Hunter x Hunter Episodes 49 + 50

Review Episode 49:

I have to admit, Killua had a point with this imagery. Two Hisoka’s is terrifying just to imagine.

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What makes less sense is that Killua himself then spends the rest of the episode underestimating the opponent and the end result is pretty much as expected. The only thing that doesn’t make sense is why Killua and Gon aren’t already dead. Though I also have to wonder what the troupe members are doing just kind of loitering in their hide out. It seems like that would get dull. Or do they just arrange themselves on the rubble to make an impact when someone walks in? Anyway, as that episode just kind of left us hanging, onto the next.

Review Episode 50:

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As usual, angry Gon is not someone I’d like to face. While it never lasts long, when he’s burning bright he’s pretty intense. Still, not enough to escape from the whole troupe so probably just as well it ended up just being one member they had to escape from. I did like that this episode saw Killua lose his cool for once.

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He’s usually so composed that you forget how young he is. His flipping out at being overwhelmed and outmatched was pretty fun to watch but I’m glad Gon managed to snap him out of it. Looking forward to them meeting up with Kurapika.


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Hunter x Hunter Episodes 47 + 48

Review Episode 47:

Kurapika has always had a darker side but this episode he left the rest of his personality at home. That was very, very cold and got dark pretty quickly compared to previous segments of this show.

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Though I would have to say that I really enjoyed seeing Kurapika finally get some of his revenge (admittedly, it is unlikely to be smooth sailing from this point). The only issue I have with Kurapika as a character at this point and time is his persistence in explaining things aloud. Okay, some of this episode wouldn’t have made sense without the explanations, but other things don’t really need to be said. Definitely straight onto the next episode.

Review Episode 48:

That was a jarring tonal shift between episodes. Right, so we’re back with Killua and Gon still trying to make some money. This episode they run into an appraiser who actually seems like kind of a fun character and at the least he has a little bit of business sense so maybe they’ll actually earn some money.

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I did like his description of Gon though. Simple. That about sums him up. He reacts to almost everything exactly the same way and while its adorable there is something a little bit creepy about it as well. I kind of feel like you could show him a splattered corpse and all he would say is ‘oh’ followed by some random question about the watch the guy is wearing. Anyway, off they go at the end of the episode to track down some spiders so maybe we’re in for yet another tonal shift next episode.


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Hunter x Hunter Episodes 45 + 56

Review Episode 45:

You know, when Kurapika left to meet Hisoka I kind of expected there to be more casualties amongst the bodyguards (okay, I expected them all to get wiped out by the end of the episode). Still, I guess there’s plenty of time for them to die yet or maybe they’ll just disappear from the story. Who knows? Anyways, Hisoka remains his usual creepy self and even though he’s offering to team up with Kurapika there’s no way he is actually trustworthy.

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I liked that Kurapika also finally remembered that people they were working with died in the auction, even when everyone else in the group just seemed to forget about it. It was nice for one of the casual deaths in the background to finally be noticed and remembered. Though I hate to say it, I’m not loving this arc. While it is great to see Kurapika get the spotlight, a lot of the fun has kind of been sucked straight out of the show at the moment.

Review Episode 46:

This episode finally shows us how we’re getting Gon and Killua’s story crossing into Kurapika’s story. Other than the fact they were all in the city, I kind of wondered how and when they’d finally cross into each other’s paths. While I still don’t know when, at least the how has been cleared up a bit.

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Though I’d like to complain that Kurapika is being unreasonably stupid given his usual character (and yes, I get that he is angry and after revenge), however he’s doing that idiotic thing people do in stories where they decide to face the bad guy alone. Why do they insist on that? Admittedly, given the bad guy came after him alone he has a small chance but for all Kurapika knew the whole troupe were going to land on his doorstep. Anyway, I guess we’ll see the outcome of this soon.


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Hunter X Hunter Episodes 43 + 44

Review Episode 43:

Well the auction wrapped up fast. Kind of amazed at how quick Baise died given they had bothered to introduce her but at this point I guess that’s pretty standard given how many of the extras died during the entrance exam. This show doesn’t seem overly concerned with its body count nor does anyone waste any time caring about the number of dead bodies as everyone goes straight into fight mode.

