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Hunter x Hunter 43 – Bloody Sunday

As Mira said on Twitter: Hunter x Hunter‘s doing the SHAFT pose!

Even though I enjoy the events of this episode, it’s disappointing because it’s not one of the ones Madhouse went wild on. There are some good individual moments like the neck snap above (the accompanying crunch made me cringe) and whatnot, but all the stills and speed lines during Uvogin’s curb stomping of the Mafia put a damper on that scene. The bit when Franklin guns down everyone in the audience has that problem, too. It’s at least still an awesome moment, because you know something crazy is going down since Franklin and Feitan are brazen enough to march in on the auction and let loose in front of basically the entire Mafia.

And there’s the extra bonus of Franklin in a suit with those long, droopy earlobes.

Getting back to the presentation, this episode does get it half right: the affair feels suitably bloody and dangerous. The giant pool of blood in the middle of the auction hall following Franklin and Feitan’s attack is a particularly striking image. It turns especially enjoyable when paired with how utterly nonchalant Shizuku is about cleaning up the mess afterward. She just sucks up everything in her Nen-powered vacuum — blood, bodies and bounty. Anything goes here! It’s those little inhuman touches that make the Spiders seem so dangerous. In a world that’s long been established as being frightfully savage and brutal and littered with maniacs, this crew is stocked with people who just don’t give a shit.

We as an audience don’t even know what they have to gain from this exercise. It isn’t money, because Chrollo makes it clear they don’t give a fuck about that. It’s not a traditional sense of power, because they don’t care about that, either. Maybe they just like the thrill of busting such a secure place? Or maybe . . . they have no reason at all. They just do it.

That was a bit of a tangent. As far as blood and violence goes, Madhouse actually gets away with more than I figured they would. Obviously it wouldn’t be ridiculously grotesque, but the blood spray when Uvogin launches the rock through the sniper’s head? That one dude getting plastered with Nen bullets and going out with a headshot? The neck snap? Feitan decapitating that one guy is pretty good, too, even with the cheat of the vacuum covering it up. There’s plenty to satiate the blood lust you fine folks possess. It’s just a shame that the animation (such as it is) couldn’t quite keep up. I can only hope Madhouse is saving up for what’s to come. I can handle an animation sacrifice if it pays off well down the road.

The other thing I did not like about this episode is way too much clumsy exposition in the middle. The show frames it as best as it can with Uvogin explaining to Chrollo the information they got by interrogating folks, but it all strikes me as information the Spiders would already know. They are a well-prepared group, and it’s not like they slack on the information gathering front. It provides a break between the bloody action in the beginning and the end; however, it’s a bit leisurely for my liking. The stuff that interested me most is: 1) the Spiders use smart phones — more modern technology! and 2) in the Hunter x Hunter version of the world, North America looks like a cow.

Moo.

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17 Comments

  1. Posted August 12, 2012 at 8:19 pm | Permalink

    “There’s plenty to satiate the blood lust you fine folks possess.”
    That’s not the point. We’re not out for something like “5 gory moments per episode!”, it’s more about whether the violence is appropiate to the scene in question or not. They did quite a good job with some of the scenes, but I’m not all too thrilled about Franklin shooting down the guests without injuring them but still causing them to bleed. The stills they used for that were particularly bad: It looked like he was firing paintballs or something. Mind you, they already ruined the massacre with writing the attack names all over the screen. It’s just ridiculous and doesn’t add any impact to the events.
    Uvogin versus mafia guys was also a pain to watch. First he kills that guy in a very brutal way and then there’s a bunch of stills. The problem is, said stills were more like Uvogin posing and the other guys falling down. That’s quite a nonsensical contrast to the first killing.

    The pool of blood was basically where they overdid it with the violence. The guests weren’t hurt but there was a damn POOL of blood. How can 40 people (which were supposed to be 500) bleed that much?

    I also got to laugh at Ivlenkov trying to cantact his boss first instead of escaping. Mind you, Baise wasn’t any better, waiting for Shizuku to finish her business with Ivlenkov’s corpse.

    It’s also ironic to see that when it didn’t matter at all, they had some budget for good animation in store. They should have used the money for Franklin shooting at the guests or Uvogin killing some mafia guys. Sure, animating a lot of people at the same time is something very expensive (which is also why anime usually tend to rely on CGI in such cases), but a clever director can come up with a solution for that problem. Unfortunately, they have yet to sub out that talentless guy for someone with more brains.

