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Machi
2011
Statistics
Japanese: マチ
Romanized: Machi
Debut: Chapter 55;
Episode 40 (1999)
Japanese VA: Noriko Namiki
Other VA:
Gender: female
Birthday:
Age: Unknown[1]
Eye Color: Amber (1999)
Hair Color: Pink (manga)[2]; Indigo (1999)
Blood Type: A[1]
Height: 159 cm[1]
Weight: 48 kg[1]
Relative(s):
Occupation(s): Phantom Troupe member
Status:
Abilities
Non-Nen:
Type: Transmutation
Nen: Aura threads

Machi is one of the 3 female members of the Phantom Troupe, a gang of thieves with class A bounties [3].

AppearanceEdit

Machi is one of the few Phantom Troupe members who prefer to wear Japanese-style clothing. She looks like a modern day female ninja. Her usual outfit consists of spandex shorts, a short-sleeved uwagi, an obi worn around her waist and an obijime tied over it, a pair of fingerless gloves, tabi boots or socks with zōri, and leg warmers that cover from the ankles up to her knees. She has pink mid-back hair that is usually tied into an updo. In the 1999 anime adaptation her hair is indigo.

PersonalityEdit

Machi is one of the coldest members in the Phantom Troupe, but not quite as emo as Feitan. She is quick-witted and always appears to be calm. Hisoka seems to have high regard for both Machi and her abilities but she only considers him a nuisance at best. She has sharp intuition, which has always turned out to be true and therefore is trusted by some of her comrades such as Nobunaga and Chrollo. Machi is incredibly loyal to Chrollo and has stated that she would hunt Hisoka down if he were to kill Chrollo.

BackgroundEdit

Not much is known about Machi, except that she, along with Chrollo Lucilfer,
Original members of the Phantom Troupe

Machi when the Troupe was formed

Feitan, Franklin, Nobunaga, Pakunoda, Phinks, Shalnark and Uvogin, is one of the 9 founding members of the Phantom Troupe, who were all abandoned by their parents and grew up in Meteor City[4]. Because of her aura threads, she is responsible for tracking the enemies and treating the other members when they are wounded[5].

PlotEdit

Heavens Arena arcEdit

Machi makes her first appearance right after the fight between Hisoka and
Machi reattaching Hisoka's left arm

Machi reattaching Hisoka's arm

Kastro in the Heavens Arena in April 2000, waiting for the former in a locker-room tunnel[6]. She reattaches both of his severed arms using her Nen threads, charges him 70 million Jenny in total for that, then leaves after giving him the message that all members of the Phantom Troupe will have to be in Yorknew City by August 30th[7].

Yorknew City arc, Part 1Edit

On August 31st, Machi is seen again together with
The Phantom Troupe gathering on September 1st

The Troupe gathering on September 1st

Franklin, Nobunaga, and Feitan on the outskirts of Yorknew. Later, at the meeting of the Troupe in a run-down, abandoned area of the city in the morning of September 1st[8], Chrollo tells her and the other members that they are going to steal all the auction items of the Mafia's underground auction that is going to take place in the evening. At around 9 p.m., Machi and 6 other members disguise themselves as the Mafia, infiltrate into the auction room and kill all the mafiosi and guests but the auction items were already removed from the vault several hours before by Owl of the Shadow Beasts. They then fly to the Gordeau Desert on a balloon with the Mafia being hot on their heels. Chrollo tells them by phone to cause a disturbance to lure out the Shadow Beasts. Thus, Machi and her comrades decide to land in the desert to confront the Mafia.


After landing, she and the others stand to one side
Machi throwing a threaded needle at Uvogin

Machi throwing a threaded needle at Uvo

and watch Uvogin single-handedly massacring a large number of mafiosi and 4 Shadow Beasts. When Uvogin is captured by Kurapika she immediately sticks a needle with a Nen thread put through it in his clothes to keep track of him[9] then chases after Kurapika in a car with 4 other members. Just before they can catch up with him, the remaining Shadow Beasts arrive and stop them. Machi and her teammates kill all of these Shadow Beasts with ease except for Owl, who they capture and torture to get the auction items. Near midnight, by intercepting the Mafia's phone calls, they find out Uvogin is being held captive in a building of the Nostrade family. Machi and 4 members of the Troupe then come to the building in the Mafia's disguise and free him after killing Dalzollene[10].
In the early hours of September 2nd, Machi tells
Kurapika burying Uvogin in the Gordeau Desert

