The hits just keep on coming.
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airship bar. This is exposition as it was meant to be done - not only does it actually make sense to have explanations here in the context of the story, but the scene is ridiculously entertaining. These two are quite the pair, especially Hisoka with his yoga poses and his facial expressions. And this is really about the most serious and even unsettled I think we've seen him, especially when Illumi gets to the part where he explains that with requests that are big enough, the victims extend beyond the one the requestor loves most to those they've spent the most time with. This news actually manages to solicit a Hisoka sweatdrop.
Hisoka gives him a look for the ages, followed by a line of dialogue to match: "I have issues, but you're just bad." Delusions of grandeur aside, Illumi has an idea what will happen - Killua will have someone else make the wish so his repercussions won't get pawned off on someone else, and he'll fail while trying to fulfill Alluka's requests. And he has a plan for how to deal with it, which involves Hisoka taking Alluka out before things get to that point.
innocent tourists sacrificed by Milluki for otaku goods. This is clearly a victim scenario, as terrifying as Alluka is. But that ability (Specialist abilities are the scariest to begin with, and this one is off the charts) is truly a great danger to the entire family. If 67 people died for the millionaire request, how many more would have to die to accomplish what Killua asks for - and if the list is determined by time spend with the one who fails to meet Alluka's requests and Killua is determined to be that person, it could conceivably mean everyone in his entire extended family, much of the Hunter's Association (who are still engaged in their election machinations, blissfully unaware) and even what's left of the Phantom Troupe is sacrificed in the process of granting it. Togashi, you bastard.
Alluka kiss him on the cheek if they aren't.
stone-cold badass and fiendishly clever, and this is a great example of both qualities. What choice does Silva have but to comply? Even his mother whose life Killua has wagered is proud of his hard and practical genius. This is a strange and edgy situation Togashi has created here, intentionally casting Alluka's gender in a confusing light and showing us this kind of physical affection being shared between siblings - yet the larger message is that what really matters is that Killua's heart is as kind towards Alluka as everyone else's is cold and cruel, and this gives him a moral advantage over the rest of his family. And seemingly a practical one, too, as Killua is privileged to know things about Alluka which they don't - enough so that he seems to possess a great confidence that he can utilize Alluka's ability to save Gon without someone (someone else or himself) paying an unacceptable price.
Leorio will be re-joining the action next week at long last. There's much we don't know still about Alluka, and I'll be very interested in seeing if Togashi can make the entire scenario of Alluka and the "other" that Killua has dubbed "Nanika" fit logically with the Hunter X Hunter mythology - I'm still not convinced he can, but either way this is proving to be yet another fantastically entertaining turn in a series that's seemingly never going to run out of them.