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Hunter x Hunter 81 – Horse Meat


Who says you can’t enjoy a bit of horse meat? Just get a giant rotisserie, and you’re good to go!

Hello, I am back from Anime Boston! It was a fun time. I’m mulling whether to do a recap post; I’m way behind on several things I need to do, so the time may just not be available. We’ll see. It all depends on how the next couple of days unfold. Also, I am still in Recovery Mode, so I decided to swap Hunter x Hunter and Flowers of Evil, since the latter normally takes a bit more energy for me to discuss. So here we are with a screenshot of horses with tree branches driven through them. I don’t know why, but I kind of want to see the process of actually getting the horses onto the trees. Did Rammot leap up and slam dunk the horses onto the branches? Inquiring minds want to know!

The big event here is Gon and Killua going up against their first Chimera Ant. Kite makes it clear that he could beat the shit out of Rammot whenever he wants; otherwise, he’d never take the chance of letting Gon and Killua take the lead in the battle while he leans against the horse kebab. Gon and Killua make a nice team. They fly around everywhere, feeling Rammot out, and then they get a nice couple of attacks that naturally flow into one another. Gon’s ridiculous punch is difficult land on an opponent who isn’t intimidated or immobile, so Killua’s stunning lightning strike is a perfect complement to that maneuver. What kills it is that Gon has to stand still to concentrate the energy needed to unleash the punch at its most powerful. If he ever learns how to charge it up while on the move, then holy shit.

This fight also provides more evidence that the sturdier Chimera Ants can hold their own against Nen attacks, but also that they’re not unbreakable. Sheer adrenaline (or whatever the Chimera Ant equivalent is) allows Rammot to be angry enough to ignore the pain, but the scene afterward shows that while Gon and Killua’s attacks aren’t yet fatal, they still hurt a LOT. It’s probably best for Gon and Killua that they didn’t see that, though, just so that they rest on their laurels a bit less. I wonder if Gon will explore any new attacks soon. Killua already has some new tricks up his sleeve, after all. Gotta keep up, Gon!


Killua showing off his guns to Kite.

Notably after the previous episode, there’s not much with Pokkle in this one aside from discussions of his nutritional value. Remember: A Pokkle a day keeps the doctor away! I get the feeling that he hasn’t been dumped into one of those food sacs the Queen is surrounded by, though. Or maybe he is and we’ll get to see what it’s like from the inside to be eaten alive by the Chimera Ant Queen. That would be a pretty fucked up way to go out. Who knows what sorts of juices and gases and whatever naturally keep the flesh fresh inside those things?

One more thing I’m enjoying: Colt trying to keep the Chimera Ants together through talking and negotiation. It’s interesting that while he’s clearly an intimidating dude, Colt is more about explaining his ideas and why he believes others should follow along than forcing them into it. Maybe he wants his soldiers to follow the Chimera Ant Queen of their own accord rather than being forced into it and possibly growing to resent her. I wonder if treating clearly resistant Ants that way will actually work, but it seems as if Colt can hold his own, so if one of their own threatened him, he could probably beat them into submission. But yeah, I enjoy the behind the scenes peeks into their culture and how individualism disrupts their collectivist instincts.


Also, more moe old man spider.

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  1. Vast
    Posted May 27, 2013 at 10:41 pm | Permalink

    Something funny and scary, I always visit this blog on tuesdays to read your reviews of HxH. But today I “felt” you were going to make your review earlier so I came here today. And I was right…

    • Shinmaru
      Posted June 1, 2013 at 3:43 pm | Permalink

      But did you foresee that I would wait so long to reply to comments?!

  2. NormalMar
    Posted May 28, 2013 at 1:30 am | Permalink

    Bunny’s face when Colt took him away tho. So angry

    • Shinmaru
      Posted June 1, 2013 at 3:47 pm | Permalink

      The angriest. I love it.

  3. il-Palazzo
    Posted May 28, 2013 at 3:39 am | Permalink

    My own idea on Colt is that, being an ant, he – and probably the Chimera Ants as a whole – still quite don’t realize there’s a thing like “forcing you own team to do something” yet. You’re an ant. You’re supposed to be doing what’s best for the hive. All you have to do is explain clearly and they will understand.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted June 1, 2013 at 3:48 pm | Permalink

      I think he wants to lead by example since he believes it would be better for the group.

