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That's just it though...we can't assume there WILL be a final villian....
He is doing almost everything opposite of standard shonen aside from the power ups.
There was no climactic battle between GON and the KING.
Gon met his father.
And with the exception of KITE...mofos die..constantly...
I think there needs to be a final villain in order to tie HxH's various plot threads into a satisfying conclusion. So far, almost all of Togashi's story arcs have ended anticlimactically. It's a consistent theme in the series that sets his work apart from other shonen works, but I don't want to see it continue all the way to the end. There needs to be some kind of epic conclusion that gives us some degree of closure concerning Gon, Killua, Kurapika and Leorio's stories. I can't see how this could be done without a final big bad.
It could either be kuroro with or without his ryodan, and Zaoldyeck(but i think this one would be more of an arc, when gon and killua would be either forced to be pitted on each other or try to escape/fight zaoldyeck) Silva has plans for killua.
I don't think there's going to be one because whoever it turns out to be, it'd turn out to be much weaker than Meryem and not really much of a challenge overall.
No way Killua would fight Illumi. They like each other and there really is no good reason for them to fight.
Gon and Hisoka? Personally I don't see it happening ever. We might see Hisoka v Kuroro but i think Togashi loves 'em too much. It'll probably be a double KO of some sort.
Really, out of all the prominent characters in HxH, I can only see Zeno, Leorio, the Zodiac, and members of the Spiders dying.
I don't think there's going to be one.
The general theme of HxH is that there's nothing like "Villian character", Each time the character that thought to be the arc's Villian appears, it ends being favourited by us readers, The Zoldycks, The spiders, Hisoka, The king. i don't think togashi will resort to the ultimate Villian and the MC fights it, the End will be out of the book, something anti-climatic as usual.
Just hope he starts drawing again. ^^"
In general I think Togashi has a tendency to idolize the dark side of humanity with the argument that the good guys aren't really any diffferent. I don't actually care if the bad guys win, but the problem is that the good guys still win in HXH most of the time so it just becomes hypocrisy. If you're going to basically twist your worldview to make Spiders seem way more powerful than they really are then I expect to see the Spiders burn down the Hunter's HQ, instead of retreating at the sign of any powerful Hunters arriving.
Just cause someone doesn't have the physical strength of Meryem or aura power doesn't mean they aren't as challenging.
Take Pariston Hill, we've yet to see ANY nen from him (unless I forgot). Not to say he's weak but nen or no nen
that guy is dangerous. Why? because he's clever as hell and unpredictable.
Plus with the advent of the Rose Bomb which you know KILLED MERYEM.
Whoever has the key to those is in fact the most dangerous character.
Gyro + Rose Bombs= Very Bad Situation.
And this is not even knowing what shenanigans are in the Outside.
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I don't see that being a flaw. In fact I thought that one of the great things about his character is that the more it seemed
like he COULD co-exist with humanity the faster his impending doom came.
I didn't see HxH trying to argue that using the Rose Bomb was just as bad but rather that the whole invention of it is evil.
It's like nuclear bombs, sure one could argue about the "necessity" of Hiroshima and Nagasaki being obliterated but
the whole concept of total annihilation of a populous is evil.
I don't see how that's hypocrisy. The good guys win but it's not much better than had the bad guys won is what I see the manga saying.
How is that hypocritical? I don't get your comment about twisting the worldview. The Spiders are strong but they aren't invincible.
Nobody is. Not even Meryem and I see that as a GOOD thing for the story.
Not to mention you still have Alluka whose existence renders any threat irrelevent.
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Meryem can only coexist with human when he knows he's about to die because he is not particularly vengeful. That is if he knows he can't rule them all there's no reason for him to go on a rampage so sure he can play Gungi until he dies if he's about to die. That doesn't mean his view of humanity has changed.
If the Rose was never invented the most likely outcome is that Meryem would've gone on conquering the world and probably wipe out something like 90% of humanity (he basically sees human as a waste of space except for the occasional exceptions) and the rest will be on some kind of natural preserve. Maybe some special humans can push for no more than 1 humanburger per meal per Ant but life in generally would still totally suck for humans. The savior of the HXH world is the Rose, not the Hunters, and yet there's a huge section devoted to crying about how the Rose is inhumane and so on. If an alien species landed with the intention to completely eradicate us and only our nukes kept us alive, nobody is going to be complaining about whether alien dying to radiation or whatever is a bad thing. The whole thing is sheer hypocrisy. It's clear that Togashi has very strong environmentalism tendencies, the same way Miyazaki's films have a very strong communist theme behind it.
I don't care if he wants to preach his beliefs but the world he's created, there was no other way. It's not like in real life where it was definitely possible to invade Japan without using the atomic bomb. Togashi offers no solution as to how humanity can possibly defeat Meryem without the Rose or somehow coexist with him.
Leorio turns evil after experiencing supreme jealousy at his lack of screentime and becomes more powerful than Hisoka and Ging combined by initiating the powers of Bankai and destroying the world.
Final Villain is Zushi