I just want to reiterate - this is airing at 10:55 in the morning...
order than a child be spared for no practical purpose. Yet he of all the squadron leaders seems to value loyalty, normally an honorable and desirable trait and one he inherited from the boy he was - yet in this case, his loyalty is to the Chimera Ant Queen. It seems to me that the ant way of living and the human are mutually incompatible - we already see fractures forming in the ant hierarchy as individualism becomes a growing problem.
Koala (Horiuchi Kenyuu) who's not even a Squad Leader, just a soldier who gets a great deal of pleasure from killing humans and doesn't like taking orders from his boss, Meleoron (Tobita Nobuo), who's ability to disappear seems to indicate he's descended from a chameleon. Even more worrisome is Yunju (Murakami Yuuya) another reptilian Chimera who's so twisted he's decided he wants to make Gyro's soldiers his "pets" (and guns don't seem to be working so well anymore). All this business about toying with the prey and competing with each other is very un-antlike - and that's a problem that I don't see going away anytime soon.
ultrasounds and are rejected from entering if they wear glasses or have any sort of implants. There's talk of technology smuggled into the country in rectums and a convenient shop where travellers are forced to buy "natural clothes" to replace their confiscated ones. And, naturally, a post set up to rent them horses at exorbitant prices once they clear border security. All this to support the supposed natural paradise of a despot who seems to have structured the whole thing so he could use turn the country into a giant drug lab free from the watchful eyes of the outside world.
five members of the party who passed muster at the border. They're accompanied by two "minders" there supposedly to help with translation and the like but obviously to keep an eye on the foreigners - a dig by Togashi at every despotic country that uses the tactic. There's really only one strongly humorous element in the episode, and it's provided by Killua. Naturally enough he's not going to ride a horse by sitting in the saddle, no - he's going to stand up or recline comfortably, putting on a disinterested "boss face" at all times. Already there are Pokkle, Ponzu and their support team - and they run into the remnants of one of Gyro's squads, who've been devastated by Yunju's squad. Pokkle recognizes immediately that he's in over his head and that all of the Hunters who've been entering the country need to band together, though he manages to use his Nen to kill three Chimera Ants (one of them a cockroach - ugh) who come after his group. There are serious death flags for Pokkle and Ponzu raised in this episode (scary thought: what happens if the Queen eats a Nen user?), and given that I expect the body count to be pretty high this time around, I'm not too optimistic about their chances. They're just at the right level of familiarity to be good candidates for the chop, in any case.