Bow down to The Boss.
Looking at it objectively (a process of which I am capable only intermittently), this is just an OK episode. It’s another story of transition and development. We’ve got Gon and Killua scouring the Internet for clues on Greed Island and learning they have to raise roughly a billion kajillion
dollars jenny to even have a chance of buying it at the auction. We’ve got Kurapika and his new bodyguard buddies meeting their client and getting the rundown on the plans before the YorkShin auction. And we’ve got the Phantom Troupe meeting and making their plans for the auction, which boil down to, “Take everything and cut down any bastard who stands in our way.” They definitely have brevity on their side.
In terms of actual stuff happening in this episode . . . not that much. We know who’s making a move during the auction, and we can kind of see how they’ll all come together that night. We know what gives this particular mafia group its power. And . . . that’s about it.
But, God damn it, it’s impossible for me to be objective when the SPIDERS are involved. So let’s spend a while wanking on about them!
I love the Spiders. They represent many of the best aspects of Hunter x Hunter: cool powers and abilities, weird character designs, a larger-than-life stature, etc. I also love that they feel like a cohesive group but also have their own little cliques and rivalries, too. They stop from going wild solely because Chrollo Lucifer is such a fearsome, charismatic leader. I think it’ll be a while before we see what his power is, so I won’t spoil it here, but right from the start his appearance does a good job of making the viewer wonder what kind of person could possibly keep these crazies in line.
Look at Uvogin: the guy is large and super powerful; I bet those of you who haven’t seen the series before could still easily figure out that he’s an Enhancer, yes? This guy is no fuckin’ slouch on the battlefield, and yet he looks at Chrollo with the utmost respect and admiration and is utterly eager to take orders from the guy. Have to say, though, even without knowing how powerful he is, he just looks like someone who should be a leader. Anyone with a black cross on his forehead is probably bad news, but with that voice . . . I mean, wouldn’t you listen to him?
Speaking of voices! (An expertly handled transition, I know.) I know I’m not the only one who was super eager to hear all the Spiders and judge their voices harshly, right? Actually, not too much harsh judging going on — I like most of them! Let’s go through a quick rundown, shall we?
Hisoka (Daisuke Namikawa): Duh, we’ve heard plenty of him already. But, yes, Namikawa has really grown into the voice. Very happy to see Hisoka again.
Machi (Rena Maeda): No problems here.
Shalnark (Noriko Hidaka): Quite different from the ’99 series. Gut feeling on it is that I’m not a huge fan. Maybe it’ll grown on me.
Pakunoda (Romi Paku): Normally I’m a fan, but I’ve still got Pakunoda’s old voice stuck in my head, and Romi’s voice isn’t really meshing for me. Could be another that takes a while to grow on me.
Phinks (Kenn): Barely speaks, but I’ve got no problem with what I heard.
Uvogin (Akio Ootsuka): Any Akio Ootsuka is awesome. Pretty much slam dunk casting here.
Nobunaga (Naoya Uchida): Don’t necessarily dislike the voice, but it sounded weird to me at first because Uchida is the voice of Cobra in that awesome 2010 Cobra TV series.
Feitan (Kappei Yamaguchi): Also quite different from the original voice, but not in a bad way. I’m digging it so far.
Franklin (Hidenobu Kiuchi): I’m cool with the voice. What’s weirding me out more is seeing his long ass earlobes in full display! They were always covered up in the original series!
Chrollo Lucifer (Mamoru Miyano): Yes, yes and yes. This is the voice I looked forward to most, because Miyano has the perfect voice for a cool, charismatic dude like Chrollo, and he does not disappoint. Looking forward to more!
Fun times for fans! And, of course, to celebrate Hisoka’s return, I have to run this . . .
Awwwwwwwww yeah! Bathe in the glow of Hisoka’s magnificent cock, my friends.