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One Piece Wano Arc has come to a satisfying end with our favorite fourth-dimensional pirate Monkey D. Luffy defeating one of the ‘Four Emperors’ Kaido in a record-breaking battle. The combat between the two of them is literally the longest fight sequence in anime history with their battle spanning 50 episodes. This is simply nuts and here I thought no anime would ever rise above the infamous Dragon Ball series’ long-stretching combat sequences.

The Toei Animation production already holds the record of the longest-running anime ever far surpassing the other two in the ‘Big 3’ circle – Naruto and Bleach. But seriously, to present us with the mindboggling Wano Country Arc that has been running for five years is simply incredible. Can you believe one single story arc spanning half a decade? Well, actually believable since it’s One Piece. Then again, One Piece Wano Arc officially known as ‘Wano Country Arc’ has given us some unforgettable moments.   

The world of One Piece is vast and filled with captivating storylines, but perhaps none have been as anticipated as the Wano Arc. This Arc, which began in 2019 and currently stands as the longest in the series, has been a rollercoaster of emotions and intense battles. In this article, we will delve into the intricate details of this epic journey, exploring the storytelling, action, and memorable moments that have made One Piece Wano Arc a standout in the long-running series.

One Piece – Wano Arc Opening

Wano Arc Premise

Wano Country, a land shrouded in darkness and despair, has captured the hearts of fans since its initial mention in Chapter 450 of the manga. The arc kicks off with a flashback set twenty years before the events of Wano, revealing the alliance between Yonko Kaido and the puppet Shogun, Kurozumi Orochi. This partnership, driven by their thirst for power, plunges the country into tyranny and suffering.

At a certain point, individuals of the nation starved to some extent that they believed passing to be better. Luffy made it so they at no point ever needed to ask for food in the future. In doing so, Luffy satisfied the undertaking that Oden failed to achieve. In that capacity, his will was, as it were, acquired by the Straw Hat Pirates, alongside the strong samurai. The start of the story is a tragic tale where a nation faces the worst form of tyranny.

But hope arises in the form of the Nine Red Scabbards, loyal followers of the late Kozuki Oden. Led by the charismatic Kin’emon, the Scabbards join forces with the Straw Hat Pirates and other allies to take down Kaido and restore freedom to Wano. The narrative weaves together themes of loyalty, resilience, and the power of hope, creating a compelling and emotionally charged storyline.

One Piece - Wano Arc - Poster 1 - Deshi Geek
One Piece – Wano Arc – Poster 1 – Deshi Geek

Action, Intensity, And Emotion

One Piece is renowned for its thrilling action sequences, and the Wano Arc is no exception. The arc is filled with breathtaking moments from the first clash between Luffy and Kaido to the epic battles fought by the Straw Hat Pirates and their allies. The anime adaptation brings these sequences to life with stunning animation, capturing the intensity and power of each fight.

One standout moment is Luffy’s ultimate attack, Gear 5. As he unleashes his full power against Kaido, the impact is felt not only by the characters but also by the audience. The animation quality during these intense moments is nothing short of awe-inspiring, immersing viewers in epic battles and heightening the sense of excitement and anticipation.

Loss and sacrifice are recurring themes throughout the Wano Arc. The death of beloved characters such as Kozuki Oden and Yasuie has left a lasting impact on both the story and the fans. Oden’s tragic demise, in particular, showcases his unwavering resolve and the profound effect he had on those around him. The emotional weight of these losses adds depth and gravitas to the narrative, eliciting strong emotional responses from readers and viewers alike.

One Piece – Wano Arc Ending

Wano Arc, The Masterpiece

The Wano Arc introduces a host of memorable characters, each with their own unique traits and motivations. From the enigmatic Yamato, who is inspired by the tales of Oden, to the loyal and determined Nine Red Scabbards, these characters add depth and complexity to the story. The relationships forged between the Straw Hat Pirates and their allies deepen the emotional resonance of the arc, reinforcing the themes of friendship and unity.

One Piece has always emphasized the power of redemption and personal growth, and the Wano Arc is no different. Characters like Sanji, who embraces his Germa powers and undergoes personal transformation, demonstrate the capacity for change and development. The journey of Momonosuke, who matures and accepts his responsibilities as the rightful shogun of Wano, symbolizes the potential for growth and the ability to rise above one’s circumstances.

Wano Country holds great significance in the overall narrative of One Piece. Not only is it a pivotal point in the Straw Hat Pirates’ journey, but it also plays a crucial role in the larger story arc of finding the One Piece and becoming the Pirate King. As the Straw Hat Pirates and their allies fight to liberate Wano, they inch closer to their ultimate goal, setting the stage for a thrilling and climactic conclusion.

The Wano Country Arc has garnered immense praise from fans and critics alike, solidifying its place as one of the most beloved storylines in the One Piece Universe. The emotionally charged moments, epic battles, and intricate storytelling have captivated audiences around the world. The arc’s impact extends beyond its immediate narrative, leaving a lasting legacy and contributing to the rich tapestry of the One Piece Series.

One Piece - Wano Arc - Poster 2 - Deshi Geek
One Piece – Wano Arc – Poster 2 – Deshi Geek

An Unforgettable Journey

The Wano Country arc has taken readers and viewers on an unforgettable journey filled with action, emotion, and growth. Its compelling storytelling, intense battles, and profound themes have made it a standout in the One Piece series. As the arc came to an end, fans were treated to a fabulous journey that satisfied their anticipation – the conclusion and the resolution of the epic conflict in Wano. The legacy of this arc will undoubtedly endure, solidifying its place as a defining moment in the vast world of anime.

So, if you haven’t watched One Piece yet or quit watching because of the long-running debacle you must start watching. And when you get to the Wano Country Arc, it will take you on the unforgettable journey that Oda-sensei has prepared with much care and devotion. This particular story arc is going to disappoint no one that I can guarantee. It will rather make the viewers fall for its alluring beauty.



As an avid writer and otaku/weeb, I am passionate about both creative expression and the world of anime and manga. I strive to combine these interests in my writing and explore the complex themes and emotions that these mediums can evoke.

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