When you tell a Chimera Ant it’s farting around while doing its work, it takes that as a compliment.
Before I get into the rest of this post, there’s one question that’s bugging (lol) me: Do airplanes exist in the Hunter x Hunter world? My memory is not the best, but I can’t remember seeing one before. Both times our heroes have had to fly somewhere, they’ve used a blimp. It’s not something that’s more than a quirk of this world, but it barely clicked for me while watching the end of this episode. Kind of weird!
There’s a lot going on with Neo-Green Life in this episode. The denizens seem peaceful enough when they’re not being snatched away by Chimera Ants, but there’s obviously a darker side to the place when they execute and jail people for bringing in outside technology. The counterattack against the Chimera Ants raised a billion red flags for me. I’m sure plenty of you noticed that the dudes who shoot up the Chimera Ants are dressed the same as the drug dealer who shows up during Kite’s explanation of the drug trade allegedly running out of NGL. One of the dudes mentions a guy named Gyro, whom I am guessing is the boss of this organization. Somehow this gang has caught wind of the Chimera Ants stepping in on their turf and are out to squash them.
But I’m thinking it could run a bit deeper than that. From what little we know of NGL, it’s clearly a highly-organized place. How else could they so uniformly crush anyone who steps into the country with technology? And yet there’s a group running around with guns ready to shoot the shit out of anything that moves? It’s not as if these guns look ancient, either — they’re not planting them in the ground and winding them with a fuckin’ crank to use them, or anything like that. These are relatively modern weapons. That combined with the rumors surrounding NGL has me wondering if they have a connection with the nation’s leadership. They provide the muscle to keep the citizens in line, and they can also wet their beaks with the drug trade on the side.
Or maybe they are actually smart enough to evade the government this whole time. Hell if I know! I’m just saying that the scene where they blast the fuck out of that Chimera Ant squadron sticks out like a sore thumb, and this series is written well enough that I think there’s something more behind it.
I’m also very interested in the Chimera Ant squadron leaders retaining some aspects of their humanity. They want names, they compete with each other, they assert their individuality even in a colony of mindless drones . . . and we’ve seen the one squadron leader who was made from one (or both?) of that lady’s children affected unconsciously by his emotions and skip over attacking his former mother. The idle chat among the Chimera Ant squad leaders also seems to indicate that they have inherited personality traits displayed by their human cores. Makes me wonder how far the series will go with that.
So far, the ants are concerned with the quantity of human food delivered to the Chimera Ant Queen, and with the quality by way of how big, meaty and delicious the humans are. However, because they (other than the adorable penguin Chimera Ant who probably has some horrifying power because this is Hunter x Hunter) don’t really know humans all that well, they’re not really taking their humanity into account when it comes to the Queen pooping out new soldiers. What if they feed her some hardened criminal? Or a good person with a super strong will? What would happen if Gon were eaten? Or Killua? It’s clear that the Chimera Ants are born with the instinct to serve the Queen, but these bits of humanity are breaking through the cracks and making these particular Chimera Ants just a bit different from the norm. With that in mind, it’s conceivable that a Chimera Ant could go rogue eventually if the right person is eaten.
But I somehow doubt Gon or Killua or someone like that will be eaten and shit out into Chimera Ant form. :p
Enough speculative stuff, though. Pokkle and Ponzu are back! Nice to see some old friends again. Makes me hope we’ll see Hanzo eventually, too. That dude was pretty dope. I miss him.