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Hunter x Hunter 130 – Gon Is the Saddest Child

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Before I get into the nitty gritty of things, I must comment on how spectacular Megumi Han is as Gon in this episode. Holy shit. That argument between “innocent, self-loathing Gon” and “CONSUMED WITH LUST FOR REVENGE Gon”? God damn. Megumi Han has been great the whole series, but this is the money scene. All the sadness, despair and hatred conveyed so perfectly. I just want to hug Gon, even though I would likely be crushed to death when Gon momentarily switches to REVENGE REVENGE MUST KILL PITOU KILL DESTROY mode.

Poor Gon. Poor, poor Gon. You know, considering he just learned that the entire crux of his journey was null and void from the start, he’s handling it reasonably well. Really, though, I still think Gon knew deep down that the whole thing was fucked. He was using BOUNDLESS SHOUNEN ENTHUSIASM to retreat into denial. He could feel how powerful and frightening Pitou was and saw how easily Pitou lopped off Kite’s arm. I guess he could have hoped that the Chimera Ants simply took Kite prisoner rather than kill him off right away. A somewhat reasonable suggestion since I think at that time they were still somewhat in the dark about what the Chimera Ants were doing. But once Gon saw zombie Kite? That’s it. Ain’t no coming back from that. At that point, Gon’s hoping for a magic solution. Maybe in another story he’d get it, but Kite said from the start that Gon’s accompanying him into Hell. And here he is.

This whole arc has been a horrible string of disappointments for Gon. He and Killua arrive ready to fuck up some bugs with cool new powers they’ve developed since emerging from Greed Island. They rough up lower level Ants, but then they come across a Monster who fucks them up royally and puts the fear of God in them. They run away and are ashamed of it. But then they resolve to rescue Kite and get a pick-me-up from their mentor, Biscuit. They learn that there’s a plan of attack: Netero and other high-level Hunters are going in to bust things up. Gon and Killua want in on this. But the team can’t afford to screw this up. They need a small team of only the strongest folks. Gon and Killua face off against Knuckle and Shoot … and even after MAXIMUM SHOUNEN TRAINING, they lose. It hurts. The Chimera Ants eventually drag Gon and Killua into the fight, anyway, and they discover zombie Kite. Gon has new resolve — he must restore Kite, and Killua resolves to keep watch over his best friend.

And now we’re here. Killua can only stand by and listen as Palm relays how unbearably sad Gon is right now, and Gon is wallowing in despair, begging Pitou to heal Kite even though all hope is clearly lost. Good, clean shounen anime fun!

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This motherfucker.

What really bugs me about Pouf is not just the whole being a giant asshole thing; it’s also the presumption that Pouf knows exactly what is right for everyone and will manipulate everything to achieve the ideal circumstances for what Pouf views as the proper behavior for the Chimera Ants. Emotion and empathy are useless; dominance and control are in. Also, honestly, all this tooling around with people makes Pouf just a bit scarier. Pouf is taking everyone at their most emotionally vulnerable and poking at the one thing that will get the desired reaction. Now Pitou is focused on killing Gon and Killua and Palm are distracted from their plan of hunting down and squashing Pouf. Dude’s a huge jerk, but he’s getting shit done, gotta admit.

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25 Comments

  1. Canary Paint
    Posted May 21, 2014 at 9:30 pm | Permalink

    One thing I love is when a nasty, nasty villain gets massively fucking killed. It is a sort of wish fulfillment in and of itself. It might be the most primordial wish fulfillment; that the source of injustice get its due.

    I think of that bald-headed, scarred bastard in Stand Alone Complex. That is probably the villain killing that was the most satisfying for me.

    It would be almost as satisfying if Pouf got his head knocked off by the king.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted May 28, 2014 at 3:16 am | Permalink

      I have to admit there’s a sense of catharsis when a particularly scummy villain gets some comeuppance.

  2. fordalels
    Posted May 21, 2014 at 9:53 pm | Permalink

    FOR KIDS!
    And with the adjective-SHOUNEN-noun format, I add UNUSUAL SHOUNEN DEVELOPMENT. What I say, this is going to be watched in the future as a classic just like DB and FotNS.

