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Hunter x Hunter 85 – Sorrow

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A more frightening aura than even Illumi or Hisoka? At this point, I almost believe it. Morel downplays Killua’s analysis of Neferpitou’s power due to Killua’s inexperience, but those are intensely personal comparisons Killua made. Illumi’s aura is such that Killua automatically flips into PTSD mode upon feeling, and Hisoka is, well … Hisoka. For someone to inspire more terror than those two is not a feat to be taken lightly. And Neferpitou is still but the first of the royal guard! There are still two warriors yet to come who are likely to be just as frightening. And what of the king when he is finally born?

Regardless, we’ve come a long way from the beginning of the series. Remember the very first episodes — how full of adventure and life they seemed? Gon was going out to see the world and become a Hunter just like his dad! New friends! Fun around every corner! There were many rough times, but there was always the feeling that with the help of friends, Gon and, eventually, Killua could always make their way through it. The times were probably at their lowest during the Yorkshin arc, and even then, Gon and Killua had such support, and they in turn supported their friends. Everything turned out about as well as it could. They grew, their friendship grew, and they had a story they could tell one day when they’re grown and need to inspire someone.

This, though? There’s nothing fun about this. No adventure. There’s been nothing but horrible foreboding since the arc began. When Gon, Killua and Kite were ripping through the weaker Ants, we the audience knew the others were gathering in strength in the lair. I’m sure you all were there with me in expecting the worst when Kite took out Ging’s Hunter License and handed it to Gon to give to his father when the two finally meet. At the exact moment Kite took that out, I was waving my hands at the screen and shouting, “NO, KITE, PUT THAT BACK IN YOUR POCKET!” He may as well have taken out a gun and shot himself in the head right there. But that’s the moment everyone watching should have known something terrible was coming.

Every arc has had some part where Gon and Killua get stomped and are reminded that as strong as the two of them have become, there are nonetheless terrors that exist that they cannot hope to defeat without more work. The Chimera Ant wake-up call hurts the most, because this time it really feels as if one or both of them could die. During the Hunter Exam, Hisoka was only interested in fighting and killing those who could actually challenge him. Same for Heavens Arena. In Yorkshin, the Spiders saw more value in Gon and Killua as hostages, and Nobunaga even tried to recruit them. In Greed Island, Gon and Killua had Biscuit backing them up, and she probably could have defeated Genthru herself given favorable circumstances. But this is different; even with a strong protectorate in Kite, Gon and Killua come up against something so awful that the idea of hope disappears instantly. Neferpitou appears out of nowhere and lops off Kite’s arm; it’s a jarring, brutal action, and the malice exuded overwhelms the boys. They can’t do a thing.

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A lot of times I tend to pooh-pooh this level of intense darkness, because it often feels silly, but I think it’s done well here. It’s not simply because the world of Hunter x Hunter has always had this darkness lurking in the background (why else would Hunters exist if the world were not so dangerous?), but because the emotions this darkness inspires feel quite right. The despair and defeat Killua feels during this scene hit me in the gut. Even when Morel and Knov look down on Killua and condescend to him because they believe him to be an inexperienced child, he doesn’t react at all. Why? Because at that moment in his heart, he has accepted that as the truth. That scene fucking hurts. It is horrible.

Only Gon, with his relentless optimism, is able to snap Killua out of that funk. Will this world bend to Gon’s optimism, too? It doesn’t seem likely. Gon honestly believes Kite to still be alive, and given what we know, I am guessing that will be true in the most terrible way imaginable. What better way to twist the knife than to have Gon and Killua face off against Kite reborn in Chimera Ant form? It won’t happen right away, of course, but I have no doubts we’re seeing that down the road. Beheading such an awesome character in an offscreen battle and doing nothing with him afterward is just not cool.

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Despair with me, friends. ;_;

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62 Comments

  1. gedata
    Posted June 24, 2013 at 7:50 pm | Permalink

    That last scene would’ve been more unsettling if Pitou was playing with Kite’s head like a ball of yarn.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted June 27, 2013 at 6:36 am | Permalink

      That probably would have made me laugh too much to be disturbing.

  2. Posted June 24, 2013 at 7:56 pm | Permalink

    Yo, FUCK YOUR TAGS.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted June 24, 2013 at 8:00 pm | Permalink

      My tags are a success!

    • R1CK_D0M
      Posted June 27, 2013 at 2:23 am | Permalink

      thanks for pointing them out. I almost suffocated laughing. and now I can no longer take this episode seriously.

