Oh, the turn in this episode is just so beautiful.
Poor Kurapika is basically convinced to leave his quest for vengeance behind. As far as he knows, not all the Spiders are dead, but the group is basically in shambles. Maybe even all those who participated in the slaughter of his clan are dead. As Gon says, Kurapika has another important mission: gathering the eyes of his comrades. Making sure the memory of his clan is not desecrated is a more positive activity than brutally murdering those who killed his people, yes? Once Kurapika gets over the initial shock of those he hunted “dying,” he’s all too ready to move on.
In the comments of my previous post, a few of you questioned why Kurapika would not be suspicious of the circumstances of the Spiders’ deaths. It seems an obvious trap, yes? The Spiders had already demonstrated that they could easily handle the Mafia, no matter the numbers, and besides that, in the right hands, Nen is capable of just about anything. Making lifelike copies of people is not a problem. We know Kurapika isn’t stupid, so why does he not consider this possibility?
Personally, I think it’s because, deep down, Kurapika doesn’t want to shoulder this burden. He’s definitely not afraid of the Spiders — if the most physically intimidating of the Phantom Troupe doesn’t intimidate Kurapika, then none of them will, even Hisoka. He obviously doesn’t pity them or wish to bestow mercy upon them. It’s just that this process of revenge is something Kurapika finds repugnant. Again, the act of killing brings no pleasure to Kurapika, even if he kills someone who committed unspeakable acts against those he loved. Kurapika embarked on his path of revenge specifically knowing that he is poisoning his soul by doing so. He does this not because he enjoys it, but because the honor of his clan is something he values more than himself.
Here, though, Kurapika is presented with information that makes this path appear fruitless. Many of the Spiders are dead. The group is in shambles. It’s definitely fishy and convenient . . . but maybe Kurapika doesn’t care. Maybe he’s looking for a way out — a way to regain some of the normalcy he lost when the Kurta were slaughtered. Maybe Kurapika doesn’t want to question these suspicious circumstances because it would mean continuing this horrible life. Again, he’s not afraid of this; rather, it’s something no normal person would particularly want to do.
Ah, but that wouldn’t fit Hisoka’s plan, would it? Kurapika may be in the dark, but Hisoka knows exactly what is going on, and his desires haven’t changed at all. It’s fitting that he sits away from the other Spiders, unnoticed, spinning his web and biding his time until the perfect moment to jump in and get his trap moving shows itself. While the Spiders figure out the pros and cons of sticking around and avenging Uvogin vs. getting out while the getting is good, Hisoka makes sure Kurapika is still in on their deal by feeding him information (with an emoticon at the end, hilariously enough). And then, just when Chrollo is probably close to convincing everyone that the Spiders should leave, Hisoka jumps in with the idea of getting the rest of the Spiders’ predictions . . . you know, just so that they have all the information they need to act prudently.
It’s all perfect for Hisoka. He has an excuse to see his prediction, and it’s exactly what he wants: he’ll be left alone with Chrollo. Whether more of the Spiders die to ensure this doesn’t matter. Then obviously Hisoka deftly switches the wording on his prediction so that the other Spiders see something different than what he actually received. Not sure if the actual Japanese works out this way, but on the Crunchyroll translation it’s clear that the writing style of Hisoka’s new prediction is different than the usual style of Neon’s predictions. If that’s intended, then it’s a cool detail that shows how hurriedly Hisoka got all that down.
Now Nobunaga is all suspicious of Hisoka; however, you know the demented, deceptive clown has something up his sleeve.
Respect the cock, friends. Respect it.