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Hunter x Hunter 82 – Killer Killua

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Oh yeah, it’s definitely been a while since we’ve seen this side of Killua. I really like how the respective battles each flow according to the respective fighting styles of each combatant. You’ve got Killua, who makes quick work of his opponent through efficient attacks that quickly decimate her limbs, and through deception, after which he goes for the fast kill. Kite has grace and agility on his side and works his opponent into a frenzy while he calmly blows him away with his Nen weapon. Then there’s Gon, baiting his Ant so that he can wreck him with the power strike, but he throws a bit of a curveball in at the end; still, he’s not totally experienced yet, so Kite has to give Gon a bit of help with the Ant’s final sneak attack at the end.

I really love the running theme of Kite being this crazy, hardened survivalist giving Gon and Killua tips for staying alive. It gives a nice spin to some normal shonen fighting situations. For instance, the whole “don’t look away” thing would normally be used for something like you have to feel the other person’s suffering so that it can power up your heart even more in battle!! But here Kite is all, “Don’t close your eyes, because those fuckers might chuck shit at you, and that’s not cool.” Or when Yunju is stomping his “pets,” normally the drama would be played up like crazy, but while there’s definitely drama here, Kite plays it matter of factly by telling Gon to stay back, because rushing in is what the Ants what them to do.

Kite warned them: they’re stepping into Hell. Ain’t no time to fuck around with emotions and stuff when their lives are on the line. The Ants are going to do anything they can to defeat them. Making mistakes isn’t an option. Killua’s got this down pat, but Gon still has learning to do since he’s the Enhancer and thus tends a bit toward brute force over thought at the moment — note how Kite mostly addresses Gon when he’s doling out lessons. Gon’s use of the scissors in his attack does show that he is approaching his power more thoughtfully, though. Gotta take advantage when your opponent doesn’t know what’s coming!

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Yes, Kite, teach me about the mistakes of my youth– I MEAN WHAT NOTHING

One subtle bit of comedy I like is during the fight between Gon and that Ant with all the arms. He starts off buried in his thoughts, trying to work a proper strategy to fight Gon without getting killed in the process. He keeps going back and forth, convincing himself that his initial plan was good before reworking and tweaking it. Yunju gets impatient and fights Kite; when that battle is over, we go back to the other battle, only to see that the Ant is still thinking through his fight strategy while Gon is standing there, charging his attack, implying that this has been going on the whole time. It gave me a good chuckle, and I appreciate that the show doesn’t go out of its way to highlight it or point out that it’s supposed to be funny. It just lets the moment breathe on its own.

That might be the last bit of comedy we get for a while, though, particularly considering the ending, where something we’ve all speculated on has come to fruition: The Chimera Ants can indeed learn Nen, and Rammot is ready to fuck some people up. (In the preview there’s even a brief shot of him getting ornery with Colt, which I imagine will not go down well at all.) It seems kind of bullshit that Rammot learns it just because, whereas it took Gon, Killua and others a great deal more time to do so even when they themselves were outliers. It’s obviously not unheard of for people to learn Nen on their own — I assume that’s how most of the more villainous characters in the series went about it — but still. Not a dealbreaker for me, but still something to swallow.

I wonder how far the story will go with it, though. I can’t imagine it will stop at giving the Ants Nen power ups simply to have enhanced strength and such. Will they master it to the point where they can develop unique powers? I’m really interested in that. Whatever the case, Kite, Gon and Killua aren’t going to have an easy march to the Chimera Ant nest now.

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51 Comments

  1. Posted June 2, 2013 at 9:15 pm | Permalink

    Rammot learning nen is actually something I didn’t fully understand until this remake came around. He went through the ‘fast’ initiation nen users go through in Heaven’s Arena. If someone attacks you with nen, it either opens the aura channels in your body or kills you. Rammot survived and now he’s overflowing with nen like Killua and Gon during their training with Wing.

    Really an impressive episode and Kite’s graceful moves was awesome to watch.

  2. Gunslinger
    Posted June 2, 2013 at 9:15 pm | Permalink

    Wow, madhouse really went all out for the animation in this episode. The fight scenes were really awesome.

    Also its not that strange that rammot learns to use nen, as they explain in the Heaven’s tower arc that it is possible to initiate one to nen with a really powerful blast. Its also kinda similar to what wing did to gon and killua.

    Edit :- Aaah Ninja’ed already

    • Shinmaru
      Posted June 5, 2013 at 4:41 pm | Permalink

      Yep, Madhouse has really brought it for every big fight since Hisoka vs. Gon at Heavens Arena. Good stuff.

  3. Posted June 2, 2013 at 9:18 pm | Permalink

    It’s actually not that far-fetched the way Rammot learned Nen. In Heaven’s Arena Wing “baptized” Gon and Killua to open their pores since they had to learn Nen quickly to get past Hisoka. The same thing happened last episode except Rammot got baptized the hard way

    Edit: Bahaha all 3 of us tried to say the same thing X D

  4. Shinmaru
    Posted June 2, 2013 at 9:23 pm | Permalink

    lol OK three people swooping in at the same time reminding me of something I’d forgotten. Thanks!