  3. Stef
    Posted June 24, 2013 at 8:05 pm | Permalink

    Don’t simply punish your characters for feeling at ease. Make them learn something about themselves and the world around them. Then allow them to move forward, having changed. (Got that Shingeki no Kyojin?)

    I’m not too familiar with American idioms, but is “Neferpitou getting some head” a double entendre? Or should I just put my head into the freezer?

    • Shinmaru
      Posted June 24, 2013 at 8:22 pm | Permalink

      It is a double entendre, yes. No need to freeze your own head!

      I am definitely interested to see how Gon and Killua move forward and change after this. I doubt they will ever be utterly broken, but at the same time, their lessons will be harsh.

      • Stef
        Posted June 24, 2013 at 8:28 pm | Permalink

        Learn something everyday!

  4. Gunslinger
    Posted June 24, 2013 at 8:12 pm | Permalink

    Anime viewers had it easy, this whole episode had flags waving, giving them time to prepare. In the manga, it just came out of nowhere and I just couldn’t believe my eyes. Seriously kite’s death has to be the most insipid end to a character ever. Especially one as awesome as Kite. So much potential :(

    By the way, I think this is point from where the chimera ant arc kicks off. Its hard to believe but it still gets better.
    Also “Kite’s now a head-hunter” :)

    • Shinmaru
      Posted June 24, 2013 at 8:23 pm | Permalink

      oh my god how could I have missed such an obvious pun I HAVE FAILED YOU, MY AUDIENCE

      • R1CK_D0M
        Posted June 27, 2013 at 2:24 am | Permalink

        U SUXXORZ

  5. gedata
    Posted June 24, 2013 at 8:19 pm | Permalink

    It seems those striped pants weren’t pants at all and instead wear explosive neko-muscles!

  6. Posted June 24, 2013 at 8:22 pm | Permalink

    Man, this was thoroughly depressing. Killua walking away with Gon in dead silence was what really got to me. Great episode.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted June 24, 2013 at 8:25 pm | Permalink

      My heart went out to Killua that whole time. :(

  7. Rihan
    Posted June 24, 2013 at 8:35 pm | Permalink

    Lol at Novu being such a smug cunt.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted June 27, 2013 at 6:37 am | Permalink

      He’s definitely pretty smug.

  8. gedata
    Posted June 24, 2013 at 8:39 pm | Permalink

    Shinichiro Miki is Knov, which feels about right since he knows how to act condescending towards our heroes (he played Roy Mustang dammit)

    • Shinmaru
      Posted June 27, 2013 at 6:38 am | Permalink

      Somehow I didn’t catch that it was him during the episode and was thus surprised when I looked on MAL, haha. He has such a distinctive voice that I’m surprised I didn’t suss it out when I heard him.

  9. Dree
    Posted June 24, 2013 at 8:42 pm | Permalink

    Four things Nyaah. Remember how they brought up how impressive Kite’s En was at 45 meter’s and that masters could get 50 meters out of it. Neferpitou’s En covered a few miles showing just how massive her aura is.

    The second thing is one of Neferpitou’s most terrifying traits that put her above the likes of Hisoka and Chrollo to me is just how damn fast she is. She covered at least a mile in a few seconds and hits hard enough to rip limbs off effortlessly.

    The third thing is just something I noticed in the opening. In it there is a scene with Gon with an image of Kite’s head behind him that suddenly swirls around into something else. If you look closely you can tell that it’s Neferpitou.

    The fourth and final thing. Is just amazing how much impart Neferpitou has had. She has only been around for two episodes and she killed someone built up as a main character and the first character ever shown in Hunter x Hunter. She is already the most personal villain for Gon just because of what happened to Kite even if Gon does not know it yet.

    • Dree
      Posted June 25, 2013 at 5:20 am | Permalink

      Impact not impart.

      • Otsuki2Art
        Posted June 25, 2013 at 7:03 pm | Permalink

        Neferpitou actually is a boy even though he looks and sounds girly.

      • Dree
        Posted June 25, 2013 at 7:30 pm | Permalink

        There is nothing proving that. I mean it nothing. Other then Rumors and what people thought. Togashi never actually said it was a boy.

        Given that Neferpitou has breasts I am going for girl here. Still I will agree with what ever the official subs say (They won’t be able to avoid calling Neferpitou a He or She forever.) but until then I will call her what I believe.

      • Otsuki2Art
        Posted June 25, 2013 at 7:33 pm | Permalink

        The manga is proving it and there are no breasts (I wish there were but sadly no).

