Who says you can’t enjoy a bit of horse meat? Just get a giant rotisserie, and you’re good to go!
Hello, I am back from Anime Boston! It was a fun time. I’m mulling whether to do a recap post; I’m way behind on several things I need to do, so the time may just not be available. We’ll see. It all depends on how the next couple of days unfold. Also, I am still in Recovery Mode, so I decided to swap Hunter x Hunter and Flowers of Evil, since the latter normally takes a bit more energy for me to discuss. So here we are with a screenshot of horses with tree branches driven through them. I don’t know why, but I kind of want to see the process of actually getting the horses onto the trees. Did Rammot leap up and slam dunk the horses onto the branches? Inquiring minds want to know!
The big event here is Gon and Killua going up against their first Chimera Ant. Kite makes it clear that he could beat the shit out of Rammot whenever he wants; otherwise, he’d never take the chance of letting Gon and Killua take the lead in the battle while he leans against the horse kebab. Gon and Killua make a nice team. They fly around everywhere, feeling Rammot out, and then they get a nice couple of attacks that naturally flow into one another. Gon’s ridiculous punch is difficult land on an opponent who isn’t intimidated or immobile, so Killua’s stunning lightning strike is a perfect complement to that maneuver. What kills it is that Gon has to stand still to concentrate the energy needed to unleash the punch at its most powerful. If he ever learns how to charge it up while on the move, then holy shit.
This fight also provides more evidence that the sturdier Chimera Ants can hold their own against Nen attacks, but also that they’re not unbreakable. Sheer adrenaline (or whatever the Chimera Ant equivalent is) allows Rammot to be angry enough to ignore the pain, but the scene afterward shows that while Gon and Killua’s attacks aren’t yet fatal, they still hurt a LOT. It’s probably best for Gon and Killua that they didn’t see that, though, just so that they rest on their laurels a bit less. I wonder if Gon will explore any new attacks soon. Killua already has some new tricks up his sleeve, after all. Gotta keep up, Gon!
Killua showing off his guns to Kite.
Notably after the previous episode, there’s not much with Pokkle in this one aside from discussions of his nutritional value. Remember: A Pokkle a day keeps the doctor away! I get the feeling that he hasn’t been dumped into one of those food sacs the Queen is surrounded by, though. Or maybe he is and we’ll get to see what it’s like from the inside to be eaten alive by the Chimera Ant Queen. That would be a pretty fucked up way to go out. Who knows what sorts of juices and gases and whatever naturally keep the flesh fresh inside those things?
One more thing I’m enjoying: Colt trying to keep the Chimera Ants together through talking and negotiation. It’s interesting that while he’s clearly an intimidating dude, Colt is more about explaining his ideas and why he believes others should follow along than forcing them into it. Maybe he wants his soldiers to follow the Chimera Ant Queen of their own accord rather than being forced into it and possibly growing to resent her. I wonder if treating clearly resistant Ants that way will actually work, but it seems as if Colt can hold his own, so if one of their own threatened him, he could probably beat them into submission. But yeah, I enjoy the behind the scenes peeks into their culture and how individualism disrupts their collectivist instincts.
Also, more moe old man spider.