I really would enjoy a .gif of Hisoka swinging this dodgeball. If you have seen one floating around the Interwebs, or have the ability to make one yourself, then please share it here so that we may all partake in that wonderful bounty. Were any other character to swing that dodgeball around, it would not be worth noting; however, with Hisoka, this simple motion and the imagery of his Bungee Gum enveloping the ball takes on an entirely new meaning.
What I’m saying is that it looks like Hisoka is swinging a low-hanging testicle. Just one. And he’s just standing there swaying it sensually. You can see why I would want a .gif of this.
EDIT: Commenter Sataniel responded to my call. Excellent work! Full marks!
ANYWAY, this is a pretty good part of Greed Island. Maybe it’s just my faulty memory at work here (this would not surprise me in the least), but it seems like this is moving a bit quicker than in the OVA? Probably just my imagination. But, yes, here we get the deadliest game of dodgeball to ever be played. Watching the rules of dodgeball laid out in super serious detail is quite amusing. I played in a couple of dodgeball tournaments in college, and I’m pretty sure nobody put that much thought into the nuances and strategies of this most hallowed of elementary school games. Then again, a certain degree of flexibility and strategy is necessary when facing a hulking beast like Razor. I hope the group didn’t get too confident after running through the dudes in the other sports so easily. Any confidence boost from that should have been shattered after Razor imploded that dude’s head with his Nen ball.
Sweet Christ! Every time Hunter x Hunter might lull the viewer into thinking that it’s totally cool for kids, it throws in a decapitation by energy dodgeball to keep you on your toes. (Note that while I say this, I absolutely would have watched this as a kid BECAUSE of this.) Oh, and also, Gon and crew are facing death row criminals in their games. Razor specifically points out that Bobobo has several counts of burglary, rape and murder, but the other dudes’ rap sheets are likely as bad. And what about Razor, who is the leader of this merry band? Just imagine how wild his background must be. And from there, think about how strong and influential Ging has to be to make this happen in the first place. This world is pretty messed up!
The actual dodgeball match is not going too well for our buddies. I was quite sad when Goreinu switched places with his bearded white gorilla so quickly. It’s a gorilla with a beard! Why would you kill it off so quickly? Just terrible. Then again, if Goreinu got hit by Razor’s dodgeball and it blasted a hole in his midsection and killed him, presumably the gorillas would also die since there would no longer be any Nen to fuel their existence. An unfortunate no-win situation there. Sorry, bearded gorilla, but your existence was simply not meant to be. And that hit on Tsezguerra’s spine? I’m pretty sure my back hurt after seeing that. It’s pretty ridiculous; if this were an early ’90s OVA, I think Tsezguerra would have been cleaved in two by the force of that throw.
Then Gon has to go prove what a little badass he is by attempting to catch Razor’s throw straight on and succeeded for a moment until he gets blown out of his shoes by the sheer energy exuded by the impact. If there’s one thing in this episode I really love, it’s the art when Razor rears back and tosses the dodgeball with all its might. It really does look like the ball will make your chest explode if your dare try to catch one of his throws. Adults are quivering in fear, but Gon is stepping up and telling Razor to bring it. Kid’s crazy.