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Hunter x Hunter 84 – Nyaaruhodo

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Just look into lovely Neferpitou’s eyes and everything will be all right. Take a few minutes to stare. I don’t mind.

Now we have the answer to Colt’s question of how you get a dysfunctional group of individualistic Ants to work together for a common cause: You present them with someone who is so stupefyingly powerful that they have no choice but to get in line and take orders. It’s definitely a great way to debut the Queen’s Royal Guard. We see the individualism of humans surface in another way here — the desire to stay alive at all costs. Rammot recognizes immediately that Neferpitou is far stronger than he could hope to be; therefore, it’s in his best interests to bow down. His designs to be king were so short lived.

Likewise, Leol recognizes that Kite holds superior strength, so he retreats. Most series would denigrate Leol for being a coward and not standing up to fight, but Kite almost seems to regard Leol with a measure of respect for being smart enough to back down when fighting would be a fruitless effort. An enemy who knows their limits and weaknesses is surely someone who will one day be dangerous. I imagine Kite would have cut Leol down right there if finding the Chimera Ant nest weren’t a more important goal at the moment; honor is a virtue that stands in the way of survival on this land.

One last word on Leol: I found it pretty interesting that he retains his memories as a lion. In fact, he seems to identify more as a lion than anything else. Leol’s human qualities serve mainly to enhance his qualities as a lion; i.e., the ability to learn and get stronger instead of relying purely upon instinct. It’s another way of showing how individualized these stronger Chimera Ants are.

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I’ve avoided the elephant in the room just long enough. How about this scene, huh?! Good lord! I can sense a cheeky bit of dark humor with the setup of this shot making the room appear like a surgeon’s table with the light above and Pokkle laying back on the stone slab while Neferpitou pokes at Pokkle’s brain. It’s a horrifying scene, but as a horror fan, I couldn’t help but be a bit gleeful about it. The idea that you could directly pick at someone’s brain and manipulate them seems to me borrowed from one of the scores of B-movie horror flicks featuring mad scientists performing ghastly experiments and playing god. Nobody can really do this, but the idea that it could happen is what’s frightening. And wouldn’t it happen in a place such as this, with what seems like an unknowing, uncaring deity shining light down from above in this horrible hell?

The scene unfolds on the precipice of what is probably acceptable in a children’s show. The very idea is probably already beyond what’s acceptable; however, what’s shown is left more to the imagination than anything else. There’s never a clear shot of Neferpitou waggling Pokkle’s brain matter — there always seems to be a convenient shadow cast by his forearms. The main hint about what is going on is from Neferpitou reading about the brain and deciding to jump right in and see what presents itself. It’s quite the twisted example of how unnerving our own qualities can be when turned on us. What does Neferpitou show here if not curiosity? It’s just that we’re the experiments now; we’re the subjects of another creature expanding its knowledge. It’s but a small step to being pinned on someone’s scrapbook.

I also love the scene with Rammot and Neferpitou discovering their respective Nen alignments via water divination. It’s a dark mirror of when Gon and Killua once upon a time did the same with Wing. Such surprise, wonder and glee! But for us it’s also chilling. I enjoy the way this scene plays with the emotions of the audience. But I also got a chuckle out of the basic breakdown of the Ants’ plan to introduce Nen to the others: “So … we just hit each other a lot? Is that cool?” “Sure, go knock yourselves out.” (Or should that be nyaack yourselves out?)

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Anyway, I for one welcome our new cat-ant overlords.

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52 Comments

  1. gedata
    Posted June 18, 2013 at 7:21 pm | Permalink

    New rule: Anyone with a Neferpitou avatar must use “Nyaah” whenever applicable, like nyow.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted June 19, 2013 at 11:15 pm | Permalink

      I highly approve of this rule. So it shall be written, so it shall be done.

  2. gedata
    Posted June 18, 2013 at 7:25 pm | Permalink

    “The scene unfolds on the precipice of what is probably acceptable in a children’s show. The very idea is probably already beyond what’s acceptable; however, what’s shown is left more to the imagination than anything else. There’s never a clear shot of Neferpitou waggling Pokkle’s brain matter — there always seems to be a convenient shadow cast by his forearms”

    Interesting observation, there was actually a bit of censorship on Madhouse’s part, have a look.

    http://www.mangahere.com/manga/hunter_x_hunter/v19/c198/2.html

    Read 4 more pages to see what really became of our Archer friend.

