Hah! Of course the Hunter Exams aren’t over yet! What kind of show would we be watching if they weren’t? Shonen is the homestead of the perpetually dangling plot thread!
And yet again, I’m astounded over how Togashi is able to use an off-handed comment and a plot after-thought (that’s really what Killua’s rescue seems like) to keep us watching. There’s no arch foe left to defeat, nor lingering, world-endangering threat - - hell, even the main thrust of this arc is over - - but we’re still going to be watching for another five episodes, at least.
Actually, if I were to pick apart Togashi’s technique: when the man wants to make a deep point, he doesn’t mince words, and his thoughts are down-to-Earth and applicable. This comes into even sharper relief since I was just griping about KILL LA KILL’s latest episode veering a little too far into the eye-roll-inducing lane of vague, philosophical dialog that too many anime shows take too-long pit stops in. Gon’s anger with Illumi is coming from a real place, and his message is clear…
“Don’t ever mess with my friends, and don’t you dare put words into his mouth about who deserves my friendship, you piece of shit.”
It’s still a little amusing to see these sentiments coming from this cute little moppet. Gon pretty much looks like an adult character wearing a younger skin (to borrow some parlance from the vidya games), but it feels like he’s voicing points that Togashi’s actually had to voice himself. These aren’t immaterial ideals he’s parroting from a textbook.
That’s just my conjecture - - maybe Togashi’s just pulling all of this out of his butt, and he’s simply gotten good at making it sound authentic - - but I’m just constantly struggling to understand how the man can send such mixed signals so compellingly.
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