The aftermath of the events concerning the Reverie will have to wait as the focus has shifted to a country long built-up through the story and an arc every reader has anticipated since Ryuma made his appearance in Thriller Bark. The Wano Kuni Arc has begun. It has finally begun!
This is the arc in which we will see the Straw Hat Pirates tested, truly tested where the efforts of their conviction will bear itself wholeheartedly on the will they display against the formidable enemies they will inevitable face. The Beast Pirates will be the primary antagonist and Kaido will take center stage in attempting to break apart the rookies who have engulfed the world in an excitement destined to shake the “world” apart at its core. Unlike with the Totto Land Arc where Big Mom’s defeat was in question, the Wano Kuni Arc will see the Straw Hat Pirates seriously go up against Kaido and the Beast Pirates and defeat them. The story has progressed far enough where the Straw Hat Pirates need to challenge and win against a Yonko crew.
The only news worthy of standing besides the eventual events unfolding within Mary Geoise is news concerning the Yonko pirate crews and in particular news about the Straw Hat Pirates defeating the Yonko Kaido, an existence the world has labelled “the strongest creature in the world”. Luffy definitely has a way to go before he seeks to challenge Kaido but with his recent battles against Cracker, Katakuri and the short skirmish with Linlin, he has realised the gaps in his fighting style. Fortunately, Katakuri’s battle taught him plenty which he can put use to further developing and evolving his fighting style.
Furthermore, like me, I’m sure every reader is hungry to see Zoro, Usopp, Sanji, Nami, Chopper, Robin, Franky, Brook and Jinbe (he WILL be part of the Wano Kuni Arc) pushed towards their limits and beyond. They NEED to have a fight sequence in which they can show the readers how capable they are. Aside from Luffy who was pushed past his limits with Doflamingo, Cracker (to a point) and Katakuri, the other crew members haven’t had much opportunity to be highlighted in 1 VS 1 match-ups. Zoro has barely broken a sweat, so it would be thrilling to see him face off against an equally matched or even stronger opponent to see what he does to eventually emerge victorious. Honestly, this arc IS Zoro’s Arc (especially with the previous arc being “Sanji’s”), he will have the most growth here and development within this arc. The Wano people may fear Zoro now but once this arc is done, they will be championing Zoro as their Samurai idol and ultimately desire the revered Shusui to be wielded by Zoro.
Almost certainly, the 11th Straw Hat Pirate member will also feature within this arc given the stakes currently in balance and the enemy they are now up against. Both Jinbe and the 11th Straw Hat Pirate member will not be left out of these events, they instead will feature prominently to help build familiarity with the readers and set-up their complete entry into the Straw Hat Pirates as a natural occurrence.
The Straw Hat Pirates will inspire a nation to rise up against their Shogun and his close ally Kaidou in order to reach the freedom they all seek. Kinemon plans to have the Straw Hat Pirates currently in Wano Kuni slowly rally support from the people oppressed by the Wano Kuni government whom will assist in helping overthrow the current corrupt government officials. Some of the Beast Pirate are probably within Wano Kuni at the moment and we may see a battle between the Straw Hat Pirates and the Beast Pirates relatively soon. Looking forward to the next chapter.