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HUNTER X HUNTER #67-70 Get... Uncomfortable

Episode #67-70 -- Watch & Learn. Not talkin' dodgeball-to-the-face uncomfortable, either.

HUNTER X HUNTER regularly demonstrates the tremendous gulf between how a plot sounds on paper... and how it plays on screen. If told you that that this stretch largely concerned a high stakes dodgeball game then, boy, you’d have a very different mental image of how it actually worked out.

Episodes #67-68 are more-or-less dispensable. I’ll admit to zoning out, somewhere around when Killua got his card album halfway filled up in those episodes. So it was almost a little startling to suddenly find myself in the thick of the aforementioned ball dodging. To be honest… it’s a bit less fun than you’d think.

That’s not to say it isn’t fun a lot of the time. There’s something so delightfully absurd about applying shonen kickass to recess games (who knew Rock-Paper-Scissor was an empowering mantra?) that I couldn’t help but smile as Gon got so into the game. But whenever that lil’ moppet went on to break down the strategy of dodgeball in the intricate way this show does, the charm really outlived its welcome. It’s a shame, too, because the notion of demons playing this particular sport is just a hoot.

To address the elephant in the room: Hisoka is one of the creepiest characters in anime. And not in a cool way. While getting his POV as he eyes Gon and Killua is skin-crawling, I’m more unsettled by the ‘fan service’ bathing scene where he gets to show off his abs. Why? Because when I was searching for screengrabs for this episode, I discovered that there’s a fairly active section of HxH fandom who adore this asshole and love to tumbl about him like he’s the pretty boy of the cast. Apparently, a lot of girls took that ‘schwing’ moment as ‘fan service’ on the order of the aforementioned six-pack pose-down.

It’s easier to stomach the notion of a grown-up bad guy getting… excited when he fights the young heroes if it’s part of an overall litany of bad behavior intended to make you hate him more. When anybody takes that as cute ‘fan service,’ by any measure, it recalls how grotesquely out of touch HETALIA’s fangirl following was.

Watch "15 × 15" and "Pirates × And × Guesses" and "A × Heated × Showdown" and "Guts × And × Courage" decide for yourself, then read my comments on the previous episode.

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Lurkeroon March 27, 2014 at 6:16 a.m.

Hisoka is a cool character ruined by a weird personality trait.

I was excited about the idea of a dodgeball game too, but then the show spent so much time EXPLAINING that I got bored. It's a trope that many writers don't even try to get around.

It's also funny that in a room full of adult men, the strongest people are two 12 year old children and an effeminate psychopath.

dtolsonon March 27, 2014 at 8:14 a.m.

I used to think that Hisoka liked Gon and Killua in a way that gets you thrown into prison. After thinking it over, he only likes their potential to get stronger so he can fight them. Thats pretty wierd in its own sense.

rubberluffyon March 27, 2014 at 12:09 p.m.

Hisoka is pretty much a powersexual, he only has interest in inherent potential or interesting nen use, pretty much on a fetishistic level, such as with Machi's nen threads, and his deep desire to fight Chrollo, or that Gon could perhaps become an Enhancer rivaling or overcoming Uvogin someday. He's a complete creep but he's interesting because of how self-centered he is. Pretending to be a Troupe member just to fight Chrollo, helping Gon with the dodgeball match, he only cares about what might keep him from being bored. He can be a rival, villain or ally and it never really feels out of character for him.

Marshal Victoryon March 27, 2014 at 2:33 p.m.

@rubberluffy: Thats dead on about Hisoka.

Also any one else think of this ...

during the dodge ball match?

sickVisionz moderator on March 27, 2014 at 3:29 p.m.

Hisoka is a cool character aside from the whole potentially pedo thing. You're so sensitive Tommy. I don't think I've ever seen someone this upset over a six-pack before.

Kino88on March 30, 2014 at 12:47 p.m.
Agreed Hisoka is past creepy now, that episode was um....... hmm.... Also I now believe this arc to be the dullest one so far, which is disappointing considering how many ways they could have played With gaming troupes, more luck with the chimera fire ants maybe?

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