Delightful and scary, yes.
After the Meat Train incident our heroines ended up at some unknown location. Toriko, naturally, convinced Sorawo to book a hotel for one night and party. They still had some cash from their previous excursion.
Toriko was like “We’re at the beach. Otherside or not let’s enjoy ourselves”. Had to make sure the coast was clear first. At the beach Sorawo was initially nervous about wearing a swimsuit as it’d been ages since she last went swimming. Toriko said it’s no big deal but Sorawo’s like “Easy for you to say. You’re hot”. Toriko worried it was due to a painful scar but Sorawo assured her that wasn’t it.
It’s subtle but pay attention to the difference in their reactions to complimenting each other’s bikini bodies.
Sorawo thanked Toriko for inviting her to the beach. She thought it was a hectic place full of scary people but it’s nice. Toriko thanked her for coming along. She was worried Sorawo would get tired of being dragged around by her not getting to make her own decisions. Sorawo was about to say something profound but Toriko went on about doing friend stuff. At least Toriko’s aware of her pushiness. They forgot to buy beach toys so target practice it was. They noticed a strange thing in the distance but before they could investigate it they heard a commotion at the other side of the beach.
They saw ruffians beating innocents to death and loaded their weapons. Toriko asked Sorawo if she was ready for the possibility of shooting people. Somehow the ruffians knew who Toriko was and tormented her as they charged toward our heroines who blew them to bits. Sorawo explained she wasn’t afraid because she’d no qualms fighting back for self-defense. That and she noticed Toriko wasn’t afraid either.
Sorawo remembered blue was the color of doom in Otherside along with what happened to Toriko in the blue room. Fortunately Sorawo remembered Lady Hasshaku’s hat and they used it to escape. As the wormhole back to their world closed Sorawo saw a familiar looking woman. Could she be the one dragging them to Otherside? More importantly, could she be Satsuki? Tall woman with long black hair? Plus she appears in the OP so maybe.
Good stuff as always.