Let’s all take a moment and appreciate how fucking metal this image is. It’s a Chimera Ant King and the world’s strongest martial artist riding a Nen dragon to their battleground. Everything about this is incredible.
So much emotion in this episode! First we’ve got Gon and Killua heading straight toward Neferpitou. Who knows how much innocence is left in either after this whole ordeal, but surely what is left will be shredded after this battle with Neferpitou. I don’t see any way this comes to a peaceful conclusion. Pitou fucked up Kite beyond all repair, so I don’t think Gon and Killua are in a particularly forgiving mood, and she’s damn sure going to hit Gon and Killua with all she can to prevent them from helping out against the King. This is a blood feud. Killua has been a killer all his life, but Gon has mostly been spared from all that grim business. I also don’t think he’ll let Killua step in and kill Neferpitou should it come to that. He’ll do it himself, and he’ll cross that line himself.
Gon has always been messed up and crazy in his own way, but how much would this change him? Gon’s been intense in the past for sure; however, that dead, fearsome look in his eyes seems more frequent now. He’s focused on just one thing now: taking out Neferpitou. What about afterward? Can he go back to being a happy, normal kid? Or has any chance of that been obliterated?
The first episode of this series seems so far away now. Let’s hope Mito never sees this look from Gon.
On the other side, Shoot fighting valiantly to keep Youpi distracted while Knuckle gets increasingly mad that he can’t join in. I’m shocked Knuckle lasted as long as he did, really. (Though it was funny to see that so much shit has gone on in like 10 seconds. The show is definitely playing with time by cutting between scenes and giving the audience enough contextual clues to piece together the timeline, but that’s still pretty crazy! I bet Togashi cackled to himself as he constructed this. I assume that this will lead to Final Fantasy VIII-style time compression.) Poor guy is too hot-blooded for his own good. The tactical advantage of teaming Knuckle and Meleoron is pretty clear — Knuckle’s power can cash in on Nen without the recipient even noticing — but of everyone save perhaps Gon, Knuckle has the least patience. I don’t think anyone expected him to sit back and watch while his partner gets destroyed, even if it’s to his benefit to stay hidden as long as possible. (Though, to be fair, at this rate there probably wasn’t much time remaining before those benefits disappeared.)
But at least Knuckle didn’t interfere before we got this. Shoot’s suffering leads to such splendid art. He could really go to work for himself if he makes it out of this crazy mess. Someone really should make a legit canvas painting of this scene. I bet it would look crazy awesome, and I’d pay top dollar for it. TOP DOLLAR.
The time really puts into perspective just how strong these Royal Guard folks are. I’m not sure how much time has passed yet. In the comments of the last post, I think someone mentioned that the end of the previous episode marked a little more than 18 seconds since the attack started. So let’s say 30 seconds at most have passed. (I’m probably overestimating.) Shoot is on the verge of death, and he has been rushing the shit out of Youpi. Just fists and tentacles beating the everloving hell out of each other. And one light slap from Youpi is almost enough to negate Knuckle’s Nen power entirely. Shit’s scary, man.
BUT WHO CARES BECAUSE HOT-BLOODED FRIEND WANTS TO SAVE HIS BUDDY, YEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH. It’s probably the smart play considering how dire the situation is now, but it’s also the most FUCK YEAH play, and obviously that wins out.
Ikalgo’s gonna have some problems soon, too. It’s kind of funny to see our wolf and lobster friends be like detectives and sniff out weird things using what Ikalgo is saying and such. Would you not watch a TV series featuring a giant wolf and lobster as extremely thorough, logical detectives? Everyone thinks they’re horrible, ravenous creatures, but it’s their higher thinking that cracks the case. Someone help me fund this. If Ikalgo has two ants going after him, he’s in trouble, though something tells me Welfin will stay back until he can see what’s going on and if there are extra powers he needs to be aware of. 2-on-1 seems like a great advantage, but everyone knows that knowledge is the greater advantage. Unless you don’t know that, then it’s not much of an advantage.