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Hunter x Hunter 91 – HEY, FUCK YOU, CHIMERA ANT KING

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I MAD

This whole episode, good lord. Even people like myself who are new to all this knew the Chimera Ant King would be a force to be reckoned with, but god damn. That birthing scene alone would have been enough to tell anyone not to fuck with this dude. This arc has traded a lot in horror imagery and presentation, particularly where the ants themselves are concerned, but the King’s birth is definitely up there with Neferpitou fiddling with Pokkel’s brain as the most capital H Horror scene in this arc so far. (It’s also kind of a hilariously dark, “No, fuck YOU, mom!” moment when the King silences the Queen before punching his way out of her birth sac.) Just, man, the King tearing his way through that sac with all the pulsating veins while the Queen writhes in pain … ugh, oh my god. Fucking horrifying.

Though, to be honest, I also couldn’t help but laugh while seeing these ridiculous Chimera Ants like the basketballigator running like crazy to the scene of the birth. Togashi is a weird dude.

But, no, the King doesn’t stop there; he has to whack the hell out of his minions to establish dominance, because fuck those guys, who are they? I knew Peggy was marked for death as soon as he dashed toward the Queen — no arrogant monarch can stand attention drifting away from him for even a second — but the suddenness and impact of that strike is still terrifying. From a benign penguin professor one moment to decapitated corpse the next. Peggy, you were a penguin among Ants. ;_;7 And of course turtle dude was destined to die for being a brown noser. Kings like to have their orders followed to the letter, man. If he asks Colt to wipe the blood off his tail, then damn it, Colt is the one who’s going to do that shit. Don’t be a hero and try to score points with the King.

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The true “You know — for KIDS!” moment is pretty easy to spot. Watching this episode back-to-back with the Hunter x Hunter movie (which I’ll try to write about tomorrow, though I promise nothing) is a bit morbidly funny, just because there are explicit scenes of child murder in both. (OK, maybe it’s not that funny. Or maybe I’m just an asshole. Also, I suppose the scene in this episode is none too explicit, since it’s all left to the viewer’s imagination.) I did wonder why in the hell this family hasn’t ditched this place yet, but then I remembered NGL’s complete lack of technology, so they probably didn’t know horrible monsters are roaming the land and munching on people. Anyone who could have told them about that is already dead. And now they’re dead. This is what happens when you live totally off the land — evil monsters decapitate you and stab your child through the heart. Lesson learned.

And, Christ, the tension during the scene when the King whacks Neferpitou across the face for assuming the King’s ignorance about Nen. The Royal Guard has pledged total devotion to the King, and I suppose that works as a test of that loyalty. No reaction at all and the King actually admits respect for Neferpitou for surviving an intended killing blow. If anyone were to be loyal to the King, I suppose it would be those who could actually stand up to him a bit. Man, actually conceiving of how anyone could actually defeat him is wrecking my mind, though. Presumably, the King is stronger than Neferpitou, or at the very least will be stronger eventually. Netero took one look at Neferpitou and was like, “… Huh.” I feel like shenanigans are on the way in some form, but who knows. That might be my recent experience with Yu Yu Hakusho talking (where there are shenanigans aplenty).

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And the sad cherry on top of everything else in this episode. This whole scene is fantastic. I love how the viewer can tell the context of the scene immediately. One look at the creature on Gon’s shoulder, and you know he lost his bout against Knuckle. And if Gon lost, then Killua definitely lost, too. Then poor Gon’s optimism finally being broken a bit as he has to confront not being strong enough even after putting his whole heart into training to battle Knuckle and rescue Kite … the saddest, man, the saddest. ;-; Such a low point for Killua, too, who yet again doesn’t believe himself a worthy companion for Gon. All he thinks he can do is protect Gon for that one month Gon can’t use Nen, and then … he’s gone. Too bleak. Something’s going to give, though. I don’t believe Killua will simply leave Gon forever, even if he thinks it’s for the best. Something has to happen during that month.

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31 Comments

  1. fathomlessblue
    Posted August 5, 2013 at 6:43 pm | Permalink

    You could say he was knocked down a Peggy or two.

    • Posted August 5, 2013 at 7:14 pm | Permalink

      Well, after all it was Peggy 18.

      • Shinmaru
        Posted August 6, 2013 at 7:00 pm | Permalink

        oh my god both of you

  2. gedata
    Posted August 5, 2013 at 7:07 pm | Permalink

    That King, if you’re gonna smack peoples heads into oblivion and eat them, at least say “itadaki-masu” and enjoy the goddamn meal. He left that family mostly untouched!

    • hint
      Posted August 6, 2013 at 12:31 pm | Permalink

      His Dic-…tail alone will “rape” everyone.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted August 6, 2013 at 7:06 pm | Permalink

      They’ll make for OK fertilizer eventually.

  3. zleihsh
    Posted August 5, 2013 at 8:06 pm | Permalink

    Killua: “After 30 days, it is good-bye.”

    GOSH! That pick my heart string SO bad! T_T

    • Shinmaru
      Posted August 6, 2013 at 7:08 pm | Permalink

      saaaaaaaaaaaaaaame

  4. Gedata
    Posted August 5, 2013 at 10:30 pm | Permalink

    I would’ve laughed like a madman if the King said this to Peggy’s corpse.

