Vivi is counted as an honorary member of the Straw Hats on her Vivre Card. Although she did technically leave the crew, Luffy and the rest still consider her a Nakama.
In this post, I’ll be discussing my theory on why I believe Vivi will return to the Straw Hats as an official member and her role in the story after Wano.
CHAPTER 1: THE NEWS
The Straw Hats are currently in Wano and have no way of communicating with the outside world. The news about the Reverie hasn’t reached their ears yet and the only people who probably know are Marco, Nekomamushi, Izo, Kaido, Big Mom’s crew, X-Drake and CP0 agents. The likely hood of any of these breaking the news to the Straw Hats during the war on Onigashima is 0 right now. But after Wano concludes, I believe Marco, Izo, and Nekomamushi will probably deliver the news to the Straw Hats.
Now, what could the news possibly be? Let’s analyze further. Chapter 956 starts with a one-week time-skip after the Reverie; with Garp having a chat with King Neptune. He talks about how the Reverie is always about competition between countries over resources than a meeting to discuss the betterment of the world. Though the nations of the world duke it out in the meeting, there is never blood-shed. This time, there was blood-shed. Garp states that after the Reverie ended, an incident happened regarding the Alabasta Kingdom. Judging from Garp’s tone with Neptune, we know it’s very serious.
The next page cuts to Big News Morgan saying that 3 big events happened at the Reverie:
- There was a death.
- The results of the meeting: The Abolition of the Warlord System
- The death was an assassination.
The World Government was trying to censor 1 or more of these topics, as a member of CP0 snuck in and tried to make a deal with Morgans to remove the news. When Morgans refused, they retort to silencing him. This tells us that the World Government is trying to hide something big, something they can’t afford to get leaked out to the public.
After this, Morgans defeats the spy and decides to relocate his base. But as he was doing it, he receives a call from Wapol.
We then cut back to the news spreading to the entire world. News about the Reverie and most importantly, something to do with Sabo. The news completely shocks the Revolutionary Army. This is the first time we see Dragon panicking this much over something.
Now there are 2 ways to interpret the news that Morgans delivered about Sabo:
- Sabo was found/discovered in Mary Geoise and was captured
- Sabo was found/discovered in Mary Geoise but is on the run and is missing in action
But I would like to point out a 3rd possibility. What if Sabo was slandered on the news in some way? I am sure that all the Revolutionaries could be just shocked about him either being captured or is MIA but I don’t believe it would be as drastic as to have Dragon panicking as well. What if the news reports Sabo doing something unthinkable or evil to the world? When you pay attention more to the panels, you could see how the Revolutionaries don’t look concerned with his safety but his actions instead. This also explains why Dragon is panicking as much as he has because Sabo’s actions could have ruined the reputation of the Revolutionary Army has with the citizens.
When staging a rebellion against someone in power, public perception is a double-edged sword. if the public is for you, your plans succeed but if the public is against you, you could be seen as a terrorist that plots to destroy rather than fix. But what could be the thing that Sabo was reported doing?