Original Airdate: November 13th, 2011
Toonami Airdate: June 4th, 2016
Hello everybody, and welcome to the latest Hunter x Hunter recap! And good news to anyone who wanted their Hunter x Hunter fix a little earlier, the show has moved up 30 minutes due to Toonami’s time shift from 12-3:30 to 11:30-3, so yay for the show finally being in the midnight hour! Without further ado, let’s get on with the show.
After passing the second phase of the exam, the remaining applicants board the airship taking them to the third phase of the exam. Netero takes the opprotunity to introduce himself to the applicants, and to tell them that they can spend the night on the airship doing whatever they please. Gon and Killua decide to explore the airship, while Kurapika and Leorio decide to call it a night and get some rest. While on the way to their resting areas, Kurapika expresses his concern to Leorio about not knowing how many phases are left of the exam. Tonpa, overhearing their conversation, buts in to tell them that there are about 3-4 phases left of the exam, and also tells them that the third phase might be on the airship, just so he can keep them from being well-rested.
After being kicked out of the kitchen, Gon and Killua take a look out the windows to get a view of the city. Gon then asks Killua about what his parents are like, and Killua tells him that he’s from a family of assassins and that everyone in his family expects him to be one too, despite him not showing any interest in being an assassin. After his family reacted negatively to his refusal of becoming an assassin, he sliced his mom’s throat, stabbed his brother, and then ran off to become a hunter and turn them in. After that exchange is finished, Netero walks by to see how the two are doing, and then challenges them to a game. The rules of the game are if Gon and Killua are able to take the ball from Netero before 8AM, they get to pass the Hunter Exam. Killua volunteers to try first, and he uses Rhythm Echo to create after-images of himself and confuse Netero. However, Netero isn’t quick to let his guard down, and easilly evades all of Killua’s attacks. Killua then tries to slow him down by attacking him from underneath, but he ends up hurting his foot on Netero’s leg. Killua then tags Gon in and lets him have a shot at the game. Gon charges straight at Netero and attemps to jump up and grab the ball from his head, but he ends up jumping too high and hits his head on the ceiling instead.
Meanwhile, Tonpa decides to check in on Kurapika and Leorio to see if his plan to keep them up is working, but much to his dismay, the two are sound asleep. After some time has passed, Killua is still trying to get the ball from Netero, even after many failed attempts. Netero then suggests that Killua and Gon try attacking him at the same time, and they take his advice. However, even after coming close many times, the two still fail to take the ball away from him. Netero commends the boys for their effort, and Killua decides to call it quits after realizing that this is way too difficult for him, even pointing out that Netero hasn’t even used his right arms or legs in this game. Despite this, Gon decides to continue playing to see if he can get Netero to use his right hand. After Killua leaves, Gon asks Netero if he could learn how to use Rhythm Echo, but he tells Gon that he has no business learning an assassin’s technique. Oh, and Killua kills two guys while walking down the hallway, but that’s no big deal right now. Anyway, after Netero shoves him out of the way of his stomach, Gon finally succeeds at getting him to use his right hand and then falls asleep. The episode ends with Netero asking the captain to slow the ship down so Gon could get some well-deserved rest.
Honestly, there really isn’t much to say about this episode. Watching Gon and Killua play Netero’s game was kind of fun, and I really liked the interactions between Gon and Killua, but other than that, not much happened in here. For a down-time episode between the second and third phases, it served its purpose well and was still decently entertaining, but there’s just not much to comment on in terms of the events that unfolded in the episode. Next week’s episode should be more interesting, since we’re moving on to the next phase of the exam, but as for this episode, I give it 6 sleeping Gons out of 10.