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Hunter x Hunter 94 – Finding a Needle in a Head Stack

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Jeez, I think Killua got a bit too interested in Gon and Palm’s date!

Man, one week sure feels like a long time in the world of week-to-week anime watching, doesn’t it? It feels as if Hunter x Hunter has been gone a long time, but in reality, it was but a couple of weeks between episodes. Sometimes I wonder just what all this nonsense has done to my sense of time and how it passes. But I guess that is a topic for another day.

This is a beautiful episode to return to, however. Finally at least some of Killua’s emotional suffering can be put to rest. We’ve been debating a while about whether the source of Killua’s anguish is purely mental or also physical, and here we have the answer — and, of course, it’s a needle inserted oh so delicately into Killua’s brain. Nen is often such a cool thing, but it’s also quite terrifying. (Well, I don’t think it’s explicitly stated that Nen is the source of this evil needle, but come on.) Given sufficient desire and sacrifice, one can basically do anything with Nen, including manipulating the life and values of another person. That is a horrifying thought. You have to wonder if this is a decision Illumi made on his own, or if he did it with the backing of the entire Zoldyck clan. And what if Killua isn’t the only one Illumi is secretly manipulating?

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But who cares about any of that depressing stuff when we have Killua ripping the head off our old friend Rammot? Rammot really lived a rather sad, pathetic life. Gon and Killua kick his ass when they first meet, which then unlocks Rammot’s Nen ability. But before his ego can get too large, he meets Neferpitou and realize how meaningless his existence is in the grand scheme of things. Then the King and his cronies decide they don’t want any of this small-time bullshit anymore, so they ditch the Chimera Ant HQ and do their own thing, leaving Rammot and everyone to fuck off and do lord knows what with their suddenly directionless lives. Finally, Rammot wanders the landscape and comes across one of the scamps who humiliated him so much before. Now he can finally teach him what’s what with his awesome new powers! Except fate has decreed that Rammot is instead Killua’s stepping stool for being awesome again. Sorry, Rammot. You were kind of a lame Chimera Ant anyway.

What a relief this must be to Killua, though! I feel like Killua ripping off Rammot’s head is like his own macabre celebration. He can fight again without reservation. He can battle alongside his best friend without being afraid that he will leave him to die. He can hold risk and pragmatism in equal measure. There’s nobody whispering poisonous thoughts in Killua’s mind anymore. He says it himself: he’s liberated. For a month, his heart was in a vice. He would have to leave Gon eventually. Now? Ain’t nothin’ stopping Killua. And so Rammot’s head is plucked like a delicate flower for Killua to present to Gon. How darling~

Speaking of darling, oh Gon and his amazing attempt to butter up Palm enough so that she won’t mind as much when he blows her off to train for a long time. Gon isn’t even a teenager yet and he’s already the perfect sitcom husband. Too bad for him that Palm has such an abundance of intense feelings. (It’s a bit of super dark humor that she activates her stalker device by scratching up her arms and making herself bleed. Yikes! NO COMMENT! NO COMMENT!) She moves on pretty quick from Gon, though, perhaps because even this fucked up world has age of consent laws. Maybe.

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And, oh yeah, Morel finally stepping into the fray! I imagine this fight will be a bit more competitive than Rammot’s fight with Killua, though no doubt Morel is plenty tough. I’m looking forward to seeing what he can do other than smoke a ton. I’d like to see what Cheetu can do other than run really fast, as well.

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27 Comments

  1. Adreme
    Posted September 4, 2013 at 4:33 am | Permalink

    The thing that bothered me about this was if Killua was that much stronger then him then why was the run away needle going off anyway. He destroyed him in one attack fairly easily so there was no reason for Killua to even doubt that he would win.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted September 4, 2013 at 5:37 am | Permalink

      I feel like the point of that is to show that Killua’s strength comes from his confidence and freedom. He couldn’t beat Rammot before because he wasn’t absolutely sure he could beat him before; thus, the desire to run away kicked in. The whole point is that Killua fights only when he’s absolutely certain he will win when that needle is in his brain.

      • Adreme
        Posted September 4, 2013 at 5:53 am | Permalink

        My thing is though that he just so outclassed Rammot that I don’t understand why he would think there is any way he could lose. He was probably closer in power to the Bombers assistant in the last arc then he was to Rammot.

      • Billish
        Posted September 5, 2013 at 5:42 pm | Permalink

        One possible explanation is that Killua’s realization of his weakness or that same assertion from Bisky made him paranoid of every enemy. In other words, he lost any sense of judgment in discerning the strength of the enemy and therefore triggered the cowardice needle.

    • rubberluffy
      Posted September 4, 2013 at 5:42 am | Permalink

      I think the needle only works as a safeguard in case Killua fights back against his training/brainwashing, and since Kil was in an unstable mental state, coupled with the fact that him and Gon combined couldn’t previously kill a non-Nen empowered Rammot which already put him in doubt of this being a 100% victory, it’s easy to see why he was having so much trouble. The idea that he could kill Rammot so easily wasn’t even there, since he was so clouded. The harder he pushed, the more the needle “pushed” back, which ultimately led to him noticing its presence.

