Hey there, Gon! You look pretty happy to see Neferpitou.
It’ll be interesting to see how Gon and Killua react to Neferpitou patching up Komugi. Will they rush Neferpitou right away? Will they let her stay at work? Will Gon try to curbstomp Neferpitou and Killua attempt to hold him back? Without even fighting there’s already an interesting conflict: Gon’s overwhelming desire for revenge vs. his humanity and kindness. Gon will absolutely kick your shit in if you deserve, but will he trample over an innocent life to do that? We’ve already seen Netero and Zeno soften slightly toward the King due to Komugi (with Zeno dropping out of this nonsense completely because of it, it looks like). Will Gon soften toward Neferpitou at all?
I can’t imagine a scenario where Gon just lets Neferpitou go to do her thing wherever. She’s just done way too much shit to get any sort of mercy should Gon and Killua find a way to defeat her. (Not that I think either Gon or Killua is going to die here, but Hunter x Hunter has certainly defied convention in the past, so a traditional victory isn’t a given, I’d say.) But this is the moment Gon and Killua’s recent development has been building to, yes? Killua is afraid his beloved friend will step over the horizon and never return. Whatever Gon’s craziness level has been, he’s never harmed an innocent person. But maybe he’s just too damn crazy now. We’ll see.
Meanwhile, Welfin continues his transformation into a Game of Thrones character with all his suspicion and plotting, even though the world is going to hell around him. It’s quite funny in a way: He’s obsessed with gaining power and getting his even though all that seems rather worthless right now. The King is getting attacked, the Royal Guard is being attacked, and their plan might not get started. The kingdom could be dead before it becomes a kingdom at all. And yet here Welfin is concerned about how to secure his foothold in the power structure.
To continue the Game of Thrones comparison, Welfin is like Cersei Lannister (specifically A Feast for Crows-era Cersei) in that he’s so skeptical that it barrels into full-on paranoia. He sees plots everywhere because the world revolves around him and his desire to gain power. Bloster is going after Ikalgo. Who knows how that matchup will turn out? But if Welfin and Bloster attacked Ikalgo together, then the little guy probably wouldn’t have much of a chance (especially since Welfin and Bloster seem to both be equipped with medium-to-long range weapons). But because Welfin sees Bloster and doesn’t know for sure what his game is, he freezes up and decides to go elsewhere. His paranoia may be leaving him alive for now, but it’s closing doors for him, as well. He’s waiting for that perfect opportunity to swoop in and claim a victory for his own to better himself in the eyes of his superiors. (To compare this to something else totally different that I’m watching right now, it’s like the Empire’s admirals in Legend of the Galactic Heroes all chomping at the bit to jump into battle and wreck shit so that they can impress Reinhard and get promoted.)
I also love Hunter x Hunter taking a silly ass idea like missiles that explode when you answer a question untruthfully and making it into a legit power. It sounds like it wouldn’t be all that practical — obviously it’s not going to hurt you if you answer truthfully, so I suppose Welfin would have to phrase his questions in such a way to guarantee the missiles would go off. But I’m sure there’s a way to make it dangerous. I love stuff like Hunter x Hunter and JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure that takes powers that sound utterly stupid on paper and find ways to make them truly dangerous.
Also dangerous: This fucking elevator. What the hell?! So if you gain or lose a ton of weight here, does that mean you can never use this elevator or it will kill you? That’s a paranoid elevator! It is the Welfin of elevators. One more thing: Never noticed before now, but is Welfin wearing a thong?! Whatever floats your boat, friend, I won’t judge …
This is getting a bit wordy for me, but I can’t close without bringing up the continued battle between Youpi and Knuckle. Not too much happens this week other than some stalling and some hilarious censorship via convenient camera placement, but the part where Shoot is willing himself to stay alive and keep in the fight while Meleoron tears himself away so that he can help out elsewhere is pretty damn affecting. Shoot is too moe now. :(