Haha, oh god, somehow the Chimera Ant Queen having an actual voice makes her way creepier. Well, that and having teeth that make her look like the Xenomorphs from Alien. That’s pretty creepy, too.
It’s interesting to see that our first look at this queen is her under duress, though. It makes this sudden chimera ant infestation seem more like something that has gone on for a while rather than a new arc we’re getting introduced to after Greed Island. People have probably been on the hunt for these flesh-eating ants for a while now; the queen was discovered, roughed up a bit and retreated to lick her wounds, and maybe spit some acid around, I dunno.
I must say, too, it’s awesome to have flesh-eating ants as adversaries (though obviously there will be other fish to fry, as well). There are scary ass ant hordes in reality, as I’m sure you’ve discovered if you’ve read one of the hordes of the “MOST TERRIFYING INSECTS EVER” articles on the Interwebs. I live in an area where there is no danger whatsoever of this happening, and I’m still terrified of being chewed alive by a carpet of ants running amok. Well, imagine that, but also every ant was crapped out by that queen. Yikes. Ugh.
But the ants are mainly a sideshow to begin this arc while Gon and Killua kick it with
Char Aznable Kite. I wondered how Madhouse would handle the stuff with the bears and Gon meeting Kite in the past, since that’s all at the beginning of the manga and the original anime, but I guess it’s good enough to show a truncated flashback, even if it’s inserted a bit awkwardly. Maybe a bit too much reliance on people being familiar with the manga so that this actually has some impact? It is super popular, so plenty of the viewers have likely read it. Even I was like, “Oh hey, what up, Kite!!” while I watched it. (And then I reacted like, “KITE, HE IS A CHAR” because I am a fucking goof.) It took me a bit to get used to Kite’s character design, though, because he looks like Akagi with long hair.
Perhaps there will be a bloody mahjong battle at some point? Nothing would really surprise me here.
Also, I love that whenever we get stories of Ging being a cool dude and helping people out (such as kicking it with Kite and taking him under his wing), they’re almost always interspersed with stories of Ging being a weird asshole. “If he wants to meet me with his friends, then NO FUCKING THANKS!!” What, does Ging think Gon is part of a sting operation? What skeletons do you have in your closet, boyo?! I wonder if Ging only hangs out with his buddies one at a time, too. He probably has some sort of schedule where he allows specific friends to be with him at specific times of the day so that he doesn’t have to be with more than one of them at a time. If, of course, he even feels like being with them at all.
And lol even in the story where Kite praises Ging, there’s a little aside about how Ging didn’t want to be Kite’s teacher because he doesn’t like dealing with hassles. You know, stuff like raising children! Such a hassle. Oh, Ging, such a dick. Never change. It’ll make it all the sweeter once Gon actually tracks Ging down.