See, if Gon were only a little older, he’d have seen OVER THE TOP, he’d know that the secret to winning any arm wrestling match is to wiggle your pinky at the moment of truth. He’d have no trouble with this mysterious lady. Hell, considering how often the little guy gets into ROCKY-like underdog scenarios, there’s probably a whole plethora of lessons he could learn from the Sly Stallone filmography.
While we’re slinging 80’s pop culture references about, it would just tickle my black heart if this whole sub-plot with Greed Island was actually a coy riff on that infamous landfill that’s supposedly full of all the unsold copies of the E.T. Atari game. Really, the notion of a video game that’s limited to only 100 copies - - that was designed, coded and pressed only for play by the world’s deadliest assassins, no less - - sounds as charmingly preposterous as some rumor a 10-year-old would've believed after overhearing it at an arcade. Recalling the patent absurdity of the gambling system in Heaven’s Tower, this actually seems to be another major part of Togashi’s creative M.O. The conception of this series delivers boys’ wish fulfillment so totally.
I mean, c’mon - - this is a world where every adult in sight just happens to be enough of a compulsive gambler that Gon can raise money arm wrestling in about the same way he’d sell lemonade.
Of course, yet another part of Togashi’s M.O. raises its hand to be counted in mole-lady Melody’s secret origin. The Lovecraftian quality of her disfigurement - - being so fundamentally cursed by harmful sensation - - recalls that part of the “Chapter Black” saga in YU YU HAKUSHO where a VHS tape of atrocities drove Shinobu to evil. Togashi definitely revisits a number of themes throughout his work, and they don’t all have to do with games and point systems.
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