Botobai Gigante (ボトバイ゠ギガンテ, Botobai Gigante) is a Triple-Star Terrorist Hunter and also the eldest member of the Zodiacs with the codename "Dragon" (辰, Tatsu). He is part of the Defense Team, created in preparation for the voyage to the Dark Continent.
Botobai is a very tall and burly late middle-aged man. Even seated, he is taller than most adult men. His face is full of wrinkles, making it appear like a Chinese dragon's hide, and he has a Hungarian mustache and thick eyebrows that are slanting upwards. His hair is gathered into two bundles that look like flames. He wears a long coat that has a flame-like collar with a dragon head symbol printed on the back. In the 2011 anime, Botobai's mustache and eyebrows are initially colored black, though this is fixed in later episodes and are changed to white. His face resembles masks commonly used in kabuki theater. During his tenure as a court official in the Black Whale, Botobai is seen wearing a court dress with a cape.
Botobai is a collected man who is fiercely loyal to Netero. He rarely loses his temper, with the exception when Pariston proposed the idea of himself becoming the new Chairman without an election and when he was arguing against his fellow Zodiac whom Botobai accused of prioritizing his political affiliation before the former Chairman's request. He favors cooperation among the Zodiacs for the success of the mission, even if it means revealing his abilities. As a Terrorist Hunter, he has significant knowledge in geopolitics, legal affairs, and military operations.
13th Hunter Chairman Election arc
After the death of Chairman Netero, Botobai, along with the other Zodiacs, are called to vote for a new Hunter Association Chairman. As all of the Zodiacs (minus the Rat) all gather in a private room, while waiting for the Rat Pariston Hill to hold a meeting on which how to approach the previous Chairman's final will. As the Zodiacs wait the Dragon Botobai Gigante proclaims his displeasure of why the Chairman didn't call upon the Zodiacs for the Chimera Ant crisis, as Kanzai agrees with Botobai and shows annoyance at Morel Mackernasey and Knov for going instead. The Dog Cheadle Yorkshire points out that Botobai wanted to fight the Chimera Ants himself and Kanzai is making up excuses for out of jealousy of the two Hunters. Pariston finally arrives and instantly takes control of the situation.
Pariston then declares his candidacy for Chairman and suggests they skip the election, making the Zodiacs become hostile towards Pariston. Though after some altercations, involving Pariston, the Ox Mizaistom, and the Boar Ging; Pariston suggests they decide on a systematic way of announcing the candidacy process and Cheadle suggests it be by lottery. Like the rest of the Zodiacs, Botobai fills out a piece of paper with a set of rules written on it. Beans is then called into the room and he picks out a drawing from a dust bin and it's Ging's. As Beans reads Ging's rules the Zodiacs become wary and are left completely dumbfounded by the final rule that the head of the voting committee is Ging Freecss. Botobai contemplates that with the final rule he can run the election as he pleases. However after Pariston says he'll concede to the rules 1-4, but suggests they decide on a head of the Voting Committee at a later date. Ging agrees to his and infuriating the Zodiacs for accepting that demand so calmly. After the first round of the 13th Hunter Chairman Election was held on August 8th Botobai ties in 4th place with Mizaistom.
A meeting is held with the Zodiacs after the results of the second round in which Botobai places in 4th place again, about the increase in absentee voters. And another meeting is held after the third round, where Botobai places in 3rd place and the meeting concerned about another increase in absentee voters in the election, so after it's decided that they shouldn't confiscate the Hunter Licenses of those who don't vote, Pariston suggests they hold a lecture on the importance of voting. During the lecture held by the Zodiacs in the Hunter Association auditorium, Botobai in the middle of the Chicken Cluck and the Snake Gel, is bewildered after witnessing Ging hit by a remote punch from Leorio Paradinight.
Botobai appears on a video montage of the top 16 candidates, it's revealed that Botobai is a Triple-Star Hunter, the most senior of the Zodiacs and closest to the previous chairman in both name and ability. During the fifth round, Botobai ends up in 6th place making him one of the top 8 candidates for the sixth round. During the sixth round of the election, he places in 7th place, but a new election has to be held due to the conditions not being met. During the seventh round, Botobai comes in 7th place with zero votes, and is eliminated as only the top four advance. At the beginning of the eighth round, Botobai gives a small speech thanking everyone who voted for him and wants those who did to vote for Cheadle and explains his reason why. When Pariston announces that he's stepping down as chairman after becoming chairman, he leaves Botobai along with the other Zodiacs flabbergasted.