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We do get a quick discussion from the geniuses over at Phantom Troupe about whether there is a traitor amongst them and then that idea gets quickly hut down and the big guy pretty much tears through the mafia and kills them all. While there was a high body count and quite a bit of action this episode it wasn’t exactly compelling so kind of hoping for a bit more from the next episode.

Review Episode 44:

This got a bit more interesting. I’m thinking the real issue with episode 43 was that none of the characters we actually care about were doing much. To be honest, Kurapika still doesn’t do much this episode and yet still manages to be very scary for a short, blonde guy. Really, really shouldn’t let him see spiders.

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Anyway, it seems like things are about to get worse for the bodyguards and I’m not really sure what Kurapika’s plan is going forward, but I guess I will found out on the next episode.


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Hunter x Hunter Episodes 41 + 42

Review Episode 41:

Well, this was a lot of set up. Gon and Killua are trying to earn money but kind of don’t have the business sense to succeed at this point. Their efforts are cute but fairly futile.

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Meanwhile, it looks like the underground auction is going to get interesting, only not in the way anyone wants it to be interesting, except maybe Kurapika who seems pretty thrilled by the current turn of events. But again, not a lot actually happens in this episode as we just seem to be moving characters into position. Looking forward to what happens next.

Review Episode 42:

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Just in case we didn’t already have enough players running around the town, now Killua’s brother is heading there as well. Though, it is probably a good thing Killua and Gon have joined up with Leorio. He may not be much use but he has slightly better business sense than they do. Admittedly, I’m with Killua in worrying that the strategy is going to take too long unless they change things up. Again, this episode is more set up than action and still the characters are getting into position and waiting for things to get going. They are really dragging this set up out so hopefully it is worth it when we get there.


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Hunter x Hunter Episodes 39 + 40

Review Episode 39:

We’ve kind of ditched Gon and Killua and jumped over to Kurapika. In six months he’s learned Nen (kind of different from Gon and Killua’s crash course but probably more appropriate) and he’s a conjurer.

Hunter39Not certain, but I’m pretty sure he’s a lot more agitated than when he was hanging around with Gon. Anyway, he’s definitely pushing forward with his revenge plan at this point. This episode was kind of slow but also a necessary reintroduction given its been awhile since we’ve spent any time with Kurapika. Hopefully though things pick up again next episode.

Review Episode 40:

Kurapika has picked up an impressive new skill set since we last saw him. Though, he remains an overachiever, clearly picking up some skills outside of his area.

Hunter40.JPGThat said, his personality is definitely shutting down as he focusses in on his goal. Kind of wondering what the reunion will be like when they all get together. The one concern I have is that if there are this many people with near magical powers running around, how did someone like Killua or Kurapika not know about it prior to the exam? I kind of get why Gon didn’t know, but the others are just that little bit more aware of the world.


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Hunter x Hunter Episodes 37 + 38

Review Episode 37:

What’s in the box?

Sorry, I couldn’t resist.

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So after Killua and Gon have some fun on the island, and Mito terrifies Gon with her treatment of his licence, things get serious and we finally find out how Gon ended up on the island with Mito. We learn very little about Gon’s father other than his name and that he left a box for Gon. Let’s be honest though, it is a good think Killua is around or else Gon would still be staring at the thing. Going on to the next episode to hear the rest of the tape.

Review Episode 38:

Okay, Gon’s father is a jerk. Honest, at least, but a jerk.

Still, you have to appreciate how thoroughly he’s hidden his tracks. If he wasn’t hiding them from his son it would be kind of cute.

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So Gon and Killua have had nearly two episodes of having to use extended brain power and I think the strain may well be near to killing them. So cute watching them try to figure things out. Again, Gon on his own would have been completely stuck so it’s probably a good thing the two are continuing to act together, though I somehow doubt involving Killua’s brother is a good idea.


