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HUNTER X HUNTER #45 + 46 + 47 is Like Going to Class

Ep #45 + 46 + 47. We've watched. Now, what've we learned?

One of the more subtle (?) signs of an animation studio straining on a production schedule…?

Characters starting to repeat entire dialog passages, verbatim, at the show’s commercial breaks. Certainly, I understand that such semi-recaps are needed to catch viewers up when they’re watching on TV, week to week. However, when you’re streaming in chunks (like I am), it becomes more obvious that - - after you subtract the intro, outro, title cards and, of course, the repeated scenes - - there’s actually only about 18 minutes of content per episode

I don’t disparage the show too much for doing this. It’s a necessity of pumping programming out at this rate, and it certainly could be worse. But being more aware of how these little things add up has… motivated me to speed up the pace of my catch-up. This “Yorknew” arc has been more deliberately paced, of course, so it works just as well.

Anyway, Kurapika’s detailed explanation of the tactics he uses against Uyogin and the Phantom Troupe here further supports my earlier observation about Nen essentially being a weaponized ectoplasm. Sure, both substances are semi-invisible goo that can be shaped into anything imaginable. What’s more to the point, though, is that these masters can shape Nen to manifest emotions, ideas and, yes, even principles.

Just as a vengeful ghost might curse an heirloom (like, say, a tape recorder) to express his anguish to whomever possesses the thing, so too do we see Kurapika essentially turn his ideal of just vengeance into a weapon. The imaginary chains he wields become realer and stronger because they are figuratively and literally wrapped around his heart. They will break if he ever breaks his word.

Looking at the show in the longer view, all those tests of virtue during “Hunter Exam” really now look like introductory lessons which are now being joined with the intermediary “Nen” concepts explicated in “Heaven’s Arena.” Togashi has essentially structured the series like a class syllabus… and I can’t believe I’m typing this… but it's kind of brilliant.

On a less... theoretical note, I can only imagine how much joy Togashi gets out of designing situations that Gon wouldn't ever walk into if he had a lick of common sense. Seriously, going into business with an arm wrestling booker with mob connections is about on the level of playing pool with a ringer who suddenly wants to raise the cash stakes. What would else would you expect from a kid who doesn't know the figurative meaning of a 'mole,' right?

Watch "Restraint × And × Vow” and "Chasing × And × Waiting" and "Condition × And × Condition" and decide for yourself, then read my comments on the previous episode.

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Lurkeroon March 3, 2014 at 3:13 p.m.

The good thing about Kurapika's ability is that it is overpowered, but only against a specific set of people. That means that Kurapika could not do the same thing in other battles and wouldn't (I hope) be able to perform the same against people at a level much greater than he is.

Donwunon March 3, 2014 at 3:16 p.m.

and this is why i can't watch shounen shows week by week. It's not that i want to benge watch, the way they pace the episodes you really do need to watch it in bulk to feel like the story is actually progressing. Can you imagine doing an episode by episode write-up the way things move now

This is twice as bad for me with One Piece where some episodes were clocking in at only 16mins of actual content in the more recent arcs and i've heard the same thing can be said for Naruto (which i dropped ages ago)

As for your average 26ish can be a mix of episodic and slow paced longer arcs. Either way i feel anime tv series should be bulked - they just don't seem to write them in a way you can appreciate it on only a single basis anymore, in most cases people will drop a series without giving it a chance only to find out that if they "stick" with it, it usually gains momentum.

I don't actually blame just the writers for this pacing issue as it almost feels like broadcasting companies have a hand in this purposely as well to entice new viewers as you illuded to, maybe it's also got to do with our new netflix streaming culture, where even regular live action shows are starting to go the bulk route to grab this new type of viewer as an alternative due to the mass amounts of available shows as competition

I guess things are changing all across the board....but getting back to hxh remember this is the KAI version so just imagine what it was like before Tom. Ha

Marshal Victoryon March 3, 2014 at 3:47 p.m.

@Donwun: One good thing tho is Hunter x Hunter does not have real filler. Like say Bleach (which have watched all of ) or Naruto which I have been caching up on. Good lord it may well be the king of shonen filler.

@ Tom Pinchuk oddly enuff tho that repeat of dialouge after a comercial is nothing new. Heck so many drama tv shows have done this since the 50s . Even the serial movies used to do this after 2nd act when people would go get food. In anime it sticks out more because most of the time there is no new animation its just a rewind.

At times here in this series you will not they are streching for time. But some times it feels justified for effect.

Kino88on March 3, 2014 at 5:35 p.m.
This whole thing between Kurapika and the Troupe has been far more gripping than I ever Would have guessed back in the earlier episodes, Yet I guess it is precisely because of all that build up That I am now so invested, that's doubly true for Hisoka's Involvement which I find to be a totally badass turn of events, By the way Tom I'm now at episode 55, your about to find out, SHIT GETS REAL!
zaldaron March 3, 2014 at 10:13 p.m.

You mean watch and learn is going to actually get to talk about learning......

The_Goroseion March 4, 2014 at 1:49 a.m.


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