If I don’t get at least one scene with my main Broctopus and Knuckle crying their eyes out together, then FUCKING DROPPED. Until then, Killua forming a buddy cop duo with Broctopus is more than acceptable. I just want more of this adorable little fella in my week-to-week life. Is that so much to ask?
For how much I have been enjoying this arc, it’s definitely been one where the founding concept of Nen and the abilities one gains from it has been stretched a bit. I don’t know what any of these monsters has sacrificed to get these crazy powers, not that it matters much in the grand scheme of things. (Though I suppose the catch of attaching the button to the person beforehand counts.) There probably must be a point where the audience just has to accept things on faith without the story going on some hours-long spiel about the specifics of using fish as darts or blowing up your farts. (Or maybe that one wasn’t even a Nen ability. Even if it were, I’d probably keep it under my hat, just because it’s inevitable you’d get into a dick-waving contest about Nen abilities and would have to tell everyone that your primary offensive option is a fart bomb. I suppose it is fairly offensive, however.)
Speaking of crazy preparation (I don’t think I was actually speaking of this, but never mind), do the Zoldycks really train everyone in the family in darts?? As international assassins, I guess they must be prepared for all sorts of situations, and knowing how to play darts would allow for one to blend in easier … wherever people would play darts. Hm. There must be some bar somewhere where they’d have to kill someone. Or maybe the act of throwing darts is training for throwing knives or some shit. Or maybe Killua’s family can all see into the future and knew Killua would one day run into a situation where knowing how to play darts and calculate scores properly would save his life. Yes. Let us go with that explanation.
But whatever, that dart stuff led to Killua using an octopus tentacle as camouflage before behead a pair of fish people, so I certainly don’t give a shit where and when he became a dart savant. Maybe he played a lot of Deadly Premonition. It is the foremost darts simulation of our time, after all. Killua’s a gamer; he’s probably played it once or twice, at least. How could you not want to see it through upon starting it?
I do find it interesting, though, that Killua and Gon are retaining some element of humanity while still on this dangerous mission where it is kill or be killed. Part of Killua’s end of it is his confidence that he can defeat the enemies he’s aware of; that giant fish attacks Killua all cocky-like, but he destroys it with ease. However, it almost bites him in the butt when the fishy Ants get all sneaky sneaky and rope Killua into the darts game. But then it turns out that being friendly with the enemy is the right move, since our cephalopod friend saves Killua from death by bleeding a lot. In fairness, who doesn’t like octopi? They are cool. Haters to the left.
Meanwhile, Gon cuts to the point, as he is wont to do. I like how he compartmentalizes his choices here. If Meleoron is telling the truth, and he really does want to ally with Gon, then they can be bestest buddies. If not, then Gon will know that this guy is a lying sack of shit and can rip him apart and drink the blood from his neck, or whatever freaky thing it is Gon plans to do when he kills him. Someone will be watching (aside from us, anyway) and will be intimidated. Either way, way to keep in touch with the human side while also giving the wild side some room to roam free! Gon, you are one crazy child.
P.S. Netero looks PISSED. Is he finally going to do something?!