The page struck me as "not much to show but lots to tell". so kinda agree with you.
For me it seems Toms is clearing some points about the nature of the link. Either so we are all in the same page for the rest of the comic or because he is setting some groundwork for later, probably both: We now know that Natani is actually an independent entity, there was some theory way back that suggested he was an automaton cobbled together from Zen soul and whatever pieces of Natani were left. Also, no Natani's mind is not fixed it is still a weird fragmented place and probably will never fully mend, evidenced by Youngtani being there,speaking of her we have confirmation than Youngtani is not some other person but bits and pieces of Natani that got pieced together. Finally we have been explicitly told the link is not a lifeline anymore and that one of them can die without the other kicking the bucket too.
Wonder if that means Tom intends in killing Zen at some point. Would be an interesting redemption arc, he realizes, finally, that he has not been the brother he wishes to be and sacrifies himself to save Nat in some undetermined point in the future. Some food for thought there.
With every new comic the link seems more and more experimental. Like they were throwing magic at the wall and hoping it would work. Seemes like they simply took Natani's soul pieces and duct taped everything they could find and zip tied it to Zen soul, of course they forgot some bits, namely Youngtani, and superglued that to the rest. It is a small miracle that Natani managed to survive and is now able to exist without Zen soul to help.amenon wrote: ↑Fri Aug 10, 2018 5:01 pmI guess I'll have to take Youngtani's word that she's just a fragment, even if I have no idea how that could be, given that she appears quite distinct and complete in her own right. Why does a fragment appear whole? Is Natani a fractal? (But then, he/she isn't self-similar...) Anyway, taken on faith, for now. (Also, that line about 'not getting in the way' feels... odd.)
But in all seriousness, if you want an explanation how Youngtani could be simply bit of Natani let me give you a computer analogy:
Sometimes when sometimes unexpected happens in a computer ,energy interruption for example, information might end up in parts of memory where it does not belong and some other program might read that and do unexpected stuff. Something similar happened to Nat, her soul was shattered and broken, they used Zen's to patch it but bits and pieces ended up where they did were supposed to, the link highly experimental nature then turned that into Youngtani's image. In my opinion of course.