The episode listing tells me that #26 is actually another recap. Gon writes another letter back home that summarizes the events of the past 13 odd installments. I didn’t miss anything significant, at all, when I skipped the last episode that used that conceit, so I’m just going to call it. The “Hunter Exam” is over. I’ll be skipping ahead to the most recent episodes for the next column. Expect some more detailed thoughts on the arc in a forthcoming VICE PIT episode.
While we’re focusing on these last episodes here, I just want to stress that the stand-out moment - - the one that gave me the real, genuine gut laugh - - was when Killua’s butler asks our heroes if they like games. You can practically see Togashi bursting out of his own characters as these knuckleheads all leap to the edge of their seats in unison, as if the butler was offering them all a bowl of skittles.
Do they like games? Yes. Duh. Obviously.
On paper, the prospect of meeting the Zoldyck family really just didn’t sound interesting. In execution, however, their introduction was actually rather charming. They’re like an ass-kicking Addams Family. Hell, they could probably sustain their own series. And I appreciated how this attempted rescue for Killua actually ended with his old man letting him go after giving him a genuinely-touching heart-to-heart. These aren’t a bunch of heartless monsters. They actually do care for this little blondie… albeit in a rather twisted way.
I find it utterly appropriate that this arc ends with Togashi teasing us with a spoonerism that he might as well have pulled out of a MAD LIBS session. They’re all swearing to meet again, one day, in “Yorknew City?” Seriously? He’s got to be trolling, at this point - - seeing just how much silly shit he can throw at us before we wiggle our noses over the smell.
Maybe this last write-up reads like an after-thought. Well, that’s because this mini-arc felt like a bit like an after-thought. We were already done with the arc, but that insufferable Gon and his (totally adult) indomitable will just couldn’t let it go, could he?
See you in the Chimera Ant arc.
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