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  • 27CansOfTuna
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    Re: Episode 148 (Finale)

    Didnt really feel like a final episode but overall kind of boring as Ging isnt really an interesting character and there were so many other people we could have had occupy time like Killua, or the nebulous Kurapika, Illumi, and even the old man Zoldick. The world map discussion was most compelling though it felt less refined than the one present in Toriko full of lush details, baddies, goodies and everything. This felt tacked on and the huge requirements to even get there makes it feel like something that wouldnt be reached for awhile? In toriko it was built upon and focused so much that I wanted the story to go there soon.

    Alright anime over all, was just plagued by inconsistent storytelling issues in many arcs, underutilization of key characters at really important moments, and limited teamwork dynamics at times squashed some of the high climax action and top tier storytelling that it had going in its early days. Will watch a sequel series if its ever made, may consider going into the manga if a few conditions are met like a sequel series not happening a year from now or other characters get brought back. 7/10.

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  • GingaDaiuchuu
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    Episode 148 (Finale)

    And so after all this time, Gon finally reaches his goal of getting to sit down and talk with his father about everything that he's thought about all along, including why Ging left to become a Hunter in the first place. But as he travels to that destination, a beautiful montage set to a wonderful instrumentation of Hyori Ittai flashes back on everything that's gotten him to this point, and when he finally gets to hear exactly what Ging has to say, it speaks volumes to what's made this show so great for the past three years. It's the timeless statement that feels truer than ever right now: it's not about the destination but the journey, the "little detours" as Ging puts it, that will prove to be what really matters. As that cuts to the final credits, giving us the full version of Departure! for the first time, it shows everything that's resulted from those little detours since Gon left them, including a few seconds of Kurapika that amount to more than his entire existence for the past few years, and between the bonds that they've all formed with Gon and with each other and Togashi's prowess in making every character ridiculously engaging, there really couldn't be a better note to go out on.

    ZERO

    And after three years, it's finally all over. I'll have a lot more to say about the series as a whole when I do my post at the end of the season, but for now I can at least say that it's been my favorite anime for all the time it aired, and is one of my favorites of all time. It's a shame that we'll probably never get more, but for now, I have absolutely nothing to complain about.

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  • Zilch
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    Re: Episode 147

    It's hard to believe that the series is really about to end. It's going to be tough for me to watch the final episode. Loved the special ending sequence with all the Gon and Killua moments.

    It's weird to see how fast Kite grew up. I'm not sure how much time has passed in the series since then, but he (or should it be she now?) was only a baby a few episodes.

    Spoiler ->I really hope they cover the last 2 1/2 chapters of the volume they're currently adapting. It doesn't seem like they'll be able to squeeze it all into one episode, though...

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  • GingaDaiuchuu
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    Episode 147

    Wow, they're really going for the sense of finality. That's pretty much exactly what I was hoping for. After what seems like an eternity, Gon and Killua finally say their mutual, satisfied goodbyes and head their separate ways. Killua now has something else he needs to be protecting, and Gon has one more episode to finally do what he set out to from the beginning, and fortunately, Ging isn't running from it anymore. Should be pretty damn perfect, and the loose ends are being tied up remarkably well.

    Throw in the special look back at Gon and Killua with the return of Reason for the ED and it's the perfect way to cap that off.

    ONE

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  • GingaDaiuchuu
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    Episode 146

    And the meeting finally takes place. I love beyond words how the entire assembly of Hunters is basically the audience of this show, berating Ging for being such a shitty father and citing events in the story that he continued to neglect his responsibilities. I guess the final moments should definitely have Gon asking Ging all the things he always wanted to, since all he can say to him when they first meet is only related to the most recent events that he considers his fault. It will be interesting to see what he really remembers about his own psyche. That's probably more of a discussion for him and Killua.

    And Pariston proves to be the ultimate troll for the final time in this whole process. Brilliant.

    So Killua can do whatever he wants with Something, basically, and it's just because he loves his younger brother/sisters too much to abuse that power. Fascinating and touching beyond what I could've imagined.

    TWO

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  • GingaDaiuchuu
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    Episode 145

    Whoa, not only did we get Gon healed and the election results (essentially) finalized, but the moment that the entire series has been leading up to is suddenly upon us: Gon is in the same room as his father, and there's nothing to stop him from talking to him. I guess this really will make a good ending to the series. It would be nice to get some idea of what's going on with Kurapika, but everything that's been going on is so fantastic that I have zero complaints. I just can't wait to see what happens next.

    THREE

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  • EmperorBrandon
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    Re: Episode 144

    Hah, for some reason it's so much fun seeing Cheadle irritated by both Ging and Pariston in various ways. We seem to get at least a little bit more about what the enigmatic latter is up to from the former. Interesting to get a bit more of the Ants story tied in now.

