I had the same reaction when I watched the original Hunter x Hunter. There’s no fucking way Leorio is a teenager. He dresses way too fancy. And he has a suitcase! He has to be in his mid-20s, at least. Where’s his birth certificate? Can he verify his age?
Anyway, while I’m trying my best not to compare this series to the original, I can’t help but think that I enjoyed the conceit behind the reveal of Leorio’s past more in the first series. Basically, this is where it’s revealed that Tonpa is an utter douche: He leads Leorio in another direction, and there’s some hallucinogenic sap or whatever at the end of the path that Tonpa uses to paralyze Leorio. And from there, Leorio fights against his past and doubts coming up to haunt him, and he strengthens his resolve to become a Hunter and help the impoverished.
It’s not an entirely original story development, mind (loads of anime characters have had similar internal conflicts within dreams or hallucinations or whatever), but it works well because it’s handled smoothly and fits the tone the original series establishes from the get-go. It feels much more intense, too, than Leorio accidentally letting a bit of his past slipping and then telling the rest of it to Kurapika. From his actions, you can tell that Leorio is much more honorable than he lets on, but that hallucination is the first real peek the audience gets at what truly drives Leorio. Again, I wasn’t a huge fan of Hunter x Hunter‘s beginning, but that’s one of the parts I really did enjoy.
Also, shirtless Leorio running around like a goofball lol.
I always wondered how Tonpa’s fat ass managed to finish the first part of the Hunter Exam. (Spoiler alert: He hasn’t failed!) I guess if you’re fat but still get out of the house, then you’re OK — Tonpa clearly gets out a decent amount, because he has a solid tan going. But if you’re some fat fucking otaku who’s stuck to his laptop all day on the Twitter and the YouTube and whatnot? Nope. You’re dead. Your dakimakuras and figures won’t save you now, tubby. Go back to ripping the latest Suite Precure episode minutes after it airs on TV. You are not wanted here!
But enough of that utter filler tangent. Everything else in this episode is more or less similar to the original series, down to Hisoka attempting to murder Satotz and the interloper for the lulz. I have to say I’ve laughed every time the little Spanish guitar interlude plays during Hisoka’s scenes. What is up with that? Haha. Is Hisoka going to dance the flamenco at some point? I bet he’d like to do that for Gon and Killua, the creep. I’d still like Daisuke Namikawa to sound a bit slimier as Hisoka, but we’re still not at the scenes where Hisoka turns the creep factor to 11, so whatever. Murdering people with cards is the least of the things Hisoka does.
And once again, I am without an ending, so more of Hisoka’s glowing crotch for you dear readers!