This was a pretty damn good week to be Madhouse Studios, that’s for sure.
quickly pick up the “Sphere of Aura” technique so vital to his “paper” attack, Killua with the ability to convert his Nen to electricity at such a young age. Bisky strongly implies that Killua’s ability comes from converting the pain he’s suffered (“tragic.. a living hell”) into power – something that he shouldn’t have enough of at 12 to do what he’s doing. “It’s a miracle he can smile now” indeed – and it’s no coincidence that it’s when he’s with Gon that he’s able to do so most freely. Gon’s technique is by contrast one born of innocence – his love for a game. It’s simply a specialized attack based on Jan-Ken-Pon. He has the “Jan” part down, obviously, but “Paper” requires him to develop his skills as an Emitter, and “Scissors” as a Transmuter. As such, it’s a perfect training exercise, and Bisky’s approval on the grounds that cross-discipline abilities should be chosen largely based on “what feels right to you” seems perfectly suited to Gon’s nature.
Abengane (Hanawa Eiji), who’s destined to be the last survivor of the alliance targeted by Genthru. Abengane has his own motives for the meeting, but the story he reveals to Gon and Biscuit is a bitter one indeed. Gon’s impulse, of course, is to try and save the doomed men – something Bisky realizes immediately is beyond their practical ability to do. I think we can see Bisky most openly wrestling with the conundrum her “perfect diamond” poses her here. Gon’s purity of spirit is a part of his very being but even more, it’s obviously a great source of strength to him. Yet Bisky would clearly like to disabuse him of some of his childish idealism here, knowing it doesn’t hold up in the real world – as a service to him as his teacher, and to spare him pain later. Yet in trying to change that part of Gon, she risks cutting a flaw into the gem she’s so carefully polishing. If anything, perhaps, she might see her role as protecting that gem from this flaw for as long as realistically possible rather than damage the gem by forcing Gon to take this step out of childhood. But time will surely do the work in any event, whatever his teacher decides is best. It’s the same impulse we’ve seen in others – Kurapika certainly, and most obviously Killua himself – something in Gon that despite his great strength inspires others with the urge to protect the part of him that’s fragile.
creature capable of devouring the product of another person’s Nen (are you out there, Chrollo?). This successfully removes Genthru’s bomb from his shoulder, but in the process he acquires an unwanted companion he won’t be able to separate from until Genthru is dead. I suspect Abengane would have dedicated himself to killing The Bomber even if that weren’t the case, as a simple act of vengeance. It was certainly no surprise that he didn’t keep his word and disarm the bombs after the others surrendered the spell cards, but detonated them instead. There’s no nice guy armor in Hunter X Hunter, and the thoroughly decent Nickes dies with the rest – brutally and pointlessly.
Razor (Kuroda Takaya). He introduces himself as one of the game’s creators, impresses Phinks as an absurdly strong Nen user, and promptly dispatches the Spiders with a “Masters Only” spell card and destroys their boat. Of course they won’t give up that easily, but the back door of Greed Island appears to be closed to them, forcing the Spiders to tread the same road that Gon and Killua are traveling. Of course, it seems obvious that what we saw from Razor is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the power the Hunters who created Greed Island bring to the table – I suspect we’ll be seeing quite a bit of it before the arc is over.
Greed Island Tutorial (AKA Gon & Killua’s Weekly Fujoshi Theatre) – “Blackout Curtain”