Ponzu (ポンズ, Ponzu) was one of the 24 examinees that managed to enter the Fourth Phase of the 287th Hunter Exam. She was examinee #246 in the 287th Hunter Exam and #233 in the 288th Hunter Exam.
Ponzu wore a big yellow hat with white flaps that housed bees that would come out at her will or when she fell or screamed. She wore a salmon blouse, pale yellow pants, and orange flats. In the 1999 version, she wore a pink hat, a pink jacket with blue sleeves, yellow baggy pants, and blue shoes.
Ponzu was a serious, generally collected individual. Despite indirectly causing Bourbon's death, she showed no sign of feeling guilt, since the attack had been accidental. She was quite perceptive, as she discovered the transmitter installed in her tag. She also was very objective, characterized by her prioritization of getting word of the Chimera Ant infestation to a strong Hunter.
Hunter Exam arc
Ponzu enters the 287th Hunter Exam and completes the first three phases of the Hunter Exam with relative ease. During the Fourth Phase where the remaining contestants have to take the badges from their specific opponent, Ponzu learns that Bourbon is her target. She follows him up until a hidden cave and tries to set him a trap while he was inside. She let sleeping gas into the cave and as she enters and tries to take the badge, she realizes that Bourbon released his snakes and the gas didn't reach them; trapping herself in the cave along with Bourbon.
Ponzu's bees accidentally end up killing Bourbon after falling into his trap, but she is later rescued as Leorio, who was targeting her, Kurapika and Gon entered the cave and planned their escape. As they release the sleeping gas again, Gon takes them all out of the cave but her badge is taken by him and given to Leorio while she is unconscious, causing her to fail the exam.
Greed Island arc
Chimera Ant arc
Ponzu infiltrates NGL with Pokkle and two friends of theirs (Balda and Pekuba). They come upon a group of Chimera Ants capturing and killing humans, and she suffers a minor injury to her shoulder, but the four manage to escape. Ponzu sends her bees to contact the five other Hunter groups they had established a network with, to no avail. They conclude that they cannot contain the Chimera Ants by themselves and resolve to contact the outside world. However, before they get the chance, Zazan's Squad detects them. Pokkle orders Ponzu to escape, and she is the only one who manages to do so. Knowing that Pokkle will not be eaten immediately, she rushes to write SOS messages in blood and uses her bees to bring them to the strongest Hunter nearby—who happens to be Kite. She then decides to run back to the border, but she is shot moments later by an officer from Zazan's Squad who then devours her.
Soporific Gas: In the Fourth Phase of the Hunter Exam, Ponzu used a vaporizer spraying potent sleeping gas to knock out her target.
Beehive Hat: Ponzu's hat is inhabited by a large number of bees (similar to wasps in the 2011 anime). According to her, it is a secret technique used in her family. If she starts shouting or falls due to a shock, the bees will come out and attack everyone around her without discrimination. Upon stinging, they inject a paralyzing poison that caused Bourbon a lethal anaphylactic shock, since he had already been stung by the same race of bees in the past. By lightly tapping her hat, she can make the bees come out without them attacking.
Abilities & Powers
Ponzu's primary weapons are traps using chemicals, but she has shown to use also other means of combat. She carries a beehive underneath her hat from which the bees emerge to attack her enemies when she is threatened. She seems to be fairly analytical, realizing the nature of Bourbon's ability and that the badges used in the Fourth Phase of the Hunter Exam have transmitters implanted in them. According to Tonpa, she is able to discern when she is being followed.
Ponzu learned Nen sometime before sneaking into NGL, as she was able to see Pokkle's Nen ability. She has some skills with Manipulation since she ordered her bees to deliver a message to the first Hunter with a powerful aura they found.
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