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Hunter x Hunter 103 – Smoke on the Water

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That’s two music references in one! Your move, Hirohiko Araki.

You know, I’m enjoying all the crazy Nen stuff just a bit more by thinking of these powers as basically another form of the Stands in JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure. Cheetu’s power is basically what one might expect from one of the more unusual Stands in JoJo: Transported to a new reality, albeit one that is barely fleshed out and blatantly false (perhaps a cheeky way of showing Cheetu’s limited mastery of his power?), where the opponent is forced to accomplish some task within a certain time limit or suffer Dire Consequences. This also strikes me as a nod to the concept of Territory from Togashi’s earlier Yu Yu Hakusho, which itself was likely inspired by JoJo‘s Stands.

(A side note: I love that Cheetu’s Nen ability is so silly and simple. It reflects his character perfectly — something arbitrary and hastily built to take advantage of the one thing he can do well, which is be really fast. I also like that it’s tying in to this recent theme of games: the darts game with Killua, this game of tag, and of course the King playing his games against various masters.)

The way Morel approaches chipping away at Cheetu is so good. From the beginning, it’s clear that he means to wage psychological warfare on Cheetu, since he obviously isn’t quick enough to ever catch the Chimera Ant. Morel sees the color of this battle immediately: Cheetu means to play a game and isn’t clever enough to goad Morel into playing, so the best thing to do is to learn as much as he can and piss Cheetu off enough to provide a chance to strike. It’s particularly easy when Cheetu practically hands this opportunity to Morel on a silver platter. He thinks he’s being sneaky when he refuses to to tell Morel what will happen when the timer runs out, but he doesn’t realize the value of the information he willingly gave away moments before — information Morel inferred from his surroundings but didn’t know for certain. So now Morel knows not to switch off his Deep Purple power. Good work, silly!

Meanwhile, Morel gets to catch a few winks while Cheetu fumes a bit. A quick question: Is Knuckle’s power completely dispelled from Cheetu right now? It seems as if it is, but the way Morel and particularly Leol talk about it, it seems as if the work is still being done? That was slightly confusing to me.

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Hunter x Hunter and its disgusting moe pandering. How can this series be properly SERIOUS AND GRIMDARK with tears and puppies?!

Watching the parts with the Chimera Ant King playing new girl in this made-up game is funny to me, because I get the same feeling from that I do with actual games like Go and shogi and mahjong that I don’t know how to play due to my vast, sweeping ignorance of the world around me. This game makes as much sense to me as the others do, which is to say enough that I can tell when someone does really well because someone will be like, “OH FUCK THAT WAS A GOOD MOVE HOW DID THEY DO THAT.” For new girl’s sake, I hope the King isn’t a sore loser. The visuals seem to imply that him being pissed off about losing is what’s causing the storm, so that is not a good sign for her well-being. On the other hand, the narrator was like, “THIS GIRL WILL CHANGE THE KING IN WAYS HE DID NOT KNOW” so that’s something. Perhaps his change will be along the lines of “games are dumb lol” and he’ll stop trying to have fun. That would be a downer.

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By the way, is anyone else weirded by Devilman’s tiptoe walking? For whatever reason, seeing such a large dude walk around tiptoe is quite unnerving. He really creeps me out.

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8 Comments

  1. lapster
    Posted November 6, 2013 at 10:02 pm | Permalink

    I’d guess the Nen exorcist ant’s power is similar to the exorcist from Greed Island. He was stuck with the monster thing hanging on to him until he managed to catch the Bomber. Hirin probably has her belly swollen like that until APR is dispelled normally.

    • C
      Posted November 6, 2013 at 10:39 pm | Permalink

      This is correct. Hirin interesting enough is like Leol. They both have new names of their own choice. Hirin is now Hina while Hagya is now Leol.

  2. C
    Posted November 6, 2013 at 10:42 pm | Permalink

    Also on Cheetu. Despite his personality he is a conjurer which is honestly a bad match up for him.

    The guy is not very creative. If he had thought to put more conditions and limitations on his power it would be a lot better. Like maybe shortening the time limit and making it a rule that his opponent has to chase him.

  3. zleihsh
    Posted November 7, 2013 at 12:02 am | Permalink

    spoiler (somewhat)

    “Let me tell you why you lost, it’s because you’re stupid.”
    — Morel, Ch248.

    I remember that part crack me up every time I read it. LOL

  4. Gan_HOPE326
    Posted November 7, 2013 at 12:45 pm | Permalink

    We need an Anime All-Games Crossover Tournament. We need Meruem and Komugi and Hikaru Shindo and Akira Touya and Kaiji and Akagi and Keima Katsuragi and Yugi Muto to take part in it. And then see who wins.

    Also, Morel is awesome. I would like to go hang out for a beer with him and Meleoron and Knuckle. We would be the best bros since brohood was invented.

  5. kamen rider Dragon
    Posted November 8, 2013 at 6:11 am | Permalink

    The series still emphasizes that creativity is just as important in Nen. The ants have great potential for nen but some don’t know how to use it. Kastro was also someone who had potential but squandered it when he chose to focus on the wrong ability.

    I don’t know who told Cheetu, an 8 hour game of tag in a confined space was a good idea when it came to speed.

    • Gan_HOPE326
      Posted November 8, 2013 at 9:01 am | Permalink

      I imagine the scene going like this:

      POUF: so, we need to find a Nen ability that suits you. What can you do, what do you like?
      CHEETU: I liek running!
      POUF: …err, okay. That much we knew. A bit more specific…?
      CHEETU: I liek running REALLY FAST!
      POUF: Allright, allright. Running it is, so…
      CHEETU: I want a power where I run and they just can’t catch me and I win!
      POUF: Yeah, well, but that sounds a bit restricted, maybe you want to go for something more… flexible?
      CHEETU: I IZ TEH FASTEST IN TEH WORLD!
      POUF: Fine, fuck this, let’s just go for the good old game of tag in a pocket dimension. Happy?

  6. Friend_guy
    Posted November 8, 2013 at 9:35 pm | Permalink

    The girl kind of reminded me of a imouto type. She so foolish and seems dumb, and you can’t take her serious at all. Besides the imouto bit I’m pretty sure that’s how the king see’s her as such which is why he is getting mad he can’t beat her. Though that foolishness of hers makes her look cute.

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