Hunter X Hunter – Chimera Ant Story Arc
After leaving Greed Island, Gon and Killua meet up with Kaito, the Hunter who told Gon about Ging and Hunters in the very first chapter. They are all hired to investigate a strange insect leg that washed up on a beach. Genetic testing determines that the leg belongs to an abnormally large queen Chimera Ant, an insect that eats other insects and animals, and then gives birth to children that inherit the characteristics of all the different insects and animals it has eaten. The queen Chimera Ant itself happens to wash up on the shore of an island nation called the NGL (Neo Green Life) inhabited by a neo-luddite culture. She quickly develops a taste for humans after given the opportunity to eat them. The Chimera Ants proceed to wipe most of the population out and spawn hundreds of offspring before Gon, Killua, and Kaito arrive. The three very powerful Royal Guards are introduced, who develop Nen abilities. One of the Royal Guards, Nefelpitou, fights Kaito and kills him. Kaito is later brought back to life by Nefelpitou as a training tool for warrior Chimera Ants, but he is now a zombified puppet, much to Gon and Killua’s sadness. Gon vows to find a way to save Kaito.
Chairman Netero, Morau, and Novu arrive as reinforcements. However, they are unable to stop the birth of the Chimera Ant King. The queen dies due to the King ripping himself out of her womb too early. With the Queen dead and their inhibitions gone, many of the warrior Ants proclaimed themselves kings and departed the hive; two of them end up joining the Hunters’ side.
As a side story to the main plotline centered around Gon and Killua, one of the children of the queen Chimera Ant, Zazan, starts a colony near Ryuuseigai, the place that is the origin of the Genei Ryodan. Half of the group: Phinx, Feitan, Shalnark, Shizuku, Bonorenofu, and Kalluto travel to Ryuuseigai to halt the invasion. Upon reaching the colony, the team splits up, agreeing that whoever defeats Zazan will be the temporary leader of the Genei Ryodan until Kuroro Lucifer returns. Feitan ends up defeating Zazan, and as such, is now the ad interim leader.
The King and Royal Guard Ants pull a “coup d’etat” on the nearby Republic of East Goruto and from there begin the process of “selecting” humans that have the capability to gain Nen powers. This causes many deaths as only a small amount of humans are able to gain Nen powers. They were quickly detected by the Hunters. As warrior Ants from the old hive rejoin the King, the Hunters mobilize quickly to stop the massacre.
As soon as Gon, Killua, Morau, Knuckle, Shoot, Novu, and Ikarugo break into the palace of East Goruto, both Netero and Zeno arrive. Zeno uses his hatsu ability to cause extensive damage to the palace in order to create a large enough distraction for Gon’s team to enter unnoticed. In the process, the ability injures the King’s gun-gi opponent, Komugi, in the process. Through playing the game, the King learned about human emotion and called into doubt his purpose in life. The King, distraught by the damage done to Komugi, orders Nefelpitou to heal her wounds while complying with Netero and Zeno’s request for a battle located on different grounds.
The plan developed by Gon’s team is temporarily halted by the unexpected presence of Montutuyupi, one of the Chimera Ant King’s three royal guards, in front of their point of entry. Shauapufu, worried for the King’s safety after the destruction done to the palace, rushes towards the throne room where he was confronted by Morau. At the same time, Montutuyupi engages in combat with Shoot, while Killua and Gon attempt to discover an alternate entry into the throne room after the staircase is destroyed by Zeno’s hatsu.
While Knuckles takes over the battle with Montutuyupi, Gon and Killua finally catch up with Nefelpitou (who was currently healing Komugi). Gon challenges Pitou but Pitou inexpediently refuses, saying he needs to heal Komugi for the King. Gon, still broken by Kaito’s zombiefied state , shows no mercy by claiming that Nefelpitou is being selfish in determining whose lives are saved and angry that he didn’t show the same feelings for Kaito. Gon commences his hatsu to attack, but Pitou completely surrenders himself to Gon, removing his own arm and telling Gon he would give up his arms and legs if he would let him finish healing Komugi. Killua then tells Gon that killing Pitou would do no good, as there would be no one to return Kaito to normal. After hearing this, Gon calms down and sets the condition to wait for one hour while Nefelpitou heals Komugi to a stable condition and then returning with them to restore Kaito. Meanwhile, Knuckles engages Montutuyupi alone. In a attempt to take advantage of Montutuyupi’s weakness, knuckles finds he was faking and ready to give him a lethal attack. Killua stuns Montutuyupi, and Knuckles gives him a fatal blow.