What They Say:
Gon and his friends are hoping to win the reward that’s been placed on the Phantom Troupe. At the same time, Machi and Nobunaga have been dispatched to search for the “chain user” because Uvogin hasn’t returned. Gon and Killua receive a tip and begin shadowing the two Troupe members.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
With the couple of different tracks being followed in the series at this point, things do eventually start to come together. While focus has been given to Kurapika and his quest to very good effect as it had him taking down Uvogin in a brutal way, it’s also followed through well on the way that Gon and his group are working to get money. As things turned in the previous episode though, they’ve now become bounty hunters for a bit with the entrance fee paid for by pawning Gon’s Hunter license, something that really continues to be surprising to see him do. Amusingly, they’re now set to go after the Phantom Troupe themselves because of what’s been put into play, which will lead them to Kurapika once again.
With what Kurapika has done with Uvogin out of the picture, that’s gotten him a pair of others, Machi and Nobunaga, to go after this mysterious chain user that has caused some surprising results within their group. At the same time, we get Gon and his group looking for the Troupe as well, which makes the first half of it fun as they go through figuring who is who and what each side needs to do. And in the middle of all of that, we have the bodyguard group that Kurapika is now leading getting brought into play more as a whole with both protecting Neon and finding the missing merchandise. The discovery that the Shadow Beasts were all killed doesn’t go over well there either as Neon’s father makes it clear that the stakes are certainly rising.
When you have Gon’s group and the pair from the Phantom Troupe end up coming cross each other in the city, it’s a beautiful sequence in that they realize they’re being followed, are impressed by it but head to an abandoned area to deal with it rather than draw in everyone in the area. Seeing Killua work his skills alongside Gon as the two follow them is really well done and fun to watch. While this sets things up in an expected way, it has some nice twists as a few more people enter the mix and the fight really gets underway. Seeing Killua get a chance to cut loose a bit and get a lot of pushback isn’t surprising, but it’s really fun to see how he reacts and what his approach turns to after that instead of panicking, since that’s just not his method.
While the pacing at times may be a bit slow for the series, it has some very good payoff moments. Shifting the balance here onto Gon and his group and pairing them off with some of the Phantom Troupe works really well since we get both the hunting sequence itself as they track them down but also the first blush fight. It’s fast and intense with some good reveals about power levels here. The show also gives us a chance to see Gon and Killua deal with a situation in a way that doesn’t involve fighting, which fits in with the way the whole Exam phase of the show went as it’s not always about that. There’s some really good material in here and the whole tracking sequence just had a feel of a much more polished show.
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