Hunter x Hunter 02 – Magical Beasts and Heart Pounding Quizzes!

Gon and his pals take an exciting quiz and meet up with the curious magical beast, Kiriko.

This show certainly has charm. Just mentioning ‘Magical Beasts’ immediately gives off that adventurous feeling. Anyway, for me– they did a good enough job compressing 2 chapters an episode. It didn’t feel too rushed. It slightly bothers me that they took out the part where the characters didn’t mention that the big nosed douche who went before them was heard screaming, probably after being devoured by a monster– but I’m willing to look past that for now. Episode 3 is where I’m expecting to see how Madhouse is planning to deal with the onscreen violence. The original one actually handled it quite well, it was still violent but not excessively so. Let’s hope the new one fares just as well. I’ll be making comparisons next time because the idea of ‘sanitizing’ is something I’d really like to talk about when I’ve gathered enough material and thoughts.

There’s not much to say about this episode, they’re part of Hunter Exam but as the ship captain said, there’s just too many applicants that need to be removed even before the exam starts. The real exam takes place in Zaban City, in the next episode.

I like how everyone passed not just because of one person’s ‘brilliant idea’. The three guys passed mainly thanks to their own unique qualities. Kurapika for his wit, Leorio for his just nature (although sometimes he acts really irrational, he almost smacked that old lady with a wooden plank! I like how he doesn’t cut her some slack just because she’s an old lady though but WHOA.) and Gon for being…well, Gon. The truth is that each of the three have their own respective redeeming qualities making them worthy of taking the exam. It brings a smile to my face.

Extra!

Madhouse still shows that they’ve read through the source material. Anyone who watches the ED enough times will notice the dragon flying in the background while Gon, Killua, Kurapika and Leorio are running:

It’s Ging’s Dragon pet! I added the the Frog Lizard thing with ten boobs page for size comparison. Holy crap that’s a huuugggeee dragon! I think the ‘Bo’ part is reference to the manga Bobobo which also ran in Shounen Jump. Togashi seemed rather fond of it.

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  1. Oooh I didn’t notice Ging’s dragon there! That’s cool. For some reason there’s also the stone mask from Jojo (another great Jump series) in the intro bit, which made me smile. The creators do seem to have read the manga carefully and are taking care to recreate as much as possible (mind you, this doesn’t guarantee quality if they can’t recreate the spirit of the series).

    I agree with you about waiting for the next episode to judge the direction of this show. I’m actually quite nervous. The anime is being aired in the Sunday morning slot in Japan, hence the censorship and why they’re seemingly taking it in a more kid-friendly direction… but that doesn’t mean they can’t have violence if they want to include it (they could just use sillouettes or shadows rather than show it explicitly but still indicate it). I just don’t know if they want to. Part of me is kinda curious about a sanitized HxH – I mean, is it even possible to get through even the Exam without a single onscreen death? But then again, would that still be any fun?

    • Glad to see I wan’t the only one who noticed the Jojo mask! If you want a censored H x H, check out Viz’s official English release. They black bar’ed a load of the gratuitous violence just to get it on the shelves, otherwise they said some of the later volumes would be labelled “Adults only”. Combined with a sucky translation and a hideous font, they didn’t exactly do a lot to popularise the series in the states.

      • They black bar’ed a load of the gratuitous violence just to get it on the shelves, otherwise they said some of the later volumes would be labelled “Adults only”.

        I have the volumes and man I was so pissed off with some of the black bars. Especially when it came to the Chimera ant arc. It ruined that Killua fight against the ants in the forest because I almost felt like it covered too much of what was going on. Lol @ the adults only label. Oh gosh.

    • The creators do seem to have read the manga carefully and are taking care to recreate as much as possible (mind you, this doesn’t guarantee quality if they can’t recreate the spirit of the series).

      I hope Madhouse succeeds in capturing the spirit of Togashi’s work, so far I think they’re doing well enough but violence plays a huge part in the world of HxH and if Madhouse can’t deal with that– I think we have a problem. (I hope it’s just me being pessimistic…)

      Silhouettes and shadows are okay for me. I think there’s a lot weighing on the shoulders of the director and his staff because of the timeslot. The rumors are scaring me with their ‘they’re going to alter Hisoka’s personality’ and all that so I can’t wait for next week and either be heartbroken or extremely relieved. I hope this episode was an indication that the show isn’t afraid to show blood but then I realized that the navigator’s wounds were fake. AAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHH.

  2. Since there isn’t a spoiler tag, which I can see at least, I will do this.

    SPOILER ABOUT EP 3
    SPOILER ABOUT EP 3
    SPOILER ABOUT EP 3
    SPOILER ABOUT EP 3
    SPOILER ABOUT EP 3
    Maybe the cans of drinks Hanzo gives our guys isn’t poisoned anymore. They just expired the date!
    END SPOILER ABOUT EP 3
    END SPOILER ABOUT EP 3
    END SPOILER ABOUT EP 3
    END SPOILER ABOUT EP 3
    END SPOILER ABOUT EP 3

    I should stop forcing myself to be negative. I’ll spit it out: I love this so much <3

    • (SPOILERS)
      Wasn’t it Tompa who was giving away juice? I hope the sanitizing doesn’t reach that extent.
      (END SPOILERS)

      I’m really enjoying the new one so far myself hahaha!

      • “I hope the sanitizing doesn’t reach that extent.”

        Lol. It would be pretty hilarious if they did make that change. =_=”

        “I’m really enjoying the new one so far myself hahaha!”

        Well, the show is enjoyable but sadly I can’t get the damn ’99 one out of my mind everytime I watch it. sigh… but this version is a good kickback and enjoy kinda series that won’t get you too emotionally invested (this is how I felt about the first 2 eps, but then again, we have yet to scratch the surface of the show =P).

        • but this version is a good kickback and enjoy kinda series that won’t get you too emotionally invested (this is how I felt about the first 2 eps, but then again, we have yet to scratch the surface of the show =P).

          Yeah, this show is great for the nostalgia too. Nostalgia in HD that is.

      • You’re right! I forgot the name, sorry

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