This arc had the possibility of already starting in a big climax, since so much had already been established and built up to, but everything that people were daydreaming about is still in the horizon despite the timid beginning (with a fast pace): the big fight against Kaidou and his crew (and Big Mom, possibly), a lot of popular characters hanging around to please everyone's tastes, the history of the Kouzuki clan and perhaps some info about the Void Century and the Dawn of the World.
I, for one, am happy to feel the atmosphere of Wano and all its different sceneries (this chapter was beautiful to look at) and to finally get to appreciate Zoro again after so many years insatisfied with his portrayal (and that's better than having all the Strawhats together just for the sake of it). The new characters have grown on me too thanks to this last chapter. Of course, I also have my personal criticism to the last few chapters and the contrived presentation of some topics. All things considered, this is an enjoyable start to the arc in my opinion. Nobody is obliged to like it, obviously, but there's also the fact that that most readers don't have the patience to live in the present of the weekly reading and get lost in their own wishlist and internal fanfics.
While Zoro-Luffy interaction are great, I wish we can move on with some other character to deepens the arc plotlines. I guess next chapter would be a good moment to switch.
The only thing i miss with zoro now is his reaction when he learns Luffy and Sanji new bounty
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Do the flags in the cover page represent different pirate crews? What will be Bellamy's story about?
It lacks some skulls a bit don’t you think ?
Questions for those who read the viz version : how does Stephen translates the gozaru speech pattern ?