Damn, Togashi is really a geek.
As with Heaven’s Arena, we see Togashi indulging his inner shounen geek, and why not? Having basically invented his own martial art (Nen) he’s eager to show off its myriad details (I wonder if he figured all this out in advance, and just had a Nen encyclopedia that he referred to when the moment came during the writing?). In this episode we’re introduced – by Bisky, of course – to no less than three new concepts:
- Ko – The gathering of all your various Nen disciplines into one concentrated spot – such as a fist. One assumes this was the secret of Uvogin’s power. An obviously attractive quality for an enhancer (the link between Gon and Uvo has certainly been noted more than once, not least by Nobunaga) but with the limitation that it’s applications are quite limited – not least because it leaves all the other parts of the body defenseless.
- Ken – Seems like a kind of Super-Ren. If Ko is an all-out attack technique, this is a defensive specialty. It covers the entire body in a protective coating of Nen – not as strong as Ko, but much more versatile.
- Ryu – To me, this seems like the most powerful Nen skill the boys have learned – because it combines elements of the advanced Ko and Ken techniques. The ability to shift power to various parts of the body, both to attack and defend – the possibilities are obvious. It’s no wonder that this is the last of the techniques Bisky introduces her colts to in this episode.
really responds to Bisky’s story of the “evil fist” origin of Janken – one senses that he really believes his very nature is tied into the concept.
Genthru (Yoshino Hiroyuki, the second seiyuu from the 1999 series to appear in the 2011 as a different character) is actually the Bomber – and has only been playing along with their plan in order to gather all the cards in one place so that he can steal them. I have to say I never saw that one coming – maybe I should have – but in point of fact he’s a pretty sick bastard. He’s planted bombs on all the alliance members which he says will detonate if he isn’t given all the spell cards. It was a pretty grisly end for Puhat, who made a positive impression with his friendliness towards the boys – but Togashi is no sentimentalist, that’s for damn sure. As if that weren’t a big enough problem, it seems as if the two teams of Spiders have joined forces, and located the real-world location of Greed Island. That’s trouble – but I can’t imagine that Ging and others of his formidability wouldn’t have foreseen that possibility.
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