    • Taka
      Posted June 19, 2013 at 3:38 am | Permalink

      I laughed.

      Togashi you dark sonofabitch.

      • Shinmaru
        Posted June 19, 2013 at 11:16 pm | Permalink

        I also laughed. So cruel, but so funny.

    • Someone Else
      Posted June 19, 2013 at 10:09 am | Permalink

      Kids’ Show yay!

    • Stef
      Posted June 19, 2013 at 4:56 pm | Permalink

      I rather think they chose to not adapt that last bit. It’s kind of goofy.

      • Shinmaru
        Posted June 19, 2013 at 11:17 pm | Permalink

        Probably correct. As much as it made me chuckle, it’s also at odds with the more serious tone the episode went for.

  3. Clinton
    Posted June 18, 2013 at 7:40 pm | Permalink

    Ah I love it. Neferpitou my favorite villain and character has nyow made her debut. (Infact she is the most popular villain) The pure power and dread she emits that surpasses the likes of Hisoka and Chrollo just adds so much to every scene.

    And yeah all the Manga did was make it clear that Neferpitou ripped the top of Pokkles head off. Also this was cut out.

    http://images.wikia.com/hunterx/images/6/67/Pokkle_getting_butchered.jpg

    • Shinmaru
      Posted June 19, 2013 at 11:18 pm | Permalink

      I can see why Neferpitou is so popular!

      • leokiko
        Posted June 25, 2013 at 5:51 pm | Permalink

        My favorite villain is the King though.

  4. Rihan
    Posted June 18, 2013 at 7:50 pm | Permalink

    Its been a while since I read the manga, so I can’t confirm but is Pitou a male or female?

    • Dree
      Posted June 18, 2013 at 7:55 pm | Permalink

      Lets not bring that up right nyow.

    • Pusswookie
      Posted June 19, 2013 at 3:55 am | Permalink

      You know what? I don’t give a shit what Neferpitou is; I’m masturbating to it and that’s that.

      • Shinmaru
        Posted June 19, 2013 at 11:21 pm | Permalink

        If I could +1 a comment, I would be doing it right now.

    • Stef
      Posted June 19, 2013 at 12:51 pm | Permalink

      Well if you want to compare them to real-life ants, the workers are sterile females and only the queen and prince can reproduce. But there are so many different species IRL that there might be one where the workers have both sexes.

      Of course, given how the chimera ants are made(phagogenesis), they may very well have sexes. At which point I can’t answer your question.

      My theory is that the sexual chromosomes of the prey eaten by the queen are incorporated into the resulting soldier and are expressed, but it’s still sterile.

      • Pusswookie
        Posted June 20, 2013 at 12:39 am | Permalink

        Now as curious as I am to see the ants getting their fuck on, this show, sadly, will never be licensed by HBO; so I’m just going to assume that they can, and are, behind the scenes.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted June 19, 2013 at 11:21 pm | Permalink

      My research into the matter has come up with the answer, “*shrug*”

  5. Gedata
    Posted June 18, 2013 at 8:29 pm | Permalink

    Here’s what happened: after Rammot picked him up, Pokkle decided to cut a deal with Pitou. The deal was that he would spill the beans on nen if he could get a pair of cool ant antennaes. During the installation, Pokkle held up his end of the bargain (he only sounded that way cuz he was tired). Pitou then sold him out to Porky.

  6. Canary Paint
    Posted June 18, 2013 at 8:52 pm | Permalink

    I am assuming there is some way out of this for our protagonists, but what villain can match up afterwards? If Gon and Killua can make it through, the likes of Hisoka and any number of evil cohorts will be such a joke.

    • Cirith
      Posted June 19, 2013 at 12:14 am | Permalink

      You underestimate Hisoka. You have seen what he can do with his ability when he uses his hands, yes. But he has yet to use his crotch!

      • Dree
        Posted June 19, 2013 at 12:22 am | Permalink

        Neferpitou is still on another level nyaah.

