I enjoy that the Chimera Ant designs are getting more ridiculous rather than less so. I cannot wait to see the next batch of bizarre creatures the Queen shits out.
But not everything is happy happy joy joy in the world of the Chimera Ants. This episode builds on the last by showing more of the Chimera Ants flashing their individuality in more brazen ways, pushing the limits of what they can and can’t do like children testing their parents’ patience. Colt and the penguin are correct when they say it’s behavior they have to crush quickly — it’s all well and good when they’re running around killing humans and stuff, but what happens when all the delicious humans are gone? Something tells me these rebellious Ants aren’t going to be too interested in kickin’ it and taking orders from whatever King the Queen poops out.
That said, even if there are a few cracks in the armor, it doesn’t seem as if they’ll be easy to defeat. The question of whether the Ants can develop Nen abilities is still up in the air, but as the koala mafia leader demonstrates, they can develop some sort of powers. I guess he has spit bullets? That’s not such a great way to die. The Ants also have sharp claws and stingers and such, but that’s not going to be great against folks like Pokkle who can attack from a distance. (By the way, Pokkle’s Nen bow and arrow is pretty rad.) Developing some sort of counter to that — whether it’s Nen-based or not — would seem imperative to not having their faces roasted. Working together would seem the obvious solution, but the Ants developing more selfish, individualistic tendencies may put a stop to that. Really, though, we won’t know the full might of the Chimera Ants until the Queen eats a Nen user. (Assuming that she has not already done so, of course.)
NGL’s immigration process gave me a good laugh. They’ve set up a good racket, haven’t they? “You can’t wear any of this stuff into our country, and, oh, BY THE WAY, we’re totally selling our own line of clothing that you can buy and wear here! Just up these stairs!” The workers are so smug, too, when they explain how they’re allowed to use advanced technology because they’re not technically within the NGL border. Whatever, those computers didn’t look so advanced, anyway. They probably shit the bed at least a couple of times a day. Who do they call for tech support in that case? They’re literally the only people allowed to use technology! When one of their computers breaks down, they probably have to write a letter and then wait until the person rides in on horseback to fix the computer.
That won’t matter for long, though, because NGL is descending into chaos. I wonder how much that dude at the immigration office will trust the process of nature running its course when he’s the one staring into the maw of a Chimera Ant? This country is pretty much fucked, especially since the Chimera Ants are already kicking down the doors of the secret, shadowy headquarters. And did the narrator already straight up identify that dude sitting in the chair as NGL’s ruler?? Wow, didn’t take long for the series to confirm my extrapolation from last week. I was right for once! Let me bask in the glow of my (presumed) correctness.
tl;dr drug running is bad and you probably shouldn’t do it, or else mutant ants will eat you