  2. Dree
    Posted September 4, 2013 at 5:13 am | Permalink

    Cheetu is kind of stupid. This guy would rank as the most dangerous of the Chimera Ants after the Royal guards if he was smarter. The guy could probably hold his own against several high level Nen Users like the Phantom Troupe in fact I think he could beat one or two of them at the same time in a fight if he was more intelligent.

    • Billish
      Posted September 5, 2013 at 5:45 pm | Permalink

      Based on what from the show? Not a spoiler but definitely annoying assertions.

  3. Stef
    Posted September 4, 2013 at 8:53 am | Permalink

    Am I the only one bothered by the way Killua’s emotional conflict is resolved? Oops, actually it was because of a needle! Sorry folks, no actual character development for you!

    I like to think Morel’s power depends on what he puts into his pipe to smoke, and how much he smokes.

    • Clinton
      Posted September 4, 2013 at 9:27 am | Permalink

      I would say there was quite a bit of character development. Until Biscuit pointed it out to Killua he did not think anything was wrong and believed in his teachings of running away when out matched. He was not until Shoots fight that he overcame that and realized what he needed to do. However Illumi’s Needle then kicked in forced him to back down there. He overcame the Mental thing in that fight but needed to overcome the needle itself in the Rammot fight.

    • Pusswookie
      Posted September 4, 2013 at 10:13 pm | Permalink

      I think that Killua’s emotional conflict about fleeing and avoiding personal relationships was genuine and part of his early conditioning, a sentiment that was only further compounded and reinforced by Illumi’s needle.

      I think that the needle itself just became an artificial and physical manifestation of his overly-cautious conditioning, as opposed to the sole cause of it.

      • Stef
        Posted September 7, 2013 at 9:35 am | Permalink

        @Clinton & Pusswookie: I just don’t understand why the need for the needle. It undermines Killua’s psychological change: instead of a mental block brought on by life-long conditioning, it’s just a physical obstacle.

        I suppose it makes sense that Illumi would put an material barrier that can be removed if need be. (I kept asking myself “why would a family of assassins that takes on goddamn Chrollo condition the heir to be such an overcautious coward?”) But this goes against Killua’s growth, he didn’t need to change, he just needed to remove and obstacle.

      • Shinmaru
        Posted September 8, 2013 at 5:38 pm | Permalink

        I guess it’s just easier for me to think of the needle in a more symbolic/metaphorical sense.

  4. gedata
    Posted September 4, 2013 at 3:11 pm | Permalink

    I think it’s worth mentioning that this anime didn’t include Rammot’s nen ability during this battle:http://i.imgur.com/BZOi8hD.png

    Wow they managed to make him even lamer.

    • Posted September 5, 2013 at 8:46 pm | Permalink

      I… I never even noticed that in the manga.

      • Dree
        Posted September 6, 2013 at 2:17 am | Permalink

        If you can’t tell what he is doing. He is not growing blades out of his arm. He is just using Nen to Enhance and Sharpen his feathers.

      • Shinmaru
        Posted September 8, 2013 at 5:40 pm | Permalink

        What a lame Nen ability; I don’t even care now that it wasn’t shown, haha.

  5. Posted September 4, 2013 at 8:45 pm | Permalink

    Killua crushed his head in the manga. Disappointing that he didn’t in this adaption.

    Also the first picture almost looks like he is having a nosebleed :P

    • Loz
      Posted September 4, 2013 at 9:46 pm | Permalink

      Killua did crush Rammot’s head in the episode. Go re-watch the end of the fight.

  6. R1CK_D0M
    Posted September 4, 2013 at 11:23 pm | Permalink

    inb4 cheetu is actually just itagaki from Hajime no Ippo

  7. Embok
    Posted September 5, 2013 at 1:40 am | Permalink

    Gonna be honest, I really didn’t enjoy this episode. Killua has been my least favourite main cast member from the start, s his ‘badass’ moment did nothing for me. Would’ve preferred an actual fight.

    And of course watching Palm is about as fun as watching Tomoko in Watamote.

    Next ep should be great though.

    • GalekC
      Posted September 6, 2013 at 6:59 pm | Permalink

      This episode could have been handled so much better.

  8. anonymous
    Posted September 6, 2013 at 10:11 pm | Permalink

    The only thing that was awesome in this topic is that like I’ve always said, Gon and Killua are so totally boyfriends.
    Yeah…

    • Shinmaru
      Posted September 8, 2013 at 5:42 pm | Permalink

      I imagine Pixiv agrees with you!

      • anonymous
        Posted September 9, 2013 at 11:42 pm | Permalink

        I mean, he said it himself, killua said he loves gon and he is his dear friend he cried and he wouldn’t let anyone hurt him, I haven’t heard best friends forever that will go as much as risking their own life and sanity in protecting each other… I think gon was also rather jealous and wouldn’t let this crazy mad woman near gon. Check how he was carrying him when they were running away. :P I mean, come on, they make this anime and expect us to not notice the elements of shounen ai here? :D

        But they removed the bath scene in 2011 version.

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