As any boy who specializes in Jan-Ken-Pon knows, rock beats scissors.
Binolt (Suyama Akio, another old pro who’s excellent here). Killua is faced with the reality that Bisky sensed Binolt while he couldn’t, and then with the fact that he never saw her diversionary cheek-slap coming despite being on high-alert. Killua seems to need to taste what strength can do to him before his pride can be tamed and he can face reality, but it’s clear here that he’s not in Bisky’s class, and neither of the boys protests when she commands them to follow her lead. Gon’s “Oh – they’re acting!” at this point provides the comedic highlight of the episode, by the way.
eating their hair (well – ick) – which immediately tells him that Biscuit if 57 years old, and that he’s no match for her in a fight. But he’s really got no choice in the matter, and he mans up to take his medicine just as the boys arrive back on the scene. Biscuit has told them to walk 500 meters, then hurry back – but not to help her in the fight. She just wants them to see exactly what she does to Binolt.
ending the fight because he wants to keep going until each of them are capable of defeating Binolt without the other’s help – an example of the kind of detached hard-headed practicality that occasionally makes Gon a scary little man, despite his generally kind and loyal nature.
brilliantly choreographed and gorgeously animated – some of the best extended action sequences in a series full of them. Togashi also makes the interesting choice of humanizing Binolt during the fight – letting us see his increasing weariness and desperation as he realizes he’s being toyed with by two little boys with big ability, and even giving us a glimpse of the hardscrabble life that set him off on this path. Bisky has promised to kill him if he’s defeated, but once Binolt has had enough Gon shows his kind side – expressing gratitude for the invaluable help in getting stronger and declaring “We won’t kill you!” Would Biscuit have felt the same way, if Gon hadn’t taken command? We can’t say for sure – just as we can’t say for sure than Binolt will really turn himself in – but the series of events provides a revealing glimpse of the two sides of Gon. “You’re flawless – a perfect gem. But that perfect nature could be your undoing.”
Blue Planet” – a perfect jewel itself, available only inside Greed Island – and it seems she has a fetish for gems. That seems to be the attraction with Gon and Killua – two rough gems that require her cutting and shaping and polishing to achieve their maximum glory. She’s a former Hunter Examiner, and like all of them she seems to have a sadistic side – she’s a damn hard teacher, as witness the brutal training she puts the boys through as soon as their fight is over, making them run to Masadora and back for digging tools, then use them to dig their way back to Masadora. But there’s a method to her madness, and the boys already learn a new skill – Shu (surround) which Gon discovers in a “Eureka” moment during the digging. She also knows Ging – or of him, anyway – who Netero described as “one of the 5 strongest Nen users”. Her primary role so far has been to showcase just how far the boys – “Rock-hard Diamond” Gon and “Cool, calm, blue Sapphire” Killua – have to go, but ultimately it will surely be to help them get there.
Greed Island Tutorial: “Blue Planet”