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Darkshaunz
The 2011 remake has been awesome so far.

2 episodes out, you can watch them at watchanimeon.com / zomganime.com or DDL from animetake.com (Thanks to Celenas).

Besides Gintama and Bleach - I am very happy to add this show to my "must keep up" roster.

In the meantime, enjoy the ED

Syphin
Hunter X Hunter Chapter 133-185,

Oh Greed Island, it sure shocked me when it was revealed just what kind of "game" it really was (hahah I was sure fooled =P)...it's amazing as to what Nen can actually do. The Nen power system in Hunter X Hunter is more like energy foundations comparable to the "Force" in Star Wars or "Bending" in Avatar. While it may not be as comprehensive as the "Force" or "Bending", it is certainly more than just an extra power. Out of the main shounen series, Hunter X Hunter is the only series that creates a power source that extends beyond fighting and into something much more fundamental - living. For One Piece, the main power system was the Devil Fruits (now it's the Haki, but Oda still hasn't really gotten into the meat of Haki), for Bleach it's reiatsu (the Fullbring power is interesting though), for Naruto it's chakra - while the start of the series conveyed chakra as a comprehensive power source, once the second part of Naruto rolled in, power consistency and logic went out the window. Fairy Tail has magic and well magic is magic.

The more you find out what Nen can do the more you wonder just what Nen can't do, it's a very vast and deeply thought out system. The Greed Island arc extended the possibilities of Nen even further. Watching Gon and Killua train with Biscuit was great, and while those two improve at freakishly inhuman speeds (seriously those two are really something), you are constantly aware that they are just at the end of the beginning as to what is possible with Nen.

Anyway, I think I got a man-crush on Hisoka....I shouldn't have enjoyed these scenes as much as I did, but I did...IT WAS AWESOME:

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Oh my goodness, you are badass Hisoka. I really love his character. Quite shocked something this mature is in Weekly Shounen Jump - Togashi really is one of the few current mangaka serialised in WSJ whose writing style is comparable of that from the old generation of WSJ. It's no secret that current shounen are not as bloody and gory as shounen in the past, but at least someone like Togashi is still bringing back the old. Hunter X Hunter and Toriko seem to be the only series that use styles from the old generation (though Toriko is still tame when compared to HxH).

The battle with Razor was great, the relationship between Gon and Killua really shines through here - Togashi is handling their relationship very well. Enjoying seeing how Gon unknowingly inspires Killua and helps give Killua a reason to live. Loving how great a team they make together - covering each others weaknesses and strengthening each others strengths. The Ichigo x Rukia relationship from Bleach is kind of like this, only thing is that Ichigo doesn't really realise how much he is motivated and inspired by Rukia, he isn't aware how much he needs her - I wonder if Kubo has the intention of covering their relationship as much as Togashi has for the Gon and Killua one =/.

The climatic battle with the Genthru and the Bomb Devils was very interesting - seeing Gon prepared to sacrifice body limbs to attain absolute victory was awesome. Loved seeing the terrified look on Genthru's face when he realised how insane Gon was - I was like literally yelling in my head "OH YEAH, take that and rewind it back!!". Very entertaining seeing the tactics Gon, Killua and Biscuit (so that's how she looks O.o, interesting...) came up with in action. The battles in Hunter X Hunter really are lateral and thought out. Genthru and the Bomb Devils, while they did rock the arc quite a bit with their 5 year long plan, they didn't really seem like main villain quality material - not like the Phantom Troupe last arc. The way they were presented made them seem like secondary villains - I thought that Binolt aka the young women flesh eating psycho guy was more villain material than the Bomb Devils. The movements of the Phantom Troupe did interest me the most.

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^ Binolt really was freaky when he was introduced =P.

It was pretty smart what Gon and Killua did at the end when deciding what cards to take, a shame Ging planned so much ahead. In a weird way Ging and Gon really are bonding in this seemingly father-and-son-breaking-apart situation - it really does show how weird the two of them are =P.

Just started the Chimera Ant Arc - hahah seen page 1 of chapter 186 and that creature really does seem familiar =P. An insect looking creature (based on a hand, a foot and a half, and a silhouette of it) just like Cell in base form.

