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Hunter x Hunter 83 – A Cut Above

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I was all set to have the finish to Gon’s battle as the highlight of this post, and then Kite had to upstage him by turning the forest into Silent Hill and carving the Chimera Ants like cake. If this and Kite’s boomstick are the bad rolls, then I’d hate to see what the good roll is! (That is a lie, of course. I am giddy at the thought of Kite murdering hordes of Chimera Ants with some crazy weapon. Fuck those bugs.)

Like Kite, however, I fear the days of easy Ant slaughter are coming to a close. The deadly premonition bugging Kite is not to be ignored; clearly, we already know about Rammot getting the Nen power-up, with Colt potentially following in his footsteps. (Also, things will not be well for poor Pokkle, either. I assume he will still be among the living when the Chimera Ants experiment on him. Not the greatest fate in the world.) There’s also the tiger Chimera Ant and his posse. This episode does reveal a bit more information that could cause problems, however: Namely, between the Squadron Leaders and the Queen there exists one more level in the hierarchy — the Royal Guard. We haven’t seen any of them yet, but they’re definitely coming eventually. It’s a safe bet that even a Nen-powered Rammot would be, well, an ant to them.

So, yes, the Chimera Ants are preparing many obstacles for Kite and company. The main hope, as Kite says, is that the infusion of individuality stemming from the use of humans as genetic bases has splintered the Chimera Ants. There are so many groups doing what they want whenever they want. Imagine if they were all organized and could exploit the Nen power-ups to the fullest extent? They would be a frightening, unstoppable foe. The arrogance that led that big group of Ants to challenge Gon and Killua one-on-one before Kite slaughtered them all is the thinking that is leading to their downfall at the moment. That won’t last forever, though.

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One thing I am really enjoying about the Chimera Ant right now is how every little detail feeds into Kite’s worry that he, Gon and Killua should carry themselves with caution. That paranoia is definitely carrying over to me. For instance, my first thought upon seeing this scene and the scene with the government officials that proceeded that was not, “NETERO!!!!!” (though I did think that later), but instead, “Holy shit, those bugs totally have to be spies for the Chimera Ants!” There’s just way too much focus on them in every scene, though that did get me briefly wondering if that’s what we’re supposed to think, and that they’re actually innocuous bugs. After all, they’re in all likelihood quite far away from the Chimera Ant colony. That whole thought process just results in a cycle that doesn’t resolve itself. Those bugs were all around for some juicy details, however. Should the Chimera Ants suddenly figure out who else is coming after them and that their foes know details about their organizational structure, then we know who to blame.

You see how that works, though. Kite is not taking anything in stride, so I am not taking anything in stride, either. Even what seems like satisfactory words and actions from Gon — who proves that he is ready, willing and able to kill Chimera Ants even though he is not really a killer by nature — are taken with worry by Kite. Gon has an easy time killing the Chimera Ants who live without honor; however, what of those who do? Would Gon kill Colt as easily as he does the others? Maybe. Maybe not. The question of killing often seems to dog shonen protagonists, but here there’s a frankness to it that makes it all the more compelling and nervewracking.

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I can’t close this post without at least paying some lip service to this. Holy crap. Killua’s precision in battle is impressive as always; I love the way he attacks the same spot again and again until it weakens just enough that he can exploit it. (It reminds me of one of the stories in the Golgo 13 anime, where Golgo snipes the same spot of bulletproof glass several times so that it weakens just enough for him to sneak a final bullet in and execute his target.) Gon’s insane strength will more often lead to more exploits that are impressive and frightening, though. I mean, he fucking crushes this Chimera Ant! Good lord! Enhancers are truly frightening Nen-users. Somewhere Uvogin’s spirit is sighing about the fact that he isn’t getting the opportunity to crush a horde of Chimera Ants.

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27 Comments

  1. Clinton
    Posted June 12, 2013 at 9:20 pm | Permalink

    Bit surprised the anime is putting so much focus on Hagya, Hina and Flutter. Still the 3 of them are entertaining so I don’t mind.

    Also Hagya is a Lion not a tiger. (Unless he is a mix which he could be.)

    • Shinmaru
      Posted June 15, 2013 at 7:08 am | Permalink

      Whatever, he’s one of those big cats.

  2. Gedata
    Posted June 12, 2013 at 11:40 pm | Permalink

    Baro (the Armadilloman) was oddly specific when descriping what he wants to do with people. Sometimes I get sick images in my head when I hear what some of these Ants want to do with our heroes. Like if Yunju and his cronies made them into human dogs, or if Rammot craps on Gon and Killua’s skulls. This week I got to imagine Baro making Gon go PLOP!

