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Hunter x Hunter 74 – Gotta Hand It to Gon


Good lord, Gon. You really are god damn crazy! Even the Bomber is beside himself at how nuts this kid is.

So in a way, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure chose the perfect time to end, because after the next episode (or maybe even during it, from the looks of the episode preview), we’ll finally step into the realm of material with which I am unfamiliar! I’m excited. You Hunter x Hunter folk will finally get the reactions of someone who may as well be a total newbie. I bet you’re all quivering with pleasure right about now, aren’t you? Go ahead, I’ll wait until you’re finished. This post isn’t going anywhere.

Done? Cool.

Let’s go back to how fucking crazy Gon is. Shonen heroes love to push themselves to get a pure victory, but the lengths Gon goes to are borderline psychotic. Gon can’t cotton to the idea of ducking out of the fight with the Bomber without forcing him to use his ultimate move. Gon is basically insulted that the Bomber doesn’t respect him enough to try and utterly murder him with his strongest move. Who . . . who fucking thinks like that? Gon, you are a ridiculous little boy. And then Gon fucking lets the Bomber blow off one of his arms and severely damage the other so that the Bomber will get close enough for Gon to kick him in the face. Jesus. If Gon isn’t at least in the conversation for Most Batshit Insane Shonen Protagonist, I will buy a hat and eat it, because my god. And he’s like 12 years old!!!!!! Imagine for a minute how bug fucking nuts an adult Gon with experience and a greater handle on his powers will be.

Then again, would he be as insane? I suppose it could be argued that part of Gon’s insanity is that he’s really figuring out his limits right now. He’s learning a great many things right now, and he’s not totally sure what he can do with those powers and lessons. Can he protect himself from an attack as powerful as the Bomber’s Little Flower? Can he properly transfer Nen to different parts of his body in an instant? Can he punch the shit out of someone even with one arm blown off and the other severely mangled? These are all questions to which Gon has no answer yet, because he’s not been in a situation where they can be answered. Now he has, except he got these answers in a situation where if he were wrong, he’d be dead. Again, child, you crazy.hunter-x-hunter-bomber-surprised

“What the fuck, kid? WHAT THE FUCK?!”

For the second week in a row, the Madhouse crew totally brings it. The way the battle is paced is excellent, and the visual evolution from the Bomber’s confidence to his utter fear as Gon punches him in the gut is fantastic. I just love the stretch from Gon pulling his trap to finally attacking the Bomber full force; the utter fear the Bomber feels is so satisfying. Those crows flying out of their roosts when the rock traps Gon and the Bomber underground, and the Bomber backed into the corner, begging and pleading before getting pummeled . . . I am such a creep for enjoying this so much, haha. I swear I don’t enjoy real violence this much! Only cartoon violence!

Everything is beautiful, man. Everything is beautiful.

One final thought: The Angel’s Breath card is some of the best evidence yet for how strong Ging is. He made a card that can heal any injury!! Holy crap. We’ve established that Greed Island is a Real Place, so this card legit grows back Gon’s arm. How is Ging not ruling this world like a god? (Then again, I don’t know that he isn’t. Doesn’t he ride a dinosaur? Fuck, he probably is a god.)

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  1. Gedata
    Posted April 9, 2013 at 8:41 pm | Permalink

    My only gripe is that Gon didn’t land another shot on The Bombers ugly Leno-esque chin of his.

    • Posted April 10, 2013 at 6:53 am | Permalink

      His chin really is asking for it.

  2. Taka
    Posted April 9, 2013 at 9:35 pm | Permalink

    Don’t forget all that crushed windpipe business as well.

    Adult Gon will basically be Uvogin minus the enjoyment of actually killing people. I don’t know if Uvogin enjoyed it but he definitely killed when he wasn’t fighting for his life. I’m not sure Gon would kill even if he was fighting for his life…

    Pacifist Uvogin

    • Ana
      Posted April 9, 2013 at 9:52 pm | Permalink

      That’s probably the most ridiculous two words put together I’ve ever seen. Pacifist Uvogin, holy shit.

    • Posted April 10, 2013 at 6:55 am | Permalink

      Urgh, yeah, luckily Gon isn’t a Ripple master.

      • Taka
        Posted April 10, 2013 at 8:29 am | Permalink

        Yeah Gon doesn’t have the proper stature for the aggressive posing being a ripple master requires.

  3. gedata
    Posted April 9, 2013 at 9:53 pm | Permalink

    The first screencap makes Gon look like he’s well overdue for his visit to the pooper.

    • Posted April 10, 2013 at 6:56 am | Permalink

      As are we all, my friend. As are we all.

  4. Guin
    Posted April 9, 2013 at 9:57 pm | Permalink

    I might remember it wrong, but dind´t the say that Ging and a bunch of other people fused their powers to create Greed Island ?
    Also, the level of effectivity should have been strongly bound to the island and the set of rules … I don´t know, like at the least sign of cheating, Angel’s Breath would lose all it´s power.