    Also, please watch out for spoiling assholes, I went to Random Curiosity and got semi-spoiled.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted May 28, 2014 at 3:17 am | Permalink

      Nobody has spoiled me yet! Though I have had to be careful around Twitter much of today …

  3. Kenjeran
    Posted May 22, 2014 at 2:31 am | Permalink

    I can’t seem to remember where Pitou got its handphone. Did it ever mentioned in the show?

    • C
      Posted May 22, 2014 at 2:39 am | Permalink

      Back when Leol joined up with the Royal guard to back stab them.

      • fordalels
        Posted May 22, 2014 at 2:10 pm | Permalink

        And why didn’t Gon notice the call, the button push and the “wakarimashita”?

      • Gan_HOPE326
        Posted May 22, 2014 at 4:04 pm | Permalink

        Yeah, that seemed weird. Probably he was just too out there to notice. Kid’s been through a lot.

      • MCAL
        Posted May 24, 2014 at 9:40 pm | Permalink

        The anime kind of messed that scene up. In the manga, Gon tells Pitou to go right and then Pitou talked.

        But yeah, Gon was also pretty out of it too. You know what its like when you are anticipating something. You tend to blank out all else.

      • Shinmaru
        Posted May 28, 2014 at 3:18 am | Permalink

        The button push wasn’t that bad to me, but yeah, I would have figured Gon would have heard Pitou whisper, particularly with his senses so heightened in the moment.

  4. tales_of_chris
    Posted May 22, 2014 at 3:22 am | Permalink

    Normally I see Killua as a guy who thinks ahead, the strategist. Telling Palm that keeping an eye of Pouf was more of a disadvantage since it was just his main body just seems…dumb. I was expecting some crazy explanation on his reasoning but instead Palm becomes the strategist. I found this to be very unlike Killua.

  5. Jaysus
    Posted May 22, 2014 at 3:24 am | Permalink

    The only thing that annoyed me is how they prolonged Gon’s inner anguish for like 10 fucking minutes. I know that they wanted to stall so that they could end at that exact point, but couldn’t they have filled it in elsewhere?

    • Pusswookie
      Posted May 22, 2014 at 8:56 pm | Permalink

      I agree with him ^

    • tales_of_chris
      Posted May 23, 2014 at 12:04 am | Permalink

      I actually really enjoyed it.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted May 28, 2014 at 3:19 am | Permalink

      I thought it was appropriate, especially since this is clearly an emotional climax in the arc.

  6. Posted May 22, 2014 at 12:22 pm | Permalink

    I can’t wait for it to get better.

  7. Biscuit
    Posted May 22, 2014 at 10:10 pm | Permalink

    “Killua… One day, you’ll leave Gon to die”.

    • drunkenmaster
      Posted May 23, 2014 at 8:34 pm | Permalink

      Don’t worry, Meruem and Chimera-Komugi will work their magic and make him better.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted May 28, 2014 at 3:20 am | Permalink

      nooooooooooo

  8. PsychoHyzack
    Posted May 24, 2014 at 3:59 pm | Permalink

    I feel like Pouf is a bit justified in his thinking. Given how naturally overprotective the guards are of the king despite the fact that he’s probable more powerful then all three of them combined probably means this way of thinking has been bred into them through the ants evolution. And just look what happened when the king was out of sight of the guards for half an hour. He was burnt to a crisp.

    At this point literally the only thing that could possible stop the king is Komugi. Granted it is entirely possible that the king would still be ok despite remembering her but why take that chance when literally everyone in the world wants the king dead except for the royal guard. Now that the king has amnesia, he’s a bit of a wild card right now so I feel Pouf’s betting on the safe bet of getting rid of the only person who could possible get him killed than have those two meet up and god knows what happens.

  9. cseko
    Posted May 24, 2014 at 7:56 pm | Permalink

    Why does Pitou believes right away that the stupid wolf got Komugi after beating all enemies?
    It’s not believable, just like the unheardable phone call. Guess the plot needed a twist.
    And where is Hisoka and the trouppe? Will he be still stronger than Gon? That would be not believable either.

    • Mikey
      Posted May 24, 2014 at 9:35 pm | Permalink

      “Why does Pitou believes right away that the stupid wolf got Komugi after beating all enemies?”

      Umm… Because Pouf imitated her. Its right up there in the screenshot too.

      “It’s not believable, just like the unheardable phone call.”

      The narrator said why Gon couldn’t hear it. And besides it was on vibrate too. Those aren’t too easy to hear.

      Were you paying attention?

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