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Hunter x Hunter 115 – Those Angry Eyes

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Hey there, Gon! You look pretty happy to see Neferpitou.

It’ll be interesting to see how Gon and Killua react to Neferpitou patching up Komugi. Will they rush Neferpitou right away? Will they let her stay at work? Will Gon try to curbstomp Neferpitou and Killua attempt to hold him back? Without even fighting there’s already an interesting conflict: Gon’s overwhelming desire for revenge vs. his humanity and kindness. Gon will absolutely kick your shit in if you deserve, but will he trample over an innocent life to do that? We’ve already seen Netero and Zeno soften slightly toward the King due to Komugi (with Zeno dropping out of this nonsense completely because of it, it looks like). Will Gon soften toward Neferpitou at all?

I can’t imagine a scenario where Gon just lets Neferpitou go to do her thing wherever. She’s just done way too much shit to get any sort of mercy should Gon and Killua find a way to defeat her. (Not that I think either Gon or Killua is going to die here, but Hunter x Hunter has certainly defied convention in the past, so a traditional victory isn’t a given, I’d say.) But this is the moment Gon and Killua’s recent development has been building to, yes? Killua is afraid his beloved friend will step over the horizon and never return. Whatever Gon’s craziness level has been, he’s never harmed an innocent person. But maybe he’s just too damn crazy now. We’ll see.

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Meanwhile, Welfin continues his transformation into a Game of Thrones character with all his suspicion and plotting, even though the world is going to hell around him. It’s quite funny in a way: He’s obsessed with gaining power and getting his even though all that seems rather worthless right now. The King is getting attacked, the Royal Guard is being attacked, and their plan might not get started. The kingdom could be dead before it becomes a kingdom at all. And yet here Welfin is concerned about how to secure his foothold in the power structure.

To continue the Game of Thrones comparison, Welfin is like Cersei Lannister (specifically A Feast for Crows-era Cersei) in that he’s so skeptical that it barrels into full-on paranoia. He sees plots everywhere because the world revolves around him and his desire to gain power. Bloster is going after Ikalgo. Who knows how that matchup will turn out? But if Welfin and Bloster attacked Ikalgo together, then the little guy probably wouldn’t have much of a chance (especially since Welfin and Bloster seem to both be equipped with medium-to-long range weapons). But because Welfin sees Bloster and doesn’t know for sure what his game is, he freezes up and decides to go elsewhere. His paranoia may be leaving him alive for now, but it’s closing doors for him, as well. He’s waiting for that perfect opportunity to swoop in and claim a victory for his own to better himself in the eyes of his superiors. (To compare this to something else totally different that I’m watching right now, it’s like the Empire’s admirals in Legend of the Galactic Heroes all chomping at the bit to jump into battle and wreck shit so that they can impress Reinhard and get promoted.)

I also love Hunter x Hunter taking a silly ass idea like missiles that explode when you answer a question untruthfully and making it into a legit power. It sounds like it wouldn’t be all that practical — obviously it’s not going to hurt you if you answer truthfully, so I suppose Welfin would have to phrase his questions in such a way to guarantee the missiles would go off. But I’m sure there’s a way to make it dangerous. I love stuff like Hunter x Hunter and JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure that takes powers that sound utterly stupid on paper and find ways to make them truly dangerous.

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Also dangerous: This fucking elevator. What the hell?! So if you gain or lose a ton of weight here, does that mean you can never use this elevator or it will kill you? That’s a paranoid elevator! It is the Welfin of elevators. One more thing: Never noticed before now, but is Welfin wearing a thong?! Whatever floats your boat, friend, I won’t judge …

This is getting a bit wordy for me, but I can’t close without bringing up the continued battle between Youpi and Knuckle. Not too much happens this week other than some stalling and some hilarious censorship via convenient camera placement, but the part where Shoot is willing himself to stay alive and keep in the fight while Meleoron tears himself away so that he can help out elsewhere is pretty damn affecting. Shoot is too moe now. :(

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13 Comments

  1. Ryo
    Posted February 5, 2014 at 10:43 pm | Permalink

    As a general enquiry: are you reading, or have you read, Viz’s translation of the manga of these scenes, or scenes closely behind them? I ask because you use “Bloster”–used by Viz in its manga–instead of the “Brovada” that Crunchyroll uses.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted February 5, 2014 at 11:35 pm | Permalink

      Ah, nope! I haven’t read any of the manga. I forgot his name and looked it up on My Anime List, which has it listed as “Bloster.”

      • Gan_HOPE326
        Posted February 6, 2014 at 12:13 am | Permalink

        And there I thought Bloster was a clever contraction of Bro+Lobster.

        Oh, well, he’s not much of a bro himself. But looks awesome, so maybe he could be.

  2. C
    Posted February 5, 2014 at 11:24 pm | Permalink

    Next week is possibly my favorite scene in the series. I can bearly wait.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted February 5, 2014 at 11:36 pm | Permalink

      Excitement!

  3. Chris
    Posted February 6, 2014 at 12:34 pm | Permalink

    I think Zeno dropped out because his only job was to help separate the King from the Royal Guard. After all he is just a hired gun. If he left because of his emotions it would ruin his family’s reputation.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted February 6, 2014 at 4:18 pm | Permalink

      Wouldn’t necessarily have to be due to his emotions. His attack hurt an innocent person — Komugi — and that could arguably be worse for his reputation. I’d bet the Zoldycks pride themselves on getting the target and only the target, with no collateral damage.

    • Ana
      Posted February 7, 2014 at 2:06 pm | Permalink

      Yeah that’s why he dropped out, he was just hired for the dragon dive and that’s it.

    • gedata
      Posted February 7, 2014 at 4:24 pm | Permalink

      Besides, I imagine Zeno would drive an astronomically high price for helping battle the most dangerous creature in all of Hunter x Hunter (that we know of)

  4. gedata
    Posted February 6, 2014 at 6:04 pm | Permalink

    Missileman Welfin = MetalGarurumon http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oLnB4UVNoUQ

  5. Posted February 6, 2014 at 8:37 pm | Permalink

    Strictly speaking it’s not the elevator that kills, it’s (was) the regime.

  6. Loz
    Posted February 10, 2014 at 8:38 am | Permalink

    I do love the subtle things HxH does so well. For example a running theme is how stealthy Killua is, so I love that when Gon and Killua landed on the platform, you heard Gon’s footprints but as Killua landed its completely silent.

    • Loz
      Posted February 10, 2014 at 8:39 am | Permalink

      Footsteps*

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