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Hunter x Hunter 79 – The Koala Mafia


I enjoy that the Chimera Ant designs are getting more ridiculous rather than less so. I cannot wait to see the next batch of bizarre creatures the Queen shits out.

But not everything is happy happy joy joy in the world of the Chimera Ants. This episode builds on the last by showing more of the Chimera Ants flashing their individuality in more brazen ways, pushing the limits of what they can and can’t do like children testing their parents’ patience. Colt and the penguin are correct when they say it’s behavior they have to crush quickly — it’s all well and good when they’re running around killing humans and stuff, but what happens when all the delicious humans are gone? Something tells me these rebellious Ants aren’t going to be too interested in kickin’ it and taking orders from whatever King the Queen poops out.

That said, even if there are a few cracks in the armor, it doesn’t seem as if they’ll be easy to defeat. The question of whether the Ants can develop Nen abilities is still up in the air, but as the koala mafia leader demonstrates, they can develop some sort of powers. I guess he has spit bullets? That’s not such a great way to die. The Ants also have sharp claws and stingers and such, but that’s not going to be great against folks like Pokkle who can attack from a distance. (By the way, Pokkle’s Nen bow and arrow is pretty rad.) Developing some sort of counter to that — whether it’s Nen-based or not — would seem imperative to not having their faces roasted. Working together would seem the obvious solution, but the Ants developing more selfish, individualistic tendencies may put a stop to that. Really, though, we won’t know the full might of the Chimera Ants until the Queen eats a Nen user. (Assuming that she has not already done so, of course.)


NGL’s immigration process gave me a good laugh. They’ve set up a good racket, haven’t they? “You can’t wear any of this stuff into our country, and, oh, BY THE WAY, we’re totally selling our own line of clothing that you can buy and wear here! Just up these stairs!” The workers are so smug, too, when they explain how they’re allowed to use advanced technology because they’re not technically within the NGL border. Whatever, those computers didn’t look so advanced, anyway. They probably shit the bed at least a couple of times a day. Who do they call for tech support in that case? They’re literally the only people allowed to use technology! When one of their computers breaks down, they probably have to write a letter and then wait until the person rides in on horseback to fix the computer.

That won’t matter for long, though, because NGL is descending into chaos. I wonder how much that dude at the immigration office will trust the process of nature running its course when he’s the one staring into the maw of a Chimera Ant? This country is pretty much fucked, especially since the Chimera Ants are already kicking down the doors of the secret, shadowy headquarters. And did the narrator already straight up identify that dude sitting in the chair as NGL’s ruler?? Wow, didn’t take long for the series to confirm my extrapolation from last week. I was right for once! Let me bask in the glow of my (presumed) correctness.

tl;dr drug running is bad and you probably shouldn’t do it, or else mutant ants will eat you

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  1. Posted May 14, 2013 at 4:53 pm | Permalink

    Mr. Pink.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted May 15, 2013 at 9:48 pm | Permalink

      I wonder if Koala was born with knowledge of tipping culture?

  2. gedata
    Posted May 14, 2013 at 4:57 pm | Permalink

    No fake oppais in NGL, they like em natural

    • Mr. Anon
      Posted May 14, 2013 at 9:54 pm | Permalink

      I’m curious if that was the reason why lady bubblegum didn’t go into the country … just scientific curiosity of course

      • Shinmaru
        Posted May 15, 2013 at 10:01 pm | Permalink

        The gum chewing may be a hint at some dental work? I dunno, I’m reaching here.

  3. Cirith
    Posted May 14, 2013 at 4:57 pm | Permalink

    One flame arrow in the face and down they go, how puny and weak. Gon and Killua could probably take care of the entire current ant army alone.
    But I like the design varity.

    • Salce
      Posted May 14, 2013 at 11:34 pm | Permalink

      Well, those were just grunts.

      Though the squadron leaders doesn’t seem too strong neither, considering they don’t have nen.

      • Shinmaru
        Posted May 15, 2013 at 10:20 pm | Permalink

        I’m trying to avoid judging too much before the tougher Ants actually come up against strong competition. From all the talk of this arc, I somehow doubt Gon and company will be squashing the Chimera Ants like Hulk Hogan against a squad of jobbers. :p

  4. gedata
    Posted May 14, 2013 at 5:06 pm | Permalink

    On an unrelated. I think Stick should change his name to Meatball, I mean, his hair look at it!

    • Shinmaru
      Posted May 15, 2013 at 10:23 pm | Permalink

      He does look quite delicious.

