FEATURE: Gon vs Neferpitou and the Art of the Anime Beatdown


Hunter X Hunter, like all the finest anime that take care of totally different types of fight, discovered distinctive methods to create poignancy via battle. It isn't simply spiky-haired folks punching villains, however reflections on what it means to imagine in your self. What it means to push your limits and combat for one thing you imagine in. What it means to crave energy in all types. And, typically, what it means to abuse stated energy. The fights we've checked out up to now on Combat Scene Friday have tended to be pretty prolonged, or a minimum of contain intense quantities of forwards and backwards motion. Exhausting to show a lesson about by no means giving up when the opposite dude isn't actually punching again.


However this week, y'all picked Gon vs Neferpitou. And it's … not that type of combat.



It's not a nasty combat. It's virtually scientifically not possible for Hunter X Hunter to do these. As an alternative, it's slightly little bit of build-up, adopted by slightly little bit of suspense, adopted by what can, at its most mild, be described as Gon curb-stomping his opponent. In the long run, Neferpitou — ever loyal and glad to die within the stead of the King — is a bloody lump towards a tree. And Gon is a downright terrifying determine — a far cry from the 3-foot-tall boy with the fishing pole we met within the first episode.


So what makes this type of combat price it? Why not lengthen it slightly bit, making a extra equal match and giving Neferpitou a time to shine towards Gon and Gon's new quad muscular tissues. Effectively, on this case, the story doesn't want that. It wants one thing slightly extra … threatening. One thing that may make us rethink Gon and his "candy summer time youngster" standing. 


Gon, Hunter X Hunter


"Beatdown" fights are normally very, very emotionally motivated. On this case, Gon has simply discovered that Kite, a former scholar of his father and eventual ally, is absolutely, tremendous lifeless. This angers Gon, and whereas Neferpitou is out to kill Gon for the King, Gon's inspiration for the upcoming duel is way, way more passionate. He says that if that is the top, he'll "use every thing," and as he transforms, his aura threatens to tear the room aside. And whereas seeing Gon as this jacked big is a curious and uncanny sight, it's additionally a menacing one.


As a result of these beatdown fights hit at one thing that normally goes unannounced more often than not in shonen sequence — that the heroes, if offended, can be downright terrifying. Whenever you mix their combating expertise, their tenacity, and their mountain-sized muscular tissues, they're not folks you'd wish to be on the unhealthy facet of. However these fights current them in a brand new gentle.


Pitou, Hunter X Hunter


It jogs my memory of the top of the basic DC Comedian Kingdom Come when Superman, fearing that the majority of his allies and friends have been killed, threatens to crush the U.N. Constructing. For just a few panels, the human characters exhibit pure worry, cowering and trying to flee from their former savior. A far cry from the standard "Thank god you're right here, Superman" response. When flipped over, energy — regardless of how beforehand noble — is terrifying.  


And whereas Neferpitou is unquestionably an antagonist at factors within the Chimera Ant arc — and although they present little hesitation in the case of attacking Gon in his new kind — we worry for them. Not solely is there an apparent measurement distinction, however the jarring shift makes us not sure of what Gon goes to do subsequent. Once we can't depend on our hero for emotional and bodily consistency, it's laborious to have a deal with on something. And so, to a sure diploma, we're put in Neferpitou's footwear — enthralled, excited, slightly frightened, and never fairly assured about what's gonna occur subsequent.


Gon, Hunter X Hunter


Fights like these must occur each every so often to shake up how we really feel about protagonists and antagonists in the long run. It takes no matter formulation we count on and rockets them out the window, shaking us from any complacency and forcing us to concentrate. Hantā Hantā does this fairly a bit, a development that makes it one of many best battle anime of all time.


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