    • Serging Kekkaishi
      Posted August 12, 2012 at 10:24 pm | Permalink

      I believe it was censorship and they did a pretty good job with the camera angles and speed of the scene to cover it up. And the Director has been pretty clever with some of more violent scenes in the past. I think your being a little too hard on director. I mean Talentless? Is that necessary. I’m interested in what you would come up.

      I agree with the Uvo stills but the whole point is Uvo kills everyone. You don’t to go all out with that.

      • Posted August 13, 2012 at 3:44 pm | Permalink

        Hm, I don’t know about that. The only clear instance of self-censorship is during the decapitation. They weren’t hiding anything during the Franklin and Uvogin battles. They just weren’t animated all that much.

    • Posted August 13, 2012 at 3:40 pm | Permalink

      I don’t disagree with most of your criticisms (particularly that the big attack name screens are a bit silly for what’s going on), but it doesn’t really matter to me that the violence is “overdone.” Who cares?

      Your criticism of Ivlenkov is valid (couldn’t he just run and call at the same time?), but Baise’s behavior isn’t a shock. Even for an experienced person, it’s kind of a shock to suddenly be in the middle of a bloodbath like that. It’s not unheard of for someone to just freeze like that before actually doing something.

  2. hint
    Posted August 12, 2012 at 8:22 pm | Permalink

    When i watch the old version my blood boils a lot, music is so much better there.
    Hail Madhouse, this time they showed more blood than 99v.
    hxh99 – Episode 52 and ~1st half of 53.

    • Posted August 13, 2012 at 3:46 pm | Permalink

      I don’t remember which tracks the ’99 version used, but I do agree that in general its soundtrack is more suited to a serious arc like this.

  3. Oni Hibiki
    Posted August 12, 2012 at 10:32 pm | Permalink

    I loved this episode. What a well directed episode. Clever angles and really surprised how far they went with the violence. Feitan’s VA is perfect and a nice hint at how awesome he is. My only problem is Uvo and Chrollo conversation kind of slowed things down a little too much. They cut some corners but it’s too be expected from a television production. This series has already shown me how much care has been put into it.

    • Posted August 13, 2012 at 3:57 pm | Permalink

      I love the contrast between this comment and the next one lol

  4. XXL
    Posted August 13, 2012 at 9:15 am | Permalink

    Wow. They completely mishandled this episode. Especially Ubogin. He’s like a bloodthirsty barbaric mentally retarded clown instead of the genuinely menacing figure he’s supposed to be. No subtlety whatsoever.

    Feitan closing his ears in preparation for Franklin’s gunshottering was probably the only good moment in this episode. Oh, and Deme-chan was adorable. Other than that, the execution of all the scenes was incredibly disappointing.

    Madhouse, things are not looking up for the Yorkshin arc, with the way you’re handling things. I may have to go watch the original anime to get my Yorkshin fix at this point…

    • Posted August 13, 2012 at 3:59 pm | Permalink

      I didn’t think Uvogin was that bad except for maybe the dopey smile he gives before he breaks that Mafia dude’s neck. Other than that, I bet Uvogin would have seemed much more menacing if his fight were actually animated decently.

      • Oni Hibiki
        Posted August 13, 2012 at 4:04 pm | Permalink

        Yeah Uvo seemed fine to me. I love the dopey smile because the look was hilarious. But part of his personality is that he loves to fight so nothing seemed out of place. Uvo vs Shadow Beast looks better animation wise.

    • chikkychappy
      Posted August 15, 2012 at 2:45 am | Permalink

      I’m not really sure why you haven’t yet. Imo, 1999 TV is better even than the manga and much superior to 2011 it’s not funny. (Though don’t get me wrong, I don’t hate madhouse’s version.)

      Watch it NOW and let us know what you think.

  5. Posted August 13, 2012 at 6:35 pm | Permalink

    Uvo is good.

    I love him.

    Best Spider.

  6. Posted August 13, 2012 at 9:56 pm | Permalink

    You better not find out about the plot of the movie. I think I died a little inside while reading the synopsis.

    • XXL
      Posted August 13, 2012 at 10:26 pm | Permalink

      Wait… so they’re not just remaking the Yorkshin arc? What has Togashi pulled out of his ass this time?

      • hxhfan
        Posted August 14, 2012 at 7:59 am | Permalink

        the plot’s totally not canon.

        someone stole kurapica’s scarlet eyes (literally his own eyes. in the poster a part of his face was bandaged) and the rest of the gang try to hunt down the culprit, who (i think) is spider #4.

      • Posted August 14, 2012 at 10:46 am | Permalink

        Magic

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