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"From birth, I've been subject to a strict training program, in order to master the skills called Ninjutsu. I've never once, in my eighteen years since, broken training."

— Hanzo to Gon Freecss in "The First Candidate Accepted!?"
2011 | 1999 | Manga

Hanzo Full

Hanzo
Kana

ハンゾー

Rōmaji

Hanzō

Portrayal
Japanese Voice

Yoshiaki Matsumoto (1999)
Daisuke Kishio (2011)

English Voice

Lucas Gilbertson (1999)
Ray Chase (2011)

Debuts
Manga Debut

Chapter 6

Anime Debut

Episode 6 (1999)
Episode 3 (2011)

Characteristics
Gender

Male Male

Age

18 (Debut)
20 (Current)

Eye Color

Black (1999)
Brown (2011)

Hair Color

Bald

Status

Alive

Affiliation

Kurapika
Marayam Hui Guo Rou

Previous Affiliation

Momoze Hui Guo Rou

Occupation

Ninja
Information Hunter
Royal Bodyguard for Prince Marayam

Previous Occupation

Hunter Examinee #294
Royal Bodyguard for Prince Momoze

Nen
Type

Unknown

Image Gallery

Hanzo (ハンゾー, Hanzō) is a Jōnin from the Cloud-Hidden Village in Jappon.[1] During the 287th Hunter Exam, he was applicant #294 and decided to become a Hunter in order to find the elusive Hermit's Scroll.[2] He is currently one of the bodyguards of Prince Marayam Hui Guo Rou.[3]

AppearanceEdit

2011 | 1999 | Manga

Hanzo design

Hanzo 2011 Design

Hanzo is a bald young man with feather eyebrows. His early training as a ninja made him very fit. He wears a black shirt with thick shoulder pads and grey pants and shoes. He wears a red bandana around his neck and white bandages around his wrists and ankles.[2] As a bodyguard for the Kakin princes, he wears a black suit and a tie.[3]

PersonalityEdit

One of Hanzo's most noticeable traits is his loquacity, which, together with the good spirits he often shows and the occasional gullibility or anger outburst, conflict with his upbringing as a ninja. His confidence in his own skills can turn into overconfidence and again lead to him revealing too much. Nonetheless, he can be focused and cold-hearted: as part of his training, he had already killed before the age of 10, and he had no qualms about torturing Gon. This however does not mean he does not feel pity, as he decided to throw the match since he realized that despite the pain he was inflicting on him, Gon did not hate him, which Hanzo felt was fair when he was torturing someone. He also blamed himself for Momoze's death, despite not having been able to prevent it due to her mother's orders, and vowed to avenge her.[4]

PlotEdit

Hunter Exam arcEdit

Hanzo

Hanzo during the first phase

A flashback of Tonpa reveals that Hanzo confesses he's a Ninja and when asked if he wants a drink by Tonpa, he refuses as Ninjas don't accept presents.[2] After the first phase of the Hunter Exam, which is a marathon, Hanzo is easily able to converse while running — most of the others are breathless and struggling.[5] In the second phase, featuring cooking, he defeats a Great Stamp with ease,[6] but like all the others is rejected by Menchi, and in the second cooking challenge he is the only one to know what 'sushi' is but once again he's rejected by Menchi like all the others.[7] Menchi mentions Hanzo when asked what Examinee she favors.[8] He then participates at the third phase led by Lippo[9] and is the third candidate to clear the deadly traps and puzzles of the Trick Tower and is able to proceed to the fourth phase.[10]

During the fourth phase on Zevil Island his designated target was the leader of the Amori Brothers, Amori, so he secretly followed him waiting for a good chance of take his badge without being noticed. He then finds a chance when Killua defeats the Amori brothers and throws Amori's and Imori's badges in the air. Although he gets the wrong badge due to the fact that Killua noticed him hiding in the shadows, he is able to take the tags of Shishito and Kenmi and is allowed to advance to the next phase.[11]

Gon vs Hanzo

Hanzo vs Gon

In the final test of the Hunter Exam, Hanzo is forced to battle Gon. His speed, strength, and battle experience easily exceeds that of Gon. However, the only way to pass the final test to is force your opponent to admit defeat — Gon refuses to do so even after being severely beaten. Hanzo breaks Gon's arm to force him to admit defeat, but Gon still refuses.[12] Noting the lack of hate in Gon's eyes after this act, Hanzo realizes he actually has come to like Gon.[13] He willingly bows out of the battle, giving Gon the victory needed for him to pass the final test.[14]

Pokkle 2

Hanzo defeats Pokkle

After his match with Gon he fights Pokkle and is able to quickly make him surrender which meant that he has passed the Hunter exam.[13] When Illumi Zoldyck wants to go murder Gon, Kurapika, Leorio, Hanzo, and some examiners block his way.[15] After the end of the exam he gives some of his business cards to Gon, Kurapika, and Leorio and offers to guide them if they come in his country. He then departs following his goal to become a successful Information Hunter and find the Hermit's Scroll.[1]

Heaven's Arena arcEdit

Hanzo's Nen

Hanzo after learning Nen

During Gon and Killua's training in the Heaven's Arena, it is revealed by Wing that Hanzo learned Nen after the Hunter Exam.[16]

13th Hunter Chairman Election arcEdit

Hanzo later appears in the manga to pay respect to the previous chairman, Netero, and vote for a new Hunter Association Chairman.[17] He is seen outside Gon's ward trying to incite him, along with Gon's other friends.[18]

