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Hunter x Hunter 99 – Red Tape Is the Real Killer


Poor Morel. Dealing with the insufferable morass of a hostile bureaucracy makes him so grumpy.

This is an interesting thing to pop up, though I’m not sure whatever political hullabaloo going on in the Hunters Association will have any direct implications in this arc. It comes off as a small annoyance that will fester into something pretty bad when everyone has to deal with the fallout of whatever happens when the Hunters wipe out the Chimera Ants. Like, if Netero were to die (and there’s a good possibility of that if he’s going up against someone who is clearly the strongest character in the series to this point), then suddenly there’s a huge power vacuum and some greedy fuck will absolutely be waiting to swoop in and fill the void. I don’t think any Hunter would actively sabotage the mission to crush the Chimera Ants, because that would be silly, but making the mission just a bit tougher and dragging it out a bit longer seems like a properly assholish thing to do.

It is amusing that this pops up when the American government is still in the throes of a shutdown. I wonder which Hunter is the John Boehner of this series?

At least something will happen soon, though, even if it took Cheetu forcing their hand to make it so. I suppose these Chimera Ants aren’t too proud to know where their bread is buttered, so to speak, though we know Leol is the sneaky type willing to play the long game and build up his power to betray at the most convenient moment. (But the Royal Guard is also aware of this since they’re trusting Leol to do well enough to try to earn their trust. Have they been watching the series, too?!) It’s probably a good thing that Leol and Cheetu and whoever else aren’t running into the king, because he would probably behead them for begging to get back into his good graces. I wonder if the king ever does anything with those heads after he’s whacked them? Does he ever hang them above his mantle like trophies, or are they too broken and mushy afterward? These are the hard-hitting questions all fans are asking, I bet.


Also, hey, Gon can run around and stuff while charging his attack now! How did he even practice this while being unable to use Nen for a month? Details! Being mobile obviously doesn’t make it an all-powerful killing machine attack, but it certainly does help since Gon can at least defend himself decently while charging his death punch. All the better to beat hulking owls with masses of muscles. Also, with really stretchy overalls. How did those things not rip apart when that owl bulked up like that?! Then again, I don’t really know how the Chimera Ant clothes actually work. Maybe they’re part of their bodies; after all, where would they get clothes if they were born in a nest in the middle of nowhere? There aren’t any shopping centers in the Chimera Ant kingdom, at least from what I can tell. Maybe the clothes wearing ants stole their clothing after killing some humans. That’s probably the most reasonable explanation. But I prefer to think that basketballigator, for instance, was born with a jersey and shorts.

Or that the bat was born wearing lingerie. Seriously, what the fuck? Chimera Ants are weird.

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  1. R1CK_D0M
    Posted October 9, 2013 at 7:37 pm | Permalink

    Willing to bet gon was able to run this whole time and literally just never thought of it until knuckle pointed it out to him

    • blackice85
      Posted October 9, 2013 at 7:42 pm | Permalink

      Probably the most likely explanation lol

    • Pusswookie
      Posted October 10, 2013 at 3:19 am | Permalink

      Can you be good at improvisation and legally retarded at the same time?

      • Shinmaru
        Posted October 11, 2013 at 3:23 pm | Permalink

        Gon has been answering that question the entire series!

    • Shinmaru
      Posted October 11, 2013 at 3:36 pm | Permalink

      I accept this explanation as fact.

  2. gedata
    Posted October 9, 2013 at 8:11 pm | Permalink

    Neferpitou emerged from it’s egg-sac fully clothed. So it’s likely that Wrestlagator (those are obviously wrestling tights) was born clothed too

    • Pusswookie
      Posted October 10, 2013 at 3:36 am | Permalink

      He’s right, Neferpitou didn’t come out naked like the others – not even a little bit ;_;
      There is no end to my grief.

      • Gan_HOPE326
        Posted October 10, 2013 at 11:34 am | Permalink

        By Word of God, that I know of, Neferpitou is male.

        If that’s still your cup of tea, not going to stop you.

      • Dangerr
        Posted October 10, 2013 at 12:03 pm | Permalink

        That’s false; Togashi’s never explicitly stated that Pitou’s male. What people keep getting that from is a data book, where they mistakenly interpret a kanji as saying “he” in reference to Pitou, when it was actually referencing Gon.

        Togashi purposefully kept it vague, though it seems obvious to me that the anime decided on female.

      • Clinton
        Posted October 10, 2013 at 8:45 pm | Permalink

        The official subs has gone with Female as well. Along with the curves that Pitou now has.

        But yeah Togashi never has never confirmed Pitou’s gender meaning he wants it like that. People were confused about Kalluto and Kurapika for a while until he straight up stated their gender so people would not be confused.