    • Ana
      Posted April 9, 2013 at 10:01 pm | Permalink

      Yeah, it was a collaboration between Ging and his friends, but I imagine that’ll be brought up next episode.

  5. Ana
    Posted April 9, 2013 at 9:58 pm | Permalink

    “One final thought: The Angel’s Breath card is some of the best evidence yet for how strong Ging is. He made a card that can heal any injury!! Holy crap. We’ve established that Greed Island is a Real Place, so this card legit grows back Gon’s arm. How is Ging not ruling this world like a god? (Then again, I don’t know that he isn’t. Doesn’t he ride a dinosaur? Fuck, he probably is a god.)”

    Watching the anime made me start thinking about this yet again. You see all these cards with all these amazing functions that would absolutely change the face of the world if they were available freely – I mean, a card that can heal any mortal injury? That would render hospitals completely obsolete.

    The only explanation that I can come up with is that, like with all nen abilities, the reason why these cards can have such mindblowingly amazing functions is because they ARE designed to be part of this game. The rules you have to follow to get those cards, and the price you have to pay, and the fact that you’re risking your LIFE in this game – those are the restrictions and conditions for abilities like Archangel’s Breath to actually work.

    Also Ging was riding on a dinosaur riding on a bigger dinosaur riding on an even more humongous dinosaur. So yeah. God.

    Also the title of this post is horrible. Just so you know.

    • Posted April 10, 2013 at 6:59 am | Permalink

      I totally buy that explanation. Nen is such a fucking awesome system.

      • R1CK_D0M
        Posted April 10, 2013 at 7:50 pm | Permalink

        also remember that only 3 can exist in the world at a time. So, it would be a very scarce and well fought over resource.

  6. Posted April 10, 2013 at 2:28 am | Permalink

    Wow, this episode was hands-down one of the better episode in Hunter x Hunter.

  7. Posted April 10, 2013 at 3:16 am | Permalink

    lolololol so many hand puns to choose from on that Shounen Sunday call

    I’ve been enjoying Greed Island all the way through, but these last couple episodes were just brilliant. I wouldn’t say they reached quite the highs of the Yorkshin arc, but the sky-high animation quality and seeing all the training come together made for an excellent conclusion to the arc.

    Now that Gon and Killua have gotten started building up their powers, it’ll be fun to see what those powers develop into. I’m hoping for plenty more Electric Chogokin Yo-Yo action in the future.

    Also fun to watch will be Click’s frustration when Madhouse continues using the same OP straight through the Chimera Ant arc.

    It quite saddens me, though, that from what I hear, we will still not be seeing much of Leorio or Kurapika for a while yet. They added a certain balance to Gon and Killua’s more typical (if you can call it that) shounen characteristics that I’ve missed throughout this arc. But whatever, this show is still awesome.

    Also, Gon is a FREECS-ING MONSTER.

    • Posted April 10, 2013 at 7:06 am | Permalink

      Yeah, that’s the sad part about Hunter x Hunter for me. I think they might make token appearances later on? But it’s basically the Gon and Killua show.

    • gedata
      Posted April 10, 2013 at 2:51 pm | Permalink

      The upcoming characters grew on me pretty quickly, so I don’t mind seeing this series get a bit of a facelift for now.

  8. Friend_Guy
    Posted April 10, 2013 at 4:17 am | Permalink

    Nahh. Ging is so badass he rides a dinosaur on top of a Dragon over a volcanic island. He is that guy that is that bad ass.

    Out all the current Shounen characters and anime that is running. Gon has found his way into my heart. I know Shounen is about bloody battle and action where the character overcomes adversity over his enemy but this is different from the normal. Gon compared to everyone in his world is weak compared to other people outside of normal humans. But kind of like you said, he is crazy in the head. He doesn’t stop trying to prove that he can do it even though he is the underdog. I honestly would stop after my hand got blown up but he just offers it. Which is why he is one of my favorite shounen characters now. Even though he need to go to Arkham and have a chat with some people there. He would fit right in with all of the crazy.

  9. Billish
    Posted April 10, 2013 at 4:21 am | Permalink

    Pretty sure that Ging just doesn’t give a fuck about anything. Also, he’s a dick.

    Also 2, two weeks on next arc officially, this is about as excited as I’m gonna get for something! Finally!

    It’s like part 2 of HxH the series is about to begin.

    Posted April 10, 2013 at 5:17 am | Permalink

    I think the best part about the Angel’s Breath card is that Ging most likely factored in that his son might be crazy enough to let his hand be blown off lol.

  11. Stef
    Posted April 10, 2013 at 1:01 pm | Permalink

    The conclusion of two great shounen fights in a single weekend, what a treat!

    Gon almost feels like(or maybe he is) a deconstruction of the young candid hero. Gon’s carefree and upbeat attitude hide masochistic psychopathy! I guess this is what happens when you put any character archetype in the Hunter universe.

    Plus, I cringed at his injuries. Good Lord!

    • Posted April 10, 2013 at 3:46 pm | Permalink

      I’m almost afraid of how crazy Gon will be during the next arc.

