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1st BATTLEDOME: The Scarier ‘Aniki’ – Illumi Zoldyck VS. Itachi Uchiha

The signal jam has been lifted! Yes, after 2 days of zero connection to cellular sites and WiFi, I’m finally back! If you’re curious what happened in our city to merit the mandatory signal shutdown, you can read it here.

But now, I am officially starting the week by debuting BATTLEDOME FEATURE post!

Battledome on: Who is the scarier ‘Aniki‘ (older brother)

Our contenders: Illumi Zoldyck of Hunter X Hunter and Itachi Uchiha of Naruto Shippuden

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The parameters of the battle:

  • someone whose presence alone evoke more terror
  • someone whose ‘scary’ brotherly presence is recognized even by the other characters of the series apart from the contenders’ direct family members
  • someone whom the prospect ‘younger brother’ fears the most in their family

To strike a common ground for our contenders, we’ll have to look at them from the viewpoint of this battle’s prospect younger brothers Killua Zoldyck and Sasuke Uchiha.

Assuming that you’ve watched both series, we’ll try to put ourselves in the shoes of Killua and Sasuke to see (and feel) who among the two contenders deserve the ‘Scarier Aniki’ title.

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Scenarios: Brother encounters

On their first meeting after a long time of not seeing each other

Illumi shows up with his gentle face during the Hunter exam, greeting Killua with a fake-looking smile.

Itachi invades Konoha with Kisame as a threat, meeting Sasuke in the process and making sure their strength difference is made clear.

On dealing with their brothers’ friends

Illumi casually declares that he will kill Gon (Killua’s best friend) just so his brother would go back home.

Itachi testing Naruto’s skill in battle.

Why Illumi or Itachi will win – my subjective assessment

Illumi

Between the two, I think Illumi’s face looks more daunting. His laidback, feigned display of innocence also has this tendency to put you on edge by just the sight of him walking closer.

I completed watching both versions of Hunter X Hunter (1999 and 2011), and I can say for sure that he’s not particularly the guy that would strike you as a brother figure considering his twisted reasoning which somehow defies reason in the first place.

I felt Killua’s fear every time they cross path. And while they don’t necessarily have to fight, the tension is there.

Killua knows his current skill is way behind his brother’s. He’s also aware that Illumi wouldn’t have second thoughts of hurting him and his friends if given the chance.

While Illumi suggests concern for Killua’s welfare, I believe his affection is best termed as an ‘obsession.’ For whatever specific reason, we do not know.

But one thing is clear, which is also a fact – Illumi will kill his ‘supposed’ friend Hisoka for even suggesting that he plays with his little brother. If you know who Hisoka is, you’ll fear Illumi too.

If I’m in Killua’s place, I’d rather not have Illumi as my brother. But since he is, I’d try my best not to cross paths with him. Ever.

I’m gonna run, use my lightning speed technique and go somewhere far, far away from my terrifying, ruthless brother!

Oh yes, I’ll try not to use private phones and social media because well, Illumi’s obsessed. And he’ll threaten Milluki (the other brother who’s a computer genius) to hack my phone and find my location! Just like this!

No way!

And it’s not paranoia. Having an assassin brother is one. But making that assassin brother as Illumi Zoldyck who happen to be obsessed with you is just…a pain. So yes, hundred percent precaution is a must.

Itachi

Itachi scares me. In as much as how I love him, he’s that brother I wouldn’t wish for. Sasuke’s admiration towards Itachi has its reason primarily because of skill.

But as we got to know more of Itachi’s character, we see the extent of his vision and self-sacrifice, which while admirable at one point, is also crazy.

I’m not questioning his love for Sasuke because I’m convinced that it’s genuine. But it’s his passion that creates the most unpredictable reaction to an equally skilled and passionate Sasuke who, after learning about his aniki’s feat, ended up becoming more vengeful.

Itachi can do that much. And let’s be honest, being kept in the dark, lied to and betrayed by the person you respected most is both scary and frustrating.

The thing is, Itachi doesn’t care. He knew Sasuke would hate him, but if it would mean things will soon fall into place, he’s willing to carry the burden. It’s selfless as it is selfish.

In short, it’s complicated. And complicated breeds misunderstanding. Misunderstanding breeds distrust. And distrust, the precursor to conflict.

If I’m in Sasuke’s place, I’d rather not have Itachi as my brother. But since he is, I’d probably pester him to tell me what’s going on, so he’ll stop shouldering everything for his grand mission and just let it go.

But given Itachi’s stance and my limited capacity to discern his wisdom I’ll probably stay away. I choose peace of mind. And having an Itachi-caliber brother is a call for tragic complication.

Kotowaru! (I refuse!)

My respect remains with Itachi but I’m scared of what I’ll become after he drags me into his plan of supposedly ‘protecting’ me at
all cost. So yes,….anyone but Itachi.

Bottom line

Both are scary in their own twisted way. Who wins the ‘Scarier Aniki’ title is a matter of who evokes the feeling of ‘fear’ bigger than all other emotions.

Of course, I can’t prove anything much with my subjective descriptions but if you’ve seen both series, you’ll
probably have your own pick by now.

The Winner

You and I shall decide! I’ll be revealing it on Battledome 2 feature based on votes AND reason which you can cast through the comments section or via private message on my Contact page.

So, minna-san….who’s aniki scares you more? Name him and tell us why! (You got to give a reason to make it more convincing!)

P.S.

I like them both. For all the right and wrong reasons. It’s complicated. I know. Ignore me.

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