I think I read something in the past that suggests it may be possible that humans are conscious for several seconds following decapitation. Not sure they’d be this conscious, but whatever. His head was ripped off by a giant ant creature; let the man have a few seconds to soak it in.
So, um, fuck. I think we all knew things would go to shit eventually, but I’m not sure how many of us non-manga readers expected it to get this bad this quickly. Good lord! What a giddy bunch of psychopaths those Chimera Ants are, whether it’s cancerous old man moe spider or many-nippled dual wielding Creature from the Black Lagoon. I’m almost afraid to ask what the Chimera Ant Queen ate to make all those nipples happen. I wonder if they’re decorative, but I imagine they have some awful purpose like shooting acid or something. Ick.
Trigger warning: I’m going to be a huge dick immediately after the cut.
THIS IS WHAT YOSHIHIRO TOGASHI THINKS OF SHIPPING
It was pretty clear something bad was going to happen right when it was revealed Pokkle and Ponzu are all lovey-dovey, but GOOD FUCKING LORD. Ponzu just hangs out with bees all day. She doesn’t deserve that treatment, man. And they also fucked up her hat! That was a pretty adorable hat, people. This is war now. This is war. But seriously lol Togashi is such an asshole, bringing back solid characters from before just to make it that much worse when he brutally murders them. If Hanzo comes back only for a Chimera Ant to rip off his dick and wear it unicorn style like some kind of sick trophy, then I will be OFFICIALLY UPSET. Then I will laugh at the image of a floppy dick dongling around on a Chimera Ant’s forehead, BUT STILL.
But yeah, the impact of that scene . . . the suddenness and simple brutality of Ponzu’s death are just . . . fuck. Hunter x Hunter: For kids! How is this still in Shonen Jump?? I guess it’s so popular that the higher-ups overlook how horrifying and violent it is. I looked up the corresponding manga page, and it’s no less upsetting! The Ant basically straight-up shoots Ponzu and goes right to eating her. Gross.
This horrifying stuff does reveal some key things, though. First off, the more powerful Chimera Ants at least have the potential to employ Nen. If you’ll recall, the whole point of the beginning of the Yorkshin Arc is that Kurapika needs to learn Nen before he can see what the secretary is forming with her energy. Old man moe spider can see Pokkle’s Nen arrow, so he must at least have the ability to wield Nen deep down. Whether he actually knows how to use it right now is another matter entirely, but the potential for Chimera Ants to use it exists. Also, Chimera Ants are powerful enough to catch Nen arrows out of the air. So that’s kinda scary.
The other major happening is the long flashback with Gyro, the kingpin of NGL. This is basically a guarantee that the Gyro Chimera Ant is going to get into some shit. This isn’t JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure where Hirohiko Araki spends a page describing a guitar because fuck you, he’s Araki and he can do shit like that. Most everything in Hunter x Hunter fits into the larger picture, so if we’re getting Gyro’s whole life story, it’s because he’s going to wreck some shit at some point. I don’t think someone that focused on spreading evil is going to become a good soldier. Gut feeling.
Anyway, have some funny faces.