Lastly just want to add that I've been impressed by the range of Togashi's drawing ability. He may draw in the cartoony manga style for Hunter X Hunter and the drawings may be scrappy here and here for certain chapters, but those drawings on the extra page at the end of the chapters (from the volumes?) do show what else Togashi can draw - he can draw really well in a detailed western-like art style. Like the cute Naruto he drew =P:

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Cute, aye?
Darkshaunz
Real glad you love Hunter x Hunter Syphin. Are you watching the 2011 anime? If not, you should.

You should also know that Togashi wrote Yu Yu Hakusho, also one of the best shounens of all time. Togashi is basically a double legend as he is, if you have time - please consider picking up Yu Yu Hakusho.

Oh Greed Island, it sure shocked me when it was revealed just what kind of "game" it really was (hahah I was sure fooled =P)...it's amazing as to what Nen can actually do. The Nen power system in Hunter X Hunter is more like energy foundations comparable to the "Force" in Star Wars or "Bending" in Avatar. While it may not be as comprehensive as the "Force" or "Bending", it is certainly more than just an extra power. Out of the main shounen series, Hunter X Hunter is the only series that creates a power source that extends beyond fighting and into something much more fundamental - living. For One Piece, the main power system was the Devil Fruits (now it's the Haki, but Oda still hasn't really gotten into the meat of Haki), for Bleach it's reiatsu (the Fullbring power is interesting though), for Naruto it's chakra - while the start of the series conveyed chakra as a comprehensive power source, once the second part of Naruto rolled in, power consistency and logic went out the window. Fairy Tail has magic and well magic is magic.


To put it simply:

Chakra - Can be manipulated into elements. It's like mana for elemental jutsus. Enhanced with bloodline limits.
Chi/Qi/Ki - Used to hide power levels, power up from a latent state and is capable of being projected into directed beam attacks (Kamehameha etc.)
Reiatsu - Is used to exert pressure and enhance attacks. Concept is similar to Dragon Ball "Chi" or "Qi".
Fullbring - Is used to activate the inert power potential of seemingly trivial inanimate objects.
Haki - Haki is most similar to Dragon Ball "Qi".
Nen - Can be used exert pressure, enhance attacks and is separated into different assault groups (manipulation, reinforcement etc.)


The more you find out what Nen can do the more you wonder just what Nen can't do, it's a very vast and deeply thought out system. The Greed Island arc extended the possibilities of Nen even further. Watching Gon and Killua train with Biscuit was great, and while those two improve at freakishly inhuman speeds (seriously those two are really something), you are constantly aware that they are just at the end of the beginning as to what is possible with Nen.


Gon and Killua were described by Wing-sensei as being 1 in a million respectively. They are both monsters - their fighting experience vastly outnumbers Goku in Dragon Ball. However, in terms of power level - they both would rank on par with the other Shounen heroes. Which is scary because they are so young.


Anyway, I think I got a man-crush on Hisoka....I shouldn't have enjoyed these scenes as much as I did, but I did...IT WAS AWESOME:

Oh my goodness, you are badass Hisoka. I really love his character.


I would be surprised to know of anyone who doesn't like Hisoka. My favourite bad guy in the series for sure.


The battle with Razor was great, the relationship between Gon and Killua really shines through here - Togashi is handling their relationship very well. Enjoying seeing how Gon unknowingly inspires Killua and helps give Killua a reason to live. Loving how great a team they make together - covering each others weaknesses and strengthening each others strengths. The Ichigo x Rukia relationship from Bleach is kind of like this, only thing is that Ichigo doesn't really realise how much he is motivated and inspired by Rukia, he isn't aware how much he needs her - I wonder if Kubo has the intention of covering their relationship as much as Togashi has for the Gon and Killua one =/.


Gon and Killua's relationship is very well developed, and is still being developed in the current HxH manga arc. They are essentially brothers in blood as they are. You just know that they are going to be there for each other until their last days. Also, the two of them share a really pure shounen friendship - and that really puts a smile of people's faces (mine included).

