Chapters like this make you miss the Arrancar and how amazingly badass the Espada were (save for the lackluster handling of the top four Espada – including Yammy, at the climax of the Winter War). I don’t really have a problem with Pepe’s ideology of love and how it governs conflict, but the moment he ended up overly expressing his love in a disturbingly excessive fashion, I couldn’t help but find myself incredibly taken aback and bewildered. If Kubo-sensei was going for the “shock-factor”, he definitely achieved that, along with a scene one would want to erase from their memory.
Wow, Kishimoto handled the meeting between Gaara and his father quite amazingly, it really was quite moving. And at the end of it all, I couldn’t help but feel happiness and joy for Gaara and his parents (in particular Gaara’s father). Naruto meeting Itachi and Nagato and being forced into a battle against the two of them while talking with Itachi was great. Itachi is one of the best characters in Naruto and seeing what he’ll do now that he has been resurrected is interesting.
And so we finally learn about the agony Satellizer had to endure since the day she entered the el Bridget household, of the torment she suffered through at the hands of her half-brother, Louis, and of the hellish fear and trauma which shackled her and cracked her will…her pain and the nightmare which was her life, we see it all.
Oh One Piece, I can’t win against you, you always find a way into my heart and invoke the tears out of me with your moving and impacting characters. Fisher Tiger’s story and the story about Queen Otohime was amazing.