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Hunter x Hunter 78 – The World’s Crappiest Skyscraper

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When you tell a Chimera Ant it’s farting around while doing its work, it takes that as a compliment.

Before I get into the rest of this post, there’s one question that’s bugging (lol) me: Do airplanes exist in the Hunter x Hunter world? My memory is not the best, but I can’t remember seeing one before. Both times our heroes have had to fly somewhere, they’ve used a blimp. It’s not something that’s more than a quirk of this world, but it barely clicked for me while watching the end of this episode. Kind of weird!

There’s a lot going on with Neo-Green Life in this episode. The denizens seem peaceful enough when they’re not being snatched away by Chimera Ants, but there’s obviously a darker side to the place when they execute and jail people for bringing in outside technology. The counterattack against the Chimera Ants raised a billion red flags for me. I’m sure plenty of you noticed that the dudes who shoot up the Chimera Ants are dressed the same as the drug dealer who shows up during Kite’s explanation of the drug trade allegedly running out of NGL. One of the dudes mentions a guy named Gyro, whom I am guessing is the boss of this organization. Somehow this gang has caught wind of the Chimera Ants stepping in on their turf and are out to squash them.

But I’m thinking it could run a bit deeper than that. From what little we know of NGL, it’s clearly a highly-organized place. How else could they so uniformly crush anyone who steps into the country with technology? And yet there’s a group running around with guns ready to shoot the shit out of anything that moves? It’s not as if these guns look ancient, either — they’re not planting them in the ground and winding them with a fuckin’ crank to use them, or anything like that. These are relatively modern weapons. That combined with the rumors surrounding NGL has me wondering if they have a connection with the nation’s leadership. They provide the muscle to keep the citizens in line, and they can also wet their beaks with the drug trade on the side.

Or maybe they are actually smart enough to evade the government this whole time. Hell if I know! I’m just saying that the scene where they blast the fuck out of that Chimera Ant squadron sticks out like a sore thumb, and this series is written well enough that I think there’s something more behind it.

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I’m also very interested in the Chimera Ant squadron leaders retaining some aspects of their humanity. They want names, they compete with each other, they assert their individuality even in a colony of mindless drones . . . and we’ve seen the one squadron leader who was made from one (or both?) of that lady’s children affected unconsciously by his emotions and skip over attacking his former mother. The idle chat among the Chimera Ant squad leaders also seems to indicate that they have inherited personality traits displayed by their human cores. Makes me wonder how far the series will go with that.

So far, the ants are concerned with the quantity of human food delivered to the Chimera Ant Queen, and with the quality by way of how big, meaty and delicious the humans are. However, because they (other than the adorable penguin Chimera Ant who probably has some horrifying power because this is Hunter x Hunter) don’t really know humans all that well, they’re not really taking their humanity into account when it comes to the Queen pooping out new soldiers. What if they feed her some hardened criminal? Or a good person with a super strong will? What would happen if Gon were eaten? Or Killua? It’s clear that the Chimera Ants are born with the instinct to serve the Queen, but these bits of humanity are breaking through the cracks and making these particular Chimera Ants just a bit different from the norm. With that in mind, it’s conceivable that a Chimera Ant could go rogue eventually if the right person is eaten.

But I somehow doubt Gon or Killua or someone like that will be eaten and shit out into Chimera Ant form. :p

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Enough speculative stuff, though. Pokkle and Ponzu are back! Nice to see some old friends again. Makes me hope we’ll see Hanzo eventually, too. That dude was pretty dope. I miss him.

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21 Comments

  1. Shinmaru
    Posted May 7, 2013 at 7:11 pm | Permalink

    Also, I couldn’t fit this into the post, because it was so Serious Business, so I’m sticking it here. I hereby dub this new character Basketballigator: http://thecartdriver.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/basketballigator.jpg

    • Billish
      Posted May 7, 2013 at 11:59 pm | Permalink

      The secret behind his aggressive-competitive manner was not passed down by his human sub-creator. He takes performance enhancing drugs.

      • Shinmaru
        Posted May 9, 2013 at 8:43 pm | Permalink

        Time to test Basketballigator and suspend him for 50 games if need be.

