History Manga / HunterxHunter

28th Mar '18 5:00:21 PM Sullytofu
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* HumansAreBastards: A recurring theme near the end of the Chimera Ant arc, that humans can be just as ruthless and horrible as the ants. [[spoiler: Especially when they break out the [[NukeEm "Rose."]]]]

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* HumansAreBastards: A recurring theme near the end of the Chimera Ant arc, that humans can be just as ruthless and horrible as the ants. [[spoiler: Especially when they break out the [[NukeEm "Rose."]]]]"]]]] Even then, it's possible to interpret the message that humans are at the top of the food chain ''[[IDidWhatIHadToDo because]]'' of our capacity for horrible things, and that it's through doing these horrible things that we evolve as a species. It's no coincidence that Meureum isn't defeated through brute human strength, but rather [[spoiler: a nuclear detonation and it's subsequent radiation poisoning]]- what one could potentially argue as being one humanity's greatest weapons of all time, one powerful enough to subvert any individual's personal strength.
11th Mar '18 10:59:48 AM Andrewjpet12
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* ThemeNaming: The three hunters Netero's group leaves behind before confronting the Chimera Ants-Palm, Knuckle, and Shoot-are named after types of baseball throws.
11th Mar '18 5:41:41 AM LlamaAdventure
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** There are a number of arcs that feel like Togashi simply got bored with it and dropped it at the earliest possible time. The Heaven's Arena arc sets up an entire 251 floor skyscraper for Gon and Killua to fight their way up, only for the duo to quit partway through and move on. The Yorknew arc also includes Gon and Killua learning the ins and outs of auctioneering so they can raise money to buy an ultra-rare Greed Island game, only for it to all come to nothing when someone else buys every available copy.
20th Feb '18 4:27:39 PM urutapu
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*** Greed Island Arc: The "deadly game" arc, in which the heroes must compete and win a game to survive. Greed Island is a very real place, and the horrific injuries Gon and crew suffer are very real. This also examines the rather horrific situation of coming to Greed Island and not having Nen- Gon's group manages to start a collection of cards just by trading people a way out of the game, who are desperate to go home.

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*** Greed Island Arc: The "deadly game" arc, in which the heroes must compete and win a game to survive. Greed Island survive; InsideAComputerSystem is thrown in for good measure. The ''Hunter x Hunter'' world is certainly different from ours, but the technology level is fairly similar...meaning the idea of literally transporting dozens of humans into a very real place, and computer game is absurd. Through the clever use of Nen, the contestants are actually teleported to another real-world location, meaning the horrific injuries Gon and crew suffer are very real. This also examines the rather horrific situation of coming to Greed Island and not having Nen- Gon's Nen--Gon's group manages to start a collection of cards just by trading people a way out of the game, who are desperate to go home.game.
20th Feb '18 4:19:30 PM urutapu
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** The Zoldyck Family Arc is about Gon, Kurapika, and Leorio trying to save Killua from his assassin family. Unlike most [[RescueArc rescue arcs]], the heroes never get a chance to [[StormingTheCastle storm the castle]] and fight the bad guys (though they do make it past the front gate, which is no small feat), and instead the situation turns out to be little more than a typical family spat, and gets solved just as quickly--it only ''looked'' dire because everyone involved is a master assassin, so what could have been a rather normal argument with mom adds whips and guns.

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** The Zoldyck Family Arc is about Gon, Kurapika, and Leorio trying to save Killua from his assassin family. Unlike most [[RescueArc rescue arcs]], the heroes never get a chance to [[StormingTheCastle storm the castle]] and fight the bad guys (though guys--though they do make it past the front gate, which is no small feat), and instead feat. Instead, the situation turns out to be little more than a typical family spat, and gets solved just as quickly--it only ''looked'' dire because everyone involved is a master superhuman assassin, so what could have been a rather normal argument with mom adds whips and guns.



*** The protagonists never make it to the top of the tower, but they do: fight the same characters more than once, blow most their winnings at the beginning of the next arc, and spend two months meditating without even watching the on-going tournaments. They don't get pitted against each other, or have a serious fight against their new rival/friend Zushi. Gon doesn't even win his final match against Hisoka, although he does seem to be personally satisfied by the outcome.

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*** The protagonists never make it to the top of the tower, but they do: fight the same characters more than once, blow most their winnings at the beginning of the next arc, and spend two months meditating without even watching the on-going ongoing tournaments. They don't get pitted against each other, or have a serious fight against their new rival/friend Zushi. Gon doesn't even win his final match against Hisoka, although he does seem to be personally satisfied by the outcome.



