The pacing didn't bother me in the original. I actually really liked the style of skipping forward big chunks of time.
What I DO wish, though, is that they were more consistent with the cast. If you're going to have that kind of long gap style content, then you need your characters to really be present. Weaving in and out of the main character's life only works when you're getting that story along the whole arc.
But I really liked the pacing as a whole.
That said, I haven't finished the first part.
I finished up through the episode where Mr. DW PKed that guildy, so I'm almost up to the end...
Anyways, you all are horrible, @#%^ed up people
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