Jeez, I think Killua got a bit too interested in Gon and Palm’s date!
Man, one week sure feels like a long time in the world of week-to-week anime watching, doesn’t it? It feels as if Hunter x Hunter has been gone a long time, but in reality, it was but a couple of weeks between episodes. Sometimes I wonder just what all this nonsense has done to my sense of time and how it passes. But I guess that is a topic for another day.
This is a beautiful episode to return to, however. Finally at least some of Killua’s emotional suffering can be put to rest. We’ve been debating a while about whether the source of Killua’s anguish is purely mental or also physical, and here we have the answer — and, of course, it’s a needle inserted oh so delicately into Killua’s brain. Nen is often such a cool thing, but it’s also quite terrifying. (Well, I don’t think it’s explicitly stated that Nen is the source of this evil needle, but come on.) Given sufficient desire and sacrifice, one can basically do anything with Nen, including manipulating the life and values of another person. That is a horrifying thought. You have to wonder if this is a decision Illumi made on his own, or if he did it with the backing of the entire Zoldyck clan. And what if Killua isn’t the only one Illumi is secretly manipulating?
But who cares about any of that depressing stuff when we have Killua ripping the head off our old friend Rammot? Rammot really lived a rather sad, pathetic life. Gon and Killua kick his ass when they first meet, which then unlocks Rammot’s Nen ability. But before his ego can get too large, he meets Neferpitou and realize how meaningless his existence is in the grand scheme of things. Then the King and his cronies decide they don’t want any of this small-time bullshit anymore, so they ditch the Chimera Ant HQ and do their own thing, leaving Rammot and everyone to fuck off and do lord knows what with their suddenly directionless lives. Finally, Rammot wanders the landscape and comes across one of the scamps who humiliated him so much before. Now he can finally teach him what’s what with his awesome new powers! Except fate has decreed that Rammot is instead Killua’s stepping stool for being awesome again. Sorry, Rammot. You were kind of a lame Chimera Ant anyway.
What a relief this must be to Killua, though! I feel like Killua ripping off Rammot’s head is like his own macabre celebration. He can fight again without reservation. He can battle alongside his best friend without being afraid that he will leave him to die. He can hold risk and pragmatism in equal measure. There’s nobody whispering poisonous thoughts in Killua’s mind anymore. He says it himself: he’s liberated. For a month, his heart was in a vice. He would have to leave Gon eventually. Now? Ain’t nothin’ stopping Killua. And so Rammot’s head is plucked like a delicate flower for Killua to present to Gon. How darling~
Speaking of darling, oh Gon and his amazing attempt to butter up Palm enough so that she won’t mind as much when he blows her off to train for a long time. Gon isn’t even a teenager yet and he’s already the perfect sitcom husband. Too bad for him that Palm has such an abundance of intense feelings. (It’s a bit of super dark humor that she activates her stalker device by scratching up her arms and making herself bleed. Yikes! NO COMMENT! NO COMMENT!) She moves on pretty quick from Gon, though, perhaps because even this fucked up world has age of consent laws. Maybe.
And, oh yeah, Morel finally stepping into the fray! I imagine this fight will be a bit more competitive than Rammot’s fight with Killua, though no doubt Morel is plenty tough. I’m looking forward to seeing what he can do other than smoke a ton. I’d like to see what Cheetu can do other than run really fast, as well.