      • Dree
        Posted June 25, 2013 at 7:42 pm | Permalink

        I have read the Manga and other then some translations Neferpitou’s gender has never been stated. And the amount calling Pitou a girl and ones calling it a boy are fairly evenly split. (Viz even changed pronouns.) The non translated manga has never called Pitou a boy or girl.

      • Otsuki2Art
        Posted June 25, 2013 at 7:48 pm | Permalink

        You could be right cause I never read different versions of the manga also Neferpitou refers to him/herself as “Boku” which is genderless. I’m gonna be one of one of the it’s a girl fraction cause I’m a guy so I prefer a girl.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted June 27, 2013 at 6:39 am | Permalink

      Good points about Neferpitou’s power. Quite scary.

  10. Posted June 24, 2013 at 9:04 pm | Permalink

    This was a fantastic episode. That relentless, shellshocked tone they maintained the entire time Gon was unconscious is something I never thought I’d see in a shounen. It really trapped you in Killua’s head, ground in the significance of this loss, and brought home how important Gon is to Killua. On that note, I love how consistently they’ve changed the tone of the show whenever Killua doesn’t have Gon to counteract his natural outlook.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted June 27, 2013 at 6:41 am | Permalink

      Yes, that feeling of utter defeat and helplessness just hurt so much. Poor Killua … ;-;

  11. Canary Paint
    Posted June 24, 2013 at 9:25 pm | Permalink

    Even though I saw that coming… It still sucks to see a character like Kite die like that.

    Killua clipping Gon to prevent him from premature heroism was effective. And then Kite missing an arm calmly congratulating Killua on his decision… Yeesh…

    I am not entirely sure Kite’s personality is out of this yet. Cute-kid-who-was-eaten-whilst-protecting-his-sister still seems to retain shreds of the past, and he was just a kid when he was… Geez… What’s the word for this? He was not just eaten and digested. Anyway… What would a personality like Kite’s be like after becoming an ant?

    • Shinmaru
      Posted June 27, 2013 at 6:43 am | Permalink

      Yeah, they’ve been pushing Colt getting flashes of memory for so long that I’d be shocked if they didn’t do the same for Kite.

  12. Fumoffu!!
    Posted June 24, 2013 at 10:59 pm | Permalink

    I swear Kite’s death was foreshadowed from very early on in the Ant arc. I don’t know why exactly, but I always thought that Kite was going to die.

    • GalekC
      Posted June 25, 2013 at 3:48 am | Permalink

      OooOOo~! It’s the return of a character from the very first chapter of the manga! I wonder what “roll” he’ll have in thi-
      death by kitty cat.
      This was hardly forshadowed in the manga as much as it was here.

  13. hint
    Posted June 25, 2013 at 12:48 am | Permalink

    Now i remember why i wanted to kill Togashi at that time. The crazy shit happened way to fast and way hard to believe. Badass character dying like this… never. Our heroes couldnt do shit because they didnt have enough from Bisky-chama.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted June 27, 2013 at 6:44 am | Permalink

      lol, poor manga readers.

  14. Posted June 25, 2013 at 2:57 am | Permalink

    >reads tags
    YOU TASTELESS, SPINELESS, SOULESS……
    >Hedy Lamarr
    Ok, that’s pretty funny

    • gedata
      Posted June 25, 2013 at 4:45 am | Permalink

      AHERM… THE POST BELOW THIS ONE CONTAINS SPOILERS.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted June 27, 2013 at 6:45 am | Permalink

      I try my best.

  15. Posted June 25, 2013 at 3:15 am | Permalink

    Sorry this might be condsidered a spoiler. Did they skip the part where SPOILERS? I know I read it in the Manga but I don’t know if that happens before Kite was killed or after?

    Shinmaru edit: Please, no unmarked spoilers! Luckily enough, this is something I already knew about, though only a bit. To answer your question, no.

    • Gunslinger
      Posted June 25, 2013 at 3:45 am | Permalink

      You do know that you can search google right? No need to brandish that news in front of anime viewers.

    • gedata
      Posted June 25, 2013 at 4:33 am | Permalink

      AHERM… THE POST I’M RESPONDING TO CONTAINS SPOILERS.

  16. Pusswookie
    Posted June 25, 2013 at 6:35 am | Permalink

    Who’s a pretty kitty? Who’s a pretty kitty? You are! You a-

    http://thecartdriver.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/hunter-x-hunter-neferpitou-a-heady-ending-460×258.jpg

    I will be fapping to Pitou no longer.

