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Hunter x Hunter 116 – NO SERIOUSLY THOSE EYES

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This all went about as expected.

Of all the things I enjoyed about this episode, the horrible human complexity thrust unceremoniously in Gon’s direction is probably what I liked most. (“Liked” in this case meaning “it punched me hard in the gut.”) Gon asks Neferpitou how Pitou could treat Komugi with such care while being so callous to Kite. Pitou’s answer is that Komugi is someone the King cares about; therefore, Komugi is someone who Pitou cares about, as well. This enrages Gon more. How could someone so easily pick and choose with whom they treat with kindness?

But it’s something we all do. Perhaps not so blatantly. Most of us probably try to be decent to most everyone we meet. But if some sort of situation occurs, and it’s the word of a stranger versus the word of someone we know, we’re more likely to side with the person we know, aren’t we? Or at least to give them a longer leash when it comes to the benefit of the doubt? We just know them better (or think we know them better) and know what they’re about (or what we think they’re about). “So and so can’t have done this. They’re a good person!” We’re biased toward them in some way because their existence has some sort of meaning to us. So it goes here. Komugi has some meaning to Neferpitou. Kite didn’t. Kite has meaning to Gon. Komugi, not so much. I don’t think Gon would directly kill Komugi — Gon believes Neferpitou is harming her — but he’s certainly quick to dismiss alternatives if it means vengeance. Not that I can blame him much.

That’s not all that futzes with Gon’s mind, however. It’s more the realization that such a monster could have empathy toward anything in the first place. All along, Gon has believed he’s dealt with monsters. The Chimera Ants snatched people up left and right for the purposes of sustenance. Others did it because they enjoyed the thrill of murder. At the very least, it’s clear the Chimera Ants are a danger to humanity. Part of the mission is to eradicate the Ants. It’s just easier to compartmentalize a group like that as monsters who deserve it. Gon doesn’t end up thinking of them all that way. He has no qualms with Colt, Ikalgo and trusts Meleoron. But someone who had wounded him both emotionally and physically, who already showed a tendency toward monstrous actions? It’s harder to accept that someone like Neferpitou could be capable of kindness and cruelty in equal measure.

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Probably the most difficult part to accept is that sort of thing makes Neferpitou more human rather than less human. There’s thought and feeling behind both the cruelty and the kindness. It’s done with one goal in mind: to protect the person whom Neferpitou cares about most. In Pitou’s eyes, it’s an honorable goal, something worth dying for. From Gon’s perspective? It’s cruel, far too cruel, because someone he cared about was the victim. (Side note: Seeing this makes it all the more galling that Madhouse eliminated the portion of the story where Gon initially meets Kite. For people who have seen the remake only, Gon meets Kite at the start of the series. Kite serves as Gon’s initial inspiration for becoming a Hunter. And of course, Kite has a connection with Gon’s father, which makes it that much more personal. He’s like family.)

When someone does something that is hurtful, it’s easy to assume they’re an asshole or willfully evil or whatever. Maybe it’s true sometimes. But there’s just as often a side we’re not seeing. Good people do terrible things. Bad people can do good things. We often have reasons for both. Whether those reasons are worth a shit or not often depends on the eye of the beholder. That’s the tough thing to reconcile. Gon wants to look at this in a black-and-white way just because it would hurt so much less. It hurts much less to be absolutely sure of what is right and what is wrong than to think about what is right and what is wrong and not be totally sure you can accurately see either. When you’re fighting, it’s just easier to picture the person on the other side as a horrifying monster rather than a thinking creature with its own hopes, dreams and values.

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Anyway, Christ, this whole episode and this post were both huge fucking downers, so here is Hisoka’s pearly white butt to lighten the mood.

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26 Comments

  1. C
    Posted February 12, 2014 at 10:12 pm | Permalink

    It should also be noted that Kite was attacking their nest so Pitou has every right to defend it. Added on most cruelty Pitou has shown can be linked to her cat dna. Cats are sadistic and are one of the only animals known to hunt, kill and play with their prey for fun and not even bother eating it.

    Anyway this is one of my favorite scenes in the entire series. I am so happy it held up.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted February 14, 2014 at 10:44 pm | Permalink

      Cats are pretty big jerks, it’s true.

