The main group are having a bit of a disagreement with Kurapika refusing to finish off his opponent but rather than watching them wallow we get to cut over to Hisoka finishing off his route through the tower. I liked that just when it looked like things were shaping up for a major fight between Hisoka and the previous examiner that the fight was cut short when Hisoka just had enough and ended it. It was a nice moment and kept things moving. Cutting back to the main group, Leorio finally got over his sulk and actually had one of his cooler moments. I’m kind of wondering if he’ll win his match but part of me doesn’t want him to because I’d really like to see Killua have to take some action, but I guess I’ll find out when I go to the next episode.
Review Episode 11:
Leorio went from one of his cooler moments to one of his most lame in about the span of five minutes, but that’s pretty much expected at this point plus it guaranteed Killua got to have a match (though not much of one). I’m sorry, that was incredibly cool. Can we please see more of that?
Anyway, three examinees are finished, and Gon’s group are now waiting out 50 hours in a room that looks extremely modern, still adding to my confusion about what time period this whole show is set in. Looking forward to what happens next.
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.
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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