I understand that stuff like Skypiea, Kaiji, and HxH, all were probably agonizingly slow at release, but this feels worse, even if there's a case to be made that it's somehow not. It's like a worse version of the Overhaul arc, in my opinion. Let me explain.
The Overhaul arc, I can point to a ton of examples of it being what I'd consider pretty "objectively" good writing. The stakes and tension escalate dramatically, there's tons of small little parallels between Mirio and Deku that are clear metaphors for "the old way" and "the new way." There's reciprocity between Mirio and Overahul himself, with how both are towards the people they overshadow (Deku and Shigaraki.) There's even some foreshadowing with Giagantomachia, by having him both appear via Gran Torino's explanation to All Might, and Kirishima's backstory. Not to mention Kirishima's character getting furthered, and real ass consequences happen to characters when this is all over, on both sides. Chisaki loses his life's research and empire, to Shigaraki, Mirio loses his quirk (see the parallels?) to Chisaki. Eri is now under the care of UA, Sir is dead, etc, you get the idea.
But you know what? I think back on all that, I even reread it recently to get an idea of it the arc, when explaining it to someone, and I just for the life of me can not say I like it at all. And this is coming from someone who was an avid reader, and staunch defender of even Bakugou in the earlier parts, but the Overhaul arc just fucking bores me outside of Red Riot Unbreakable.
If I had to theorize why, I'd guess that Hori has this horrendous job of thinking he can just have flashbacks literally right before a character does something big, and that somehow makes us care or think Hori himself has earned the narrative weight of the emotions he's trying to illicit. ie
>the poor buildup leads to dispelling your suspension of disbelief, and just leaves you feeling manipulated
Contrast Skypiea. The entire arc builds up to this fucking bell. First it starts off with dreams, Luffy believing that the island is real, and finding out about thPost too long. Click here to view the full text.