Feel free to use this screenshot to make like you are fist-bumping Biske-chama whenever you do something awesome.
Before I get to this episode, I have a question for the folks who are watching both this and JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Who would win in a battle pitting Biske-chama against Lisa Lisa? Might be a bit early to ask the question (particularly since I don’t think I have enough information to form a solid opinion yet), but why not throw a ridiculous scenario out for people to chew on? Bullet to my head, with little information, I’d probably go with Biscuit for now, just because Nen strikes me as a bit more flexible than Ripple energy (which isn’t to say Ripple powers aren’t flexible at all). But, really, that opinion could change once I actually see more of Lisa Lisa in action. Right now (for anyone who hasn’t read the manga, obviously) we’ve just seen her whack Joseph with an oar, walk on water and fling knives around. All awesome, mind, but her debut episode didn’t give her much opportunity to kick some ass.
Anyway, to this episode! I mentioned in my JoJo post yesterday that I like this latest Hunter x Hunter training arc, though for different reasons than JoJo. Weirdly enough, considering this arc of Hunter x Hunter was written long after “Battle Tendency,” this strikes me as a bit more . . . traditional? Maybe that’s not the right word. It’s more like this is more obviously the type of thing people think of when they consider training arcs in anime, except that it’s done pretty well. The pace isn’t quite as brisk as in JoJo, but the variety is nice, both in how Biscuit is training Gon and Killua, and in the other bits of story with the Bomber that we get along with the training. Speaking of that, how many of you new viewers pegged that dude as the Bomber before this episode? That dude looks so obviously evil, but I can’t remember where exactly I thought, “Wait, that dude is totally the Bomber!” It’s that big, evil chin. Nobody with a chin that long can be good, unless they are Bruce Campbell.
I mean, look at this shithead. Who would want to team up with this fucker and his banana head? The Bomber gleefully rewards everyone for their stupidity by clandestinely planting bombs onto everyone (the conversation in my livewatch went to quite predictable places during the montage of the Bomber patting everyone and warning them to watch out for a dude waiting to bomb the shit out of them) and blowing up the face of another dude. That bit is actually more violent than I remember, and it’s a good example of a horrifying scene with little blood (the streams of blood that fly out as he falls to the ground is all we get). The image of that dude writhing on the ground with his hands clutching his face could have been goofy; however, the way it’s executed makes it legitimately unnerving. I remember being meh on this asshole throughout the original Greed Island OVAs, but he’s more despicable to me now, even though he’s doing the same things.
Also he kills the dude with the giant chin. That pisses me off. Whose chin will I stare at now?! Note: The Bomber’s long chin is not as amusing as a big, thick chin. Comically large is almost always better than comically thin.
Anyway, wow, that was a tangent. Getting back to the training portion of this episode, what I like so much about it is that there’s clear, logical progression of both the Nen system and Gon and Killua’s abilities. When you see Gon and Killua develop throughout the episode, they come off as if they are legitimately stronger, and not stronger just because the story requires them to be stronger. They’re doing stuff we’ve seen other people do throughout the series: Concentrate Nen into parts of their body and using different aspects of Nen in distinct combinations. That’s all fun, but it’s nice to see it play out with such enthusiasm, too. I like that Gon and Killua become super tough, but that the story never lets the viewer forget that they’re still kids. Killua is getting something like a normal childhood through his horsing around with Gon. It’s quite fun!