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HUNTER X HUNTER #29 Trains Us for Trolling

Episode #29 - - Watch & Learn. Beware the tops!

“I feel like I’m surrounded by some kind of warm mucus.”

Why didn’t anybody ever make a meme out of that quote?

I guess I’m in too deep at this point. Even though I recognize that devoting 7/8ths of an episode to characters training is maybe more than a tad excessive - - and a big chunk of that training concern's a pseudo-scientific speech on the biology of chi auras, no less - - at this point, I’ve settled into the notion that the appeal of this show is just about hanging out with Gon and Killua. The criteria which we grade the pacing and plotting of other series doesn’t apply here. We’re literally just a third party, a fly on the wall, tagging along for every step of these guys’ adventures.

All the same, I could totally understand why somebody would pick up this episode cold and wonder what the hell the appeal of the show was. (Hell, I don’t even have the “Non” and “Ten” nomenclature straight, myself). It’s actually kind of sobering to realize that these 29 episodes have really all been training episodes, if you want to get strict about it. The first arc was kept to the Hunter Exams, and even the second mini-arc where they rescue Killua was about our heroes passing tests, not actually vanquishing anybody.

Look, when an episode ends with Gon fretting about the approach of deadly toy tops (the 200’s are nothing like he expected? Really? With the evil auras? Isn’t that at least somewhat like he expect), you’ve got to think that Togashi’s trolling his audience’s good humor. And pushing that a step further, you’ve got to wonder if it’s been a saga-length troll, so far. Most shonen arcs are basically about the hero training; this one is literally just about Gon training.

Watch Awakening X And X Potential" and decide for yourself, then read my comments on the previous episode.

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Marshal Victoryon Jan. 13, 2014 at 9:11 a.m.

If you want a record amount of training then History's Strongest Disciple Kenichi has more but faster training.With Hunter x Hunter sure it has alot but it never feels boring.It uses it to build tension.An at this point knowing the difrence between Non an Ten is not important. Its really has a onion like feel how leveled the powers go.

Also what keeps ya watching to is the ol train an win is not always the case in Hunter x Hunter.They fail an have feet of clay.Both main characters have some negative traits.

Each part builds on what came before to.Even tho this show has story arcs its so well told one can not skip ahead.Its not a monster of the week type show which you could skip ahead.Have to give Mad House some credit here to.They do a extreme professional level on the animation .Nothing is wasted visualy an no quality drops.

Lurkeroon Jan. 13, 2014 at 9:30 a.m.

I still don't have the Hunter X Hunter nomenclature down and I watched it well beyond this point. I was most worried that the aura powers would be an excuse to introduce things like power levels.

And yeah, the first couple arcs of HxH definitely feel like training once the other arcs are revealed.

Kino88on Jan. 13, 2014 at 3:17 p.m.
I just want to see what gose down between Gon and the killer clown, Other wise I have no clue what's kept me invested so long,

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