Man, what the FUCK.
Episode 100 of Hunter x Hunter! Fun times and great for Madhouse to get to this point. I’ve followed series for 100+ episodes before (Dragon Ball Z, Pokemon, Yu-Gi-Oh! I think), but this is the first time in a LONG ass time I’ve done it. It’s particularly astonishing now because I have less time on my hands and more things vying for said limited time, so I’m a bit more cutthroat about cutting stuff that’s not connecting with me. (I dropped Space Brothers a while ago. I bet it’s had one or two good stretches since then, but it’s not worth it anymore!!) So something keeping my interest for 100 episodes — much less getting exponentially better over time like Hunter x Hunter has — is astonishing.
What I’m saying is
FOUR MORE YEARS FOUR MORE YEARS I am down for 100 more episodes!! (Or however many it takes to get to the point where Togashi has kept the manga on auto-delay.)
This episode features more of the type of fighting I hoped for from the Chimera Ant arc. We’ve got the Ants cleverly teaming up and putting Killua in a tough situation with a nice twist on the spotter-sniper relationship with the flying guy (Flutter, I guess he’s called?) and the octopus inhabiting a human body. (I am not even sure how this works, nor am I certain I want to know how this works.) I always enjoy those scenes in movies and whatnot where a person or a group of people have to suss out the location of a sniper and take them out, so I definitely liked the process of Killua avoiding the shots and then taking that one on the head to figure out the exact location and angle of the shot.
It’s also a nice way to demonstrate how far Killua has come — obviously when he had the needle in his brain, there’s no way he would be able to execute this plan, because he would be too afraid to do so. Fleas causing more bleeding than normal because they stop the clotting process? Old Killua would get the hell out of there and try desperately to find some way to halt the bleeding. New Killua understands that these two will keep on him no matter what, so his best option is to take a chance, find out where the sniper is and take ‘em out. A good, fun fight with some nice sakuga from Killua in the skirmish beforehand! Low-level ants should know not to pick fights with little boys who have the power of sakuga on their side.
Also, fart bombs. Definitely what I desired most in the Chimera Ant arc. This episode clearly proves that Jim Carrey was a Chimera Ant all along. Nobody with a face that weird and stretchy could be a human!
With Gon, I laughed at how trusting he is of Meleoron. I imagine Gon will still keep an eye on him, because it would be silly if he didn’t, but I’m interested to see what Meleoron’s game is. It’s been clearly shown that the Chimera Ants have enough humanity in them that they’re not automatically loyal to the King. They’re looking out for themselves if they see opportunities. I’m guessing throwing the bat and owl and Gon is Meleoron’s way of testing Gon’s power before coming to him and striking a deal. He asks if Gon is going after the King, because Meleoron is probably interested in taking the King out himself (or getting people to do it for him). He seems like a guy who would know about the King’s temperament regarding other Ants, so he probably figures it will be a bit less dangerous out in the world for him in particular if the King is taken out and it’s shown that he helped play a part in it, which may get him some play with the Hunters in the world and let him off the hook as far as getting killed.
I’d say don’t completely trust the guy, but it’s worth it to see what exactly he’s aiming for.