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2011 | 1999 | Manga

Basho Portrait

Basho
Kana

バショウ

Rōmaji

Bashō

Portrayal
Japanese Voice

Kiuchi Hidenobu (1999)
Tōru Nakane (2011)

English Voice

Adam Hunter (1999)
Jake Eberle (2011)

Debuts
Manga Debut

Chapter 67

Anime Debut

Episode 48 (1999)
Episode 39 (2011)

Characteristics
Gender

Male Male

Eye Color

Black

Hair Color

Brown

Affiliation

Nostrade Family
Kurapika
Lazurus Hui Guo Rou

Occupation

Hunter
Bodyguard

Nen
Type

Conjuration

Abilities

Great Haiku

Image Gallery

Basho (バショウ, Bashō) is a Hunter from Jappon[1] and one of the bodyguards working to protect Neon Nostrade.[2]

Appearance

2011 | 1999 | Manga

Basho 2011 Design

Basho 2011 Design

Basho normally appears bare-chested and he is very muscular with prominent abdominal muscles. He sports a pompadour and his mustache and sideburns are joined, similar to a Franz Josef style.

Personality

Basho has a casual attitude, and is rather outgoing and talkative. He also has some sense of humor, laughing off Kurapika's brutal request to never speak to him again. Although he is confident in himself, he can understand when he has no way of winning a confrontation. He believes that life should be lived to the fullest; however, he does not criticize Kurapika's willingness to forfeit his life for his cause, even if he does not agree with it. He has a habit of whistling when he is impressed.

Plot

Yorknew City arc

Basho 2011

Basho caught off guard by Kurapika's response

Basho along with five other applicants for the bodyguard position, await within a room in the Nostrade's Mansion. After the Butler in the room plays a video introducing the supposed boss whom details the requirements of the position. The applicants are given a data card with specified items listed on it and are instructed by the supposed boss to retrieve one of the items on the list to get the bodyguard position. Basho notices Kurapika becomes pale after looking at the list, he tries to initiate a conversation with him going as far as to detail one of his previous employers sickest requests, but Kurapika stops him and requests he not talk to him. Basho then tries to open the door out of the room, but to no avail. The boss appears again on screen informing the applicants that a minimal requirement for the job is to be tough and to make it out of there alive. 11 hooded assailants wielding guns and swords charge through the door and start attacking the applicants.[3]

Basho fight

Basho retaliates against the assailants

When the armed assailants fire at the group Basho and Squala are left in disbelief witnessing Kurapika stopping the bullets with his chain. During the confrontation, Basho is confronted by two assailants wielding swords. So he punches one of them directly in the face and realizes what they really are. After Kurapika scopes the area from above a chandelier, he leaps down and restrains the applicant Tocino, threatening him with a pin shaped knife to stop the assailants. Tocino complies to Kurapika's demand and the assailants deflate into the ground. Basho claims he figured out the assailants were made of Nen after hitting them, but never guessed they were under the control of Tocino. After being told how Kurapika figured out it was him, Tocino introduces himself and hints at another plant in the room. So Kurapika uses his dowsing chain to figure out who is the plant and it leads to the applicant Squala. Squala defensively denies he's a plant, but the applicant Melody confirms he is by the sound of his heart.[4]

Nostrade Bodyguards

Dalzollene informs the new group of bodyguards about their first mission

Basho states since 2 out of the 5 applicants say Squala's a plant, he believes it has to be true. But Squala continues to deny he's a plant so Basho showcases his Hatsu Great Haiku, to interrogate everyone to figure out who the plant is and Squala finally admits he's a plant as well. However when Squala divulge any more crucial information, the final applicant Baise uses her Hatsu on Squala, making him reveal everything, making Kurapika and Basho fearful of her ability.[4] Basho along with Melody, Baise, and Kurapika return to the mansion each with a body part from the data card and Basho choose to get the "Mummy's Right Hand of an Egyptian Tomb" and brought it to Dalzollene, whom officially hires the four as bodyguards. Dalzollene then instructs the group about their first job escorting their boss to the Hotel Beitacle located in Yorknew City. After instructing the group, Dalzollene leads them to their boss, a young girl.[2]

Dalzollene giving instructions

Dalzollene assigning the bodyguards their jobs during the Underground Auction

On August 31st Neon is picked up from the Ringon Airport and is driven in a car by Basho to Yorknew City with Kurapika beside him and with Neon and superior Dalzollene in back. While driving Basho and Kurapika talk about how Neon's father used her Hatsu to rise to power within the Mafia Community, and why they were hired to be her bodyguards is because her father is paranoid of losing her to jealous enemies he's made.[5] On the night of the Underground Auction in the Hotel Beitacle, Dalzollene instructs the bodyguards what items they'll have to buy no matter what the cost and what each of their respective jobs will be during said auction. Basho was assigned to guard the back of the Auction house with Linssen.[6] After items and attendees in the Underground Auction go missing and the blame is put up on the Phantom Troupe,[7] the Nostrade Family locate and arrive at the location where the Phantom Troupe were detained by a large number of the mafia community, but the member Uvogin massacres them all.[8]

