Hunter x Hunter 2011 – 08 Review
Episode 08 – Solution × Is × Majority Rules?
“Roar!!” says the dinosaur at the start of the introduction.
Sadly, the show has decided to go down the path of dragging fight scenes out, the same way many other Shonen shows do.
I would like to rejoice since this is one of my favorite exams as this exam would be the first time we get to see Killua show his true skills. However, the pacing of the episode fight scenes was terribly slow and naturally, we only managed to cover Tompa’s fight without even getting close to covering Killua’s battle.
The episode covers chapters 15 and 16 of the manga (another 2 chapter story, the series seems to be moving at a steady pace. I wonder how action scenes will turn out if that were the case) and episode 13 of the 1999 series.
I had really hoped that the pacing would be fast, the way the rest of the season has been thus far, but I guess this is not the case. I really worry that if the animators were to stick to the 2 chapter coverage per episode pacing, when we get to the action parts, we would probably end up suffering from boredom.
When a series wants to extend the life of the fights, what do we have? We have the usual panning shots and too much dialogue to drag the scenes out longer and to slow the episode down. Naturally, a staring contest would also be thrown into the mix. I honestly do not understand why a show would do that to itself. The whole panning shots really get to me since the action in this episode is not even “exciting” enough to make up for such a boring prelude to the fight.
Then we have the powered up version of Tompa and the Prisoner. What the heck was that about? It did a positive thing in adding to the whole contrast between Tompa giving up and the psyched for battle atmosphere, and that made the joke a tad more funnier. But honestly, I couldn’t help but laugh at how ridiculous and childish that moment was. I was imagining Dragonball Z =_=” I wonder if that part of the scene was meant to be a joke or to be taken seriously.
Then we have the dialogue. Although the dialogue was rather entertaining to listen to, the lack of animation to back up the scenes and make it interesting to watch, had made me want to fast forward the episode. I was really itching to click the forward button and forget about reviewing the episode altogether. If I wanted to listen to a show and not see it, I would have choosen an audio tape. =P I know I am whining, but it was honestly so boring to watch all those panning scenes and generic framing of the scenes, definitely nothing visually enticing there.
- Leorio is no longer battered and bruised the way he is meant to be. (Go anime super-power healing! XP)
- The examiner’s hair is pinkish-purple in this series but black in the 99 one. =D
What’s with all the funky colours? The browness of Tompa’s hair reminds me of a bad dye job as well. XD
We are once again shown the lack of care for death in this episode with the characters simply looking at the rock climber getting pecked and eaten alive without bothering to offer any help. To add to that, they dismissed his death with a observational statement about it being too dangerous to head down the walls of the tower.
Geez, talk about teaching your kids the wrong things in life. I can understand how Kurapica and Killua are so sanitised to seeing death and the idea of death, but Gon’s odd attitude really does bug me. I know it is the way he is meant to be, but one can’t simply claim that that is the way things are. There has got to be a reason behind Gon’s lack of care. Was it because he grew up playing in a jungle? I mean, children are not born psychotic, their environment makes them psychotic. (I am not saying Gon is pyschotic, it was just an example) As for Leorio, well, I can understand the tough situation he grew up in, but for a person who wants to be a doctor, he sure as hell isn’t “morally suitable” for such a role. =P
Speaking of Leorio, we get to see his intelligence kick in when he realises that Tompa is there to sabotage newbies. =) Go Leorio for being observant! I wonder what the agenda of the rest of the group was. I am sure Kurapica would have picked up on it, but why wouldn’t he have said something? As for Killua and Gon, well I never expected them to say anything since the both of them have a “heck care” attitude towards things.
I kinda like this stylized look to make the situation more comical.
The episode was what was pretty true to the manga but I would have rather the pacing to be faster. I hate all those panning scenes and hopefully the next episode would end the tower arc. If that does happen, then the next episode should be a relatively nicely paced episode next week.
Episode Rating: 6.5/10
I do realise that I sound harsh in this review. I don’t think it is a bad episode, merely dry. =/ I still love the HxH series, but I am starting to wonder if it is me being bias. Then again, it could be that I am not in a good mood thus my take on this might be harsher than usual.
-ra in a rush
This is a quick review since I am rushing off for a dinner appointment.
Hunter x Hunter 2011 Question of the Week
After 8 episodes in, if you had to recommend a version of Hunter x Hunter to your friend to watch, which would it be? The ’99 or 2011?
I know that they are both very different and the ’99 is slower. But, if you were to simply ignore the fact that you were to watch it weekly since your friend would watch all the episodes in one shot. Which would you recommend?
Personally, I am still edging towards the ’99 version due to it’s darker tones, but the 2011 series has warmed up to me and I quite like the lack of many of the extra scenes. But for now, I will say ’99 series.
Are you still having a hard time warming up to the 2011 series or loving it now after having seen more?