That’s two music references in one! Your move, Hirohiko Araki.
You know, I’m enjoying all the crazy Nen stuff just a bit more by thinking of these powers as basically another form of the Stands in JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure. Cheetu’s power is basically what one might expect from one of the more unusual Stands in JoJo: Transported to a new reality, albeit one that is barely fleshed out and blatantly false (perhaps a cheeky way of showing Cheetu’s limited mastery of his power?), where the opponent is forced to accomplish some task within a certain time limit or suffer Dire Consequences. This also strikes me as a nod to the concept of Territory from Togashi’s earlier Yu Yu Hakusho, which itself was likely inspired by JoJo‘s Stands.
(A side note: I love that Cheetu’s Nen ability is so silly and simple. It reflects his character perfectly — something arbitrary and hastily built to take advantage of the one thing he can do well, which is be really fast. I also like that it’s tying in to this recent theme of games: the darts game with Killua, this game of tag, and of course the King playing his games against various masters.)
The way Morel approaches chipping away at Cheetu is so good. From the beginning, it’s clear that he means to wage psychological warfare on Cheetu, since he obviously isn’t quick enough to ever catch the Chimera Ant. Morel sees the color of this battle immediately: Cheetu means to play a game and isn’t clever enough to goad Morel into playing, so the best thing to do is to learn as much as he can and piss Cheetu off enough to provide a chance to strike. It’s particularly easy when Cheetu practically hands this opportunity to Morel on a silver platter. He thinks he’s being sneaky when he refuses to to tell Morel what will happen when the timer runs out, but he doesn’t realize the value of the information he willingly gave away moments before — information Morel inferred from his surroundings but didn’t know for certain. So now Morel knows not to switch off his Deep Purple power. Good work, silly!
Meanwhile, Morel gets to catch a few winks while Cheetu fumes a bit. A quick question: Is Knuckle’s power completely dispelled from Cheetu right now? It seems as if it is, but the way Morel and particularly Leol talk about it, it seems as if the work is still being done? That was slightly confusing to me.
Hunter x Hunter and its disgusting moe pandering. How can this series be properly SERIOUS AND GRIMDARK with tears and puppies?!
Watching the parts with the Chimera Ant King playing new girl in this made-up game is funny to me, because I get the same feeling from that I do with actual games like Go and shogi and mahjong that I don’t know how to play due to my vast, sweeping ignorance of the world around me. This game makes as much sense to me as the others do, which is to say enough that I can tell when someone does really well because someone will be like, “OH FUCK THAT WAS A GOOD MOVE HOW DID THEY DO THAT.” For new girl’s sake, I hope the King isn’t a sore loser. The visuals seem to imply that him being pissed off about losing is what’s causing the storm, so that is not a good sign for her well-being. On the other hand, the narrator was like, “THIS GIRL WILL CHANGE THE KING IN WAYS HE DID NOT KNOW” so that’s something. Perhaps his change will be along the lines of “games are dumb lol” and he’ll stop trying to have fun. That would be a downer.
By the way, is anyone else weirded by Devilman’s tiptoe walking? For whatever reason, seeing such a large dude walk around tiptoe is quite unnerving. He really creeps me out.