Hunter x Hunter 2011 – 10 Review

What did you say in the previous episode Majitani? You Surrendered? Oh No! 😄

Episode 10 – A Chance x To x Reach Out
aka We x Screwed Up x Big Time

This episode finally shines the spot light on Leorio and takes him out of his somewhat “useless” image.

The funny thing with this episode was that last week had made a critical error that had rendered the whole context of this episode baseless.

If you were to look at the ’99 medium and the manga, in both versions, Majitani had not been able to finish his sentence before Kurapica had “knocked him out”. But as the above screen capture proves, this 2011 version made the mistake of yelling out his surrender for the whole world to hear.

Review

The episode was actually a good one this week. If it weren’t for last week dismissing everything that had happened in this episode, I would have definitely enjoyed this quite a bit more with less laughter on my part. =P

In hindsight, I should take back my verdict about the 2011 version of the last episode being better. However, people make mistakes. =D So I shall not criticise this episode based of last week’s mistake as this episode was definitely nicely paced and enjoyable.

This was another true to manga episode that had covered chapter 19 and part of chapter 20. This segment is also in the ’99 version in episode 15 and part of 16.

The Characters

For once in the series, Leorio had cames across as being cool and intelligent instead of useless and annoying. Using his abilities as a doctor to discern the situation and thus getting the upperhand was a really nice thing to see Leorio accomplish. My question would be why Leorio had accepted the bet of 40 hours despite knowing he was going to lose those hours anyway? Was there really no other way around it?

Sadly (or not so sadly) his match had ended on a much awaited cliffhanger. As I had mentioned in the last episode, this series has had a habit of ending things on a sweet note without creating those much-needed moments of frustration due to the wait for the next episode to be released. With this episode, that spell is broken and hopefully this would leave people eager to watch more. \(^-^)/

Moving onto Majitani, he is one hilarious character. He is so much of a wimp that I find it hard to believe that he would have done something so horrible in the past, so much so that it would warrant him having such an extended sentence. The internal monologue in this episode had brought us the light-hearted moments which are now a on-going style for this series. This shows seems to be caught in this limbo between being serious and being fun and this unnatural “balance” is really quite frustrating at times. Scenes end up being too cheerful for their own good when they should be darker.

Look at that agility.

Naturally, Hisoka’s appearance in this episode had added to the darker element of the series. We are once again graced with the presence of Hisoka and his personal flavor Background Music. =D His fight scene was definitely entertaining to watch and probably not something crucial to the plot. The great thing about that scene was that we got to see the sadistic and “powerful” side of Hisoka, and for some reason, everything he does comes across as being so much fun to watch. This is probably what makes his character such a joy to see every week – all due the contradicting nature between his actions and the atmosphere built around his character.

The rest of the gang are finally showing their true nature as well. Gon is as usual unconcerned by the heavy atmosphere surrounding the group and continues about doing his own things.
Tompa’s character is odd. He provides us with all these inside knowledge to what the real reason behind the Examiner’s actions are, yet he doesn’t actually do anything apart from narrating his thoughts and giving an explanation to the events.
Kurapica is proving to be a kind hearted soul that is simply obsessed with the Phantom Troupe.
Killua on the other hand shows us his upbringing through his casual dismissal like attitude over killing someone.

Death Dismissed

I just felt like I had to touch on this topic briefly.

The dismissal of death in this series had always taken on a pretty casual approach, but seeing a group of kids discussing the murder of a person as though it were a casual conversational topic was really the first time we got to see this theme expressed in such a blunt manner. Even though Kurapica was against killing the man, his reasons were more for pride and dignity as oppose to moral beliefs. Killua is screwed-up as we all already know. Leorio was crazy proactive in trying to get the man killed, and that is a very disturbing trait for a future doctor. (I know I would worry if my doctor was so eager to kill off a person). As for Gon, well, he didn’t seem to really care all that much (which should be an issue).

The only time the characters had actually cared about the death of Majitani was when he had been lying in the spot for a long time. None of their actions to follow were due to worry over Majitani’s well-being but due to their personal worry over losing crucial time that may result in their elimination from the exam.

Oh, you sick man! 😄
Just look at that crazy look on Hisoka’s face.

Then we have Hisoka’s scene. It was sad that they had to use shadows to illustrate the beheading of the character. But, knowing how much worse it could have been had allowed me to appreciate the fact that we were actually shown something to give us an accurate description of what had happened instead of a blank censored frame.

Overall

I had enjoyed this episode without actually feeling that there was an issue with the pacing of the series. No long crazy pauses nor stare down contest. Sure, there were plenty of panning scenes but all of those pauses were warranted in building up Leorio’s frustration and the passing of time.

Episode Rating: 7/10 – 2011 wins. I definitely love the mood of the 1999 version but that each has it’s own unique style and approach and the 1999 hadn’t integrated Leorio’s fight into the Majitani fake death segment but had dragged the whole thing out instead.

