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Hunter x Hunter 119 – dragon ball z lol

hunter-x-hunter-killua-is-a-super-saiyan-lolJust kidding. Killua is blue and not yellow; therefore, this totally isn’t Dragon Ball Z!

*runs off to a message board to argue for a week about who would win in a fight between Goku and Killua*

j/k again message boards are dumb (not like anime blogs, those are totally cool and smart)

OK, enough facetious nonsense. Killua here is right on the edge of hilarious and scary here, but he’s tipping more to the latter because he really looks like he will beat the shit out of you if you cross him. If I laughed at his dumb lightning hair, he would decapitate me in less than a second. So, yes, he is scary. Also, holy SHIT is he overpowered, but at least 1) there is a time limit even though I have no concept of how time works in this series anymore, and 2) he doesn’t totally wreck Youpi’s shit and leave ‘em for dead. Killua gives Youpi an impressive beatdown, for sure, but it leaves Youpi more like “WHAT THE FUCK” than “OWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW.” Youpi a big scary devil monster with ridiculous amounts of power so of course defeat will not come easily.

I also appreciate the effort to contextualize Killua’s new lightning powers. It’s basically Shonen Bullshit Powerup, but at least there’s some thought given to what a nutty effort actually doing this nonsense is rather than casting it as “lol it’s magic.” The explanation is absolutely absurd, of course, but it is absurd in a believable “shonen kids are on another level of I Will Fuck You Up and you should definitely not mess with them” way. Killua is no longer merely an assassin. He is now Automatic Lightnin’ Fightin’ Robot. It makes sense considering how analytical Killua is — he’s had so much fighting hardwired into him that his instincts are every martial artist to ever exist.

He also disappears again and the show doesn’t have to blatantly point out how. Yay!

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Meanwhile, our favorite moe octopus goes on the hunt to bag some lobster. This segment is great because Ikalgo and Bloster/Brovada are more or less equals with their given strengths. Ikalgo holds the advantage in intelligence and resources, while Bloster has god damn lobster guns. Ikalgo can’t engage him in a straight up fight, because he will get shot to death and served for dinner. What I like in particular about this is how Bloster is handled. Clearly he’s a straightforward soldier. He solves his problems by blasting shit. He would be higher on the totem pole if he were more intelligent, but instead he shoots the fuck out of things. But he’s not made out to be a blithering idiot. He has basic smarts and common sense. He doesn’t get trapped in the elevator just because; he shoots the door down because he’s got LOBSTER BULLETS. He doesn’t get trapped in the corridor because he smells a rat so he propels himself through the closing door with LOBSTER BULLETS.

Is there any problem LOBSTER BULLETS can’t solve? Well, they clearly can’t keep you awake when you’re hit by a ton of sleeping gas, but still. They solve many problems.

Ikalgo wins because he uses strategy and household items to MacGyver a way to win that makes up for him being an octopus. Pretty impressive for something conjured on the fly. I’m pretty sure I would have just curled up in that room and cried. This is why I’m some nerd writing on the Internet and not a kid made of lightning who punches devil monsters. As much fun as it is to see ridiculously powerful characters curb stomp people with their nutso abilities, this fight is one of the most enjoyable for me so far in this arc because of all the give and take. Nothing unfolds according to plan, and Ikalgo’s advantage isn’t so great that knocking Bloster out feels like a cheap victory. He earned that shit.

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Also, the Xs on Bloster’s eyes when he gets knocked out made me laugh hard for like a minute. That’s some Looney Tunes stuff there.

P.S. Ikalgo too moe. :( The Power of Friendship has made it so that he can’t easily take a life. DON’T STAIN YOUR TENTACLES, FRIEND.

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18 Comments

  1. Gan_HOPE326
    Posted March 5, 2014 at 10:01 pm | Permalink

    Oh come on, Goku would obviously beat the shit out of him! Unless he was in his very early years, then maybe Kil would have a chance.

    *ahem*

    Nice strategizing there from our favourite Broctopus. This episode wasn’t as great as the run of those that preceded it but hey, you can’t have Gon vs. Pitou all the time. It’s also nice because it’s such a minor fight I had totally forgotten this part from the manga and thus kinda enjoyed it unspoiled.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted March 6, 2014 at 7:32 pm | Permalink

      Goku is basically every super powerful pro wrestler archetype rolled into one. What a jerk.

