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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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It really is an interesting question.

I'm doing some process and I think that the answer is a maybe. I'm starting to think that there must be something that Killua didn't talk about with Gon. That's one thing you might think about - are Gon and Killua are going to be a couple? My answer is a no. Why you say? It is because I think Gon is starting to have feelings to someone else. Even though I haven't watch it yet, I know that there's only one female character who is almost the same age (in appearance I mean) and that is Kairo in Chimera ant form.

It looks like that Gon is having a nice relationship with her (or his) past self. So in summary, your question leads to a dead end.

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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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Hunter x Hunter là một bài học về một tình bạn đẹp và vô cùng cao cả-tình bạn giữa Killua và Gon, đối với Killua Gon là một người vô cùng quan trọng có lẽ còn quan trọng hơn cả gia đình cậu, quan trọng hơn cả những gì cậu đang có, thậm chí cậu có thể từ bỏ cả sự nghiệp truyền thống sát thủ của gia đình mình để đi theo Gon. Gon rất quan trọng đối với cậu, cậu có thể từ bỏ cả mạng sống của mình để bảo vệ Gọn trái tim "sát thủ" của cậu đã không còn kể từ khi cau gap Gon. Dieu do chung to Gon rat quan trong doi voi cau. Nhung khi Gon buon cau cung buon, khi Gon vui thi cau vui cau rat dau kho khi biet rang gon dang muon tu minh doi mat voi nguy hiem, Gon muon tu minh giai quyet van de cua cau ma khong can minh giup. Killua that su rat buon khi Gon noi nhung dieu ma chinh cau nghi rang nhung dieu kinh khung ay Gon se khong bao gio noi. Dù rất muốn hỏi điều Gòn nói"Hãy đi thôi"nghĩa là ý gì và nếu như hỏi thì cậu sẽ có câu trả lời những câu đã không hỏi. Vì cậu sợ khi nhận được câu trả lời thì tìm cầu sẽ tan nát. Dù bên ngoài luôn luôn nói Gọn không được mất bình tĩnh phải tự chủ bản thân nhưng thực ra bên trong con tim cậu đang nhói đau vì cơn giận dữ của Gon. Nhưng Gon đâu biết được những cảm xúc đó của Killua khi cậu đang cố kiềm chế cơn giận dữ của mình đối với Pitou. "Cậu là người bạn thân thiết nhất của tớ " chính lúc nói ra câu nói đó Killua đã lấy lại động lực cho bản thân và rút được cây kim mà Illumi đã ghim vào đầu để điều khiển cậu. Gon thật quan trọng đối với Killua! Là người bạn đầu tiên và cũng là người bạn quan trọng nhất nên cũng chẳng có gì sai nếu Killua có tình cảm vô cùng đặc biệt với Gon.

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Hunter x Hunter is a lesson in a very good friendship and great-friendship between Killua and Gon, Killua Gon to be a very important perhaps even more important than his family, more important whatever you are, you may even abandon traditional career killer of his family to follow Gon. Gon is very important to him, he can give up his own life to protect the heart Neat "killer" was no longer his since he met Gon. This proves that Gon is very important to him. Nhung cau when Gon Buon sad, when Gon fun fun contest cau cau very painful to know that progress gon do their own face danger, to deal Gon muon your problem without intelligent help. Killua Gon was really sad to say things that main cau think terrible things ay Gon would never emulate. Although'd ask Gon said, "Let's go," What is the meaning and if asked, he would answer the questions were not asked. Because he was afraid of receiving the answer would seek shattered. Although the outside is not always speak Compact unnerved autonomy to carry out themselves but inside his heart was throbbing because of Gon rage. But Gon never know the feelings of Killua when he is trying to curb his anger for Pitou. "He was my best friend," said the statement at that Killua has regained momentum for themselves and withdraw the needle that Illumi was pinned to the head to control him. Gon Killua really important! As the first and also the most important person you should also nothing wrong if Killua have very special feelings for Gon.

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Can you translate the answer to English? –  Jon Lin Sep 29 at 17:36
    
Besides the fact you should translate this to english, it does not really give a answer to my question. Cause as you state (rough translation) there is nothing wrong if Killua has very special feelings for Gon. –  Dimitri mx Sep 29 at 17:51

I'm one of those people who don't care on the outcome. But in hindsight there relationship is such a hard thing to be 100% sure of, it is set out so it could be anything be it brotherly or romantic and honestly I wouldn't mind if it was romantic because it would be the trope of guy gets the girl and in the age we live in homosexuality is a normal thing in most countries and welcome by more so I think if they did go romantic they would: 1. Beat the normal anime trope of guy gets girl 2. Appeal to many of there fans who wanted it and to people who really could care less. Now I know there are people who wouldn't want it but in fairness if you enjoy the anime a relationship shouldn't make you stop watching it. It's on hiatus now but when they get back I hope to see them end on end which can make everyone happy.

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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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