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Hunter x Hunter 96 – MUMMY BOXER!!

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Wow, how did MUMMY BOXER!! manage to keep this power under wraps for so long? He who has the power of the gas giants at his disposal is truly a fearsome warrior.

All you Ponzu fans must be breathing slightly easier now, too. Ponzu is still gone from our world, but her many-nippled murderer has at least been brought to justice. True, this may not be the reason MUMMY BOXER!! squashed our Chimera Ant friend who doesn’t look like an ant at all, but justice does not always happen through sincere efforts. And as the narrator tells us, the people in the tribe of MUMMY BOXER!! who make the most beautiful sounds with their bodies are treated as gods, so we must accept that our Phantom Troupe friend is one of the gods. Gods determine justice, I think, until plucky adventurers with crazy powers decide to engage in some deicide.

MUMMY BOXER!! has an interesting power, though. Nipple lizard’s perceptions are out of whack during the dance, so I guess the sound emitted by the wind blowing through the holes in our friend’s body fuck with the brain somehow and cause distress in the opponent. Perhaps this is what gets the other members of the tribe to realize who’s boss and should be worshiped like a god. One would think that being a mummy who engages in pugilism would be enough to sway the people to his side, but I suppose this provides ample insurance.

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Ripper Cyclotron sounds a bit more like a cyberpunk Gundam hacker than an attack name, but OK. (Or maybe a boss in one of the final Mega Man X games.) I feel like this is the ideal evolution for Gon’s Jajanken attack. It has a similar base — building up Nen in a specific spot and unleashing it to wreck some poor fool’s shit — but it seems to me that Phinks’ focus is such that he could run around the battlefield while charging his energy, which obliterates the major downside of the Jajanken. And we know that Phinks is strong and quick enough to fend off attacks should his opponent try to interrupt his attack. That’s the beauty of it, though: after a few windups, it’s already plenty strong, since Phinks remarks that he could have slaughtered this Ant with half the prep. I’m not sure about how much Nen this attack wastes or what Phinks’ Nen reserves are like (I assume he has a ridiculous amount of energy since he’s one of the strongest physical fighters in the group), but even if the other fighter tries to stop his charging, Phinks can still let loose a strong punch to put a stop to that.

Also, he dresses like a pharaoh, and that’s just dope.

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Meanwhile, SHALNARK WHOA. This is why he’s one of the Spiders. It’s not simply that he can easily manipulate people; he has the power to get himself out of sticky situations should it be required, too. Also, he is basically a human super robot, and that is rad. (I refuse to term him a Super Saiyan. Saiyans do not go on autopilot. Furthermore, robots > saiyans. It’s just fact.) Shalnark says “Fuck you, nerd!” You must become that which you worship to truly excel. Nerd Ant thinks he wins simply through controlling others; however, can he control himself? Boom, just got destroyed by philosophy. Clearly the Phantom Troupe will beat you physically, mentally and spiritually.

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Too much to comment on!! I like the bits of cool animation thrown in at the end of the episode just to tease the viewer about waiting until next week to get the rest of the Phantom Troupe crushing this particular nest of Chimera Ants. Why, yes, I would love to see Feitan jumping around and swordfighting … wait, it’s the end of the episode?! You crafty bastards. The Zoldycks also continue to be quite creepy. It seems to me that the purpose of the paper power is less about quickly finishing off the opponent and more about gleeful torture. You all saw that smile after the Ant’s arm was lopped off and the other arm had a piece of paper embedded in it, right? Creepy, creepy, creepy.

One final note: It’s interesting to get more of a look at Meteor City, from where several of the Phantom Troupe hail. Seems like the perfect environment to form a group of hardened fighters. Just growing up and surviving together in a place like that easily explains their extreme loyalty to Chrollo Lucifer, even if they fight among themselves on occasion. I wonder how truly attached they feel to this place, or if they’re defending it because they see it as an affront to themselves that the Chimera Ants are encroaching on their turf.

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28 Comments

  1. Posted September 16, 2013 at 8:41 pm | Permalink

    That pun was almost too easy to make.

    Also it says a lot about a show if you are more excited about seeing the villains from two arcs back return to the show than watching any other show during the week.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted September 16, 2013 at 9:15 pm | Permalink

      Basically!

  2. Langer
    Posted September 16, 2013 at 8:52 pm | Permalink

    It’s no use crying to your mummy, that chimera ant was due for a world of hurt.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted September 16, 2013 at 9:16 pm | Permalink

      I like the cut of your jib.

  3. Nagisa33
    Posted September 16, 2013 at 9:10 pm | Permalink

    Should I read the manga for Hunter X Hunter or watch this new and pretty faithful series? This show looks better constructed than the previous one as this is not full of movies and OVAs. However, some previous posts mentioned that some aspects in the new series were glossed over.

    Is this new series just as good, better, or worse than the manga?

    • Kamen rider Dragon
      Posted September 16, 2013 at 9:20 pm | Permalink

      Might as well just watch the anime. It’s a good adaptation of the story. And there is no rush to read the manga

    • Shinmaru
      Posted September 16, 2013 at 9:22 pm | Permalink

      I’m not a manga reader, so I can’t offer any help regarding how the various anime compare to the manga, but I think this show is well worth watching! If you’re interested in how directorial approach and such can affect a series, and you like Hunter x Hunter well enough, I think both series are worth watching. The various studios that adapted the same material took wildly different approaches both visually and aurally.

    • Gan_HOPE326
      Posted September 17, 2013 at 10:39 am | Permalink

      For this arc, the anime is better than the manga, because the manga is drawn like crap. This mostly being due to Togashi getting sick and having little time for his releases. I heard that the tankobon version has been re-drawn and is actually better. Wouldn’t know really. The weekly Jump scans are ugly as fuck. In fact, considering how they basically look like a storyboard, it’s all the more admirable that Madhouse can release this level of choreography and animation – they’re really basically working from almost nothing.

