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HUNTER X HUNTER #7 - - Watch & Learn

He'd have broken his neck in real life. Hee hee.

For the number of times Killua’s after-images trick has been used in popular fiction, I’ve half a mind to wonder if there might actually be some real world basis for it. From NARUTO to MORTAL KOMBAT, it’s such a specific stylization of speed and power. Maybe it’s as simple as being a camera trick that was picked up on rather early in the days of special effects, but I’d like to entertain the notion that perhaps the ninja that this ‘jutsu’ is so often associated with might have actually poisoned their victims before going in for an attack - - and this strobing was what the victims’ drug-addled vision saw before their demise.

If that’s an especially tangential thought to entertain, it’s the result of this plot being the most leisurely, Sunday drive of heroic quests. First, we have a whole episode about Gon dodging a can of soda, now we see him playing ball with an old man for hours on end - - and, all throughout, there hasn’t been any compelling motivation driving any of it.

Seriously, YU YU HAKUSHO immediately put Yusuke into an afterlife that he’d have to fight his way out of. FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST began with the Elric Bros committing a horrible transgression that they then strove to rectify. HUNTER X HUNTER just starts with Gon setting out to become a hunter because… because that’s just what you do! Aside from the generalized preamble in the intro, we haven’t been given any sort of spiel to set up the monsters which our titular hunters are presumably competing for the right to track down.

Are they evil? Do they pose a threat to Gon’s way of life? Hey, man… don’t stress about that. Just enjoy a leisurely ride on this blimp. Hell, we’ll even slow the ship’s speed so it takes even longer to get where we’re going.

With all that said, I’m... still down to keep watching, and the fact that I don’t know why I want to keep watching is just maddening to me.

Watch this episode, Showdown × On × The Airship" here and decide for yourself, then read my comments on the previous episode here.

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Donwunon Sept. 12, 2013 at 6:16 p.m.

This kind of reminds me of your early arc One Piece reviews where without the clear establishments of certain story elements you really seemed to be thrown in an entertaining dismay of comparisons and conflictions

You have actually helped me realise why this and One Piece are two of my favourite anime series of all time, it just goes about things differently while still giving you what you want in a more relaxed / consistent fashion

Does every series really have to hit all those expected plot points early in the series just to satisfy the easy viewer and give them what they always need to stay hooked immediately…surely this mangaka deserves more praise for doing things differently…..although I do have the hindsight of the future to see why things were ultimately done this way but still it’s a lil disheartening to see someone possibly give up on such a fantastic show because It did not hit certain beats at a certain pace

Don't get me wrong no show is without criticism as I have also seen your appreciation for the mangakas use of familiar older techniques from his other works

Honestly, Sam has really made a big mistake skipping the arcs that he already did as you will soon find out Tom – and I would not be surprised if this turns out to be one of your favourite shows…IF you stop waiting for the obvious story elements to pop up because they will eventually come….and with this rebooted series 50% faster than last time

Marshal Victoryon Sept. 12, 2013 at 8:08 p.m.

Um not sure how this was missed .But Gon sets out not only to become a hunter like his dad ,but to find his dad as well.Its not just cause.He has a better than average motivation for a lead character.He just doesnt emo all about it.

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