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Hunter x Hunter 48 – Time for a Breather

Haha, that pot looks strikingly like some creepy tumors I saw in an episode of Black Jack . . .

This is very much a breather episode after the high-intensity action of Kurapika’s battle against Uvogin. Nothing wrong with that, though — if you don’t have a bit of light, then the darkness won’t be as fearful, yeah? As the end of this episode and the episode preview shows, Gon and Killua are close to entering the battle against the Spiders, so there will be plenty of fear in the future for our young wards.

Anyway, Gon and Killua’s get rich quick scheme is nice and all, but they’re being hit by the roadblock of being little kids rather than entrepreneurs. Granted, they’re little kids with crazy Nen powers, so they can actually see items that will help them get rich quick, but their powers don’t extend to sensing when the wool is being pulled over their eyes. Gon I can totally understand — he is basically an innocent, and because he can take care of himself rather well, he has no problem trusting most people he comes across and taking care of shit later if people are dicks to him.

Killua is a bit surprising, though. He’s a skilled assassin, right? He’s had a good deal more exposure than Gon to how shitty people can be, so you’d think he’d approach the situation with a bit more skepticism. But I dunno, maybe he’s one of those assassins who prefers to have as little interaction with people as possible. Hanging around with Gon has also made Killua noticeably happier, so he’s probably less prone to viewing people through a cynical lens. And, maybe, being 12 years old has something to do with it. If that swindler had told 12-year-old me the pot was worth $50, I’d be like, “WHOA $50 I CAN BUY A VIDEO GAME WITH THAT!!!!!!” So I guess it’d be rather mean to be too hard on Killua here.

In this respect, Gon and Killua are lucky that “Crazy Eyebrows” Zepile is such a nice guy. Not just any dude would be cool enough to help out a couple of kids with no reservations, especially since it would be easy to rob them blind with his thorough knowledge of antiques. But, nope, he totally helps them out and makes sure they don’t get swindled out of a shit ton of jewels. Zepile’s only ulterior motive is that he wants that gnarly pot, because he has to buy up sordid reminders of his past so that people don’t realize how shit he was. It would be a bit inconvenient for people to know that an appraiser once made counterfeit goods.

But, yes, much as I love Leorio and think he’s a total boss, Zepile is a much better ally for Gon and Killua if they want to get rich in a hurry. He’s got the necessary connections to take the items Gon and Killua buy up and resell them for maximum profits. Leorio’s big idea for getting rich involved underground arm wrestling. A hilarious idea for a Sylvester Stallone movie, but not really conducive to anything other than getting an eyeful of a pale, muscular, bulbous-crotched dude making proclamations. Zepile is even cool enough to teach Gon and Killua how to do crazy illegal shit with counterfeit goods. It’s an important life skill, to be sure.

But enough of that! Spider hunting! Nobunaga looks weird as hell with his hair down.

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  1. Anca
    Posted September 24, 2012 at 6:46 pm | Permalink

    That vase reminds me of that red egg from Berserk.

    • Posted September 25, 2012 at 6:43 am | Permalink

      Haha, it totally does! It’s not quite as evil, though. At least, I don’t think it is …

  2. Posted September 24, 2012 at 6:58 pm | Permalink

    I liked your point how though Gon and Killua are combat geniuses, when it comes to street smarts they are akin to green bananas. Their naivety when it comes to street smarts is what makes the world building believable in HxH. What separates HxH from other shonen for me is how when Gon/Killua power up and face more powerful enemies(or just new obstacles in general) each arc, it’s believable due to how Nen works and how much Togashi keeps his world covered but still makes the audience feel Gon and Killua are growing as fighters/people while at the same time not nullifying out all of the experience gained from previous arcs

    That last part is key because in other shonen when the heroes power up, the villains that get introduced are just ridiculously more powerful then our heroes making their training previous arc seem like a waste of time a la One Piece and the current manga arc.

    • Posted September 25, 2012 at 6:44 am | Permalink

      I can’t speak about One Piece, but yeah, you see this a lot in Naruto, DBZ, etc. At least Nen gives a decent reason WHY the people Gon and Killua come across are so damn powerful.

  3. Posted September 25, 2012 at 7:20 am | Permalink

    I was a little surprised at Killua’s behaviour, too. If anything, he should have instantly assumed everything the dealer said was a lie. He’d still be half wrong, but it makes a lot more sense for him.

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