One of our friends over at KAI-YOU, Ryosuke, has written many Hunter ×Hunter studies before. In this article, he will do another based on the information currently available.
To those reading the paperbacks, this article will contain spoilers for the chapters that haven’t been collected into the paperbacks so far so please be careful.
Why did the battle between Hisoka and Chrollo took place at that timing? As a preamble, it was a necessary arc for the members of the Phantom Troupe to get onto Kakin’s ship but this article will look at it from a different point of view.
Prose: Ryosuke Editor: Tomomi Yonemura
The role of Hisoka
It was revealed that Hisoka’s full name is Hisoka Morow.
Amongst the fans, there are whispers asking if it could be a reference to the French illustrator Gustave Moreau. Many of them think that Moreau’s painting, Salome (Herodias’ daughter), is the basis for the character. It is also interesting that Moreau repeatedly painted the picture of the Sphinx, who would kill anyone who could not answer her riddles correctly. There is the opinion that if Salome is the basis for the character, then that means that Hisoka will win in the end but the author would like you to keep in mind that Herod repeatedly asked Salome to dance and that the New Testament is the basis for the story.
There are some who say, ‘But Hisoka is a man and Salome was a woman!’ but this will be disregarded as in the world of Hunter x Hunter, the concept of gender is very weak. What is important is the motif of the ‘head’ (which Moreau painted often).
From A Gallery of Moreau’s works (World Famous Paintings)
From Weekly Shonen Jump 2016 No. 25: ‘A grown man’s head weighs about 7~8kg. That’s about the size of a bowling ball for a professional male bowler.’
From Weekly Shonen Jump 2016 No. 28 | Referring Salome will make things confusing, therefore Hisoka will be referred to as ‘The One Who Holds the Head.’
Is Chrollo Jesus Christ?
Next is Chrollo Lucilfer. The name refers to Lucifer, the devil (serpent) that was cast out of paradise.
……With regards to Lucifer, there are endless interpretations. Therefore, this theory will be based on 17th century English poet John Milton’s Paradise Lost, or in other words, the Old Testament.
What is a devil? A person who does bad things? Not exactly. If you write that Lucifer lived in God’s asylum, in paradise, and suggested to Adam and Eve that they eat the forbidden fruit, then he sounds like a bad person. However, he destroyed the dystopia called paradise. He is a revolutionary. Devils are beings that shake existing values and force choices. One could call them hawks which have stopped thinking and who prevent conservation and vested interests.
Therefore, from the side of paradise, he looks like an evil person but he does not hate God. It’s the same as this hypothetical situation: even if the right wing and the left wing both dislike each other, the desire to better Japan is still the same.
Chrollo remarks that not only does he think there is no Judas among them, he doesn’t believe that Judas was a traitor | Hunter × Hunter Vol. 9, Page 14
Inverted cross coat. Hunter × Hunter Vol. 12, Page 98
One who shakes values. Hunter × Hunter Vol. 9, Page 14
Also, at the same time, there is an element of Chrollo that is very Christ-like.
They are stigmata no matter how you look at it. *Weekly Shonen Jump 2016 No. 21/22
There was always the explanation that Jesus Christ = Lucifer. From here, Chrollo will be referred to as ‘The One Deeply Involved with Jesus Christ.’
The One Who Holds the Head brings chaos and growth to the story.
…By the way, did you know that this ‘One who Holds the Head’ and ‘One who is Deeply Involved with Jesus Christ’ composition has been done before?
It was Neferpitou and Meruem.
The One Who Hold the Head. Hunter × Hunter Vol. 19, Page 197
Pietà (Mary cradling Jesus’ dead body). Hunter × Hunter Vol. 31, Page 58, 59
Of course, Neferpitou and Meruem had a master-slave relationship and Hisoka and Chrollo are completely different (even if they were both in the Phantom Troupe). However, their inspiration is the same.
Now then, in certain chapters of the manga, Chrollo and Meruem descended as the last boss but what are the common points between Pitou and Hisoka? To put it simply, they are depicted as bringing chaos to the story and causing the protagonist to go through personal growth.
Trials. Hunter x Hunter Vol. 7, Page 153
This way. Hunter x Hunter Vol. 29, Page 112
The ‘One Who Holds the Head’ is depicted as a trial to be overcome. The preface ended up being pretty long. From here on is the main topic.
What will the new One Who Holds the Head bring?
In the Kakin arc, a character called Tserriednich Hui Guo Rou appears. He’s carrying the head.
Hunter x Hunter Vol. 33, Page 170
And that head seems to belong to Kurapika’s childhood friend Pairo. Therefore, it is obvious that he would bump into the protagonist (i.e. Kurapika) as the ‘One who Holds the Head’ but the author approaches it from a different view point. Tserriednich is described as being Christ-like by the fans. However, the most overwhelmingly strong character in the Hunter × Hunter world, Meruem, couldn’t become a god.
Hunter x Hunter Vol. 28, Page 176
Death and resurrection are both insufficient to become a god in the Hunter x Hunter world. (Gon and Hisoka have been resurrected)
This is beside the point, but it can be said that the Chimera Ant arc is Meruem’s gospel (record of words and deeds). Hunter x Hunter Vol. 30, Page 80
Tserriednich is unmistakably modeled after Jesus Christ. However, the author recalls one other person. That person is the German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche.
Nietzsche is famous for his book The Antichrist where he is criticizing the structure of Christianity. He is similar to Tserriednich in that aspect.
Hawk faction. Hunter x Hunter Vol. 33, Page 157.
What the author would like you to pay attention to here is Nietzsche’s famous statement, ‘God is dead’. From the example with Meruem, one can see that there is no god in the Hunter x Hunter universe. Strictly speaking, in the world of Hunter x Hunter, which depicts the changes of complicated and conflicting relations and emotions, no matter how talented or strong a character is, they cannot become a god.
That is why they become kings. The top of the hierarchy is the king. This is because a god is not a logical existence. Also, Tserriednich, who is both ‘The One Who hold the Head’ and ‘The One Who is Deeply Involved with Christ’ is more than enough to be a vessel for the king.
That is how I want to interpret the current information from Hunter x Hunter.
I am not ‘God.’ Hunter x Hunter Vol. 32, Page 69.
It’s a trigger no matter how you look at it… If it is the Dark Continent, which is a nest of illogicality, it is not strange if a god-like existence appears…!
One important point is that Ging Freecss, who was depicted as the story’s arrival point, participated in the battle as a player and the most mysterious character, Don Freecss, probably set out to the Dark Continent as a player.
‘Departure Day’ Hunter x Hunter Vol. 1, Page 15
After going through the existing world, Yoshihiro Togashi will probably depict more of the unknown in the Dark Continent arc. The story of Hunter x Hunter has probably only just begun.
’LevelＥ’ Volume 3 Page 85