Opening theme: "Departure!" by Masatoshi Ono [VERSION 2] Ending theme: "Hunting For Your Dream" by Galneryus CHARACTERS OUR HEROES Spoiler Gon Freecss Voiced by: Erica Mendez Gon is a young energetic boy from Whale Island who has become a Hunter to venture the world and find his father. After becoming a Hunter, Gon learned the powers of Nen, and now he and Killua are on their way to Yorknew City. Killua Zoldyck Voiced by: Christina Vee Killua is the youngest son of the Zoldycks, a family of assassins known the world over. He had joined the Hunter Exam for fun, but soon met Gon, the first friend he ever had, and has been tagging along with him ever since. Kurapika Voiced by: Erika Harlacher Kurapika is the last living member of the Kurta clan. He has become a Hunter in order to gain the resources necessary to track down and eliminate the Phantom Troupe, a gang of mercenaries that killed his family for their scarlet eyes. To do this, he has become a bodyguard for the Nostrade family, who are involved with the upcoming Yorknew City auction. Leorio Paradinight Voiced by: Matt Mercer Leorio is hot-headed on the surface, but has a good heart. He became a Hunter to gain the resources to pay for medical school, so that he may become a doctor and help children in poor nations. Having spent the last few months working on his degree, he’s taking a vacation in Yorknew City to help Kurapika against the Phantom Troupe. THE NOSTRADES Spoiler Light Nostrade Voiced by: Beau Billingslea The head of the Nostrade Family, a Mafia group under the leadership of the Ritz Clan. His group was originally a minor player in the Mafia community, until his daughter’s powers emerged, which greatly rose their influence. Neon Nostrade Voiced by: Faye Mata The daughter of Light Nostrade, Neon is self-centered and spoiled on a level like that of a little kid, this being a combination of her upbringing and her natural childlike innocence. Her powers are in fortune telling, which she predicts through unconsciously writing quatrains. Dalzollene Voiced by: Kirk Thorton The head of the Nostrade Family’s bodyguards. Basho Voiced by: Jake Eberle One of the bodyguards hired by the Nostrade Family, he is a Conjurer whose power involves writing haikus. Baise Voiced by: Carrie Keranen One of the bodyguards hired by the Nostrade Family, she is a Manipulator that can control whoever she kisses for three hours. Melody Voiced by: Dorothy Fahn One of the bodyguards hired by the Nostrade Family, she is an Emitter that can heal fatigue and illness with her flute. Melody used to be a normal woman until she heard the flute solo of the Sonata of Darkness, which killed her friend and horribly deformed herself, having to hide her rotted flesh beneath a cloak. Now she seeks to find the Sonata and destroy it, while also looking for a cure to her deformity. Shachmono Tocino Voiced by One of the bodyguards hired by the Nostrade Family, he is an Emitter who controls up to eleven puppets made from balloons. Squala Voiced by: Ray Chase One of the bodyguards hired by the Nostrade Family, he is a Manipulator who controls dogs. THE PHANTOM TROUPE (aka THE SPIDERS) Spoiler (Note: Members numbered here in order of raw strength when not using Nen) 1: Uvogin (Voiced by: Patrick Seitz) - Uvogin is the most physically powerful of the Phantom Troupe, with a barbaric-like nature. He enjoys fighting and killing more than anything, a drive that leads him towards fighting powerful opponents, often without thinking of a plan first. Uvogin is an Enhancer, which has contributed to his immense strength. 2: Phinks (Voiced by: David Vincent) - Phinks is short-tempered and ruthless, often getting into fights with his own teammates. However, he is also loyal to his comrades and Chrollo especially. Phinks is a master of unarmed combat, able to moved quickly and snap necks without alerting his victims to his presence. Phinks is an Enhancer, which allows him to unleash devistating punches. 3: Hisoka Morow (Voiced by: Keith Silverstein) - An intimidating and mysterious character, Hisoka is bloodthirsty and willing to kill whoever he has to in order to advance his questionable goals. Secretly, Hisoka shows no real loyalty to the Troupe, and seems to have only become a member to get closer to Chrollo. Hisoka is a Transmuter, able to use an incredibly elastic substance known as Bungee Gum, which in combination with other aspects of Nen can be quite devastating. 4: Franklin (Voiced by: Edward Bosco) - Franklin is as dangerous as his Frankenstein’s Monster-like appearance suggests, never hesitating when it comes to murder and unfaltering in difficult situations. It could be argued he is the second-in-command of the Troupe, as he is the only one besides Chrollo who can rally the group to cooperate. Franklin is an Emitter, able to create tiny machine guns from his fingers. 