-ra

Ra’s Question Corner:

At which age do you think a child should be exposed to the concept of death and have a fear of it?

I think that it might be a tad scary to educate a kid to early on as it might traumatize them for life, but for 12 year olds, their attitude had seemed even more worrying as oppose to innocent. I can’t remember how I had learned about the idea of death, but I think that the minute a kid is old enough to attend school is the time the kid should at least know what death is and not some sugar coated lie.

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Posted on December 4, 2011, in Anime, Hunter x Hunter 2011, Reviews and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 20 Comments.

  1. Majitani had not been able to finish his sentence before Kurapica had “knocked him out”. But as the above screen capture proves, this 2011 version made the mistake of yelling out his surrender for the whole world to hear.

    I blame the subbers for this one. If you listen to Majitani without subs, he didn’t get to finish his sentence either and his talking was very unclear.

    The thing with and this version is that, it seems they’re adapting Togashi’s harsh way of blurring the moral area. In the manga, it was clear that none of the characters actually cared of how many deaths happened around them unless it involved a friend. Killing Majitani was the fastest way to get things done and I think that would’ve been the smartest move from everyone. To be honest, the manga paints Gon and Killua as pretty selfish kids every now and then. It’s actually hard to find a solid moral ground in HxH because of that. These people aren’t really ‘heroes’ in a traditional sense, I suppose.

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    • Actually, I had heard the audio and it had sounded like he had completed his word (although it did weaken out somewhat towards the end)

      “The thing with and this version is that, it seems they’re adapting Togashi’s harsh way of blurring the moral area.”

      It definitely seems like that’s the case, but I love this aspect about the show.

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  2. The only thing i was surprised was the Hisoka;s fight that hasnt been in 99, oh well maybe I guess I’ll check the manga later about this. And I hate that I had to wait for next episode for Killua’s battle…

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  3. aww be ready for big disappointment next week . For sure there will be no heart ripping killua uhmm maybe they will change it to flowers again tsk tsk ;(

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  4. about the bet… the girl said they would take turns first she was the one who decided the bet’s topic and the leorio decided the bet which was all that about the ten years, next round leorio decided the topic which was if majitani was unconscious or faking it so that girl would say the bet, considering that fact she can change the bet every time she wanted cause it was her turn

    about the ep they make leorio shine! so yay for leorio! and I really liked hisoka’s fight! the animation was really good! I kind of didn’t remembered it from the 99 series so I was excited 😀

    sorry if I have mistakes… english is not my first language u.u

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  5. Wasn’t the episode called Trick x To The x Trick ?

    I enjoyed the episode but I don’t know, this show kind of lacks of something I can’t describe… lack of charm maybe?

    Well, let’s just wait for the next episode… one big test for Madhouse

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    • “Wasn’t the episode called Trick x To The x Trick ?”

      LOL! Yes! I thought that was what it was called, but wiki had named it otherwise so I simply copied what Wiki had said since I can’t read jap. =P Shall have to change that in the title. =D

      “this show kind of lacks of something I can’t describe… lack of charm maybe?”

      I think that it is too generic in it’s execution style. Perhaps that’s the charm you seem to be looking for?

      “Well, let’s just wait for the next episode… one big test for Madhouse”

      Definitely would be crap if they decided to fluff it all out and make it some sort of shadow puppet scene instead. =_=”

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  6. Yay! Hisoka threw me a card!

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  7. So is Hisoka a protagonist or an antagonist, I really can’t tell, but he’s becoming another favorite character along with Killua. Aside from that battle, I thought this episode dragged a bit, particularly during Tonpa’s scene explaining how group dynamics fall apart. The betting round was interesting, but I didn’t find it engaging enough to carry the episode. It was nice to see Leorio step it up, but I still think he’s going to lose his match in some roundabout way, leaving Killua open for what I’m hoping is going to be a straightforward death match of sorts.

    As far as the moral ambiguity, I don’t mind it, I think part of the appeal of the characters is that they’re practical about it; struggling over that issue is done a lot elsewhere, and I find it easy to drag out unintentionally. In Gantz, for example, which i loved, Kato’s refusal to kill got old after the 3rd monologue about it, and that kept going throughout the series, marring an otherwise fast paced, mature, action series. Actually, that anime may have presented it in a better way overall, because we saw a range of characters with different ethical views.

    I think by the time a kid is in 4th grade they’re already exposed to violence on TV to have a concept of death, and if not TV, then video games, and if not that, then the daily news always has at least one murder story. Its probably harder to grasp the concept before that age unless they’re already been to a family member’s funeral, or to a lesser extent had a pet die.

