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Hunter x Hunter 76 – My Queen!


Haha, oh god, somehow the Chimera Ant Queen having an actual voice makes her way creepier. Well, that and having teeth that make her look like the Xenomorphs from Alien. That’s pretty creepy, too.

It’s interesting to see that our first look at this queen is her under duress, though. It makes this sudden chimera ant infestation seem more like something that has gone on for a while rather than a new arc we’re getting introduced to after Greed Island. People have probably been on the hunt for these flesh-eating ants for a while now; the queen was discovered, roughed up a bit and retreated to lick her wounds, and maybe spit some acid around, I dunno.

I must say, too, it’s awesome to have flesh-eating ants as adversaries (though obviously there will be other fish to fry, as well). There are scary ass ant hordes in reality, as I’m sure you’ve discovered if you’ve read one of the hordes of the “MOST TERRIFYING INSECTS EVER” articles on the Interwebs. I live in an area where there is no danger whatsoever of this happening, and I’m still terrified of being chewed alive by a carpet of ants running amok. Well, imagine that, but also every ant was crapped out by that queen. Yikes. Ugh.

But the ants are mainly a sideshow to begin this arc while Gon and Killua kick it with Char Aznable Kite. I wondered how Madhouse would handle the stuff with the bears and Gon meeting Kite in the past, since that’s all at the beginning of the manga and the original anime, but I guess it’s good enough to show a truncated flashback, even if it’s inserted a bit awkwardly. Maybe a bit too much reliance on people being familiar with the manga so that this actually has some impact? It is super popular, so plenty of the viewers have likely read it. Even I was like, “Oh hey, what up, Kite!!” while I watched it. (And then I reacted like, “KITE, HE IS A CHAR” because I am a fucking goof.) It took me a bit to get used to Kite’s character design, though, because he looks like Akagi with long hair.

Perhaps there will be a bloody mahjong battle at some point? Nothing would really surprise me here.


Also, I love that whenever we get stories of Ging being a cool dude and helping people out (such as kicking it with Kite and taking him under his wing), they’re almost always interspersed with stories of Ging being a weird asshole. “If he wants to meet me with his friends, then NO FUCKING THANKS!!” What, does Ging think Gon is part of a sting operation? What skeletons do you have in your closet, boyo?! I wonder if Ging only hangs out with his buddies one at a time, too. He probably has some sort of schedule where he allows specific friends to be with him at specific times of the day so that he doesn’t have to be with more than one of them at a time. If, of course, he even feels like being with them at all.

And lol even in the story where Kite praises Ging, there’s a little aside about how Ging didn’t want to be Kite’s teacher because he doesn’t like dealing with hassles. You know, stuff like raising children! Such a hassle. Oh, Ging, such a dick. Never change. It’ll make it all the sweeter once Gon actually tracks Ging down.

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  1. Ana
    Posted April 23, 2013 at 7:32 pm | Permalink

    Ging is a huge goddamned dick.

    I also love how Killua and Gon keep on speculating about how Ging is this chessmaster who planned EVERYTHING that ever happened to Gon, and then it cuts away to show that nope, Ging just redirected Gon to Kite just because he’s shy. FUCK YOU TOO, GING!

    …man, it’s going to be weird seeing it written as Kite, not Kaito. Then again, I suppose it’s nothing compared to having to get used to Chrollo or Quwrof or however the fuck you’re supposed to spell that.

    • Posted April 24, 2013 at 11:27 pm | Permalink

      Haha, yeah, when Gon and Killua were going on wondering whether Ging had plotted everything out, I was like, “No fuckin’ way” and then the flashback happened. So he planned SOME things, but only if they involved him being a dick.

      • R1CK_D0M
        Posted April 25, 2013 at 1:04 am | Permalink

        when Gon finally tracks down his dad the first thing he has to do is beat his ass up.

  2. Posted April 23, 2013 at 7:40 pm | Permalink

    So the Chimera Ant arc is upon us, this is the arc I’ve been waiting for ever since the anime began and I’m very pleased to be treated to original material. While I also enjoyed how things went in the manga, it’s nice to experience the story differently too.

