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Hunter x Hunter 108 – The King of Moe


What is happening to you? You’re finally giving yourself over to the power of moe, King. Komugi is your waifu. Nobody else may claim.

Jesting aside, I love how the King’s slow change of heart has been handled. It’s like a hard swing has already taken place, but the last one to realize it is the King himself because he’s literally never felt this sort of thing before, so he has no idea how to reconcile it. His display of power in front of his minions strikes me as how he believes he is logically supposed to act, think and feel. “I am the King, so my power is the greatest!” The King acknowledges the strength in others, but because his strength leads to physical domination of others that has tangible results around the world. The King can look down and see his power at work. Is not a King supposed to have dominion?

Komugi’s power? She gets to be good at board games. A King can acknowledge it, but should he respect it, especially in comparison to his own power? But what the King thinks in his mind and feels in his heart are totally different. In competition, the King sees Komugi’s worth as a person, even though she is someone he would normally look down upon as weak and fragile. It’s a battle between the personal and impersonal — seeing people up close versus viewing them from afar. Before now, humans had been an abstract notion to the King. He was born to rule because he was born powerful, so he should exert his power. He didn’t need to think about it, because nobody posited a reason to do any thinking. Why mull over something that is so obvious from the time of birth?

Then his heart turned into gooey chocolate because Komugi is so good at Gungi. D’aww.


Meanwhile, Poufy Pouf is freaking out because the King is all moe about SOME GIRL and is changing. He’s going to become some hippie feminist environmentalist and won’t be concerned with being the most dominant alpha male ruler of everything forever. My tears, they flow like twin waterfalls! I suppose I can sort of feel his despair, though. Literally his only reason for existence is to protect the King so that he will fulfill his destiny as the ruler of all existence. If the King does not fulfill that destiny, then why the hell does ol’ Poufy even exist? Everyone loves an existential crisis, yes?

Seems as if all the Royal Guard might go rogue to some extent eventually. Like, they all are devoted to the King and have his protection in mind, but there’s also something undermining their actions. Well, maybe not Youpi … yet. There hasn’t been too much on that end so far. He seems the most straightforward of the trio so far. It does seem significant that he is the one to notice odd behavior from both Pouf and Neferpitou. Neither of those two seems likely to betray the King at all, but he might be put in danger if they actions due to some desire within themselves. Neferpitou wants to fight Morel because he’s strong. There’s the hope that he will come, but will Pitou be proactive in seeking that fight if that’s what it takes to engage Morel in battle? And Pouf is in the midst of his crisis about the King’s place in the world and possibly shifting views. He’s by far the most unstable of the trio, at least from what we have seen thus far. (Maybe Youpi is also batfuck crazy and has mostly hid it. I have no idea.)

Of everything that’s going on, the small fractures in the Royal Guard are what’s most likely to allow the Hunters’ plan to assassinate the King to have even a remote chance of success. Maybe they regroup and are able to defend the King successfully. Maybe not. I think it would be funniest if they tried to keep a tight ring around the King while he’s playing Gungi, but he gets pissed off and throws them all out of the room.

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  1. Posted December 11, 2013 at 9:39 pm | Permalink

    Pouf is like that gay friend who secretly is in love with you but it can never be because sickly moe girls are unbeatable.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted December 13, 2013 at 6:42 pm | Permalink

      Stupid sick moe girls!

  2. C
    Posted December 11, 2013 at 9:57 pm | Permalink

    As I posted somewhere else.

    This episode really highlighted the difference between the royal guards in regards to the King.

    Youpi is a simple person and a follower who does not have too many opinions. As shown by the fact that he did not think he could give the King an answer to the Kings question about his name.

    Pouf is mentally unstable and has a view of what the King should be and if the King stops being like his Ideal he goes crazy. He does not care about the King as a person as shown by him thinking the King should not have a name and being the only one sad when he thought the King was going to show regret.

    Pitou meanwhile seems to care more about the King as a person as shown by her opinion that the Kings feelings are the most important and if he wants a name he should chose one that he likes for himself.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted December 13, 2013 at 6:44 pm | Permalink

      Interesting points!

  3. fathomlessblue
    Posted December 11, 2013 at 10:17 pm | Permalink

    Of all the things I was expecting from Hunter X Hunter, a blatant homage to Osamu Dezaki wasn’t particularly high on the list. The scene of poor Shaiapouf weeping over the king was like something straight out of Rose of Versailles or Dear Brother, what with the dramatic music and pastel freeze frames. I’m just waiting for the backstory episode to reveal he was originally a 1970’s teenage girl at an elite European-style school, who spent all those summer nights just praying that sempai would finally notice her. Where’s that movie spin-off?

    • Posted December 12, 2013 at 9:32 am | Permalink

      Rose of Versailles, eh? *looks him up*

      Well he certainly has a great track record DAMN HE WAS THE ANIMATION DIRECTOR OF FROSTY THE SNOWMAN? I certainly didn’t expect such a huge black sheep in the midst of his career.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted December 13, 2013 at 6:46 pm | Permalink

      Everyone pays tribute to Osamu Dezaki, though!

  4. R1CK_D0M
    Posted December 11, 2013 at 10:24 pm | Permalink

    Yeah Youpi is kind of hard to predict because he’s basically been potatoing around the palace this entire time.

    Where’s my Komugi no Gungi cartoon?

    • Shinmaru
      Posted December 13, 2013 at 7:11 pm | Permalink

      Someday, it will happen. Someday.

  5. ApplePies
    Posted December 11, 2013 at 10:46 pm | Permalink

    Hope this isn’t considered a spoiler but as the arc goes on Youpi probably gets some of best character development of the Royal Guards. And considering how well developed all three of them are it’s kind of saying something.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted December 13, 2013 at 7:13 pm | Permalink

      Nah, that’s not really a spoiler, but I do prefer to keep that sort of thing limited. (Not that I haven’t been guilty of it in the past, myself …)

  6. Gunslinger
    Posted December 12, 2013 at 3:27 am | Permalink

    Shia Le-Pouf is such a drama queen. And seriously though, Togashi has managed to create a love story infinitely better than most of the crap that gets shoved in our faces these days in the name of romance. Is there anything this guy can’t do?

    • Pusswookie
      Posted December 12, 2013 at 3:36 am | Permalink

      Draw, publish consistently, or clean his room.

    • Jaysus
      Posted December 12, 2013 at 5:35 am | Permalink


    • Ana
      Posted December 13, 2013 at 8:33 pm | Permalink

      I agree. Best love story of all time, hands down. Jane Austen got nothing on moe gungi-players melting hearts with the power of snot.

  7. il-Palazzo
    Posted December 12, 2013 at 3:38 am | Permalink

    Silly King thinks brute force is the best kind of power, the only power worthwhile to have. He hasn’t yet realize the invincible power of moe.

    But I have to admit, he is truly supreme. He doesn’t even know how important moe is yet he got more and more moe by the minute. Surely, this is a creature born to rule.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted December 13, 2013 at 7:16 pm | Permalink

      Indeed, only a true master of the moe can be so moe without realizing it, or even knowing what moe is.

  8. Posted December 12, 2013 at 12:43 pm | Permalink

    Not sure if FABULOUS or just plain gay.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted December 13, 2013 at 7:17 pm | Permalink

      Either one is fine with me.

    • Danger
      Posted December 14, 2013 at 5:46 pm | Permalink

      He’s KING-sexual.

  9. Posted December 20, 2013 at 2:39 pm | Permalink

    Aw, this was a really good post. Taking a few minutes and
    actual effort to make a really good article… but what can I
    say… I procrastinate a lot and never seem to get nearly anything done.

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