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Now the author is indeed forced to somehow create drama. He can't kill the mainies, so side characters have to suffice. The impact's usually created by either giving the side character very likeable traits or by having a close relationship to the mainies. The problem we have with Hunter x Hunter is that the world is FAR from being static + pretty damn huge. You don't have Killua and Gon always staying at or returning to one village/house/whatever like most other shounen main characters, they travel from place to place (like what Hunters do). The next point is realism: Heck, the world in Hunter x Hunter is extremely huge. How likely is it that you meet a person again after you've traveled to a totally different place? Not very likely, until you share a common or similar purpose.
That's why there's barely a person who appears regularly besides Killua & Gon (+ ambivalent (main) villain Hisoka) and that's why there's only a very limited choice for Togashi when he needs to create drama: You can't just use a random char all the time so he has to choose either someone who fans (probably) appreciated and whose death will have an impact or someone newly introduced.
Obviously that does not mean you have to like it, I respect your opinion and agree to an extent but that's the price you have to pay for a relatively realistic story. It's one of the things that makes Hunter x Hunter different from a lot of other shounen and honestly, I prefer that a lot over series who barely kill a single character (or just kill countless nameless ones). It takes guts and creativity to take another approach and while it may not please everyone, it's something I enjoy and appreciate even if the approach isn't executed really well all time time.
... okay I will comment the rest later, this took longer than I thought XD
^ Haha. Well this is a case of "just because everyone does it, doesn't make it right."
Killing off characters can be a cheap way to bring drama. We know it's possible to almost never kill anyone off while still doing what you stated there. Just watch One Piece. Not killing off anyone unless it's sure to be impact-full to the plot is one of the reasons that a lot of OP fans are drawn to the series in the first place. Now don't get me wrong. I hate it when writers are not gutsy enough to kill any named characters off. I much prefer what HxH does over One Piece (if I had to pick between the two extremes in this case). But using death just to set a mood is not my cup of tea. Togashi could've given Pokkle (or anyone else who isn't main) some epic tragic side story involving the ants and done something really innovative for him. Sure it would involve more effort than churning out a panel of his guts spewed out. But instead he chose to kill him and about every side character that appeared in the arc. Just look at it like this: everyone dying can be just as unrealistic as no one dying.
All I'm saying is that death to me can be a sign of lazy writing. Might not be that way for some.
But seriously. How awesome would it have been for Gon to be using a Nen-enhanced fishing rod, Killua to use skateboard tricks (and yo-yos), Kurapika to integrate his chains along with his bokken swords, and Leorio to show some ninja-like knife skills? The fighting styles in HxH aren't as fleshed out as they could've been.
Wow. I'm just being really negative, aren't I?
Last edited by Riruru; May 22, 2013 at 02:00 AM.
Not enough hisoka.
Hunters are like anbu, they get killed so easily
Basically, it's easier for the audience to sympathize with Killua than with Gon.
> learning to approach without being seen (by observing Pokkle).
> how to use his rod effectively
> how to apply that to moving objects.
> how to get the timing right.
> how to apply that to living creatures by learning to anticipate their movements.
Also remember his fight with Gido in Heaven's Arena where he used his rod to lift the floorboard to stop his spinning? And again with more floorboard tactics during his match with Hisoka? I think if Gon stayed calm he can make decent tactics himself. Unfortunately when he gets emotionally charged, well...
The difference between Gon and Killua is that Killua analyzes everything (well, not everything per se, but he has a wider scope than Gon and he probably sees the bigger picture) whereas Gon analyzes (I think there's a better term for this but I can't think of one) whatever he puts his mind to. And we all know when Gon sets his mind on something, nothing can sway him. At least, that's how I see it, but it's really hard to tell how Gon thinks. XD
Anyway. I kinda wish we get more moments like that. Hunting for Hisoka's tag is still one of my favorite moments in HxH, probably 'cause that's one of the rare moments we get to see his thought process. I thought it pretty cool since he thought of everything from the approach to the timing and also predicting the prey's movements.
It's not that Gon has a one-track mind, it's that he will set his sights on something and won't stop until he finds it. He has goals. As demonstrated many times in the manga, he's capable of analyzing a situation and doing what he needs to do to get things done. The hunting example during the Hunter Exam, the fight with Gido, and in the fight with Genthuru we see his thought process and how much pain he's in after he gets his hands blown off. I agree that aside from the "We're going to get Kaito back!" inner monologues, we see a lot more of the arc from Killua's perspective, but Killua also overanalyzes everything. And you see that in his inner thoughts. Gon will analyze something and is much more decisive in sticking to what he plans on doing. He'll take a moment to analyze the situation and then do it. Killua is more likely to sit there and plan everything out. That doesn't mean Gon isn't incapable of tactics, he's not bad at it. But there are some things Killua will catch onto that Gon will not.
Where Gon's downfall is that he can be too stubborn and get himself into sticky situations, Killua's downfall is that he overanalyzes everything. It's not necessarily a bad thing, and the way Togashi portrays this is true to the characters, IMO.
Last edited by kindredxiuxiu; May 22, 2013 at 10:34 AM.
Hisoka throwing a card or Shizuku hitting someone with her vaccum just doesn't cut being a fighting style. Instead of building on them, Togashi has a habit of replacing their styles all together for a "newer, better, stronger" (quote quote) one. It can work but leaves a strange taste in my mouth each time.
I guess I'm just not the type to favor the character who's most easy to like.
Him saying "this is none of your business" to Killua was how he felt in the moment. Killua was trying to cool him down and Gon essentially is trying to tell Killua "you don't understand how I feel about this."
Gon is right--Killua has no idea how strongly Gon felt about Kite until it's too late. But Gon also has no idea how much Killua cares for him--the strength in feeling is the same. The reader knows because we have access to many of Killua's thoughts, but Gon never realizes how strong of an impact he's made on Killua.