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Hunter x Hunter 117 – Explosive Stress

hunter-x-hunter-youpi-stress-explosionHey there, buddy! I was going to say that Youpi needed a nice therapist, but he miraculously calmed himself down by the end of the episode. That’s the good thing about being simple-minded: maybe it’s easy to get riled up, but it’s also easy to regain focus. He doesn’t have a bunch of nonsense cluttering up his mind. It’s all “protect the king, no matter what.” Maybe he’ll stomp around everywhere, get confused and yell at smoke, but damn it, he’s going to protect the king!

Youpi is plenty scary. It’s not just different forms he can morph into, but different properties entirely. I wonder if making himself explode is just the tip of the iceberg. In a way, it’s probably a good thing that Youpi’s mind works in such a simplistic way. Sure, he’s basically a focused battle machine working entirely on instinct; however, is he really using his powers to their full potential? Judging by his reaction, Youpi didn’t know he could explode like that. He finds out by accident and sees the value of it afterward. If his mind were a bit more complex, though, he probably would have found way more twisted things he could do with his powers. Neferpitou basically experimented left and right to test those limits. What if Youpi had Neferpitou’s mind? Now that would be some scary shit.

What I’m really enjoying right now is how the human element of this plan is ratcheting up the tension. The plan is threatening to fall apart because human feelings are getting involved, and yet it is somehow holding together for the moment. Gon’s anger could have caused terrible things; instead, he has Neferpitou isolated for an hour. Knuckle is provoked by Youpi due to the insults to his and Shoot’s honor, and he is provoking Youpi back. They’re keeping Youpi away from the King, but Youpi will also wreak havoc everywhere by the looks of things. Morel is the one playing his job straight, though his concerns about what’s going on outside the smoke plume may hinder him. A neat irony: The one totally sticking to his job may be in the most trouble. (“May,” of course, since there’s no telling what the hell Pouf will do once out of that cocoon.)

I briefly wondered whether all this is necessary since the King and Netero are flying away elsewhere to battle, but I don’t know how far away they’re going or how long it would take the Royal Guard to track the King and get to his position. Plus, considering how dangerous they are, it’s not as if killing the Royal Guard isn’t a good secondary goal.


I looked at this for a few seconds, and suddenly the moon looked like an angry eye. I can’t unsee it. Also, I am laughing a lot. Random objects that look like angry faces are one of the many things that make me laugh. I wish I had a dime for every time I was out driving and chuckled to myself because the layout of a car’s tail lights and bumper made the rear look upset. Note: I am 28 years old, not 8.


Also making me laugh: Cheetu meeting his end. That’s what you get for sassing the Zoldyck family, buddy. That said, I like to think Killua’s pops crushed Cheetu’s head just because he could, and not because Cheetu insulted the Zoldycks’ honor. I’m not even sure what he was doing here. I guess Zeno needed a ride home? I’m pretty jealous of a dude who can fly home standing straight up on a dragon. Way more stylish than I will ever be.

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  1. WhoseverPainter
    Posted February 20, 2014 at 4:16 pm | Permalink

    What a great episode and to think we’re only 3 minutes into this fight. Excited to see the Meleoron/Killua combo in the upcoming episodes.

  2. Gan_HOPE326
    Posted February 20, 2014 at 4:46 pm | Permalink

    Add that scene to the “Moments of HunterXHunter worthy of being a metal album cover”. Two assassins. Father and son. Riding a dragon home.

    • gedata
      Posted February 20, 2014 at 7:24 pm | Permalink

      Leaving behind a smashed cheetah-man.

      • Posted February 20, 2014 at 11:46 pm | Permalink

      • Shinmaru
        Posted March 2, 2014 at 3:04 pm | Permalink

        The most metal of everything metal in Hunter x Hunter.

  3. gedata
    Posted February 20, 2014 at 7:23 pm | Permalink

    “What if Youpi had Neferpitou’s mind?”
    the reverse would be weird

    • Shinmaru
      Posted March 2, 2014 at 3:01 pm | Permalink

      The meanest cat in history.

  4. C
    Posted February 23, 2014 at 10:25 am | Permalink

    Yeah Knuckle Provoking Youpi was a bad idea. He was out of the fight and if Knuckle had left him alone he would have just stayed in the area by the throne and not done anything the entire time.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted March 2, 2014 at 3:00 pm | Permalink

      It is funny to imagine him sitting there shouting for Pouf and Neferpitou.

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