The big Hunter X Hunter announcement (I think the “shocking” was just a bad ANN translation) turned out to be not much of an announcement at all, though it’s good news – “Chimera Ant” is going to be animated. This can’t be any surprise, though given the supposedly rough content confirmation is still nice to have. Expected or not this is a bit of a watershed moment, as this will be the first time the Madhouse adaptation ventures into entirely new territory for anime.
It seems as if the arc will air in the normal H x H timeslot (which may surprise some), starting April 21. There was some notion that “Greed Island” would end the Winter season with “Chimera” starting immediately after, but it appears as if “Greed Island” will carry over into the Spring for a few weeks, which is good news in itself. The announcement, as you can see, has a few of the character designs for the upcoming arc.