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Hunter x Hunter 114 – Riding the Dragon

hunter-x-hunter-riding-the-dragonLet’s all take a moment and appreciate how fucking metal this image is. It’s a Chimera Ant King and the world’s strongest martial artist riding a Nen dragon to their battleground. Everything about this is incredible.

So much emotion in this episode! First we’ve got Gon and Killua heading straight toward Neferpitou. Who knows how much innocence is left in either after this whole ordeal, but surely what is left will be shredded after this battle with Neferpitou. I don’t see any way this comes to a peaceful conclusion. Pitou fucked up Kite beyond all repair, so I don’t think Gon and Killua are in a particularly forgiving mood, and she’s damn sure going to hit Gon and Killua with all she can to prevent them from helping out against the King. This is a blood feud. Killua has been a killer all his life, but Gon has mostly been spared from all that grim business. I also don’t think he’ll let Killua step in and kill Neferpitou should it come to that. He’ll do it himself, and he’ll cross that line himself.

Gon has always been messed up and crazy in his own way, but how much would this change him? Gon’s been intense in the past for sure; however, that dead, fearsome look in his eyes seems more frequent now. He’s focused on just one thing now: taking out Neferpitou. What about afterward? Can he go back to being a happy, normal kid? Or has any chance of that been obliterated?

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The first episode of this series seems so far away now. Let’s hope Mito never sees this look from Gon.

On the other side, Shoot fighting valiantly to keep Youpi distracted while Knuckle gets increasingly mad that he can’t join in. I’m shocked Knuckle lasted as long as he did, really. (Though it was funny to see that so much shit has gone on in like 10 seconds. The show is definitely playing with time by cutting between scenes and giving the audience enough contextual clues to piece together the timeline, but that’s still pretty crazy! I bet Togashi cackled to himself as he constructed this. I assume that this will lead to Final Fantasy VIII-style time compression.) Poor guy is too hot-blooded for his own good. The tactical advantage of teaming Knuckle and Meleoron is pretty clear — Knuckle’s power can cash in on Nen without the recipient even noticing — but of everyone save perhaps Gon, Knuckle has the least patience. I don’t think anyone expected him to sit back and watch while his partner gets destroyed, even if it’s to his benefit to stay hidden as long as possible. (Though, to be fair, at this rate there probably wasn’t much time remaining before those benefits disappeared.)

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But at least Knuckle didn’t interfere before we got this. Shoot’s suffering leads to such splendid art. He could really go to work for himself if he makes it out of this crazy mess. Someone really should make a legit canvas painting of this scene. I bet it would look crazy awesome, and I’d pay top dollar for it. TOP DOLLAR.

The time really puts into perspective just how strong these Royal Guard folks are. I’m not sure how much time has passed yet. In the comments of the last post, I think someone mentioned that the end of the previous episode marked a little more than 18 seconds since the attack started. So let’s say 30 seconds at most have passed. (I’m probably overestimating.) Shoot is on the verge of death, and he has been rushing the shit out of Youpi. Just fists and tentacles beating the everloving hell out of each other. And one light slap from Youpi is almost enough to negate Knuckle’s Nen power entirely. Shit’s scary, man.

BUT WHO CARES BECAUSE HOT-BLOODED FRIEND WANTS TO SAVE HIS BUDDY, YEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH. It’s probably the smart play considering how dire the situation is now, but it’s also the most FUCK YEAH play, and obviously that wins out.

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Ikalgo’s gonna have some problems soon, too. It’s kind of funny to see our wolf and lobster friends be like detectives and sniff out weird things using what Ikalgo is saying and such. Would you not watch a TV series featuring a giant wolf and lobster as extremely thorough, logical detectives? Everyone thinks they’re horrible, ravenous creatures, but it’s their higher thinking that cracks the case. Someone help me fund this. If Ikalgo has two ants going after him, he’s in trouble, though something tells me Welfin will stay back until he can see what’s going on and if there are extra powers he needs to be aware of. 2-on-1 seems like a great advantage, but everyone knows that knowledge is the greater advantage. Unless you don’t know that, then it’s not much of an advantage.

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20 Comments

  1. blackice85
    Posted January 29, 2014 at 9:53 pm | Permalink

    I don’t know if you’ve heard, but there’s some sad news. Nagai Ichirou, the seiyu for Netero, passed away Monday.

