"Please. Let me... be the last..."
- 1 Appearance
- 2 Personality
- 3 Background
- 4 Plot
- 5 Equipment
- 6 Abilities & Powers
- 7 Battles
- 8 Appearances in Other Media
- 9 Quotes
- 10 Trivia
- 11 Translations around the World
- 12 References
- 13 Notes
- 14 Navigation
Pakunoda was a tall, slender woman with long pointed features. She had short, straight, blonde hair reaching down to her neck. Her most prominent feature was her aquiline nose. Most of the time she had an apathetic look on her face. Her attire consisted of a dark purple suit, which exposed much of her cleavage, and a pair of flat, pink shoes.
Pakunoda exuded an air of self-confidence that could be intimidating to others. She was completely loyal to Chrollo and even went against the Troupe and Chrollo's own saying that the survival of the group comes before the survival of the individual (including the leader) in order to rescue him. Pakunoda was very loyal to the Spider as well, sacrificing herself so that her comrades could know about Kurapika's abilities. Like the other members of the Troupe, she did not care at all about those who do not belong to the group. Two notable exceptions were Gon and Killua. She was impressed by their refusal to escape so that the deal between the Troupe and Kurapika could be made with no further bloodshed.
Pakunoda was one of the original members of the Phantom Troupe along with Franklin, Machi, Feitan, Nobunaga Hazama, Uvogin, and Chrollo. They all originated from Meteor City, a junkyard city inhabited by outcasts that refuse to be part of society. People who live there do not exist in any official records, and the existence of the city itself is known to very few people.
Yorknew City arc
On August 31st, the Phantom Troupe members meet at an undisclosed location in Yorknew City. Their leader Chrollo announces that they will steal all the items at the Underground Auction. Pakunoda is among the members who stay behind at the hideout while the others head to the auction. Hours after the other group leaves, Uvogin contacts Chrollo and tells him about the current situation that most likely involves the Shadow Beasts. After Uvogin's capture and subsequent hunt for the chain user, Pakunoda and the other Troupe members listen to Chrollo as he surmises that the chain user is either a Manipulator or Conjurer and that Uvogin would lose in a one-on-one fight against them. He then tells them that if Uvogin fails to return by dawn, they will change their plans.
As Gon and Killua tail Nobunaga and Machi in an attempt to locate their hideout, the two boys are confronted by Pakunoda and Phinks respectively. Pakunoda is quickly joined by Machi, and the two ask Gon if he knows about a Nen user with chains, but Gon says that he doesn't know what they're talking about. Machi asks Pakunoda if he's lying, but she thinks that he isn't, adding that she will check anyway. Phinks then contacts Pakunoda and informs her that Killua has surrendered, much to Gon's surprise. The boys are then driven to the Troupe's hideout, and Pakunoda welcomes them inside.
After the tense exchange between Gon and Nobunaga, Killua suddenly picks up on Pakunoda's use of the word memory and realizes that she has the ability to read them, having asked them about a Nen user with chains on the car ride over. He then worries about Pakunoda checking him again after he's realized that Kurapika is the chain user. Nobunaga takes the boys to a separate location in the hideout, and Shalnark hands out copies of detailed information on the Nostrade Family that he accessed from the Hunter Website. When Shalnark points out five people in particular and mentions that they are in charge of guarding the boss' daughter, both Pakunoda and Franklin appear surprised.
On the night of September 3rd, the Phantom Troupe (with the exception of Hisoka and Nobunaga) partake in a bloody massacre ordered by Chrollo, slaughtering police and 2,000 heavily armed Mafia members all around the Cemetery Building.
During the rescheduled Underground Auction, Pakunoda wheels out copies of the items created by Kortopi. She is also present alongside Phinks to present the Scarlet Eyes to Kurapika after he wins the item. Afterwards, the Troupe celebrates the success of the heist back at their hideout.
On September 4th, Kurapika, Gon, Killua, and Leorio reunite with one another. Kurapika reveals the details for his ability, but Kurapika wonders why he would tell them that, pointing out that one of the Troupe members has the ability to read memories.
Meanwhile, Chrollo announces that the Troupe will be leaving the city. Nobunaga refuses to follow the order and prefers to avenge Uvogin by killing the chain user. Chrollo asks Nobunaga a series of questions and has him write them down on a piece of paper. The Troupe members then witness Chrollo showcase his newest stolen ability that allows him to write fortunes. After reading his fortune, Nobunaga claims that half of the Troupe will perish by next week. Shizuku confirms it by having her fortune read, revealing that she will be one of those who will die next week, along with Pakunoda and Shalnark.
