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2011 | 1999 | Manga

Leech 2011

Leech
Rōmaji

Hiru

Portrayal
Japanese Voice

Keiichirō Hori (1999)
Hidenobu Kiuchi (2011)

English Voice

Dan Gascon (1999)

Debuts
Manga Debut

Chapter 75

Anime Debut

Episode 53 (1999)
Episode 43 (2011)

Characteristics
Gender

Male Male

Eye Color

Black

Hair Color

Black

Status

Deceased

Previous Occupation

Bodyguard
Shadow Beast

Nen
Type

Manipulation

Abilities

Leech Manipulation

Image Gallery

Leech (蛭, Hiru) was a member of the Shadow Beasts, the elite guard of the Ten Dons.[1]

Appearance

Leech 2011 Design

Leech 2011 Design

In the 1999 anime Leech is a chubby person, with a large red nose similar to a potato planted in the middle of his face. He does not seem to have any particular physical advantage because of his size.

Background

He is part of the special group called the Shadow Beasts, and he already has to his credit a large number of jobs carried out. Leech, like his companions died during a clash with Uvogin of the Phantom Troupe.[2]

Plot

Yorknew City arc

Members of the Shadow Beasts

The Shadow Beasts appear

Leech along with Porcupine, Rabid Dog and Worm first appear in front of the remaining Nostrade Family Bodyguards in the Gordeau Desert, each of them being sent by one of the Ten Dons to deal with the thieves of the Underground Auction. He along with Porcupine and Rabid Dog speculate how Uvogin is no ordinary thief also noting he's not only a specialist in his field of work, but also a professional killer. After three of the Shadow Beasts confront Uvogin and after they question one another; Worm ambushes Uvogin by punching his face, but gets his own face smashed in.[1]

So Worm retaliates by dragging Uvogin's arm into the ground and pins him, while the remaining Shadow Beasts try a head on attack together against Uvogin. Unamused by the situation Uvogin uses his signature move Big Bang Impact decimating the entire ground beneath him and revealing his Spider Tattoo. With Uvogin taunting the Shadow Beasts the three charge head on against him. So Uvogin throws a punch at Porcupine, only to have his hand and most of his arm entrapped in Porcupine's Needle Hair. Rabid Dog then attacks Uvogin with his enhanced fangs, Uvogin tries to attack Leech with Porcupine's Needle Hair, but fails as the hair softens upon touching Leech. After Rabid Dog takes another bite out of Uvogin and he becomes grounded due to the poison from Rabid Dog's fangs. Leech takes the opportunity to inject Uvogin with a bunch of leeches.[2]

Leech's death

Leech's death

Leech then boasts how he stores an immeasurable amount of leeches within Uvogin, that will lay eggs in his bladder and he'll suffer a painful death when they hatch. Before Leech could finish what he was going to say, Uvogin bites off a large chunk of the right side of his face, killing him. Uvogin unimpressed by the quality of Leech's taste, he later uses a chunk of Leech's skull as a projectile bullet that kills Rabid Dog.[2]

Abilities & Powers

​As a Shadow Beast, Leech is very influential within the mafia community. He is also a capable fighter, one of the best serving under the Ten Dons, since he was chosen as one of their personal bodyguards. However, he was no match for Uvogin.

Nen

Leech is a Manipulator. As a Shadow Beast, he is one of the ten best Nen users within the Mafia community, making him a fearsome opponent. His abilities also work well in conjunction with those of other Shadow Beasts. He is fairly proficient at Zetsu, since he managed to near Neon Nostrade's bodyguards with only Melody (thanks to her hearing) and possibly Kurapika noticing.[1]

Leech's Nen Type: Manipulation

Type: Manipulation

Leech Manipulation
Leech Tongue 2011 Inside Leech's body there is a bag, seemingly made out of muscles, in which he breeds several species of leeches, all of which are particularly fond of human flesh. Some cure diseases, others transmit them, making his ability fairly versatile. Through a trunk-like appendage that travels parallel to his esophagus and comes out of his mouth, he can implant several of them into the body of his enemy. It is possible that he uses Manipulation in order to prevent them from turning on him. Against Uvogin, he used the madarite leech. These leeches will make their way to the host's bladder through his flesh before laying their eggs there and dying. When the eggs hatch, the pain is said to be enough to kill anyone. However, the eggs need a precise level of ammonia or they will not hatch and simply be expelled with urine. This ability appears more suitable to torture, intimidation and execution rather than battle, as it does not seem to be as effective on unrestrained targets.[2]


Trivia

  • Leech shares the same voice actor of Franklin in the 2011 anime.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Hunter × Hunter - Volume 9, Chapter 75
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Hunter × Hunter - Volume 9, Chapter 76

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