So, wow, the Hunter Exam is actually beginning next episode — pretty wild!
This episode combines two episodes in the original series into one, and once again, I’m not really upset at all. Honestly, I didn’t really like either of these episodes in the first Hunter x Hunter. There’s nothing wrong with the direction or animation or anything, but the core stories are just like . . . whatever. There isn’t much about either episode that truly stands out to me.
For instance, the first part of the episode with the old lady and her stupid ass quiz bullshit. This takes up an entire episode in the original series, and it perplexes me. The only thing I really miss that the new series doesn’t show is the dumbass skipping on through the quiz thinking he aced that question with his infallible logic, and then getting his ass whooped. Otherwise, it left me thinking, “Man, if this is an example of the awesome, well-built logic I can expect from this series, then I am going to cut someone.” It’s not a bad episode, mind; it’s just really underwhelming.
The basic point of these two episodes is to establish the traits that separate Gon, Kurapika and Leorio from the other goofs who wish to become Hunters: Gon has an affinity with nature, and he’s clearheaded and honest. Kurapika has a vast knowledge of the world, and he’s cool and cunning when the pressure is at its highest. Leorio is a hothead and a lovable bastard, but he also cares deeply for people, and he’s going to help them out no matter what. These are traits that are representative of what drives them and makes them want to become Hunters (which hasn’t been totally revealed for Leorio yet — you have to know that his money talk is at least partially bullshit, right?).
Now, I just don’t think this material needs to be two episodes. It’s not a case of impatience — frankly, I don’t think the original series made this stuff into two episodes because it has this supposedly perfect idea of down-to-Earth pacing. There’s a practical element to it: When the original Hunter x Hunter anime began, the manga had been going for a little more than a year-and-a-half. It doesn’t take long to run through that material. Even going at what can be described as a deliberate pace, the anime ran through the material in 62 episodes. And that’s including anime-original material, which, by the way, was not bad at all. One of my favorite episodes in the series is anime-original, as a matter of fact.
Anyway, blah blah blah, many words to say that I don’t have a problem with how this series condenses this early material. (Which I stated before, but fuck it, HAVE MORE WORDS.) People are within their rights to dislike the presentation of the series: It is noticeably more “shonen” and adventure-like in art style, direction and music than the original series. And, hell, I’ll even admit that I prefer the direction of the original through two episodes. But I don’t think the condensation is something to be angry about. This material is not really special at all. Might be an unpopular opinion, but that’s what I think. It’s the basic stuff every author runs through to establish characters and the world before they can let the hammer down and really let loose. When we get into the thick of the plot, nobody but the most stubborn fans are going to give a flying fuck that the old bastard hag didn’t get her 20 minutes of screen time.
Anyway, I have nothing more to say about this, so here’s Hisoka’s glowing penis.