      Yeah, this episode isn’t huge and exciting, but I appreciate that it puts in the effort to build minor characters and get the audience invested in them even though Ikalgo’s victory would be more moral than practical. Does anyone believe that Gon or Killua wouldn’t curb stomp that lobster in a second?

      • Gan_HOPE326
        Posted March 6, 2014 at 11:22 pm | Permalink

        Nope. Basically, if he managed to reach upstairs, he’d have to try avoiding not being killed in the crossfire like a random civilian. If Ikalgo had killed him and started using his body, then he might have done something useful at an intel/sabotage level. But just taking him out is fundamentally useless. Still, a moral victory for Broctopus, indeed. MOLLUSCS 1, CRUSTACEANS 0. TAKE THAT, JAPANESE ZOIDBERG.

  2. Posted March 5, 2014 at 10:17 pm | Permalink
    • Shinmaru
      Posted March 6, 2014 at 7:33 pm | Permalink

      I think I saw that at some point! Pretty cool.

  3. Posted March 5, 2014 at 11:09 pm | Permalink

    199?

    Also: I suggest you to add ™ to LOBSTER BULLETS.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted March 6, 2014 at 7:24 pm | Permalink

      DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT

      also I bet if I tried to trademark LOBSTER BULLETS, someone who could actually shoot them would kill me for it. The world of trademarks and patents is scary.

  4. C
    Posted March 6, 2014 at 3:07 am | Permalink

    They skipped an explanation on Killua’s powers. Pretty much he is capable of doing his auto reaction and couter 8 times in that mode then he runs out of juice and needs to recharge.

    Sadly he really could not do much other then save Knuckle and give Youpi another hint on how his foes are vanishing. Youpi is simply too much of a durable monster his attacks were capable of causing pain to Youpi but he could not actually damage him. Hell Youpi was enjoying the fight.

    • Mikey
      Posted March 6, 2014 at 3:36 am | Permalink

      The eight times is just a fansubbers mistranslation. The raw and Viz translation use the term equivalent to “blowing off steam”

      • C
        Posted March 6, 2014 at 5:37 am | Permalink

        You sure I mean the narrator explained it in the fight. Even if I am wrong he can still only use it for a few seconds and it was not very useful because of how durable Youpi was.

        Still it looks cool and it would be useful against anyone that is not one of the Royal Guards or King.

      • HESRIGHT
        Posted March 6, 2014 at 9:45 am | Permalink

        He’s right; while “yatsuatari” could at first glance be interpreted as “8 hits”, it really means indiscriminate venting (the “8” part meaning in all=8 directions: 4 cardinal + 4 intermediate).

      • Shinmaru
        Posted March 6, 2014 at 7:36 pm | Permalink

        Whatever the explanation is, I don’t think it’s necessary to explain that Killua runs out of juice and needs to recharge. The episode makes it pretty obvious! Knowing the exact nature of the power isn’t needed. You just need the general stuff.

    • Langer
      Posted March 6, 2014 at 9:30 pm | Permalink

      I like to think of it as he pre-programs a certain amount of combat patterns into his nen cache, which then accesses each in turn by the given opponent reaction.

      He pretty much turns himself into a Turing Machine (which utilises his electricity, strategic planning and love of video games).

      • Gan_HOPE326
        Posted March 6, 2014 at 11:25 pm | Permalink

        Looks like his enemies will run into…

        *puts on sunglasses*

        …a Blue Screen Of Death.

        YEEEAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

  5. Posted March 6, 2014 at 12:52 pm | Permalink

    Dude you skipped like 90 episode lol

    • Posted March 6, 2014 at 7:16 pm | Permalink

      And now he’s missing ten episodes.

      • Shinmaru
        Posted March 6, 2014 at 7:23 pm | Permalink

        DON’T KNOW WHAT EITHER OF YOU IS TALKING ABOUT

  6. Posted March 10, 2014 at 4:13 am | Permalink

    Shinmaru
    are you aware that JoJo Part 3 (new version) will be airing THIS april? Are you aware? Because if you’re not. You should be.

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