Re: When was the manga, in your opinion, at its peak?
The war was full of epic, but the arc that got to me the most pre TS was W7/EL. To me it was the arc where the SHs got the most development as a family. Their bonds got tested and it made them stronger as a unit in the end. Robin's back story was amazing, the SHs declaring war on the WG was mind blowing, saying goodbye to Merry was really touching and welcoming a lost comrade and a new one while running away from freaking Garp was the perfect send off.