5: Feitan (Voiced by: Tom Bauer) - Feitan is the Phantom Troupe’s interrogated skilled in the art of torture. He is cold-natured and a man of few words, the common tongue of the world being a second language to him. His greatest skill is a combination of immense speed as well as precise swordsmanship, able to slice the heads off half a dozen men in the blink of an eye. 6: Machi (Voiced by: Abby Trott) - Machi is possibly the coldest member of the Troupe, feeling no reason to hold back her opinions no matter how harsh. This is valuable to her comrades as her intuition is sharp, observations that are almost always correct. She a transmutation type who uses Nen-infused needles which can be useful for either tracking someone or repairing serious wounds like a severed limb. 7: Chrollo Lucilfer (Voiced by: Robbie Daymond) - The leader of the Phantom Troupe, Chrollo is calm, intelligent, and charismatic, as well as a capable strategist. He values his comrades about all else, even the objects which they plunder, which he always sells as soon as he is done admiring. Chrollo is a Specialist, and his abilities make him one of the most dangerous Nen users alive. 8: Bonolenov - Unlike his comrades, Bonolenov isn’t interested in fighting, only doing so when provoked. He is a Conjuror type. 9: Nobunaga Hazama (Voiced by: Joe J. Thomas) - Nobunaga is usually calm, but has a tendency to clash with his allies. He, like his best friend Uvogin, is terrible at impromptu decision making. Nobunaga is an Enhancer, and is greatly skilled in swordsmanship. 10: Shalnark (Voiced by: Griffin Burns) - Shalnark is the most “friendly” member of the Troupe, always smiling and able to get along with everyone, but this is more to keep up morale than any sentimental attachment to the group. He is a Manipulator, able to control people with his cell phone and increase his own strength greatly. 11: Pakunoda (Voiced by: Erica Lindbeck) - Pakunoda is self-confident to the point of intimidating others, as well as extremely loyal to the Troupe. She is a Specialist, able to read people’s thoughts and share the information with her comrades via Nen bullets known as “Memory Bombs”. 12: Shizuku (Voiced by: Janice Roman Roku) - Shizuku is air-headed and has short term memory loss, which leads her opponents to often underestimate her abilities. She is a Conjurer, able to conjure a vacuum cleaner that can inhale an infinite number of nonliving objects, allowing the Troupe to commit murders and erase any evidence of the crime. 13: Kortopi - Very little is known about Kortopi. He is a Conjurer, able to create an exact duplicate of any object he touches with his left hand, which can then be tracked if he touches the original again. Episode 43: "A × Shocking × Tragedy" Chapters adapted: 73-75 Corresponding 1999 episodes: 52-53 Last time... Spoiler Reuniting with Leorio, Gon and Killua continued to try and figure out what to do to get quick money for the auction. Leorio came up with a scheme; Buying a diamond worth 3 million Jenny, they held an arm wrestling contest in the marketplace, with the diamond as a prize to anyone who could beat Gon. Many tried, but Gon easily defeated all of them, until Shizuku arrived, forcing Gon to use all his strength to overcome her. She then regroups with her allies, heading off to the auction house Meanwhile, the Nostrade bodyguards were assigned their positions at the auction, with three of them attending the auction itself, two positioned at the back, and another two (Kurapika and Melody) at the front. Melody, curious about what was driving Kurapika, asked him why he had been upset over seeing the Scarlet Eyes up for auction, well aware that Kurapika could kill her if he thought she might tell anyone. Kurapika explained about the Kurta clan, then asked Melody why she had taken the job. She explained that she and her friend had found the flute solo of the Sonata of Darkness, a piece of music said to be composed by the Devil himself, and they played it while drunk. The music’s curse led her friend to die a brutal death, while Melody’s body was destroyed beyond recognition, but gave her abilities. Now she looks to find the music and destroy it so no one else can be harmed by it, while also looking for a possible cure to her disfigurement. Below them, the underground auction is about to begin... This time… As the auction gets underway, the Phantom Troupe open the show with a massacre. Notes: The chapters which this episode covers can be found in volumes 8 and 9 of the manga release. The first two Bluray/DVD volumes are available now from Viz Media, containing the first 26 episodes.