Hunters visit to Gon

Hanzo visiting Gon at the hospital

Being near to Gon, Hanzo along the others assists from the outside at the building.[19] Gon recovers thanks to Alluka's powers feeling a strange and powerful aura.[20] He then accompanies Gon when he goes to meet Leorio in the room where all the hunters were voting for the new chairman of the Hunters Association. While the crowd was applauding for Gon everybody in the room starts wondering who the baldy was near to Gon making him blush.[21]

Succession Contest arcEdit

Chap 368 - Hanzo blame

Hanzo blames himself for his absence

Hanzo is recruited by Kurapika to act as a bodyguard for any Kakin Empire Prince in order to get information on Prince Tserriednich. Hanzo doubts that Tserriednich would have gone on public media to request a bodyguard. He is hired as Prince Momoze's bodyguard.[22] At the request of Queen Sevanti Hui Guo Rou, Hanzo and most of the other bodyguards are ordered to protect Momoze's younger brother Marayam.[3] Later, Hanzo and Biscuit notice that Marayam's Guardian Spirit Beast has gotten larger.[23]

After Prince Momoze's sudden death by one of her bodyguards, a furious Hanzo blames himself for not being there to save her. He believes the murderer might strike again, and deduces that he is one of the two bodyguards taking a break. He swears to Biscuit that he would make the murderer pay for killing Momoze.[4]

EquipmentEdit

Hanzo's hidden blade

Hanzo's hidden blade

Hidden Blades: During the Hunter Exam, Hanzo had two blades concealed under the bandages on his forearms, which he can pull out to fight with or to torture the opponent. He was confident he could dismember Gon with them. It is unknown if he still wears them.

Abilities & PowersEdit

Hanzo has all the benefits granted by his status as a Hunter. He is seen as a very fast and powerful fighter who easily bested Gon in speed and strength. His training as a shinobi was described as being extremely rigorous, but thanks to it he successfully became a master of the Hidden Cloud style (雲隠流 Kumogaku-ryū) of ninjutsu. In terms of raw power, Killua placed him above himself and slightly below Hisoka, although this ranking might not be completely reliable, as the assassin was still ignorant of the concept of Nen. Hanzo claimed that at Gon's age, he had already killed.[14] He is probably a good martial artist, capable of stunning and paralyzing a person with a single blow to the back of the neck.[12] He has great physical strength and a remarkable sense of balance, bearing the full weight of his body on just one finger, and claiming to be able to hack off one of Gon's limbs using one of his hidden blades.[14] He also knocked out the boy and sent him flying with a single uppercut. He succeeded in breaking Gon's hand easily as a part of his torturing skills, and while Gon never gave up, Killua remarked that if Hanzo used some of his other torture methods Gon would have easily surrendered.[12] He is a good tracker, although Killua noticed that he was being followed by him,[11] and is also good at detecting other people, managing to recognize the Hunter that had been following him during the second to last part of the exam.[12] His weakness lies in the fact that he talks too much, leaving him open at many occasions.[2][7]

NenEdit

Hanzo was noted by Menchi to have a powerful aura before even starting to train in Nen. Wing said he learned Nen in less than six months.[16] Hanzo suggested he has a Hatsu ability that allows him to create a shadow clone, which he suggests may be related to his Ninjutsu background.[4] He appears to be rather knowledgeable about this specific area of Nen, detailing the differences between autonomous clones and directly controlled ones.[4]

QuotesEdit

  • (To Tonpa) "Don't tell anyone, but I'm actually a ninja. I want a license so I can hunt the elusive "Hermit's Scroll ". Rumor is it's in a country barred to commoners".[2]
  • (To Gon) "Is your pride all you care about?! Even more than your life?! Is it some kind of weird rush to hold out in the face of impossible odds?!"[14]

TriviaEdit

  • Hanzo is likely named after Hattori Hanzo, a famous Japanese Ninja.
  • In the 1999 anime when all the examinee that passes the third phase are stranded in Lippo's 'bonus stage', Hanzo takes the lead in getting them out of the trap.
  • Hanzo's appearance is most likely based on the character Kazemaru, from Yu Yu Hakusho.

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Hunter × Hunter - Volume 5, Chapter 38
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Hunter × Hunter - Volume 1, Chapter 6
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Hunter × Hunter, Chapter 361
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Hunter × Hunter, Chapter 368
  5. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 1, Chapter 7
  6. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 2, Chapter 10
  7. 7.0 7.1 Hunter × Hunter - Volume 2, Chapter 11
  8. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 2, Chapter 13
  9. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 2, Chapter 15
  10. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 3, Chapter 22
  11. 11.0 11.1 Hunter × Hunter - Volume 4, Chapter 29
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 Hunter × Hunter - Volume 4, Chapter 33
  13. 13.0 13.1 Hunter × Hunter - Volume 4, Chapter 35
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 14.3 Hunter × Hunter - Volume 4, Chapter 34
  15. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 5, Chapter 36
  16. 16.0 16.1 Hunter × Hunter - Volume 7, Chapter 60
  17. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 30, Chapter 320
  18. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 31, Chapter 324
  19. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 32, Chapter 331
  20. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 32, Chapter 333
  21. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 32, Chapter 334
  22. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 33, Chapter 350
  23. Hunter × Hunter, Chapter 366

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