  5. Gunslinger
    Posted June 2, 2013 at 9:27 pm | Permalink

    Also is it just me or did Rammot look a bit like Hisoka during his evil laughing power scene. Must be the eyes.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted June 5, 2013 at 4:41 pm | Permalink

      I can’t stop thinking that he looks like Nobunaga.

  6. Gedata
    Posted June 2, 2013 at 9:28 pm | Permalink

    Flipping Killua’s switch will cause him to unleash a storm of flailing sakuga arm noodles at you. Seriously, it was like watching a pair of deflating balloons.

  7. Thomas
    Posted June 2, 2013 at 9:33 pm | Permalink

    I found hard to belive fact that Kilua allowed himself to be stabbed – counting on his immunity to poison. You know: in battle enemy can do “Everything” to you, once he is allowed to hit you, especially if you dont know fully his force/secret tricks. So I would say Killua failed in this fight – he could be easily killed (possibility of acid/fire spewing tail comes to my mind)…

    • Shinmaru
      Posted June 5, 2013 at 4:43 pm | Permalink

      That’s a good point. Luck does count as much as skill in battle, though.

  8. blackice85
    Posted June 2, 2013 at 9:54 pm | Permalink

    I have a feeling Killua will have an easier time here due to his background as an assassin.

    I agree it’s a little cheap for Rammot to just learn Nen all of a sudden, but I feel like their fast learning is part of what they are. After all, I don’t think any of them are more than a few weeks old, right?

    • Shinmaru
      Posted June 5, 2013 at 4:44 pm | Permalink

      Killua’s assassin training does give him one up on Gon in many ways. I think that’s also why Gon makes the splashier advances in his training. He has more ground to cover than Killua.

  9. Posted June 2, 2013 at 10:15 pm | Permalink

    Great episode on the whole, if a bit inconsistent. The forty arm ant dude strategizing with the quiz music playing in the background was a bit jarring, especially when you realize he’s been doing that for the entirety of two of the fights, but everything else was so damn good it’s easy to disregard some of the blemishes. There are some parts which work better in manga form, but damn, this was really, really good.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted June 5, 2013 at 4:46 pm | Permalink

      It is a bit jarring, but I think it’s jarring in a funny way. It gets across how strong Gon, Killua and Kite are.

  10. Canary Paint
    Posted June 2, 2013 at 11:03 pm | Permalink

    I had also forgotten how Rammot could become aware of nen. Thanks for the reminder…

    I am perturbed that it is the most annoying of the ants that gets nen first, but surely there building him up to be the one it will be most enjoying to see die by the protagonist’s hands.

    Love to see me some “finally that bastard bought it” moments…

    • Ana
      Posted June 3, 2013 at 4:48 pm | Permalink

      By the way, people who want to avoid being spoiled, please stop reading right now. Just scrooooll back up and never look back. Every comment above this line is safe. Below this, not so much.

      spoiler warning

      spoiler warning

      spoiler warning

      potential spoilers below this line last warning

      • Clinton
        Posted June 3, 2013 at 6:02 pm | Permalink

        Your a tad early. Quite only one comment was unsafe. It’s been edited out.

      • Ana
        Posted June 4, 2013 at 9:39 pm | Permalink

        To the contrary, your hints as to what’s going to happen next are preeetty damn tiresome as well. Quit harping on things like “oooh, an awesome character is going to come soon wheee”. Let anime-first viewers enjoy the surprise goddamnit.

      • Clinton
        Posted June 5, 2013 at 3:33 am | Permalink

        I only said it once before and I was incorrect. Anyway I have not said anything about the upcoming character and nothing has been spoiled. This is also the only character I am even going to hint at because of him/her being my favorite character.

        Anyway this is the last time I will post on this character until he/she shows up. Everyone will know who I am talking about next week or the week after if the show is slow.

      • Shinmaru
        Posted June 5, 2013 at 4:50 pm | Permalink

        Ana had actually commented before I made my edit.

        Anywaaaaaaaaay, let’s not fight in the comments. I don’t want to put the hammer down too hard, because lord knows I’ve made my share of “next part is gonna be awesome!!” comments (when I knew what was going on , at least), but let’s all try to limit them as much as we can. We can wait until our favorite parts actually happen to squee with delight. :) (I do hear tell that some gruesome shit is coming up soon.)

  11. Clinton
    Posted June 3, 2013 at 2:47 am | Permalink

    Looks like I was wrong. The person I was looking out for won’t come until next week at least.

    Anyway fun fact. Kite’s fight with Yunju was offscreen in the manga. The multiarmed guy was sliced up and shot through the head by Kite who gave his speech while revealing Yunju’s corpse.

    • Gedata
      Posted June 3, 2013 at 9:26 pm | Permalink

      You’re wrong again, that character will not show up next week. If the pacing improves, you might be correct though.

  12. Stef
    Posted June 3, 2013 at 8:26 am | Permalink

    The POV shot was great. And funny too!

