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Hunter x Hunter 64 – Biske-chama’s School of Hard Knocks

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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.

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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!

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19 Comments

  1. Taka
    Posted January 30, 2013 at 7:39 am | Permalink

    Dude looks like Vash the Stampede’s ugly stepson.

    In other news I would go with Biske as well. Unless Biske is a vampire I’m not sure how effective Ripple would be. Of course you do get weird things like Ripple Bubbles but that’s like the first especially strange use of Ripple so far. Plus the Jojo characters never struck me as very fast. They may be fast for normal people but against DBZesque Nen-infused speed I kind of doubt Lisa Lisa’s ability to block a punch like the one she planted on that hair-eating loser.

    Hunter x Hunter Enhancer powers are particularly similar to the fighting powers in the Dragonball Universe and I would vote for Goku in a battle against pretty much anyone in anime. (Maybe different story if we consider all media)

    • gurdlo
      Posted January 30, 2013 at 2:25 pm | Permalink

      except Superman.

    • Billish
      Posted January 30, 2013 at 6:00 pm | Permalink

      No way. Goku beats anyone, in anything.

    • Posted February 2, 2013 at 3:58 pm | Permalink

      I guess there is something to be said for super boring training arcs if Goku would be able to defeat anyone!

  2. Stef
    Posted January 30, 2013 at 11:20 am | Permalink

    If I understood well, all you need to do with the Ripple is to touch someone either directly or with something charged with Ripple energy to do whatever you want to do, generally blowing them up.

    However I’m not sure a Ripple user could even touch a Nen user, who just has to use Ken to protect the entire body. Lisa Lisa would be blown away just by touching Biske. Maybe projectiles could work(like Jojo’s Clacker Volley), but then she’d have to deal with the crazy speed and her inability to defend herself other than by dodging. AND we still don’t know what Biske’s power is. But granted, we don’t know Lisa Lisa’s killer move either. Better find something that’s both difficult to avoid and doesn’t require physical contact(like Bubble Launcher).

    I’m enjoying those training episodes too. They don’t have much to go in terms of conflict or stakes(except for the pit fight with scissor guy last episode), but the sheer variety and creative ways to train the characters and explain more about Nen make it ultimately not boring to watch. plus there’s the side plots with the Bomber and the Spider(though they haven’t done much yet. Yawn). I hope those three storylines collide at some point.

    • Posted February 2, 2013 at 3:59 pm | Permalink

      I don’t think it’s a huge spoiler to say that, yes, they will being going mano-a-mano with the Bomber eventually.

  3. Gunslinger
    Posted January 30, 2013 at 2:30 pm | Permalink

    The best part about this training arc is that there are no shortcuts. Typically you get stuff like time freeze rooms, stomachs of giant monsters, or other such tricks. Not in HxH, you wanna get stronger you do it the hard way.

    Also i dont watch JoJo but i’d still vote for Biske all the way.

    • Posted February 2, 2013 at 4:00 pm | Permalink

      Yeah, I’ve always been fond of the training arcs where you really feel the hard work the characters are putting in and can directly see where it leads to results.

  4. Billish
    Posted January 30, 2013 at 6:04 pm | Permalink

    I’ll give it to Lisa Lisa – what the hell.

    And I’d rather compare badassery, which I think Lisa Lisa takes hands down. Bisque is cool but I dont think (spoiler?)

    she actually fights any significant fights in the whole story.

    • Posted February 2, 2013 at 4:07 pm | Permalink

      I do think Lisa Lisa is cooler, but they are quite different characters!

  5. fathomlessblue
    Posted January 30, 2013 at 6:51 pm | Permalink

    Biske for me; even when you take away their powers, she’s named after a delicious snack you can dip in tea, while Lisa Lisa is so insecure that she has to name herself twice to be remembered.

    Overall the training & mad-bomber sections of the episode were all well & good, but the social commentary subtext in the former was what really surprised me!

    Although deceptively centred on Gon & Killua’s training, the real story of this ep concerns the poor Marimo-chi; a small, black race indigenous to those hot, arid desert lands, that while poor in possessions and wealth, manage to live a peaceful & carefree existence…

    …that is until a group of white, foreign invaders turn up with new technologies, evil magicks & military strategies, & proceed to chase & enslave the Marimo-chi; reducing them to mere possessions to be sold & bartered with others. Meanwhile the local wildlife is (presumably) hunted for food, while the earth is extensively mined, with tunnels & craters littering the ruined landscape.

    Only after the once-beautiful land is thoroughly despoiled, do the invaders move to a new location, leaving shattered husks & broken hearts in their wake, oblivious or indifferent to the catastrophic damage they’ve carried out.

    So yeah, Gon, Killua & Biske are basically confirmed for evil, imperial bastards! Hitler & Nietzsche would be proud.

    Now if only Psycho-Pass was this profound.

    Ps. Suck it Reis!

    • Posted February 1, 2013 at 1:21 am | Permalink

      HEY, you did not get first comment either!

      …but yeah you beat me….savor your minor victory….

    • Posted February 2, 2013 at 4:09 pm | Permalink

      Hunter x Hunter for social commentary of the year.

  6. Posted January 30, 2013 at 7:45 pm | Permalink

    These posts tend to take on familiar….topics, after I watch an episode with you. Heh heh heh

    Also I vote Lisa Lisa. Purely on the basis that I think we just don’t know that much about Ripple yet, & I think we’ll be plenty surprised at what it’s capable of in the future. And… I also feel less bad about myself when it comes to the thoughts swirling around my head re: Lisa Lisa vs Biske-chama.

    • Posted February 2, 2013 at 4:15 pm | Permalink

      Both valid reasons for voting Lisa Lisa.

  7. Gan_HOPE326
    Posted January 31, 2013 at 12:34 am | Permalink

    I especially disliked that they made Gensuru make an evil grin in the opening. That was as good as a spoiler! Might as well show him wearing a shirt with “Kiss the Bomber” written on it.

    About the Biske vs. Lisa Lisa battle: we still haven’t seen almost anything of Lisa Lisa’s strength, but overall, I think it’s a close call. Biske might win by a short margin. I think Nen in general is superior to Ripple – though the last basically has the purpose to do anything the author wants it to do. Even Pillarmen could be defeated in lots of different, creative ways using Nen. But Biske, despite being good in basic fighting, has imho a huge penalty in the fact that – SPOILER – her Hatsu is not battle-oriented. A good use of Ren, Ten and Zetsu is all she can count on when fighting.

    • Stef
      Posted January 31, 2013 at 9:05 am | Permalink

      Goddamnitt, stop teasing me with those spoiler alerts! I won’t read them!

    • Posted February 2, 2013 at 4:16 pm | Permalink

      I would like a “Kiss the Bomber” t-shirt, if only because it would confuse many people.

  8. rubberluffy
    Posted February 2, 2013 at 6:00 pm | Permalink

    Biscuit and Lisa Lisa wouldn’t fight, they’d just sit down over a cup of tea and complain about their annoying students.

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