wob web is closing around Prince Woble and his mother, and that seems to be driving Kurapika and Bill to new heights of desperation.
The most interesting thing about this chapter to me was the revelation (it’s going to be extremely embarrassing if we already knew it and I just forgot) that “Emperor Time” has a terrible price – that is to say, Kurapika loses an hour of his life for every second it’s in effect. Holy crap, that’s crazy. We’ve never even been given official confirmation of the limitations of Emperor Time as far as a Know, but with a cost like that I think we can assume it’s everything one might have surmised – and while in effect, would seem to make Kurapika the strongest Hunter in existence (of all the one’s we’ve seen, anyway).
Kurapika’s journey really is a sad and bleak one – taken in total, one of the darkest of any character in shounen. That he would even consider using Emperor Time now shows how bad things have gotten on this mission, but with the bodyguard-assassin Vincent showing up on the 8th Queen’s doorstep with the clear imperative to clear Kurapika and Bill out of the way so she and Woble can be killed, everyone’s backs are against the wall.
Bill remains something of a mystery man here. We know he’s a Hunter and thus that he can use Nen, but of his actual ability we know almost nothing. He’s certainly expert in physical combat and we now know that his Ken (presumably) is strong enough to stop bullets – but that’s about it. We also know that Kurapika seems to trust him, and he’s not a young man from whom trust can be easily earned.
One other note – Hunter X Hunter Vol. 33 easily blew through the 1 million sales mark in its second week of release. The staying power of this series is truly remarkable, considering all the pain that’s come along with it – both for Togashi and his readers.