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Hunter x Hunter 98 – Drop Everything, Because We Have an Owl in Suspenders


To be honest, this episode is average by Hunter x Hunter standards, but this fella made up for that. I don’t even care what it’s power is; it could do anything, and I would love it. If I were in charge of the English dub for Hunter x Hunter (should this version ever receive one), this owl would definitely speak with a gentlemanly Southern drawl with just the barest hint of malice behind it. That said, much as I love this owl’s appearance, it would also be hilarious if after this cliffhanger, Gon beat the shit out of the owl and the bat mere seconds after the next episode begins.

Hello! This is a bit later than usual, but I have the best excuse: I’m celebrating Hunter x Hunter‘s move to a new time slot by posting on a day when you can expect posts in the future. It’s definitely not me being a lazy shit and delaying posting for a day for no good reason. Not sure where you would get that idea. If you ask me, it’s pretty rude to throw around baseless accusations like that. I’ll expect apologies en masse in the comments section.

There’s not too much big stuff going on this episode, so I took more pleasure in the smaller details, both serious and goofy. I had a big laugh during the scene where Gon beats the hell out of that terrible snake fighter. Snakey thinks he has Gon on the ropes, but Gon slips through easily because he’s Gon and he’s fight a dumb snake who’s wearing awful sunglasses. Small wonder who will win that fight. But the best part is when Gon breaks free of the snake’s grip, and the snake’s surprise is such that the bulge of its eyes breaks its sunglasses. Amazing. Only in cartoons could you get that, my friends!


Meanwhile, even though the first half of the episode is mostly a lot of walking and talking, I like how Killua is back in his element. It’s easy to forget, since Killua’s history as an assassin is core to many of his problems, but the family business has also left Killua with many useful abilities. He’s able to take the information about this particular country that he learned from Illumi in the past and form a plan from there. He has a good idea of what to look for when considering the spies this country employs to root out outsiders. He has a clear idea of who should be doing what — Killua sneaky tactics are better suited for stirring up chaos in the ranks, while Gon’s pure power is more likely to do something against Neferpitou. While Killua is walking around with Gon, he senses Meleoron and doesn’t betray a thing. Killua is a cool customer.

Who knows if Killua thought our chameleon buddy would go after Gon rather than him? Maybe it didn’t particularly matter to him. It’s probably more advantageous for Meleoron to go after Gon. After all, this leaves Killua with a small head start on stirring up trouble in the ranks, while Gon gets to warm up after a month with only Zetsu. And, really, if Gon can’t beat these jokers, then what hope could he possibly have against Neferpitou, who could probably vaporize them all in an instant? Sorry, Unabomber chameleon, but you’re merely a stepping stone on the way to a battle between a pre-teen and a killer cat. Hope you enjoyed your time in the series.

(How the fuck does a chameleon get that goatee, anyway? These Chimera Ants truly are warping and debasing humanity’s DNA.)


Couldn’t write this post and not pay tribute to this shot in some way. The shadow of Neferpitou hangs all over Gon and Killua. Also those creepy eyes. Speaking vaguely of dark, shadowy stuff because I need some sort of lazy segue, I do like the torment the other teams have to go through to execute their ultimate plan. Morel and Knov are making a deal with a shady shitheel politician to get closer to the truth of what’s going on, and Knuckle and Shoot are forced to hang back while people are dying all around them, on the hope that somehow they’ll be able to prevent several times more people from dying. Poor Knuckle. He’s so caring, but the world around him is so unfeeling. Let’s all give him a hug.

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  1. Clinton
    Posted October 2, 2013 at 4:35 am | Permalink

    I am thinking that you are going to really like Meleoron.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted October 4, 2013 at 4:19 pm | Permalink

      Does this mean he’ll do something neat soon? Looking forward to it!

      • Clinton
        Posted October 4, 2013 at 6:24 pm | Permalink

        Along with having a great character his nen ability ranks among the best I have ever seen.

  2. Pusswookie
    Posted October 2, 2013 at 8:57 am | Permalink

    Is Hunter x Hunter’s move to a new timeslot really something to celebrate? Seems like it’ll get a lot less viewers now, due to lower accessibility.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted October 4, 2013 at 4:20 pm | Permalink

      I wasn’t being entirely serious. :p

  3. gedata
    Posted October 2, 2013 at 1:47 pm | Permalink

    Dreadsnakeman looked kinda like Morel.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted October 4, 2013 at 4:20 pm | Permalink

      Haha, I thought so too.

  4. Billish
    Posted October 3, 2013 at 9:46 am | Permalink

    Did anyone else find Killua s sneaking a little amusing, considering his poofy hair precedes his eyes every time he checks a corner?

    • Shinmaru
      Posted October 4, 2013 at 4:21 pm | Permalink

      If this were a snowy environment, his hair would be great camouflage!

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