Well, the backstory ends. We finally know the full truth about Sanji's childhood.
And to be honest, it wasn't bad. Some parts were predictable - the "you'll find people like you" speech again was a nice callback - while some parts weren't. Like Judge acknowledging that he can't bring himself to kill his own son, even after he's cast him out. Looks like the old man has some emotion left after all.
Also, I know we all saw that the Vinsmokes chill out on giant snails that may or may not be related to Den Den Mushi, but that's one hell of a way to cross the Red Line. Also, this literally just hit me, but is it ironic that Sanji (the pseudo Frenchman) comes from a family that lives on giant snails? Or is that just coincidence?
Oh, and Sanji's mother shows up too. Clear where Reiju got her looks from. And as the formula goes she's a sick mother who cares for her son when nobody else does, and then dies as a formative event.
Luffy. Luffy, Luffy, Luffy, I realise that a man who can produce an infinite amount of food has appeal, but if this is a foreshadowing of how you're going to deal with Big Mom I'm going to have to skip the eating contest arc altogether.
All in all, a reasonably predictable backstory, but nonetheless it's nice to have it finally revealed. Who next? Brook? Zoro? Jinbe?
So, what did you think?