I have always been a little ambivalent towards Hunter x Hunter’s Nen system. On the one hand, it’s really nothing more that classifying superpowers and I love classifications but for all the detail and structure available, the actual dividing of powers is rather imprecise with a lot of the categories being very similar. The execution is even worse as you could easily argue for any particular power to be part of any and all groups but for today we’re just talking about types.

  1. How did you find HxH?
  2. Favorite main character
  3. Favorite supporting character
  4. Favorite Chimera ant
  5. Least favorite character
  6. Favorite Zoldyck Member
  7. Favorite Villain
  8. Favorite Nen type
  9. Favorite Nen ability
  10. Favorite episode
  11. Favorite scene
  12. Favorite opening animation
  13. Do you ship anyone
  14. Saddest scene
  15. Favorite non-nen ability
  16. Favorite ark
  17. Least favorite ark
  18. Favorite type of Hunter
  19. Favorite character outfit
  20. Funniest scene
  21. Who would you cosplay as
  22. Friendliest character
  23. Least friendly character
  24. Best main character family member
  25. Favorite character backstory
  26. Worse main character family member
  27. Manga or Anime
  28. Most relatable character
  29. What got you hooked on the show
  30. Why do you love HxH

Favorite Nen Type

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So let’s have a quick recap of the types:

Enhancement

The ability to use aura to increase the natural abilities of an object or one’s own body. Straightforward superpowers. Considered the most balanced category, allowing users to spread themselves evenly between offense and defense. Since you only really need to use your body, the nen abilities of this type are usually simple fighting techniques just much more powerful than they should be.

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He hits real hard

Transmutation

A  person can change the properties of their aura to mimic something else. Very similar to Emission, and Conjuration (see what I mean). Even though you could in theory create practical objects with it, most abilities seem to be having something radiate from the user. Such as electricity, heat, stickiness…

I’m not entire sure how the electricity makes him super fast

Emission

These guys can control the deployment of their aura while separating it from their body. So basically the make aura bullets or hadokens. If those happen to be on fire then they’re transmutters?

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It may look like he hits real hard too but he actually propels his fist

Conjuration

Conjuration is the ability to create a physical, independent, material object out of one’s aura. Same as transmutation BUT  conjuration is the only way in which Nen can create things that ordinary people (unaware of Nen) can see and touch. Within the HxH narrative though, they might as well be the exact same thing since everyone is aware of Nen.

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I have a lot of issues with this guy

Manipulation

Manipulators can “control” living or non-living things in a certain way (and manipulate the aura itself). This description offers up quite a few possibilities but we really only see various forms of mind control. Still cool though and at least distinctive.

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Mind control is a little tough to illustrate

Specialization

Magic – just straight up wizard did it.

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Chrollo’s grimoire

Ok, I think specialization is cheating here so of the remaining types I’m torn between Manipulation and Transmutation for the following reasons:

First Manipulation is the one truly distinctive feeling type. It can’t easily be mistaken for anything else and although I do not think the full potential of the type was explored, I can see a lot of possibilities for it. On the other hand, Transmutation is fun to say! Ok there are other reasons.

Of all the water divination results, transmutation has the most interesting one. The idea of changing the taste of the water was truly different to me and I liked the practical implications. You have to actually drink some unknown liquid that could be disgusting for all you know. If the taste has changed that means the chemical properties have been altered. There’s really nothing that says it can’t be poisonous. I bet Hisoka’s was, or it tasted like cotton candy.

Admittedly a change of taste is not very animation friendly

Second is the personality test. This is Hisoka’s own invention so you have to take it for what it’s worth, but it does seem pretty accurate:

  • Conjurers are high-strung and methodical. For example: Kurapika, Kortopi and Shizuku.
  • Emitters are impatient and not detail-oriented. For example: Leorio and Franklin.
  • Enhancers are simple and determined. For example: Gon and Nobunaga.
  • Manipulators are logical and do things at their own pace. For example: Zushi, Illumi and Shalnark.
  • Transmuters are whimsical liars. For example: Killua and Hisoka.
  • Specialists are independent and charismatic. For example: Chrollo and Neon. ***but we’re not counting them***

From these personality types, again, Manipulators and Transmuters are my clear favorites. I loves me a troll, especially a humorous one and the logical types are often interesting and good for exposition. Mind you I’m not entirely sure how “logical” Illumi is but I suppose everything makes perfect sense in his own head…

Speaking of Illumi, my final point is that pretty much all my favorite characters have one of these two types of Nen. On this Transmuters clearly outweigh the Manipulators but that’s in part because there are much more of them among the recurring characters. If you’re curious:

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Seems like it should be super powerful…is not

Huh I guess I didn’t answer the question. Go me. Ok Let’s say conjuration.

A meal without wine is like a day without sunshine, except that on a day without sunshine you can still get drunk

Suggested drink: Aura In Me

  • Every time we see the Nen hexagon – have a sip
  • Every time the water divination ritual is carried out – have some water
  • Every time we see Wing – have a sip
  • Every time we see someone’s aura – have a sip
  • Every time someone feels Nen – have a sip
    • if it’s an ant’s – have a comforting snack
  • Every time someone explains Ten, Zetsu, Ren or Hatsu – take a sip
    • if someone uses one of those techniques – take another
  • Every time Biscuit explains advanced nen techniques – have a sip
  • Every time someone uses Gyo – have a sip

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