      • leokiko
        Posted April 13, 2013 at 8:50 pm | Permalink

        You SHOULD be.


    • Ana
      Posted April 10, 2013 at 4:48 pm | Permalink

      This is why I laugh when people think that Gon is all cute and innocent. He’s adorable, yes, and but he’s honestly almost quite as much of a psychopath as Hisoka, which is probably why the latter’s so interested in him. Him going to such lengths to test his strength against a stronger opponent is pretty much the same as Hisoka infiltrating the Geneiryodan just in order to get a shot at fighting Kuroro, it’s just that Hisoka goes about it creepily and Gon goes about it in the archetypal hotblooded shonen hero way but with buttloads more crazy.

      Like seriously Gon is so amoral it’s incredibly crazy. See how he just naturally prepared Archangel’s Breath for a murderer, Genthru, just because “it felt right”? And how he befriended Killua with NO QUALMS WHATSOEVER despite the fact that the kid HAS murdered probably hundreds of innocents in his sleep? It feels very sweet and accepting but the point is that Gon has no moral compass except for his emotions. So basically, he has the moral judgment of a kid, with all that entails. The “innocent young shounen hero” archetype taken to its logical conclusion.

      Seriously, Killua is the killer here and he’s more rational when it comes to moral judgements like that, heh.

    • cybustier
      Posted April 10, 2013 at 6:00 pm | Permalink

      That actually DOES crop up in the next arc. One of the bad guys who’s considering defecting to the Hunters approaches Gon ’cause he looks easygoing. In their friendly, earnest conversation Gon manages to scare the piss out of him with his absolute purity of intent.

      I can’t remember the exact wording, but the guy says something along the lines of “HOLY SHIT, this kid has no restraints. He does WHATEVER he says he’ll do, regardless of the consequences or obstacles in his way.” Except instead of being the usual Alpha type jokey personailty its treated like in other Shonen shows, it’s terrifying.

      Superbly creepy moment, looking forward to what Madhouse do with the very dark content in the Chimera Ant story.

      • Ana
        Posted April 10, 2013 at 11:36 pm | Permalink

        Yeah, I know; just didn’t want to spoil Shinmaru with manga stuff, haha.

  12. NormalMar
    Posted April 10, 2013 at 2:17 pm | Permalink

    Gon is the craziest little dude. Also

    *hand pun*

    get out

    • Posted April 10, 2013 at 3:38 pm | Permalink



      *puts up hand*

      Talk to the hand.

      • NormalMar
        Posted April 11, 2013 at 2:31 am | Permalink


  13. Cirith
    Posted April 10, 2013 at 8:47 pm | Permalink

    In later manga parts the drawing quality fell quite a bit, it’s nice that they will soon be animated.

    • Ana
      Posted April 10, 2013 at 11:35 pm | Permalink

      Yeah, I’m wondering how the Chimera Ant arc is going to hold up in animated form. It’s generally considered to be relatively shitty by fans, but if we get a facelift on the visual side as well as the snappy pacing that Madhouse has been giving this adaptation in general, I wonder if a higher quality presentation is going to help this arc.

      Though I was actually blown away by the art in MANY scenes in the manga itself, actually. As usual, Togashi’s art is astounding… whenever he actually puts effort into it, that is. Usually it’s just chicken scratch.

      • Gedata
        Posted April 10, 2013 at 11:54 pm | Permalink

        Considered shitty by fans? What are you talking about?
        Maybe they don’t like how it focusses a lot on new characters while leaving old ones behind.

      • Posted April 10, 2013 at 11:58 pm | Permalink

        The redrawn art for the volumes looks amazing so…

        I just think Togashi doesn’t like having to pump out a new chapter in 7 days. At this point he should just release tankobons only and not even put it in Jump if he’s gonna give scribbles to them having to redraw it anyway. Kind of redundant looking at it from his point of view

        On another note, pretty interesting color choices from the recently released char designs. I think they’re trying to give a cohesion to the atmosphere of the arc like Yorknew with the darker, muted color palette at play again

      • Gedata
        Posted April 11, 2013 at 12:45 am | Permalink

        I just recently picked up volemes 28-29, the art work still underachieves and undermines awesome scenes.

      • Ana
        Posted April 11, 2013 at 12:47 am | Permalink

        A lot of people don’t like the Chimera Ant arc for various reasons, unfortunately. I personally think it has some amazing scenes and characters, myself.

        “The redrawn art for the volumes looks amazing so…

        I just think Togashi doesn’t like having to pump out a new chapter in 7 days. At this point he should just release tankobons only and not even put it in Jump if he’s gonna give scribbles to them having to redraw it anyway. Kind of redundant looking at it from his point of view”

        I agree. And yeah, to be fair, the weekly schedule is really tough on manga artists. Props to all of them. He really should move to a monthly magazine though, I think. I’d rather have a regular monthly update schedule than weekly updates that come in bursts and spurts.

  14. Posted April 11, 2013 at 12:41 am | Permalink

    Oops I goofed heh meant to reply to Cirith

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