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HUNTER X HUNTER #35 + 36 Educates Us with Pain!

Episode #35 + 36 -- Watch & Learn. Things get... gross.

Whoa. They actually went there. There’s not much room for misinterpretation about the nature of Hisoka’s… excitement during these fights, now. Not when he’s framed from an angle so boldly favoring his crotch. No doubt about it - - he’s popping wood when he’s fighting Gon.

That’s incredibly gross, but… “incredibly gross” is exactly what Togashi’s going for. I guess if we’ve been fine with adult villains trying to injure and kill our young heroes, so far, then we shouldn’t call this any less inappropriate. If you want to make us clap for the good guys and hiss at the bad guys, you can’t get more direct about it than making the latter party a perv of this order. And HUNTER X HUNTER is nothing is not direct.

* AHEM * Anyway…

The whole crew was obviously looking forward to this fight. The amount of money and animation manpower on display is a cathartic a release as you can get for a whole arc’s worth of build-up. Even the rendering on the tiles in the fighting ring puts the entire Yusuke/Toguro showdown in the demon arena to shame.

I know I’m in too deep with the show, now. SIGH. A big part of the fun here was watching all the aspects of Nen come into play after those numerous little demonstrations. The appeal is that specific.

Early on in the series, I joked that Gon and his pals looked like they could be mascots for IKEA. Now, I’d amend that and say they seem like the helpful tour guides in some edu-tainment textbook about martial arts, and chi, and whatnot. The fact that this climactic duel still winds up being a sparring match in the end puts an even finer point on the lesson plan nature of all this.

So... have you been learning anything (aside from the true nature of Hisoka's proclivities)?

Watch "The x True x Pass" and "A Big Debt x and x A Small Kick" and decide for yourself, then read my comments on the last episode.

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Donwunon Feb. 13, 2014 at 2:20 p.m.

It only get's better from here....MUCH better. Get ready for a change of focus though

Marshal Victoryon Feb. 13, 2014 at 3:12 p.m.

They will expand the Nen an how ti works a bit as they go but they do not just flash back rehash it. At this point Tom your only 80 episodes from being cought up! Keep doing 2 or 3 even 4 at a time its well worth the climb such as it is. So many fine detail points in the series that make the latter shine that much more.

Thing to I note is there this is shonen an kids do watch it. Here we have talking vegatable an putpal dinasours that should be dead just beacue of their singing.There you learn if your a arse some one willl posion you. Here were suposed to sing along .

Much prefer what these are. An also can not imagin this in prime time here even if it was live action.

Kino88on Feb. 13, 2014 at 4:48 p.m.
Wow!, Hisoka's "Shwing" moment is now a permanent part of my "did that really just happen" Collection, Also who the hell was that sparkly silver haired guy, Lol I love it, This show has gone bananas, anyway can't wait for the next arc! Bring on the Phantom Troupe!, is that next? Also I would like to add that I am watching these more or less at the same rate as Tom,
Lurkeroon Feb. 13, 2014 at 5:34 p.m.

I was hoping you would use a more "suggestive" pic of Hisoka for this article. Turly one of the creepiest and funniest moments in any anime I've seen.

Better take a refresher course in Nen before moving on to the next couple of arcs. You'll need it.

Roldanon Feb. 14, 2014 at 8:21 a.m.

@Kino88 said:

Wow!, Hisoka's "Shwing" moment is now a permanent part of my "did that really just happen" Collection, Also who the hell was that sparkly silver haired guy, Lol I love it, This show has gone bananas, anyway can't wait for the next arc! Bring on the Phantom Troupe!, is that next? Also I would like to add that I am watching these more or less at the same rate as Tom,

That's Prince Baka from Level-E (another Togashi manga, which he made in between YYH and HxH).

The next few episodes gonna open up the game a bit before it truly gets in the groove in the Yorkshin arc.

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