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Hunter x Hunter 75 – To Uncharted Waters!

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Oh, Madhouse, you clever cads. For those of you watching Hunter x Hunter for the first time, this is basically the exact shot on which the original run of Hunter x Hunter anime ended. Just imagine getting here, wondering if Gon has finally caught up to his father, and then no more anime! Sure, the manga is readily available (I might even go back and try it myself, eventually, just like I’m doing with JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure), but for those blasphemers like myself who generally prefer the animated medium, this was it! I can’t pretend I suffered at all, because I actually finished the Greed Island arc just as the new adaptation originally began, but other folks have been waiting years for more, and even longer for stuff that was actually good! And now we’re here. I’m quite excited; it’s fresh eyes from here on out, everyone!

But for now we say our good byes to Greed Island. As someone who approached this arc with a mixture of hope and trepidation, I have to admit I quite enjoyed it the second time around. Maybe it’s because I didn’t unnecessarily heighten my expectations following that excellent Yorkshin storyline. Greed Island is just a fun storyline whose main message is, “Yo, guys, don’t be so serious business, ‘kay?” Who comes out on top? The people who enjoyed the game as a game most, of course. Instead of being a jerk and killing people, Gon and company worked within the confines of the game of came up with a plan to achieve victory — and then they do the same thing to find Nigg. What precocious fellows these scamps are! Who actually plays games as games? Gosh!

The final game makes me chuckle, because it seems like a lazy way to end the proceedings, but thematically, it actually fits Ging’s MO to a tee. He wants to know who paid the most attention, who absorbed the game the most. People are predominantly collecting cards in Greed Island purely for the sake of winning; they might know the few that contribute to their overall strategy, but otherwise, they’re hyperfocused on the destination rather than the journey. Not Gon. In this whole story, Gon has never been known for his memorization, which is why it’s such a big deal that he scores the highest on this quiz. It shows how much he truly enjoyed and learned about the game while playing it. You’d think Killua would have been right up there with Gon, but perhaps Killua enjoyed kickin’ it with Gon a bit more than the game itself? Who knows!

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All right, step up and admit it, people: Who else totally d’awwwwwwwwwwwwwed at this moment? BEST FRIIIIIIIIIIIIIENDS IN THE WORLD

This whole episode is basically an efficient machine created to produce what you kids these days term “the feels.” In fact, let’s spam a bunch of Biske-chama screenshots that made me feel all squishy inside, shall we?

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Sleepy Biske-chama HNNNNNNNGH

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Biske-chama: KARAOKE SUPERSTAR

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What a happy gal!

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It’s not nice to leave your mentor out of the conversation!

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The happiest jewel hoarder.

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She went straight to her Tumblr after Gon and Killua left. Biske-chama is hipper than you youngsters think; she’s totally down with this newfangled technology.

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I think you should definitely hang around Gon and Killua forever.

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What? No? Bye bye! ;________;

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You will be missed, Biske-chama . . . but what is this?! How dramatic!

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33 Comments

  1. blackice85
    Posted April 15, 2013 at 8:48 pm | Permalink

    I liked the look on Gentru’s face when Abengane comes up to him and completes the nullification of the countdown ability, must have been a surprise to him.

    • Posted April 17, 2013 at 2:45 pm | Permalink

      Haha, yeah, couldn’t think of a way to fit it in here, but it was quite the face. Poor dude is utterly broken right now.

  2. MCAL
    Posted April 15, 2013 at 9:54 pm | Permalink

    Killua is such a tsundere.

  3. hint
    Posted April 15, 2013 at 10:08 pm | Permalink

    Bisky is adorable.

  4. Posted April 15, 2013 at 11:44 pm | Permalink

    You know, the conditions to get #000 are kind of a dick move, considering how stealing cards through a game mechanism is heavily recommended by the game and used by most of its players.

    Also, can’t you just… you know… steal the card?

    • Ana
      Posted April 16, 2013 at 2:05 pm | Permalink

      Holy shit you completely missed the entire point of this arc.

      The creators WANT you to enjoy the game; people who try to cheat by stealing cards, killing others etc. are punished by not being able to answer that final quiz in the end. As Shinmaru points out, the entire arc was about Gon and Killua enjoying themselves in the game and completely engaging with its mechanics instead of cheating their way through it, and they came out on top because of that. Seriously…

  5. gedata
    Posted April 16, 2013 at 12:53 am | Permalink

    I think they altered Gon’s target from Nigg to Ngig in the English volumes, you know to avoid offending sensitive folks. I personally don’t have a problem, however, if Gon and Killua were taken to Abengane the exorcist, that would’ve been a problem.
    Anyway, enough of that shit, let’s move on to the corresponding scenes in the manga that were undoubtedly infinitely superior to the crap Madhouse farted out this week

    http://i.imgur.com/IrtcwTY.jpg?1
    look at the exquisite artwork, what a scrumptious looking turkey!

    http://i.imgur.com/ffROfDP.jpg
    Blue Planet looks like it would likely fetch 100X more jenny than that pathetic marble in the anime

    http://i.imgur.com/m3DStlW.jpg
    It’s no wonder why Togashi takes so many breaks, churning this out week after week obviously warrants a year+ vacation.