  5. Clinton
    Posted May 14, 2013 at 5:31 pm | Permalink

    Ah the Royal Guards are being created. They are some of the best villains this series has ever seen.

    Also the penguin has a really weird name Peggy. It just does not fit the deep voiced penguin.

    • gedata
      Posted May 14, 2013 at 5:33 pm | Permalink

      Peggy is cute, his name is cute, your argument is invalid.

      • Shinmaru
        Posted May 15, 2013 at 10:24 pm | Permalink


      • Ana
        Posted May 16, 2013 at 1:56 am | Permalink

        I concur. Peggy is the most adorable ant ever.

  6. Gunslinger
    Posted May 14, 2013 at 6:49 pm | Permalink

    Ever since this arc started I’ve been finding it hard to post anything. Partly because I’m finding it hard to avoid post spoilers but also because I cant wait for these early episodes to finish and for the shit to really hit the fan.
    Also that koala was super cute.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted May 15, 2013 at 10:28 pm | Permalink

      Quite adorable.

  7. Stef
    Posted May 14, 2013 at 6:54 pm | Permalink

    Because of all the hype around this arc I was expecting horrible ant monstrosities, and I got a pink koala in a suit. Which is definitely better.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted May 15, 2013 at 10:31 pm | Permalink

      I want the panda to ride on one of the monstrous creatures.

  8. Lazy
    Posted May 14, 2013 at 8:42 pm | Permalink

    I really like the little hints of romance between Pokkle and Ponzu.

    • Pusswookie
      Posted May 14, 2013 at 10:29 pm | Permalink

      But that makes me feel like one [or both] of them is going to die :/

      Why the fuck has no one clued Ponzu in on Nen yet? Doesn’t she know that the Nenless masses are all a bunch of chumps?

      • kamen rider Dragon
        Posted May 15, 2013 at 1:14 am | Permalink

        I imagine she doesn’t know much since she’s not a hunter

      • Shinmaru
        Posted May 15, 2013 at 10:32 pm | Permalink

        “But that makes me feel like one [or both] of them is going to die :/”

        Basically. As soon as Ponzu smiled with her head on Pokkle’s back, I detached myself from that relationship in a fuckin’ HURRY.

    • NormalMar
      Posted May 15, 2013 at 12:22 am | Permalink

      They sure are cute together

  9. Canary Paint
    Posted May 14, 2013 at 8:56 pm | Permalink

    I think Manbearpig is a chimera ant.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted May 15, 2013 at 10:33 pm | Permalink


  10. Gunslinger
    Posted May 14, 2013 at 9:47 pm | Permalink

    I wonder why the girls in Kite’s group dropped out though. None of them seemed to have any silicone implants.

    • gedata
      Posted May 14, 2013 at 10:28 pm | Permalink

      She has fillings in her teeth from all the cavities her gum gives her. How cruel! Her love for gum has cost her the privelege of entering NGL. Actually, it may have been for the better since things are about to get real dangerous with those nutty Chimera Ants running amok.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted May 15, 2013 at 10:34 pm | Permalink

      I think the silicone implants were mentioned specifically to get you thinking dirty thoughts!

  11. Posted May 14, 2013 at 10:43 pm | Permalink

    >not mentioning the glorious official PokklexPonzu pairing we got this episode
    You are a cold, cold person.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted May 15, 2013 at 10:35 pm | Permalink

      I’ll be sure to give them a nice obituary once one (or both) bite it. You know it’s coming!

  12. Ana
    Posted May 15, 2013 at 11:53 am | Permalink

    Yeah, peeps, let’s try keeping the nudgenudgewinkwink spoilery shit out of these comments.

    Pink Koala is best – that’s an advantage you get over the black-and-white manga I guess.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted May 15, 2013 at 10:36 pm | Permalink

      That’s one of my favorite things about anime adaptations of manga — seeing everything with color!

  13. Dilys
    Posted May 16, 2013 at 8:47 am | Permalink

    I know HxH is far from over as a series, but has it(either the remake or the original) managed to land a spot in your top 30?

    • Shinmaru
      Posted May 16, 2013 at 3:32 pm | Permalink

      Not the original, though I like it a lot. It’s difficult for me to evaluate the remake while it’s still going on. I don’t like to think about that kind of stuff until a show is complete.

      • gedata
        Posted May 16, 2013 at 3:42 pm | Permalink

        I’m sure you’ll at least consider it once it finishes (which will probs be in one and 1/2 years from now, for me, this series could enter 9/10 territory (it’s been in 8/10 territory this whole time really, the manga too because of Togashi related beefs)if they handle the new stuff well.

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