Man… I wouldn’t be shocked if Togashi wears his favorite soccer club’s jersey every time he sits down at his drawing board.
Look, don’t get me wrong - - dedicating half an episode to ‘cast interviews’ is a fun conceit. Especially after I griped a little about how difficult it was to comment on the… simple problem-solving in the last episode; this gives me something a bit easier to pick apart. Nevertheless, I can’t help but take a step back and chuckle about it. I mean, of course Togashi would handle these scenes like they’re the pre-roll of a UFC pay-per-view, or the psychological conjecture of SportsCenter being voiced by the actual players. This is the guy who takes every opportunity to revel in the depiction of games and their rules in thorough detail.
Hell, look at the screen cap above! I’ve analyzed how Gon differs from other shonen heroes before, and here he is, getting moved to tears because he feels like he didn’t do his best in a post-match self-evaluation. That’s a different from Goku doggedly challenging himself to do better, and seeking out worthy opponents. It’s far more reflective of actual competitive personalities you’d find in sports psychology.
I’d love it if Gon’s growth as a character saw these latent attitudes gradually eclipsing his personality. It’d be a hell of an arc, watching a cheerful, sporty little moppet turning into a humorless, hardass competitor. You lunatics have all been telling me that this series gets darker, and that Gon looks more like other shonen heroes as it goes on, so maybe I’m not too far in this conjecture?
And again, a final note harping about Togashi’s intentionally ridiculous costume design... because the gal’s beehive cap is just absurd. Dude really is just seeing what he can get away with.
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