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Hunter x Hunter 70 – The Most Dangerous Game (of Dodgeball)

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Man, it’s pretty crazy how the remake has turned me around on Greed Island. It’s hitting all the same beats as the OVA, but the feeling is coming across to me in a much stronger way. I love how this children’s game has been made super serious, and it works, because it’s not actually about playing a game; rather, it’s about Gon recognizing that his dad has personally picked someone to represent a wall for Gon to climb. Gon doesn’t want a cheap victory against Razor, because that would mean he ducked the challenge that Ging expected him to overcome. Even if he didn’t have that as motivation, though, Gon is the type of kid who wouldn’t be able to resist meeting that challenge after coming so close to catching Razor’s strike.

I also love Gon’s reaction to Razor receiving the ball and dissipating most of the kinetic energy after Gon wallops the shit out it. Even though Gon is trying his best to defeat Razor, he’s not frustrated when Razor repels his attack; instead, he’s impressed by how god damn awesome Razor is. Gon still reacts like a little kid! It’s neat that the series keeps that in mind. This is still a world of wonder for Gon, even though it is likewise filled with danger. Razor would absolutely kill Gon given the opportunity, since Ging requested that Razor not take it easy on Gon. However, that doesn’t matter to Gon. What does matter is that Razor uses Nen in a way that Gon has not seen before, and that’s pretty damn cool.

But, yes, even though this is pretty cool, it is indeed also dangerous. Goreinu gets knocked the fuck out. Killua gets lucky and dodges a strike that may have killed him. Biscuit barely dodges the same strike, which singes her dress. Friggin’ Hisoka catches a head-on strike with his Bungee Gum, and it still breaks two of his fingers, even with protective Nen! Speaking of, man, the shots of broken fingers and mauled hands in this episode made me cringe. Hisoka’s broken fingers are gross enough, but poor Killua’s hands look like they are rotting away. Having a trustful friendship in a shonen anime kind of sucks! Trust means taking the chance that your hands might explode when your best friend punches a dodgeball out of your grip.

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I don’t have too much else to say about this episode expect to admire the execution of all this ridiculous action. It’s not all detailed animation and movement; there are plenty of uses of speed lines and such, but it’s masked about as well as one could ask for. The sheer style gets across the power and danger — I mean, look at that dodgeball! It’s on fire! I wonder if it’s still as weighty as it is when Razor applied his Nen to the ball and made it as if he’s throwing a cannonball. I hope so. It’s more fun to imagine Gon is punching a cannonball at Razor; after all, that is the analogy Tsezguerra uses to describe the attack.

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26 Comments

  1. Gunslinger
    Posted March 13, 2013 at 5:44 pm | Permalink

    Trust HxH to make a game of dodgeball exciting and dangerous. I remember the dodgeball we had to play in junior school and boy was it laaame.

    Also Hisoka did not have the time for protective nen and guarded that shot bare hand. Hence his conclusion that only razor’s throws had the most power. As for gon wanting to face razor head on thats a standard shouen trope that’s been there since the time of dragonball.

    • R1CK_D0M
      Posted March 13, 2013 at 7:44 pm | Permalink

      actually by that he meant he had no time to focus Ko. into his hands. He still managed to cushion with bungee gum.

    • Posted March 14, 2013 at 3:37 pm | Permalink

      Dodgeball definitely seemed this dangerous to me when I was a little kid!

      Also, yeah, didn’t Hisoka say he got in a little bit of protection? That’s why he broke only a couple of fingers instead of getting his entire hand mutilated.

      • Gunslinger
        Posted March 14, 2013 at 4:28 pm | Permalink

        Yes your statement regarding nen protection was correct. I forgot his bungee gum was made from nen itself.

  2. Billish
    Posted March 13, 2013 at 6:44 pm | Permalink

    I tried a few times to come up with something to say, but all I’ve got is I absolutely agree and commend you for this excellent post!

  3. Stef
    Posted March 13, 2013 at 7:03 pm | Permalink

    Hisoka’s hair got back to its fabulousness damn quickly. Did he check himself with a pocket mirror off screen?

