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"I've made it my mission to determine which one of you is here under different pretenses. This is a matter of resolve."

— Mizaistom Nana, to the Zodiacs[1]
2011 | Manga

MizaistomDesign

Mizaistom Nana
Kana

ミザイストム=ナナ

Rōmaji

Mizaisutomu Nana

Also known as

Ox
Mizai (Nickname)

Portrayal
Japanese Voice

Akio Ōtsuka

Debuts
Manga Debut

Chapter 318

Anime Debut

Episode 136

Characteristics
Gender

Male Male

Eye Color

Black

Hair Color

Black

Affiliation

Hunter Association
Zodiacs (Intelligence Division)

Occupation

Crime Hunter (Double Star)
Zodiacs (Ox)
Private Security Company Manager
Lawyer

Nen
Type

Unknown

Image Gallery

Mizaistom Nana (ミザイストム=ナナ, Mizaisutomu Nana) is a Double Star Crime Hunter and a member of the Zodiacs with the codename "Ox" (丑, Ushi). He is part of the Intelligence Division, created in preparation for the voyage to the Dark Continent.

AppearanceEdit

Mizaistom is a tall and lean man with a beard. He dresses in a white and black coat, a hat with small horns, all with black spots similar to a cow's. He also has a black spot around his left eye. Behind his coat, there is an image of a cow with horns and nose rings.

PersonalityEdit

Mizaistom is a silent observer, who thinks always before acting. Indeed, despite being enraged for the 18 missing hunters during Pariston time as Vice Chairman of the Hunter Association, he gives him the opportunity to explain, but he was infuriated when the former Rat played the fool.[2] He is analytical and displays an above-average intellect. He seems to act according to a rigid moral code: he was also dubbed "the conscience of the Zodiacs". Although he seems to prefer transparency, he does not hesitate to lie and deceive if he deems it necessary. Still, he is ready to pay the price should his means be questioned. Like Cheadle Yorkshire, he had a strong liking for Chairman Netero, although his personality is very different. He is not interested in leading the Hunters Association, provided someone capable and whose views he shares is in the place of command.

PlotEdit

13th Hunter Chairman Election arcEdit

After Netero's death Mizaistom alongside the others Zodiacs is called to vote for a new Hunter Association Chairman.[3] Like his teammates, Mizaistom is hostile against Pariston, especially after he proposes himself as the new Chairman. After hearing of Pariston candidature he accuses him of the mysterious disappearance of 18 hunters and asks him to explain, but Pariston says that it was an "unfortunate" number, denying any involvement. Enraged Mizaistom rushes against Pariston but just when he was going to attack him, he is stopped by Ging who proposes his candidacy as chairman.[2]

After the rules selection is proposed by Cheadle, he is seen trying to write some rules to propose but in the end, just like the others Zodiacs, he is forced to follow Ging's rules to elect the new Chairman.[2] He then becomes one of the four remaining candidates and chose to give all of his votes to Cheadle in order to defeat Pariston, but unexpectedly and much to Mizaistom's shock, Cheadle gives all of their votes to Leorio to make him defeat Pariston.[4] He then gets shocked when Pariston, after winning the election, leaves the position of Chairman of the Hunter Association, making Cheadle Yorkshire the new chairman.[5]

Dark Continent Expedition arcEdit

343 - Mizaistom arrives

Mizaistom in search for Kurapika

Mizaistom, and the rest of the Zodiacs are surprised to learn that Kakin is doing an expedition to the Dark Continent, especially when the leader of the expedition is the son of the former chairman of the Hunter Association, a man named Beyond Netero. He, along with the rest of the Zodiacs, are given the task of hunting Beyond Netero.[6] The Zodiacs then meet to plan there next move. Mizaistom says they should see if it's ok with V5 before they even make a decision. The meeting is interrupted with a call from Beyond Netero himself and asks to inform V5 of his capture. Beyond Netero then requests a "give and take".[7]

Possibly under the orders of Cheadle, who took Leorio's suggestion for Pariston Hill's replacement, Mizaistom searches for Kurapika. Along the way, he is confronted by Linssen and three thugs of the Nostrade Family who mean to attack him. Mizaistom shows a card and forbids any use of violence, and when the three men act otherwise, their movements are suddenly restrained. Kurapika shows himself and asks about him. Mizaistom introduces himself as a member of the Hunter Association and offers Kurapika a place in the Zodiacs. When Kurapika declines, Mizaistom persuades him by mentioning the Scarlet Eyes and the owner of many pairs, who will also take the boat to the Dark Continent. Finally, he succeeds on recruiting Kurapika.[8]