      • Pusswookie
        Posted June 19, 2013 at 4:04 am | Permalink

        I don’t know. The thing that I like most about HxH is that, since the introduction of Nen, the fights are mostly circumstantial [situation and planning goes a long way] and therefore seldom reliant on “power levels.” This is evidenced quite clearly by Gon’s victory against The Bomber and most occasions involving Kurapika.

        As such, I wouldn’t count Hisoka out just yet; he’d likely distract Pitou with some yarn or something while he lures her/it into a trap. He’s a sharp guy.

      • Dree
        Posted June 19, 2013 at 4:42 am | Permalink

        You would see why that would not work next episode nyaah.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted June 19, 2013 at 11:29 pm | Permalink

      The main thing about many of the Hunter x Hunter villains is that we’ve seen barely any of them fighting at full strength. Hisoka reserved his full strength for the battle with Chrollo Lucifer that never happened (and we didn’t see Chrollo fight at full strength against the Zoldycks, either). Maybe the only time we’ve seen a villain go all out is Uvogin’s fight against Kurapika. Everyone else holds back for one reason or another. I imagine none of the Ants will really hold back at all.

      So yeah, it’s difficult to compare strength because we don’t have much of a basis for comparison in the first place.

  7. Posted June 18, 2013 at 9:38 pm | Permalink

    Madhouse are doing such fantastic work on this show. Just checking those linked chapters of the manga, all the ideas and some of the shots are there, but it’s about as rough as a storyboard could possibly be. Translating that to the sense of overwhelming dread that permeates this episode (and this arc in general, actually) is really impressive work.

    • Jaysus
      Posted June 18, 2013 at 10:34 pm | Permalink

      Madhouse really is doing a great job fleshing out some of the material.

      • Shinmaru
        Posted June 19, 2013 at 11:33 pm | Permalink

        I chuckled at your phrasing.

  8. Clinton
    Posted June 18, 2013 at 10:31 pm | Permalink

    I remembered that when water divination happens a specialist sign is a unique thing that does not fit the others. So the fact that Neferpitou’s aura wilted the leaf just makes it creepier.

    • Clinton
      Posted June 19, 2013 at 2:05 am | Permalink

      Damn it I forgot the nyaah,

      nyaah

    • Shinmaru
      Posted June 19, 2013 at 11:36 pm | Permalink

      We haven’t seen any specialists take the water divination test before now, yeah? It would be interesting if each specialist’s reaction to the leaf were different.

      • Dree
        Posted June 19, 2013 at 11:40 pm | Permalink

        This is the how the water divination determines the type nyaah.

        If the volume of the water changes, the user is an Enhancer.
        If the taste of the water changes, the user is a Transmuter.
        If impurities appear in the water, the user is a Conjurer.
        If the color of the water changes, the user is an Emitter.
        If the leaf moves on the water’s surface, the user is a Manipulator.
        If a completely different change appears, the user is a Specialist.

        Meaning that the water divination is unique to the specialist.

  9. Taka
    Posted June 19, 2013 at 3:41 am | Permalink

    I also like how Neferpitou got the antennas from some random Chimera ant like no big deal.

    Also the seiyuu choice for Neferpitou (Fujimura Ayumi) is fucking perfect.

    • Pusswookie
      Posted June 19, 2013 at 3:54 am | Permalink

      Holy shit I thought that part was hilarious. Neferpitou just plucked them off and I was like, “Don’t they use those to see and communicate?”

    • Clinton
      Posted June 19, 2013 at 4:48 am | Permalink

      Well Taka nyow it is required that I link this. A song sung by Ayumi who is playing a catgirl.

      • Taka
        Posted June 19, 2013 at 8:45 am | Permalink

        Heheh why do you think I said Ayumi was perfect?

        (Tried to find Moe wa Kyouki Remix on youtube and failed.)

  10. Stef
    Posted June 19, 2013 at 1:07 pm | Permalink

    While introducing Neferpitou they managed to say something about Rammot and the huge difference between them without a direct display of power, with really neat images to boot. Though I feel we won’t see much more of him, this gave Rammot some depth he painfully lacked.