I think you nailed the Ichigo x Rukia relationship perfectly. Though, I feel that Rukia doesn't realize she needs Ichigo as much as he needs her. The general feeling with Ichigo x Rukia is between "More than just friends" and "Not quite lovers". There's a bit of a romantic vibe, and perhaps some sexual tension between the two - but it never surpasses the platonic line.


Just started the Chimera Ant Arc - hahah seen page 1 of chapter 186 and that creature really does seem familiar =P. An insect looking creature (based on a hand, a foot and a half, and a silhouette of it) just like Cell in base form.


Yeah everyone just calls it the CELL SAGA and the main bad guy "CELL" anyway. It's pretty much exactly like the DBZ counterpart.…


Lastly just want to add that I've been impressed by the range of Togashi's drawing ability. He may draw in the cartoony manga style for Hunter X Hunter and the drawings may be scrappy here and here for certain chapters, but those drawings on the extra page at the end of the chapters (from the volumes?) do show what else Togashi can draw - he can draw really well in a detailed western-like art style. Like the cute Naruto he drew =P:


Togashi's style is actually rather simplistic. But they are defined so well that he doesn't need detailing to make something look clear and nice.
Syphin
Hunter X Hunter Chapter 186-231,

I can see why people draw parallels between The Chimera Ant Saga and the Perfect Cell Saga, but at times I can't help but think that it feels more like the Majin Buu Saga than any other DBZ Saga (how the Queen can pass on the characteristics of the things she eats onto her offspring, and how what she eats affects the personality of her offspring. If the person was evil/good when they were human than that passes onto the offspring and forms it's character - like how Buu's personality changed when he consumed the Supreme Kai's - became the Fat Buu who was kinder than his old self). But what is certain, this saga does feel very DBZ (with more developments and mystery).

Lots of decapitation, blood and lost limbs - Hunter X Hunter certainly is old school shounen =).

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This scene here...hah...those Chimera Ants sure know how to interrogate (I forgot his name but poor guy). The advantage of Nen which I thought the humans had was short lived, now it's a battle of Nen.

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Anyway, I watched Game of Thrones recently and it's effect extends beyond that of just that show, my perception of this Chimera Ant Saga sure has been warped into something terrifying...the graphic and "realistic" nature of Game of Thrones makes me perceive this saga as more real and something more than shounen. Scenes such as the Queen wanting to give birth to King of the World, the humans being farmed for their meat, flavor and Nen, the growth of the Chimera Ants, the fact that the King once born will impregnate a female of another species and continue the cycle of the Chimera Ants, and the later development of the "wannabe Kings" intention to pass on their "King" genes by impregnating a female of other species, all these developments became more daunting and unnerving.

It affected to me to such an extent that while my sight was passing over the reflection of a mirror and I thought I noticed an insect in the corner of the reflection, I reactionary flinched...shocking I know but intense realism and insects eating your brain and slaving your genes sure does play a number on your psyche...even if subconsciously and seemingly insignificantly. And yeah, there was no insect...ah Syphin, it's only fiction, it's only fiction, it's only

This scene was very well drawn - Chapter 191 (Killua and Gon look badass).

The development with Kaito was surprising, didn't expect him to get his head chopped off. I was actually shocked that he died, but having him sewn together was interesting. I'm curious to see what will become of Kaito this saga - will he be saved? Will Gon save him? Can he be saved? Can he survive without Neferpitou? Very intrigued to see what Gon is going to do to bridge the power gap between him and Neferpitou, because really it is a very very huge one.

I will admit I wasn't entirely captured by Killua before this saga, but this scene here...it's awesome:

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Killua breaking and falling down and putting himself back together to release himself from his brother's curse, it was incredible. The intense emotions of Killua wanting to protect Gon, you could practically feel it and when the chains encumbering him released, Killua became badass times a thousand ^. This scene and the scene of Gon promising Kaito that he'll get him back (plus declaring to Killua that Neferpitou is his prey) are my current favourite scenes of this Saga.

Also Jairo, where does he fit in all this? Togashi wrote him out to be the King, but isn't there one already? Oh boy, there seems to be lot more intense and unbelievable developments left to play out in this Saga and there has already been a lot of tasteful ones already =P. Jairo's back story was sad, poor guy, his father treated him so badly...very interesting to see how Jairo intended to get revenge on
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society - a man with patience and a plan can be very dangerous.