** Nen itself is a ''massive'' deconstruction of KiAttacks in general. Compared to similar techniques in other series, Nen has a very definite and detailed structure that determines how people develop the abilities they have and how to best make use of those abilities. Compared to learned attacks from most other series (which are nearly always taught as part of a school of martial arts), how Nen manifests is heavily dependent on the individual. Also in comparison to other series, where fighters generally spam their special attacks all the time, Nen users are incredibly conservative when it comes to using their abilities in order to keep their opponents from learning the particulars of that ability, including its strengths and weaknesses.

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** Nen itself is a ''massive'' deconstruction of KiAttacks in general. Compared to similar techniques in other series, Nen has a very definite and detailed structure that determines how people develop the abilities they have and how to best make use of those abilities. Compared to learned attacks from most other series (which are nearly always taught as part of a school of martial arts), how Nen manifests is heavily dependent on the individual.individual and there are techniques that some people simply will not be able to use. Also in comparison to other series, where fighters generally spam their special attacks all the time, Nen users are incredibly conservative when it comes to using their abilities in order to keep their opponents from learning the particulars of that ability, including its strengths and weaknesses.



*** Hunter Exam Arc: The "contest" arc, in which several characters need to compete with each other in order to win a title. This arc examines what would ''actually'' happen in a contest filled with superhumans- the normal humans die in brutal ways, the empowered individuals run rampant and murder dozens, and Gon barely survives only because the only two people that know Nen are Hisoka and Illumi, who likes Gon enough to keep him alive for Hisoka and barely processes Gon's presence for Illumi. Heck, the people in the final phase win on a ''technicality''- only Gon really fought for his victory.

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*** Hunter Exam Arc: The "contest" arc, in which several characters need to compete with each other in order to win a title. This arc examines what would ''actually'' happen in a contest filled with superhumans- the superhumans--the normal humans die in brutal ways, the empowered individuals run rampant and murder dozens, and Gon barely survives only because the only two people that know Nen are Hisoka and Illumi, who likes Gon enough to keep him alive for Hisoka and barely processes Gon's presence for Illumi. Heck, the people in the final phase win on a ''technicality''- only ''technicality''--only Gon really fought for his victory.



** The fight between [[spoiler: Chrollo and Hisoka]] is awful even for this manga in a way in which deconstructs just what someone capable of world-bending magic powers and absolutely no conscience could really do- that being [[spoiler: weaponizing an entire audience of innocent bystanders by making them into ‘’human-seeking bombs’’.]]

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** The fight between [[spoiler: Chrollo and Hisoka]] is awful even for this manga in a way in which deconstructs just what someone capable of world-bending magic powers and absolutely no conscience could really do- that being [[spoiler: weaponizing an entire audience of innocent bystanders by making them into ‘’human-seeking bombs’’.''human-seeking bombs''.]]
20th Feb '18 4:10:29 PM urutapu
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** Neo-Green Life, an isolationist nation introduced in the Chimera Ant arc, examines the LuddWasRight trope and how difficult and ''dangerous'' an "all natural" society would be in the modern world. NGL permits no technology more recent than the practice of agriculture, meaning visitors must discard everything from metallic or plastic clothing items to modern necessities like eyeglasses, tooth fillings, and medical implants at the border crossing or face ''execution''. The checkpoint ([[LoopholeAbuse conveniently located just outside of NGL's actual borders]]) must employ highly advanced technology like MRI and ultrasound in order to effectively enforce this policy. Outside of protecting their immediate livelihoods (e.g. health precautions or self-defense from an attack), most NGL citizens would not attempt to stem the larger effects of an epidemic or invading hostile animal species because it's just "nature taking its course." The country's low technology level also means international communication is extremely slow (the internet is used at the aforementioned checkpoint for international relations, but only handwritten correspondence is allowed within NGL proper), which allows the Chimera Ant infestation to get out of hand before international aid can be summoned. It's eventually revealed that [[spoiler:[[EvilLuddite the country was founded and is ruled by a man who wanted nothing more than to ruin other people's lives]]]].

