See, I told you all it’s Dark Souls.
This is my second time with the Greed Island arc, and I now really enjoy Gon’s reasoning for going along with the group. “Ging just wants us to have fun in this game! He wouldn’t make a game full of killing and stealing!” Gon sure doesn’t take criticism well; he’d better not check out Greed Island’s Metacritic page if he wants to keep his sanity. Seriously, though, Gon does have a point. It’s not the game itself that encourages people to murder and steal; rather, it’s the people themselves looking to grease the wheels and get an easy win that are the people fucking up the game. Gon just wants to have a good time. He’s not looking to spend his life on Greed Island just so that he can get really good at it.
The folks in Greed Island who kill others to open up more slots for rare/useful cards are like the people who use the pause trick to beat the really difficult bosses in Mega Man. Sure, it’s a thing that you can do, but taking advantage of something that’s clearly not meant to be part of the game is pretty cheap. (By the way, not representing myself as some awesome badass gamer here. I can’t beat fuckin’ shit in Mega Man. That game destroys me.) What really gets me is that this group of killers is presumably motivated by something that didn’t exist in Greed Island in the first place — the reward offered to those who defeat the game. I suppose people are trying to see if Ging left some grand prize for the winner, and you can keep whatever stuff you find in the game, so that’s some extra motivation. But for all anyone knows, there could also be no prize at the end aside from the pride of being the person who defeated the game. The large cash reward being offered by outside parties is the only tangible benefit being offered to those who play the game.
So, yeah, what a bunch of jerks! Gon clearly has the right idea. Everyone else is banding together and fighting for their lives; meanwhile, Gon and Killua are scarfing down some pasta. Obviously they have the better deal.
But, unfortunately, Gon and Killua won’t be able to chill and enjoy the sights of Greed Island for long. I’m sure all you folks who haven’t seen/read the series before keyed onto this little lady immediately. Madhouse wasn’t exactly subtle about presenting her, haha. She stood out immediately upon first appearance, even more than the other Greed Island candidates the episode highlighted. And now she’s planning to fuck around with Gon and Killua. You have to wonder what kind of person actively chooses to screw around with little kids, but I doubt she underestimates them since you have to be a Nen user to even get in Greed Island. I bet you all can’t wait to see how this turns out!
Random note: I’m watching Robotics;Notes right now, and man, Frau’s hair style is quite similar to our unknown woman here! Then again, making an anime character’s crazy hair resemble a heart isn’t exactly uncommon. (Or, uh, ovaries, I guess.)