    The queen having an actual voice is frightening in a lot of ways. By having the anime communicate her thoughts to us, it makes it clear that the Queen Ant is an intelligent creature who is possibly stronger than the average human being.

    I’m convinced that Ging has become less of a father and more of a goal to Gon. They’re both strange people that way.

    • Posted April 24, 2013 at 11:29 pm | Permalink

      Yeah, though I can see where Ging would become that to Gon. I mean, he’s never met the man in his life except as a baby. Other than the blood ties, they’re basically strangers.

  3. MCAL
    Posted April 23, 2013 at 8:30 pm | Permalink

    I thought the truncated flashback worked well with reality. Since it was Gon who had the flashback and he was much younger at the time, he can only remember bits and pieces of it and not the whole thing. Or maybe that’s just me.

    Anyway, I liked what Madhouse did with the first episode. They made the atmosphere all somber and ominous.

    • Posted April 24, 2013 at 11:31 pm | Permalink

      If it worked for you on that level, then that’s cool!

  4. gedata
    Posted April 23, 2013 at 8:34 pm | Permalink

    Most of this episode was either filler or changes the canon from rhe manga, this didn’t bug me (get it?)as much as other fans of the manga, however my only issue is that this could’ve been done with a lot more brevity.
    In case your curious, here is how quickly the events in the manga transpired.
    (try not to go too far, resist the urge)
    I’m not gonna complain about how they/may not have ruined future developments since I think those complaints have been blown a bit out of proportion. However adding filler does bother me since I’m getting really antsy (get it?) to see things really take off.

    Anyhow, those are my two cents on the episode.

    • Posted April 24, 2013 at 11:38 pm | Permalink

      Obviously I don’t know anything about future developments or how they’ll be portrayed, so I have no opinions to offer there, but I don’t mind how the meeting between Gon/Killua and Kite is stretched out. It is a pleasant experience.

  5. gedata
    Posted April 23, 2013 at 8:37 pm | Permalink

    also, the Queen sounds surpringly human. I expected a more insecty computer-generated voice from her

    • Ana
      Posted April 24, 2013 at 7:40 am | Permalink

      Same here. I actually started sympathizing with her a bit, since she just sounds like a beaten-up old lady.

    • Posted April 24, 2013 at 11:43 pm | Permalink

      That surprised me, too. I expected something slimier and more inhuman. That’s why I was so struck by it.

  6. cybustier
    Posted April 23, 2013 at 10:12 pm | Permalink

    I don’t quite remember if Togashi ever adequately explained the origin of the Chimera Ants. They quickly go from a lone Queen to global threat, and the reaction of various Hunters would seem to indicate they’re an unkown species.

    Considering how many new fauna we discover on our own planet, coupled with HxH’s terrifying Darwinist ecosphere, it’s concievable threats like the Chimera Ants pop up every decade or so. Brrr. Dealing with crap like this is what makes Hunters indespensible after all.

    You know in terms of sheer biomass ants outweigh us something like 100 to one? Nasty little buggers OWN the planet, we’re just living on it. It’s a pretty short stretch from building colonies out of their own bodies INSTINCTUALLY to humanoid flesh eating zombie makers, I think we can all agree.

    Ging is a total dickbag, and his debut appearance in the flesh is awesome. Can’t wait for it to be animated.

    • blackice85
      Posted April 23, 2013 at 11:23 pm | Permalink

      That’s a great point you brought up about the ecology on this planet. No doubt one of, if not the primary reason to establish Hunters in the first place. Their world is scary as hell lol.

      • Posted April 24, 2013 at 11:44 pm | Permalink

        Our world is almost as scary as the Hunter x Hunter world. It’s just that many of us don’t have to face the real horrors, haha.

    • Salce
      Posted April 23, 2013 at 11:50 pm | Permalink

      Have you read the manga until the last chapter?

      The origin of giant chimera ants like the queen pretty much got explained in the penultimate chapter before the current hiatus.

      • cybustier
        Posted April 24, 2013 at 1:44 pm | Permalink

        … They’re aliens? Was that it? Honestly it’s been a while since I last read the series.

