Series this good really shouldn’t run as long as Hunter X Hunter. I’m running out of new things to say when I sing its praises.
Things great shounen can be about:
- Growing stronger
- Fighting evil
- “Where are you, Dad?”
smile his way through his fear so as not to worry his friend. It’s reflected in Killua’s good-natured patience with Gon’s fiery impulsiveness, in spite of what he might wish himself.
this sort of relationship maybe shounen just isn’t the right fit for you, because I really don’t think anime friendships get any better.
The Bomber”, possibly, though it’s too early to tell). Gon and Killua meet up with a thief who prays on new players (he’s the one who casts a “Trace” card on Killua), a seemingly common occurrence – and later, a confederation of players teaming up to try and beat the game within three months. They manage to recruit many of Battera’s new players, but the truth of the matter is they intend to win the game by stealing cards too – the easiest of the three means of obtaining them. They’re just pledging not to use violence in doing so – though whether they can be trusted I’m not at all sure.
rejects an alliance with these players, even though it means they won’t be able to have the spell cast on Killua removed. Gon feels profoundly guilty about this of course, but his reasoning is simple – this isn’t the spirit of Greed Island as Ging envisioned it, or at least as Gon imagines he did. Gon is as full of martial spirit as ever, and he’s in Greed Island to try and get closer to Ging by seeing Greed Island for the rousing adventure Ging described. Killua of course is there for a very simple reason – Gon wants to be there, and Killua wants to help Gon get what he wants and protect him from those that would harm him. Where that happens isn’t especially important to him.
Jan-Ken-Pon tournament) is the arrival on the scene of the heretofore silent – and memorably named – Biscuit Kreuger (Yokayama Chisa – Madhouse reached deep into the glorious shounen past here) who seems interested in the boys mainly for mischievous reasons, for now anyway. As the first really significant female character in the series (apart from the androgynous Melody and of course Mito, whose significance is undeniable but whose appearances are few and far between) Biscuit is going to be interesting to watch. There’s also the matter of Shalnark inviting Shizuku and Kotolpi to join him in Greed Island, meaning six of the Spiders will now be inside (we get a nice moment as he contemplates Pakunoda’s grave). It should also be mentioned that Madhouse – again – did an amazing job with the animation here. Both in the exterior – making the world of Greed Island come to life – and the interior, with the close-up facial animations, especially of Gon and Killua. All in all H x H kicks of 2013 without missing a beat – and next week the theatrical film “Phantom Rouge” opens, with a promise of a “special announcement” after the credits. Return of the manga, anyone?
Greed Island Tutorial: “Return”