Chrollo recounts what his fortune said, while Phinks claims that none of them have Scarlet Eyes, guessing that it must be referring to the chain user. Both Pakunoda and Feitan remember that the Scarlet Eyes once belonged to the Kurta Clan. Elsewhere, Killua tries to convince Kurapika that they should go after the rest of the Troupe given how easily Pakunoda could discover Kurapika's secrets. Kurapika remains content with moving on and finding the rest of the Scarlet Eyes, but Hisoka suddenly texts him that the Troupe's corpses were fake.
The other Troupe members have their fortunes told with the exception of Phinks and Feitan (and Kortopi) due to lack of information. Pakunoda approaches Hisoka as he reads his fortune and tells him to let her read it. Initially hesitant, once Hisoka allows her to read it, Pakunoda is left aghast at its content and has Franklin read it to confirm that Hisoka is a traitor. Learning this, Nobunaga tries to retaliate against Hisoka, but is stopped by Chrollo. The leader then interrogates Hisoka and concludes that he is innocent. In an explanation of Hisoka's fortune, it's revealed that Hisoka used Texture Surprise to alter it. It's also stated that while he knows that Pakunoda is a Specialist, he's ignorant of the fact that she has the ability to implant memories through conjured bullets (with Chrollo being the only other person who knows about it). Chrollo eventually decides that they will stay in the city. Meanwhile, with new insight about the fake corpses, Kurapika plans to capture Pakunoda and take her away by car, adding that he has to get rid of her as quickly as possible.
Even though Gon, Killua, and Leorio all ask Kurapika to use his Judgment Chain on them, Kurapika refuses to do so. Gon worries about Pakunoda catching him again, but Kurapika points out that he would be killing himself prematurely if a rule were created about not letting Pakunoda touch him at all. He explains that she may not read her target's memories right when she touches them and that they could deal with her before she is able to tell the others.
After the other Troupe members read through their fortunes, Chrollo divides them into teams and tells them to avoid being alone for the next week. Pakunoda is grouped with Machi and Shizuku. Shalnark then gives updated copies of the information on the Nostrade Family. Shizuku asks Pakunoda why the Nostrade's daughter is in Yorknew, and she guesses that she came for the auction. Chrollo suddenly realizes that the chain user, the Nostrade's daughter, and the Scarlet Eyes are all connected. Chrollo then has Kortopi track the location of the fake Scarlet Eyes, and they eventually discover that the eyes are at the Hotel Beitacle. Chrollo tells Pakunoda's group that they are coming with him and Nobunaga, also telling Kortopi to switch teams so that he can give them updates on the eyes' location.
As the Troupe make their way to the hotel, they are tailed by Killua and Melody. Outside Lipa Station, Kortopi claims that the Scarlet Eyes are on the move. As the group quickens their pace, Chrollo senses that they're being tailed and tells Pakunoda, Nobunaga, and Kortopi to continue the pursuit while he, Machi, and Shizuku stay behind to confront the people tailing them. Pakunoda's group find the fake Scarlet Eyes with Squala, who is interrogated by Pakunoda and then killed by Nobunaga after he's provoked by Pakunoda's mention of Eliza. Pakunoda then implants all of Squala's interrogated memories into Nobunaga and Kortopi with her Memory Bomb ability. She contacts Chrollo and tells him that they now know what the chain user looks like. Chrollo tells her that they will be waiting for them in the hotel lobby.
Just before 7:00 p.m., Pakunoda, Nobunaga, and Kortopi arrive at the Hotel Beitacle to regroup with Chrollo, Machi, and Shizuku, who have captured Gon and Killua. Sensing that the boys are hiding something, Chrollo asks Pakunoda to read their memories and find out what they're hiding. The boys stall for time until a blackout occurs and retaliate against Pakunoda, with Killua breaking her left arm and Gon kicking her in the face. The boys are restrained by Machi and Nobunaga, but Shizuku suddenly realizes that Chrollo is missing.
Chrollo's disappearance leaves the Troupe members stunned, and Machi asks Pakunoda if she's alright. Besides her two injuries, she assures Machi that she is, but before she can reveal the boys' memories, Nobunaga stops her and gives her a message that was left behind. After seeing that the message warns her not to speak of the boys' memories or Chrollo will die, Pakunoda uses her ability on the piece of paper and sees Kurapika holding a chained Chrollo as his hostage, realizing that he was pretending to be the receptionist (the only person they weren't watching). She then begins to analyze the entire situation in extreme detail, but Nobunaga snaps her out of it and tells her not to say a word.
