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Hunter x Hunter 101 – Golgoctopus? More Like BROCTOPUS

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If I don’t get at least one scene with my main Broctopus and Knuckle crying their eyes out together, then FUCKING DROPPED. Until then, Killua forming a buddy cop duo with Broctopus is more than acceptable. I just want more of this adorable little fella in my week-to-week life. Is that so much to ask?

For how much I have been enjoying this arc, it’s definitely been one where the founding concept of Nen and the abilities one gains from it has been stretched a bit. I don’t know what any of these monsters has sacrificed to get these crazy powers, not that it matters much in the grand scheme of things. (Though I suppose the catch of attaching the button to the person beforehand counts.) There probably must be a point where the audience just has to accept things on faith without the story going on some hours-long spiel about the specifics of using fish as darts or blowing up your farts. (Or maybe that one wasn’t even a Nen ability. Even if it were, I’d probably keep it under my hat, just because it’s inevitable you’d get into a dick-waving contest about Nen abilities and would have to tell everyone that your primary offensive option is a fart bomb. I suppose it is fairly offensive, however.)

Speaking of crazy preparation (I don’t think I was actually speaking of this, but never mind), do the Zoldycks really train everyone in the family in darts?? As international assassins, I guess they must be prepared for all sorts of situations, and knowing how to play darts would allow for one to blend in easier … wherever people would play darts. Hm. There must be some bar somewhere where they’d have to kill someone. Or maybe the act of throwing darts is training for throwing knives or some shit. Or maybe Killua’s family can all see into the future and knew Killua would one day run into a situation where knowing how to play darts and calculate scores properly would save his life. Yes. Let us go with that explanation.

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But whatever, that dart stuff led to Killua using an octopus tentacle as camouflage before behead a pair of fish people, so I certainly don’t give a shit where and when he became a dart savant. Maybe he played a lot of Deadly Premonition. It is the foremost darts simulation of our time, after all. Killua’s a gamer; he’s probably played it once or twice, at least. How could you not want to see it through upon starting it?

I do find it interesting, though, that Killua and Gon are retaining some element of humanity while still on this dangerous mission where it is kill or be killed. Part of Killua’s end of it is his confidence that he can defeat the enemies he’s aware of; that giant fish attacks Killua all cocky-like, but he destroys it with ease. However, it almost bites him in the butt when the fishy Ants get all sneaky sneaky and rope Killua into the darts game. But then it turns out that being friendly with the enemy is the right move, since our cephalopod friend saves Killua from death by bleeding a lot. In fairness, who doesn’t like octopi? They are cool. Haters to the left.

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Meanwhile, Gon cuts to the point, as he is wont to do. I like how he compartmentalizes his choices here. If Meleoron is telling the truth, and he really does want to ally with Gon, then they can be bestest buddies. If not, then Gon will know that this guy is a lying sack of shit and can rip him apart and drink the blood from his neck, or whatever freaky thing it is Gon plans to do when he kills him. Someone will be watching (aside from us, anyway) and will be intimidated. Either way, way to keep in touch with the human side while also giving the wild side some room to roam free! Gon, you are one crazy child.

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P.S. Netero looks PISSED. Is he finally going to do something?!

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21 Comments

  1. Silverbeard
    Posted October 22, 2013 at 11:49 pm | Permalink

    >Is that so much to ask?

    Nah, not at all.

  2. Fumoffu!!
    Posted October 23, 2013 at 12:20 am | Permalink

    I did think to myself that their power seemed rather too powerful, and I would have thought that the complications (or rituals etc.) would have to be much more extensive. Oh well. They aren’t even dead, they’ve just lost their heads.

    • C
      Posted October 23, 2013 at 4:40 am | Permalink

      They can survive like that for a day. However given that they can talk telepathically and their are tons of other Leol squad members around they will easily be able to get help before they die.

  3. Lanf
    Posted October 23, 2013 at 1:11 am | Permalink

    This is Hunter X Hunter, don’t get too attached to him, man. I’d wager broctopus is dead within 3 episodes if not the next one. I wouldn’t even be surprised if he sacrifices his life to save Killua. If Ponzu died, anyone outside of the main cast can. IT’S NOT LIKE I WANT TO BE THIS HEARTLESS.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted October 23, 2013 at 6:01 am | Permalink

      BUT HE’S JUST SO ADORABLE ;______;

    • Posted October 24, 2013 at 4:09 am | Permalink

      Bringing up past feels, man.

      Fellow Attack on Titan fans who constantly bring up character deaths have obviously never read/watched this series; the passings are often far more cold and heartbreaking and done far more well in my opinion.

  4. C
    Posted October 23, 2013 at 4:46 am | Permalink

    The limits and conditions of the Ortho siblings ability was pointed out pretty well.

    Condition one: The sister’s conjured badge must be attached to the enemy. Which can be hard if they don’t have back up or tiny creatures to attach it for them.

    Condition Two: When the Brother is playing the game he has to win at darts. If he screws up the shot that ends the game the damage their opponent has taken so far is healed and transferred over to them.

