I don’t have anything clever to say about this. I just think it looks awesome.
If there’s one thing to love about shonen series, especially shows that have casts with specific powers, it’s that eventually someone with ridiculous powers is going to show up. Kurapika conjuring chains with which to beat the hell out of people and sniff out liars is relatively normal for anime (although that’s not all there is to Kurapika’s power, as we’ll see later on in the arc). Baise’s power isn’t off the wall, either, although it is highly stereotypical — the sexually suggestive woman seduces people with her Nen, shoooooooooooooock. Insert your own, “I’d be her dog any day!” comment here. I think she does have actual fighting ability, though, since her power would likely be impractical against anyone with their guard up (or half a brain).
Melody is a bit . . . different. Supernatural hearing is not unusual, but applying it the way Melody does is interesting. Seems like it would be quite useful for psychological warfare. Melody would know exactly when she touches upon something that perturbs the enemy, and from there, it’s easy to wreak havoc. Melody would be particularly good at it since she’s eternally calm. You can’t tell me it wouldn’t be disconcerting to hear that calm voice picking you apart bit by bit. Plus, anyone who can be confident while looking like Danny DeVito crossed with a rat is A-OK with me.
Basho is just silly, haha. He strikes me as the kind of character created because the power sounds awesome, but in practical terms, you can’t really use the power often because who knows what its proper limits are? I also wonder when the power actually comes into play — does he have to say the haiku aloud for it to work, or is it enough to simply write it down? If you say the haiku aloud, you’re broadcasting the conditions to the people the haiku effects. So all they have to do is . . . not fulfill those conditions, unless they’re trapped like Squala.
Does the haiku have range? Does the person affected have to be in earshot? It’d be freaky if it were like a mental suggestion sort of thing, although Basho does say he is a Conjurer rather than a Manipulator. Hm. Anyway, maybe I’m overthinking it, but it does seem more like a “HEY YOU KNOW WHAT WOULD BE AWESOME? HAIKUS” kind of power than anything. Either it’s too powerful to be used often (because you can make anyone do anything) or there are too many rules and its use is neutered. Basho does have that crazy sideburn/mustache combo and that pompadour going for him, at least.
If only Kurapika raised chose the finger one to his left to raise, then I could use this image of multiple stupid jokes rather than just this one. Alas.
I’m glad the preview shows that the Phantom Troupe shows up next week, because Kurapika will have more focus soon. Angry, serious Kurapika isn’t that fun unless he has somewhere to direct that anger. When he’s just talking to himself, Kurapika is just a creepy brooder. Isn’t he kind of annoying when he snubs Melody? It’s like if Bruce Wayne stewed in anger and frustration all these years instead of dressing up like a big, leathery bat and beating up criminals. He would just be a big weirdo otherwise! Kurapika doesn’t have to dress like a bat (though I highly encourage Photoshops of this!), but engaging in action would be welcome. The scrubs testing bodyguard potential aren’t on Kurapika’s level; he wrecks their shit in seconds.
Really looking forward to the Phantom Troupe next week, and in particular hearing Mamoru Miyano as the big boss. That might not take place next week, though . . . can’t remember if he shows up during the first meeting or swings by later. We’ll see!