HxH 87: Knuckle sandwich

Hunter x Hunter episode 87 review

HxH 87

I missed this episode along with all of Toonami last weekend, and now I wish I would have skipped it. This episode was boring as heck. Sure, it introduced the character of Knuckle, but truth be told, he’s not all that interesting of a guy. Hunter x Hunter pretty much forces characters on us in this arc. We are forced to care about Knuckle and Shoot and Palm, as well as some of the Ants. In reality, I care about characters like Bisky and Kite. Those characters get shoved aside.

Aside from Gon and Killua meeting Knuckle, the only thing of note in this episode is that the Queen is getting closer to giving birth, while Peggy talks about subordination amongst the Ants. Wait until you see how important Peggy’s talk was. It is completely forgotten about as soon as the King is born. Once the King is born, all the crap about Ants is all thrown out and the only Ants that matter are the King and his 3 Royal Guards. Hunter x Hunter is written like a bad fanfic at this point.

Boring episode, hopefully it gets better, but what am I saying? I know it doesn’t get better for a while.

Character of the episode: Knuckle

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

HxH 86: In the Palm of your hand

Hunter x Hunter episode 86 review

Palm

It’s training arc time! In case you’re not a fan of training arcs, well, I have bad news for you. Bisky is back for the sole purpose of training Gon and Killua. She’s joined by a very strange woman named Palm. And off we go to train!

Gon and Killua have to get strong enough to beat Knuckle and Shoot, who seem to be pretty strong, and maybe a little arrogant too. Why must they beat Knuckle and Shoot? To prove their worth. But in reality Knuckle and Shoot are just there to provide barriers to prevent Gon and Killua from getting back to the NGL where PEOPLE. ARE. DYING. (Would you please shut down the system?)

Oh, and Pouf has been born. He’s got the ability of telepathy. Pitou and him are preparing for the third Royal Guard to be born. Meanwhile, Kite’s body is frozen in a block of ice. Is he still alive after all?

Character of the episode: Palm

Episode rating (out of four stars): ***

HxH 85: The Hunter becomes the hunted

Hunter x Hunter episode 85 review

HxH 85

Kite goes down! In the most dramatic Hunter x Hunter episode since the Yorknew City arc, Neferpitou senses Kite’s presence and decides to go out and intercept him. Kite foolishly tells Gon and Killua to run away, even though Killua is a trained assassin who’s killed countless people. Gon powers up, ready to fight, then Killua knocks down Gon and leaves Kite to die.

Meanwhile, here comes Chairman Netero and a couple of others, ready to take on the Hunt. Gon and Killua are sent back to the normal world to go and train to get better. Which means one thing: training arc! Can’t wait. It’s a shounen manga, you know? There has to be a training arc every so many episodes. And here’s one.

Oh, and Gon is super-optimistic that Kite will be fine. That’s his goal for training to get better. One problem: the final scene shows Pitou with a severed head of Kite’s. Is Kite dead, or is this just a scene to throw us off the scent? Don’t worry, only 40 episodes until you find out!

Character of the episode: Pitou

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

HxH 80: Stupidest flashback ever

Hunter x Hunter episode 80 review

HxH 80

(Note: This is a convention week for me, so no reviews of my weekly shows; only Toonami.)

Remember when I told you that Hunter x Hunter was going to go downhill? Here it is. We get this incredibly over-the-top sad flashback over Gyro, including the completely unnecessary story of how he had to pee in a bottle. Then it’s over, and so is Gyro’s life. He’s dead. Yet we wasted almost half the episode on the flashback. Who cares if the guy’s dead now? This is worse than those pointless flashbacks in Bleach.

Then we get to see Ponzu get killed. Seriously, I hate these Chimera Ants. Don’t try to get me to feel bad for them 50 episodes from now. They’re awful creatures, with no redeemable qualities. I don’t want to see them become friends with our heroes, who were again relegated to secondary status in this not-so-good episode.

Character of the episode: Ponzu

Episode rating (out of four stars): no stars