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HUNTER X HUNTER #9 - - Watch & Learn

Some solid lessons taught right here!

This show’s really starting to seem like "THE BOOK OF VIRTUES by way of SHONEN JUMP" with each successive challenge issued to Gon and his pals…

Again, it’s all further evidence to substantiate my theory that Togashi must have a serious sporting background to complement his cartooning skills. The morals about competition which are taught in this episode truly seem like they’re coming from a guy who’s learned hard lessons from real experience; not somebody who’s just parroting platitudes he found in some sports manga he’s read.

Kurapika’s duel with the fraudulent gangster obviously speaks to the real nature of poseurs and anybody who barks so loud that you can be quite sure that their bite isn't so bad. When I was on the wrestling team in high school, the opponents who grappled the worst were almost always the guys who made snarly faces before the match or pointedly showed off their scary tattoos. So yeah, that speaks to my own experiences.

Gon’s duel, on the other hand, has a more complicated message perhaps...

It seems to say that if you’re entering into a competition where your opponent is exploiting gaps in the rules to his advantage, then it’s perfectly honorable to find other omissions that'll help you out, in turn. Maybe more specifically: if your opponent’s using a corner of the game that works to his strengths, then you’re well within rights to find another corner that plays to yours. If he’s smarter, and he’s using slight-of-hand to fool you into agreeing to use a trick candle, then you can go ahead and use your superior physique to run up and blow his candle right out. Nobody said it was against the rules, did they?

Again, that second notion isn’t as simple as “Winners never cheat” or “Hard work always wins,” and that’s because it’s a real lesson, not a cliche. I guess that undercurrent is part of why this show so often works in spite of itself.

Watch this episode, Beware × Of × Prisoners" here and decide for yourself, then read my comments on the previous episode here.

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Marshal Victoryon Sept. 24, 2013 at 10:30 a.m.

This one episode made me a fan of the series. Cant wait till ya cach up to where i left off.I looked at the match as i would say a magic the gathering game.The rules are there but it doent mean you cant be creative.Gons foe here cheated.Gon just used the opening he created to snatch victory from the jaws of a cheater.So to speek.

Err also kids in high school wrestling had tattoos?How many years held back were they?

rubberluffyon Sept. 24, 2013 at 1:57 p.m.

This is a good early of how Gon reacts to things. At first glance he's some dumb, naive kid but he's really clever and has good instincts. He's really good at figuring out problems using the most basic logic, like with the candle.

edit: Looks like the news is circulating that the show is having a timeslot change, from it's usual Sunday mornings kids show slot to a late night 1:30am slot in the middle of the week, starting in October. Possibly because the current arc is not really kids show material?

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