    • Pusswookie
      Posted January 30, 2014 at 4:11 am | Permalink

      So is The King just gonna be talking to himself for the next few episodes…?

      • Cirith
        Posted January 30, 2014 at 11:20 am | Permalink

        It’s quite possible that they already recorded his dialog for upcoming episodes.

      • kamen rider Dragon
        Posted January 31, 2014 at 12:04 am | Permalink

        Doubt they got him for every episode he’s in. Voice recording for anime is not all the far ahead.

    • Ana
      Posted January 30, 2014 at 1:52 pm | Permalink

      Oh my god. That’s terrible. Rest in peace. ;~;

    • Shinmaru
      Posted January 31, 2014 at 7:34 pm | Permalink

      Yeah, I’d heard about it before and should have mentioned it here. Sad news.

      I’m not entirely sure how far in advance they recorded voice work, but they’ll probably run out eventually. They’ll likely get someone who can replicate it as best they can.

  2. Posted January 29, 2014 at 10:23 pm | Permalink

    I’d rather watch an alternate universe spinoff with Knuckle and Ikalgo as juvenile delinquent bros, something like Otokojuku or Shonan Junai Gumi.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted January 31, 2014 at 7:35 pm | Permalink

      That would be fun, too.

  3. gedata
    Posted January 29, 2014 at 11:49 pm | Permalink

    Does Ikalgo’s nen ability get rid of the stench of dead folks? Can’t remember. Would be awfully suspicious if Flutter was waltzing around all wingless and smelly.

  4. Pusswookie
    Posted January 30, 2014 at 4:13 am | Permalink

    “Paint me like one of your French girls”

  5. Kenjeran
    Posted January 30, 2014 at 7:39 pm | Permalink

    Shoot looked like Kite in that shot.

    Hey Shin, you may commission me if you want that painting of Shoot. I’m quite an artist you know =P

  6. Canary Paint
    Posted January 30, 2014 at 7:52 pm | Permalink

    At this point, there is not a single protagonist whose death won’t make me sad except for Killua’s grandpa. The clock is ticking for somebody or somebodies.

    And when is weird girl coming back into this story? What’s her name? Palm, right?

    And Gon… I have not been able to think of him as an innocent kid since he lost arm just to prove a point. I think whatever happens to him, he will compartmentalize some part of himself that carefree that he shows to the world as he is constantly beoming a badder and badder ass.

    Can someone like Hisoka (that was perv guy’s name, right?) even be relevant after the ant war? I guess he could be a one episode entertainment after all this when he tries to act all superior and horny at some point and gets his jaw knocked completely off.

    I need to redundantly say it again. This show is amazing.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted January 31, 2014 at 12:49 am | Permalink

      Ikalgo is searching for Palm, so if she’s still alive he’ll find her.

      To be fair to Hisoka, we never saw him fight at full strength, so who knows what he’s truly capable of! He was pretty eager to challenge Netero way back when and was confident he could hang with Chrollo Lucifer. He’s probably close to Royal Guard levels, at least.

      • C
        Posted January 31, 2014 at 8:00 am | Permalink

        I doubt that given what your going to see of the Royal Guard soon.

  7. Conchur
    Posted January 30, 2014 at 9:43 pm | Permalink

    So I am the only one who hasn’t caved and read the manga? Not trying to insight a spoiler-fest or anything just curious.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted January 31, 2014 at 7:36 pm | Permalink

      Probably not, but I have stayed away. Reading JoJo has probably helped with that. I can only handle one big manga at a time!

      (For those who are curious, I have three volumes left in Steel Ball Run. I’ll finish it next week.)

  8. Conchur
    Posted January 30, 2014 at 9:44 pm | Permalink

    * has caved

  9. Posted January 30, 2014 at 10:24 pm | Permalink

    DRAGON DRAGON ROCK THE DRAGON

  10. Langer
    Posted January 31, 2014 at 12:40 am | Permalink

    Better yet…Lobster vs Wolf, Detective vs Criminal, Hard Boiled vs Lupine III

    • Shinmaru
      Posted January 31, 2014 at 12:45 am | Permalink

      That pun wins my Comment of the Day award. Congratulations!

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