Review Episode 4:
How they managed to make an episode with a whole bunch of characters just running through a tunnel not boring is still kind of a mystery, but they did succeed. Certainly we had character dialogue and we got to watch the obnoxious guy with the laptop drop out, but still they literally spent the whole episode running. I think the best part of this episode was seeing Gon and Killua interacting. The two of them together is kind of adorable and I’d like to see more of that. Leorio finally having to take off his suit jacket though was also kind of entertaining. Still wondering if he was lying when he said he was a teenager or if that’s actually true and anime ages have just remained as inscrutable as ever. Anyway, I now have a swamp to look forward to in the next episode.
Review Episode 5:
Okay, I knew going in Hisoka was bad news (it isn’t like you can go to anime sites on the internet and not know that), however he is creeping me out. The clown motif is bad enough but he’s kind of psychotic. Other than that this episode kind of built on the last one. The characters continue to reveal more about themselves as the challenge continues. The array of wildlife was certainly more interesting than the tunnel, though I find this show’s habit of freezing the screen to label things a bit off putting as it kind of breaks the narrative flow.
Hunter X Hunter is available on Crunchyroll.
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