No matter how great Hunter X Hunter is, it can always be made just a little better by adding a little Hisoka to the mix.
Killua's insight and amperage that gets them in to see the leader in the first place, and he turns out to be none other than Razor (which we already knew, of course).
takes clear note of the boy's train-of-thought. This sequence is also notable for the emergence of Goreinu (Tenjin Hidetaka - interestingly enough a mecha designer who as far as I can tell has never acted before) as a potential long-term ally. He's the only other member of Kazsule's 15 who sees the true nature of the challenge (it's designed to sow dissent in any challenging party) and who sticks around to join up with the boys and Bisky, realizing that it isn't enough simply to assume Genthru will never be able to put together a party than can win the day.
fracas between Gon and Killua over just how to deal with the "Chrollo Lucilfer" on their contact list - while played for laughs, I got the sense Gon was actually getting a bit tired of being called an idiot by Killua - before Gon proceeds to use "Accompany" to take the group to the location where the fake Chrollo awaits. What follows is classic Togashi outlandishness, as the figure barely visible in the steam of a natural hot spring slowly reveals red hair (way scarier than the other red-haired anime reveal this weekend). It's none other than Hisoka - a very naked Hisoka at that - and I'm not sure whose reaction to his reaction upon seeing how "ripe" Gon and Killua have become is the funniest.
brazenly ogles Gon and Killua's backsides and gets such a pronounced Nen-arousal that the freaked-out boys insist they switch places. I really considered that Madhouse might edit this scene, if any (it's pretty notorious from the OVA version) but no, if anything it's even more disturbing than ever. Hisoka is an unapologetic creeper, there's no doubt about it - utterly brazen and seemingly incapable of shame. But while he's rather good at hiding his intentions, he never makes any attempt to hide his nature, and that makes him one of the most fascinating antagonists in any anime. And then there's the fact that, beyond any shadow of a doubt, he's powerful - a powerful ally if on your side, and a terrible man to have as an enemy. In practice Hisoka rarely seems to be either of those things to anyone - he can't be pinned down that easily - and that makes him an even more intriguing dramatic presence.
charm offensive - and she also senses (as Killua does) that Hisoka's story about being in the game trying to find other Spiders who can tell him where to find Chrollo is at best a deception. Keep your friends close and your enemies closer is well and good, but how does that apply to Hisoka? He's strong and they need strong allies, and being a man who in the end seems to hate nothing except boredom Hisoka certainly isn't going to decline the invitation. This leads to a visit to the "Love City" of Aiai, and it's one of the highlights of the series for pure comic genius. It begins from the moment they enter town to the strains of the "Aiai!" chant repeating itself, and continues through a delightful and wholly unexpected parody of manga romance tropes, complete with obvious Sailor Moon allusions. It's the context that makes this really brilliant - coming where and when it does, it's completely out of left field.
correctly susses out that Hisoka's real game is to find the Nen cleaner who can remove Kurapika's bindings from Chrollo. But he's stepped up in class here, and for one of the very few times in the series he's obviously in over his head. Hisoka is never outflanked - if Kil is a step ahead of the rest, Hisoka is three. He's clearly loving this battle with Killua, and taking great joy in seeing the boy hyperactively overthinking every detail, trying to find what he's missing. Oh Kil, you're swimming into a rip-current here - and there are pervy sharks in the water, too. Killua is a supremely capable little boy, but he's still very much a child - and his vulnerabilities present themselves from time to time in dangerous form. He's sometimes smart enough to sense his own limits and restrain his actions accordingly, but so far that doesn't seem to be the case here.
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