I know it does, and though it sounds like it could be used as a metric for comparing their attacks, you'd still need the same assumption that operates when someone takes calcs for granted, which is that Oda is depicting an attack that is actually x times stronger than another attack and the depiction is scientifically accurate.
No, you don't need the same assumption. For 2 reasons:
1. Techniques' names are canon. Calcs are fanmade (I don't think they are all useless but yeah).
That's the first glaring sign you should not compare them. At all. The only assumption I have to make to trust what the author said is that he was in his right mind when he wrote the dialogue/info boxes. It's a ''we take it as is until proven otherwise, unless it already contradicts previous information which means we have to wait for further details anw'' kind of deal. Though whether it contradicts anything is also debatable. Several people would say it does because they think the power creep is real for reasons I stated but that's circular reasoning and that's precisely why I wrote what I wrote to show them what they think is illogical and lazy shounen trope-dependence. After they get rid of them and somehow still think the power creep is real with new/better reasoning then we can discuss.
Hell, people on Internet disagree about calcs all the time. It's not even like they universally agree and the calc is confirmed with certification or something. You can't disagree that Jinbe used 7000-tile roundhouse kick. It's a fact until Oda changes his mind.
2. Techniques' names are so much easier to manage.
The assumption you mentioned means 2 things:
-to draw every panel's art consistent in ratio and perspective so that calculation can be reliably done, which is actually goddamn difficult for mangaka, which we all know Oda doesn't do, infamously so (just look at DD vs Jozu vs WB vs Luffy in terms of height as na example). That's why several calcs have high-end and low-end results (though it can also be because they use different calculating methods) and they can vary widely.
-And yeah, that Oda knows about the science and that science is the same one the Internet fandom calculators use.
But for techniques? There's no need to assume anything about ''complicated'' scientific nature of it. Oda names this technique 1000-tile and the other 5000-tile. One is 5 times stronger. Simple math as that.
Oda may not be able to do the former, but it sure as hell easy for him to do the latter. Well, he should also need to be careful about the effect of the technique on characters/environment (would be weird the same punch one-shot Zolo but not Hachi when there are no circumstantial factors or that Hachi gets much stronger). And Oda can be inconsistent in that. But so far I don't recall anything that extreme (and with CoA a lot of things can be explained). Again, the only thing needed is he was in his right mind when writing which we kinda have to assume anw if nothing forces us not to..
We don't actually know the upper-limit of Jimbei's tile-breaking. Even if we assume the scale is representative, Jimbei could still have a 70,000 Tile kick or something. The range could be large, as demonstrated by Kurobi himself, who used both 100 and 1000 tile attacks.
I already answered that
Post-TS Jinbe used a 7000-tile kick. Hack used 4000-tile punch. Of course, it's not like that's their limit but the point is they deemed that level is still relevant (and CoA, or lack of it, probably make up for the rest). Hell Jinbe's round-house is still more impressive that most stuffs Sanji dissed out post-TS.
And I don't think Kurobi's using 100-tile and 1000-tile helps your point . Obviously if you have enough strength to punch 1000 tiles you can do so to 100 tiles...assuming still the same type of tiles and not Orihalcon or sea stone tiles. Besides Kurobi is a level-40 FK martial artist and Hack is level-100. I'd say the differences in both FK techniques and level are close enough for us to theorize the physical game isn't inflated that much.
There are other metrics which are (from what I see) ridiculously inconsistent. Zoro's pound cannons, Hody's pill power-ups, Eneru's Volts.
How are they inconsistent? At least not yet
Hody: we don't know how strong he is at base and nothing says he actually made full use of the pills. As in yes, he consumed that many pills and the side-effect got him but who said all of them contribute to his doping state? Dumb analogy but if I ate more than my stomach can handle then before I get to digest and absorb the nutrition I'd die because my stomach explodes. Hody didn't explode but you get my point.
+his swordsmanship isn't a martial art with actual rank system so not the same as FK
Enel-sama: which instance are you referring to? His lightning attacks are all consistent to me (unless vs Luffy LOL). Everyone is burnt terribly the same...the only reason they don't die is...well, this is One Piece. Oda himself said he wouldn't just kill off people so that they can return (unless it's plot-important like WB and Ace).
Ergo, making pieces of super charred BBQ meat is the best feat ever you can give a lightningman like Enel-sama in this manga because the next better would be death. Also the reason Wiper could stand up is the same willpower stuff in this manga like Luffy just outright forgot Crocodile poisoned him...Wiper had huge stake, like his ancestor's honor and pride. If Enel was roasting Kuina there Zolo would have replaced Wiper. That doesn't change the fact they are fodders to God. People who said just because Enel didn't disintegrate or vaporize or one-shot pre-TS characters means he would not do shit to guys like Vergo is crazy readers who don't pay attention to the manga.
such as about Douriki - I think Spandam said 500+ douriki made one superhuman, which makes that scale interesting
Well, I'd say 100+ is enough. I can imagine Bruce Lee beating 10 trained, armed soldiers. But 50 is a bit...and Bruce Lee is what we normally call Peak Human. Depends on Oda though. Usopp is the most human who gave up lifting anything past 5kg yet still had superhuman feat like taking Mr.4's bat which broke his nose.
Also if the base stats had changed so much, Kuro's speed shouldn't be compared to Soru at all yet Oda did exactly that in SBS and said they are roughly the same. Which explains why Luffy could easily follow Blueno's movement on EL. In Water Seven he was just surprised. Once he realized what the technique was and focused, Blueno's speed is nothing because he had dealt with Kuro before.
Edited by Fulmine, 03 September 2018 - 05:43 AM.