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Posted 11/25/17 , edited 11/25/17
Hi guys,

After re watching hunter x hunter, I always questioned why did Netero take on The King alone, when there are very capable characters that we learn in the 13th chairman arc (I.E Ging, the zodiacs etc)? I have not read the manga but i'm sure it gives better insight into character's strengths. It seemed like in the anime, Netero was the only hope but it doesn't seem like the case at all, after seeing these characters. Also if it came to it, do you think the Phantom Troupe would of stood a chance? The way Zeno speaks about Chrollo, he seems like he could rival Netero's strength. I would like to know your guys input on this.
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ayyo. So there are a couple of reasons that Netero took on the king by himself.

First and foremost, the world's leaders tasked the hunter association with the ridding the chimera ants. This intention is not only acknowledging that the hunters are the most capable, but it also serves as a safety mechanism so they have someone to blame should the hunter association fail.
With this in mind, we see the hunter association allow some of the chimera ants escape and characters such as the phantom troupe have to go to meteor city and eradicate them. Only characters such as Leol (the ant who likes classic rock) use the ability of a hunter he defeated on his way. There was some commentary from different characters about the wrong hunters being assigned certain chimera ants.

Second of all, the hunter association knew one thing for certain about the chimera ants. This is an important detail. Chimera ants evolve by consuming different organisms and acquiring their features. We first learn about this when we see the queen eating all different types of animals and fish....following this, we see that the queen hatches various chimera ants that are in fact based on other animals. This implication is that she had previously eaten that animal and fused it with the chimera dna and formed a new ant. Following this train of thought, Netero specifically only wanted a small number of specialized hunters on his mission in case they failed.
IF, and only IF netero's crew fails (knov and morel), he knew that there were other capable hunters able to contend with his level of power.

It's important to note that Netero's initial plan was to defeat the queen PRIOR to the king's birth. At that point, they did in fact find out that chimeras were eating humans and they suspected that Nen might become a problem. This was a confirmed issue when Gon and Killua returned and told them that they fought a royal guard member who had overwhelming Nen capabilities. This is why Netero and his group took their time slowly executing the squadrons of chimera ants. They were not only moving in a very calculated way, but they were also clearing various areas and closing the ants into a box. It was not until the king's birth that there was even a remote concern that they couldn't handle the chimeras. As you may recall, Netero asked Colt (the 'nice' squadron leader) how he compared against the king.

The third reason Netero did not want others to be involved with his fight against the king was because Netero was bored. He was well-established in the elite hunter community as possibly the strongest or one of the strongest of all time. His history shows that he was an explorer of the dark continent in his youth and obviously survived. This was not his first rodeo against monstrous creatures and he was excited at the prospect of fighting monsters that he fought in his youth. He was quite old, quite crazy and quite bored. He said himself that he was now the 'challenger' and not the challenged.

Another potential fourth reason are Netero's very specific qualifications and capabilities. When it comes to raw Nen power, Netero clearly had an immense amount of aura. He is seen from a distance praying and essentially 'charging' his nen up prior to the invasion on the king's palace. If it comes down to raw Nen power, Netero likely is top five in that regard. If it comes down to speed, Netero is the single quickest. His backstory provides the information that he spent years mastering the praying hands and creating the most deadly nen ability in history. In his fight against Mereum, he was shown to be completely outmatched in all regards EXCEPT his praying speed. Mereum had so much raw physical power and latent Nen that Netero's most deadly ability was only effective due to it's speed. No other character revealed in the show could match this speed and to everyone's knowledge, Mereum is the fastest character. The second Netero-specific qualification was his age and willingness to see the mission through. He was over 100 (I believe) and well past his youth. He was a warrior and wanted to go out fighting. He and only he only could simultaneously die in battle and still win the fight. We see this when Mereum says that he in fact was in 'checkmate' the whole time. Mereum thinks logically and in a shogi/chess-like manner. Every action is a move leading towards checkmate/victory. Netero was different. He had the power of mankind (nuclear radiation/explosives) implanted in his chest to guarantee that the single strongest human was fighting Mereum. It was only due to the radiation that Mereum died, as you saw in the show, he is able to regenerate and be reborn with the eating of nen-infused life. That is likely Mereum's specific Nen ability as his hunger was his only experience in life prior to his birth.

In regards to Chrollo or the Phantom Troupe -- None of those characters could have beaten Mereum. None of them possess more latent Nen that Mereum, and its highly unlikely that they had more Nen that Netero either. Remember this detail, the NUCLEAR RADIATION is what killed Mereum. Netero barely impacted him prior to Zero hand. If you consider that move alone, Netero expelled every single drop of his nen into a single massive blow and still could not kill Mereum. He wounded him for the first time, but not fatally. It's doubtful that another character like Chrollo (who is still growing) has more latent aura than the supercharged Netero and simultaneously has a Nen ability that works instantly and infused all of their Nen into a single blow.

I hope all of these reasons make sense.
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Posted 11/25/17 , edited 11/25/17
Chrollo's still growing I agree. So are most of the characters.

There are other strong people certainly, but they were out of the picture at the time -- probably saving the world from other things or just being uncooperative, and Netero didn't want to send more low level people to die without risking himself. He worked with what he had trying to keep things quiet. They pretty much had to sneak into the country for political reasons, the world wasn't exactly galvanized over the ant threat at the time and wouldn't have believed it/cared.

After the king was born, Netero wanted to take responsibility. The Hunter association wasn't in a great place, it seems that while the chairman was incredibly popular and led the organization successfully for years, it wasn't unified and not everyone would move at his direction or take his concerns seriously.

I agree he was partly bored in semi-retirement and was interested in going out with a bang to protect the reputation of the Association.

Posted 11/26/17 , edited 11/26/17
Because the writer wanted tension
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Posted 11/26/17 , edited 11/26/17

Afrojackk wrote:

Hi guys,

After re watching hunter x hunter, I always questioned why did Netero take on The King alone, when there are very capable characters that we learn in the 13th chairman arc (I.E Ging, the zodiacs etc)? I have not read the manga but i'm sure it gives better insight into character's strengths. It seemed like in the anime, Netero was the only hope but it doesn't seem like the case at all, after seeing these characters. Also if it came to it, do you think the Phantom Troupe would of stood a chance? The way Zeno speaks about Chrollo, he seems like he could rival Netero's strength. I would like to know your guys input on this.

cause half of the plot is plot holes. a better question will be: why didn't he just bomb him in the first place? taking the king and all of his subordinates at once.
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Posted 11/27/17 , edited 11/27/17
Wait are you serious? you actually are wondering why they didn't just bomb Meruem immediately? You did realize the King and the Royal Guard were hanging out in the palace of a country surrounded by millions of citizens right?
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