Witnessing Uvogin's brute strength, Basho believed they had no chance in winning against him. It's at that moment four Shadow Beasts appear before the group and confront Uvogin,[8] but are annihilated him. This makes Kurapika want to confront them himself, making the bodyguards go into a panic as they try and stop him,[9] so Melody uses her Hatsu A Field In Spring to alleviate their anxiety. Although Kurapika regained his composure, he still insisted and managed to capture Uvogin with his Chain Jail Hatsu. With Uvogin captured, Basho drives back to Yorknew City with Linssen who notices a car is following them.[10] Linssen however looses sight of the car after the remaining Shadow Beasts confront the car, so Basho continues to drive back to Yorknew City and participated in interrogating Uvogin about where the auction items and attendees were, but to no avail.[11]

With Dalzollene presumed dead, after Uvogin was rescued by his Phantom Troupe allies. Basho along with the other Nostrade Bodyguards all agree that Kurapika should become the new head bodyguard, so he can contact and inform their real boss Light Nostrade of the situation at hand.[12] When Light arrives in Yorknew and is brought up to date with the situation at hand, he thanks the bodyguards for their work and after he has his Daughter out of the picture, he divulges important information to the group about the Underground Auction, Shadow Beasts, and how the Ten Dons plan to deal with the Phantom Troupe.[13] That evening, Basho and Melody accompany Neon with her attendants on a small shopping trip at Ringon Airport. As Neon goes to use the restroom, Melody and Basho talk about Kurapika and Basho's dream. After Basho notes Neon has been in the restroom for a long period of time, her attendant Eliza checks up on her and comes to realize she's gone missing.[14]

Melody then contacts Kurapika to inform him that her and Basho have lost sight of Neon.[15] After the rescheduled Underground Auction was held and Neon wakes up from her unconsciousness in a local hospital in Yorknew City, also now the proud owner a of a pair of Scarlet Eyes. Light thanks the bodyguards for all of their hard work and orders Melody and Basho to take her shopping the next day as well, much to their dismay. However both Basho and Melody appear worried for the well being of Kurapika as he leaves the group.[16] The next day Basho sits next to Squala, overseeing Neon admiring her new pair of Scarlet Eyes.[17] Basho later goes on another shopping trip with Melody, Neon, and her attendants and is increasingly aggravated by Neon's shopping spree.[18]

13th Hunter Chairman Election arc

Basho appears again at the Hunters Association's headquarters to participate in the New Hunter Chairman Election.[19]

Dark Continent Expedition arc

Basho is recruited by Kurapika to be hired by a Kakin prince as a bodyguard. He and Hanzo decide that Prince Tserriednich is not among the princes hiring, as only naive princes would use money as a reward. He is employed by Prince Momoze.[20]

Abilities & Powers

Basho has all the benefits granted by his status as a Hunter. He has considerable prowess as proven by the fact that he successfully retrieved an item as part of a test required in order to be hired as Nostrade's bodyguard. He is agile and endowed with quick reactions. He can also acquit himself well in a melee fight. He claims he has no need of Nen to defeat even armed men, as he proved against Shachmomo's puppets.

Nen

Basho is a Conjurer. He is skilled enough in Nen to recognize a Nen puppet upon hitting it.

Basho's Nen Type: Conjuration
Type: Conjuration Great Haiku (流離の大俳人 (グレイトハイカー) The Wandering Haiku Poet)
Basho's nen ability 2011

Basho has an ability wherein he writes a haiku (a form of Japanese poetry) on a strip of paper. If the poem is good enough, then the condition written in the poem comes true. If the poem is bad, then the effects either fail or perform significantly inadequate. It is uncertain whether or not Basho conjures the strips of paper out of Nen.


Trivia

  • Basho is likely named after Matsuo Basho, the famous Japanese poet.
  • Basho's 1999 Japanese voice actor Hidenobu Kiuchi, also plays Majitani in the 1999 anime adaption, and Franklin & Leech in the 2011 anime adaption.

References

  1. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 8, Chapter 68
  2. 2.0 2.1 Hunter × Hunter - Volume 8, Chapter 70
  3. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 8, Chapter 67
  4. 4.0 4.1 Hunter × Hunter - Volume 8, Chapter 68
  5. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 8, Chapter 71
  6. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 8, Chapter 72
  7. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 9, Chapter 74
  8. 8.0 8.1 Hunter × Hunter - Volume 9, Chapter 75
  9. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 9, Chapter 76
  10. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 9, Chapter 77
  11. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 9, Chapter 78
  12. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 9, Chapter 79
  13. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 10, Chapter 89
  14. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 11, Chapter 94
  15. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 11, Chapter 95
  16. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 11, Chapter 101
  17. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 12, Chapter 105
  18. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 12, Chapter 109
  19. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 30, Chapter 320
  20. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 33, Chapter 350

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