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Namely that the cause of death for it's victims is NOT "radiation sickness".
A lot of people even after reading the manga have concluded that the Poor Man's Rose
kills people through radiation sickness and that's why the King and Royal Guards died.
Some people even say that it was cheap writing by Togashi and argue that since
the King was healed from being a charcoal briqutte that it's lame that the Royal Guard
couldn't heal a little bit of radiation poisoning.
Which would be true...except it's NOT radiation. Now it may very well be possible that
the Poor Man's Rose IS radioactive but the argument here is what the actual cause of death is and I think there's good reason to believe it's NOT due to radiation. Here's why.
1. Radiation is NOT contagious. The Rose poison however is.
While one can say that Pouf and Youpi were at the bomb site
Komugi however wasn't and yet she died because she was near the King too long.
The manga explains the Rose poison was specifically designed to create a chain
of victims. In this way the Rose is actually closer to a bacterial disease than radiation
2. Togashi never says "radiation".
Now you could say that's just Togashi trying to be subtle but the problem is
Togashi explains what the Rose Bomb is and if it was just radiation then
why not just say so? Or even just say humans are evil and not give
ANY explanation and just let people figure out the King is dying from radiation.
The reason why is because it's NOT radiation. It's a deadly and inhumane poison
3. You can survive radiation. You CAN'T survive the Rose.
Some people think that the King died because of radiation and that
the poisoning Togashi was talking about was basically cancer
from the body trying to fight off the radiation. But no. It's not.
It's poison. This is why Pouf and Youpi could never heal the King.
If the King had cancer then the Royal Guard should have been
able to heal the King from that and it would be over.
But the Rose is cruel. It's effective because it's constantly
producing new poisons within the body.
The Rose bomb will keep producing poison until the victim dies
and then it spreads to any nearby victims.
This might be a bit too early to explain since there's a chance for it to be explained the next episode, but since it's here, I'll quote Viz's translation on the matter:
The Rose had poisoned thorns. That's what made the Poor Man's Rose so insidious. Those killed instantly in the blast zone were the lucky ones.
In the survivors' bodies, the poison was absorbed, eating them away from the inside while turning them into poisonous agents themselves, contaminating new victims. The rate at which the poison killed was exquisitely timed to create a chain reaction of casualties.
In short... it was a weapon like no other. It was expressly engineered to be the ultimate of evil.
So yes, it was poison, not radiation. And the way I understand it, it's contagious in a way that it causes a chain reaction in a timed manner and not instantly.
Last edited by Demonspeed; June 13, 2014 at 06:21 AM.
I am pretty sure the manga was explicit in that the rose had poison and not radiation. I mean, it specifically said poison. As far as of why the royals did not cure the king from the poison, I would think it is because of the method they used to heal him. To be specific, the method they used was to give the king their own bodies to recover that of the king. The issue here is that the bodies of the royals already had the poison in them so when the king took in their cells and regenerated he also took in their poison. Now, the case could be made that the process by which the king was healed never would have rid him from the poison to begin with. They were just reconstituting his body with their own cells, such a thing should not really get rid of the poison already inside the king. In this regard it does not even make a difference if it was poison or radiation. Even if it was radiation giving the king their own bodies would not have gotten rid of it and since they were giving their bodies to the king the most likely scenario is that irradiated cells would have been transferred to the king which would have killed him anyways. The bomb in itself was brilliant in that regard.
Just an all around terrible plot device imo...what kind of poison survives a 100000 degree environment and is also capable of spontaneous evolution and is also transmitted by air? All of which is contained within the size of a baseball. And it's easy to mass produce?! How on earth could something that deadly be in the hands of a few crappy dictatorships?
Suspension of belief doesn't apply to concept like Rose because it's clearly supposed to be based on real technology.
First of all, the notion of having a massive bomb that also spreads poison is pretty dumb to begin with, because Mereum was quite possibly the only entity in HXH that could've survived the Rose in the first place. Anyone else would've been blown to smithreens if they're anywhere near the blast radius, and the dead can't spread disease. Then, we also have the question of what kind of impotent poison they're building in the first place. Mereum was at ground zero of the explosion, and he walked around and drolling drones but somehow never spread poison to anyone besides the other two Royals (and they probably already have it for being near the blast area). It looks like it takes no more than about a day for the poison to kill you, which puts it as more virulent than just about everything known. However, it seems like a carrier has to be around another person for a pretty long time before this will spread. If this is supposed to be a weapon of ultimate evil, then whoever created it needs to have their license for evil revoked.
There's a reason why deadly diseases like Ebola doesn't often spread very well, because whoever has it is going to die pretty quickly and the dead can't move around. The potency of how well some kind of disease can spread is basically (how quickly it can spread) X (how slowly it kills someone), and note that the faster it kills someone the worse it is for spreading. The Rose apparently sucks at spreading but kills its host really fast, and it also requires the host to be some kind of all powerful entity that can even survive the Rose blast in the first place.
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They should've just fired rockets with nerve gas. Meleron can deploy the canisters, teleport away with Novu's help and administer the antidote (if any gets on him, that is). Unlike the Rose, the stuff isn't contagious and antidotes are available to counteract its effects.
They were supposed to act in secret I don't think transporting missiles would have been a good idea. Netero wanted to fight him alone so even if they had better options he would refuse them.