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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Yep, Gon is a really, really happy person but somewhat less irritating this episode, probably because we were at least getting scene changes. We had the argument between Leorio and Kurapika in the city about whether to follow the directions Gon was given by the captain.
Then we had the argument between Leorio and Kurapika in the town when trying to answer the old woman’s quiz (though this was a bit more action focussed than the argument in the city). And finally we had… oh, Gon finally did something because we had to chase down a magical creature. Can I just ask, why does Gon use a fishing rod? And what is that thing made out of that it didn’t snap in two when he propelled himself back onto a cliff after taking a flying leap? And while we’re on the subject, why does Gon insist on flinging himself off of things. Episode one it was the boat and now a cliff. Okay, all kidding aside, I really enjoyed this. It isn’t exactly thought provoking but it is entertaining and while I’m wondering why anyone would even want to take an exam that is this hard to get to, I’ll just suspend that bit of disbelief and continue on the journey with them.
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