Final Curtain Falls on the Wano Country Arc!
One Piece Chapter 1057 Review/Recap
It’s over, everyone. After four years, the longest arc in the story of One Piece, and likely one of its greatest, has come to an end. Kaido and Big Mom have been defeated, Orochi is dead, and Wano Country is free at last. Their work now done, it’s time for the Straw Hats to move on, the Laugh Tale and the One Piece now closer than ever. However, Oda had one last surprise to throw our way , and it’s the most shocking of all.
As Yamato, Momonosuke, and Kin’emon race to Tokage Port, Yamato drops a bombshell: she’s not going with the Straw Hats. Like Oden before her, she plans on traveling across Wano before setting sail on her own. She already told Luffy about it. Momo and Kin’emon, though, are still angry at Luffy for leaving without saying goodbye. After all, they’d been with the Straw Hats since Punk Hazard. However, as soon as they actually corner the Straw Hats…Momo breaks down crying and begging Luffy not to leave, moving some of the Straw Hats to tears over it.
Luffy, though, says that even though he’s an adult, he’s still mentally a kid, and a dummy. But he also considers Momo like a little brother, so he leaves him a gift in the form of his flag. He wants him to put it up as a warning to anyone who tries to mess with Wano Country, and promises that he’ll come to get them if they ever want to be pirates.
Their goodbyes now said, the Straw Hat, Kid, and Heart Pirates set sail…and then get into a competition over which way they’re leaving.
In the Flower Capital, a massive play’s being put on, recounting the story of the liberation of Wano. It’s a tale of powerful pirates that Momonosuke brought with him who bested the dragon Kaido and the demon Big Mom. And, of course, it’s about the last, vengeful moments of Orochi Kurozumi. With a reminder from Hiyori and a cheer from the crowd…you know what, just look.
And thus concludes the tale of Wano, a story of bravery, sacrifice, and inherited will.
*clap clap clap*
What. An. Ending. For that matter, what an arc. It’s almost sad to know that the Wano Country Arc’s ended. It’s the longest arc in the manga’s history, and given how much time it has left, it will likely retain that title forever.
Now, I had been a fan of One Piece and had followed it sporadically for years, but it wasn’t until Punk Hazard that I started reading it every week. That was ten years ago. That’s how long Momonosuke and Kin’emon have been with the Straw Hats in our time. Thus, it’s tough to say goodbye to them. That said, the fact that Wano Country seems destined to play a major role in world affairs soon means that we’ll likely see Momonosuke, Yamato, and the Scabbards again.
Yamato’s Decision and Oda’s Blindside
Now, on to the elephant in the room, Yamato. What a blindside by Oda. So many fans of the manga expected that Yamato would be the final member to join the Straw Hat Pirates. She’s powerful, she’s got the right backstory, and she’s already connected to Luffy thanks to her being friends with Ace. However, I’m pretty sure that we’ll see her again before the series ends, along with everyone else from Wano.
Orochi Got What he Deserved.
Speaking of Wano, some people are saying that the way Wano handles the death of Orochi seems hypocritical of Oda. A recurring theme of One Piece is how being into the world isn’t a sin, and persecuting people for their blood ties is wrong, yet they’re doing the same to Orochi post-mortem.
Stop. It. Oda’s not being hypocritical. He made it pretty clear that it was wrong of Wano Country to hunt down the Kurozumi family because of the actions of a single member. That hatred created Orochi, and he unleashed it back on Wano a thousand-fold. However, Orochi’s actions and planning on destroying his own country and letting his people die made him lose the moral high ground. In the end, he got what he deserved: an ignoble and pathetic death.
Laugh Tale Closer Than Ever Now
Now, with that rant out of the way, we’re truly in the endgame now. From here on out, the Straw Hat’s are in a race to Laugh Tale, and I can’t wait to see what Oda has planned for the finale to his legendary story. And I want to keep following it on this blog for as long as I can. I may also do a review of the Wano Country Arc as a whole in the coming weeks.
SAYONARA, WANO COUNTRY!!!!!
I Give “Final Curtain” a 4/5
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