One Piece has finally revealed the true history of the land of Wano and its very deep connection to the Void Century.
The country of Wano is one of the most important locations in the One Piece world and is of great significance to the overarching plot of the story. Named right from the bow of Thriller Bark, this will always be a country of great significance, especially considering the fact that this place is described as the land of the Samurai. Thriller Bark introduced fans to characters like Ryuma, Oars, and Gecko Moria, all of whom are deeply attached to the land of Wano, characters that fans can experience after the One Piece timeskip.
After the Straw Hat Pirates arrived in the New World, everything they’ve built up until this part of the story matters a lot. Like most historical places in One Piece, Wano is also of great significance when it comes to revealing the world’s true history and uncovering the secret of the Void Century. One Piece chapter 1055 has finally provided fans with more information about the really old Wano country and its actual history.
The Wano Country of the Past
When the Straw Hat Pirates entered the land of Wano, it became clear that the geography of the place was rather strange. While being in a world as diverse and rich as the world of One Piece. It really wasn’t a surprise, it shocked the whole group. Nami refers to the presence of a barrier around the country, along with a waterfall that giant carp must climb to enter the water. At the same time, Sanji refers to the fresh water that flows from the top of the falls because that is the only way for the Koi to swim into it. To make things more interesting, the country of Wano is made up of several islands, all of which experience different seasons. Ringo, for example, is a winter island, while Hakumai seems permanent in the fall. Obviously, Wano Country’s weather and seasons vary greatly.
In One Piece 1055, fans finally have an answer as to why that is. Thanks to Kozuki Sukiyaki, fans have discovered that the Wano Country they witnessed throughout the series is not the real country at all. Deep below Orochi Castle is a path that takes Law, Robin and the fans through time to the land of Wano 800 years ago. This ancient Wano Country was submerged under water but is still very well preserved. According to Sukiyaki, Wano once existed above sea level, like most other places in the One Piece world. Most likely, it is also not made up of different Islands.
However, at some point, fences were erected across the country to protect it from something. Although it is not revealed why this is so, it is most likely due to the growing influence of the 20 Kings, who at the time were at war with the Ancient Kingdom. Once the barriers around Wano were erected, rainwater accumulated inside and thus submerged the old country. A new land was created in the middle of Mt. Fuji and as the water flooded in, the waterfalls of Wano Country were also created. Naturally, people fled from the old land of Wano and came to live in the new country they had created above.
Ancient Weapon Pluton
As mentioned by Kozuki Sukiyaki, the reason why the barriers were erected around the land of Wano is still unknown. However, it was not simply to protect the country from the growing influence of the 20 Kings. In fact, it could be something much deeper. Fans know that on Water 7, the Ancient Weapon Pluton was created by shipbuilders a long time ago. This weapon was used during the Void Century, however, since then, it has stopped. In Wano Country, it is finally revealed that Pluton has rested in the land of Wano.
Most likely after the Ancient Kingdom started losing its war against the 20 Kings, they decided to keep their weapons safe in Wano, deep underground. Thus, barriers were erected around the country to protect not only the country but also Pluton. This is why the opening of the border of Wano Country is so important in the One Piece story. While many people think this act is a metaphor, Wano’s opening of the border is a literal act – one in which the fence around it is destroyed and the Ancient Weapon Pluton a liberated again.
The future of Wano
Wano has always been very important in the overall plot of One Piece and that continues to happen even after the end of the season. The country’s borders have not yet been opened and Dawn has not yet come to this country. Wano clearly has a much larger role to play in the future and all eyes are on the Final Battle of the story that Oda has so much revealed. With a Shogun of Momonosuke’s caliber, Wano is sure to join the Final War as Luffy takes action against the World Government and aims to crush them once and for all. Around that time, fans will likely see Wano’s borders opened with the help of Zunesha and the ancient weapon Pluton released worldwide.
It’s also very possible that Momonosuke is bound to Pluton in some way and that he is the only one able to command it into battle, thanks to his uncanny ability to communicate with Zunesha. With that, Wano’s Minks and Samurai will be heavily involved in One Piece’s final fight. After opening the country’s borders, the old country made up of several islands likely created by the “Drag Continent” Oars, will collapse. Wano will definitely return to sea level once again.