  2. R1CK_D0M
    Posted February 12, 2014 at 10:20 pm | Permalink

    GON’S DEAD FUCKING EYES.

    AND THE KILLUA ALKFJA;LEKJD

    you didn’t even say anything about how he left ;-;

    • Shinmaru
      Posted February 14, 2014 at 10:45 pm | Permalink

      For episodes like these, I tend to laser focus on the one thing I really want to write about. :p

  3. gedata
    Posted February 12, 2014 at 10:25 pm | Permalink

    Gon Freaks.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted February 14, 2014 at 10:47 pm | Permalink

      I was tempted to use this as my title until I saw you make the joke elsewhere. I’m no joke biter! (Not a knowledgeable one, anyway. I am sure I’ve stolen jokes without knowing about it.)

  4. Mr. Anon
    Posted February 12, 2014 at 11:08 pm | Permalink

    Gon needs to be slapped for what he said to Killua. Fuck that shit. Killua has done nothing but act in Gon’s best interest, and Gon has done nothing but act like a selfish little shit in response.

    • Gan_HOPE326
      Posted February 12, 2014 at 11:11 pm | Permalink

      You go ahead and do the slapping.

      I’ll, huh, stay here and watch. From a safety distance.

    • Dangerr
      Posted February 13, 2014 at 1:35 am | Permalink

      It’s more his white-hot emotions speaking than how he really feels.

      • Shinmaru
        Posted February 14, 2014 at 10:51 pm | Permalink

        Yeah, he says some terrible stuff, but I can’t totally blame him. He’s mad and for good reason. Doesn’t make what he says any less hurtful, but there you go.

  5. Posted February 12, 2014 at 11:12 pm | Permalink

    Pitou is the protagonist and Gon is the antagonist.

    (it gets better, kinda)

    • Gan_HOPE326
      Posted February 12, 2014 at 11:14 pm | Permalink

      Ant X Ant?

    • Shinmaru
      Posted February 14, 2014 at 10:52 pm | Permalink

      Pitou is the ANTagonist

  6. Mormegil
    Posted February 13, 2014 at 1:53 am | Permalink

    Gon’s an asshole. Poor Pitou. And poor Killua. T__T

    Anyway, this episode was brilliant.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted February 14, 2014 at 10:56 pm | Permalink

      It’s OK, Gon and Killua will feel better later, if Pixiv art is to be believed.

  7. DAI_OXI
    Posted February 13, 2014 at 3:50 am | Permalink

    The end scene when the camera panned to the rest of the room and Killua wasn’t there makes me wonder if he left because he was angry, or not needed for the next hour. Or maybe I’m reading too much into it and they just didn’t show him in that view.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted February 14, 2014 at 10:56 pm | Permalink

      He’s taking a smoke break.

  8. Jaysus
    Posted February 13, 2014 at 5:00 am | Permalink

    Yes… finally psychotic Gon is unveiled. Kid’s been fucked up all along, this was just the breaking point.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted February 14, 2014 at 10:58 pm | Permalink

      How much would the Bomber be shitting his pants right now if he saw this Gon?

    • Jaysus
      Posted February 15, 2014 at 6:21 pm | Permalink

      Surely, Genthru would just give Gon a pat on the back and tell him to calm down…….. and slip in the word bomber.

  9. Adreme
    Posted February 13, 2014 at 5:56 am | Permalink

    The way they kept panning the camera around kept making me wonder if someone else was in the room because I just cant accept that if they spent 5 episodes having around maybe 4-5 minutes pass that they are really going to have these fights last an hour.

    • Barn
      Posted February 14, 2014 at 8:37 am | Permalink

      I think they’re trying to drag it out because they’re almost caught up with the manga. Goddamnit Togashi.

      • C
        Posted February 14, 2014 at 8:57 am | Permalink

        Nah there is still a whole arc before they catch up.

  10. Posted February 13, 2014 at 3:49 pm | Permalink

    Next week: Knuckles Youpi.

    • Posted February 13, 2014 at 10:03 pm | Permalink

      That just reminded me of the other, older Knuckles other universe and his recent steroid addiction.

      • Shinmaru
        Posted February 14, 2014 at 11:00 pm | Permalink

        SONIC HAS A SCARF NOW

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