I mean really, what can you do if the other guy can hit you before you can even think about hitting back? Even at the human level, prime Netero's speed is well above the fastest charge time for Hatsu, which means he has no fear of any Hatsu no matter what they are. Speed eliminates Hatsu (you can hit them out of the Hatsu or at least knock them far enough away) and of course if you got no Hatsus, Reinforcement will always win in a straight up fight.
That said Hisoka and most characters are more like move-countermove type characters. That is, suppose they're playing a game of rock-paper-scissors they'd obviously go through thinking 'If I did this then he did that but if I do this and that then I totally win!" On the other hand someone like Kuroro is likely to come up with a solution of 'stab the guy with a poison knife and win by default' in the same game, and a Reinforcement user serious about winning would just use 'the bomb' which beats rock, paper, and scissors. If you look at Netero/Uber Gon's style of attack -> knockback -> repeat, that's virtually uncounterable. Actually, you can see a lot about how a character fights on whether their physical attacks does knockback or not. For example, Hisoka's attack pretty much does no knockback whatsoever. You can argue the Bungee Gum is a move that prevent knockback and it goes both ways (he can pull the opponent in but the opponent can pull him in too). This is because he's a move-countermove guy and enjoys in figuring out the right moves to win, as opposed to having an unstoppable strategy. Kuroro, on the other hand, is clearly more interested in winning if not just survival so he has no qualms using cheap tactics. In fact, if one is truly interested in survival in HXH, one should just load up on poisoned weapons and start throwing gas grenades (while wearing a gas mask) but that'd also be incredibly lame if everyone did that.
Anybody with a knife can cut Silva/Uvogin? Guys like Uvo can tank a bazooka rocket. You think somebody channeling a little nen through a knife can hurt him? If you can only possibly be better off by a substantial amount by using poison, then why doesn't everybody use poison? The Zoldycks being specialists would be the first in line for a cheap, easy and effective way of doing somebody in but not a single one of them utilize poison. Either this is a plot hole (likely) or Nen battles are generally so deadly it doesn't matter (failure to protect yourself from a nen based attack = obliteration of a limb at the very least).Quote:
Well first, you have already assumed that somebody who can move faster than his opponent can react will win against his opponent. This is obviously true but why assume that every reinforcement user is 10000x faster than guys of other nen disciplines? Truth is there are plenty of fast guys Hisoka, Knuckle, Feitan and so on, all of which aren't reinforcement. In fact, Uvo is pretty darn slow despite being monstrously strong. No doubt powerful guys are fast but you can't just generalize. But let's assume reinforcement guys are faster and stronger. The question is then: by how much? Your assertion is only valid if every reinforcement user moves at Meryem speed. But they don't. A level 10 conjurer isn't utterly helpless against a level 10 reinforcement user. Kuroro was doing fine against Zeno AND Silva, who is reinforcement and Kuroro is at least at a similar level to Zeno. So unless Silva is utterly shit him being able to keep up doesn't make much sense. Add to that the fact that good ole' Netero conjuring/emitting is death-dealing statue is further proof that you can be seriously screwed by other disciplines dishing out pure physical damage (a forte of reinforcement users). Uvo getting pushed into a corner by Injyuu - being completely unable to hit Dog.Quote:
It's not that they're helpless, or so it is what I believe, it's that they're as Wing said the ones who doesn't need any special stuff because they're balanced between Offense and Defense. Reinforcements users also die and not everyone starts with the same gauge of aura, physical abilities and Nen proficiency. But they have the lead when it comes some stuff.
Obviously if you have a Conjurer with better proficiency at Nen (Like Kurapika versus Uvogin, in which the first focused his technique solely for the Spiders) the result will be always the same.
It's because Reinforcement starts with an overwhelming advantage in physical offense/defense that they generally have no need for dangerous restrictions on their techs, because they don't need to use them. The other schools, especially the ones that are far away from Reinforcement, need to take significant risks on their conditions to beat Reinforcement. But the risk still exists. Take the surfing guy's ability that Leol used against Morel. That is a pretty strong ability that can neutralize any strength advantage, but only if it's raining AND you're fighting in an underground, enclosed space. If it's not raining the ability won't work outright. If you're not underground, all the Reinforcement user has to do is punch a hole in the wall and the ability is effectively countered even if you started out in an enclosed room (and it's downright useless in open terrain, since the water it can conjure is limited).
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I saw an interesting point from another board. Hisoka's prediction (the true one) says he's supposed to fight Kuroro in the second week with Kurapika's help, and there was nothing after that. This means he was supposed to have died by the time the third week comes around. Further, Kuroro's prediction mentions nothing about fighting Hisoka, which means this fight is obviously not anything dangerous to him.
So unless Togashi just decided to not bother writing out the 3rd/4th line of Hisoka's prediction, that means Hisoka must have fought Kuroro and died, and it must have been a rather lopsided fight since it wasn't even mentioned in Kuroro's prediction.
I think it's not because Togashi is lazy. Shizuku and Shalnark's predictions are shown despite them never become true. I do think IF Hisoka fought Chrollo during York Shin, he'd lose. But if he's fighting Chrollo now the result might be different since Chrollo was unable to develop his nen abilities during Ant Arc-Election Arc while Hisoka keep improving his.