  4. Clinton
    Posted September 16, 2013 at 9:13 pm | Permalink

    Bonolenov is a conjurer and I think I figured out why he wears his bandages and boxing gloves. (This has yet to be confirmed so this is speculation)

    He appears to have to make certain music notes to conjure certain things, I am guessing a limitation to his power is that he can’t turn it off. So he wears his getup to avoid making music notes that would conjure things by mistake while just moving around.

    Anyway Phinx hits really hard with his power. Probably harder then Uvo considering he was considered physically the 2nd strongest member of the troupe in base. They did not show off the ant he hit corpse but in the manga the guy was disintegrated by the punch.

    Anyway the fight vs Zazan next week. I consider her the 2nd most dangerous Chimera ant after Leol. Speaking of Leol the guy went on TV to get interviewed before eating the reporter interviewing him to prove he was real, which you have to admit is pretty cool.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted September 16, 2013 at 9:28 pm | Permalink

      Sounds reasonable to me!

      And, yeah, so much about the Phantom Troupe that I neglected to mention the hilarity of Leol appearing on a talk show. They must be desperate for ratings if they accepted that since their interviewer clearly wouldn’t be leaving that room alive. I also like the gritty, grimy alien movie footage of that other Chimera Ant.

    • Gan_HOPE326
      Posted September 17, 2013 at 10:36 am | Permalink

      The guy is awesome. I’m rewatching FMA: Brotherhood these days, and come to think of it, I want to see him chill out like a bro with Heinkel. Lion to lion.

  5. gedata
    Posted September 17, 2013 at 1:09 am | Permalink

    I’m pretty sure Mummy Boxer had holes where his finger-nails should be. Becoming a god whistling noises comes at a steep price indeed.

    • ShigyC
      Posted September 17, 2013 at 1:33 am | Permalink

      For this episode, you were right in refusing to believe that it wouldn’t have any bit of Sakuga! Pretty satisfied to have been proven wrong in this regard.
      Though, there’s still next episode to be concerned about…

      • gedata
        Posted September 17, 2013 at 1:38 am | Permalink

        What’s to be concerned about? It’ll be even better, sakuga wise at least.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted September 17, 2013 at 11:58 pm | Permalink

      Yeah, the lack of fingernails might have been the creepiest detail to me. Ick.

    • ShigyC
      Posted September 19, 2013 at 2:38 am | Permalink

      Remember the Gon vs Knuckle episode, where Gon introduced his technique’s name as “Jajanken?”
      The next episode has the same team who did that one, so we can expect lots of still-frames..

  6. NormalMar
    Posted September 17, 2013 at 3:37 am | Permalink

    This episode was just so fun. Didn’t think I’d be so hype for Spiders tearing shit up.

    Also thanks for reminding me of some of these dudes’ names.

    • NormalMar
      Posted September 17, 2013 at 3:38 am | Permalink

      And let’s take a minute to pop recite that Holst reference

      • NormalMar
        Posted September 17, 2013 at 1:14 pm | Permalink

        *appreciate. Shit.

  7. Jaysus
    Posted September 17, 2013 at 9:19 pm | Permalink

    Who else is stoked for half naked Shizuku next week?

  8. arcanes
    Posted September 18, 2013 at 12:48 am | Permalink

    After watching this episode, and seeing how strong the Phantom Troupe members Nen abilities are, I think the only weakness they show to have is super over confidence (clearly justified). But this is how they roll. Storm through the front gate. Race to the queen. Damn they are so cool :)

    The ants are strong, but their lack of Nen fighting experience is showing. As we learn week by week, Nen is everything.

  9. billish
    Posted September 18, 2013 at 6:25 pm | Permalink

    It seems like there is a restriction of sorts on phinks windup punch which makes it particularly powerful. I can only imagine how well that ability can be used from the writers perspective in a real, close battle. Like he constantly is winding, do you play defensively or attack before it gets too powerful? If it is very wound, than you cant get hit. I dunno, he seems like hes one of the more powerful characters the show has to offer, besides that moment of respect for razors nen back in greed island

  10. billish
    Posted September 18, 2013 at 6:29 pm | Permalink

    Also, feitan next week! The only spider of which we havent seen anything of his nen. Also he gets dealt zazan, easily the most powerful of the ants in meteor city, so we should get to see some shit

  11. Kioku from Laptop
    Posted September 19, 2013 at 12:42 am | Permalink

    I saw a picture of Jupiter and was wondering ‘what the fuck is this?’
    I read the post and wondered ‘where does Jupiter come into play?’
    I is confused.
    Edit: Also, I haven’t watched or read any of this series. I just like reading your posts about it Shinmaru :)

    • Gan_HOPE326
      Posted September 19, 2013 at 11:52 am | Permalink

      There’s a guy whose power is to summon that giant Jupiter thing and use it to smash his enemy to death. Also, he does so with sound, so just running away is useless, ‘cos it’ll catch up (unless you’re faster than the speed of sound, that is). So now you know this is a thing. Awesomeness just got entirely different standards.

      • C
        Posted September 19, 2013 at 10:58 pm | Permalink

        He can summon more then jupiter.

  12. Taka
    Posted September 22, 2013 at 8:05 am | Permalink

    Just a cool little inside bit: If you listen to the music played when Mummy Boxer uses Jupiter the BGM is clearly inspired by Holst’s “Jupiter: Bringer of Jollility” which if it doesn’t found familiar I can almost guarantee you have at least heard it in some fashion.

  13. Posted September 23, 2013 at 3:38 pm | Permalink

    The Smart Shounen™.

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