    Also, amateur brain surgery.

    • Canary Paint
      Posted June 19, 2013 at 8:32 pm | Permalink

      *SPECULATION* I don’t know. I think cuz Rammot is an enhancer, we will have an enhancer vs. enhancer battle between him and Gon. Man this series has really taken off with serious dark weirdness.

      And by the way… Y’all said this show has a children’s slot in Japan? My gosh… Yeah… It was lighter before the Chimera arc, but even then, there were crime gangs stealing eyes and Hisoka getting sexually aroused by how tough his children opponents would one day be.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted June 19, 2013 at 11:44 pm | Permalink

      Always nice, even with a minor villain!

  11. Posted June 19, 2013 at 4:58 pm | Permalink

    “What does Neferpitou show here if not curiosity?”

    So does this mean that Neferpitou will eventually die due to the knowledge she acquires about Nen?

    • duskchill
      Posted June 19, 2013 at 10:16 pm | Permalink

      You should never try to figure out what togashi is going to do with some character he is to unpredictable.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted June 19, 2013 at 11:45 pm | Permalink

      Hell if I know!

    • Cirith
      Posted June 20, 2013 at 12:31 am | Permalink

      Show ▼

  12. Gunslinger
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 4:54 am | Permalink

    I know this scene was supposed to be all shocking and everything but I couldn’t stop chuckling at the irony of a pig chopping up humans for lunch. This arc is so totally fucked up.

  13. arcanes
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 7:20 am | Permalink

    Damn this arc is so dark. saw movies are a children movies compare to this.
    And for all the Chimera Ants fan boys here(the characters not the arc) I’m sorry but the only thing in my mind when I see a Chimera Ant is go burn in hell!!! shit I know H x H is not a typical shounen but in this arc I wish that gon and company go super sayian and wipe those creepy ants.

    Sorry for my rage but I can’t help but feel that we only just begun this horrific train ride. and needing to wait week after week is starting to get to me. good arc and all but too dark for me.

  14. Posted June 20, 2013 at 1:20 pm | Permalink

    I’m just gonna come here every week and say “it gets better” every time.

    • Gunslinger
      Posted June 20, 2013 at 4:51 pm | Permalink

      I wish scamp was watching HxH. This is one show which actually gets better!

  15. Canary Paint
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 2:40 pm | Permalink

    *GOOFY PREDICTION*

    To beat the chimera ants, the Hunter’s Association will have to gather the baddest ass hunters they can find, and learn how to join all their Nen power together. Using Gon’s child-like imagination and enhancer abilities to shape all that Nen, they will create a giant fly swatter and crush the ant head quarters in one fell swoop.

    • Cirith
      Posted June 24, 2013 at 11:09 pm | Permalink

      WARNING SPOILER IN NEXT COMMENT: the incoherent rambling in the post below may contain spoilers.

      • Chris
        Posted June 24, 2013 at 11:20 pm | Permalink

        Yep it IS a spoiler, anti-human race niggas, can’t believe the people on this darn post. Its a way to get u people back. I felt like getting into the anime, and using a nuclear bomb to kill that dumb bitch. I was already mad at pokkles death, and then they kill someone even more important.

  16. Chris
    Posted June 24, 2013 at 10:41 pm | Permalink

    I fucking hate neferpitou, that bitch just killed kite and had the guts to sit on him, putting those ugly antenae piece of shit things into his brains. Then later on had the guts to make him a puppet. I came here searching “Can’t wait to see neferpitou die” just so I can see bad comments about that stupid bitch. Then I come here and y’all are praising her and shit. Wish gon tore that bitch limb from limb and tortured the shit out of her. Killua fucked up big time. They should’ve teamed up to kill that bitch. Omd’s can’t wait for her and her stupid bunch of ants monkeys to die. The only ant I like is the professor looking ant and colt. Only Chimera ants with brains. Neferpitou should be fed with acid and take a butt hole toturing device up her nasty ass, aswell as other means of torturing for one year. Then that bitch can feel free to die.

  17. Posted August 11, 2013 at 7:48 pm | Permalink

    Deaf JerickCat30-Snake-SSS-Nazi-SSS Neferpitou-Cat

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