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Hunter x Hunter 100 – Golgoctopus 13

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Man, what the FUCK.

Episode 100 of Hunter x Hunter! Fun times and great for Madhouse to get to this point. I’ve followed series for 100+ episodes before (Dragon Ball Z, Pokemon, Yu-Gi-Oh! I think), but this is the first time in a LONG ass time I’ve done it. It’s particularly astonishing now because I have less time on my hands and more things vying for said limited time, so I’m a bit more cutthroat about cutting stuff that’s not connecting with me. (I dropped Space Brothers a while ago. I bet it’s had one or two good stretches since then, but it’s not worth it anymore!!) So something keeping my interest for 100 episodes — much less getting exponentially better over time like Hunter x Hunter has — is astonishing.

What I’m saying is FOUR MORE YEARS FOUR MORE YEARS I am down for 100 more episodes!! (Or however many it takes to get to the point where Togashi has kept the manga on auto-delay.)

This episode features more of the type of fighting I hoped for from the Chimera Ant arc. We’ve got the Ants cleverly teaming up and putting Killua in a tough situation with a nice twist on the spotter-sniper relationship with the flying guy (Flutter, I guess he’s called?) and the octopus inhabiting a human body. (I am not even sure how this works, nor am I certain I want to know how this works.) I always enjoy those scenes in movies and whatnot where a person or a group of people have to suss out the location of a sniper and take them out, so I definitely liked the process of Killua avoiding the shots and then taking that one on the head to figure out the exact location and angle of the shot.

It’s also a nice way to demonstrate how far Killua has come — obviously when he had the needle in his brain, there’s no way he would be able to execute this plan, because he would be too afraid to do so. Fleas causing more bleeding than normal because they stop the clotting process? Old Killua would get the hell out of there and try desperately to find some way to halt the bleeding. New Killua understands that these two will keep on him no matter what, so his best option is to take a chance, find out where the sniper is and take ‘em out. A good, fun fight with some nice sakuga from Killua in the skirmish beforehand! Low-level ants should know not to pick fights with little boys who have the power of sakuga on their side.

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Also, fart bombs. Definitely what I desired most in the Chimera Ant arc. This episode clearly proves that Jim Carrey was a Chimera Ant all along. Nobody with a face that weird and stretchy could be a human!

With Gon, I laughed at how trusting he is of Meleoron. I imagine Gon will still keep an eye on him, because it would be silly if he didn’t, but I’m interested to see what Meleoron’s game is. It’s been clearly shown that the Chimera Ants have enough humanity in them that they’re not automatically loyal to the King. They’re looking out for themselves if they see opportunities. I’m guessing throwing the bat and owl and Gon is Meleoron’s way of testing Gon’s power before coming to him and striking a deal. He asks if Gon is going after the King, because Meleoron is probably interested in taking the King out himself (or getting people to do it for him). He seems like a guy who would know about the King’s temperament regarding other Ants, so he probably figures it will be a bit less dangerous out in the world for him in particular if the King is taken out and it’s shown that he helped play a part in it, which may get him some play with the Hunters in the world and let him off the hook as far as getting killed.

I’d say don’t completely trust the guy, but it’s worth it to see what exactly he’s aiming for.

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13 Comments

  1. Gunslinger
    Posted October 16, 2013 at 7:05 pm | Permalink

    Basketballigator and now Golgoctopus. I love this show and this blog

    • Shinmaru
      Posted October 18, 2013 at 6:31 pm | Permalink

      I try my best!

  2. Posted October 16, 2013 at 8:38 pm | Permalink

    It’s going to get weirder with the octopus guy, in a highly unexpected way.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted October 18, 2013 at 6:33 pm | Permalink

      Looking forward to it!

  3. Posted October 16, 2013 at 11:15 pm | Permalink

    And you know what? It gets better.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted October 18, 2013 at 6:34 pm | Permalink

      I wondered where you were.

  4. C
    Posted October 17, 2013 at 3:52 am | Permalink

    Killua vs Flutter and the Flutter Corps is still a very entertaining fight.

    • Pusswookie
      Posted October 17, 2013 at 1:56 pm | Permalink

      “The Flutter Corps”
      lol
      Killua is definitely fucked.

      • Shinmaru
        Posted October 18, 2013 at 6:35 pm | Permalink

        Killua might be getting a bit Flutter shy.

  5. Someone Else
    Posted October 18, 2013 at 12:42 pm | Permalink

    100 episodes and still blogging only shows that HxH is just that good. I just hope you keep on blogging it.

    Well as much as I actually feel the fighting feels like a huge drag, I do like Killua’s battles. Certainly what makes them stand out is that he has a non-straightforward tactics and can eventually surprise you more often, combined with the fact that Killua seems weak, Nen wise, compared to Gon. Gon on the other hand is just obvious that he wants to take out those ants and kind makes things a bit boring to watch.

    Still I’m not fond of these battles as they seem to be just delays for the exciting parts. Killua’s psychological struggles makes him a way better protagonist and makes the fights bearable

    But I’m not saying I don’t like the arc entirely, just the battles really since I find it really wise that Togashi used Ants as the enemies since this allows a larger creativity on how they can use Nen. Like fart bombs for example, it’s funny how you wouldn’t expect an arc as serious as this can actually be this weird and funny

    Anyways maybe I just don’t like Gon because we rarely hear him about his thoughts on certain matters, he seems naive but I doubt that. Considering how it makes you wonder what the hell is he thinking when he says he believed Meleoron.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted October 18, 2013 at 6:43 pm | Permalink

      I wrote about this before (I think), but the battles have been slightly rough for me in this arc because of a couple of things: 1) One party almost always completely overpowers the other, and 2) The battles are all necessarily life-or-death situations.

      The first point didn’t matter much in the beginning of the series, because Gon and Killua always had reasonable goals. When Gon fought Hisoka at Heavens Arena, he just wanted to get one solid punch in and prove to Hisoka that he could stand up to him. That gave the fight an interesting tension it would not have otherwise enjoyed, because, of course, Hisoka could curbstomp Nen rookie Gon any time he pleases.

      With Kurapika versus the Spiders, Kurapika’s power basically made them the fights even battles despite the fact that the Spiders are probably ahead of Kurapika in terms of pure Nen mastery. So the fight between Kurapika and Uvogin is fun to watch because they’re fighting as equals.

      Here, though, Gon and Killua are far stronger than many of the Ants, but the Ants that are stronger than them are WAY stronger. The fact that this is life-or-death means that there aren’t any smaller goals to achieve, but Gon and Killua haven’t yet been in many situations where it’s reasonably possible either could die. (The closest is probably Killua’s fight against Rammot since obviously neither Gon nor Killua would die in the first encounter with Neferpitou.) Hopefully as we get closer to conflicts with these more powerful Chimera Ants, the tension in battle that the arc has mostly lacked will return.

  6. Someone Else
    Posted October 19, 2013 at 6:38 am | Permalink

    That’s it! It’s the tension that made the pre-chimera ant arc battles that made things exciting was missing between the fights in this arc. I guess it kind of leaves them no room for this since usually those kinds of fight is only possible when you can keep your foe alive, but in case of the ants you have to kill them for being too dangerous

  7. Posted October 20, 2013 at 9:25 am | Permalink

    A hundred episodes. I was already more than amazed that the show got another run at a TV series when it was first announced. But being a long time fan and seeing this series just get better and better is a dream come true. Another great dream would be to see the manga dragged out of limbo.

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