I wasn’t sure what to write about first, but then I remember this happened. Haha, oh Hisoka, you always brighten my day. What does it say about me that Hisoka waggling the telescope may have been the most joyous moment of my week? Actually, don’t answer that. I’m not sure I want to know. Regardless, Hisoka wiggling the ‘scope suggestively and saying that he’s extra sensitive after a heated battle . . . shivers, man. Shivers.
Also, wow, the Spiders sure replaced Hisoka in a hurry! It’s worth noting that this is not the first time we’ve seen Kalluto, who appeared briefly with Killua’s mom during the arc when Gon, Kurapika and Leorio (remember them?!) busted Killua out of the family home. Yep, a Zoldyck is one of the Phantom Troupe now! I imagine they didn’t recruit Illumi since he’s close buds with Hisoka. I wonder what the hiring process for Kalluto was like? It’s been mentioned before that someone usually becomes one of the Phantom Troupe after killing a current member. Then again, not all of the Spiders were there when the group began, so they’ve definitely been open to expansion. Maybe people just had to ask nicely, and few people actually know this because the Spiders are such a dangerous group and people are normally on guard around them.
This also makes me wonder about how Kurapika’s curse on Chrollo evolves. He definitely could have spoken to Kalluto before Kalluto joined the Spiders. Does it take hold the second Kalluto joins the Spiders? Probably so, I imagine. That’s probably part of the mandatory Spider training for the time being. “Under no circumstances are you to talk to the boss until we get this shit cleared up!”
Card games: serious business.
This chase sequence is actually pretty good, though, because of the thought put into it. All the preparation by both parties adds a nice layer of tension to when the respective crews put their plans into action. The Bomber may be a somewhat lame villain, but he’s not a dumb one. He improvises well when he realizes that Tsezguerra’s folks are trying to wearing them out and transport away whenever possible. Blowing people up to gather as many useful cards as possible is an obvious move, but cutting off Tsezguerra’s access to a replenishing supply of cards is a smart move. It takes real tactics to win at a children’s card game!
Unfortunately for Tsezguerra, a couple of wrenches are thrown into his plan at the end. I totally forgot about the dude in charge being like, “Um, yeah, don’t wanna do this anymore, your money’s at the door.” I’d definitely be pissed if I were Tsezguerra. Yeah, you’re still getting paid, but the emotional payoff of putting a lot into a job and getting it done is gone. A bunch of people have already died, and, oh yeah, the Bomber is out to draw some more blood. Best part: If Tsezguerra hadn’t found out about this now, when exactly would the bossman have let him know? Imagine finally defeating the Bomber and getting exactly what you came for, only you’re the last man standing, because all your comrades have been killed. Then you go back to your employer, and he’s like, “Oh yeah, I stopped giving a shit AGES ago. Your money’s on the porch, don’t let the door hit your ass on the way out.”
(I think I remember the basic thrust of the dude’s reasoning, and it’s definitely nowhere near as callous as that. It’s just funnier to imagine it that way.)
Oh, and this is totally starting next episode. GET HYPE.