HxH 79: Koala Ant

Hunter x Hunter episode 79 review

Koala Ant

Getting into the NGL, where the Chimera Ant outbreak is, is almost impossible. You’ve got to go through an embassy that makes the Berlin Wall look like a piece of paper. No electronics of any sort are allowed, nor is anything metal. Gon and Killua of course pass with flying colors, though. Some of Kite’s gang must go home, which is better for their sake.

Meanwhile, Ponzu and the other guys are trying to get into this thing too, but their part in this story feels about as pointless as that casino portion of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Not really sure what purpose they are serving.

And finally, you’ve got a Koala Ant going up and shooting humans to death. I get it, the purpose is to show that A) metal has made it into NGL somehow and B) the Chimera Ants are reproducing at a ridiculous rate. Even so, this particular character seems kind of ridiculous. A Chimera Ant who’s a mob boss? Seriously, let’s think up a more reasonable type of character.

Character of the episode: Ponzu

Episode rating (out of four stars): ***

HxH 77: Life finds a way

Hunter x Hunter episode 77 review

HxH 77

“Life cannot be contained… life breaks free… life, uh, finds a way.”

The Chimera Ant Queen has begun chewing on humans in order to create new lifeforms that have human aspects to them. That means that two innocent children were killed by the Chimera Ants. REMEMBER THIS! If you are ever tempted to feel sympathy for the Chimera Ants some 60 episodes from now, remember that they killed two innocent children (and will kill a lot more from here on out)!

In other news, Kite and Gon and pals have gone off researching the Chimera Ants and coming up with little results. They are going to wish they had never started this mess of researching the Ants. They would have been better off searching for Ging. So yes, not much happened in this episode, but at least we’ve established that the Ants are bad. There is nothing redeemable about them.

Character of the episode: Gon

Episode rating (out of four stars): **½

HxH 76: Go fly a Kite

Hunter x Hunter episode 76 review

HxH 76

So, in the biggest shock ever, that man who Gon and Killua found, is not Ging. No, he’s actually one of Ging’s friends, named Kite. Kite, who has a strange face, greets the boys by firing a large deadly weapon at them, killing off a single ant. It turns out that those ants are very predatory.

Kite then tells Gon stories about Ging, and he offers to let Gon know where he is right now. Gon, who used the Accompany card for that very reason, suddenly does an about-face and now chooses to not want to find out where Ging is. Instead, Gon is intent with just hearing the stories.

Meanwhile, a queen ant starts gathering food, as she must give birth to the king. Why? What does that even mean? It may be until 2018 when we find out.

Character of the episode: Kite

Episode rating (out of four stars): ***

HxH 75: Survivor: Greed Island

Hunter x Hunter episode 75 review

HxH 75

The Greed Island arc is finally over! Gon has beaten the game, and he gets all the credit for it even though Bisky and Killua deserve more credit than him. Ultimately we end up wondering what the purpose of all this was. “Purpose, it keeps you going strong, like a car, with a full tank of gaaaa-aaaaas…” But really, what is the purpose? Gon and Killua weren’t after the money, and it was obvious that they could escape into the real world if they wanted to knock out 1,000 Hunters at once. Oh, yeah, that’s right, now I remember…

Gon wants to find Ging! And he’s figured out how to! He’s allowed to keep 3 cards to take with him “into the real world” (even though Greed Island is “the real world,” but whatever). He lets Bisky waste one of them on Blue Planet that way she can have that little jewel. Then Gon and Killua use the other two cards to bend the rules in order to turn the two of them into an Accompany card. I didn’t understand how that worked, but what I took away from it is that it was somewhat similar to an inverse cosine. A secant, if you will. Or a cosecant to a sine, or a cotangent to a tangent. Ah, I miss math so much!

Then Gon and Killua immediately – that’s right, immediately – use that Accompany card to get to a character with an extremely offensive name. Honestly, I was hoping they would edit this part out of the English dub. Anyone in North America who sees those four letters together sees that as offensive. Hard to believe that passed the censors and “the freaking FCC.” In any case, Gon and Killua “Accompany On” to this character, who is probably hopefully likely maybe possibly Ging, Gon’s father. Right? It has to be. We’ve waited 75 episodes. Surely this is the perfect time to introduce Ging, right?

Don’t hold your breath, is all I have to say. This next arc is loooooooooooong. In fact, it’s almost as long as everything we’ve already seen thus far, close to 70 episodes. And it is one nutty arc. It has its highs, it has its lows, and it has its low lows. There is one character, though, that if you don’t love, you have no soul. That character is what saves the arc from itself. If not for that character, I would want all memories of this arc erased from existence.

Who is that character? Why is that character so important? What is this arc even about anyway? And is that guy over there actually Ging? Find out everything next week, as the Chimera Ant Arc gets underway!

Character of the episode: Gon

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