In a flashback, Pakunoda remembers the formation of the Troupe in Meteor City where Chrollo stressed the importance of the Spider as a whole, telling them to never forget that someone else will take over if he dies. Back in the present, she continues to analyze the situation and asks herself whether she should speak or keep silent, also considering the details of her fortune. Machi snaps her out of it, telling not to think about it and to keep quiet. As the lights come back on and Nobunaga calls Phinks to tell him about the situation, Pakunoda tells herself that she will rescue Chrollo even if she has to betray what she believes in.
Soon afterwards, Phinks, Feitan, and Shalnark arrive at the hotel. Phinks and Feitan are left confused by the situation, and Shalnark stresses that they need a plan. Kurapika uses Chrollo's cell phone to contact the Troupe, and after Phinks tries to lie to gain the upper hand, Pakunoda takes the phone. Kurapika gives her all the details and specifies that she must come alone. After he calls back and tells her to come to Lingon Airport, Pakunoda immediately leaves the hotel. As the Troupe members argue among themselves, Kurapika calls Phinks and tells the other members to return to their hideout in half an hour and to not follow Pakunoda.
Meanwhile, a chained Chrollo is seen sitting next to Kurapika in a car heading to the airport. He realizes that Kurapika will prioritize his friends over his mission and hopes that Pakunoda will realize this as well and bring the rest of the Troupe with her.
When Pakunoda arrives at the airport, Kurapika has her board one of the nearby airships. Once the airship takes flight, Kurapika and Melody appear with Chrollo. After Melody confirms that Pakunoda isn't lying about her identity, Kurapika lists two conditions for each of them and agrees to release Chrollo if she adheres to them. Pakunoda agrees to the conditions for Chrollo, and Kurapika then uses his Judgment Chain on Chrollo's heart. He then orders Pakunoda to release Gon and Killua without any tricks by midnight and to not reveal anything about him. Pakunoda agrees to the conditions, and Kurapika uses his Judgment Chain on Pakunoda's heart as well. Internally, Melody hopes that Kurapika will see that Pakunoda also just wants to get her friend back. After Kurapika gives her more details, Pakunoda quickly asks to be taken back to the airport. Kurapika wonders why she has no questions or objections, and Pakunoda says that she trusts his intentions and doesn't want to waste any time. Once she returns to the hideout, Phinks orders her to say where the chain user is so that they can kill the two boys and then the chain user, but Machi intervenes to defend Pakunoda.
Phinks refuses to let her leave if she doesn't tell him, and Pakunoda refuses to back down, saying that she is taking the two boys with her to the hostage exchange. Feitan sides with Phinks, and Kortopi joins Machi to support Pakunoda. As they all activate their Ren, Gon intervenes and defends Pakunoda's actions, aggravating Phinks when he tells him that she just wants to save their leader. Franklin eventually voices his considered opinion and convinces Phinks to allow Pakunoda and the boys to leave. Arriving at the airport, Pakunoda is mortified by the fact that Hisoka has appeared, which could compromise the exchange. Hisoka manages to convince Kurapika to allow him to ride on the airship with Pakunoda and the boys. The two groups travel to a large rock formation on different airships, and the exchange is successful.
During Hisoka's confrontation with Chrollo, Pakunoda patiently awaits in the airship for the outcome, surprised to learn that Hisoka didn't fight Chrollo. She wonders how he was able to leave the hideout unnoticed, and Hisoka confesses that he has a friend who is good at disguises. He assures Pakunoda that Chrollo is no longer in danger from him since he isn't interested in broken toys, leaving her stunned. At the airport, Pakunoda contacts Phinks with the news of Chrollo's release and promises to explain things when she returns. Before he takes his leave, Hisoka tells Pakunoda what his actual fortune said and that their actions have changed fate. Walking back to the hideout, Pakunoda encounters a small kitten in an alley that meows at her, and with a warm smile she meows back.
At the hideout, Phinks demands answers from Pakunoda and wonders to himself why she's holding her gun. Pakunoda tells them that Chrollo can't come there, and Phinks angrily asks if she's joking, ordering her to explain and threatening her with violence if they don't like her answer. Pakunoda readies her ability and tells herself that she can fire six shots simultaneously for the founding members. She then asks Feitan, Phinks, Machi, Nobunaga, Shalnark, and Franklin if they will trust her and accept it. As Pakunoda prepares to shoot out her memories, Phinks thinks that the chain user is manipulating her, but Nobunaga assures him that it's really Pakunoda. Once Pakunoda fires the six shots along with her memories into the heads of the founding members, Kurapika's Judgment Chain activates around her heart. She prays that she will be the last as she falls dead to the ground. With the founding members left stunned, all of Pakunoda's memories suddenly flood into their minds. Shizuku checks on Pakunoda and confirms that she's dead, asking the others how it happened. Phinks says that he will explain everything and begins to tell the others why Pakunoda made her decision.
