Original Airdate: January 15th, 2012
Toonami Airdate: August 6th, 2016
Hello everyone, and welcome to this week’s Hunter x Hunter recap! After watching Gon try to catch birds in the last episode, we get to move on to more forest hijinks! Oh, and I should probably apologise for this being so late with this. I was pretty busy with getting ready for college and whatnot the day before, so I had very little time to actually sit down and write this. But enough about, let’s talk about some anime!
After perfecting his technique for catching Hisoka’s badge, Gon notices that his hands are starting to blister and bleed from all that time holding the rod. The scent of the blood starts to attract a special type of butterflies, and after remembering Hisoka’s wound from Trick Tower, Gon gets the idea to use the butterflies to track down Hisoka. He eventually finds Hisoka and waits for the right opprotunity for him to strike. Meanwhile, Leorio runs into Tonpa, who claims to have a stomache ache and begs Leorio to give him medical attention before his pants become shittier than Naruto fillers. He reaches into his briefcase, but before he could notice, he gets jumped by Sommy and his monkey, who is teaming up with Tonpa to steal badges from the applicants. Luckilly, Kurapika is able to stop Tonpa and then proceds to tie him up with a sign reading “do not feed”. Him and Leorio are then able to catch up to Sommy and his pet monkey to retrieve Leorio and Tonpa’s badge, giving them both the six points required to pass the fourth phase.
Later, Hisoka senses someone nearby and proceeds to walk towards the bushes, which is where Gon is hiding. Luckilly for Gon, it turns out that Goz is who Hisoka was looking for. Goz challenges Hisoka to a fight, which gives Gon the perfect opprotunity to get Hisoka while they’re fighting. Goz proceeds to attack with his spear, which Hisoka easilly dodges. Goz then collapses from a fatal wound he got before fighting Hisoka. Despite knowing that he wants to die in battle, Hisoka refuses to fight Goz any further because to him, Goz is already dead to him. Goz continues to attack Hisoka until he’s struck down by Illumi’s needles, instantly killing him. Illumi then proceeds to removes the pins in his face, and is revealed to be a comrade of Hisoka. He gives Hisoka a badge, and having his six points of his own, he digs a hole and decides to sleep in until the final day.
This week’s episode of Hunter x Hunter was pretty good. I really liked how they wrapped up Tonpa’s place in the story by giving him what he deserved and leaving him in the woods until the exams are over. Also, you should probably keep an eye on Illumi, because without spoiling too much, he’s going to be very important later on in this arc. Not much else to say here other than that it was a very solid episode. I give this episode 7 blooderflies out of 10.