It would have improved the narrative if Shark and Rio switched places during the whole ‘Astral is dead’ arc, and here’s why:
This is Shark’s big problem. He’s the one with the existential crisis between being human and Barian. Why not have him dissociate so bad that he becomes comatose or catatonic or have there be a real big struggle with this instead of him giving up so easily. Go more into his headspace.
Rio has already been in one bullshit coma, she doesn’t deserve another one. She should take this time to develop her character and actually get to do something.
I would have loved it if Rio and IV tag dueled against jelly fish guy. It would have put a nice conclusion to their meeting that connected IV to Shark in the first place.
Rio and IV confronting each other again.
Rio and IV saving Shark
Rio doing more in general as Shark goes more into a struggle against Barian and stuff
The narrative just…Makes more sense but of course it didn’t happen.