Or, alternately: Biske-chama’s Bizarre Adventure.
I definitely do not deserve the delights doled out to me by both this episode and the latest JoJo. What a treat! I remember a lot of Gon’s battle against the Bomber, but somehow I forgot how awesome it is to see Biscuit and Killua take down the two lackeys they’re paired against. Helps that the animators really bring it in this episode. It’s always great to see Gon leap around like a bug when he attacks people, and I’m a sucker for the little shonen hero who takes a ridiculous beating but refuses to back down due to TREMENDOUS FIGHTING SPIRIT AND WILL. Also have to mention that I absolutely love the music that plays during the Bomber’s initial beatdown. It’s so ’90s shonen that it almost gave me the vapors.
Next week should be damn crazy for Gon, though. There’s a little taste of what’s in store for him in the episode preview, but let’s just say that Gon’s propensity for pushing himself as much as possible against scary, dangerous opponents propels him to some wild places. Gon just cannot satisfy himself with the safe victory; he wouldn’t be able to take pride in himself and his abilities if he settled for trickery. There’s a reason why he’s an Enhancer, after all! Going all out with pure power is what the kid knows.
Meanwhile, Killua is pretty much Joseph Joestar Jr. during his battle. Love all the tricks and traps he sets up and his ridiculous yo-yo weapon (that is of course 50kg — or around 110 lbs. for my fellow Americans — because it is a shonen anime battle yo-yo). This is Killua’s upbringing as an assassin being put to work. All the attention to detail, the knowledge that Killua’s opponent is experienced and will thus also pay attention to detail, the use of surroundings and, of course, that second yo-yo are all great, tricky ways to catch his opponent off guard. The nonchalant way that Killua reveals he’s carrying a second yo-yo is particularly wonderful. “Oh yeah, didn’t I tell you that I have another yo-yo on me?” Awesome.
I hope we see more of Killua’s electrified yo-yos after this arc. It’s a cool weapon that lends itself well to Killua’s general temperament and can be used in plenty of clever ways, as demonstrated in this brief battle. It also lends itself well to some neat animation; I could watch Killua swing that thing around all day. And because it swings around everywhere, the yo-yo gives the creative staff lots of opportunities to use space in fun ways, as well. Nobody wants to watch a battle that takes place solely on a 2D plane. Anything that makes fighters more paranoid and on-guard about attacks that can come from anywhere is cool with me!
Also, more of Killua looking like a happy little child as he shocks people into submission with his yo-yos, please.
And Biske-chama. Oh, Biske-chama. What a gal. Her absolute confidence that she’ll crush this jabroni is the best. She’s probably been waiting for an opportunity to do this ever since she entered the game. Biscuit is a careful lady, no doubt, but acting like a helpless dolt in front of assholes like this can’t be much fun. (Doing it to manipulate and/or troll people, though, is probably much more fun.) Playing a cute little girl so that you can crush a man’s hopes when you transform into a hulking beast and beat the living shit out of him, however, is probably the best, even is Biscuit isn’t fond of the way she looks. Just focus on how awesome it is to surprise jerks like that, Biske-chama!
You can do it! I believe in you!
P.S. Please develop Ripple powers.