Boy, I hope none of you got too attached to these adorable kids. At least their genes will live on for now.
Already we see why so many fans call the Chimera Ant arc horrific. The Chimera Ant Queen is basically a mad scientist combining all sorts of creatures to make the most terrifying hellbeasts of our nightmares. It’s like one of Dr. Moreau’s creatures became superintelligent and decided to follow in his footsteps. That human-eagle-insect leading a squadron of giant insects to snatch humans for their queen to devour? THAT’S TERRIFYING. Tiny insects are bad enough. If I saw, like, a giant wasp flying at me I’d probably shit myself so hard that my innards would fall out.
And that’s just if it were simply a giant wasp. How about a wasp body, a cobra’s head and raptor claws?? Or . . . actually, I shouldn’t think of more, because I will frighten myself too much. But you people are welcome to terrify me with your worst insect-animal-people combinations. Bonus points for the most sadistic and artistic of you who can Photoshop your most horrifying creations. I will share them on Twitter and make my friends squirm. Don’t disappoint me!
Speaking of squirming, man, those sound effects, right? Even an action as simple as the Chimera Ant Queen craning her neck is accompanied by disgusting noises. And her children hatching from their egg sacs . . . ugh ugh ugh! Just imagine being assaulted by furious buzzing as a horde of giant insects descend upon you, and then their every gesture emits gross, slimy noises. Wouldn’t that be a terrible way to go out? At least those two poor kids above had to deal with just the one giant, terrifying insect creature. Kite and company will eventually have to deal with a horde of them. I’m guessing the body count will be quite high.
I’m trying too hard not to get too attached to Kite’s buddies, even though they seem like amiable folk. They’re pretty loyal to Kite, too; they don’t even question it when Kite says they should respect Gon and Killua. Not even a token piece of whining about how they’re just little kids. I guess they’ve seen all manner of Hunters in their journeys with Kite. Or maybe Kite is just so cool and impressive that anyone he approves of is automatically awesome in their eyes. He does have great hair, and he looks like Akagi. I would approve of anyone he chose as a friend, too. For example, Kite knows a bear man. An adorable bear man, at that. Clearly good taste in buddies.
I am curious to see how they will stand up in a fight. Kite mentioned that they were amateur hunters, but just because you’re not Official doesn’t mean that you can’t rough some things up. After all, Gon and pals were plenty tough when they first started the Hunter Exam. Then again, everything after Heavens Arena has proven that if you don’t have Nen, anything and everything will beat the shit out of you. Basically all of the non-Hunter characters with Nen abilities we have seen so far have been evil, so I’m not sure any of Kite’s disciples has superpowers. But they could surprise me, of course! They had probably better surprise me, or they will be ant food.