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Hunter x Hunter 95 – Lie, Cheetu, and Steal

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Ah yeah, check out that running sakuga. The animators had a field day with this episode.

The fight that starts this episode is one of the more interesting stalemates I’ve seen in quite a while. Normally you get a situation where the battlers are at a standstill because they’re equal in strength. In this case, though, Morel and Knuckle clearly have superior fighting power to Cheetu; it’s just that they can land few strikes (though Knuckle’s APR is really all they need), whereas Cheetu can punch them whenever, though the hits are so weak that Cheetu may as well be tickling them. Really, though, I suppose it’s not truly a stalemate since Knuckle’s power means that Cheetu will be much less of a threat for a good while. I like the attitude: “Well, we can make it so that we don’t really have to worry about this guy, so why make the effort of fighting?”

There aren’t too many things funnier in a fighting series than an arrogant character getting ripped the fuck up. Cheetu is basically the barrel full speed ahead type, and his analysis of Morel and Knuckle’s opposition runs on that same linear thinking. “I am so much faster than these guys! Oh, they can aim properly at specific parts of my body? Well, I’ll just be stronger and faster! Wait, there’s smoke all around? It’s probably just a smoke screen, I’ll anticipate the next attack just fine. WAIT THERE’S A LOT OF THAT GUY. Oh, that attack didn’t hurt, so whatevs.” And so on. Obviously it would be weird and a stretch if Cheetu instantly knew everything going on, but there’s nonetheless a high level of recklessness and a low level of feeling out the opponent. (Not that I have much room to criticize, since I’m basically this dumb when playing any fighting game. If I ever play any of you in JoJo All-Star Battle, I can’t imagine I would be on the winning end all that often.)

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“Spot the Palm” will be one of my new favorite games to play while watching new Hunter x Hunter episodes. This episode seems like easy mode, since she’s easy to spot when she shows up. There she is on the train above …

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… in the restaurant …

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… and here when they’re splitting up! The next episode preview is all Phantom Troupe (more on that later), so no opportunities for Palm to hide in the background during that. If that had happened, I definitely would have burst out laughing. It would definitely deflate the tension of a potential battle with the Pouf or whoever else, but I would love to see Palm creeping in the background of a really difficult, serious fight Knov is having with someone. Even if it’s for just an instant and people watching have to pause their episodes just to see her. How wonderful would that be? Back in the day, you’d see Palm flash by and wonder if you saw what you think you saw, except there would be no way to find out until the episode comes out on home video that is way too expensive. And by that time, of course, you would forget all about it, because who other than obsessive, deranged weirdo would hold onto something for that long? Now, we can answer those types of questions instantly. Truly we are in the future.

Anyway, back to Serious Business: That scene with Kite? Man, that hurt. Gon keeps a positive attitude as much as he can, but I think even he knew in the back of his mind that Kite would be in a rough place. How could he not be after being held for so long? But who would ever expect to see a friend like this? Kite subsists on little but programmed hatred. Maybe even terming it “hatred” is putting too much emotion into it. He’s basically a computer program now, punching in a specific pattern whenever someone triggers the response. He’s lifeless; he exists only to respond to others now. I wonder if Neferpitou left Kite like this or turned into this at the start purely as a test of power? Regardless, it’s a terrible cruelty.

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Poor Kite. ;-;

A little more happiness is to come next episode, however, because PHANTOM TROUPE YES. That creepy old spider guy and the scorpion lady whose names I’m forgetting and am also too lazy to look up because of course people will tell me in the comments are going to get beat the fuck up next episode. It’ll be lovely to see my favorite group of thieves back in action, but I’d be lying if I said what I’m looking forward to most isn’t …

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… MUMMY BOXER!!!! THE GLOVES ARE OFF (THIS IS JUST A METAPHOR). THE WRAPS ARE OFF (THIS IS BOTH A METAPHOR AND A LITERAL DESCRIPTION). IT’S TIME TO FUCK SHIT UP.