I miss Leorio and Kurapika =(. Glad the Phantom Troupe was covered a bit - I had thought Gon and Killua caught up power-wise to the members of the Phantom Troupe but after seeing how they handled the Chimera Ants, I don't think so any more...unbelievable to see how far Gon and Killua still are even after the insane amounts of progress they made on Greed Island.

Darkshaunz wrote:
Real glad you love Hunter x Hunter Syphin. Are you watching the 2011 anime? If not, you should.

You should also know that Togashi wrote Yu Yu Hakusho, also one of the best shounens of all time. Togashi is basically a double legend as he is, if you have time - please consider picking up Yu Yu Hakusho.

Haven't started watching the 2011 anime yet, waiting until I finish catching up with the manga =P.

Also with Yu Yu Hakusho, I'm not sure if this is true, but when Togashi's editor told him to extend Yu Yu Hakusho because it was doing so well, Togashi didn't like that and in a sense rebelled by finishing off Yu Yu Hakusho more quickly - which is why the last parts of Yu Yu Hakusho are very content heavy (and satisfying?). I haven't read/watched it yet, but if this is true, it would make Yu Yu Hakusho very awesome for lacking the dragging out material common in shounen manga. Interesting if this is true - wonder if this is the reason why Togashi has such a sweet deal in Weekly Shounen Jump now for Hunter X Hunter - Shueisha giving Togashi his space and letting him handle Hunter X Hunter the way he wants. Togashi is a very talented mangaka so it's obvious Shueisha don't want to lose him to the competition.

Imagine if Toriyama refused to extend DBZ and ended after the Frieza Saga as he initially wanted, or after the Perfect Cell Saga (with Gohan taking his father's place) as he also wanted O.o. Shueisha probably want Kishimoto to drag Naruto on for as long as possible before the end.
Syphin
Hunter X Hunter Chapter 232-318,

Hah, I had planned to make a post when I reached chapter 280, but when the invasion of the palace began, there was no chance of that happening =P - the story was too engrossing to put down...it was such a pain when I had to actually leave reading the arc for later to do something else =(.

The Chimera Ant arc is actually quite different from the Perfect Cell Saga, apart from the start of the arc and the Kings tail, there isn't that many similarities between the Cell Saga and this. It could just be because I'm watching the Frieza Saga in DBZ Kai, but I actually thought mid way through that this arc felt more like the Frieza Saga (...yeah let's just say it has all of DBZ rolled into the first half...kind of...maybe...in a way...). The whole development of the Hunters trying to stop the "selection" and the 10 day timer was like the hunt for the Dragon Balls on Namek and the length of time the Namek Elder could stay alive. The Vegeta type character who puts his plan to stop Frieza in motion was like Leol (that Lion Man Chimera Ant), who also put a plan in motion to rise above the "King", only thing was that Vegeta was a much more important (and badass) character. The King's Royal Guards are basically like the Ginyu Force. The Chimera Ants are basically like the crazy alien looking goons Frieza had. Also the King's head (with the helmet look) did make him look like Frieza in a way. Anyway the Chimera Ant arc became really unique when Komugi entered and the King began to show interest in her.

The invasion of the Palace was handled incredibly, the writing is insanely good - so very gripping the story and fights are. Addicting stuff indeed. I suppose Togashi's frequent hiatus's did give him more time to think about this massive arc (8 years from when it began to when it ended?), but it's so good. The battles are very very impressive and masterfully written - really enjoyed the battle between Menthuthuyoupi and the Hunters (Shoot, Knuckle, Morel, Killua). All the other developments with the other Royal Guards, with Netero and Meryem, with Palm, with all the other characters are fantastic and oh yeah, let's not forget what happened to Gon - wow, when he unleashed, I was literally stunned, silenced and completely caught off guard - it was awesome but so very sad.

The Killua and Palm scene was great - I'm liking Killua more and more. This arc really has covered Killua nicely (and oh boy the current arc covers him even better =D).

This arc makes it pretty apparent that Hunter X Hunter boast some of the best battles (if not the best fights) out of all the manga in WSJ - I had thought Naruto brings some great fights but Hunter X Hunter is on a totally different level - Togashi has some serious talent (and experience).

