Eat shit, Squid Girl, you’re no longer the most moe cephalopod in Cartoon Land. This is Ikalgo Country now.
No, seriously, some good plot stuff happens in this episode, but how could I possibly lead with anything other than this cute little guy being totally adorable? Just look at him rub at his eyes because he’s so overwhelmed with emotion at finally having a friend (who is a ridiculously muscled child assassin). How could one’s heart not be moved by something so wonderfully cute? (If your heart by some chance is not moved, then you’re fired. I don’t even care that I am not technically your boss. You are fired. If you don’t have a job yet, then the next time you get a job, you are immediately fired.)
Remember, dear readers: When you get a friend, you probably won’t be as cute as this. But you might come close.
I like how the animators crop this shot just enough so that it looks like Killua isn’t wearing any pants, even though the audience knows that he is. Naughty, naughty Madhouse. Buncha pedos in this industry, I tells ya!!
Rewinding back to the beginning of the episode, man, that fight between Leol and Morel? I think Morel might be a bit TOO competent, haha. Right away he’s like, “Yo, I’ll just fill this enclosed space with carbon dioxide and poison this fool, that’ll show him!” Well, maybe he didn’t think of that until Leol tried to flood the place and thus sealed off the spots where air could easily flow into the church. Man, what a dumbass, not seeing that all the air could be sucked out of the room and replaced with a common poison! Duh! Way to not think! But, yes, I feel a bit sorry for Leol. That did … not look like a fun way to go out. Anything that turns your eyes that red can’t be very fun. Unless it’s drugs. Do drugs do that? I’m too much of a weenie to actually know.
It would be interesting to see Morel in a matchup where his opponent clearly outclasses him in terms of strength, though. It seems as if he was at least on equal terms with both Leol and Cheetu, and because Morel has tons of battle experience, he knows exactly how to exploit his surroundings to gain the greatest advantage. These poor Chimera Ants have basically no chance in a one-on-one battle with Morel. Only the Royal Guard and the King are shaping up to be any competition. It is fun to see someone calculate a battle so thoughtfully, but it’s threatening to become slightly boring. Then again, maybe I should start thinking of it like Golgo 13? It’s not a matter of if the heroes will win, but rather how they will win. Also, maybe that would lead to Morel being a sniper and being party to hilarious sex scenes. Clearly this is the route Hunter x Hunter should take.
During the fight I actually thought for a moment that Leol might do to Morel what Morel did to Cheetu, i.e. piss him off and throw him off his game a bit, but I guess Morel is too rational for that even when fighting for the honor of his pal. Or perhaps surfing simply chills out anyone who sees it. Who could possibly be upset when catching those waves, man?
Or maybe Hunter x Hunter could just keep getting more adorable. That would work, too. You can’t tell me you wouldn’t watch a spinoff of Knuckle and Meleoron being the broest of bros. I bet Meleoron let Knuckle borrow a cigarette at one point, because that’s just what one bro does for another. (Or so I hear, because I actually don’t smoke. You’re not getting any exciting behavior out of me …)
Meanwhile, Palm is trying to be a sneaky sneak and catch an eyeful of the King and his cohorts, and that, uh, is not going so well. I was kindly reminded last week that the initial aura we saw is Poufy Pouf’s understudy aura, but it appears as if Neferpitou’s evil aura has returned. (I like how Pouf’s aura slinks back into the other room before that.) Considering that last week Palm affirmed her resolve to kill herself immediately should she be caught, I’m not sure I like where this is going … :(