“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.
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