        I LOVED the arc that comes right after Chimera Ant, mainly because it was a return to the series’ tactical fighting roots and had lots and lots of Killua being awesome. The current storyline Togashi has on hiatus? Not so much.

      • gedata
        Posted April 24, 2013 at 2:17 pm | Permalink

        Not easy to love something after one chapter only

    • Posted April 24, 2013 at 11:49 pm | Permalink

      Insects are basically the most frightening force on the planet.

  7. Billish
    Posted April 23, 2013 at 10:27 pm | Permalink

    Those last lines from the Queen; “I must give birth to a king!” gave me crazy nerd chills. I’m absolutely thrilled for sundays episode, and the next sundays, and so on, until I die (hopefully)

    • Posted April 24, 2013 at 11:50 pm | Permalink

      Don’t know how old you are, but Hunter x Hunter running until you die would mean a crazy amount of episodes, I bet!

      • Billish
        Posted April 25, 2013 at 1:55 am | Permalink

        Young enough so… ya. It’s not about that, tho, more about whether this game-addicted author is gonna do some work one of these days.

        God damn you Togashi, you bastard.

  8. Langer
    Posted April 24, 2013 at 12:28 am | Permalink

    I would have preferred the more laid back approach of Kite & Gon recognising each other on sight, seeing as this way they’re pretty much building Ging as some chessmaster-type genius (my impression of him is that he’s a lot more fickle and impulsive than that, like Gon)…it also skips out on the quite sweet & funny scene later on with Ging’s hunter card

    Eh…I guess all of these are effectively minor details in the overall scope…roll on the infestation!

    • Ana
      Posted April 24, 2013 at 7:38 am | Permalink

      I much prefer the laidback “hey, old buddy!” feel we got in the manga too, but given that they completely skipped Kaito’s backstory in the beginning, probably for pacing purposes, which means new-time viewers wouldn’t get the same emotional response to him, they probably needed to add some stuff to get us to actually care about that guy and convey that he’s a badass and stuff. Don’t think they quite succeeded, it felt kinda generic to me.

      The only good thing about the filler was that little Kaito was adorable <3

      And yeah, they spent a LOT of words building Ging up as a chessmaster, but then they also included the scene with Edna or whatever showing that he's just a dorky asshole.

  9. NormalMar
    Posted April 24, 2013 at 4:21 am | Permalink

    “I live in an area where there is no danger whatsoever of this happening, and I’m still terrified of being chewed alive by a carpet of ants running amok. ”

    When I was little I crawled under an old mat outside and got absolutely COVERED with ants but I was okay because they were normal ants and not HUMAN TOOTHED ABOMINATIONS like that ant queen, stop putting human teeth on things that shouldn’t have human teeth oh my god!

    • Posted April 24, 2013 at 11:53 pm | Permalink

      That would have scarred me for life. You are a braver person than me.

  10. Gunslinger
    Posted April 24, 2013 at 4:34 am | Permalink

    I dont think they intended to give her an actual voice but they probably didnt know how to convey her thoughts across. Speech bubbles work perfectly only for comics.

    Also we got a very very early discovery of Kite’s fucking awesome nen power but I felt the impact it was reduced quite a bit. Also they changed the story quite a bit so I wonder if they’re planning to rush through even the chimera ant arc.

    • Posted April 24, 2013 at 11:54 pm | Permalink

      Could be! I don’t know if she actually addresses people in the manga or if she just thinks to herself.

  11. Posted April 24, 2013 at 7:58 am | Permalink

    Yeap Ging is a dick – he’s brilliant.

    Definitely changed things up quite a bit from the manga, feels a bit more tense and the pace is quicker – quite excited!

    • Shinmaru
      Posted April 24, 2013 at 11:57 pm | Permalink

      I do wonder exactly how they’ve altered the story, but I imagine that would venture far into spoiler territory.

      • Billish
        Posted April 25, 2013 at 1:57 am | Permalink

        Actually it doesn’t, at least not much. The ‘uproar’ over the altered parts are really just fanboyism, imo.

      • gedata
        Posted April 25, 2013 at 2:18 pm | Permalink

        Well there IS some fixing they need to do at least. I think Madhouse will handle everything fine though.

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