It’s not like this is any big news or anything, but Gon and Killua are certainly very different people.
Before we launch into this episode, there was some interesting news from Shounen Jump this week. ANN worded it this way:
A blurb in this year's 12th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is reporting on Monday that a "shocking" announcement regarding the Hunter X Hunter television anime would be made in the following issue.
Production of a second film was already confirmed in a special teaser trailer after the ending credits of the first film, Hunter × Hunter: Phantom Rouge, released last month. The trailer was focused on Netero, the chairperson of the Hunters Association, in front of a backdrop of a dimly lit street with a tall tower similar to the Heavens Arena.
While we wait, we have another episode of “Greed Island” to talk about, and as usual it was stellar. I haven’t checked against the source but this episode certainly felt less frantically-paced than the last few have – ironically, as it started with a barrage of restricted-slot cards that required many pauses in playback. This was an episode that seemed content to focus on the details of the game itself and take the time to savor them, without having the burden of too much action or major revelations. We certainly got a fair share of exposition and as always, some very interesting grist for the mill as far as Killua and Gon’s character development, but mostly it was about atmosphere-building and scene-setting. On the whole it made for a refreshing change-of-pace.
Pissed as he is, he keeps his wits about him and immediately seizes on the best course of action after Genthru’s con job – try and monopolize one of the final cards that Genthru needs to win. It just so happens that someone else has seized on the same idea – Kazsule (Okabayashi Fumihiro), who we’ve met before. He’s also decided that it’s time for everyone to team up and decide how to stop Genthru – despite the fact that he has no knowledge of Genthru’s true identity – and he invites the boys and Bisky to a powwow of elite (50 restricted-slot cards and up) teams.
immediately butts heads with another team leader, Asta, who dismisses he and his allies as a bunch of useless kids. Killua trusts no one he doesn’t know intimately (and even then, usually with caution) and he’s a brilliant strategist, as he shows us over and over. For him this is immediately a negotiation – they have info the others needs to know and he’s certainly not willing to let Asta’s team have it without a significant cost (for the others, he’s willing to go so far as to accept whatever they offer after the fact). For Gon it’s the completely opposite approach – once the true nature of Genthru has been revealed and the others realize they may have become his victims too (after he’s touched them) Gon spills the rest of the information about his abilities, whereas Killua was ready to extract his pound of flesh in exchange.
share a wealth of valuable information about spell cards and other critical hints. It’s also interesting to watch Bisky’s response. By nature she’s clearly more inclined to Killua’s way of thinking, but she can’t help but smile as she sees what Gon’s approach is capable of achieving – in a way, this “perfect gem” is winning her over in spite of her cynicism. And Killua would never choose to change that aspect of his friend’s personality, because it’s one of the many reasons he loves Gon – rather, he’ll continue to stand by Gon’s side and cover his back when that openness leads him into dangerous territory.
group of pirates and defeat them to learn the location of the card from a sexy NPC. The leader of these pirates just happens to be named “Razor” – that should be fascinating. And there’s that #75 card that Team Gon has obtained (by helping the stricken villagers who took their clothes) – “Wild Luck Alexandrite”. It promises “Once in a lifetime experiences – for better or for worse…” I can’t imagine the wording is coincidental. Finally (and perhaps most intriguingly) we have Hisoka wandering around in here somewhere, and we know he’s going to end up teamed with Gon, Kil and Bisky sooner or later. I expect things are going to get pretty wild from this point forward.
Greed Island Tutorial: “Tax Collector’s Gauntlet”