It’s kind of a classic Togashi semi-troll this week. Make a cockroach the key to everything? Why not – at the very least we’re not going to get it mixed up with any of the other thousand or so new characters this arc has introduced. I’m just glad we got chimera ants instead of chimera roaches – even at this size they kind of freak me out.
We have a definite new power player here in Babimaina, the replacement for Vincent as Woble’s “bodyguard”, but really of course a spy for First Prince Benjamin. He’s present for Kurapika’s explanation of Nen to Tubeppa’s soldier, which means he’s also present for Kurapika and Bill trying to pull the wool over everyone’s eyes when it comes to Queen Oito’s borrowed ability. Babimaina is calm under pressure, possessed of a strong Nen presence, and not easily fooled.
The key moment here comes when a cockroach is sighted, finally giving Kurapika (who’s been in Emperor Time for frighteningly long already) to put his plan into action. But that requires a rather intricate improvization to convince the others that it’s actually Bill (who thankfully proves himself very quick on his feet) manipulating the cockroach and not the queen. She proves herself pretty sporting too, feigning horror at the sight of the vermin and demanding that it be disposed of out of her sight. If either of these two is not up to the challenge, the jig is up – even as is, Babihaima has figured out that there’s something going on with the cockroach being manipulated.
The moment everyone will be counting down towards, of course, is the meeting of Kurapika and Chrollo – or at least their becoming aware of each other (or even one of them doing so). But I suspect it may be a while yet before that happens – I think he have multiple layers of preliminary skirmishes and machinations to go through before that major event.