I stopped watching some ages ago, but every couple months YouTube recommends me a story beat clip and it’s always got some horrible news attached to it.
Like, I just found out what happened to the character mentioned above days ago, and now I just come off finding what else happened to her, again. for the seemingly sole purpose of making it more permanent this time and negating all the interest i had in her future dealings.
Like, is it always this terrible? Do the moments between these massive losses make up for them?
I mean, considering you dropped the series, wouldn't the interest you had already be at zero? That feels self-contradictory.
But anyway, YT recommends clips that generate the most hype/discussion/shock, so it's typically something taken out of context. Like, "oh no, our heroes are in a tight spot, whatever shall they do?!" The things weren't really that bad in a long time, especially considering the fact the series takes place in what is basically a death world. In fact, the main characters really didn't have a major loss since Volume 3. Sure, there were rough patches here and there, but everything for the time ended on positive note.
So if anything, Volume 8(along with Volume 7, since those two continue the exact same storyline) exists to remind the audience that things won't always just work out to the heroes. Honestly, while I'm sad about Penny, and overall I feel the whole setup was a bit wasteful (assuming that's all they'll do with it), I would be more annoyed at everything just…fixing itself no problem in the last 3 episodes after just falling apart for this Volume and the ending part of the last. That, and I have my theory about the "void" leading to the afterlife, potentially allowing Penny and other dead characters like Hazel or Jacques some more screen time and a degree of closure.
Then again, maybe I'm just more optimistic about the series than I should be.