Kurapika burying Uvo's corpse

Uvogin about the items and the demise of the Shadow Beasts, but he insists on finding the chain user--Kurapika--to get revenge instead of returning to their hideout. She and other members have no choice but to let he do what he wants. Thanks to the help of Shalnark, in the evening of September 2nd, Uvogin eventually finds Kurapika in a hotel room in Yorknew, but he is killed by him not long afterward in a duel in the Gordeau Desert.
On September 3rd, because Uvogin has not returned,
Machi capturing Gon

Machi capturing Gon

Machi and Nobunaga pose as a couple in a plaza hoping to lure Kurapika out, but they are tailed by Gon and Killua instead. With the help of Phinks and Pakunoda, who have been secretly following them, they easily capture the kids and bring them back to their hideout[11]. In the evening, she, Chrollo and 9 other members attack the Cemetery Building again to avenge Uvo, slaughtering around 2,000 mafiosi[12] and some professional assassins. Because Illumi Zoldyck, hired by Chrollo, assassinates the Ten Dons, they manage to avoid casualties. Following the Dons' deaths, Kortopi creates fake corpses of 6 of them, including Machi[13], to make the Mafia loosen their guard. They proceed to counterfeit the items and sell all the copies in the rescheduled auction right afterward. When it is over, they return to their hideout and celebrate victory[14].

Yorknew City arc, Part 2Edit

In the afternoon of September 4th, in the Troupe's hideout, Nobunaga insists
Chrollo questioning Hisoka about the chain user

Chrollo questioning Hisoka about the chain user

that they keep pursuing Kurapika instead of leaving Yorknew. Knowing it is impossible to dissuade him, Chrollo uses Neon's ability to tell the fortunes of Nobunaga and some other members. According to his predictions, 5 more of them will die if they meet the chain user in the following week. Nobunaga thus agrees with Chrollo that they should return to Meteor City to avoid that scenario[15]. However Hisoka alters his own predictions with the Texture Surprise and manipulates the whole group into staying in Yorknew City so that he can have a chance to fight Chrollo[16].
Later, Chrollo deduces that Kurapika is one of Neon's bodyguards, and thanks
Chrollo, Machi and Shizuku ready to confront their enemies

Chrollo, Machi and Shizuku ready to confront the enemies

to a pair of fake Scarlet Eyes that they sold him the night before, they know that he and the other bodyguards are staying in Hotel Beitacle, 2.5 km from the hideout[17]. Chrollo orders Kortopi, Machi, Nobunaga, Pakunoda and Shizuku to go with him to the hotel. On the way, he notices that they are being followed by 2 people so he tells Kortopi, Nobunaga and Pakunoda to go ahead while he, Machi and Shizuku stay behind. They then capture Gon and Killua again[18]. At the same time, Pakunoda and the other two capture Squala. After she finds out Kurapika's identity by reading his mind, Nobunaga cuts his head off[19].
Chrollo, Machi and Shizuku take the 2 kids to the hotel and meet up with
Machi and her comrades realizing Chrollo has disappeared

Machi and her comrades realizing Chrollo has disappeared

Pakunoda's group in the hall. He tells Paku to check their memories again, which she does with ease. However, before she can reveal what she has learned about Kurapika, a power outage planned beforehand by Kurapika and Leorio suddenly happens, allowing Gon and Killua to break free from her grasp and attack her and Machi. Machi quickly recaptures Killua despite the total darkness and some broken ribs while Nobunaga catches Gon[20]. However, when the light has come back on, they realize that Chrollo has been captured by Kurapika.
Phinks, Feitan and Shalnark soon arrive in the hotel.
Nobunaga trying to stop Phinks

Nobunaga trying to stop Phinks

They then receive a call from Kurapika, who tells them not to follow him, not to hurt the hostages and to hand Paku the phone. He next tells Paku to arrive at Lingon Airport alone before 8 p.m. to negotiate the terms of a hostage exchange and the other members to return to their hideout. Phinks, Feitan and Shalnark try to follow Paku, but Nobunaga blocks them for fear that Chrollo will be killed, leading to a heated quarrel between Nobunaga and Phinks, which only stops after Shizuku knocks Nobunaga unconscious[21]. Because Machi and Shizuku agree with Nobunaga, and Kurapika has warned them that Melody is capable of detecting lies, they grudgingly return to their hideout as told by him.
Paku then comes back and tells them about the conditions,
Kortopi, Machi and Pakunoda facing Feitan and Phinks

Machi, Kortopi and Pakunoda facing Feitan and Phinks

which involve her going to the exchange location alone by midnight with the kids[22]. Hearing that, Phinks gets so angry he wants to get rid of the kids then go after Kurapika but Machi disagrees with him. She, Paku and Kortopi almost get into a fight with Phinks and Feitan[23], who thinks that they are being manipulated, before the quarrel is interrupted by Gon. Phinks finally lets Paku go after Franklin tells them that if they do not calm down the worst betrayal of Chrollo--the death of the Spider--will happen, and that if Chrollo never returns they will only need to kill the manipulated members and revive the Phantom Troupe[24]. Machi agrees with him, but adds that she is not being controlled and will not be killed easily.
After Pakunoda returns to the hideout without Chrollo
Machi and 5 other original members receiving Pakunoda's memories

