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HUNTER X HUNTER #37 + 38 Puts Terror into the Everyday World!

Episodes #37 + 38 -- Watch & Learn. Beware the tape!

Semi-haunted cassette players? I’ve truly seen it all, now…

‘Nen’ is starting to seem like the halfway point Togashi found between chi and ectoplasm. If I’m understanding it correctly, anyway. With enough training, a Hunter can build up his life force and command it to do… pretty much anything, as long as he concentrates hard enough.

In most other shows, that’d translate to hurled fireballs and not much else; but you can see a bit of the paranormal research that probably went into YU YU HAKUSHO creeping over here. Ectoplasm is basically a “fool’s good” for matter at large - - allowing spirits to make manifestations of anything - - and Nen is more-or-less wrapping that up into a martial art.

The other side (pun intended) of that, of course, is that ghostly manifestations are also supposed to be physical manifestations of feelings or ideas. Is a victim angry over being murdered? Then she represents that anger in bleeding walls, pungent smells, et cetera. Here, the show continues Gon’s many tests of virtue as Ging designs this Nen trap to essentially force his son to own the decisions he makes.

Do you want to learn about your father? Then listen on, right now. Don’t want to hear about your mother at this moment? Then you should never want to - - and you’ll never get to, because this tape is getting erased. It’s a rather pointed lesson, especially in an era where you can almost always “re-do” things; and there’s a sharp irony to Ging imparting this just after he’s admitted that he was irresponsible about fatherhood.

While we’re on that subject, I do find it amusing that the show’s only now circled back on that classic pillar of the Monomyth- - Reconciliation with the Father. Normally, the Hero’s Journey starts with that being out of place. This almost feels like Togashi abruptly realized, “Oh shit! I should maybe put some subtext beneath this big, long story about a kickass homeschooler...”

Watch Ging X And X Gon" and “Reply X From X Dad" and decide for yourself, then read my comments on the previous episode.

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Lurkeroon Feb. 17, 2014 at 3:01 p.m.

After watching so many episodes of Hunter x Hunter I started to think that it was just a show about a terrible father. The Greed Island Arc provides more evidence for that idea.

Kino88on Feb. 17, 2014 at 4:40 p.m.
These episodes had me rolling, I love how Togashi continues to Subvert my expectations of the shonen genre, Yet again turning what should have by all accounts been a dull Episode about Gon returning home (and maybe getting involved in Some kind of filler side questing), into a really funny mystery poking fun At video games"Joy Station!" otaku, and what I assume must be this worlds equivalent Of Ebay because.... Well why the hell not!, I also like that even Gon's mom gets a bit of back story and That Apparently he may be chasing his dad forever because..... He's a jerk?
Marshal Victoryon Feb. 17, 2014 at 7:47 p.m.

Dang it explorer ate my comment!

A good father will use any thing as a teaching tool for his kids. An Ging is not a jerk as much as he had to leave Gon there to be raised.

Tom ya may want to do 3 or 4 of these at a time because they flow well.

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