Neon Nostrade (ネオン゠ノストラード, Neon Nosutorādo) is the daughter of Light Nostrade of the Nostrade Family and a flesh collector. Due to her ability having disappeared from Chrollo Lucilfer's book, she is suspected to have died.
Neon is a spoiled and self-centered young lady. She throws tantrums whenever she does not get things her way. She is shown to be childlike in the way she lacks empathy for others. However despite her childlike selfishness and general lack of empathy for others, Neon is indeed shown to possess the capacity for such emotion when she first showed empathy towards her attendant Eliza, who collapse and cried in grief due to the death of Squala, causing her to then feel guilty for her continued selfish persistence to remain in the city and finally caved in to her father's demand for her to return home. Showing that although being pampered and apathetic, Neon's traits are actually a product of childlike innocence and an inability to comprehend emotions beyond what a child can understand despite being sixteen years old. She is shown to be otherwise good-natured. Neon is also fond of collecting human body parts, which is the main reason why the Nostrade Family had to attend the Southernpiece Auction in Yorknew City.
Yorknew City arc
Neon welcomes her new bodyguards in her room as they are introduced to her by the head bodyguard Dalzollene. On August 31st, they travel from Lingon Airport to Yorknew City. On the way to Yorknew City, Dalzollene presents Neon with her work for September; she initially refuses to do them, but later negotiates a deal with her father, Light. Neon proceeds to use her Nen ability, Lovely Ghostwriter, to complete her work for September. That night, while Neon plays a game of cards with her attendees, Dalzollene contacts Light to inform him about his daughter's most recent fortunes. Upon learning that she is not allowed to attend the Underground Auction, Neon throws a giant tantrum, but later becomes completely exhausted from her tantrum and passes out.
At 2 a.m. on September 2nd, after Uvogin escapes and kills Dalzollene, Kurapika and Squala awaken Neon and inform her of the current situation. Neon, however, shows no interest in what occurred and cares more for the mummy of Princess Corco that she wanted at the auction, and wants to know when the next auction will be held. Kurapika assures her the auction items are safe and the time when the auction will be held is unknown. Neon suggests they contact her father, and the remaining bodyguards vote for Kurapika to be the new leader in Dalzollene's absence. Neon introduces Kurapika to her father, who informs that Light would arrive the following night. As per Light's orders, Neon is to stay confined in her room, which greatly upsets her.
On September 3rd, after hearing the current situation, Light orders Neon to be sent home. Neon sulks at the thought of the auction being canceled Her father assures her that she could attend next year instead. Elated, Neon goes off to pack her things. Melody and Basho are assigned to guard Neon, while she is being escorted back to their mansion. Before going back home, Neon decides to go on a shopping spree in the Lingon Airport, accompanied by Melody, Basho, and Eliza. She uses the restroom, where she disguises herself, and later escapes her bodyguards undetected. As she storms out and decides to attend the auction herself, an elusive man carrying a photo of her watches her.
Later, Neon passes through the checkpoints around the city with Chrollo Lucilfer. She thanks him for letting her pass with him. At the Cemetery Building, they have a drink and Chrollo mentions that he heard Neon being a fortune-teller, which Neon does not deny. She encourages Chrollo to provide all the prerequisites and proceeds to write his fortune in a notebook. When she finishes, Neon explains the nature of her fortune-telling. She is shocked to see Chrollo crying over his fortune. Chrollo asks if Neon believes in the afterlife, but she claims that she does not due to a quote by the Galactic Matron, who inspired her to become a fortune-teller. After a while, they decide to proceed to the auction ground. However, Chrollo swiftly knocks Neon unconscious. Putting up an act, Chrollo manages to get the mafioso Bean to get an ambulance for her.
Light and Kurapika arrive in the building and find Neon still unconscious in her room. Kurapika checks the Hunter Website and finds out Neon's picture, along with the rest of the Nostrade bodyguards (aside from Melody and himself), are posted there. He theorizes that the person who came in contact with Neon used the website to figure out what she looked like. Furious, Light proclaims he would kill the man, but Kurapika calms him down and speculates a motive of the man who did it. He explains that the other bodyguards are on the way, and predicts that the auction might be canceled again for the upcoming battle. After the "deaths" of the Phantom Troupe members, Neon is transported to the local hospital via an ambulance.
With the auction starting again, Light orders Kurapika to acquire the Scarlet Eyes with no limit regarding the amount. In the end, Kurapika wins the Scarlet Eyes for 2.9 billion, which infuriates Light. Though initially concerned, Light assures himself that he would easily regain the money back, while raising his prestige within the community.