As Kurapika is driven to the Hunters Association's headquarters, he talks to Leorio on his phone. Leorio asks him to give him his e-mail address but Kurapika refuses. Kurapika says he has heard of Gon's situation from Mizaistom and inquires if there is anything he can do, but Leorio replies that their friend is fine and that he is more useful in the Zodiacs. When he ends the call, Kurapika thinks Leorio would have no problem getting accustomed to his new status, as he is not shy or socially anxious. Mizaistom comments that Leorio seemed to have a lot of faith in him. Kurapika wonders if Leorio is right, as he states that he doesn't think that his powers would be any help for the continent plans, but he was thankful for the news on the prince and says he will do his best to help. Mizaistom warns him to be careful with the prince, as there are dark rumors surrounding him. Kurapika merely replies he knows how to deal with the likes of him.[9]

When Mizaistom asks him what he will do with the prince after getting the eyes back, and Kurapika says he only cares about getting his brethren back, although he has often had to make concessions in the past. The Ox then inquires what he does when people refuse him. Kurapika becomes intimidating and admits there have been two people claiming they would not give up the eyes even if they were to die, but ultimately renounced without dying. He is convinced the prince will do the same, although Mizaistom is doubtful. [10]

After they arrive to the headquarters, Cheadle leads the meeting. She starts explaining about the V6, the Five Great Calamities, the difficulty of the mission, which is A, whereas the Chimera Ants were ranked B, and asks if anyone has any questions. Kurapika raises his hand, saying he has many. The first is how many infiltrators on Netero's side the Zodiacs have managed to identify, much to everyone's shock. Kanzai asks him how he would know that, and Kurapika is surprised, as he thought it obvious: It is clear that Beyond was waiting for his father's demise and had been making preparations all along, with letting the Hunters Associations capture him being part of them. To achieve his goals, however, he needed both a competent right-hand man and a substantial group of followers, which Cheadle recognizes as Pariston and the Temp Hunters. Kurapika reflects that everything up to the election makes sense, but what will come after is still a mere hypothesis. Mizaistom asks him to come outside and reveals him that he had Cheadle have been investigating all along, reaching the same conclusion as him: There is a mole even within the Zodiacs. Since Beyond's plan likely started fifty years ago, when even the eldest Zodiac, Botobai, was just a kid, no one has direct connections with him, so they are all suspects. Mizaistom explains the former Chairman appointed Pariston as his right-hand even though everyone was against it simply because he valued entertainment above anything else, and that Kurapika was chosen because he is an outsider, unrelated to either side. He resumes talking about the president, who would laugh off the direst situation, although he concedes it was part of his charm. Eventually, he demands that Kurapika keeps the existence of a mole in the Zodiacs a secret. Kurapika agrees. Mizaistom then announces he and Saccho will be investigating the candidates to the Hunter Exam and supporting Botobai in acquiring the list of the Black Whale I's passengers. He also states that the V5 and Kakin have began negotiating. He is put in the Intelligence Division.[11]

Through a flashback, Kurapika is seen screening the candidates of the Hunter Exam and using his dowsing to determine who is lying. Mizaistom assists him in this task. When he comments he is surprised, Kurapika agrees, as he did not assume that so many spies could clear the thermography and lie detector after passing the mental test. However, Mizaistom was actually referring to Kurapika, as he had expressed doubts about the usefulness of his ability, although it seems to be exactly what they need. Kurapika demands that it not be overestimated, admitting he himself is not fully sure how it works. He explains that he can unconsciously perceive minute changes in the target that would otherwise go unnoticed by using the chain as a medium, but normally he would need to be directly in front of him. It is probably thanks to Emperor Time that the dowsing works with videos. Still, as he says, it is merely a power that finds out lies, no matter how well people hide them. Mizaistom wonders what is the problem, to which Kurapika responds that if he were a spy and wanted to deceive someone with his ability, he would have somebody erase or alter his memories; that way, since the target does not know he is lying, the chain would most likely stay still. While the Ox mulls this over, Kurapika inquires whether there is anyone in the higher ranks of the Hunters Association capable of doing so: if they were on the enemy’s side, they could easily pass all the tests.[1]