Greed Island arc
After Phinks and Feitan confront Gon and Killua at the Southernpiece Auction House, Gon asks about Pakunoda. As Phinks tells him that she died and sees the pained look on his face, he plays through one of Pakunoda's memories when she asked the two boys why they weren't trying to escape from her since she was injured. She told them that if they escaped, the chain user could just kill Chrollo. She asked the two if they were his friends, and Gon sternly replied that it's because they're his friends that they don't want him to be a murderer. After Killua replied that the hostage exchange is the best way to do things, Pakunoda stood in silence as the two boys looked back at her. Back in the present, Phinks tells the boys that Pakunoda was thankful to them, quickly turning around as he and Feitan leave.
Six Gun: Pakunoda channeled her Memory Bomb ability through a six-shot revolver. It was shown to have a very high rate of fire, able to empty its entire cylinder instantaneously.
Abilities & Powers
Due to Pakunoda being born in Meteor City, her existence is not recorded in any database, which makes obtaining information on her nearly impossible. Pakunoda was mainly employed by the Troupe to gather data through her power, but she was a decently skilled fighter as well.
Enhanced Strength: Pakunoda ranked eleventh in arm-wrestling among the group. She was stronger than an average Nen user and could break bones rather easily, as she did with Squala's right arm when he refused to answer her questions. She could easily lift two kids off the ground and hold them up with no effort.
Advanced Speed: Pakunoda was fast enough to keep up with the other Spiders while pursuing Kurapika.
Enhanced Agility: Pakunoda could run on the side of buildings and jump horizontally from one to another.
Keen Intellect: Although inferior to Shalnark and Chrollo in terms of intellect, she was quite smart. However, her intellect was eclipsed by her loyalty to Chrollo, whose capture led her to be upset and thus confused about what decision to make.
Proficient Marksman: Pakunoda fought using a single revolver. In the 2011 anime adaptation, she was briefly shown wielding two guns. It should be noted that she was able to hit six Troupe members squarely in the forehead with her Memory Bombs in the brief instant between the first pull of the trigger and the crushing of her heart. The full extent of her skills, however, was never revealed.
Expert in Tailing: Pakunoda was very proficient in tailing a target without being discovered. Gon and Killua were unable to notice her at all, and although they sensed someone's presence, Machi and Nobunaga were unable to recognize that it was her.
Pakunoda was a Specialist. Her Nen ability allowed her to read other people's memories. She often used it to discover an opponent's ability or in situations requiring some form of extortion or blackmail. Shalnark stated that Pakunoda's abilities were rare. Aside from Hatsu, she could use at least Ren and Zetsu, with which she pursued Gon and Killua unnoticed and of which she was hailed as a skilled user.
|Pakunoda's Nen Type: Specialization|
|Type: Specialization||Psychometry*[note 1]|
|Pakunoda could "read" the memories of any person she was in physical contact by asking specific questions. Trying to fool Pakunoda by creating irrelevant conscious thoughts or false information was impossible since Pakunoda could extract her target's purest memories. The information she collected was highly useful in exposing weaknesses and secrets, especially in finding out an opponent's ability or in situations requiring some form of extortion or blackmail. The ability could also be used to see the past of an object while touching it, although the length of time that she could see was never precisely specified; she was able to see at least the very recent past.|
|Type: Specialization||Memory Bomb (記憶弾 Recollection Bullet)|
|Pakunoda could implant memories (including her own) by shooting them into another person's head using a revolver and conjured bullets called Memory Bombs. This was not a combat ability and inflicted no damage. However, if she shot someone with their own memories (which she had previously read), the person would lose those memories.|
Appearances in Other Media
Note: Events occurring in the Hunter × Hunter: Phantom Rouge movie do not constitute canon material.
Pakunoda briefly appeared as a Soul Doll made by Omokage accompanied by four of the Shadow Beasts Uvogin killed in the Gordeau Desert. They all planned to ambush and kill Gon, Killua, and Retz and to steal their eyes, but failed due to getting trapped in Machi's Nen threads and being sliced to pieces by Nobunaga's sword.
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