Also, I honestly have a hard time imagining that this was Grace's idea. It seemed like Shive decided to force some character growth on people and this was how he chose to do it... for a year.
I remember back when this came out. It was such a disappointment after Painted Black, in which, say what you will about the execution, THINGS HAPPENED. I somehow missed the message that Shive didn't want to do more Painted Black style action, so I kept anticipating more DBZ flavored action.