My favourite anime weapon hasn’t changed since 1999–Kurapika’s Chains. I’ve been dreaming about his chains since I watched the first anime adaptation of HUNTER x HUNTER. So cool!
I think he has the coolest Nen weapon in the entire series. You may disagree with me, but I don’t care. Kurapika suddenly becomes a bad-ass after the Hunter Exam during the York Shin Arc.
He’s essentially a Conjurer-type Nen user, but becomes this
freaking awesome Specialist when his eyes turn red. He calls this state “Emperor Time”, where he’s able to wield 100% of each Nen categories (Enhancer, Transmuter, Conjurer, Emitter, Manipulator, and of course, Specialist).
His right hand holds his chains–five chains for each finger. Each chain has its own specific purpose. Here’s a short refresher of each chain:
Judgment Chain (Little Finger)
Kurapika can only use this chain when he’s in Specialist-Mode (when his eyes are red). A small dagger is attached at the end of this chain. He wraps the chain around a person’s heart with the dagger pointed at it, while he sets 2 conditions that the person must absolutely obey or the dagger will stab the heart, instantly killing the person. He has a dagger chain wrapped around his own heart.
Dowsing Chain (Ring Finger)
A small metal ball is attached at the end. This is the chain that Kurapika often uses to fight. He can also use this to “dowse”–to find missing objects/persons and also as a lie detector.
Chain Jail (Middle Finger)
This chain with a hook end can only be used against the Gen-ei Ryodan (Phantom Troupe). If he uses it on a person other than a “spider”, he dies. It wraps around a “spider”, forcing them in a state of Zetsu. Nen is completely shut down; the most dangerous weapon against a “spider”. Uvogin is its first victim.
??? Chain (Index Finger)
Not yet revealed, as far as I know. I can’t wait to learn what kind of chain it is.
Holy Chain (Thumb)
A cross is attached at the end. It can only be used when Kurapika is in Specialist-Mode, increasing his Enhancement abilities up to 100%. He uses it to heal grave injuries instantly.
How cool is his weapon? I like that each chain has its different use. I especially LIKE when he goes into “Emperor Time”. Seriously. Who wouldn’t want 100% command of all the Nen categories? That’s just too awesome. But of course, it’s also a double-edged sword that will instantly kill him if he violates the conditions he set upon himself to obtain exponential power.
Although his chains are born out of hatred and desire for revenge against the Phantom Troupe, I still think they’re the best nen weapons in the whole series. I think that his chains trump Gon’s Jajanken, Killua’s electricity, and (sigh) sadly, even Hisoka’s Bungee Gum & Texture Surprise.
Kurapika’s Chains are my favourite anime weapon. What’s yours?
HUNTERxHUNTER (2011) on NTV (Japanese)
Support Fujinsei by using the following affiliate links whenever you shop online with these websites:
Fujinsei is also a WordAds member, so if you would be so kind as to turn off your ad blocker when using this site, that would be greatly appreciated.
Read Disclosure Policy for more information about how this site uses affiliate links and ads. Thank you very much for your support!