Do you want to see panels and panels of characters running around? narrative expediency trumps realism in this case imo, Punk Hazard was fucking boring with all the running around in Caesar's base, as realistic as that was.So Zoro and Brook are back at the Capitol... weren't they in the Ringo district? Does Wano have invisible bullet trains or something?
Well, that was fucking dark, I was legit tearing up for a second there. This will play great in the anime.
What this really reminds me of is Roger's final moments. A popular figure engineers his own demise in the most public fashion in order to influence people into following a plan of his (in Yasuie's case it was to reset the failed revolution, in Roger's case it was to ignite the age of piracy), and he dies with a big smile!
I've been wondering for a while whether there was any connection between the D family and Wano, the ponyglyphs being created there certainly points towards some relationship between the Wano country and the void century. It's also no coincidence that Wano has been closed off for a long, long time (maybe even since the VC!?).
I don't know, my mind is racing, and it will have an entire break week to do it.
This may get even darker (maybe Punk Hazard levels of dark) if it comes out the chapter ended the way it did because there were huge amounts of human experimentation involved in the creation of SMILEs (like by extracting the emotions from people or by force-feeding them the fruits to see if they worked). Even if that turns out to be way off, the implications (Hiyori's wording here is important) are not good.