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.
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.