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Hunter x Hunter Episodes 35 + 36

Review Episode 35:

What was that? This episode just had so much packed into it that it was like you couldn’t stop to catch your breath. They learn the last stage of their whole training thing and its revealed that Wing was actually also giving Gon the last stage of his Hunter’s exam, so congratulations this time you pass for real (unless there’s some other secret hidden test that they just haven’t told us about yet). Still, all of that rapidly takes a back seat to the Gon vs Hisoka fight coming up.

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Seriously, creepy.

Anyway, the fight starts and while the end of it is going to be tragic (I’m already flinching at the thought of the next episode), we got one of those rare perfect moments in anime. Gon finally landed a clean punch on Hisoka’s face and it was as satisfying as you would expect it to be.

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Still, time to start running Gon. Very, very fast, I’d suggest.

Review Episode 36:

Okay, that wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be. Hisoka actually used some self-restraint for once. That was nice of him, for a sadist.

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However, Gon did still get beaten quite soundly and the only reason he was still standing at the end was because the ref was calling points quickly and Hisoka was still kind of playing.

The take-away from this is that two episodes ago I said I was more or less over the arena. We then have a really fantastic fight between two characters that’s been brewing for awhile, Gon finally getting to return Hisoka’s number plate, and even though he lost he’s now happy to go home and show off his Hunter’s Licence so great fight and story progression and we’re leaving the arena. Awesome progress for two episodes.


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Hunter x Hunter Episodes 34 + 35

Review Episode 34:

Why is it when Killua says not to worry, I start to worry? Still, the events this episode were not unexpected and I kind of wondered why coercion to fight hadn’t come up earlier. Essentially, Gon’s 2 months of non-training have come to an end and now he and Killua are apparently determined to set speed records for learning everything because amazingly enough being the protagonist means you just can. While I appreciate we aren’t stuck here for months in training it’s a little ridiculous. Though, Killua’s solution in the end was somewhat more peaceful than I expected.

Review Episode 35:

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Okay, peaceful may not have been the best way to describe Killua’s solution. It was, however, effective. From that little game Gon and Killua now each have three wins and Hisoka has finally told Gon that he can pick the time for their fight. I’m not sure if that’s actually an achievement or not.

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And given some of the things happening in this arena in all the fights why on earth is the commentator bothering to say something is unbelievable at this point?

The only real negative here is the fights are getting a little samey and I’m kind of hoping we move away from the arena soon because as cute as Gon and Killua are I’m not a big fan of arena matches in any anime.


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Hunter x Hunter Episodes 31 + 32

Review Episode 31:

I’m definitely a fairly petty person because watching Hisoka get knocked around a bit this episode was kind of fun. What made this better was he didn’t suddenly become incompetent or lose his composure. They merely pitted him against someone who’s power was a bit unusual. Still, I really pity his opponent next episode because it looks like Hisoka is done with this fight.

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I’m glad they finally tried to give some reasoning for Gon’s ridiculously quick regeneration given how fast he’s recovered from every injury. I’m not sure I totally buy it, but at least it means down time after getting hurt is minimised. Still, my main question this episode is what happen with Kurapika?

Review Episode 32:

Okay, I strongly disagree with the title of this episode. This was not a surprising win. It’s more or less exactly what I expected (the outcome not the how, because if anyone predicted that convoluted series of moves from Hisoka please tell me the numbers of the lotto).

Anyway, I really loved this episode. My key descriptor of Hisoka so far has been creepy (and I stand by that) but this gave an additional couple of descriptors to him. He’s flexible, adaptable and fairly unshakable. The combination of those attributes is frankly terrifying so I have no idea how Gon is ever going to hit him in the face (forget beating this monster). Then of course we have the reveal at the end of the episode which I’m not really sure what to do with just yet so I’m putting it in a mental basket for later sorting. But I loved this episode because it was surprising, tense, fun, and managed to help us understand a character who has been pretty much an enigma just a tiny bit better (though I somehow doubt we’ve see anything close to all that Hisoka has to show us yet). Still creepy though.


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