*runs off to a message board to argue for a week about who would win in a fight between Goku and Killua*
j/k again message boards are dumb (not like anime blogs, those are totally cool and smart)
OK, enough facetious nonsense. Killua here is right on the edge of hilarious and scary here, but he’s tipping more to the latter because he really looks like he will beat the shit out of you if you cross him. If I laughed at his dumb lightning hair, he would decapitate me in less than a second. So, yes, he is scary. Also, holy SHIT is he overpowered, but at least 1) there is a time limit even though I have no concept of how time works in this series anymore, and 2) he doesn’t totally wreck Youpi’s shit and leave ‘em for dead. Killua gives Youpi an impressive beatdown, for sure, but it leaves Youpi more like “WHAT THE FUCK” than “OWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW.” Youpi a big scary devil monster with ridiculous amounts of power so of course defeat will not come easily.
I also appreciate the effort to contextualize Killua’s new lightning powers. It’s basically Shonen Bullshit Powerup, but at least there’s some thought given to what a nutty effort actually doing this nonsense is rather than casting it as “lol it’s magic.” The explanation is absolutely absurd, of course, but it is absurd in a believable “shonen kids are on another level of I Will Fuck You Up and you should definitely not mess with them” way. Killua is no longer merely an assassin. He is now Automatic Lightnin’ Fightin’ Robot. It makes sense considering how analytical Killua is — he’s had so much fighting hardwired into him that his instincts are every martial artist to ever exist.
He also disappears again and the show doesn’t have to blatantly point out how. Yay!
Meanwhile, our favorite moe octopus goes on the hunt to bag some lobster. This segment is great because Ikalgo and Bloster/Brovada are more or less equals with their given strengths. Ikalgo holds the advantage in intelligence and resources, while Bloster has god damn lobster guns. Ikalgo can’t engage him in a straight up fight, because he will get shot to death and served for dinner. What I like in particular about this is how Bloster is handled. Clearly he’s a straightforward soldier. He solves his problems by blasting shit. He would be higher on the totem pole if he were more intelligent, but instead he shoots the fuck out of things. But he’s not made out to be a blithering idiot. He has basic smarts and common sense. He doesn’t get trapped in the elevator just because; he shoots the door down because he’s got LOBSTER BULLETS. He doesn’t get trapped in the corridor because he smells a rat so he propels himself through the closing door with LOBSTER BULLETS.
Is there any problem LOBSTER BULLETS can’t solve? Well, they clearly can’t keep you awake when you’re hit by a ton of sleeping gas, but still. They solve many problems.
Ikalgo wins because he uses strategy and household items to MacGyver a way to win that makes up for him being an octopus. Pretty impressive for something conjured on the fly. I’m pretty sure I would have just curled up in that room and cried. This is why I’m some nerd writing on the Internet and not a kid made of lightning who punches devil monsters. As much fun as it is to see ridiculously powerful characters curb stomp people with their nutso abilities, this fight is one of the most enjoyable for me so far in this arc because of all the give and take. Nothing unfolds according to plan, and Ikalgo’s advantage isn’t so great that knocking Bloster out feels like a cheap victory. He earned that shit.
Also, the Xs on Bloster’s eyes when he gets knocked out made me laugh hard for like a minute. That’s some Looney Tunes stuff there.
P.S. Ikalgo too moe. :( The Power of Friendship has made it so that he can’t easily take a life. DON’T STAIN YOUR TENTACLES, FRIEND.