The end of this arc was brilliant, it's easily my favourite arc in Hunter X Hunter. Meryem is a fantastic character (my favourite of this arc), when he started to question himself and his reason for existence, things really started to develop laterally from there. The Komugi and Meryem relationship was the main highlight of this arc for me (and there were many highlights), it was very interesting and touching. The contrast between the Kings Chimera Ant nature and his human individuality and how those two parts of himself start to define themselves as something else when he spends more time with Komugi - how the void he notices in himself begins to fill and the growth the two begin to share as they play on continually higher levels of Gungi. The end is really something (I'm glad I left reading the rest of Hunter X Hunter 'til now, it would have been difficult to wait for the conclusion of the arc =P), I am in awe at how radiant a state the King was in in the moments before the end. That final game of Gungi and the dialog complimented by the black background, slowly leading to that end, everything came together so spectacularly, the final scenes from those two characters really did engrave itself in my heart and mind. Leaving me with a content and sad feeling at the end, I felt really mellow (it was an interesting and nice feeling).

Anyhow I'm still wondering how the Queen Chimera Ant became so big and where did she come from? Will Togashi leaves things like this or will he explore that area later? Hmmmmm O.o.
Syphin
I could have included this post in my previous one, but I want to seperate them...

Hunter X Hunter Chapter 319-326,

The start of a new arc!! HXH fans must have waited a long long time for this =P. I have been hearing that the current Hunter X Hunter chapters are the best in WSJ (people have been saying the HXH and Naruto chapters have been the best in WSJ currently), since I'm not up to date with any other manga in WSJ, I can't comment on this but the current arc in Hunter X Hunter is really good - how great it is to have Killua take the main character role this arc with Gon in the state he is in.

The exploration of the Zoldycks family is fantastic stuff, I've been interested in them since they were introduced and I was wondering who that child in the Zoldycks family photo was when it was shown last arc. So it's Killua's younger sister? I wonder why Illumi and Silva refer to her as a boy... It also amazes me at how creative mangaka can be - Alluka's ability is quite something, you can easily tell a lot of thought was put into creating her ability (and we still don't know everything), the three requests and one wish scenario is very interesting, but the whole punishment for the four consecutive refusals is what really blew me away – after that butler wished to be a billionaire, Alluka’s next three request shocked me (seriously your spine…and brain…and other important organs…wow, it’d be impossible to fulfill request like that O.o). When the workings of the punishment revealed itself, you could understand a bit why the Zoldycks didn’t want Alluka’s power to get out of control (poor butlers and others who were used to test subjects to scope the ability out).

Killua became so awesome over the Chimera Ant arc and the focus he has in the current arc is great. I completely don’t mind him taking the lead. Killua resolving to save both Gon and Alluka, can’t wait to see how he does it. Anyway currently, will be interesting to see how Killua avoids or overcomes Illumi and Hisoka - hahah Hisoka, he really is in a tough place, not wanting Gon to die, but also having to help Illumi.

The other half of the arc - the Chairman Election is also very entertaining stuff - well now, so Ging was part of the Zodiac Twelve and lol, did he set-up the voting methods with Mr. Bean (lol) - a Hunter through and through =P Still LEORIOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!! Finally we get to see him and boy did make an impressive scene the chapter he returned in. Got to love how he landed that punch right in Ging's face - my vote would definitely go to Leorio!! (hilarious how I was reading those chapters on the day the voting opened in NZ - rest assured I carried out my constitutional duty and also voted, a shame there was no Leorio there =D).

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Curious to see how this arc unfolds and what will happen with "Kaito" (he was reborn as the other child of the Queen?) and Kurapika.

Anyhow, I'm supporting Shaunz on this one, Hunter X Hunter is easily an anime/manga that should be watched/read. It's very addicting and entertaining as Shaunz said.
Darkshaunz
To be honest, I don't understand Alluka's abilities at all. Maybe you can explain it to me.

I know It's really scary, and I think he is the most lethal of the Zoldyck family. The Killua/Alluka relationship is pretty cute and warming though. Killua's like the only guy in the family who isn't a complete asshole (I think his time with Gon changed him a lot).

