HxH 116: Gon loses his marbles

Hunter x Hunter episode 116 review

HxH 116

You know those fanfics where a perfectly good character starts acting over-the-top evil for no reason or explanation at all? (I should know, I’ve written a few of ’em.) This episode leads Hunter x Hunter down a dark path where Gon is a madman looking for revenge. Think Picard in Star Trek: First Contact, times 100. “The line must be drawn here! This far, no further! And I will make them pay for what they’ve done!” All that’s missing is Killua saying, “See you around, Ahab.”

Killua, by the way, also loses it. Instead of immediately trying to get control of Gon, he kind of just stands around and takes everything in, until it’s too late. Gon has lost all control of bodily functions and now is about to blow up the whole castle, all over Kite. Correct me if I’m wrong, but wasn’t Gon around Kite for maybe 5 episodes? The two of them never were together enough for Gon to be this mad about his injuries. If it was Killua who Pitou had hurt, okay, then I’d understand. But Kite and Gon never actually developed a close relationship. They just went out on a hunt together, and then Kite got hurt. They didn’t go through thick and thin.

Everything else has lost importance, not to mention the fact that the narrator has to repeat every action that occurs on the screen. Yes, this show is still one of my favorites, but it has so many problems right now.

Character of the episode: Pitou
I refuse to give it to the now-evil Gon.

Episode rating (out of four stars): **1/2

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