If you mentally played the theme from Jurassic Park upon reading the title to this post, then you are my kind of person.
Apologies for taking a while to get to this post! As you have no doubt noticed, we were quite busy at The Cart Driver for the past couple of weeks! Something had to fall by the wayside with all of that posting, unfortunately, and it happened to be the episodic coverage of ongoing series. But, fear not, Dear Reader, for all shall be back to normal now! Or as close to normal as we get here.
So now Gon and Killua (eventually) will make the perilous journey into Greed Island. Despite Gon’s brain going on the fritz during the pre-game infodump, it’s not a difficult game to understand. I’d say most MMOs are more complex than Greed Island, though none involve the player actually dying should they fail. This shot to end the episode is actually kind of cool: It shows the vast expanses of the game without showing everything it has to offer. It’s comparable to that moment in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time when Link steps out onto Hyrule Field for the first time and this (at the time) enormous, almost overwhelming world is opened up to him. This is doing a better job of getting me hyped up for this arc than the OVAs ever did!
One thing I like is how Gon and Killua’s advancement isn’t much different from how heroes typically progress in these types of stories, but it feels natural for them, even though they’re learning all this crazy shit in a matter of days. You’ve got Killua taking a childhood of torture meant to toughen him up and using that to his advantage to create a unique attack. The aside of Tsezguerra mentioning that someone would have to go through years of tortuous training and exposure to electricity to master that ability is a nice way of tying that into what we know of Killua’s upbringing. And Gon, well . . . like the Enhancer he is, he punches shit. Hard. It’s too bad we don’t get to see him in action releasing all that built up Nen energy at once. But, hey, gotta save stuff for later, I suppose.
I enjoy the visual joke here of Killua’s hair being like a Dragon Ball Z Super Saiyan.
Not too much else going on in this episode, so here are some random thoughts. First, damn, how rich is Battera?! He’s dropping literally billions of jenny on copies of Greed Island and still spent only half of his total wealth. Sweet Christ, that’s a lot of money! Either that or the jenny is ridiculously inflated. I’m sure there are many people in this world who could create counterfeit jenny rather easily, so it wouldn’t surprise me if they were fucking with the worth of that. Also makes me wonder what the jenny-to-dollar exchange rate would be. Has any enterprising Hunter x Hunter fan ever tried figuring that out? Regardless, Battera makes it rain at that auction.
Next, I laughed at Zepile’s reason for entering the Hunter Exam being that he could pawn the Hunter License and get ridiculously rich off it. I suppose that’s as good a reason for becoming a Hunter as any. We haven’t seen him fight at all, so we don’t know what he’s capable of; however, a good eye for antiques and some kickin’ eyebrows won’t be enough to pass the exam. I can’t imagine the world of underground antique selling is all that rough, either, so maybe he’s biting off more than he can chew since he knows two kids who passed the exam.
Lastly, Leorio approving Gon and Killua’s contract is amusing. Isn’t he supposed to still be a teenager? When did he get so versed in contract law?! Then again, he is the closest person to an adult both Gon and Killua know, trust and can access, so I suppose he’ll have to do. Leorio wants to become a doctor, so he’s gotta be smart, right? And smart people know how to read contracts well. Perfectly logical.