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Hunter x Hunter 104 – Gamed by the Game Master

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One thing I am really enjoying about these recent episodes is how Morel and Knov are on top of everything. For as much as we’ve seen professional Hunters in this series, it’s been rare to see them not in the context of teaching Gon and Killua stuff. (Or being murderous/thieving bastards.) It’s neat to see two real pros in their element without having to account for the two boys. Morel picks apart Cheetu with simple observation, strategy and sneakiness. It’s quite fun to see someone be so cocky and devious when they can back it up.

Who among us didn’t cheer when Morel FIRED SHOTS at Cheetu. “You know why you lost? Because you’re an idiot.” THE TRUTH, IT BURNS. In some ways, it’s like a big bully picking on the littlest kid on the playground, but in this case, the little kid is totally asking for it. (Side note: I enjoyed the retro fake-out in the episode preview last week — there’s clearly blood when Cheetu stabs Morel through the chest in the preview, but in this episode, it’s gone because Cheetu actually stabs a smoke clone of Morel. As someone who dislikes it when previews get too spoilery, I love that the crew decided to fuck with the viewers a little bit.) Also, Cheetu must really be a fucking clueless idiot if he thinks Poofy Poof will give him yet another power just like that. Methinks he won’t be quite so forgiving of failure.

With Knov, it’s a little detail I truly enjoyed — we get the big explanation of his power, and when he goes into his dimensional room, he’s got water, energy drinks, and snacks for quick bursts of calories to keep up his energy further. It’s something the viewer might not consider, since it’s not exactly a crucial detail to make the story believable, but it’s a detail to show that Knov is prepared to play the long game with this plan. He aims to keep the Chimera Ants pinned and distracted as long as he can, and he’s properly prepared to do that. It’s something to further drive home how smart he is and how he can use his power in many ways to further the plan, even if it’s a small way.

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I totally thought Leol was flipping the camera off at first.

Nice to get a peek at Leol’s power. I always thought he had a loan shark look to him. Maybe that’s what he did as a human, and that’s why he can’t (or doesn’t want to?) remember his human past. Being a lion is WAY cooler than being a loan shark. Not totally sure how Leol plans to get the King to owe him a favor, though. Seems like he would be more likely to be decapitated for trying to give the King a hand with something, much less making it clear that this is a favor and Leol intends for it to be paid back. Wouldn’t his head be crushed on the spot for even suggesting that to the King? Not sure Leol has fully thought this through. In fact, if he believes this farfetched plan has a chance to succeed, he’s just lyin’ to himself.

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Then again, who cares about silly stuff like that when we have a WOLF AND LOBSTER TAG TEAM. Not gonna lie, it’s stuff like this that makes me enjoy this arc so much. The wolf looks like the classic cartoon wolf that howls and whistles when pretty ladies are around, except he has a hair metal mullet. And his partner is a lobster with googly eyes. God damn, Chimera Ants are weird.

P.S. Either the Chimera Ant King is taking his first steps to learning the Power of Love and Friendship, or he’s just getting addicted to games and will become a fat loser NEET soon.

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20 Comments

  1. gedata
    Posted November 13, 2013 at 8:05 pm | Permalink

    Morel has mastered the shadow-clone justsu

    • Shinmaru
      Posted November 14, 2013 at 10:27 pm | Permalink

      This just makes me wonder if Naruto has finally ended yet. It’s been a couple of months since I last read a chapter.

  2. C
    Posted November 13, 2013 at 8:56 pm | Permalink

    Werefin and Brovada even said that Leol was the only one who could not see how far the king and royal guards were above him.

    On Leol’s power it’s arguably better then Chrollo’s. It has much less restrictions and gaining powers and he can take the powers from his allies with out screwing them over in the long run. Allowing him to get more powers. It’s flaw is that he has to use them in short bursts.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted November 14, 2013 at 10:30 pm | Permalink

      They’re probably about even. Chrollo’s is much higher risk, but also with a much higher reward.

  3. Pusswookie
    Posted November 13, 2013 at 11:22 pm | Permalink

    Speaking of NEETs and such, I’d really love to see the King become a hardcore otaku and start drooling over Neferpitou because she’s a catgirl.

    • gedata
      Posted November 14, 2013 at 4:46 am | Permalink

      A king is to noble to pick up those filthy lifestyle choices of yours

      • Pusswookie
        Posted November 14, 2013 at 5:25 pm | Permalink

        Meruem’s been in an Asian country with nothing to do for god knows how long now and you think he hasn’t seen anime yet?
        Prove to me right now that Mary (I’m calling him Mary now) doesn’t have a slew of figurines, body pillows, and oppai mousepads in his private chambers; at the very least he probably owns a couple of Cell action figures.

        At any rate, Neferpitou is a pretty kitty and you know it.

      • gedata
        Posted November 14, 2013 at 8:16 pm | Permalink

        Milluki=/=Meruem
        and no is calling Pitou’s prettiness into question

      • Pusswookie
        Posted November 14, 2013 at 8:43 pm | Permalink

        I still hold on the Cell action figures. He has to have something to strive for.

      • Shinmaru
        Posted November 14, 2013 at 10:33 pm | Permalink

        The King has all figures of characters in game-related anime.

    • Friend_Guy
      Posted November 14, 2013 at 5:49 pm | Permalink

      Neferpitou is a boy. Sorry to bust your bubble on that. But that catgirl is a catboy, and we should all know to never judge a characters gender bases on appearance and voice.

      • Pusswookie
        Posted November 14, 2013 at 8:41 pm | Permalink

        Look man, I’m masturbating to it and that’s that.
        I’ve already accepted the risk; still, I think that they’ve altered Pitou into a girl in the anime.

      • Shinmaru
        Posted November 14, 2013 at 10:32 pm | Permalink

        Anime fans will fap to anything, so gender is a moot point.

      • Pusswookie
        Posted November 15, 2013 at 2:29 am | Permalink

        I hope that you aren’t lumping me in with everyone else just because I like a deadly pussy.

      • Dree
        Posted November 15, 2013 at 7:02 pm | Permalink

        Pitou is a girl at least in the anime. In the manga it’s unconfirmed.

  4. ShigyC
    Posted November 14, 2013 at 2:22 am | Permalink

    “One thing I am really enjoying about these recent episodes is how Morel and Knov are on top of everything.”

    Heh – the title for episode 106 is going to be “Knov x and x Morel”.

  5. Friend_Guy
    Posted November 14, 2013 at 5:46 pm | Permalink

    Yes the Chimera-ant king will soon learn Friendship is magic. Once he is swayed by this magical feeling I’m sure he will break out into song and dance.

  6. R1CK_D0M
    Posted November 14, 2013 at 7:09 pm | Permalink

    NOT A LOBSTER. A CRAYFISH

    • Shinmaru
      Posted November 14, 2013 at 10:34 pm | Permalink

      Going to keep calling it a lobster.

    • ShigyC
      Posted November 16, 2013 at 12:19 am | Permalink

      Its name is Bloster by (I think) the ViZ translation, so I’d say it’s a lobster.

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