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!
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?
Sleepy Biske-chama HNNNNNNNGH
Biske-chama: KARAOKE SUPERSTAR
What a happy gal!
It’s not nice to leave your mentor out of the conversation!
The happiest jewel hoarder.
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.
I think you should definitely hang around Gon and Killua forever.
What? No? Bye bye! ;________;
You will be missed, Biske-chama . . . but what is this?! How dramatic!