I suppose if Togashi-sensei can turn one minute into an entire episode, I can get a few paragraphs out of it - but boy, he sure doesn't make it easy to describe what he - and Madhouse - are accomplishing here.
Dragon Dive hits, Kil and Shoot both freeze for a moment - Killua because he recognizes that it's the work of his grandfather (though how exactly is an interesting matter to consider). But while Kil is frozen in the act of analysis, even just for a crucial moment, Gon is already acting. Before anyone else - Killua, Shoot, even Morel - Gon has realized that if the invisible Knuckle and Meleoron are taken out by one of the lightning bolts, the others would never know. And as it was their job to take out Youpi, Gon realizes that his personal grudge with Pitou doesn't matter - it's Youpi that's the priority, and he has to attack. It's only in seeing Gon's actions that the others come to the same realization, and Shoot to a second one - that it's the inspiration Gon has provided him that's broken the cage he's built around himself, and given him both the courage to face death and the urge to escape it, so that he can express his gratitude.
undergoes a transformation that's the stuff of nightmares.
momentarily frozen the enemy with a blast of En. As we know, cats always land on their feet - and Pitou coils those feline legs to launch a desperate jump towards the second story of the palace, where the King and his attackers have been spotted. But a blast of pure negative aura from the King paralyzes Pitou just for a moment (naked, but androgynously so - disappointing anyone who hoped Madhouse would vindicate their opinions about his gender). No one could be prepared for the strange scene that's playing out inside the palace - not Pitou, not Netero and Zeno, and certainly not the audience.
even Pitou is brought to tears by the sheer power of that grief - and much of this scene is brilliantly depicted in complete silence, with Komugi's blood the only dash of color. What's also clear is that Zeno is taken aback by how different this is than what he expected to find, and that Netero has chosen to allow the scene to play out rather than strike while the King is grieving over a fallen human girl and ordering (though it comes off as pleading) with Pitou to heal her. I can only imagine this is a matter of much controversy - it appears Netero has chosen to act on a principle rather than seize the moment to try and complete his mission. With so much on the line, was this a defensible decision, an act of mercy - or a terrible mistake?