PRAISE THE SUN
Once you have performed the proper religious rituals of fasting, flagellation, and fear, you are free to read this review.
I was expecting Coral to die after last chapter, but damn, Carl's reaction really brought that home. I was expecting things to reach a breaking point right when that happened, but it seems like Carmel had more in the tank as far as survival. But wow, I did NOT expect her to have the Soul-Soul Fruit and create God Himself. Getting an explanation as to how Prometheus was created was very much appreciated, and I appreciated the connotations of the name Pandora, praise be unto him.
Then there's the twist. Yeah...rather than an all-loving, nurturing foster mother, Carmel is actually a child trafficker who ships her children to the Marines. Quite a lot like Pudding, and yeah, THIS is going to need a bit more time to explain itself. The World Nobles want to spy on the Marines? Why? Is there some sort of friction/separation within the World Government? One would think that at least the higher ranking Marines would be fully in line with them. And of course, given what SEEMS to be happening at the end, why do this in the first place? Carmel's affiliation played no role in her supposed fate. It seems like something that'll be relevant later on, and until then, this'll just be something unusual.
And of course, Linlin going gaga over semla and...eating her family? Yet another mystery placed on the pile. We now know the basic reason why Linlin puts so much value into the portrait, but there's so much about her life that's a big question mark. Will we find out what happened? Will Pudding have played any part in this? We'll see...
Honestly, I'm not sure if I can give an opinion on this chapter alone, since it deals considerably with plot elements that we know little about. Standalone, it ain't worth much. But it could lead to great things...we'll just have to wait and find out...
Mama...Just killed a man. Put my hands into his beard, flipped him over, it's so weird...SEMLA!