Well, Oda said we’re headed for the endgame. He’s not joking.
Sabo, the Flame Emperor of the Revolutionaries. Nice. Countries are breaking free from World Government rule, causing quite the crisis for those in charge. Where could this lead? What will the Elder Stars do when backed into a corner? Nothing good, I’ll tell you that! Hmm… Maybe this is where Vegapunk and whatever weapons/devil fruits he cooked up come in?
Sabo killed Cobra Commander—erm—King Cobra? No way! My guess is Im’s forces (the Holy Knights?) tried capturing Vivi, and Cobra got caught in the crossfire. Sabo probably saved Vivi, and she’s lying low with the Revolutionaries. And thank goodness Kuma was saved! I wonder if Jewelry Bonney’s hanging with Team Sabo too? That could be her overall role in the series, helping the Revolutionaries take down the World Government. No telling how old she really is. Bonney may have some intel essential to destroying the current establishment.
This chapter also helps explain why Buggy’s an Emperor. His pirate dispatch organization is probably still in effect, lending his powerful underlings to any group with enough money to hire them. Helping countries fight against the World Government and winning? No wonder he’s one of the most dangerous pirates right now!
How will the samurai defeat Admiral Ryokugyu? And why did Momonosuke stop Yamato? Does he think a clash between the two will alert Luffy? In any case, Ryokugyu is too douchey to back off. He’s gotta get kicked out of Wano.
Maybe that’s where Shanks comes in? He’s going after One Piece. Why now? I doubt the current world situation is just a coincidence. The guy knows more about the world than we think. He certainly seems to have known the true identity of the Gum-Gum fruit. Anyway, if Shanks wants One Piece, he needs Wano’s Poneglyph. That could put him in smack dab in Ryokugyu’s path. Team Shanks is already near Wano, may as well grab what they need and go.
This was a great chapter! One Piece world-building at its best. Could this be the beginning of the end for the World Government? Probably, but expect them to go down fighting. It ain’t over yet! Sabo, representing the strength of revolution. Vivi, the future diplomatic side? Man, Daddy D. Dragon needs to get up off his windy butt and do something. These youngsters to making him look bad.