It's a shame that in a land full of samurai, all Oda did was prove Kuina completely correct about her dream to be a powerful swordswoman being impossible and pointless. Discussion
I'm sure this post will lead to a bunch of people complaining about "headcanon" and "theories" being the only cause for disappointment, but whatever. I don't really care, I feel like this has to get brought up.
Kuina's backstory is pretty damn sad (relatively speaking). She's clearly the best swordsman of the group but she's practically giving up to her fate simply because she's a woman. She sees that she's already getting biologically weaker than the boys and her dad tells her she can't be a master swordsman. Obviously she doesn't get to live to see that dream through because of Fall Down D Stairs, everybody knows that.
It is insanely disappointing that Oda did absolutely nothing to prove her wrong in Wano. Not a single thing. There are no swordswomen in Wano to speak of. Nobody to inspire the next Kuina. Just a big ol' sausage fest. Even Kiku. Kiku is a woman (I'm not arguing otherwise, don't kill me), but biologically Kiku is a male. Meaning it still doesn't prove Kuina wrong at all. For a story where one of the central themes is that you can be who you want no matter what you're born as, to have no swordswomen in all of Wano is insane. Apparently all Kuina's dream is good for is giving Zoro a sword to carry her to the finish line. And like a bunch of character moments for Zoro in Wano, we kinda just... skip talking about it entirely. It's not even a mention. I would have even been fine with like a Shang Chi ending where there weren't a bunch of swordswomen before, but we see them being trained so that when we eventually circle back around they'll be ready. Just SOMETHING to show Kuina's dream is not dead even if it isn't currently a reality. But nope. Oda said fuck Kuina's dream.
And I'm sure the Oda Defense Squad is gearing up for battle ready to defend his honor. I'm sure all of them are ready to blame the genre and not Oda's writing, because nothing Goda does can ever be wrong. But there's no way you can tell me it's the genre's fault that in an arc with like, 200 fucking characters in it, he couldn't create a single strong biological swordswoman to prove Kuina wrong. Not even a little girl who really likes swords and can eventually become strong when the story is over that Zoro can take under his wing. Nothing. In a story that is adamant about how dreams never die, Oda decided Kuina's dream wasn't even really worth the time of day in Wano. He couldn't even let Hiyori get the kill on Orochi, of course Denjiro steps in to save her while she helplessly sits there accepting death. It's such a slap in the face to Zoro and Kuina's backstories that we left Wano without even a hint that her dream can be a reality. And I think it should be talked about more, cause I haven't really seen it brought up that much as we head out of Wano.