    • Shinmaru
      Posted June 15, 2013 at 7:09 am | Permalink

      PLOP PLOP

  3. Gedata
    Posted June 12, 2013 at 11:46 pm | Permalink

    Now that you bring up Uvo, you reminded just how much the Shadow Beasts remind me of the Ants, especially this dude. http://hunterxhunter.wikia.com/wiki/Worm

    • Shinmaru
      Posted June 15, 2013 at 7:11 am | Permalink

      Ugh, yeah, now that you mention it those guys were like the Chimera Ants in a way lol

  4. Canary Paint
    Posted June 13, 2013 at 1:03 am | Permalink

    Yeah… Those regular bugs ahowing up in various scenes are nerve wracking as hell.

    And yeah… Total agreement… Fuck those bugs!

    And repeating a comment I wrote before… I want to see Rammot get wasted so bad in some probably difficult but also spectacular way.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted June 15, 2013 at 7:17 am | Permalink

      When Rammot is defeated, I imagine it will be a Pyrrhic victory.

  5. rubberluffy
    Posted June 13, 2013 at 5:06 am | Permalink

    I really think the little bugs in those scenes are symbolic. Like, insects are pretty much everywhere, and most people don’t even pay them any mind, or if they do, they treat them like…well, insects. But the Chimera Ants are still insects and as such will multiply like them, as that graph showed. Only, you can’t ignore the Ants…

    Just my interpretation.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted June 15, 2013 at 7:21 am | Permalink

      Probably. But I can’t help but wonder …

  6. Billish
    Posted June 13, 2013 at 8:13 am | Permalink

    I thought the bugs in each scene served as a kind of indicator of what the character was doing / thinking, rather than any sort of symbol or plot essential reason. Or perhaps it foreshadows how the ants spread and divide in the world.

    • Clinton
      Posted June 13, 2013 at 10:41 am | Permalink

      Why must you tempt me.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted June 15, 2013 at 7:23 am | Permalink

      or maybe THEY’RE EVIL BUGS

      • Billish
        Posted June 16, 2013 at 8:45 am | Permalink

        maybe… or … MAYBE NOT!

  7. Dree
    Posted June 13, 2013 at 10:54 am | Permalink

    I should note that this may have been the only time Gon has ever killed something.

    Then I remembered Ants can survive as long as they have their heads. So Gon still has a no Kill record.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted June 15, 2013 at 7:23 am | Permalink

      Haha, man, that ant is going to have a shitty life if it survived that.

  8. Canary Paint
    Posted June 13, 2013 at 6:45 pm | Permalink

    Warning… *EXTREMELY GOOFY & UNSERIOUS SPECULATION*

    Due to the foreshadowing element of the normal insects throughout this episode, I predict the ants will take over half of the world, the Hunter Association will be protecting the other half, and Hunter X Hunter will become a cold war political drama! ;-p

    • Shinmaru
      Posted June 15, 2013 at 7:24 am | Permalink

      I would totally be fine with this.

    • Stef
      Posted June 15, 2013 at 1:09 pm | Permalink

      How do you get political with giant bugs that want to eat you?

      • Billish
        Posted June 16, 2013 at 8:47 am | Permalink

        They are produced from only the best, top crop humans tho. If anything, they represent the ultimate form of humahn.

  9. Gunslinger
    Posted June 13, 2013 at 7:32 pm | Permalink

    Seriously, every week madhouse seems to take things one level higher. The music, the animation, my god I got shivers.

    I don’t have much to say but I do want to direct everyone to Guardian Enzo’s post on the latest episode. He has a very interesting theory on Kite’s bad spin

    • Shinmaru
      Posted June 15, 2013 at 7:27 am | Permalink

      Read it after you commented, and yeah, pretty interesting. Wish I’d thought of that angle myself.

  10. Taka
    Posted June 15, 2013 at 2:56 am | Permalink

    With all groups honing in on Chimera Ant Territory I’m wondering if we are gonna get to see some Hisoka (and Phantom Troupe) action coming onto the scene. It seems like it would be unfortunate to leave some of your major players on the sideline.

    (Though I guess that’s where Leorio and Kurapika have been so maybe I am speaking too soon)

    • Shinmaru
      Posted June 15, 2013 at 7:28 am | Permalink

      That would be pretty great. Any excuse for more Phantom Troupe is cool with me.

    • Kenjeran
      Posted June 15, 2013 at 9:19 am | Permalink

      Haha don’t worry about that, they’ll be back in action. Not so soon though
      (I hope this doesn’t count as spoiler :s)

    • Billish
      Posted June 16, 2013 at 8:49 am | Permalink

      Hunter x Hunter, from what I’ve read / seen, doesn’t care about no major characters. They’ll be back when they are… or something – but for me it’s what makes this series so fucking great.

  11. gedata
    Posted June 16, 2013 at 10:11 pm | Permalink

    First rule of Chimera Ant Fight Club, you don’t run from Chimera Ant Fight Club. Second rule of Chimera Ant Fight Club, YOU DON’T RUN FROM CHIMERA ANT FIGHT CLUB!

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