Would you believe it? Sam was actually on to something when he suggested I also liken HUNTER X HUNTER’s “working with the bare basics” approach to IRON CHEF. Sure enough, the Hunters' latest challenge is to please examiners by serving two simple, ingredients in the most creative ways their culinary skills could muster.
We’ve gone from an episode centered on orange soda to an episode focused on ham and eggs. I’m starting to think that Togashi kept putting off meals while he was putting himself through this series’ arduous production gauntlet.
Again, it’s hard not to view this show from a bit of an amused and slightly-ironic distance. Not only am I chuckling about how Togashi seems to be challenging himself to craft a shonen out of a limited number of ingredients, I also can’t help but smirk about how the show introduces the first bit of darkness to ironically underscore its generally cheery mood.
I’m talking, of course, about the scene where numerous would-be hunters drop to their deaths like a bunch of blockheaded lemmings. There’s some right combination of tragic stupidity, and a quick, matter-of-fact moving on from that tragedy, that is just so amusing. It’s almost like the Backyardigans took a short break from a song-and-dance routine to read an excerpt from the Darwin Awards, then quickly carried on with the show like nothing happened.
One a more serious note, I did appreciate the little bit of dialog where the elder examiner gently rebukes our cute, pixie-like examiner about being unreasonably critical in her evaluations. These adventures are often so stuffed with sage mentors who seem to have always known the answers, it’s actually refreshing for a show to acknowledge that being a good teacher actually requires as much of a learning curve as being a good pupil.
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