    • R1CK_D0M
      Posted May 9, 2013 at 3:24 am | Permalink

      he’s like the ant version of charles barkley. COME ON AND SLAM, AND LISTEN TO MY JAMZZZ

  2. gedata
    Posted May 7, 2013 at 7:14 pm | Permalink

    HUNTER X HUNTER PSA: MANGA-READING FOLKS, PLEASE EXERCISE DISCRETION WHEN POSTING, ALLOW THIS BLOGGER AND ANIME-ONLY FOLKS TO WALLOW IN THEIR IGNORANCE. BE CONSIDERATE, AND NO, I AM NOT YELLING AT YOU, I’M JUST USING CAPS-LOCK TO GARNER YOUR ATTENTION. SO YEAH, SPOILING MANGANERDS=BAD

    that is all

    • Shinmaru
      Posted May 7, 2013 at 7:17 pm | Permalink

      I do like wallowing in my ignorance; it’s nice and warm. Smells kinda funny, though.

  3. gedata
    Posted May 7, 2013 at 7:17 pm | Permalink

    lol Basketballigator seems like a cross-between a gator and a dumb jock.

  4. Stef
    Posted May 7, 2013 at 8:18 pm | Permalink

    So I guess the Chimera ants will develop Nen abilities soon, or they’re toast. They can’t even defend themselves against “mere” guns! Or maybe they need to feed Nen users to their queen for that? Anybody else seeing death flags above Pokkle and Ponzu’s heads?

    Speaking of guns, can Nen shield you from bullets? It seems obvious when characters can play death-dodgeball, but I don’t think we’ve ever seen a Nen user get shot at(with normal bullets, I mean)

    • Shinmaru
      Posted May 7, 2013 at 8:33 pm | Permalink

      Ooh, yeah, don’t know how I didn’t think of that. Should be interesting to see how these ants match up against experienced Nen users.

      And, yeah, I’m pretty sure Nen users can protect themselves against bullets if they’re strong enough. Uvogin caught a bullet with his teeth! He probably doesn’t do that without some backing from Nen.

      • Clarste
        Posted May 7, 2013 at 10:09 pm | Permalink

        In addition to Uvogin, we’ve seen Kurapica get shot at with normal bullets when he was trying to get hired by the mafia and they “tested” the applicants by having other employees attack them. Well, it was a gun held by a nen-puppet thing, but it was probably normal. Kurapica blocked it with his chain, which at least implies it would be dangerous to get hit.

        Also, the ants weren’t completely defenseless. Turtle-guy’s shell seemed to work. So far just the mindless grunts have been vulnerable.

      • Billish
        Posted May 8, 2013 at 12:04 am | Permalink

        He was also shot by a rocket launcher.

        But human technology is still very strong. I think it’s pretty clear that with enough tech many of these massive nen-users can be taken out.

      • Shinmaru
        Posted May 9, 2013 at 8:44 pm | Permalink

        So, yeah, plenty of evidence that Nen users can block bullets, and also that they definitely do need to block the bullets!

    • Pusswookie
      Posted May 8, 2013 at 3:06 am | Permalink

      I haven’t read the manga, and am therefore not spoiling, but as for Ponzu and Pokkle…
      I doubt that their big hats are going to protect them.

      In fact, I’d wager that they’re going to be the ones who wet the ants’ appetites for Nen in the first place.

  5. gedata
    Posted May 7, 2013 at 9:52 pm | Permalink

    I just noticed that Scamp also used a giant poop mound to head his last post. Lol.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted May 9, 2013 at 8:45 pm | Permalink

      My poop mound is better.

  6. Billish
    Posted May 8, 2013 at 12:10 am | Permalink

    I was also thinking that the there was some sort of implied relationship between ‘Gyro’ and the NGL ‘elite’. The whole NGL mission statement sounds pretty dirty as well – a relationship with drugs fits perfectly.

    I’m wondering how many humans were given in creation of the Royal Guard shown at the end there. How do personality traits stack if 2 + humans make an ant? How many humans make the king?! Could be the beginning of some pretty sweet opportunities for analysis later on lol

    • Shinmaru
      Posted May 9, 2013 at 8:49 pm | Permalink

      Yeah, there are a ton of things the story can do with this whole DNA recombination stuff. I’m eager to see what other weird creatures the Queen shits out later.

  7. NormalMar
    Posted May 9, 2013 at 3:48 am | Permalink

    What about the guy who got impaled by bug butt tho?

    (Basketballigator makes me smile. Where did that goof get a singlet anyways?)

    • Shinmaru
      Posted May 9, 2013 at 8:50 pm | Permalink

      Haha, yeah, I’m not really sure why the Chimera Ants are wearing clothes. Were they born that way? Can the Queen crap out clothing, too?

      • Gedata
        Posted May 9, 2013 at 9:26 pm | Permalink

        I think they steal the clothes from those tasty meat sacks that get delivered as the Queen’s lunch.

  8. Posted May 10, 2013 at 6:36 pm | Permalink

    In accomplishing so, a lot more serious consequences can be prevented.
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