Finally, someone comes along who can give the Phantom Troupe as good as they get.
There was an awful lot happening in this ep of H x H – as I mentioned a couple of weeks ago there are several different threads in the story at the moment any one of which, on their own, are big enough to be the centerpiece of an arc. I don’t remember the last time I’ve seen an author so boldly crowd the playing field this way – and he doesn’t mess around in bringing things to a head, either. The risk is that so much of consequence will be happening concurrently that the threads will overshadow each other and the audience will become desensitized to the GAR – so far that sure isn’t happening for me, but it takes a lot of balls to try and pull it off.
Kil’s threat to fight on with or without Kurapika’s help that finally broke Kurapika’s resistance. I think he realizes now that something he’d hoped to contain and make personal was no longer just his fight.
clash of the titans between Chrollo and the Zoldycks. It was yet another in a string of epic battles in Madhouse’s H x H, beautifully choreographed and animated, and it was striking how quickly Togashi got right to the point – Zeno and Silva against presumably the strongest of the Spiders, no preamble. Their meeting was very low-key, almost casual, and then immediately shifted into combat mode – neither side seeming much interested it taking the measure of the other except by battle. I’d thought perhaps Silva might be the strongest of the Zoldycks, but it’s clear Zeno is still very much the man in charge here – he calls the shots in battle, and he appears to have the stronger array of Nen skills to boot. He has the attitude to match, immediately shutting the grumbling mafia dons up by pointing out that even if they had their weapons returned to them, he could kill every last one in seven seconds. And I don’t think he was bragging, either.
“Bandit’s Secret” book. But Zeno immediately sees his opponent’s strengths and weaknesses, even as Silva is wounded by Chrollo’s poisoned blade in the initial skirmish. Zeno’s plan is simple – use his awesome powers to pin Chrollo down, at which point Silva uses his own – which seem geared towards a massive frontal attack – to kill Chrollo, even if it means killing his father too. “Not worth the money” indeed – again, I’ve no doubt the old man isn’t bragging but I also imagine he’d prefer to live, given a choice.
Hisoka seems not to be participating in Chrollo’s orgy of death, though perhaps for entirely different reasons. Killing randomly and wantonly isn’t fun, and therefore Hisoka likely sees no point in it. Without the thrill, why bother with the kill? But the other Spiders are closing in on the building where the Dons and Neon are trapped, and Kurapika is surely fated to face them directly. I suspect his fate and the boys are inexorably linked as well, especially with Killua’s father and grandfather in the midst of battle meters away from the boy (and another interesting development teased by the preview). Whether the heroes’ battle with the Spiders will run concurrently with Zeno and Silva’s or even join with it remains to be seen, but it should be a hell of a ride either way. And if I were Shalnark, I wouldn’t buy any green bananas.
Gon & Killua’s Hunterpdia: “Shalnark”