    Leorio stays true to his original reason for coming to the meeting, and that results in a speech of awesomeness. Looking forward to seeing what happens with the politics going forward, and the issue of Gon's healing. Great seeing all the familiar faces around. It's fitting to have, for what's going to be the stopping point of this anime series.

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  • GingaDaiuchuu
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    Episode 144

    Oh man, the possibility of Leorio becoming chairman against his own desires is growing more and more, and for a second there I thought it was actually almost a guarantee, although Pariston's move does change things in such a way that even Cheadle can't perfectly predict, and I certainly can't either. I'm sure it won't be Leorio, though, as hilarious as that would be. If only he had said to vote for Pariston, there would've been a full circle, but that would be so unlike him. He did manage to bring Gon into the center of the Hunter world, though, and Pariston only reinforced that.

    I wonder if Gon's healing and the election results will both come next time. That would be something.

    FOUR

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  • GingaDaiuchuu
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    Episode 143

    Love that pre-OP segment. The comedic direction is as flawless as the dramatic direction.

    Hisoka is incredibly fun as always, from his disappointment over Illumi not appreciating his contributions as much as he was expecting to talking to Teradein across time and space (and then of course killing him silently) to making his decisions based on what will get the most people to hate him.

    And Gon manages to escape from Illumi this time. Very interesting. I look forward to learning the final details of Alluka.

    FIVE

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  • EmperorBrandon
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    Re: Episode 142

    Originally posted by GingaDaiuchuu View Post
    but I guess I wasn't expecting him to go so soon when he had just reappeared after such a long time. Ah well, that's how things go in this series.
    Yeah, I'm reminded of Ponzu and Pokkle...

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  • GingaDaiuchuu
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    Re: Episode 142

    And that's the end of Gotoh. No surprise to see him killed by Hisoka, but I guess I wasn't expecting him to go so soon when he had just reappeared after such a long time. Ah well, that's how things go in this series.

    The other aspects of this plot continue to get even more interesting, and most importantly, the connections to the other main plot are being made.

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  • EmperorBrandon
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    Episode 142

    Hisoka wasn't overconfident at all. Gotoh is dispatched rather bloodily. And Illumi is even more of a bastard, taking control of some random people just going about their daily lives.

    Hah, when Amane said "grandma's motorcycle", I wasn't expecting it would be grandma transformed into a motorcycle. :D Also, Amane seems to be a kuudere.

    But Killua keeps on being one step ahead of the butlers looking after him, getting his opportunity to contact Morel. So much continued awesomeness from him. I figured the Zoldyck intrigue was going to start playing into the hunter election at some point, and here we're starting to see how.
    Last edited by EmperorBrandon; 08-12-2014, 04:00 PM.

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  • GingaDaiuchuu
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    Re: Episode 141

    Oh god, Leorio's performance instantly made him the third highest candidate for Hunter Association chairman. That is way too good. A lot of the descriptions of the top candidates and how ill-fit they seem for the job are quite amusing, and as with all the world-building and ventures outside the main plot mentioned in passing in this show, there's a lot of potential for interesting exploration from these characters should the time come.

    Meanwhile, Killua is finally in the middle of a war with his brother, and to some extent his entire family. No matter what each participant decides, it's far more involved than a simple battle of two sides, but Killua and Illumi are definitely at opposite ends, and the opening moves of the latter do well to remind us of how dangerous he is. For now, Hisoka is up against Gotoh, making for an epic, deadly battle of coins vs. spirit gum-coated cards.

    I guess at this point there's a maximum of 8 episodes remaining.

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  • EmperorBrandon
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    Episode 141

    Hahaha, I love how it's all thanks to Leorio punching out Ging that the election can finally proceed to the next stage, and with him as one of the top candidates!

    Zoldyck family relations (including the butlers) sure are complex. Illumi opens up hostilities with quite the bang...

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  • GingaDaiuchuu
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    Episode 140

    Oh Leorio. You're such a Leorio. And that's why we love you. Looks like the rest of the Hunters, including the Zodiacs, agree with that. Almost as much as every single person in existence despises Pariston. Wonderful material on all sides.

    And while Kurapika doesn't appear, we do get Leorio also wondering where he is, along with a badass shot of him presumably in the present. Not only would I have expected him to appear before Leorio (because, again, Leorio really hasn't done much to earn his spot as one of the supposed four leads), but I certainly would've expected Melody to be with him over Leorio, or at least have some information on his whereabouts to share.

    Anyway, the Zoldyck plot seems to be developing in major ways and have so few episodes left (assuming it will end at the end of the season) that Kurapika can't wait much longer to show up. Very curious how this will all play out.

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