  13. Canary Paint
    Posted June 3, 2013 at 1:19 pm | Permalink

    *SPOILER kinda…* Oh yeah.. By the way… Gon has been doing “rock… paper… eeehhhhyyyygghhh…” for awhile. I have been waiting for his scissors move. Pulling it out all of the sudden means he has beem praciting, yo…

    • Nree
      Posted June 3, 2013 at 6:59 pm | Permalink

      Huh? What the hell are you talking about?

  14. Canary Paint
    Posted June 3, 2013 at 1:25 pm | Permalink

    Shinmaru edit: Not sure if you’re a manga reader or not, so I don’t know if this is just idle speculation, but just to be safe, I am wiping this from the record. No hard feelings. Let’s make sure to clearly mark whether we’re speculating or not!

    • Pusswookie
      Posted June 3, 2013 at 4:18 pm | Permalink

      Really man? Really? If you’re going to ask our opinion about spoilers, then at least do it in a more subtle way. Fuck.

  15. Pusswookie
    Posted June 3, 2013 at 11:24 pm | Permalink

    I no longer like Canary (the bird or the color), paint, or any combination thereof.

  16. Canary Paint
    Posted June 4, 2013 at 12:24 am | Permalink

    My sincere apologies especially to Pusswookie… That was actually 100% speculation. I will clearly mark it as such in the future. I know nothing of the manga except for whatever comments get made about it here.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted June 4, 2013 at 1:08 am | Permalink

      No problem! I don’t hold it against you at all. Can’t be too careful, you know? :)

    • Pusswookie
      Posted June 4, 2013 at 1:41 am | Permalink


      Alright. I’m still reasonably sure that you’ve read the manga and this is your attempt at being a Good Samaritan by trying to divert us from taking your previous comment seriously, but whatever. I might be thinking too deeply into that.
      It’s probably going to happen though and I’ll be slightly less surprised, but I doubt that it’ll seriously impact my enjoyment of the show.
      In any case, it’s all good.

  17. gedata
    Posted June 4, 2013 at 2:43 am | Permalink

    http://i.imgur.com/0sQoBrF.png

    the main character of “My Little Chimera Ant Can’t Be this Cute”

    Don’t you want to take here home so she could torture you to death and eat your guts?

    • Clinton
      Posted June 4, 2013 at 3:16 am | Permalink

      Ah Hina she is quite adorable. I doubt she is mean enough to torture you to death however. Rip your head off and eat you yeah, but she would not torture you.

    • Pusswookie
      Posted June 4, 2013 at 3:32 am | Permalink

      Her silly hat will never fill the hole in my heart left by Ponzu.

      • gedata
        Posted June 4, 2013 at 5:48 pm | Permalink

        Your face when you realize she would’ve probably devoured Ponzu if she had the chance.

      • Pusswookie
        Posted June 5, 2013 at 4:49 am | Permalink

        That’d be 2moe4me.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted June 5, 2013 at 4:51 pm | Permalink

      mooooooooooooooooooooe~

  18. gedata
    Posted June 4, 2013 at 2:49 am | Permalink

    Also, since Hisoka hasn’t been around for awhile, I thought I’d share this.

    The 1999 voice actors are all in tow if I’m not mistaken. Kinda miss Hisoka’s old VA, he was awesomely creepy, heck I liked the acting there better in general.

    • Cirith
      Posted June 4, 2013 at 3:26 pm | Permalink

      Quite fun that video.

      (But it would be really hard to use bungee gum to manipulate a single person like a puppet, a whole group? No way.)

      • Billish
        Posted June 4, 2013 at 11:58 pm | Permalink

        Probably a lot easier for Hisoka than you’d think. The guys a maniac

    • Shinmaru
      Posted June 5, 2013 at 4:53 pm | Permalink

      I don’t even know how to react to this.

  19. Billish
    Posted June 5, 2013 at 12:05 am | Permalink

    This episode was pretty damn good. I can’t wait to see what other weapons Kite’s Nen ability can produce. Also, to weigh in on the Rammot Nen thing and how the ants learn in general… I see it as they’re super evolved. Who knows how many humans / animals it took to make each ant (especially the king). They’re like a hyperbreed of everything that was put in the potbelly, so it’s understandable that they’d have a strong base for many abilities.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted June 5, 2013 at 4:54 pm | Permalink

      I wonder what the craziest weapon Kite’s Nen ability can produce is.

      • Pusswookie
        Posted June 5, 2013 at 10:44 pm | Permalink

        Doesn’t really matter, he’ll inevitably stick with the scythe.

      • Langer
        Posted June 7, 2013 at 12:25 am | Permalink

        Come on lucky 8, come on lucky 8

        OH MOTHER ****!??!!…I wanted the bug spray weapon, when am I ever going to be in another situation when I actually need it!

      • Pusswookie
        Posted June 8, 2013 at 1:52 am | Permalink

        Well now we know the reason why Kite came up with such an impractical Nen ability; to sate his gambling addiction.

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