Well, I listened to a little bit of reason, and this bold experiment is off to a stumbling start, regardless...
So yes, upon enough reflection, if I'm jumping ahead, it makes more sense to go to the first part of the “Chimera Ant” arc, instead of the most recent episodes (which I understand to be the final parts of this saga). I still assumed that the show’s mythology was simple enough that this would be a pretty clean jumping on point (or, a “jumping back on point” to be more specific), but it’s actually an “in-between” episode that’s rather thick on comings, goings and other densities of lore.
Most times, I’ll insist on bucking up and always assert that I can handle dropping myself into any potentially ‘hazardous’ story situation. This time, pride hath finally cometh before the fall, and I just have to fess up to getting myself in over my head. This exact point really is so dependent on what’s come before, and what’s coming soon, that it’s hard to single out anything to comment on.
Actually, I should probably take a step back and clarify that, even at this point, HUNTER X HUNTER still doesn’t actually have a complex mythos. Even two mega-arcs along, Togashi seems to be thumbing his nose at us about how much random, ridiculous shit he can get us invested in like it’s some intricately-planned universe. For crying out loud - - the mysterious mentor in this episode wields what might as well be a lethal pez dispenser! The joke’s on us, we love it, and we keep coming back every week to play along.
So… I’m in a bit of quandary, right now. This isn’t as easy to skip through as ONE PIECE, but I don’t know if I’m down to do episode-by-episode’s through 50 odd installments (and I don’t think any of you are, either). Maybe I might as well just take that cannonball into the deep end, again, and pick up the latest episodes, anyway. What would you lunatics do if you were in my shoes?!
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