Dark Continent Expedition arc
Botobai, and the rest of the Zodiacs are surprised when they learn that the Kakin Empire is holding an expedition to the Dark Continent, especially when the leader of the expedition is the son of the former chairman of the Hunter Association, Beyond Netero. The Zodiacs are given the task of hunting Beyond Netero. The Zodiacs hold a meeting to decide their next course of action. Botobai believes the Association must follow Netero's order to explore the Dark Continent and hunt Beyond Netero as well. When Mizaistom questions the eligibility of exploring the Dark Continent, the senior Hunter scolds him, accusing Mizaistom of putting his political affiliations before the Chairman's will. The meeting is interrupted when Beyond Netero himself calls and asks them to inform V5 of his capture. Beyond Netero requests a "give and take". The nine Hunters witness Cheadle and Beyond's following conversation from outside the cell. Later, Botobai witnesses Beyond signing the contract with the terms the Hunter Association has set.
Cheadle summons a meeting to introduce the new Boar and Rat, and she starts explaining about the V6, the Five Threats, the difficulty of the mission, which is A, whereas the Chimera Ants were ranked B, and asks if anyone has any questions. Kurapika raises his hand, saying he has many. The first is how many infiltrators on Netero's side the Zodiacs have managed to identify, much to everyone's shock. However Mizaistom quickly asks Kurapika to talk about this outside the meeting room where Mizaistom explains to the younger Zodiac about the situation and then asks him to keep his theory to himself for the time being. The Zodiacs continue to sum up their preparations for the journey, with Botobai stating that as long as the armies of the United States of Saherta and the Begerossé Union collaborate with the Kakin Empire, there should be no problem. He adds he will be cooperating with the Intelligence Team upon landing with the double intent of strengthening their defense and preventing Beyond, whose physical and Nen abilities have been analyzed, from escaping. He is assigned to the Defense Team.
When Mizaistom calls a new meeting, Botobai is left flabbergasted by the announcement that a spy is likely to be hiding among the Zodiacs. Like the others, he agrees to reveal his powers. Unbeknownst to him, Kurapika is using his dowsing to determine who is lying, and he is revealed to be innocent.
Succession Contest arc
Some time later, Botobai boards the Black Whale. He devotes his attention to the Tiers 3 and 4, where the conditions have turned out to be worse than expected. He and Mizaistom help the royal troops and private security to maintain the order and handle the criminal issues in the ship, and thus are unable to meet up with the other Zodiacs. Botobai also acts as a court official in Tier 3.
At some point between the third day of voyage and the morning of the fourth, Botobai consoles Mizaistom after his meeting with Kakin officials to discuss the recent mass murders. Botobai tries to soothe his frustration by stating there was nothing else he could have done without revealing the existence of Nen, which would have led to panic. He plans to use the time gained by the Ox to evacuate as many passengers as possible, as well as to gather the Hunters outside the princes' quarters and enforce a gag order about the matter on the upper echelons of the country.
In the process of a sweep of Tier 3, Corporal Mizuri and his troops run into Illumi and Kalluto Zoldyck, Botobai informs him the former is a Hunter. When Mizaistom runs off to attend to an emergency, Botobai and Ginta escort the two assassins to the central police station to register their I.D.s.
Mallet: During his tenure as a court official in the Black Whale, Botobai wields a mallet similar in appearance to a gavel but with a very long handle.
Abilities & Powers
Botobai's authority in the Hunter Association is inferior only to that of Cheadle herself. As a Triple-Star Terrorist Hunter, Botobai has assets and information unavailable even to pro Hunters. His status suggests he has extensive knowledge in security and anti-terrorist measures, as supported by his being a military analyst as well. His competence extends to the legal field as well, since he is also a public prosecutor.
Botobai's powers are still unknown but since he is the most senior member in the Zodiacs it can be presumed that he is extremely skilled in Nen. It's also said that he is "in name and in ability the one closest to being chairman".
- (To himself, referring to Ging Freecss) "With this, he can control the election as he pleases...!!"
- (To Mizaistom) "The hunt must happen! As long as there's no incongruence with the chairman's orders, Saiyu's and Kanzai's opinions are pure sentimentality!"
- "Gigante" is the Spanish, Portuguese, and Italian word for "giant". It is also a type of monster in the Dragon Quest video game series that Yoshihiro Togashi enjoys playing.
Translations around the World
|Active||Cheadle Yorkshire • Cluck • Pyon • Saiyu • Kanzai • Kurapika • Leorio Paradinight • Ginta • Gel • Mizaistom Nana • Botobai Gigante • Saccho Kobayakawa|
|Former||Ging Freecss • Pariston Hill|
|Biology||Ginta • Cluck|
|Defense||Kanzai • Saiyu • Botobai Gigante|
|Science||Cheadle Yorkshire • Leorio Paradinight • Gel|
|Intelligence||Kurapika • Mizaistom Nana • Pyon • Saccho Kobayakawa|