One Piece: Will Momonosuke and Kin’emon Join the Straw Hat Pirates?

One Piece: Will Momonosuke and Kin'emon Join the Straw Hat Pirates?

One Piece‘s epic Wano Country Saga has come to an end in the anime as well; the manga had moved on some time ago, and now the anime has also reached the point where Luffy and his crew members are going on a new adventure. But, before we move on, we wanted to wrap things up here and explain some things that happened in the final moments of the saga. Before leaving Wano, Luffy talked to Kin’emon and Momonosuke, saying goodbye to his friends, but also telling them that they are always welcome in his crew if they want to. Will Momonosuke and Kin’emon join the Straw Hat Pirates? Keep reading to find out!

  • Article Breakdown:
  • After the liberation of Wano Country, i.e., after the fall of Kaidou and Big Mom, Momonosuke took over the rule over Wano as their new shogun and the rightful air of Oden, his father.
  • He decided to stay in Wano and keep the borders closed for now, although he and Luffy remained allies, as Luffy promised he would return to Wano if Momonosuke needed him.
  • Luffy offered Momonosuke, Kin’emon, and Yamato a spot on his crew. While Yamato might join them later, it is unlikely that Momonosuke and Kin’emon will become Straw Hats in the future.

Momonosuke and Kin’emon stayed in Wano

As everyone is aware, Wano suffered greatly during the rule of the two emperors and their servant, Orochi. The tyrannical dictatorship of Kaido and his ally, Big Mom, was ultimately overthrown by the Alliance, and Wano Country was liberated. To celebrate the victory of the liberators, i.e., the Alliance, a grand festival was held in the Flower Capital. Even though Aramaki’s short strike looked like it might ruin the festivities, he could not get anywhere close to the Flower Capital. And while the festivities did last for some time, they had to come to an end. Luffy and his crew had to continue their journey.

Before leaving, of course, they said goodbye to all their friends and allies. We know that Yamato wanted to join the crew, but he decided to stay for a little while to explore Wano before leaving with Luffy. But as the Straw Hat captain was leaving, he also talked to Momonosuke and Kin’emon. He promised the two of them, his friends, that if they ever needed his help again, he would immediately come to their aid, and if they wanted to, both of them would have a spot in his crew. So… will Kin’emon and Momonosuke join Luffy’s crew? Let us see what happened before, during, and after this meeting.


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The three Wano residents – Yamato, Kin’emon, and Momonosuke – reach the port of Tokage, where the pirates are ready to set sail. Momonosuke and Yamato jump on Luffy while Kin’emon asks him why he decided to leave without saying goodbye, pointing out that the shogun is angry and asks the pirate to explain himself. Momonosuke, however, bursts into tears and begs him not to leave and stay with him, stating that he is alive thanks to them, who made him laugh again and allowed him to avenge his parents, admitting that he is not good with words and having a fear of the future.

Luffy then gets Usopp to give him a large flag with the crew’s Jolly Roger and gives it to him, explaining that they waited to give it to him to stop the shogun story and that even if he seems big now, he knows full well that he is an idiot and crybaby, who is nevertheless like a younger brother.

Momonosuke asks for explanations about the flag, so the pirate replies to him to think about the adventures he has had at sea when he finds himself in difficulty and to display the flag, advising him to show it if anyone were to threaten Wano Country because they should raise their hands on a friend of theirs it means going against the Straw Hat Pirates.

He then adds that if Momonosuke, Kin’emon, and Yamato want to become pirates, there will be a place for them on board, saying however that crybabies will not be allowed on board. The shogun bows and, watching the Thousand Sunny depart, tells Kin’emon that one day he will surpass Oden, so the servant states that he would like to witness when that happens.

Yamato then asks if he is referring to her, but the shogun denies it. The three then return to the castle, and Momonosuke asks where best to raise the flag. Later, Momonosuke and other inhabitants of Wano are shocked by a large-scale earthquake that was felt around the world while the heroes are fighting on Egghead Island, where Vegapunk was.

So, as you can see, Momonosuke and Kin’emon did not join Luffy’s crew, but they have an open invitation, and if they ever change their minds, they will have a place on the Thousand Sunny. Of course, Luffy values his friends, and knowing how strong and skilled they are, he deduced that they would be excellent additions to his crew; the same goes for Yamato, but he is going to be the topic of a separate article. This is why he offered them a spot.


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But, we do not think that it is likely that Kin’emon or Momonosuke will join Luffy, at least not permanently. The two of them have a lot to do in Wano, while going with Luffy means being at sea most of the time, so we don’t really think that Momonosuke and Kin’emon will abandon their people for such an adventure, so they are unlikely to join, although it is not impossible to imagine it.

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