If we ask a group of otakus what are the best anime ever created, the majority of them will probably answer, among all the others, “Hunter x Hunter”. In fact, if you try to think about it, this anime has everything an anime needs to be considered as “good”: healthy principles, superpowers, fighting scenes, strong emotions and everything else we know perfectly.
In addition, among all the many characters of Hunter x Hunter, one of the most loved by us is for sure Hisoka; despite the fact that I would love to remind what is his role and what are his powers, today I’m not going to do so. In fact, today I’m going to introduce you the major 4 things that (almost) everybody didn’t know about this incredible character.
Hisoka’s complete name is “Hisoka Morow”; if you write it in kanji (ヒソカ゠モロウ) and you translate the name, you’ll find out that “Hisoka” means “secret”, while his surname is “Morow” just because of the English translation, but it originally was “Amoru”, which can be considered as the japanese pronunciation of the word “amor”, which means “love” in Spanish.
Moreover, Hisoka’s Nen ability is commonly called “Bungee Gum”, but it is known also as “Elastic Love”, which can be a reference to his weird personality.
The conception of the character known as “Hisoka” has been inspired to a lot of other famous characters, also coming from different situations and realities: two of them are the Joker, who comes from the DC Comics, and Suzuki, who comes from Yu Yu Hakusho.
In particular, Hisoka took his crazy attitude from the Joker, as well as his habit of using cards, while he took his personality from Suzuki, who has a hundred faces at his disposal and one of them is a clown’s face.
Both in the manga and in the anime, Hisoka is used to use cards to play with them and also to attack his enemies. The playing card suit we are all familiar with is usually composed of 4 main symbols: Diamonds, Hearts, Spades and Clubs.
In the world of cartomancy, each symbol has a specific meaning: Hearts represents joy, love and happiness, Clubs represent work, effort and achievements, Diamonds represent excitement and Spades represent sickness.
If you pay attention, in some moments Hisoka shows some cards, both while he’s talking but also while he’s silent; in these moments in which he openly shows some cards, we can easily understand from their symbols his feelings, although he doesn’t want to tell it directly.
During the whole series, Hisoka has never hidden his perverse personality; in particular, we can find this strange aspect of his attitude when he asks Illumi about Killua: in the translation we saw, we read Hisoka’s question as “am I allowed to kill Killua?”, but this is incorrect. In fact, the japanese verb used in that phrase doesn’t mean “kill”, but it means “do”, so that the original question is “am I allowed to do Killua?”, and it can be interpreted in the sense that Hisoka wanted to play with Killua.
But what kind of play? Maybe a gore game, or even something with a sexual meaning?
To answer the previous question, look at the photo above: that hand sign in Japan is called “sekkusu” and it is normally used by people when in a conversation they’re talking about sex but they don’t want (or even they can’t) bring it up openly with everybody.