After reflecting some, Mizaistom concludes he does not deem it possible. He tells Kurapika there should be no one in the Zodiacs with such a power. He then proceeds to explain why he cannot be completely sure. In the past there were three factions among the Zodiacs, corresponding to their political orientation. The members of each faction tended to go on missions together, so Cheadle, Botobai and Ginta (Whom along with him, were part of the moderate conservative faction, supporting balance) can be counted out. Anyway, due to the Zodiacs cooperating in different divisions with a view to the journey to the Dark Continent, they all agreed to share information regarding their abilities. Kurapika asks if he will have to do the same, but the Crime Hunter says that Leorio has informed him of his case, so he will not need to. In return, Mizaistom won’t tell him about the Zodiac’s powers. Kurapika is relieved, and confesses it is thanks to his friend’s intervention that things are going smoothly for him. Mizaistom concedes Leorio is also useful to the organization. Continuing on with his rationale, he sums up that, to their current knowledge, none of the Zodiacs can alter memories, and they probably do not know anyone who can do it, as he has dug up data on the missions and history of all Hunters. Kurapika objects that a person with that power could have been given top secret missions or work outside the association, but according to Mizaistom the results of the test rule out this possibility. In fact, if there were a mole like that, it is queer that individuals of extreme talent such as the mercenary Muherr and the biochemist Yunde would not clear the traps. The Crime Hunter was so surprised at the failure of the latter, whom he had hoped to put in charge of mediating between the Science and the Biology divisions, that he had initially suspected the accuracy of the machine. There is also the possibility that they were used as mere decoys, but what really worries him is Pariston’s quiet and quick departure after the election, as only the existence of an ally on the side of the organization would justify it. Kurapika then activates Emperor Time and agrees to test the Zodiacs in secret.[1]

Chap 348 - Zodiacs

Mizaistom summons the Zodiacs

Mizaistom summons the Zodiacs minus the Boar and the Rat, causing Saiyu to joke that they are going to discuss about hazing. Botobai realizes it concerns their abilities and agrees to share them, advocating clarity as a member of the Defense Division. The Crime Hunter confirms it and, after trading glances with a dubious Cheadle, questions whether they would be willing to reveal them knowing there might be a mole in the group. Kanzai is baffled by the news and prepares to throw a tantrum, asking many times how he can be sure. Mizaistom confesses that he himself would have helped Beyond had he met him before watching the chairman’s video, and that not even watching it afterward would have changed his decision, all to demonstrate it is not treachery, but simply a matter of what came first. He then repeats his question and proceeds to explain his power. He concludes by saying he has made it his mission to find out who is there under different pretenses, stating it is a matter of resolve. Meanwhile, Kurapika watches them through a video camera. Finally, his dowsing chain starts to swing, indicating that Saiyu is lying.[1]

Afterwards, Kurapika and Mizaistom watch the recording of the latter's conversation with Beyond. As he eats, the Ox announces the departure date is in 35 days, on August 8th. King Nasubi Hui Guo Rou has requested that Beyond participate to the celebration on the eve of the voyage, appealing directly to the V5. If the benefactor was to miss, it would be awful for such an historical event, so Mizaistom promises Netero will be free to go, provided he reveals which of the Zodiacs is on his side. After a moment of silence, Beyond states that Mizaistom is wrong on two things: he knows nothing about any spy, and he does not care about the ceremony. All he knows is that he will have to eat and sleep in that cell for a month, and then wait two more months to reach the Dark Continent. Until then, he will behave in Hui Guo Rou's interest, but his true goal lies after that. He has been forced to attend those festivals because he is considered a legend who will lead the way to the new world. He is sure Kakin will put pressure on V5 to let him attend the celebration, and the Zodiacs themselves will beg him to go, ending up bowing their heads to him. At the end of the recording, Kurapika states Beyond has been telling the truth. Mizaistom concludes that Pariston is the mastermind behind Saiyu's conspiracy, and they plan to free Netero without his knowing. Kurapika suggest they leave Beyond alone until landing, since he does not intend to escape, but the Crime Hunter is dubious, as Pariston and Saiyu might try to break him out before the end of the journey. Kurapika explains why it is not likely: Kakin agreed to treat Beyond as an ordinary man until they land, and in the worst possible situation V5 would sever ties with Kakin, forcing them to take back the boat; Beyond has announced a truce and let himself be captured in order to avoid it. On the other hand, it means the Zodiacs can do nothing about Saiyu at the moment. Mizaistom agrees, but says he'd rather avoid sitting idly while Pariston and his spy are plotting. They discuss about Saiyu's Nen ability.[12]

Kurapika states that the Monkey had eased up considerably when talking about his power, relieved he did not have to lie. Thus, without a doubt, he was sincere about it, and he is on Beyond's side. The rest of the Zodiacs were notably tense while speaking, afraid to reveal their abilities at the presence of the mole, so they are torn between trusting the others and being wary of them: these emotions influenced their voices and movements. They all behaved as an innocent person would have, so it is feasible Saiyu is the only infiltrator. Kurapika proposes they keep tabs on Saiyu in secret, which would allow them to uncover his plans while gathering evidence. Mizaistom agrees it is safer than tailing him at all times, even if it means leaving him free to act. Considering Saiyu's ability, Kurapika expects him to attempt to free Netero upon landing. If they were to restrain him too soon, Pariston may arrange something else. Additionally, there is also a high probability they will try to break him out during the celebration on the eve of the departure. The best course of action would therefore be arresting Saiyu right before arriving at the Dark Continent without Beyond noticing. Mizaistom asks him what would happen if they acted without evidence, and the Kurta confesses wondering as well. They would have to admit Mizaistom used him, and the Ox says the other Zodiacs would surely denounce and criticize him.[12]