        There is only one character in the series that people are more confused about gender wise. And that is because Togashi had one of his/her siblings call him/her a boy while another sibling called him/her a girl.

      • Pusswookie
        Posted October 10, 2013 at 10:23 pm | Permalink

        I don’t give a shit what Pitou is, I’m masturbating to it and that’s that.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted October 11, 2013 at 3:43 pm | Permalink

      DNA clothing, the future is bright!

  3. Canary Paint
    Posted October 9, 2013 at 8:19 pm | Permalink

    Since some of the eaten human’s personality is absorbed and reconstituted in the chimera ant that pops out later, it just follows that the human’s fashion sense gets absorbed as well. This fashion sense manifests itself as garments that are both appropriate to the ant and disturbing to everyone else.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted October 11, 2013 at 3:45 pm | Permalink

      They must have eaten some WEIRD humans.

  4. ShigyC
    Posted October 9, 2013 at 11:09 pm | Permalink

    I still go by my claim that the ants are born with clothes only in the anime. They took them off the humans, and also learned to make some themselves.
    The anime producers just want to keep a consistent character model, just like with most video game animation.
    For instance, during a couple arcs (Zoldyck and Heavens Arena, I think), Kurapika would have had different clothes. Gon would have also ripped part of his jacket instead of his shorts’ pockets in this episode.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted October 11, 2013 at 3:46 pm | Permalink

      I don’t really mind this so much.

  5. Pusswookie
    Posted October 10, 2013 at 3:43 am | Permalink

    To those of you who’ve read the manga up to this point: Isn’t Komugi supposed to have been introduced already?

    Be vague as possible, simple yes or no. For the sake of the others.

    • Salce
      Posted October 10, 2013 at 4:15 am | Permalink

      No yet.

  6. Someone Else
    Posted October 10, 2013 at 5:27 am | Permalink

    I’m actually scared of the government shutdown since it has bigger effect than you think but it’s also funny to think how the HxH politics can be somewhat similar

    On the other hand I’m kind of getting bored of the fighting in HxH lately, they feel more a filler and they didn’t even bother explaining how can Gon move now while charging. Weird

    • Dangerr
      Posted October 10, 2013 at 12:10 pm | Permalink

      He’s already demonstrated that ability with his fight against Knuckle.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted October 11, 2013 at 3:49 pm | Permalink

      Well, I don’t mean to make too much light of the government shutdown, since it’s led to some pretty shitty things thus far and obviously gets much worse for people the longer it goes on.

  7. fbc
    Posted October 10, 2013 at 6:28 am | Permalink

    I’m surprised that no one has commented about the suspender owl – turning into a monkey and bat girl.

    also weren’t those two commenting on how Gon’s aura was increasing? couldn’t he have used that aura to feel the enemies out? I think he learned to use his Nen like that back in the Greed Island arc (although I may be wrong)

    • Gan_HOPE326
      Posted October 10, 2013 at 11:37 am | Permalink

      What you described is called En, and even a skilled member of the Phantom Troupe like Nobunaga couldn’t do it for a radius bigger than 50 meters. So probably it wouldn’t have been useful. But he used Gyo, which is a much cheaper technique and allows him to see the enemies as long as they’re not in a state of Zetsu. Think of it as passive sonar, while En would be the active one.

      • Clinton
        Posted October 10, 2013 at 9:02 pm | Permalink

        Zeno could get a radius of 300 meters with his En. Neferpitou gets 2 miles.

      • Gan_HOPE326
        Posted October 11, 2013 at 5:19 pm | Permalink

        Zeno is probably as strong as Netero. Not exactly a good comparison for Gon.
        Neferpitou’s raw aura is even scarier… and besides that, her En can assume shapes different from a sphere, so it can reach further away without changing in volume. Her “spherical” En is probably not bigger than 400 meters.

  8. Duelit
    Posted October 10, 2013 at 8:25 am | Permalink

    Now that you mention it, where would they get clothes like that? They started out in the NGL which is devoid of manufactured clothes aside from the drug cartels… maybe there is a silkworm clothes making chimera ant too? :3

    • Shinmaru
      Posted October 11, 2013 at 3:51 pm | Permalink

      I have the deadly Nen power of PERFECT CLOTHES MAKING

    • ShigyC
      Posted October 11, 2013 at 8:59 pm | Permalink

      With all those books on human life, I’m fairly certain they learned to knit some together themselves.

  9. hint
    Posted October 10, 2013 at 5:51 pm | Permalink

    Pitou is better-nya than Hanekawa.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted October 11, 2013 at 3:55 pm | Permalink

      No arguments here!

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