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Hunter x Hunter 38 – Nerds Everywhere

Greed Island is available only on the original JoyStation. Ging is such a video game hipster. He won’t even re-release it on JSN — now the prices are going to stay ridiculously inflated like they are for Panzer Dragoon Saga! I suppose it’s worth it to keep the online community pure, though. Make it more mainstream and suddenly Greed Island is crawling with 12-year-old assholes straight from Xbox Live!

This was one of my favorite random episodes in the original Hunter x Hunter, mostly due to the randomness of a video game and system being a major plot point in the series, and for Killua dropping video game knowledge like mad. You’d think the Zoldyck clan wouldn’t allow Killua enough free time to immerse himself into the world of video games. Maybe he absorbed all that knowledge from Milluki. (As an aside, I love that a fat fuck otaku like Milluki is still a reasonably deadly assassin, at least by reputation. Do we ever see him in action in the manga?)

Anyway, getting back to the games, the look of the JoyStation has been subtly changed . . . looks less Super Nintendo/Super Famicom-like now. The earlier designed seemed like the best of both worlds to me: you had the name as a direct reference to what was the most popular console in the world at the time, but the colors referenced the previous generation’s most popular console. Now that’s how you design a parody video game console! Seriously, though, Ging needs to get that Greed Island shit on Steam already. Considering how the game actually works (spoiler alert: Gon and Killua eventually get their hands on a copy SORRY FOR RUINING THE STORY FOR YOU), it’s weird that it can’t be a digital release. But, again, requiring physical copies is a way to limit the number of people in the game, and also to screw over people who only get their games used from GameStop. If you ask me, that exclusive Greed Island DLC isn’t really worth it, and that’s not even bringing up the awful DRM.

One other thing I love in this episode is Killua going all Internet-savvy parent on Gon. You can’t use your Hunter Card to access the Hunternet from home; otherwise, bad people will come after you. Craig’s List is a terrible place to find copies of Greed Island, because bad people can’t wait to sell you counterfeits. Don’t go onto HunterIRC late at night, and if you do, definitely do not talk with Hisoka69 unless you have an adult with you.

Ging is riding on top of a giant dinosaur/Predator hybrid that is riding on top of something possibly related to Falkor from The Neverending Story. What a fucking boss.

This surprised me because during the original anime and the three OVAs, I don’t remember getting much of a look at Ging outside of that one picture Mito has and the flashback seen in the previous episode. Yet here we’ve got Ging flying on two crazy ass creatures because why the hell not? It’s doubly funny because he’s supposed to be an archaeologist, I think, but he’s more of an archaeologist in the Indiana Jones/Jurassic Park sense than anything else. I can’t imagine Ging carefully digging up bones unless he used said bones to fight off a pack of velociraptors. I demand to see that very scenario at some point in this anime. Make it happen, Madhouse!

I’ve got a question for those who have been paying much more attention than me: have any of the recap episodes shown up in the episode previews before? Going by episode number, it’s about time for a recap episode, but the episode preview showed Kurapika’s story, which is step one to AWESOME YORKSHIN ARC. I will get antsy if we need to wait a couple of weeks to kick start that fun business.

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  1. Posted July 8, 2012 at 9:59 pm | Permalink

    As for Milluki: Sadly, you don’t get to see him in action in the manga.
    As for the recap episodes: Yes, recaps have been indicated in the previews before so it looks like we are safe… for now. Well, it wouldn’t make any sense for Gon to write YET ANOTHER LETTER to Mito right after leaving her. Looks like we’ll get some batshit insane Kurapika next week instead. Can’t wait for it.

    Btw, HunterIRC seems like a pretty shitty place to me. Getting spammed to death by some trolls with messages like “HAHA YOU DONT KNOW ABOUT NEN YOU N00BS” would be pretty damn frustrating. While we’re at it: Seeing Gon reject any information on his biological mother was also kinda frustrating.

    Last but not least: Not even an adult could protect you from Hisoka69!

    • Posted July 8, 2012 at 10:10 pm | Permalink

      Awesome, thanks for the clarification. I never paid attention to episode previews until we started getting close to the YorkShin arc, haha.

  2. Posted July 8, 2012 at 10:08 pm | Permalink

    It’s not a recap.

  3. hint
    Posted July 8, 2012 at 10:14 pm | Permalink

    at least we know this HxH arc (rpg gaming) is way better than that aw crap and probably the same compared to sword of crap.

    • Posted July 9, 2012 at 5:29 am | Permalink

      lol, I haven’t watched Accel World or Sword Art Online, so I can’t say anything about that. Will say that I’m not the biggest fan of the Greed Island arc, though. Some of that may have to do with the fact that the character designs in those OVAs look like they stepped right out of fuckin’ Gundam SEED.

      • hint
        Posted July 9, 2012 at 8:36 am | Permalink

        Its not my fav, my favorite is kurapica-»spider arc.
        Watching them explaining mmorpg elements is sometimes boring. But having watched AW, while people praising it as best thing ever, i can say theres nothing can beat that hxh arc.
        Is there any other anime of the same genre better than greed island? lol

  4. Posted July 9, 2012 at 1:38 am | Permalink

    I’ve been loving these video game references as well. Sometimes you forget that Gon and Killua are kids and know this kind of stuff. I’m a little curious what kinds of games Killua played, but I’m sure they’re the kind meant for much older people.

    • Posted July 9, 2012 at 5:30 am | Permalink

      Cue Killua getting into Milluki’s eroge collection. You know he has one.

  5. langer
    Posted July 9, 2012 at 2:15 am | Permalink

    “You’d think the Zoldyck clan wouldn’t allow Killua enough free time to immerse himself into the world of video games.”

    you’re forgetting he’s the guy that spent all his battle tower money on sweets…makes you wonder if he does any work at all xD

    still slightly miffed that they haven’t even mentioned Kite yet (coming home was a good opportunity for at least a brief flashback to introduce him)…really hoping that they go passed the original series storyline -_-

    • Posted July 9, 2012 at 4:02 pm | Permalink

      Yeah, it’s weird that the show hasn’t done anything with Kite yet. I’m pretty sure he shows up again later, right? Not certain when there would be another good opportunity to introduce him, unless they’re planning on introducing him cold whenever he’s supposed to (re)appear in the story.

  6. Posted July 9, 2012 at 10:56 am | Permalink

    and suddenly Greed Island is crawling with 12-year-old assholes straight from Xbox Live!

    Shinmaru, you are having too much fun with this.

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