For the first time this week, Hunter X Hunter put me in mind of The Princess Bride.
I feel a little tickling inside my mind telling me that the moment when the tortoise squadron leader (who naturally enough doesn't have a name yet) asks the Queen if her officers might have names is a crucial one. It feels like a sea change and she seems to recognize it herself - musing that she might have some human blood herself to find it so fascinating - though she seems not to sense the threat to her in it that I sense. As she says, the squadron leaders becoming individuals - proposing ideas of their own, challenging each other to contests for human harvesting, reading books - and we see that Colt clearly even has some memory of his life as a human, because he recognizes his mother and spares him when his squad goes to his old village to harvest. Once ants become individuals, can a colony exist as a single unit? At what point does unquestioned obedience begin to waver, or nagging doubts about The Queen's single-mindedness begin to take hold?
tablet - I bet that wasn't in the manga) has worked out the chimera ant social structure, and it's a terrifying prospect indeed - once the King is born, this genie will be very hard to put back into the bottle. The powers of the world have gotten wind of what's happening in NGL, and turned to the Hunters Association for help. That means Netero's return to the series at last (though he did appear briefly in "Greed Island") and the news that a "punitive squad" has been sent by the Association to NGL - though who's a part of it and whether they'll arrive in time remains to be seen. Netero also notes that the Association is being set up to take the blame for whatever happens by the world governments, but I suspect that he knows full well how great the danger is and that can only be a secondary consideration for him in deciding how to respond.
punch him with all his strength. In many ways Colt is the best of both worlds - he's as loyal as any ant, yet has the agile mind of a human. It's he who figures out that it was Gon's attack that allowed Rammot to learn Nen - it indeed looks as if the effect is something like what was described in the Heaven's Arena arc. And recognizing this he realizes the importance of Pokkle, who may still be alive in the "storeroom", not yet having been eaten by the Queen. Further disturbing developments seem to be afoot here.
Kaitou scolds him again - it's become quite a regular event - that he can't have any sympathy for these creatures. But when Gon responds that he couldn't feel sorry for "bugs that call each other trash" Kaitou again disapproves - silently this time - for fear of what will happen when they run across the ants displaying less abhorrent human behaviors, like caring for each other. Again, it's as if Kaitou is giving life to all the ideas that presented themselves early in the arc, the special dilemmas the chimera ants present. These are sentient creatures that Gon and Killua are learning to kill, and I feel that presents a great danger to both of them - though for very different reasons.
Silent Waltz, Grim Reaper's Dance". The rules of engagement are out the window - Kaitou simply annihilates the ant captains with one swing of his scythe. He has no choice - once he calls forth a weapon he must use it. The Conjurer ability seems the most perverse and psychologically convoluted of any Nen specialty to me - what does it say about Kaitou that this is the special attack he's chosen for himself? It's a curse as much as an attack - in much the same way Kurapika's chains are. Conjurers and their techniques are a tangle of interesting contradictions - power based on limitations, a need to kill seemingly born out of an aversion to violence. If "York Shin" was a reflection of the roiling confusion and need for revenge in Kurapika's soul, it seems as if Kaitou is very much the ideal observer to guide us (and the boys) through the "Chimera Ant" arc - a man who's tasted evil and knows full well the depth of cruelty the human animal (and those created from its nature) are capable of.