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Hunter x Hunter 71 – Dodge This

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And so the heralded dodgeball match comes to a close. It’s a bit funny how similar this is to the opening of the latest JoJo, in that you have the antagonist making an ultimate last stand while the heroes counter it with awesomeness. I’m actually sad to see this dodgeball game end! It’s interesting, because it comes off like an unorthodox shonen battle due to how it’s framed, but it plays out like many other battles in Hunter x Hunter. The main difference is that the rules make the boundaries more explicit. This is very much a traditional Hunter x Hunter battle with all the give-and-take and strategy expected. That’s something I didn’t totally realize the first time I saw it, because I was too busy with thoughts like, “wtf dodgeball” and “why the HELL does this still look like Gundam SEED“.

The ending is definitely good and set up pretty well beforehand with the talk about Gon having just enough energy to let loose one final strike. Then Razor shows how ridiculously strong he is by whacking the ball back after Gon hits it with his Super Saiyan punch. That ball had to have been moving crazy fast by that point. If Madhouse had inserted sound effects suggesting the ball had broken the sound barrier, I totally would have accepted it without question. Then Hisoka wins the day with his Bungee Gum, which is really just about unfair. The only thing keeping it fair is that someone could be physically stronger than Hisoka and yank the ball out the Bungee Gum. That’s about it; otherwise, Hisoka can dominate the ball like no other.

I’m gonna miss Razor, especially the Razor with the mullet from the flashback with Ging. It takes a confident man to walk around with a haircut like that. I’ll always wonder how he would have done matched up against the Spiders. Obviously they would overwhelm him eventually, because they are all crazy strong Nen users, but it would be interesting to see how long he lasts. What if it came down to Razor against Phinks? Now that’s a fight I’d love to watch.

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So now begins the preparations to battle the Bomber. I’m excited and not excited at the same time. Let’s address the latter first: The Bomber is just an OK villain. He certainly pales in comparison to the Spiders, who are so varied, interesting and weird. This guy’s just a crazy dude with glasses who likes to make stuff explode. Not a bad villain, per se, but not particularly complex or fun, either. At the same time, though, I know how the battle plays out, and it’s pretty damn good. The ending especially is quite memorable. If I liked it in that shit show of an OVA, it’ll probably tear the house down in this version.

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17 Comments

  1. gravethestampede
    Posted March 20, 2013 at 6:39 pm | Permalink

    I’m curious to know what exactly was it about the Greed Island OVAs you found so irksome, and how this version fixed it.

    • Posted March 22, 2013 at 2:23 pm | Permalink

      Mostly I hate the visual style. They have that early-mid 2000s digital animation look where it still appeared kind of cheap, because the industry hadn’t mastered it yet. It really rubbed me the wrong way, especially since the art for the TV series looked nice.

  2. R1CK_D0M
    Posted March 20, 2013 at 7:58 pm | Permalink

    Going to take this opportunity to reveal that I’ve actually forgotten how gon manages to get a card out to meet his father, and I’m looking forward to finding out.

  3. Billish
    Posted March 20, 2013 at 8:44 pm | Permalink

    I’ve forgotten exactly what happens in these ultimate episodes of the arc, other than the obvious, so I guess I could say I’m looking forward to them…

    But I haven’t ever considered Bomber as an even remotely good villain. He reminds me too much of a stepping stone, and he really hasn’t had much importance for our main characters up until this point. So it’ll be interesting to see all of Gon’s training come to fruition in battle against Bomber, but that’s about it for me. Also, I’m too hyped for the next arc already ><

    • Vast
      Posted March 21, 2013 at 12:22 am | Permalink

      I don’t want to spoil because some anime-only can be reading this… but I think the point of Genthru is that he is the normal guy in his fight with Gon.

      I mean, Genthru is a regular bad person. He isn’t a maniac who enjoys killing like Hisoka, or a misterious character like Chrollo. He just wants money and is willing to do what is necessary.
      That’s why is so interesting the contrasts with Gon’s crazyness during his fight.

      Of course, that doesn’t change the fact that he is a boring villain during most of the arc, but his fight with Gon is very good.

      • Posted March 22, 2013 at 2:34 pm | Permalink

        Basically. He’s a regular villain, but he does at least get a great fight with Gon at the end.

    • Posted March 22, 2013 at 2:40 pm | Permalink

      Yeah, that’s part of what makes the Bomber a boring villain — it doesn’t feel as if there’s that much of a personal stake in it. Even with Gon getting pissed this episode, it just doesn’t feel right.

      • Posted March 23, 2013 at 6:09 am | Permalink

        All I’ll say regarding that issue is get ready for material you haven’t seen yet : ) The next arc is truly an epoch

  4. Friend_Guy
    Posted March 20, 2013 at 10:11 pm | Permalink

    I really like how you added “Super Saiyan punch” in there. Doing the whole time Gon was charging up for his ultimate (dodge)Ball punch technique I found myself going “Kamehameha!!” in time with Gon acting as if he was saying that instead of the whole rock papers Scissors thing, and it was a perfect fit for that part. Overdrawn alot of yelling and Shounenisk powering up. I swear I saw a Mini-Goku in gon. Now all he need to do it turn his hair blonde and get some blue contacts.

    • Posted March 22, 2013 at 2:43 pm | Permalink

      Gon would look so weird as a Super Saiyan, haha.

  5. Posted March 21, 2013 at 5:15 am | Permalink

    Sure, a fight would be nice, but wouldn’t you rather see Razor vs. the Spiders… in a DODGEBALL MATCH?

    • Posted March 22, 2013 at 2:46 pm | Permalink

      JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure should end with a dodgeball match.

      • Stef
        Posted March 22, 2013 at 3:21 pm | Permalink

        Jojo x Hunter Crossover: Dodgeball Battle Royale!

      • Billish
        Posted March 22, 2013 at 8:39 pm | Permalink

        Nen Chariot Race; who would win out of any hxh characters?!?!!?

  6. Gravethestampede
    Posted March 23, 2013 at 12:11 am | Permalink

    Uvo would win.

  7. leokiko
    Posted March 23, 2013 at 7:16 pm | Permalink

    Don’t worry, the next arc has got the best villain of all time in it.

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