Did I seriously just watch an entire episode about a rival hunter trying, and repeatedly failing, to trick his competitors into drinking laxative-laced soda? Isn’t this iteration of HUNTER X HUNTER supposed to be like FMA: BROTHERHOOD (in that it’s presumably tightening the pacing of the previous series)?
Y’know, I’m not sure if I even necessarily object to this. From an ironic, removed perspective, there’s a wonderful kind of inanity to appreciate in a shonen adventure taking such a long pit stop over such a banal act of villainy. Why, it’s like having an another whole episode about another rival who insistently doesn’t wash his hands after going to the bath room - - and Gon has to evade getting touched by his grossness! Certainly, these are relatable kinds of unpleasantness. We don’t WANT to see Gon getting germ-ed up or hosing the ol’ Hershey highway, so there’s instant sympathy here.
Again, I can’t help feeling like this series was borne out of some bet Togashi made about whether he could hook an audience with only storytelling tricks, and not anything that actually sounds exciting on paper. I mean, despite all my grumbling, I’m still rooting for Gon when he thwarts this baddy with his nigh-superhuman sense of mountain-tested taste. And likewise, the white-haired kid ‘gets over’ immediately with me when his intro’s coupled with him being so cooly immune to this poisonous attack. Like some karate master who insists on you waxing floors for hours, Togashi knows what he doing, and I guess he knows the value of putting the audience through such a seemingly mundane stretch so as to make sure they’re properly empathizing with... the heroes… and… and...
No. Enough ironic, removed relativism today. I’ll still be back for the next episode, but this one was silly and overlong. Twenty odd minutes devoted to orange soda with a mickey. That’s plain ridiculous.
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