wtf is this Key bullshit get the fuck out of here
Ah, damn you, Hunter x Hunter, for getting me all emotional about the death of a monster who birthed another monster likely to lead a march of mass slaughter. This is the power of moe — Colt’s moe, to be exact. Look at those tears. How could anyone say no to that face? And, god damn, Morel is the fucking man. What a boss. His little speech immediately shows why he specifically is the mentor of Knuckle and Shoot — he’s taking in and shaping two men with big hearts. Like master, like student. I can just see him giving some big speech when Knuckle and Shoot are at their lowest points before joining up with him, and the two immediately becoming enamored with Morel. They’d follow him to the ends of the Earth.
Too awesome to not highlight with a screenshot. I believe in you, champ.
Lot of weird stuff going down in the Chimera Ant colony, though. It’s kind of crazy that anyone could know the Chimera Ant biology even as well as these doctors do. It’s constantly changing, shifting and evolving with each creature they absorb. I imagine if you took one of these more powerful Chimera Ants after death and cut them open, their insides would look like a Lynchian nightmare. If you’re studying Chimera Ants, then you’re basically going to be reading 24/7, because there’s always going to be some crazy new shit to discover. “Well, the Chimera Ant Queen ate an alligator and one of the Harlem Globetrotters, and … OH MY GOD IT JUST SHIT OUT A BASKETBALLIGATOR” And lord help you if you ever decide to do some field work. If someone ever pumps out a good thesis on the Chimera Ants, then congratulate that person for being the baddest scholar on the planet.
And then there’s the monster in the shadows that Knuckle and Shoot witness near the end of the episode. All the time spent talking about Kite combined with the flowing gray locks seems to telegraph that this is Kite reborn as a Chimera Ant. Or maybe not — who knows if the Queen ever got a chance to snack on Kite’s body? Maybe Neferpitou had too much fun killing Kite and bringing him back to life and simply left him in a state of constant pain after getting bored and ditching the joint with the King. (And the King has a name now! Meruem. A bit easier to spell and remember than a few of his comrades, to be sure.) Did Neferpitou ever mention taking Kite’s body to the Queen as an afternoon snack? It probably happened and I just can’t remember, much like many things in life. Either way, it’s a pretty shitty roll for our friend. Given both options, however, being reborn as a Chimera Ant is probably better, since it’s been demonstrated that there’s at least the potential to recall the memory’s from one’s previous life.
Killing the King may me tops on the priority list, but there’s bound to be lots more trouble with the other Chimera Ants running across the landscape to spread their seeds. Gon and Killua are going to be pretty damn busy soon, methinks. It would be pretty cool to see Biske-chama jump in on the fighting, too, but who knows how that will go, particularly since she seemed pretty eager to get the hell out of Dodge if Gon and Killua were to fail to capture the tokens. Palm seems like she’d be pretty scary to deal with when she’s upset, so I don’t blame Biscuit all that much. Gon is a charmer, though, so he’ll probably handle it just fine. Just one deep, long look into those cute little shota eyes and Palm’s heart will melt once more.
ALSO SO READY FOR THIS HELL YEAH GET HYPE