    • Langer
      Posted June 25, 2013 at 7:50 pm | Permalink

      The mischievous grin makes it all OK though.

      http://danbooru.donmai.us/posts/1138658

      • Pusswookie
        Posted June 26, 2013 at 6:12 am | Permalink

        Please, PLEASE tell me this is rapidly becoming a meme. Like the Future Diary stare.

      • Shinmaru
        Posted June 27, 2013 at 6:46 am | Permalink

        I also hope that this becomes A Thing.

  17. Mormegil
    Posted June 25, 2013 at 7:23 am | Permalink

    Those tags are GLORIOUS.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted June 27, 2013 at 6:46 am | Permalink

      /////

  18. arcanes
    Posted June 25, 2013 at 11:44 am | Permalink

    NOOOOO!!! KITEEEE!! seriously I was in tears when the ED started rolling. Best(and worst) episode I’ve seen this year.

    Damn those hunters bashing Killua. I get that they look down on Gon and him because they are children and shit but screw them! there is always someone stronger than you and I hope they get their asses handed to them by someone.

    Phew after this brutal episode at least the preview seems a little brighter. but I Can’t help the feeling the Killua assessment of the aura difference between them and the ants isn’t going to go anywhere even with training. They need to come up with some crazy powerful Nen abilities to crush the ants. and this time unlike previous battles there is only one outcome – kill or be killed.

  19. Billish
    Posted June 25, 2013 at 1:28 pm | Permalink

    Great post, still reeling from this episode (though I knew what would happen).

  20. gedata
    Posted June 25, 2013 at 2:07 pm | Permalink

    I wanted to see more weapons. That club-thingy Kite rolled looked lame, but it at least scrtached-up Neferpitou. Kite didn’t bitch about his weapon again, so it might’ve been one of the better ones in his arsenal.

    RIP Crazy Slots Clown ;_;

    • Billish
      Posted June 25, 2013 at 3:05 pm | Permalink

      I think, as a conjurer, Kite can assign pretty much any power to his weapons. So… that mace was probably really, really badass at number 3.

      • Otsuki2Art
        Posted June 25, 2013 at 7:54 pm | Permalink

        A bit of an SPOILER: It’s a magical wand with an awesome ability that actually makes him kind of invincible.

  21. Posted June 25, 2013 at 11:31 pm | Permalink

    I think Kite should’ve quit while he was ahead, because now he just dove into battle head-first. Did he lose his head or something?

    • gedata
      Posted June 26, 2013 at 12:27 am | Permalink

      lol yes

  22. Posted June 25, 2013 at 11:31 pm | Permalink

    Oh, I forgot.

    It gets better :3-

  23. GalekC
    Posted June 26, 2013 at 10:06 pm | Permalink

    What do you think of this fan animation?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6kTkpZi2NcI
    This is all we had to work with before finally seeing this arc in anime format!

    • Posted June 27, 2013 at 12:41 am | Permalink

      That is more what I would’ve wanted.

      ALSO TO ANIME-ONLY VIWERS. DON’T LOOK IN THE “SUGGESTED VIDEOS” BAR TO THE RIGHT

      • GalekC
        Posted June 27, 2013 at 1:49 am | Permalink

        Oh, yes. Should have pointed that out! Or, I should have posted a direct video link…oh well.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted June 27, 2013 at 6:48 am | Permalink

      Wow, that’s actually really cool! Also lol at the top comment from three years ago: “I can’t wait until the Hunter x Hunter OVA 4 is made!!!!” At least that person (presumably) finally got to see the Chimera Ant arc animated lol

  24. R1CK_D0M
    Posted June 27, 2013 at 2:29 am | Permalink

    btw I never actually read past like halfway through this arc in the manga, but IIRC man with pip is badass as shit. morel or whatever. morals?

    • Shinmaru
      Posted June 27, 2013 at 6:48 am | Permalink

      You had it right the first time.

  25. NormalMar
    Posted July 9, 2013 at 5:25 am | Permalink

    I seriously didn’t even catch the death flag, so I was reeling at the end. Oh my damn goodness.

    How soon before I find art of Kite hanging out with Mami and Celty?

    :(

  26. Jononon
    Posted October 25, 2013 at 3:10 pm | Permalink

    Do you guys think that Gon could have still transformed to that super saiyan form if he wasn’t stopped by Killua when he saw Kite’s arm off?

    Also i believe if Gon and Killua had not been in NGL, Kite could have killed the queen himself preventing the birth of Pitou.

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