    • MCAL
      Posted April 16, 2013 at 1:28 am | Permalink

      Sheesh… For a second there I thought you were serious. Lolol!

    • gedata
      Posted April 16, 2013 at 1:29 am | Permalink

      http://i.imgur.com/HjM71dT.jpg
      Wdwune’s inspiration.

    • TheVoid
      Posted April 16, 2013 at 4:26 am | Permalink

      He puts all the effort into redrawing it for the tankobons. So if you want the version with the best detail you gotta buy it.

    • Posted April 17, 2013 at 2:59 pm | Permalink

      lol, yeah, I have to say, I heard it a bit when Gon shouted, “Accompany! Nigg!” Obviously unintentional, but it sounds bad!

      Also, yikes, I’d heard the artwork got terrible at times, but god damn!

  6. Gunslinger
    Posted April 16, 2013 at 3:19 am | Permalink

    I don’t normally say this but Biske is so MOEEEEEE. Really hyped up for the next arc which is going to bring up some really awesome characters and some really awesome nen powers.

    Also I felt bad for Ging’s friends. He’s out there playing with dinosaurs and what not while these people have been stuck on greed island for so many years. Especially those twins, imagine wearing costume for so long.

    • Ana
      Posted April 16, 2013 at 1:58 pm | Permalink

      I always assumed that he’s paying them a ridiculous salary and these are their full time jobs. For the twins, it says that one of them guards the entrance and the other guards the exit, but I think it’s more likely that both entrance and exit lead to the same place, and the twins take turns serving as glorified receptionists.

      I certainly hope that Greed Island goes down for maintenance regularly so these people can get some vacation time, geez.

      • Posted April 17, 2013 at 3:00 pm | Permalink

        From all I’ve heard about Ging, he can definitely afford to pay people ridiculous salaries to hang around in a game all day.

    • Posted April 17, 2013 at 3:00 pm | Permalink

      I’m so hyped up! I’ve enjoyed this fun side trip, but I’m looking forward to ridiculous Nen powers.

  7. Posted April 16, 2013 at 8:14 am | Permalink

    HHNNNNNGGGHHHH

    Ah man, this arc is going to stay with me for a bit.

    I know that the Yorkshin Arc is probably superior given how much it plumbed the depths of Kurapika’s psyche & his motivations, but Greed Island works so well because like you said, this was them just having fun. And one of the benefits to relaxing & seeing the characters at relative rest, is that you see them begin to relax around each other as well & grow closer as a result.

    The Hunter Exam & the Heaven’s Arena Arc are shounen in the way that the characters are exploring the mechanics of the world first & foremost, & applying what was learned in a tournament format. Everything is really pressing & important, & encounters with enemies are still pretty fraught. If those arcs were a tournament shounen, & Yorkshin was noir seinen, Greed Island was pure adventure.

    The characters were still spending time learning the ins & outs of the mechanics of their surroundings, but the stakes were never too high given the inherent nature of the game & their teacher’s base strength. So with that, the emphasis shifted to the interactions between the characters & how they began to realize the importance of their companions. I almost glossed over it the 1st time, but when Killua first “thanked” Gon for bringing him along at the end of episode 61, he was alluding to the theme nascent in the entire arc: the idea that simple acts of trust can redeem a person no matter their sins, & that the strongest bonds can form as a result.

    Each emotional peak came when we saw someone confide in someone else, or explain how someone else’s confidence in them gave them purpose & drive.

    “He taught me it took only one person, one person in the entire world who will trust you, to save you.”

    That was what Razor said to Gon after their match. He explained that as a death row inmate, he had pretty much given up on life. That is, until Ging came & put his trust into him. When you think back to episode 61 & how Killua was thanking Gon, his rationale came during last week’s episode when they were explaining to Battera why they had decided as a group to heal the Bomber’s crew with the Breaths of Archangels. Killua is a murderer, he is arguably more dangerous than the defeated party, but he still understands the values of mercy, compassion, forgiveness, & trust. All thanks to Gon.

    So when we see Gon declare Killua to be his best friend during this episode & wanting to take him to meet his dad, it’s so painfully honest & heartfelt & earnest & sincere that it cuts right through any pretensions that Killua vainly tries to put up. It mirrors the idea that Bisky originally uttered in jest regarding the “[beauty of] the friendship & innocence of two young boys” that she wanted to mess with. Of course by now, she is so affected by how close they’ve grown to each other & to her, that she has to distance herself lest she become emotionally compromised or accidentally interfere with their ongoing journey.

