Dark Continent

  • 2011

  • Manga

2011 Manga

Dark Continent

Kanji

暗(あん)黒(こく)大(たい)陸(りく)()()()()()()

Rōmaji

Ankoku Tairiku

Location Statistics

Located in

“Outside” World

Reading: Dark Continent

Fauna

  • Ai
  • Pap
  • Hellbell

Flora

  • Brion
  • World Trees
  • Nitro Rice
  • Metallion

Resources

  • Trinity Elixir
  • Unmanned Rock

Debut

Manga Debut

chapter 338

Anime Debut

Episode 148 ( 2011 ) The Dark Continent ( 暗 ( あん ) 黒 ( こく ) 大 ( たい ) 陸 ( りく ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ), Ankoku Tairiku ) is a space that stretches beyond the Known World which is nested inside the gigantic Lake Mobius ( located at the concentrate of the Dark Continent ). The ancestors of the human race obviously migrated from there to the Known World, as the decipher of myths and the study of ancient ruins seem to testify. It is speculated that charming Beasts similarly originated from the Dark Continent. [ 1 ]

background

It is written on ancient artifacts that disasters occurred every time world excursed to the Dark Continent. Therefore a protocol was established by the V5 200 years ago, [ note 1 ] besides known as the Inviolability Treaty, that prohibited said action. [ 1 ] But, over the past few years, there have been recorded 149 attempts of voyages to the Dark Continent. Of these lone five were successful and had survivors, in the sum they were 28, which possessed huge forcible art and colossal luck—one amongst them being Beyond. The mere survival rate of 0.04 % is indicative mood of the Dark Continent ‘s hostility toward outsiders. furthermore, only three of the survivors managed to clear the post-evaluation quiz and refund to their daily lives. however, these voyages were not sanctioned by the V5 and were, consequently, unofficial. [ 2 ] An essential part of a successful ocean trip is a Guide. The Guide is a being summoned by the Gatekeeper, a race of charming beasts, which holds the only know connection to the Dark Continent. Without them, it would be impossible for humans to get past the Known World ‘s oceanic borders. [ 2 ] At the end of each one of the V5 expeditions they were brought back one of the Five Threats : the botanic weapon Brion, the gaseous life-form Ai, the twin snake Hellbell, the human feed animal Pap, and the immortality disease Zobae. [ 3 ] A younger Isaac once went on an undocumented expedition to the Dark Continent while being accompanied by Linne and Zigg. Furthermore, an person tried to travel the Mobius shoreline all by himself 300 years ago, and is the alleged author of the traveler ‘s scout Journey to the New World. It is known that two editions exist, for the East and the West respectively, but the West one is so far to be found. Ging proposes three possibilities for the West book ‘s destiny, one of those being that it ‘s even being written to this day by none other than Don Freecss. [ 3 ]

plot

Dark Continent Expedition arch

The universe of the Dark Continent was beginning implied when Ging and Gon met atop the World Tree and Ging revealed that the Chimera Ants whom the Extermination Team faced off against came from somewhere other than the Known World, a land Ging wishes to explore. [ 4 ] Soon after that, the King of the Kakin Empire, Nasubi Hui Guo Rou, finances an expedition there, in which Beyond is the drawing card of a unit that is concern in journeying into the Dark Continent. [ 1 ] On peak of the aura and economical returns from the exploration and the acquisition of modern resources, King Nasubi intends to have his children fight a succession war during the ocean trip. [ 5 ] V5 initially opposes the project and enlists the avail of the Hunter Association to keep Beyond in detention. however, after the latter hands himself in, V5 includes in the unit of measurement, becoming V6, in ordering to share the profits and therefore permits the dispatch, stipulating however that the transport will disembark all passengers, except for the Hunter Association members, at an island complex named the New Continent which will be passed off as being the Dark Continent itself whereas it is merely near its molding. [ 2 ]

Summary of the Five Trips

trivium

  • The continent’s name, Dark Continent, most likely comes from the real-life identical term or expression used before the late 19th century to describe Africa (particularly sub-Saharan Africa) due to its interior being considered mysterious and dangerous at the time.
    • In Chapter 359, the mentioned notion is reinforced by the fact that the New Continent, faked as Dark Continent to the general public, is presented to the Black Whale’s civilian passengers using an upside-down map of Africa (or the Africa-like unnamed continent where the Republic of Padokea is located in the Hunter × Hunter world).
  • According to Ging, the giant Chimera Ant Queen who gave birth to Meruem was not born in the Known World.[4] It is currently unknown if she originated in the Dark Continent or if she drifted into Human Territorial Waters from one of the islands in Lake Mobius which have never been colonized by humans (such as the New Continent), which are not classified as being part of the Dark Continent.
  • The fauna and flora that inhabit the Dark Continent could be based on those that are found in the Amazon Forest, the dense tropical jungle in South America. It contains a number of unique plant and animal species that are not found anywhere else in the world, and is the home to several uncontacted tribes that have no contact with the outside world and have often shown hostility to visitors.

Intertextuality and References

  • Although the idea of ​​a place like this long precedes Hunter × Hunter and other mangas, the concept of the Dark Continent has some similarities with Toriko‘s Gourmet World and may have been inspired by it.
    • Their size dwarfs and they enclose their known world.
    • Access to these places is hampered by things like ocean currents and other factors.
    • Both are extremely dangerous places, in contrast to their relatively hospitable counterparts (the smaller “Human Worlds”), with many failed attempts of exploration which led them to be banned. Also, few humans are strong enough to survive their environments.
    • There is not much knowledge about them.
    • Much of their fauna and flora is gigantic in relation to human proportions.
    • The Five Threats are somewhat similar to the Eight Kings.
  • In Monsters: Dark Continent—a 2014 British science fiction monster film—a boy wearing a Hunter × Hunter T-shirt appears briefly, which could be a nod to the manga indicating inspiration or recognition of coincidences between some elements of the movie in relation to the Dark Continent (although this may be just a coincidence).

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Hunter × Hunter – bulk 32, chapter 340
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Hunter × Hunter – volume 33, chapter 342
  3. 3.0 3.1 Hunter × Hunter – volume 33, chapter 344
  4. 4.0 4.1 Hunter × Hunter – volume 32, chapter 338
  5. Hunter × Hunter – bulk 33, chapter 348

Notes

  1. According to the Timeline, the Inviolability Treaty protocol was established by the V5 around the class 1800 .
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