To me, this is the arc where it seems as though all the members of the makeshift family finally come together. Sure, there have always been sweet moments among them, but when I read this arc, I felt as there was something incredibly different between the atmosphere of previous arcs.
I feel as though they are working more like that of a team, and that a true sense of trust has emerged between them. Especially from Guts, as he was always the one who wasn’t always too keen on comrades.
Plus, there are mermaids and I really love mermaids. Bless you Miura for including them.