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31 Comments

  1. Pusswookie
    Posted September 11, 2013 at 12:01 am | Permalink

    I wish that every fight in HxH had epic Sakuga animation.
    Btw, does the Mummy Boxer look like a human(?) woodwind instrument to anyone else?

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

      If only. Oh well. At least many of the fights that matter look good.

  2. gedata
    Posted September 11, 2013 at 12:08 am | Permalink

    Poor Cheetu is a victim of a stand attack and doesn’t even know it.

    I still think they should’ve exteminated him. Cheetu can probably maul and eat people without nen (I mean, he’s done it).

    • C
      Posted September 11, 2013 at 12:22 am | Permalink

      Cheetu still has his Nen. Knuckle said that APR stops increasing the interest after the enemy is far enough away from him. However APR stays on him and so they can track him when ever they want.

      Plus they could’t exterminate him because he was too fast for them and they were a poor match up for him. As Morel said they will use APR to keep tabs on him and send a hunter that better equipped to deal with him. Because Cheetu is a really bad match up for Knuckle. If Cheetu had started hitting knuckle and realized that hitting him lowered the number on APR he would have gotten rid of APR in no time because of how much faster he was.

      If there is one good thing about Cheetu it’s that he is not an enhancer so he can’t hit very hard.

      • gedata
        Posted September 11, 2013 at 4:22 am | Permalink

        I can buy most of what you’ve said, but could Cheetu really pay back Knuckles’ interest? We haven’t actually seen him use nen for offensive capabilities have we? Or am I just forgetting something again.

      • C
        Posted September 11, 2013 at 4:26 am | Permalink

        He knows the basics as he was taught and had it awakened. Though he is not an enhancer and has clearly not thought up a hatsu however yet.

        Anyway if you know Nen unless you go into zetsu all of your attacks will always be nen based. So every time he hit Knuckle it was a nen attack. It just was not too strong because he is not an enhancer.

  3. C
    Posted September 11, 2013 at 12:27 am | Permalink

    Another thing I would like to point out.

    Knuckle said that Kite could not use Nen. However the big point about this comment was revealed when Kite went to level 2 of his powers. As Knuckle said the reason Kite can’t use Nen is because Knuckle sealed it. Meaning that all of Pitou’s puppets can use any powers they had before they were modified.

  4. Dree
    Posted September 11, 2013 at 12:33 am | Permalink

    Heh Bonolenov aka Mummy boxer. Was fighting the dude that killed Ponzu.

    • Posted September 11, 2013 at 1:03 am | Permalink

      Damn bastard killed her when she was finally getting some important screen time ;_; glorious vengeance is coming~

  5. Posted September 11, 2013 at 1:00 am | Permalink

    Pouf is essentially a genderbent Wriggle: http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20100404201917/touhou/images/3/3a/Wriggle.png

    The next episode is going to be fucking awesome, I can assure you.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted September 13, 2013 at 10:11 pm | Permalink

      Touhou makes my eye involuntarily twitch now due to Salty Bet lololol

  6. ShigyC
    Posted September 11, 2013 at 3:53 am | Permalink

    Next two episodes won’t be having Sakuga of this caliber… :\ And they’ll be covering a fight which manga readers have highly anticipated! Such a shame.

    • gedata
      Posted September 11, 2013 at 3:39 pm | Permalink

      I refuse to believe this

  7. rubberluffy
    Posted September 11, 2013 at 4:08 am | Permalink

    Zazan and Pike are the names you’re expecting to be posted in the comments. So there you go.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted September 13, 2013 at 10:11 pm | Permalink

      I knew someone would come through for me!

  8. arcanes
    Posted September 11, 2013 at 3:44 pm | Permalink

    Brilliant episode. One thing to add to the discussion is that the hunters show little concern for causalities. I mean I get why they let Cheetu escape, but every Chimera ant is basically the equivalent of a human mass murder so… you wouldn’t let Hitler escape now would ya? and for crying out loud, they could inform the public about the true intent of the gathering and still take out the ants. The chairman is one cold bastard indeed.