Neon wakes up with the Scarlet Eyes present, and graciously thanks, her father. Outside her room, Light thanks the bodyguards for their hard work and notes all that is left is to get the tissue used by a celebrity in the auction tomorrow. He also orders Basho and Melody to accompany Neon on her shopping trips.
On September 4th, Neon admires her Scarlet Eyes in her hotel room. She also goes on another shopping trip, while Melody informs Kurapika that Basho is close to losing his temper. After Squala's death and Eliza's mental breakdown, Neon showed empathy and decided to go home early, not caring for the items she wanted from the auction.
Greed Island arc
Summoned by Light, Kurapika and Melody pass by Neon's room, who sits on her bed in wondering why her "ghost" would not come out anymore. After Kurapika takes her father's leadership in his failing organization, it is unknown what her role in the organization right now.
Dark Continent Expedition arc
Neon is indirectly mentioned by Kurapika as one of the previous owners of the Scarlet Eyes.
Succession Contest arc
It is presumed that, at some point, Neon met her demise, since her Nen ability, Lovely Ghostwriter, disappeared from Chrollo's book.
Abilities & Powers
When her father was the head of a Mafia clan, Neon had authority over his employees and access to his wealth, provided she had her father's permission. Her reputation caused her and her father to be liked by the Ten Dons, although her influence on the Mafia probably ended with the loss of her powers.
Neon is a Specialist. Although she never trained in Nen, she was able to develop a Nen ability, a feat that qualifies her as a genius. Her prophetic abilities allowed her father to be highly esteemed by the most powerful leaders of the Mafia. Neon's ability was stolen by Chrollo Lucilfer, preventing her from using it. If she did not die, it returned to her possession through unknown means.
|Neon's Nen Type: Specialization|
|Type: Specialization||Lovely Ghostwriter (天使の自動筆記 Angelic Auto Writing)|
|Neon predicts the future through quatrains that she writes down unconsciously; the summoned "Lovely Ghostwriter" manipulates Neon's arm to automatically write her poems. The target must hand write his name (aliases and handles count), full date of birth, and blood type on the piece of paper on which she will write the poem. A picture of the target's face is necessary if he isn't present.
Neon's fortunes take the form of a poem with four or five quatrains of four lines each. Each verse represents a week of the current month, and typically events referenced in the poem are present as metaphors. Inauspicious fortunes always contain advice, and misfortune can be avoided if warnings are heeded. She cannot predict her own future.
Appearances in Other Media
The Last Mission
Note: Events occurring in the "Hunter × Hunter: The Last Mission" movie do not constitute canon material.
Neon attends the Battle Olympia tournament at Heavens Arena, and is accompanied by Kurapika, Melody, and Linssen. Kurapika and Melody stay close to her side as she looks down at the ring. She takes her father's place in attending the tournament, as he was feeling ill at the time. She nearly falls asleep during Netero's speech out of boredom. Right before the tournament starts, she is interested in one of the competitors, and happily looks to Kurapika to talk with him about it, only to find him missing (he had gone to meet Hisoka). Along with everyone in the stadium, Neon is taken, hostage. When she is freed during Biscuit's fighting against the intruders, she laughs excitedly as she watches the woman fight. After the tournament is finished, Neon returns home in a car filled with stuffed animals with Linssen as her driver. Kurapika and Melody accompany her in a separate vehicle.
- The character's first name, Neon, potentially derives from her father's name, Light, (or vice versa), as in the term neon lighting.
- Her last name, Nostrade, is probably a reference to Nostradamus, the famous French seer, and La Cosa Nostra, the nickname for the Italian mafia.
Anime and Manga Differences
- On Episode 41 of the 2011 anime series, she has a Pu figurine from YuYu Hakusho tied on her phone strap.
Intertextuality and References
- Neon's Nen ability, Lovely Ghostwriter, may have had its name and concept partially based on the term ghostwriter—someone hired to write various types of works that are officially credited to another person as the author. Not only part of the ability's action as well as its visual appearance are probably literal representations of the word "ghostwriter".
- The subname or second nomination of her ability, "Angelic Auto Writing", also suggests a reference to or inspiration from automatic writing (a.k.a. psychography)—which is a claimed psychic ability allowing a person to produce written words without consciously writing; the words purportedly arise from a subconscious, spiritual, or supernatural source (hence the form of angel/ghost of her summon).
- She has the same voice actress as Kalluto in the 1999 anime adaptation.
Translations around the World
|Members||Light Nostrade (Leader) • Neon Nostrade|
|Active||Basho • Linssen • Melody|
|Former||Baise • Dalzollene • Ivlenkov • Shachmono Tocino • Squala|
|Members||Eliza • Nostrade Butler|