Hunter x Hunter #4 Reaction

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  1. Once again I’ll confess I rather enjoyed that episode, which was quite a bit different from the three that preceded it. Despite being considered a somewhat uneventful episode, I still really liked this one! This episode’s backstories are simple, yet really effective. While vengeance and dead best friend aren’t the most original motivations, the backstories tell you enough about why the characters are here in the first place and why they’re behaving the way they are. It also helps that the backstories don’t overstay their welcome and stick around for just long enough to be effective, unlike certain other shows on the block. And hey, this episode begins the sickeningly adorable Gon and Killua friendship, so that’s a huge plus in this episode’s favor. Believe me, if you don’t love the dynamic between these two already, you’ll definitely start to see what I’m talking about in the show’s later arcs.

    A few hints of the darker side of this series are starting to assert themselves, with some backstory on Kurapica and Leorio and some rather gruesome footage of carrion birds feeding on the still-warm flesh of a character who’d been talking only seconds earlier. The first phase of the exam was pretty out there – a run of what, 100KM? 80, maybe? Anyway. There aren’t a lot of professional athletes, never mind 12 year-olds who could accomplish that without training rigorously and specifically, but I get the idea that we’re going for realism here so I’m not sweating that. This is Shounen Jump, after all.

    The other characters who started to break out this week were Killua and Hisoka, both of whom are destined to be important players in this series’ future.Yes , Kurapika is a boy. Always will be, there’s no reveal later on, but I can understand how his gender can be confusing. Killua clearly makes a snarkier contrast to Gon, though I understand some of the fans are of the opinion that he’s too nice in this series as opposed to the old one. Obviously I can’t comment on that since you guys haven’t gotten to the part of his backstory yet, but it will be something meatier that simply taking the exam because it “Seemed like it would be fun”. He and Gon are setting up the classic BFF shounen bromance, and I like Gon as a character. I especially liked the scene where Leorio was about ready to give up. Rather than give him any rah-rah speeches or encouraging smiles, Gon just stood there are stared at him. Which, of course, was the insult to his pride that was exactly what Leorio needed. Gon obviously has an innate sense that allows him to understand animals, and humans are animals too. But why did he say he was “a teenager just like you guys!” when Gon and Killua are 12? Not that Leorio looks like a teenager anyway, but I’ll stipulate to that… And then there’s Hisoka, who’s already killed two people in two episodes. My god.

    There are so many things that Hunter x Hunter does right, that each episode that goes by garners wide-spread critical acclaim. This episode is no different. This episode, stood out to me as the best episode thus far. Why? Because it pushed all the characters more than any episode thus far. It is a very rare thing to find an anime with this imaginative and well-concieved a cast and world, than Hunter x Hunter. This world, like the world of One Piece, begs to be explored. Not only that, but these characters, beg to be unravelled.

    Above all that this episode did, I loved the way it strengthened already established friendships as well as introduce us to one. The way Leorio and Kurapika bond over their shared past sufferings, not only sheds extra light on who they are, but it also tells us where they are heading. Leorio’s revelation of why he wants money, was both heart-breaking and moving. It’s just one of the many great moments we can expect to come from this series.

    I also loved the way that Killua and Gon meet. It was just so perfect. What with the way Killua slides back on his skateboard and asks Gon his age. They instantly bond over being the two kids of the bunch. Their bonding is so natural and exactly how 12 year old children would behave (however dark their pasts may be). The scene where they both race to the finish line and shout out “goal” together was just so adorable.

    The greatest thing about Hunter x Hunter is it’s heart and message, even if they are not yet clear in this adaptation, it is not far. Their is only one other anime and manga out there that matches Hunter x Hunter when it comes to that and that is One Piece. The themes falling into place here are going to pay off big time in the future. These early episodes are laying in the foreshadowing and paving the way things to come.

    This series really shines in it’s creativity. The only other series I can recall besides Hunter x Hunter and One Piece that is this varied and imaginative is Reborn! There is so much innovation with Hunter x Hunter, that after 4 episodes they ahve managed to construct a world more complex and deeper than most series achieve in their entire run.

    That is the true testament to this series. There is so much greatness to come and it has been made very clear after 4 episodes that this series is great.

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