The eel which came second to last, had the lightest touch of wasabi between the fish and the rice. In one fluid motion, Jiro painted it with the sauce and put the sushi down in front of me. Eel is one of my favorite sushi dishes and I had never tasted anything like this eel before.
Seeing the unsightly necessities of eating eel is a visceral experience that may change your perception of the dish for good. And then you realize that any creature that gives its life so that you can eat is beautiful -- and if you ate it, then it's a part of you now, too.
As children we caught them by accident while fishing and treated them brutally. But over years I have come to love the eel, and I think it has to do with their ability to keep their life history veiled from humans.