    • R1CK_D0M
      Posted August 6, 2013 at 8:17 am | Permalink

      COOL I AM NOT THE ONLY ONE WHO THOUGHT HE WAS BASICALLY CELL AND CHROLLO LUCIFER’S LOVE CHILD

    • Shinmaru
      Posted August 6, 2013 at 7:09 pm | Permalink

      That Cell clip is always good for a laugh.

  5. arcanes
    Posted August 6, 2013 at 12:14 am | Permalink

    The king has no name! for now at least. Loved that because it’s like him saying “I’m the king(of the world?) fuck faces and I need no name”. Badass.

    What is disturbing to me(apart from what you already mentioned), is that right now every Chimera ant is out there trying to become a king. They can reproduce if the want to? shit shit shit. Kill em all!!!!!

    And Only Togashi can finish a mini training arc like this. Protagonists lose. Just brilliant.

    Damn I just like this show so much!

    • Shinmaru
      Posted August 6, 2013 at 7:10 pm | Permalink

      Ah, once again too much stuff to mention. Chimera Ants just running around impregnating people? GROSS

      • Mr. Anon
        Posted August 6, 2013 at 9:56 pm | Permalink

        Hunter x Hunter never fails to remind me that this show, while it looks like it’s for kids, is thematically perhaps a little over their heads …

        I’m pretty scared for the future now that they mentioned the possibility of the Chimera soldiers running amok raping things. At this point I wouldn’t put it past this show to actually make this happen :/

  6. Cirith
    Posted August 6, 2013 at 1:26 am | Permalink

    Ah the fight against the king, good times. @fellow manga readers:do you think anyone will predict how they deal with the King, I at least didn’t expect it.

    • gedata
      Posted August 6, 2013 at 3:39 am | Permalink

      sssshh keep a lid on it

  7. Mormegil
    Posted August 6, 2013 at 1:37 am | Permalink

    At least Peggy lives on as the Narrator.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted August 6, 2013 at 7:16 pm | Permalink

      A small victory for Peggy.

  8. Fumoffu!!
    Posted August 6, 2013 at 2:32 am | Permalink

    The fact that an attempted killing blow by the King didn’t really phase Neferpitou shows that although he’s certainly incredibly powerful, he’s not a league above his guards. That’s probably because he came out too soon, perhaps his arrogance will lead to his downfall.

    Poor Peggy though. I feel like Togashi employs the same method as R.R. Martin, i.e. “oh, you have a favourite character? Not anymore”. I suppose at the very least the core of the HxH cast is safe.

    • C
      Posted August 6, 2013 at 3:53 am | Permalink

      I am giving this as a point to Pitou. The King is with out a doubt the strongest character in HXH bar none and I am quite sure that no character out side of the royal guards could have survived the same blow.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted August 6, 2013 at 7:18 pm | Permalink

      Well, it’s already plenty clear that the King is amazingly strong. He’s instakilling Ants that would take a decent battle for Killua and Gon to off. So even if he’s not at his strongest (which we don’t know), he’s super powerful regardless.

      • Fumoffu!!
        Posted August 7, 2013 at 1:45 am | Permalink

        There’s no doubt that he’s an absolute monster, however that said, can you imagine what he’d be like if he had actually been given birth to properly after he was fully developed?

        If he is indeed that strong though, how on earth is he going to be defeated?

    • Pusswookie
      Posted August 7, 2013 at 10:15 pm | Permalink

      Really? Judging from the blood dripping from Pitou’s mouth I wouldn’t exactly say that he/she/it was “unphased.” We don’t even know what her thought process was during that:
      *Gets bitch slapped*
      [Internal screaming] FUCK that fucking HURT you DICK. I think you chipped a too- OWW! GOD DAMNIT! [/internal screaming]

      “Please forgive my insolence.”

  9. GalekC
    Posted August 6, 2013 at 2:46 am | Permalink

    I read in a few places that Togashi didn’t write the full movie.

  10. hint
    Posted August 6, 2013 at 12:42 pm | Permalink

    All hail the Ants King. Best character of the Year. If no characters can beat him, bring Joseph to do the job.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted August 6, 2013 at 7:19 pm | Permalink

      Here comes the crazy crossover fanfic!

  11. NormalMar
    Posted August 6, 2013 at 3:34 pm | Permalink

    Stop the show, I wanna go back!!

    • Shinmaru
      Posted August 6, 2013 at 7:20 pm | Permalink

      sorry no pit stops on this ride

  12. Gedata
    Posted August 6, 2013 at 8:08 pm | Permalink

    Did anyone else think that the king was eating balls of poop from the castle walls? No wonder why he found it disgusting.

    • GalekC
      Posted August 8, 2013 at 4:59 am | Permalink

      LMAO, that’s what I actually thought he was eating at that point the manga! XD

  13. Jaysus
    Posted August 7, 2013 at 2:08 am | Permalink

    And with that… the Chimera Ant arc has officially started. Enjoy the next year of sheer ridiculousness (I mean that in a good way).

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