“Purpose… it’s that little flame, that lights a fire under your [butt]… purpose, it keeps you going strong, like a car with a full tank of gaaaaa-aaaaaas! Everyone else has a purpose, so what’s mine?” – John Tartaglia, Avenue Q
Kurapika has lost his purpose. Everything he desired in the world is gone now. His entire reason for living is now extinct. There is nothing left for him to do.
This makes HxH this week such a seminal moment. This episode isn’t about the Zoldycks, the Phantom Troupe, Nostrade or even Neon. This episode is all about Kurapika and how he’s lost his reason for living.
To compare it to something in real life, to me it would be like someone digging up the bones of Jesus Christ and proving that He is dead. Now obviously that’s not going to happen, try as the “historians” on the History Channel may. Kurapika in the same way has lost every reason he had for living, and it’s all over now for him.
Let’s ignore the fact that this obviously is not the truth; it’s plain and obvious to the viewers that there is a ton of dramatic irony going on here. You can compare it to Romeo and Juliet, which is probably an influence here; isn’t Shakespeare pretty much everyone’s influence? (He’s certainly mine.) It’s just utterly heartbreaking to watch Kurapika lose everything, and yet still carry out his orders, even with nothing left to live for.
I know exactly how Kurapika feels, and I know exactly where Kurapika is right now. He feels hopeless, even while there is lots of hope waiting for him. The ensuing episodes will quite obviously teach Kurapika a lesson, just as I have learned that lesson: never give up in life, no matter how hopeless it may seem.
Character of the episode: Come on, do you even need to ask? (Although Nostrade was pretty funny in a sad way, too.)
Episode rating (out of four stars): ****