Cryptic message but am guessing that it doesn't translate well. Guessing it means more like "We take and do not give".
Some type of criminal philosophy. In that vein their rare philanthropic acts aren't about giving back but carefully calculated so that people like Gin don't judge so much a karmic negative as to be worth destroying
I really don't think the Ryodan left that message because the Kuruta "took" something from them, but rather wanted to reassure the world that they will retaliate if anyone insults their philosophy by not following it. Then again, if the residents of Meteor City are really completely neutral, why launch an offensive on a secluded, peaceful clan that is essentially isolated from the rest of the world? I know the Spiders are bandits and they'll take what they want, but I remember reading somewhere in the manga that they won't bother people that don't get in their way. Either we're missing something that Togashi may later elaborate on or Chrollo REALLY liked those eyes enough to slaughter seemingly innocent people.
Exactly! How come Spiders left the message if the Kurata clan didn't take anything back from them? I think we are missing something.
But what keeps getting on my mind is the initial story with the wannabe-hunter girl. Was that just motivation or is it somewhat more important?
Maybe She's the girl who will end being Bunny? :O
But I also think there is a deeper meaning into the book and that girl.
Actually, my first thought about this girl was "we've seen her already in the main story". No idea why
People were worrying about the short story meaning the main story's hiatus taking longer, but never mind that, even a spinoff from Togashi is worth it.
The Spiders goes out of their way to avoid being identified with Meteor City (it's clearly not something you'd know without a thorough investigation) because their philosophy is clearly at odds with the apparent neutrality of Meteor City. There's obviously nothing neutral about the way the Spiders operate as a a group of people.
The Scarlet Eyes power-up was always implied to me, the only difference is that it was explicitly stated now. Kurapika's attack on Majitani clearly wasn't something that he could (or even would) usually do, and it was also implied that he held back as not to kill him. It was just always one of those things that we took for granted, to me.
I think that rather than especially avoiding being linked with MC, they're covering up traces of themselves, so that it'd be easier to operate within the shadows, which brings them the "phantom" name.