release Date

One Piece chapter 961 will be officially released on November 1 in the weekly Shonen Jump issue. To learn about spoilers of the upcoming chapter, stay updated by following PiunikaWeb.

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Lambert Nathaniel
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I am a university teacher who can't get enough of anime and manga. My class' group names are based on my favorite characters, especially from One Piece. I read manga or watch anime every chance I have. I started reading manga just a few years back and I was hooked the first day. I usually follow fan pages and am consistently given a Top Fan Badge. I also love baking and cake decorating and trying to make anime-themed cake designs.

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