Hey Greg, long time listener first time caller. Jabra posted something in the spoiler thread for the last chapter, and I'd been thinking about it myself and wanted to get your take on it. A lot of people here have noted that Wano's pacing feels off from how Oda normally does it, but Oda's been playing around with his story telling recently (stuff like Whole Cake having musical numbers, Wano's defined act structure mirroring that of kabuki) and I was curious if the tone and pacing of the arc is a characteristic of kabuki theater that's gotten lost in translation.
Here's Jabra's post from the spoiler thread btw.
During the early days of Wano some people noted that the paneling and pacing mirrors a Kabuki-play, maybe that's why it feels so off? I don't know anything about that kind of theatre, but it might explain why everything is so abrupt and clunky?
It wouldn't make the reading experience any more enjoyable, but at least it would make me go from Jackie Chan-face…. to this: :ermm:.