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HUNTER X HUNTER #31 -- Watch & Learn

Training! Levels! Power!

And… we’re back. Kudos to the show for incorporating that lesson on Nen/Ten/whatever into the intro, because I was having a hard time keeping that stuff straight even when it hadn’t been two weeks since I’d last watched an episode.

Man… watch enough of this stuff and you start getting a lot more aware of which hyper-specific feelings/memories a given story evokes. And this show’s making me think of Akido class in grade school so seriously that I can pretty much smell the specific cleaning fluid that my sensei used to wipe the gym mats down with.

Which is to say, once again… after a while, a good shonen serial starts to feel more like a weekly, visceral escape which can’t be evaluated in normal plot terms. I’m not a member of the audience, watching Gon and Killua act out this drama - - I’m right there, training with them. This is the best way to explain how a show can be so compelling to fans who’ve watched from the beginning, yet bafflingly boring to newbs.

Along that line, I’m honestly debating if I’ll just breeze through the rest of this arc (which is so much easier now that I’ve got the CrunchyRoll app set-up on my X-BOX, natch). See, I let the player run the next few episodes accidentally and, by all appearances, this show gets even more… comprehensive about its tournament plot than even YU YU HAKUSHO did. Again, that’s not bad, per se, but it does present me with the odd threat of potentially devoting a whole a write-up to a critique of Gon’s training techniques.

Stay tuned and see how I’ll handle this. In the meantime, maybe one of you lunatics could chime in about the theory about shonen that I’ve outlined above? Have you ever enjoyed a series viscerally like that?

Watch Destiny X and X Tenacity" and decide for yourself, then read my comments on the previous episode.

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Marshal Victoryon Feb. 3, 2014 at 12:49 p.m.

Even tho it does have a tournament its really not about the tournament . Thats the key difrence . Its about them learning an gaining experiance. Many shonen have torunaments for any thing but experiance.

Roldanon Feb. 3, 2014 at 1:20 p.m.

@Marshal Victory said:

Even tho it does have a tournament its really not about the tournament . Thats the key difrence . Its about them learning an gaining experiance. Many shonen have torunaments for any thing but experiance.

Yep, calling a tournament would be a lie since they don't even finish it.

Marshal Victoryon Feb. 3, 2014 at 2:09 p.m.

@Roldan: Yup . For a shonen it does many things well an it does not fall back on tropes to much. Tho this part of the arc reminded me of Flame of Recca arena arc . Which reminds me Still need to finish that series.

Lurkeroon Feb. 3, 2014 at 3:41 p.m.

If you think the Tournament arc is comprehensive you are in for a big surprise in successive arcs. Better keep up.

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