  4. gedata
    Posted May 28, 2013 at 2:32 pm | Permalink

    This arc ends with Rammot crapping on Gon and Killua’s skulls and crushing them. Sorry for the spoilers, thought I’d save you guys the disappointment.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted June 1, 2013 at 3:49 pm | Permalink

      Does he get poop on his foot when he crushes Gon and Killua’s skulls?

  5. Clinton
    Posted May 28, 2013 at 5:46 pm | Permalink

    Next episode should introduce one of the best villains in Hunter x Hunter.

    • gedata
      Posted May 28, 2013 at 6:08 pm | Permalink

      no, next month

      • Clinton
        Posted May 28, 2013 at 8:28 pm | Permalink

        No it should be next episode. You may be thinking of a different person then I am.

      • Gedata
        Posted May 28, 2013 at 8:47 pm | Permalink

        There are plenty of great antagonists, so perhaps. But I still doubt that something like that will happen next episode. Go ahead and tell me how wrong I am next week if you happen to be right, I kind of hope so.

  6. gedata
    Posted May 28, 2013 at 8:21 pm | Permalink

    Oh how these ants grow up so fast! it felt like it was just yesterday that they hatched, and now they’re already in their rebellious phase! Especially rambunctious lion, Yunju, and Rammot.

    • Clinton
      Posted May 28, 2013 at 8:30 pm | Permalink

      His name is Hagya. Though he changes his name later into Leol for some reason.

      • Shinmaru
        Posted June 1, 2013 at 3:50 pm | Permalink

        I think I’ll just call him Rambunctious Lion.

  7. Ana
    Posted May 29, 2013 at 2:22 am | Permalink

    Can we stop dropping hints and info and spoilers from the manga here? Please? Reminder that Shinmaru is watching this without manga knowledge. Let him enjoy events as they unfold, all right?

    • gedata
      Posted May 29, 2013 at 2:27 am | Permalink

      Excitement always gets the better of us. It doesn’t help that the pacing has been painfully slow, thus keeping away all the super awesome but totally spoilery stuff for a bit too long. At least no one hinted at something major.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted June 1, 2013 at 3:52 pm | Permalink

      Yes, though I do appreciate people holding back when I pretty much guessed everything about NGL, haha.

  8. Taka
    Posted May 30, 2013 at 3:14 am | Permalink

    Kinda scary coincidence while I was watching this episode. Of all the things that get Rammot off he just had to impale the horses on a tree like the Shrike. Even Gon and Killua are like “holy shit that’s just like a Shrike”.

    I am reading a sci-fi novel called Hyperion by Dan Simmons that contains a god-creature known as a “The Shrike” that selectively impales its victims on an impossibly huge tree of metal thorns (each about 5 meters long) where, thanks to The Shrike’s control over time, they writhe in agony for all eternity.

    Its many-faceted ruby eyes gaze out through the darkness; through me. I hear its voice…like sand on bone…

    • NormalMar
      Posted May 30, 2013 at 2:11 pm | Permalink

      Oh shoot, I love Hyperion.

      Wow, and Rammot just got a little freakier to me.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted June 1, 2013 at 3:53 pm | Permalink

      Oh yeah, I am one of many who read Hyperion after seeing it in Haruhi Suzumiya, haha. That’s probably kind of sad, but it’s a good book, so whatever. I wasn’t as fond of the sequel, though.

  9. R1CK_D0M
    Posted May 31, 2013 at 12:31 am | Permalink

    I was under the impression that colt couldn’t necessarily beat his way into the others, because he’s not necessarily the strongest (being made out of small children and all).

    also I bet the don was that tiger guy.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted June 1, 2013 at 3:54 pm | Permalink

      Well, we’re not really sure exactly how many humans contribute to the formation of a Chimera Ant (at least, I don’t think it’s been specified), so there could be more than just the kids used as the base for Colt.

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