Kurapika inquires if that would be due to his using a newcomer and acting independently, to which Mizaistom replies it is more than that: after speaking of dedication and resolve, he has been working behind their back to identify the culprit. Some of the Zodiacs give the same importance to means and results, and some are only concerned with the way those results are achieved. Things may even get so complicated they would have to change their approach to the mission. He states that sharing information about their powers has indeed strengthened the bonds among the Zodiacs, and Kurapika concurs that they will not react well if they discover it was a farce. The two then part ways. Mizaistom goes off with Cheadle, while Kurapika is called on his phone by Linssen. The two are told that six of the Kakin princes are recruiting bodyguards for the celebration and the journey. The Ox, Dog and Rat realize this might mean that some of the spies they had screened out during the Hunter Exam will still be able to sail aboard the ship.[12]

Some time later, Mizaistom boards the ship. He devotes his attention to the three lower decks, where the conditions have turned out to be worse than expected. With Botobai, he has helped the troops and private security to take control of the situation. He phones Kurapika to inform him, also telling him he will be unable to attend the meeting of the Zodiacs.[13] He then holds a briefing with members of the Kakin royal troops.[14]

Election StandingEdit

Mizaistom's 13th Chairman Election Standings
Election Round Standing Votes
First 4th 17
Second 5th 24
Third 5th 27
Fourth 5th 27
Fifth 7th 21
Sixth 6th 44
Seventh 4th 72
Eighth 3rd 58


Abilities & PowersEdit

As a Zodiac, Mizaistom's authority in the Hunters Association is inferior only to that of the chairwoman herself. Being one of the Zodiacs and a Double Star Hunter, Mizaistom is considered one of the best Hunters. His status as a Crime Hunter probably requires that he has a brilliant deductive mind. Aside from his qualification as a Hunter, he is also a lawyer, and thus knowledgeable in jurisprudence. Since he manages a private security company, he has authority over his subordinates.

High Intelligence: Mizaistom is a smart Hunter, with information gathering and deduction as his primary skills. He has given proof of his intelligence several times during the election of the Hunters Association's Chairman, making accurate predictions of the results of a certain course of action and preparing countermeasures against Pariston's interventions. He is one of the three people, the others being Cheadle and Kurapika, to understand there must be a mole among the Zodiacs.

NenEdit

Mizaistom's status as a former sparring partner of Isaac Netero's speaks for his proficiency in Nen. According to him, his ability works by showing his opponent three colored cards, similar to penalty cards: blue is admittance into the courtroom, yellow is restraint, red is expulsion from the courtroom.[1] He is capable of using at least one of those cards on multiple targets at the same time while also using In.[8].

Mizaistom's Nen Abilities

Type: Unknown Cross Game (密室裁判 (クロスゲーム) , The Closed-Door Trial)
Cross game immobilized Mizaistom shows his target a yellow card with an exclamation mark on one side and issues a warning.[1] If the target ignores it, Mizaistom flips the card on the other side, which has a cross, stating "Restraint". The target is thus encased in a squared parallelepiped that prevents them from moving, although they are still able to speak normally.[8] The effect wears off rather quickly, but Mizaistom can use the ability as many times as he deems necessary.[8] It can be utilized against multiple targets simultaneously.[8]


TriviaEdit

  • His last name "Nana", means seven in Japanese.
  • He is oftentimes referred as simply "Mizai" by Zodiacs, particularly Kanzai, Saiyu,[1] Cheadle Yorkshire,[12] and Ging Freecss.
  • He shares the same voice actor with Uvogin, from the 2011 anime.
  • Both his outfit and his Hatsu abilities make him similar to an indoor soccer referee. In fact, he can show his opponent penalty cards, issue a warning, and if the latter is not heeded, he can confine them in a "penalty box".
    • His abilities also use the same three colors as traffic lights in Japan, as the green light is called blue (in Japanese, the latter adjective can mean both "green" and "blue", depending on the case).

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Hunter × Hunter - Volume 33, Chapter 348
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Hunter × Hunter - Volume 30, Chapter 319
  3. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 30, Chapter 318
  4. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 32, Chapter 332
  5. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 32, Chapter 335
  6. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 32, Chapter 340
  7. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 33, Chapter 341
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 Hunter × Hunter - Volume 33, Chapter 343
  9. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 33, Chapter 344
  10. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 33, Chapter 345
  11. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 33, Chapter 346
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 Hunter × Hunter - Volume 33, Chapter 349
  13. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 34, Chapter 358
  14. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 34, Chapter 359

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