    • MCAL
      Posted September 11, 2013 at 4:39 pm | Permalink

      Actually, everything is fine. Until Cheetu can pay back the interest, his attacks will do no physical damage.

      • arcanes
        Posted September 11, 2013 at 5:02 pm | Permalink

        Are you sure? I thought it only applies to Knuckle (if you know about this from the manga, don’t tell me about it please).

      • Langer
        Posted September 11, 2013 at 6:39 pm | Permalink

        It’s only against Knuckle that he would do no damage, up until the point where it’s paid back. Everyone else is vulnerable, unless he went bankrupt & forced into zetsu (but that’s not an issue when he’s out of range of collecting interest).

        That said, if they did stick around and extend the fight, it would either just be Morel fighting or else they would run the risk of Knuckle being paid back the nen, which would leave them with no way to track Cheetu afterwards if he got away.

        Tactics are a big thing in HxH. Morel & Knuckle aren’t weak by a long shot, but against an opponent that doesn’t suit them (i.e. Cheetu’s speed), they run the risk of injuring themselves or worse before they even begin the ‘big job’ (the king & the royal guards). They have their own responsibilities as the front line troops.

      • Shinmaru
        Posted September 13, 2013 at 10:12 pm | Permalink

        Cheetu won’t kill anyone right now, because seriously, what a lamer.

  9. Posted September 11, 2013 at 6:57 pm | Permalink

    Lovely episode, especially animation-wise!

    Here’s to the following episodes with the Phantom Troupe being just as good. They deserve it.

    (I wonder if Madhouse will fix the pacing, because it was godawful with the manga with jumping from scene to scene at this point)

    Oh, and you know what?

    It gets better.

    • Posted September 11, 2013 at 8:45 pm | Permalink

      I really hope they do too, otherwise most (if not everyone) might drop it :C

      • arcanes
        Posted September 12, 2013 at 12:07 am | Permalink

        Drop hunter x hunter? never. Well, if they make Naruto class filers… but that shit ain’t gonna happen. Believe in MADHOUSE!!!

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

      I would imagine they’d present the story in whatever way works best for TV, though of course I don’t know exactly what the pacing problems were. (And that’s not an invitation for clarification!)

  10. Salce
    Posted September 12, 2013 at 1:34 pm | Permalink

    Am I the only one who doesn’t care about Ryodan’s fights?

    They are cool and everything but it isn’t an important part of the plot. I’m glad they won’t be wasting the best animators in those fights.

    • gedata
      Posted September 13, 2013 at 1:19 am | Permalink

      Who cares if it’s a part of the plot or not? it’s cool, they’d better bring there animation a-game. The parts of the manga that came up afterwards weren’t that well paced and didn’t have a lot to with the plot either.

      • Shinmaru
        Posted September 13, 2013 at 10:14 pm | Permalink

        I just like seeing the Phantom Troupe again, so I’m cool with it, even if it isn’t totally relevant to the plot. Seems like it wouldn’t last that long, anyway.

  11. gedata
    Posted September 12, 2013 at 2:14 pm | Permalink

    I wouldn’t mind if t his episode took a break from the story so that Knuckle and Morel could engage in Road-Runner cartoon antics with Cheetu.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted September 13, 2013 at 10:15 pm | Permalink

      Someone definitely needs to fall down a cliff.

  12. Stef
    Posted September 12, 2013 at 4:29 pm | Permalink

    That was one of the finest episodes I’ve seen of this show.
    Cheers to everyone at Madhouse!

  13. Someone Else
    Posted September 12, 2013 at 11:48 pm | Permalink

    I actually didn’t expect the phantom troupe to show up until the arc is finished, it’s a good treat but that also kind of shows that the ants are more widespread now.

    BTW I don’t know about you guys but the Kite scene kind of lacks the impact to me, probably because it wasn’t as dramatized as I expected it to be. You had to read in the context just to feel what is shown. Still I felt the emotions more with Gon having Killua like blood lust instead

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