Kuma was once feared as an extremely vicious pirate, earning himself the title “Tyrant. In Chapter 1064 Jinbe explains Kuma’s background: he was deposed by his people as a king, was caught by the Marines as a Revolutionary and then became a Warlord in exchange for letting Vegapunk experiment on him. I think we’re all in agreement that this sounds like World Government propaganda.
Those closest to Kuma describe him as kind and gentle. I’m more willing to trust what Sabo has to say about him over hearsay from Jinbe.
My guess is that the World Government wants to paint Kuma as a monster for rebelling against them. First, as a pirate. Then, as a Revolutionary.
But the question that then raises is, ‘Why did Kuma, a monarch once allied with the World Government, rebel?’
Well…we did get a sketch of him as a child, along with the other pre-timeskip Warlords in SBS Vol. 63, which could serve as a clue:
With tattered clothes, and having to gather and carry firewood himself, it seems that Kuma came from some rather humble beginnings. Odd, considering he was supposed to be a World Noble.
However, given how every member nation to the World Government has to pay the Heavenly Tribute, which isn’t cheap, is it possible that this tribute bankrupted the Sorbet Kingdom? If so, could that be why Kuma resorted to piracy? As a means to provide for his impoverished country?
The (Possible) Truth About Kuma
If Kuma’s true nature is to be kind and gentle, I can imagine piracy wasn’t too much to his liking. Which could be what led him to the Revolutionary Army. Why steal from others to feed himself and his people if he can do something that could help the whole world? The World Government isn’t really doing anyone any favors other than for those at the very top.
Ick! I’d be all-in for overthrowing the system, too.
Unfortunately, Kuma got arrested. And went onto become one of Vegapunk’s experiments. But as it is more-or-less confirmed that Vegapunk is part of the Revolutionary Army as well… this could’ve been his way from saving Kuma from a certain immediate execution.
From the way Vegapunk is talking at the end of Chapter 1064, it almost sounds like he’s resigned himself to die soon. Though, a bit melancholic, he’s probably been contemplating his own death ever since he began experimenting on Kuma, who I believe was a good friend of his. Both fellow Revolutionaries and all.
And like Kuma, I think Vegapunk is delivering his final wish to a good, trusted friend just before he passes on.
Vegapunk’s Final Mission… what could it be?
Now…if I were Vegapunk, I would’ve let Dragon know ahead of time the secret to controlling all of my technology. Or some kind of secret that would give the Revolutionary Army a competitive edge against the World Government. So then, this last call to Dragon right here is “The Signal”.
Vegapunk is ready to die, so the Revolutionary Army should be escalating their efforts very soon. More so than they already have. Maybe by unveiling some technology the World Government had absolutely no idea he was developing?
I, like many others, speculate that the World Government, Im, more specifically, is in control of the Ancient Weapon, Uranus.
But as Vegapunk is the man with a mind hundreds of years in the future, I imagine that he had developed his own superweapon. Something he had entrusted Dragon with. And now that he’s mentioned that he’s going to die soon, he’s given Dragon the greenlight to unleash it.
In this other theory of mine, I speculated that the three Ancient Weapons would get divided up like this:
· Uranus – The World Government (Im)
· Pluton – The Cross Guild (Crocodile)
· Poseidon – Blackbeard
If the three Ancient Weapons all fall into the wrong hands, the Revolutionary Army is f#ck’d. But…if Vegapunk does leave some of his futuristic tech to them, they might stand a chance.
Sadly, I can only imagine this futuristic superweapon that the Revolutionaries will get is either a nuclear bomb or a giant mecha-bot.
Or maybe a giant robot mech armed with nuclear missiles? If so, how could the Revolutionaries have possibly kept it hidden? Then again, as we’re already seeing gigantic robots in Egghead Island, it’s probably not that.
Perhaps, it is something small. But dangerous! Something like the little cricket gun from Men In Black.
Whatever it is, I’m sure that Oda will blow our minds, nevertheless.