    It’s a powerful but risky ability. Added on The Siblings need each other for the power to work as it runs on two peoples Nen the limits of what they can do are increased.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted October 23, 2013 at 5:59 am | Permalink

      True, probably not the best time to gripe about Nen and such. I’m not all that rankled about it, anyway.

  5. il-Palazzo
    Posted October 23, 2013 at 8:02 am | Permalink

    Ikalgo X Ika Musume doujin nao

    • Posted October 24, 2013 at 4:10 am | Permalink

      That’d be a goddamn perfect stereotypical hentai XD

    • lel
      Posted October 24, 2013 at 3:13 pm | Permalink

      You monster.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted October 24, 2013 at 7:04 pm | Permalink

      fap fap fap

  6. Pusswookie
    Posted October 23, 2013 at 10:27 am | Permalink

    If you pronounce the Bro part of Broctopus, then it sounds like Broke-da-puss.

    Just thought you should know.

    • Posted October 24, 2013 at 4:00 am | Permalink

      Sounds like it would be Ikalgo’s stage name in a porno or something of the sort.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted October 24, 2013 at 7:04 pm | Permalink

      I can fix you.

  7. Canary Paint
    Posted October 23, 2013 at 9:33 pm | Permalink

    The super-exotic nen ability of the siblings and Killua’s knowledge of darts was, I think, the biggest stretch I have seen in Hunter. Nen powers are usually better explained. For example, Kurapika’s powers despite his newness to nen are totally justified. And how do they end up being siblings… Every ant pooped out of the same ant are siblings. I guess they must have actually been siblings when they were human.

    Any annoyance I might have over spontaneous dart knowledge and unjustifiable nen usage is totally forgotten by the time we get to the conversation between Gon and the chameleon thing. I have not seen such a great illustration of Gon’s strange personality since he was willing to lose an arm to prove a point to himself in the Greed Island arc. He has a direct and somehow innocent approach to reasoning in everything even aggression. It is interesting and sort of frightening.

    And Broctopus… Kind of fun to see ants with individual motivations so that some of them are occasionally not total douches… This is believable to me. Broctopus simply notices that with other ants he has to be constantly concerned with being ant cool, fulfilling ant food quotas, not being eaten by other ants, etc. Suddenly, Killua simply likes his style. Voila…

    Good episode!

    • kamen rider Dragon
      Posted October 24, 2013 at 5:40 am | Permalink

      The siblings thing might be them doing that themselves. Killua’s knowledge seems very in line with him. Killua has shown to have a wide range of knowledge based on his assassin training.

      And the darts power aren’t that big of a stretch considering their powers work in conjunction with each other. And the badge has to be placed on the target.

      • Canary Paint
        Posted October 24, 2013 at 8:27 pm | Permalink

        Let me qualify my use of the word “annoyance.” For this show, it means infinitesimally less satisfied than most other episodes. Let’s get this clear right now. I have not been disappointed with even one of these hundred or so episodes, which is pretty incredible.

        When you lay out their powers like that, it makes sense. I think I have bad guy annoyance that the ants seem to have crazy powers after a few weeks as compared to our heroes who have to go through all this training and combat to develop theirs. Then again, we don’t see what the ants do when they are not fighting our heroes. For all we know, they line up a thousand captured humans and do nen stuff to each one until they develop a power. Furthermore, I was plenty willing to believe Cat Girl’s super powerful evilness from the moment she was born. Maybe I was grouchy when I watched this episode. Cheers.

      • Jaysus
        Posted October 25, 2013 at 4:00 am | Permalink

        They’ve already mentioned that Pouf is able to determine and drill into the ants their best suited nen abilities. So, the fact that these guys have overpowered nen powers isn’t too far of a stretch if they’ve been trained by Pouf.

    • Xvenger
      Posted October 24, 2013 at 6:44 pm | Permalink

      kinda funny how you feel that way when I think it is one of the most well thought out nen powers actually which i love. If there’s one that’s kinda a stretch it would be the people who made Greed Island or anyone that has the specialist category since it’s kinda hard to gauge their limits.

      If I had to speculate on it, the darts power is made of conjuring. Remember it takes two people to even use this skill so that’s already a downside. The conditions aside from that are 1. the badge must be placed 2. there must be trust meaning there can’t be a shred of doubt from the sister 3. they miss that final dart and they’re screwed. The fishdarts dont exist until a dart hits the board meaning that all the fishdarts are already in your skin (about to pierce further in) before you even know it. It was all quite ingenious really since I could not see any way for Killua to get out of it unless if Ikalgo intervened on the siblings. But what Killua figured out instead was pretty mindblowing.

      As for Killua’s knowledge about darts…I can’t be the only one who’s watched the movie Daredevil where there was an assassin named Bullseye who threw darts/projectiles to kill. How is it so hard to see assassins using darts to train while people completely accept ninjas throwing shurikens at a target which is essentially the same thing?

      • Shinmaru
        Posted October 24, 2013 at 7:05 pm | Permalink

        Haha, well, this is stuff that bothers me only slightly, definitely not enough for me to feel any ill will toward the show itself. It’s mostly something for me to joke about a bit.

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