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Hunter x Hunter 73 – Trapped

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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.

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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.

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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!

Sincerely,
Shinmaru

P.S. Please develop Ripple powers.

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28 Comments

  1. gravethestampede
    Posted April 2, 2013 at 6:46 pm | Permalink

    Seeing this episode reminded me of the goofy incomplete-looking opening sequence of the previous version

  2. gravethestampede
    Posted April 2, 2013 at 7:01 pm | Permalink

    Biske-Chamamon DIGIVOLVE TO…………………..SUPERMEGABISKE-CHAMAMON.

  3. blackice85
    Posted April 2, 2013 at 7:09 pm | Permalink

    Great episode. Biske’s transformation was quite a surprise, I hadn’t read or watched previous material from the series. I figured she had something else she was hiding but I wasn’t expecting that. She might hate how she looks but I bet Gon would think it’s awesome, since he’s all about the raw power.

    • Posted April 4, 2013 at 5:12 am | Permalink

      Killua would definitely freak out a bit, and Gon would absolutely be delighted.

  4. Gravethestampede
    Posted April 2, 2013 at 9:45 pm | Permalink

    Next week will be too darn awesome. Can’t help but wonder how easy it would be for Bisky-chama to defeat the Bomber, seeing how easily she dispatched of his trusty goon.

    • Posted April 4, 2013 at 5:13 am | Permalink

      But Gon wouldn’t be able to test his strength is Biske-chama did all his work for him!

  5. Posted April 2, 2013 at 11:34 pm | Permalink

    Oh man, when Madhouse goes all out, they go all out. Both the animation and sound direction during this episode were nothing short of fantastic. The creative fight coordination and usual level of strategy were just a bonus. I’m so, so hyped for the next episode.

    • Posted April 4, 2013 at 5:14 am | Permalink

      The perfect quote for the back of the box.

  6. Friend_Guy
    Posted April 3, 2013 at 12:17 am | Permalink

    *Keeps calm and starts to cry* This is the one thing I wasn’t looking forward to in HxH.. Why.. why did we have to see Bisky true form!! I was happy with the delusion believing that Bisky was a beautiful badarse loli. Not the Hulk in a dress. The whole ep was perfect up to that point where we saw Bisky show her true self. Not even Lisa Lisa is ripped and she is a badarse.

    • Gunslinger
      Posted April 3, 2013 at 2:50 am | Permalink

      Are you kidding, Biske’s awesome. Seeing her true form puts her cutesy act into real perspective.

      • Posted April 4, 2013 at 5:15 am | Permalink

        All of Biske-chama’s forms are adorable.

  7. NormalMar
    Posted April 3, 2013 at 12:23 am | Permalink

    I was so hype for yoyo attacks when I first saw them in the ED and now they’re here yay!

  8. Shengar
    Posted April 3, 2013 at 1:46 am | Permalink

    Just what the-
    Maybe HxH Director’s decide that it is the time to do some shout out or some crossover
    So they went Biske-chama’s Bizzare Adventure
    All we need is just fabulous poses

    • Posted April 4, 2013 at 5:17 am | Permalink

      The more fabulous poses, the better.

      • rubberluffy
        Posted April 4, 2013 at 2:50 pm | Permalink

        The first episode of the new HxH actually had a cameo by the Stone Mask from Phantom Blood. Except it was gold with a different shape, but it had fangs and a red gem in the forehead.

        Also, considering Togashi is a fan (what shonen mangaka isn’t?), I wonder if Biske is inspired by Lisa Lisa? I wouldn’t be surprised. Mentor/teacher to the main characters, woman, in her 50’s but looks much younger. Tsunade from Naruto is the same.

  9. Gunslinger
    Posted April 3, 2013 at 2:52 am | Permalink

    Ohh god another Gon fight. Somehow Togashi manages to make me cringe in every major fight involving gon right since the HxH exam. This one is gonna be pretty much the same …..

    • Posted April 3, 2013 at 5:14 pm | Permalink

      Oh, how so?

      • kamen rider Dragon
        Posted April 3, 2013 at 6:08 pm | Permalink

        I think he means because of the massive beatings Gon goes through in mostly every fight he’s in.

      • cybustier
        Posted April 3, 2013 at 7:57 pm | Permalink

        The Mad Bomber blows one of his arms off. And Gon continues the fight. Without any goddamn painkillers. AND HE STILL HASN’T HIT PUBERTY.

  10. Gravethestampede
    Posted April 3, 2013 at 4:29 am | Permalink

    From a technical standpoint (music and animation), this episode excelled. Probably the best episode we’ve seen since the Yorkshin Arc.

  11. Posted April 3, 2013 at 2:04 pm | Permalink

    I’m under the impression that Biske is related in some way to Stella from Arakawa Under the Bridge

    • Posted April 4, 2013 at 5:18 am | Permalink

      Perhaps they are the SAME PERSON

  12. Posted April 3, 2013 at 4:22 pm | Permalink

    Hard to believe this is the same material as in those subpar OVAs – I’m massively enjoying Madhouse’s take on things, past few episodes have been amazing!

    • Posted April 4, 2013 at 5:21 am | Permalink

      It helps when everything doesn’t look like ass.

  13. Posted April 3, 2013 at 5:14 pm | Permalink

    Madhouse are gods.

    • Gunslinger
      Posted April 4, 2013 at 3:14 am | Permalink

      Lets just assume that marvel crap never existed.

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