One thing I am really enjoying about these recent episodes is how Morel and Knov are on top of everything. For as much as we’ve seen professional Hunters in this series, it’s been rare to see them not in the context of teaching Gon and Killua stuff. (Or being murderous/thieving bastards.) It’s neat to see two real pros in their element without having to account for the two boys. Morel picks apart Cheetu with simple observation, strategy and sneakiness. It’s quite fun to see someone be so cocky and devious when they can back it up.
Who among us didn’t cheer when Morel FIRED SHOTS at Cheetu. “You know why you lost? Because you’re an idiot.” THE TRUTH, IT BURNS. In some ways, it’s like a big bully picking on the littlest kid on the playground, but in this case, the little kid is totally asking for it. (Side note: I enjoyed the retro fake-out in the episode preview last week — there’s clearly blood when Cheetu stabs Morel through the chest in the preview, but in this episode, it’s gone because Cheetu actually stabs a smoke clone of Morel. As someone who dislikes it when previews get too spoilery, I love that the crew decided to fuck with the viewers a little bit.) Also, Cheetu must really be a fucking clueless idiot if he thinks Poofy Poof will give him yet another power just like that. Methinks he won’t be quite so forgiving of failure.
With Knov, it’s a little detail I truly enjoyed — we get the big explanation of his power, and when he goes into his dimensional room, he’s got water, energy drinks, and snacks for quick bursts of calories to keep up his energy further. It’s something the viewer might not consider, since it’s not exactly a crucial detail to make the story believable, but it’s a detail to show that Knov is prepared to play the long game with this plan. He aims to keep the Chimera Ants pinned and distracted as long as he can, and he’s properly prepared to do that. It’s something to further drive home how smart he is and how he can use his power in many ways to further the plan, even if it’s a small way.
I totally thought Leol was flipping the camera off at first.
Nice to get a peek at Leol’s power. I always thought he had a loan shark look to him. Maybe that’s what he did as a human, and that’s why he can’t (or doesn’t want to?) remember his human past. Being a lion is WAY cooler than being a loan shark. Not totally sure how Leol plans to get the King to owe him a favor, though. Seems like he would be more likely to be decapitated for trying to give the King a hand with something, much less making it clear that this is a favor and Leol intends for it to be paid back. Wouldn’t his head be crushed on the spot for even suggesting that to the King? Not sure Leol has fully thought this through. In fact, if he believes this farfetched plan has a chance to succeed, he’s just lyin’ to himself.
Then again, who cares about silly stuff like that when we have a WOLF AND LOBSTER TAG TEAM. Not gonna lie, it’s stuff like this that makes me enjoy this arc so much. The wolf looks like the classic cartoon wolf that howls and whistles when pretty ladies are around, except he has a hair metal mullet. And his partner is a lobster with googly eyes. God damn, Chimera Ants are weird.
P.S. Either the Chimera Ant King is taking his first steps to learning the Power of Love and Friendship, or he’s just getting addicted to games and will become a fat loser NEET soon.