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Watching the latest 3 episodes of Hunter X Hunter 2011 ( 114 - 116) I started to wonder. Does Killua have a crush on Gon? Or am I just mis interpretating his text lines?

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Just an FYI: As of now, the latest 3 episodes are 113-115. –  キルア Feb 12 at 4:45
@eric no not really. 116 has been out for a while now –  Dimitri mx Feb 12 at 10:25

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Short answer: There is little or no canonical love from either Killua or Gon toward the other. If any kind of love is to be clearly deduced, it should be regarded as platonic or brotherly.

Longer answer: From childhood, Killua was deprived of the experience of having friends. He met Canary, a guardian of the Zoldyck estate, and wished to be her friend, but she disciplined herself to not have any personal feelings for her employers (Killua included).

Fast-forward to the Hunter Exam, and Killua meets Gon, quickly discovering that he wants a friendly relationship with him (attempting to sever the ties to his former life as an assassin). In this case, you have to understand that Killua doesn't know how to behave around friends. He does his best to be himself, but he doesn't want to push Gon away. Even in a relationship as simple (to you and me) as friendship, Killua doesn't know how to manage his feelings.

As a result, personally, I would say that Killua just shares a really, really strong best-friend relationship with Gon, and feels a personal need to protect Gon, which can appear romantic at times. Gon, being the nutty lil' boy he is, also tends to express his friendship in odd ways...

Gon: "You should be by my side."

Now, taking all this into consideration... It doesn't honestly seem like there is any romantic relationship between them (though the mangaka seems to have thrown in a few choice lines to tease fans with).

In the latest episodes you mention, Killua does have some very odd lines.

After Gon says, "Let's go!"

He states that if he asks Gon what he means by "Let's go!", then he "won't be able to go back." This sounds a bit lovey at first, but I think Killua is honestly more worried about Gon, almost like a brother might be. He understands the rage Gon holds within, and is deeply worried that Gon might be headed down a spiral of destruction. With good reason:

Gon's a bit psycho...

Sadly, though, asking about something like that could almost seem like a betrayal; remember that Killua doesn't want to do anything that would endanger his friendship with Gon.

So while I think it's important to recognize that there is no canonical love in play (at least in the anime, I haven't read past the manga's equivalent of episode 115), I think their relationship is designed in such a way to make us ask this kind of question. Their relationship is far from simple, and that's probably one of the things that makes it so compelling.

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Of course he does. They are two guys but that doesn't mean they don't love each other and the fact that they love each other is obvious if you're paying attention to the show. Gon mentions multiple times how he wants to travel the world with Killua, something often said by eloping couples. Killua also mentions several times how embarrassing Gon's words are, precisely because they imply a sort of love. At episode 87ish Killua says Gon was a light that is so bright sometimes that he has trouble looking at him, something a certain romantic Shakespeare Sonnet talks about.

Love doesn't have to lead to sex and neither does gender matter when it comes to having a crush. Their bond is so strong and they like each other to the point where love is a weak word to describe it. Japanese has a word for this kind of friend-for-life who is said to make your life complete/whole, and it doesn't mean a wife but someone more; soulmate basically best defines that word.

Fyi the Europeans supposedly imposed homophobia on Japan. Homosexuals were more accepted before westernization, probably because such relationships were common among powerful men such as samurai. It's a controversial concept in Japan I suspect, but not as much as it is here in America.

Gon and Killua's fighting style compliment each other and their characters grow when they are together so they could very easily be classified as soulmates. They obviously like each other and you would have no problem calling it love if one of them wasn't male and if your definition of love isn't so exclusive to male/female relationships (which is dumb). Their relationship is a precious thing not often seen in society, but it's the most natural thing in the world. Everyone should persue having what they have.

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'Course they are! Lol, it's shounen jump. They'll never be put together T.T Although there is plenty of fanservice. In the 1999 Hunter x Hunter, Killua was such a tsun! Watching Gon as he sleeps. XD When he woke up, Gon asks him if he was watching, and he denies it. Gon calls him a liar and I squeal to death. In the 2011 hunter x hunter hunterpedia they even kiss. (I think on the lip) Replayed the moment over and over again. You often see jealousy and such. As kids though, there is a sense of innocents in their relationship, but I don't believe either of them are innocent. Killua was watching porn in the 1999 anime, and in the 2011 anime, Gon stated himself that he's been on plenty of dates where he requested the women teach him things. Of course Killua reacted to his words.

If they're still like this well into their teens then 0.o Doesn't it have to be love? I can only see their relationship getting closer though.

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You might want to edit this answer for style... –  Maroon Jul 7 at 10:32

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