Ah yeah, check out that running sakuga. The animators had a field day with this episode.
The fight that starts this episode is one of the more interesting stalemates I’ve seen in quite a while. Normally you get a situation where the battlers are at a standstill because they’re equal in strength. In this case, though, Morel and Knuckle clearly have superior fighting power to Cheetu; it’s just that they can land few strikes (though Knuckle’s APR is really all they need), whereas Cheetu can punch them whenever, though the hits are so weak that Cheetu may as well be tickling them. Really, though, I suppose it’s not truly a stalemate since Knuckle’s power means that Cheetu will be much less of a threat for a good while. I like the attitude: “Well, we can make it so that we don’t really have to worry about this guy, so why make the effort of fighting?”
There aren’t too many things funnier in a fighting series than an arrogant character getting ripped the fuck up. Cheetu is basically the barrel full speed ahead type, and his analysis of Morel and Knuckle’s opposition runs on that same linear thinking. “I am so much faster than these guys! Oh, they can aim properly at specific parts of my body? Well, I’ll just be stronger and faster! Wait, there’s smoke all around? It’s probably just a smoke screen, I’ll anticipate the next attack just fine. WAIT THERE’S A LOT OF THAT GUY. Oh, that attack didn’t hurt, so whatevs.” And so on. Obviously it would be weird and a stretch if Cheetu instantly knew everything going on, but there’s nonetheless a high level of recklessness and a low level of feeling out the opponent. (Not that I have much room to criticize, since I’m basically this dumb when playing any fighting game. If I ever play any of you in JoJo All-Star Battle, I can’t imagine I would be on the winning end all that often.)
“Spot the Palm” will be one of my new favorite games to play while watching new Hunter x Hunter episodes. This episode seems like easy mode, since she’s easy to spot when she shows up. There she is on the train above …
… in the restaurant …
… and here when they’re splitting up! The next episode preview is all Phantom Troupe (more on that later), so no opportunities for Palm to hide in the background during that. If that had happened, I definitely would have burst out laughing. It would definitely deflate the tension of a potential battle with the Pouf or whoever else, but I would love to see Palm creeping in the background of a really difficult, serious fight Knov is having with someone. Even if it’s for just an instant and people watching have to pause their episodes just to see her. How wonderful would that be? Back in the day, you’d see Palm flash by and wonder if you saw what you think you saw, except there would be no way to find out until the episode comes out on home video that is way too expensive. And by that time, of course, you would forget all about it, because who other than obsessive, deranged weirdo would hold onto something for that long? Now, we can answer those types of questions instantly. Truly we are in the future.
Anyway, back to Serious Business: That scene with Kite? Man, that hurt. Gon keeps a positive attitude as much as he can, but I think even he knew in the back of his mind that Kite would be in a rough place. How could he not be after being held for so long? But who would ever expect to see a friend like this? Kite subsists on little but programmed hatred. Maybe even terming it “hatred” is putting too much emotion into it. He’s basically a computer program now, punching in a specific pattern whenever someone triggers the response. He’s lifeless; he exists only to respond to others now. I wonder if Neferpitou left Kite like this or turned into this at the start purely as a test of power? Regardless, it’s a terrible cruelty.
Poor Kite. ;-;
A little more happiness is to come next episode, however, because PHANTOM TROUPE YES. That creepy old spider guy and the scorpion lady whose names I’m forgetting and am also too lazy to look up because of course people will tell me in the comments are going to get beat the fuck up next episode. It’ll be lovely to see my favorite group of thieves back in action, but I’d be lying if I said what I’m looking forward to most isn’t …
… MUMMY BOXER!!!! THE GLOVES ARE OFF (THIS IS JUST A METAPHOR). THE WRAPS ARE OFF (THIS IS BOTH A METAPHOR AND A LITERAL DESCRIPTION). IT’S TIME TO FUCK SHIT UP.