HxH 39: Return of the Jedi


Heeee’s back! After an absence of quite a few eps (we don’t say the “e” word around here, just like Microsoft stopped using the “v” word for that one operating system), my favorite character Kurapika is back as a member of Hunter x Hunter again. Why do I like Kurapika so much? Truth is, I’m not sure myself. Maybe it’s his character design, maybe it’s his hilarious attitude of refusing to defeat an opponent and forcing Leorio to bet 50 hours in order to get by there, maybe it’s his voice, or maybe it’s his Sasuke-esque desire for revenge… scratch that, definitely not the last one. But in any case, Kurapika is back, and this ep is all about him for once.

(I should add, just because it’s in the title: Return of the Jedi is my favorite Star Wars movie and I’m not afraid to admit it. Granted, I absolutely hate hate hate The Force Awakens, so my status as a Star Wars fan may be in question, but that’s my pick for what it’s worth. The Empire Strikes Back is a close second-best behind Return of the Jedi.)

The first half of this ep, bizarrely enough, was no more than actual footage from a previous ep. I mean, it’s not just clips, it’s actually frame-for-frame the same stuff. Kurapika has his Hunter’s license stolen from him by a man, who then tells him he’s got to learn Nen. I’m not going to complain about Nen for two reasons here: one, the way Nen is laid out in this ep is actually pretty entertaining, even if I didn’t understand it for a second, and two, Kurapika seems to be like me and not give a **** about all this Nen crap.

So then Kurapika has to go to the unemployment office, which is bizarre because I thought having a Hunter’s license meant you were basically Bill Gates. But instead of offering the woman there a shot at meeting Keith Hernandez, Kurapika signs up for a job alongside a bunch of other guys. Their job: collect one of a certain group of items. You get one, you’re in. What’s one of the items on the list? A pair of Kurta eyes! Meaning, whoever Kurapika is working for, is actually his enemy!

A great twist that makes this upcoming arc even more intriguing. I’m sorry, but somehow I find Kurapika’s quest for revenge as well as his fight for survival against those who want to steal his eyes just a little bit more exciting than Gon and Killua trying to find a copy of a video game. Priorities, priorities.

Character of the ep: Kurapika (who else, really?)

Rating (out of four stars): ***

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