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HUNTER X HUNTER #22 + 23 Reveal What Defines Gon's Character

#22 + 23 - - Watch & Learn. The wolf gnaws on the psyche!

In the interest of hurrying this along (so I can move ahead with my stated intention of watching the most recent episodes HUNTER X HUNTER), I’ll be covering the last episodes of this particular arc, two at a time…

First thing I want to comment upon? Weighted clothes are seriously a thing in shonen. In theory, it makes a lot of sense to gradually acclimate yourself to resistance whilst training for some big challenge. In practice, I haven’t ever actually encountered weighted clothes in all my years of studying martial arts. Sure, I’ve seen weighed wristbands, legbands, backpacks and what have you. I’ve even seen wrestlers wearing extra layers during practice so they’ll sweat more. However, I haven’t ever seen regular clothes with more tightly wound fibers (or whatever the explanation in DBZ was). I wonder if the whole concept is analogous to “mercy bullets” in that it sounds feasible, and it fits the needs of the story, but it couldn’t ever actually work.

Thinking about it a little more (the things you get fixated on), I can’t help but see some fitting analogy for shonen storytelling there. Half the time, these fight shows really do feel like a slog through the patient minutiae of a training regimen…

I feel obligated to talk about the larger details of our introduction to this most bellicose riff on the Addams Family, but I’m honestly more compelled to pick apart how this plot development, once again, puts a finer point on Gon’s personality (‘cause it’s all about character in shonen, isn’t it?). Initially, he seemed to fit the same “dangerous Pollyana” mold as Goku and Luffy - - an innocent scamp who’s got a real mean streak whenever his friends are threatened - - with the key difference being that he’s so visibly young that his adventures are generally underlined with a somewhat uncomfortable sense of child endangerment.

As the series has moved along, however, Gon’s shown a character trait that separates him from those other shonen heroes - - his intractable stubbornness. In some ways, he’s basically the Rocky Balboa of this pantheon. It doesn’t matter how hard he hits; all that matters is how hard he can get hit. So he’s the kind of hero who will march into a wolf’s lair, and repeatedly cross a line that a doorman’s set, simply because that’s what he’s set his mind to. The appeal doesn't lie in him showing off super-moves against his foes, but in him withstanding the supermoves they throw at him.

I suspect this is only going to become more pronounced as the series goes along...

Watch A X Dangerous X Watchdog" and "The X' Guard's X Duty" and decide for yourself, then read my comments on the previous episode.

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Destinyheroknighton Dec. 10, 2013 at 4:08 p.m.

Luffy also have an intractable stubbornness to, there is little to stop him if he made up his mind on something. Before the time skip, Luffy was getting his butt handed to him left and right when he face the big dogs

One of my favorites part in One Piece :)

Any who, that one of my favorite character trait in shonen, I do love me some stubbornness

KingSolomonon Dec. 10, 2013 at 4:41 p.m.

The punishment Gon gives himself or just allows to happen gets extremly crazy later on in the show.

Kino88on Dec. 11, 2013 at 6:47 p.m.
Agreed, that's what i like about Gon, and probably why I find this show so much more compelling than than the usual shonen routine which I have long grown weary of these days,
rubberluffyon Dec. 11, 2013 at 7:44 p.m.

Yeah Tom you gotta burn through this series and catch up, because, while it's all fantastic, the current events have been really compelling, and fan reaction to the latest ep (108) has been some of the strongest so far. Still amazing that Togashi's level of quality gets better as the series goes on, and that Madhouse has managed to transform it into something fantastic, without a single noticeable dip in quality even after 108 episodes.

Also you can totally skip episode 26 because it's another recap episode. No more recaps after it, though.

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