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** Neo-Green Life, an isolationist nation introduced in the Chimera Ant arc, examines the LuddWasRight trope and how difficult and ''dangerous'' an "all natural" society would be in the modern world. NGL permits no technology more recent newer than the practice of agriculture, meaning visitors must discard everything from metallic or plastic synthetic clothing items to modern necessities like eyeglasses, tooth fillings, and medical implants at the border crossing or face ''execution''. The checkpoint ([[LoopholeAbuse conveniently located just outside of NGL's actual borders]]) must employ highly advanced technology like MRI and ultrasound in order to effectively enforce this policy. Outside of protecting their immediate livelihoods NGL citizens would likely do what they could to protect themselves on the micro scale (e.g. health precautions treating a family member's disease or self-defense from an attack), most NGL citizens would not attempt to stem fending off a wild animal), but problems on the larger effects of macro scale (e.g. an epidemic or invading hostile animal species because it's just an out-of-control invasive species) are, according to NGL's philosophy, "nature taking its course." course" and are probably impossible for the government to address anyway. The country's low technology tech level also means international communication is information moves extremely slow slowly within NGL (the internet is used at the aforementioned checkpoint for international relations, but only handwritten correspondence is allowed permitted within NGL proper), which allows the Chimera Ant infestation to get out of hand before international aid can be summoned. It's eventually revealed that [[spoiler:[[EvilLuddite the country was founded country's founder and is ruled by a man who ruler simply wanted nothing more than to ruin other people's lives]]]].
15th Feb '18 12:34:07 AM Cryoclaste
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** In the recent Alluka/[[ElectionDayEpisode Election Arc]] of the 2011 anime, we see Alluka playing with some [[{{SailorMoon}} familiar looking dolls]] in one of the flashbacks. Extra points for this shout-out since Togashi is married to Sailor Moon's manga-ka.

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** In the recent Alluka/[[ElectionDayEpisode Election Arc]] of the 2011 anime, we see Alluka playing with some [[{{SailorMoon}} [[Franchise/SailorMoon familiar looking dolls]] in one of the flashbacks. Extra points for this shout-out since Togashi is married to Sailor Moon's manga-ka.
3rd Feb '18 10:37:50 PM Sullytofu
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** The fight between [[spoiler: Chrollo and Hisoka]] is awful even for this manga in a way in which deconstructs just what someone capable of world-bending magic powers and absolutely no conscience could really do.

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** The fight between [[spoiler: Chrollo and Hisoka]] is awful even for this manga in a way in which deconstructs just what someone capable of world-bending magic powers and absolutely no conscience could really do. do- that being [[spoiler: weaponizing an entire audience of innocent bystanders by making them into ‘’human-seeking bombs’’.]]



* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: aside from the gorn, the most obvious example would be Hisoka's sexual overtones towards battle. In the 2011 series, he even gets a rather onomatopoeic boner at the prospect of fighting Gon.

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* GambitPileup: All of the more serious arcs in this series have multiple conflicting points of interest between the different character groups (and even between the individuals in those groups). This gets taken UpToEleven in the Dark Continent Expedition arc, wherein every single group on board the ship is scheming against another one. This includes the Zodiacs, Beyond’s Group, the Hunter Association hunters assigned as bodyguards, the normal bodyguards, the Princes and their respective families and bodyguards, King Hui himself, and even the Phantom Troupe!
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: aside Aside from the gorn, the most obvious example would be Hisoka's sexual overtones towards battle. In the 2011 series, he even gets a rather onomatopoeic boner at the prospect of fighting Gon.
27th Jan '18 10:35:49 PM DaScarecrow
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** The ''En'' technique qualifies. It allows the user to extend their Nen in order to sense everything within a certain radius, making it useful for tracking and detection. The drawback is that getting any mileage out of it is nearly impossible because it takes up more Nen the larger you make it and unlike most sensory techniques can be picked up on by others who are proficient in Nen usage because of how focused it is.
3rd Jan '18 3:45:20 PM ElloMe
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** he behaves like a spoilt child and complains that Neferpitou’s aura is grinding on his nerves (so could Neferpitou please disable it inside the castle?);
** he tears his own arm off so Neferpitou has to stitch it back together, doing which makes her disable her all-seeing aura for several crucially important hours;
** he directly orders Neferpitou to stay in a fixed position away from him when two top-level assassins arrive to kill him, and willingly leaves the other two of his royal guards.

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** he He behaves like a spoilt child and complains that Neferpitou’s aura is grinding on his nerves (so could Neferpitou please disable it inside the castle?);
** he He tears his own arm off so Neferpitou has to stitch it back together, doing which makes her disable her all-seeing aura for several crucially important hours;
** he He directly orders Neferpitou to stay in a fixed position away from him when two top-level assassins arrive to kill him, and willingly leaves the other two of his royal guards.



* DramaQueen: The chimera ant officer Pike borders on the {{Tsundere}} towards Zazan; the Royal Guard Shaiapouf often has tirades of ballet dancing and violin solos, and Kikyo Zoldyck acts this way towards her son Killua.

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* DramaQueen: The chimera ant Chimera Ant officer Pike borders on the {{Tsundere}} towards Zazan; the Royal Guard Shaiapouf often has tirades of ballet dancing and violin solos, and Kikyo Zoldyck acts this way towards her son Killua.
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