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    • “So is Hisoka a protagonist or an antagonist, I really can’t tell, but he’s becoming another favorite character along with Killua. ”

      I can sense your favoritism for sociopaths. 😄 I rejoice over your move to the dark side. =P

      “Aside from that battle, I thought this episode dragged a bit, particularly during Tonpa’s scene explaining how group dynamics fall apart.”

      Now that you mention it, that is true. Had forgotten about that moment. =/ I have learned to tune Tompa out the same way I tune the Narrator out. =P They seem to be 2 peas in a pod in their narration manner.

      “leaving Killua open for what I’m hoping is going to be a straightforward death match of sorts. ”

      Well, you would have to wait and see 😉

      “I think by the time a kid is in 4th grade they’re already exposed to violence on TV to have a concept of death, and if not TV, then video games, and if not that, then the daily news always has at least one murder story. Its probably harder to grasp the concept before that age unless they’re already been to a family member’s funeral, or to a lesser extent had a pet die.”

      Moral of the story?
      Keep your kid locked in a room for the rest of eternity the moment he understands a language. =D Hey, it may sound like abuse but it is actually simply a suffocating form of love. =P

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      • lol, I think this show is so morally ambiguous that no matter who I chose as a favorite, they were going to be some kind of sociopath.

        dark side indeed lol, i’m generally a fan of the upstanding protagonist in shows that follow that archetype, but I like anti-hero main characters more overall. Yuske and Hiei from Yuyu Hakusho, Kenshin, Dante from Devil May Cry (watched after playing the games) were some personal favorites.

        As you mentioned Gon is too unaffected for me to say he’s an anti hero at this point. He certainly isn’t the typical “all life is valuable hero” either tho. Gotta love the fresh approach *ignores the fact that this is a remake because he never saw the ’99 version*

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      • “dark side indeed lol, i’m generally a fan of the upstanding protagonist in shows that follow that archetype, but I like anti-hero main characters more overall.”

        Well, they definitely provide a nice break from the typical generic characters and are refreshing to watch.

        “Gotta love the fresh approach *ignores the fact that this is a remake because he never saw the ’99 version*”

        Haha, doesn’t matter anyway. it is the story that is refreshing (remake or not).

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  8. Hisoka? He just really wants to rap- err… I mean kill Gon and Killua. He’s sadistic, wanting to fighting the strongest, and so is deeply interested in people’s potentials. In the manga he ranks the most powerful hunters (Gon’s father was absent… due to him being kinda a dick, notice a trend?) on a ‘point’ scale.

    He has quite an obsession with murder. “The Grim Reaper’s riddles don’t need anyone to answer”.’

    [spoiler]

    … As for Killua. If this anime doesn’t have Killua quite literally crushing the still beating heart of Jonas in front of his eyes with a slightly twisted smile… I will hate what they have done to the manga and original anime forever. It was a defining moment for Killua’s character, the moment you realize ‘it’s not just talk.’ Murder really is so much more common in HunterxHunter than most Shounen anime.

    [end spoiler]

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    • “Hisoka? He just really wants to rap- err… I mean kill Gon and Killua. He’s sadistic, wanting to fighting the strongest, and so is deeply interested in people’s potentials. In the manga he ranks the most powerful hunters (Gon’s father was absent… due to him being kinda a dick, notice a trend?) on a ‘point’ scale.”

      You are right about that, although he always does seems to always find some sort of excuse.

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  9. Where is your last review of hunterxhunter 2011 for ep 11. I thought this is your last review? Cause you said earlier that after the Killua thing your not gonna review anymore, I need to read it…

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  10. Baseless my ass, Armond White.

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  11. it is indeed the moral ambiguities of the series that attract me as an adult viewer. it was interesting 10 years ago, but i get more things now when i re-watch it. the greed island OVAs (which i only watched recently) gave even more interesting developments – for example when they’re arguing whether to heal the bomber and his cronies.

    the running theme of moral ambiguity is foreshadowed by the quiz in the small city gon and friends have to pass through to find the navigators. to save your mother or your lover? your son or your daughter? a person with a better developed moral sensibilities will be stumped by this question and recognise that there are no “correct” answers. to say “save my mother because…” is a reflection of externally derived sense of morality, one that comes out of societal expectations, which the first guy tried to subvert to his seeming advantage. (social expectation might also dictate to save the son, because he carries the family name, etc.)

    the issue of crime and redemption also came up, notably in a couple of side characters in the GI OVAs, and one gets the message that no matter what you did in the past, your life depends on how you make your present choices.

    as a character, killua probably illustrates the theme of crime, choices and redemption the best. he has murdered dozens or hundreds of people, yet is clearly one of the good guys in this show. it also begs the question of whether he truly committed crimes in murdering people, because it is clear it was out of his upbringing that he killed people. one senses that his friendship with gon leads him to make more moral choices later on, from the killua in the early parts of the series who gratuitously kills or injures people (e.g. when he was in a bad mood after he left the ball game with the head of the hunter exam).

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