Wow, how did MUMMY BOXER!! manage to keep this power under wraps for so long? He who has the power of the gas giants at his disposal is truly a fearsome warrior.
All you Ponzu fans must be breathing slightly easier now, too. Ponzu is still gone from our world, but her many-nippled murderer has at least been brought to justice. True, this may not be the reason MUMMY BOXER!! squashed our Chimera Ant friend who doesn’t look like an ant at all, but justice does not always happen through sincere efforts. And as the narrator tells us, the people in the tribe of MUMMY BOXER!! who make the most beautiful sounds with their bodies are treated as gods, so we must accept that our Phantom Troupe friend is one of the gods. Gods determine justice, I think, until plucky adventurers with crazy powers decide to engage in some deicide.
MUMMY BOXER!! has an interesting power, though. Nipple lizard’s perceptions are out of whack during the dance, so I guess the sound emitted by the wind blowing through the holes in our friend’s body fuck with the brain somehow and cause distress in the opponent. Perhaps this is what gets the other members of the tribe to realize who’s boss and should be worshiped like a god. One would think that being a mummy who engages in pugilism would be enough to sway the people to his side, but I suppose this provides ample insurance.
Ripper Cyclotron sounds a bit more like a cyberpunk Gundam hacker than an attack name, but OK. (Or maybe a boss in one of the final Mega Man X games.) I feel like this is the ideal evolution for Gon’s Jajanken attack. It has a similar base — building up Nen in a specific spot and unleashing it to wreck some poor fool’s shit — but it seems to me that Phinks’ focus is such that he could run around the battlefield while charging his energy, which obliterates the major downside of the Jajanken. And we know that Phinks is strong and quick enough to fend off attacks should his opponent try to interrupt his attack. That’s the beauty of it, though: after a few windups, it’s already plenty strong, since Phinks remarks that he could have slaughtered this Ant with half the prep. I’m not sure about how much Nen this attack wastes or what Phinks’ Nen reserves are like (I assume he has a ridiculous amount of energy since he’s one of the strongest physical fighters in the group), but even if the other fighter tries to stop his charging, Phinks can still let loose a strong punch to put a stop to that.
Also, he dresses like a pharaoh, and that’s just dope.
Meanwhile, SHALNARK WHOA. This is why he’s one of the Spiders. It’s not simply that he can easily manipulate people; he has the power to get himself out of sticky situations should it be required, too. Also, he is basically a human super robot, and that is rad. (I refuse to term him a Super Saiyan. Saiyans do not go on autopilot. Furthermore, robots > saiyans. It’s just fact.) Shalnark says “Fuck you, nerd!” You must become that which you worship to truly excel. Nerd Ant thinks he wins simply through controlling others; however, can he control himself? Boom, just got destroyed by philosophy. Clearly the Phantom Troupe will beat you physically, mentally and spiritually.
Too much to comment on!! I like the bits of cool animation thrown in at the end of the episode just to tease the viewer about waiting until next week to get the rest of the Phantom Troupe crushing this particular nest of Chimera Ants. Why, yes, I would love to see Feitan jumping around and swordfighting … wait, it’s the end of the episode?! You crafty bastards. The Zoldycks also continue to be quite creepy. It seems to me that the purpose of the paper power is less about quickly finishing off the opponent and more about gleeful torture. You all saw that smile after the Ant’s arm was lopped off and the other arm had a piece of paper embedded in it, right? Creepy, creepy, creepy.
One final note: It’s interesting to get more of a look at Meteor City, from where several of the Phantom Troupe hail. Seems like the perfect environment to form a group of hardened fighters. Just growing up and surviving together in a place like that easily explains their extreme loyalty to Chrollo Lucifer, even if they fight among themselves on occasion. I wonder how truly attached they feel to this place, or if they’re defending it because they see it as an affront to themselves that the Chimera Ants are encroaching on their turf.