    • Posted March 14, 2013 at 3:39 pm | Permalink

      Maybe his hair has a mind of its own.

  4. Gravethestampede
    Posted March 13, 2013 at 7:08 pm | Permalink

    I wonder if Killua would’ve met the same fate as Bobobo if he hadn’t dodged correctly. He is one tough cookie but I doubt a kid his size could take Razor blast.

    • Posted March 14, 2013 at 3:40 pm | Permalink

      Yeah, you’d probably see a nice, big hole in Killua’s torso had that ball hit him!

  5. Friend_guy
    Posted March 13, 2013 at 7:11 pm | Permalink

    Watching this whole ep of HxH I thought to myself I would never play any sports that used Nen. Even more so Baseball. They can turn a dodgeball one of the softest balls you can play with intoa cannon ball. I would utterly hate to think what a baseball could so with that much power. I only assume it would have be nicknamed the tank buster game.

    • Posted March 14, 2013 at 3:46 pm | Permalink

      Oh wow, haha, I wish I’d thought of that angle. You’re absolutely right — Nen baseball would utterly frightening. It would be like when Randy Johnson threw a fastball that made a bird explode (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QE_idxz9OKc), except with a human.

      • Friend_Guy
        Posted March 14, 2013 at 5:33 pm | Permalink

        Lol. That is the perfect picture of what would happen in Nen Baseball, and the very same reason if it was real, I would never go near a baseball EVER in fear of my own life and beautiful face

  6. hint
    Posted March 13, 2013 at 9:06 pm | Permalink

    Credits to Madhouse in turning the most unimpressive arc into one of the most favorite for many old HxH fans and newcomers, some of them even dare to say that this is already better than Yorkshin arc.

    • Gravethestampede
      Posted March 13, 2013 at 9:39 pm | Permalink

      Whoa , settle down and reel it back. The best has yet to come anyways.

    • Posted March 14, 2013 at 3:48 pm | Permalink

      lol, yeah, while I am enjoying this arc more than before, it’s nowhere near as good as Yorkshin, even later on.

      • Posted March 14, 2013 at 6:38 pm | Permalink

        I have a soft spot for this arc. The anime is doing a remarkable job with it, but Yorkshin wins in this remake. In manga form, however… I liked that Togashi focused so much on the cards, something that’s been glossed over in the anime.

  7. Posted March 13, 2013 at 11:42 pm | Permalink

    Couldn’t get enough of the soundtrack during Gon’s second Janken sequence. Reminded me of my favorite JRPG boss battle tracks

    • Posted March 14, 2013 at 3:49 pm | Permalink

      The music has generally been pretty good in this series!

  8. Gravethestampede
    Posted March 14, 2013 at 1:08 am | Permalink

    Team Razor vs Average Joes gym would be a real “True Underdog Story”. Those last three words would’ve made a good post title.

    • Friend_Guy
      Posted March 14, 2013 at 1:36 am | Permalink

      Sounds more like a one-sided murdering spree. Where one team dies and doesn’t live, it would be sooo much of a epic one sided fight that the entire Ep would be censored completely where a whole black screen played for 30 minutes.

      • gravethestampede
        Posted March 14, 2013 at 2:46 am | Permalink

        implying it would take that long.

  9. Posted March 14, 2013 at 6:41 pm | Permalink

    I can’t stop replaying the second Janken scene and the Gon x Killua broship. Best use of music ever in the anime?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L61-ISgMQy8

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=67iC4e3uSiU

    The movie has a very different soundtrack compared to the anime, despite being by the same composer. Can’t wait to see the movie. It sounds great, at least.

  10. NormalMar
    Posted March 15, 2013 at 1:28 pm | Permalink

    I just love everything about how intense and serious this dodgeball game is.

  11. SENSEISHUN
    Posted March 16, 2013 at 8:33 am | Permalink

    Definitely liked the pace of this Greed Island arc more as opposed to the OVA. Great post btw, I’ve been anticipating this dodgeball game since the remake was announced.

  12. lmm
    Posted May 27, 2014 at 8:59 am | Permalink

    Super important question: didn’t Hisoka catch the ball right after it went through Bisky’s skirt? So how come she’s out?

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