Since Punk Hazard till the very present in Wano, the Strawhats are presented as a mere nuisance rather than a force to be reckoned with, from the worst generation. I have not seen any single power up (except for Luffy but he's still weak) since the time skip, and every opponent they faced kicked their ass big time before somehow managing to defeat them at the end because of the plot. I haven't seen a 1 on 1 duel since Enies Lobby and Thriller Bark, but the fights pre time skip were executed perfectly compare to post time skip. Since Oda likes to stretch out arcs, and doesn't have the time to write everything, then why not make cannon episodes where the Starwhats train them selves on islands during their journey, instead of them rushing into enemy's territory having a hard time to defeat their opponents? What happened to Luffy kicking Big's Mom's ass and defeating Kaido? He got pushed by Big Mom in Gear 4th, turned him to normal and made him unconscious and Kaido one shotted him and made him his bitch. What was the point of Whole Cake Island being the "year of Sanji" only showing his backstory and not getting a single power up? Nami is useless without her Tempo, Robin is also weak, Brook doesn't seem to utilize his DF and Chopper doesn't train in his other forms to become more powerful. Luffy does not deserve the title of "Emperor" despite Morgan pushing this propaganda. How many times did he get scared by Big Mom? He couldn't defeat Cracker without the help from Nami, he got owned by Katakuri and somehow magically won in the end. Sure some might say that he deserves the title "Emperor" because he has the power to make friends and alliances that are many under his flag. But are those alliances always with the them at their sight to defend them, to fight for them? If it were not for Jimbei, the Power Rangers and Capone Bege, Luffy, Nami, Brook and Chopper should have been dead by now. I was expecting a decent fight from the Strawhats against the Big Mom pirates and Big Mom herself. "But not all were there, Zoro, Usopp, Robin and Franky were in Wano". So what? Even if they were, they wouldn't have stood a chance against the Big Mom pirates and Big Mom herself. The Strawhats as a crew are not ready to face any Emperor and their crew in battle simply because they're too weak to fight them. Take Big Mom and Kaido alone for an example, both are walking Titans, even if the SH's gathered and battled 1 of them solo, they'd still lose. Big Mom reminded Luffy what he said to her, but what did he do? He ran like a coward like she said. "But that was because of the plan, get Sanji and run". A decent fight would've been acceptable against Big Mom, so that she would acknowledge Luffy's strength, but that didn't happened. Blackbeard also said that it's too early for him to be an Emperor. Now in Wano even if the SH's are all gathered there, I don't think they'll put up a fight against the Beast Pirates. If Luffy wins against Kaido because of the new Haki "that hurts the person from the inside" without his DF awakened and no new moves, just some other animal versions of Gear 4th, it would be a huge disappointment. The same way Madara was made so OP, they had to make his death shit with introducing Kaguara, killing him. At least I think Kaido will get defeated because of this new Haki type and because of the plot, but not Luffy putting a real fight against him. Kaido and Big Mom getting defeated by some new type of Haki would be disappointing, big time. What's also more disappointing are the fights that are animated and the animation itself (and for some huge miracle it got changed for the Wano arc) but that's for another thread. I don't like the way the Strawhats have been portrayed as a weak crew and not making them train during their off time. Take Naruto for an example, despite the 2 years training, a lot of characters still trained (even Naruto himself) after 2 years time skip to get more powerful. I'm not a Naruto fanboy, not a OP fanboy, but watching both shows you can examine both of their flaws (Naruto has to many). OP lacks really good fights, the SH's getting more powerful and stretching arcs for more than 2 years.