    That final “bye-bye” is so heart-wrenching, because you see how badly she wishes to carry on with them as possible equals, despite knowing that her role as their mentor is effectively over.

    Greed Island, above all of the other arcs thus far, has been about relationships between people. It’s about how a simple act of trust, in getting to know someone & confiding in them, can be both their salvation & their purpose in life.

    • R1CK_D0M
      Posted April 16, 2013 at 8:24 am | Permalink

      LOOOOONNNNGGGGG

      you don’t know how tempting it was to leave this comment at that. But no you put into words what I’ve been thinking since halfway through the arc.

      I think this is what the new series does better than the old one. It’s not any one thing, but the new series seems to get points like this across better than the old one. Old series HxH didn’t get me to realize this at all when I first went through it

    • Posted April 17, 2013 at 3:01 pm | Permalink

      Nothing to say other than great comment! Thanks for leaving it. :)

  8. Posted April 16, 2013 at 8:47 am | Permalink

    All the feels at the end of the episode – SO GOOD!

    Well this version of Greed Island was a massive improvement on the OVA’s that’s for sure – I really liked that identical ending shot though!

    The Chimera Ant Arc is fecking long and has some pretty impressive fights – I am so excited to see what Madhouse do with it! If they can make Greed Island (the arc I enjoyed least) this good, I really can’t wait to see what they do with the Chimera Ant material!

  9. Ana
    Posted April 16, 2013 at 2:02 pm | Permalink

    If they keep up the same original song for the Chimera Ant arc I am going to SCREAM. Horrible song aside, it’d be sacrilege if the first time this arc gets animated is opened by the same old boring opening song they’ve been using for all the old goddamned material.

    Also I LOVE that last dramatic screenshot you have here. Hisoka is practically GLOWING. (But then again, when is our adorable little pedoclown ever NOT glowing? :D)

    • Posted April 17, 2013 at 3:05 pm | Permalink

      lol, that’s been a running joke in the live watch I’m in. They’re gonna have really grisly shit going on in the OP animation, but it’ll still be “YOU CAN SMIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIILE AGAIIIIIIIIIIIN”

      • Pusswookie
        Posted April 24, 2013 at 5:46 am | Permalink

        “YOU CAN FLYYYYYY AWAYYYYY” [Que Chimera Ants mauling people]
        But seriously, they’ve changed 3 decent ending songs now but retained THAT song? Really?

  10. gedata
    Posted April 16, 2013 at 3:33 pm | Permalink

    Killua should’ve picked Gold Dust Girl.

    • Posted April 17, 2013 at 3:05 pm | Permalink

      Haha, that would’ve been pretty great.

  11. cybustier
    Posted April 17, 2013 at 12:47 pm | Permalink

    Chimera Ant Island Arc with consistently non-shitty artwork? YES. It’s nothing but DBZ style fights drom here on out, with a healthy dose of body horror, ultra-violence and fights that give Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure a run for its money in terms of ingenuity and weirdness. Not many people’s favourite arc of Hunter X Hunter, but it definitely has its charms.

    The real question is… will Togashi have published ANY new chapters by the time Madhouse catches up with the manga?

    • Posted April 17, 2013 at 3:13 pm | Permalink

      Well, that description somehow got me more hyped than before!

      And, yeah, that second part is definitely a concern. At least with, say, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, there was clearly an agreement in place that would enable the anime and manga to end at around the same time. Who knows if anything even remotely like that has been worked out for this adaptation? My conservative estimate from looking at number of chapters and how long other arcs have turned out, is that Chimera Ant will be at least 39 episodes. Is that enough time for Hunter x Hunter to come close to any reasonable sort of conclusion? I have no idea, but I doubt it.

      • gedata
        Posted April 17, 2013 at 3:33 pm | Permalink

        It wouldn’t make sense for them to end the series after the next arc really. The one after that would make for an OK stopping point, but then again, Togashi will hopefully get his butt in gear and finish the new arc that he got just one chapter into before bailing.

    • Posted April 17, 2013 at 5:52 pm | Permalink

      As Gedata says the current hiatus in the manga makes for a good stopping point but I don’t think they’re going to END the anime completely.

      I’m thinking of a situation similar to Gintama with a Hunter x Hunter Part 2 or whatever 10 YEARS down the line XD

    • Pusswookie
      Posted April 24, 2013 at 5:48 am | Permalink

      By DBZ style, you don’t mean powering up and yelling I hope :/

  12. anonymous
    Posted April 18, 2013 at 7:23 am | Permalink

    I don’t think a preview for an upcoming episode has made me this excited in a long time.
    I think you’ll love what’s to come.

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