Leorio at 3rd place really made me laugh, Ging is a horrible piece of shit father and deserved that for sure. I also hope Leorio beats the Rat zodiac sleazebag.

Illumi and Hisoka are pretty funny when paired together, those guys are the most chilled hunters ever.

Kind of miss Kurapica though, where is he Togashi??

Enjoying HxH 2011 anime too...you should check it out already Syphin.
Syphin
Noooooooooooooooooooooo!! Hunter X Hunter going on hiatus again =(. This week was the last chapter for this run (guess nows a good time to pick Hunter X Hunter again, chapters 327-340, hmmm...). [Source: ANN].

Well this run has been Togashi-sensei's longest uninterrupted run so far (30 chapters), so I'm very glad for that =), and very grateful that he concluded the Chimera Ant Arc the way he did, that arc was so good.

And for some good news, A Hunter X Hunter anime movie has been green-lit, surprisingly during it's 14 year serialization, it never had an anime movie made, so this movie will be the first Hunter X Hunter anime film (yay!) - hopefully Togashi-sensei is involved =P. [Source: ANN].

Darkshaunz wrote:
To be honest, I don't understand Alluka's abilities at all. Maybe you can explain it to me.

I actually did mean to get back to you on this, but never got around to it (sorry). When I pick up the manga again (soon) and read the chapters, I'll explain it (though I currently forgot how it works =P), unless it has already been expanded on in the later manga chapters - that arc concluded in chapter 338 or something right?
Syphin
Sad that Hunter x Hunter is still on hiatus since 2012, hopefully Togashi-sensei resumes it soon as it has been quite a bit of time since he last worked on it.

Anyway here is the trailer for the second Hunter x Hunter film, Hunter × Hunter -The Last Mission-:



The story of the second film revolves around the dark history of the strongest Hunters that once existed in the Hunters Association that were split into “light” and “dark”, with each walking down their respective paths. The “dark” side begins moving in order to massacre all Hunters, and both Killua and Kurapika are caught up in the violence and are injured. What is the dark secret behind Netero, the strongest Nen-user and the chairman of the Hunter Association?

Netero was badass, will be nice to see more of him and his past covered.
Syphin
Finally ended up watching the anime. Up to episode 72 at the moment (Greed Island Arc).

It's been around 4+ years since I put the manga on hold, so my recollection of the story flow is quite flawed. How amazing it was to be reminded of how fantastic and epic a series Hunter X Hunter is

It's beautiful. So freaking addicting.

And yeah, I love you Hisoka. He embodies the concept of the "Joker" perfectly.
Spoon
Syphin wrote:
Finally ended up watching the anime. Up to episode 72 at the moment (Greed Island Arc).


This is the thing that always amuses me about big anime series. 'Oh I think I might watch this, how many episodes are there? Oh...786'
Syphin
Only a handful of current series have several hundred episodes.

Personally, I don't really get the complaints (not saying you complaining) about series (anime or in general) being too long so the reluctance to begin viewing/watching them. It is not like you get rewarded for reaching the current episode/point. The enjoyment itself is in the viewing (or journey so to speak), so regardless of the amount of episodes, as long as each individual episode is enjoyed, I find the amount of episodes irrelevant. One does not have to mass watch series.

I agree that the longer the series, the more likely the less compelling it is due to repetitive content, but if the series continues to be enjoyed, the number of episodes seem like a moot point, unless of course you want to catch up as soon as possible =/.

Anyway, it feels good to watch some anime again.
Shrewmkin
Spoon wrote:
Syphin wrote:
Finally ended up watching the anime. Up to episode 72 at the moment (Greed Island Arc).


This is the thing that always amuses me about big anime series. 'Oh I think I might watch this, how many episodes are there? Oh...786'


The difference Spoon is this is Hiatus X Hiatus... The fucken Anime and Manga is on break so often that literally since it's Serialisation as a Manga, it's spent at least half of it's time on Hiatus (indefinite break).
Syphin
There are rumours that 2016 is the year that Togashi will be back in force!! (With the Phantom Troupes making a comeback - Chrollo and Machi)

Unless of course he loses motivation to write...again...

Oh Togashi.
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