Machi and 5 other original members receiving Paku's memories

and the kids, Machi is one of the 6 founding members she transfers her memories to before being killed by Kurapika's Judgement Chain[25]. Knowing that they cannot pursue and kill Kurapika as long as the Judgement Chain is still tied around Chrollo's heart, they stay in Yorknew to wait for Chrollo, who has left the city for the East in search of an Exorcist[26].

Greed Island arcEdit

On September 6th, Phinks and Feitan steal a copy
Machi sees Phinks disappearing into the game

Phinks disappearing into the game in front of Machi and 3 others

of the game Greed Island from Southernpiece auction house and bring it back to the hideout. Machi and other members are invited to play with them but they decline[27]. Later, after Shalnark has discovered that Greed Island is an island in the real world and that there is an Exorcist on the island[28][29], she enters the game with the other members to search for this person. They meet Hisoka and are forced to cooperate with him because Chrollo himself has asked Hisoka to find an Exorcist for him[30].
When the Troupe has located the Exorcist, Abengane,
Hisoka, Machi and Nobunaga watching Abengane

Hisoka, Machi and Nobunaga watching Abengane

Machi is asked by Hisoka what she will do if he defeats and kills Chrollo after Kurapika's aura chain has been removed from his body. She responds that Chrollo will never lose to him, but if that were to happen, she would hunt him down and kill him, demonstrating her fierce loyalty to Chrollo[31]. Hisoka says he would like that, in a playful and somewhat flirtatious manner.

AbilitiesEdit

NenEdit

Machi is a Transmuter. She is capable of creating threads which can be lengthened almost without limit and can only be seen by using Gyo out of her aura. These threads can be used to sew open wounds and even to completely reattach severed limbs in a short time. She can also set up traps with them to capture or strangle the enemies. While Machi is not a Manipulator, the threads allow her to control her targets' basic movements with considerable accuracy like a puppeteer.

The tensile strength of a thread is inversely proportional to its length. While an aura thread the length of the Earth's circumference, 40,800 km, is only as strong as a cotton thread, an aura thread that is no more than 1 m in length can support a ton. However, if a thread gets separated from Machi, its strength decreases significantly because it is very difficult for Conjurers and Transmuters to project their auras[32].

OthersEdit

  • Good muscle control: Machi seems to have
    Machi captures Killua by tightening her chest muscles

    Machi capturing Killua by tightening chest muscles

    excellent control over her muscles as she could tighten them to the point that Killua could not retract his hand after he stabbed her in the chest.
  • Sharp intuition: Machi has incredibly accurate hunches, which have never been wrong and thus are trusted by her companions.

TriviaEdit

  • In the 1999 anime adaptation, Machi also comes and watches the fight between Hisoka and Gon[33].
  • She ranks 6th in the Phantom Troupe in arm wrestling[34].
  • In the second character popularity poll for Hunter × Hunter, Machi took 7th place with 544 votes
  • In the third character popularity poll for Hunter × Hunter, Machi took 12th place with 282 votes
  • Machi is the only woman Hisoka has seemingly shown romantic interest in, asking her to stay with him for the night at one point.

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 2004 Databook, p.124
  2. Vol 12, cover
  3. Vol 1, p.52
  4. 2004 Databook, p.133
  5. 2004 Databook, p.109
  6. Vol 7, p.7
  7. Vol 7, p.22
  8. 2004 Databook, p.181
  9. Vol 9, p.66
  10. Vol 9, p.97-98
  11. Vol 10, p.146-149
  12. Vol 11, p.88
  13. Vol 11, p.145
  14. Vol 11, p.161
  15. Vol 12, p.14-15
  16. Vol 12, p.42-45
  17. Vol 12, p.86
  18. Vol 12, p.114-115
  19. Vol 12, p.125
  20. Vol 12, p.149-150
  21. Vol 12, p.181
  22. Vol 13, p.33
  23. Vol 13, p.38
  24. Vol 13, p.42-43
  25. Vol 13, p.61-62
  26. Vol 13, p.80-81
  27. Vol 13, p.119
  28. Vol 14, p.112-113
  29. Vol 15, p.158-159
  30. Vol 15, p.160-161
  31. Vol 17, p.115
  32. Vol 9, p.82
  33. Ep 42 (1999)
  34. Vol 10, p.26

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