It’s interesting to speculate on Togashi-sensei’s intentions in showing us a check-in on all the princes and queens. On the one hand, since it’s pretty much impossible for any normal human to keep all these faces and names straight, it makes sense as a way to give everyone’s memory a boost.
The main effect for me, though, is that it reminds me how little I like any of them – and I wonder whether that’s Togashi’s intention, too. Most of these people aren’t very nice, for starters – but many of them have a level of petty obnoxiousness that makes it hard to feel anything for any of them. To be honest I’m kind of ready for the carnage to really start happening already – thin the herd and start to focus the arc on the ones that really matter.
Tserried is definitely one of those. He’s also one of the few among the princes that shown the charisma to really stand out – even if he is so evil that his bodyguards (who are also among the more charismatic figures in “Dark Continent”) dread the idea of his learning Nen. And it only makes sense that he’d be a genius at it. He’s one to watch, that’s for sure – and he seems to be less concerned with mixing himself up in this early skirmishes than in preparing himself for the larger ones to come.
Confirmed: Kurapika has been in Emperor Time for this entire stretch, looking for an opportunity for Oito to use her borrowed ability. Ouch. Kurpaika is an incredibly self-destructive person, but this is taking things to an extreme, even for him. And developments in the final panels suggest he may be forced to use E.T. even more than he planned…
Yes, Chrollo has made his way to the ship. That’s certainly a complicating factor, to say the least. Chrollo looks pretty out of it – who could blame him. Does he know Kurapika is on board? In any event, Kurapika and Chrollo being together certainly spikes the punch. As I mused a few weeks ago, what the heck would happen if Kurapika used “Steal Chain” on Chrollo??