HxH 51: Morally ambivalent?

Hunter x Hunter episode 51 review

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A congoer cosplaying as one of the Phantom Troupe at Tekko suggested that the Phantom Troupe characters were “morally ambivalent.” And after this episode, I have to ask, really? They’re just morally ambivalent, they aren’t evil. They’re not really bad guys after all. They’re only killing hundreds of people, causing mass casualties and blowing up everything in sight. That’s all, nothing too bad.

Jokes aside, I thought it was a very nice touch how the dub was able to translate the fortune poem into English and also get it to rhyme. That was a huge bonus to the dub, making it rhyme like that. It’s hard enough to translate that kind of stuff, let alone get all the verses to rhyme. I really appreciated that.

Another nice thing? Nostrade is actually voiced by Jet Black! And Jet Black from Cowboy Bebop is the coolest anime character of all time. Maybe not my favorite, but when it comes to the level of cool, no one beats him.

Neon runs away from her handlers, and as a result ends up running into Chrollo of all people, the boss of the Phantom Troupe. Chrollo gets her to tell him his fortune, then he knocks her out. Fortunately, it was caught on camera, so Chrollo is definitely nailed down as the villain.

Then the Phantom Troupe go on their rampage, destroying and killing everyone in sight, while a group of assassins bands together to try to finish them off. Two of them decide to be called just by colors, until the Zoldyck family chooses to just be called by their real names. Then they all decide to split up anyway. I’m not really sure what the point of that scene was.

I am certain, however, that the Phantom Troupe are not just some “morally ambivalent” group who lies somewhere within the gray area between good and evil. They are full-blown evil people, and this episode proves it. I will never feel a bit of sorrow for any one of these characters dying. Please don’t try to make me like them with a sad flashback as to how they joined the Troupe.

This episode was great, especially if you want to find someone to hate. The Phantom Troupe are definitely those characters you love to hate. But the twist upcoming is going to change everything, especially for my beloved Kurapika.

Character of the episode: Neon

Episode rating (out of four stars): ***1/2

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