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hmm regarding the last story arc, it isn't so much about pacing and flow. One Piece sometimes has horrible pacing (skypiea). But it boils down to substance, and the last arc has very little substance. Probably even less than some of the Bleach filler as far as I concern.
Pfft, nope. Fishman Island is an example of bad pacing. With awkward exploration of the land and flashbacks within flashbacks? On top of repeatedly trying to shoehorn in the racism instead of creating actual characters first.
Skypeia had excellent pacing. It was gradual and creative world building, rather than rushing through something at 100 mph or trying to constantly one up itself with cliffhangers. It took its time and is all the better for it. It perfectly captures the spirit of One Piece - the fun of adventure. New and interesting peoples are waiting to be explored. The world is much bigger than the strawhats and the reason they're out there on the ocean is to experience those things. The only reason people complain is because it was the largest arc up to that point in the story and now it's become completely dwarfed.
But back to Bleach... super underwhelmed by Yamamoto's death. Netero, Whitebeard, and even Jiraiya all went out pretty well. Yamamoto didn't even seem like that great a person to begin with. Not batting an eye for Rukia's execution and even condoning Mayuri's mass murder of what, 30k SS citizens? Wouldn't shed any tears over this old codger. But meh, you don't even really have to a nice guy to be interesting. Yamamoto just got too little characterization, too late and too clumsily.