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HUNTER X HUNTER #27 Takes Us to Shonen Heaven! -- Watch & Learn

Episode #27 -- Watch & Learn

Out of all the Q’s I’ve ever lobbed at the Vice Pit’s audience, the question of whether I should watch every episode of this show, or continue skipping ahead to the latest arc, is the one that drew the most responses. By far. Last time I received such a groundswell of concern, it was over whether I should watch all 100+ episodes of YU YU HAKUSHO.

Clearly, Togashi inspires a sense of completism in his fans that’s as stubborn as lil’ Gon himself.

We’ll see how we work out the logistics of this. I’m trying to find some middle option that's not me doing over 50 more episode-by-episode write-ups, or doing ‘chunk reviews’ with overwhelming viewing-to-writing ratios. At the least, let it be know that I do listen to you lunatics…

ANYWAY! I’ll bring up YYH once again because, in this episode, Togashi has demonstrated yet another thematic current linking his two major opuses. Yusuke’s adventures ended with him coming upon what was more-or-less a fighter’s paradise: a combat tournament that allowed all these larger-than-life warriors to continue battling for the rest of their lives in a harmless controlled conflic. A shonen flipside to shojo heaven offered at the end of MADOKA MAGICA, perhaps, it was a rather clever idea for what these never-ending serials could ultimately lead to.

Togashi cut off YYH before he could play that premise out much further, and he basically picks it up again here by having Gon and Killua enter a place that is literally called ‘Heaven’s Arena.’ And it’s as ludicrous a vision of a professional fighting league as Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory is to real life candy production. I snicker a little, thinking of what zig-zag economy would be needed to support all these match purses, or what kind of degenerate gamblers would be placing that many bets on children fighting… and I’m sure Togashi’s totally in on the morbid joke.

Watch Arrival X At The X Arena" and decide for yourself, then read my comments on the previous episode.

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rubberluffyon Jan. 6, 2014 at 8:52 a.m.

This arc is where the world of HxH gets some explaining, and introduces the biggest story element going forward. It also puts a few things from Hunter Exam in a bit better context.

Also, as usual, Togashi puts a lot of thought into how the arena works, from how much money you make, how you advance, what kind of place you get to live in, etc.

Lurkeroon Jan. 6, 2014 at 9:05 a.m.

Never underestimate the power of greed and entertainment. At first I didn't understand how such a tournament could continue to exist, but then I realized that it is completely plausible for the tournament to sustain itself through betting on fights. People could get entertainment from the fights and thrills from the anticipated money they will get from a correct bet.

Considering you are about 80 episodes behind on Hunter x Hunter, I think you could marathon the show and give an update after every 4-5 episodes about how you are feeling.

My only other suggestion is to read the Hunter X Hunter wiki which provides good summaries of most of the conflicts and over-arcing plot. Other users said that was a bad idea though. I was able to get through most of Naruto and Bleach using wiki, so I am fine with it.

If you do decide to watch an episode a day it shouldn't be more than 3 months of catching up. It gives you a good amount of content for a while. Even with that strategy, an occasional marathon would help you catch up faster.

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