Leorio does not approve of laxative-laced juice beverages!
Anyway, I thought this episode was kind of dull. Weirdly enough, it actually seemed to stretch things out compared to the original series. The first Hunter x Hunter gets the introductions and whatnot over with in the first half of episode 6, without any hint that Tonpa is a total douchebag. As far as our main characters know, he’s just some random dude who has taken a shine to them and doesn’t have several cans of Explosive Diarrhea Classic on him. Then again, I guess they still don’t know, but are sort of on their guard, so the trick he’ll eventually pull can still be done. (Not really a spoiler since you all knew he would do something again later, right?)
But, yeah, basically a way to introduce the major players of the Hunter Exam arc. My first thought was, “WTF is up with Hanzo’s eyebrows?!” Isn’t the point of being a ninja to NOT stand out? Despite what a goofball he initially appears to be (and he does the same “lol sup dudes TOTES A NINJA HERE” shtick in the first series), Hanzo is actually pretty awesome. He might be my favorite character from the Hunter Exam arc, actually, so look forward to that!
Next up is Killua! From what little we heard of him, I think he’s got a decent new voice. Sounds enough like a little kid, and his voice still has that playful edge to it. Still, it’s kind of lulzy when he’s mentioned he’s had training so that poisons won’t affect him. Killua went through a lot of shit to build up that particular resistance! But, yeah, in case you didn’t guess from the OP and ED, Fourth Main Character Alert! Killua is pretty cool, but I wonder how far this adaptation will go in his storylines. There were some weird tonal shifts with him in the original series, and then it kind of ignores what seemed to be one of his main conflicts, so who knows . . .
And then we have he of the glowing crotch, Hisoka! Guess they’re going with the red hair from the beginning. Always wondered why Hisoka randomly changed his hair color in the middle of the first series . . . guess he got tired of the green.
I expect Daisuke Namikawa’s performance will be one of the most divisive aspects of the new series among fans on this side of the Pacific. It’s definitely different than Hiroki Takahashi’s Hisoka, which is why I want to give Namikawa a chance and see how he develops throughout the series. I definitely think Namikawa could be decently creepy in the role — it’s just that he’s more the slithery, slimy evil type, whereas Takahashi made Hisoka sound like a god damn child molester, haha. It’s a great, creepy as shit performance, which is why I didn’t expect Namikawa as good nor did I expect him to even take the voice in a similar direction.
Maybe it won’t end up as good, but there’s still plenty of room for Namikawa’s Hisoka to be good. I am cautiously optimistic for now!
So, yeah, I’ve got nothing else to say, so here’s a pic of Satotz and his awesome mustache.