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    Actually, to be more accurate, the opening song did technically change to a different version of the song, or rather the 2nd part of the full song which the OP is basically just like a cover for. The animation for the first half of the opening changed as well, but the second half recycles the second half of the first OP, but in this case it makes sense for them to do that since that scene with Gon charging Hisoka IS still relevant at this point being that his current goal is to land a clean punch on Hisoka and return his tag to him.
    That was the first thing I noticed to. I like being able to whistle the opening theme as it plays along, so I didn't mind them not changing the theme. They did change the words to basically a second verse and then went back to the chorus.

    As for the episode, I'm interested to see how they are going to portray this version of Wing. He seems a lot more laid back so far, though when he gets strict it is rather evident. I also like how they are portraying nen as an aura of sorts here and showing it can be harnessed. I like the color scheme change of the nen more than the white glow they showed in the first series, which oftentimes looked like perspiration.
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    This week: Gon and Killua make it to the 200s and get stopped by..Hisoka!

    The story so far is becoming much more interesting and I'm really curious now on how strong the next upcoming antagonists from ending 2 are going to be with all of these energy aspects being introduced.

    It also seems that the 200+ are going to be extremely strong(possibly even slightly beyond Hisoka's strength?).

    Gotta say this is definitely one of my favorite shows to watch weekly now.

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    If it seems weird to anyone that Hisoka would go so far as to stalk Gon and Killua and wait for them at the 200th floor of Heaven's Arena, you should really know by now....the dude's a freaking psychopath.

    Anyways, he sees the potential in Gon and being there to challenge him on the 200th floor is another way that he can test Gon's growth in terms of both strength and will power, and also his natural ability to adapt to tough opponents in general. It also just pushes Gon forward in fighting ability since Gon is still REALLY determined to land a punch on Hisoka and "return the favor" from the Hunter Exams arc.

    The important thing from this week's episode was the concept of Nen. Pay close attention to how it works because the series won't bother to explain this stuff as in-depth as in this and the next couple of episodes again, and it can make later battles get rather confusing if you don't know the terminology that they are using relating to Nen, if only because its a lot more complex than your typical Ki or Spirit Energy from other shonen series. That said, once you get how it works, it makes the later battles of this series really interesting and highly strategic (similar to how satisfying a combat system in a fighting game with deep mechanics can be when you really get them down).

    Of course, this series isn't all about the fights, but Nen will become an important ability for all characters who can use it from this point on, and it has many more uses than just combat. In the next episode you'll learn that Nen is not generally well defined, but rather differs greatly between individuals and really mostly reflects the unique characteristics of its users. This will lead to the main characters developing wildly different sets of abilities that are each useful in their own way. It can be a bit tedious to sit through some boring explanations, but trust me, it'll all pay off later in the next arc when the character development, plot, and fighting get way more intense than anything this series has thrown at you up to this point.
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    So, with this week's episode we get the first half of the Hisoka vs Kastro fight. Heh, I love how this makes it seem like Kastro has the upper hand....really, I feel sorry for the guy, and the next episode is not going to be pretty, to say the least.
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    I'm kind of surprised that Hisoka actually got his armed ripped off there, though I'm assuming because he's called the "magician" that he can somehow fix that issue. The fight so far with Hisoka vs Kastro is looking pretty good and it's great to see all of these different abilities being used now.

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    Episode 32

    Well I knew there was no chance that Hisoka wasn't going to pull out some amazing victory, but I didn't expect him to be this flawless. When it requires half the episode just to explain it, that's some pretty complex stuff. Going right from that to hearing that he has a boss who is potentially far more dangerous than him is a simultaneously terrifying and exhilarating concept. And now this whole group is going to gather at the previously mentioned Yorknew City. I have a feeling this next arc is going to be pretty damn exciting. I wonder how much longer this arc has. Obviously Gon is not going to get to Hisoka's level without a few more decades of training.
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    Yeah, Kastro got it BAD in this episode. Also, in case the episode didn't make it clear enough since they didn't downright say it, Kastro didn't just lose, he's flat-out dead. Hisoka has absolutely no compassion or remorse for anyone, and he only let Gon live because of his potential to become a worthy opponent. When he's done toying around with someone, he kills them off in a heartbeat. Kastro certainly won't be his last fatality, so keep that in mind.

    Anyways, this episode was important for another reason, as its the first episode that really sheds some significant light on the Phantom Troupe and their plans. As can clearly be seen from this episode, Hisoka isn't really committed to the group but is only a member so that he can stick around them and potentially challenge their boss, one of the few people who could ever possibly defeat Hisoka as far as I know. But, we'll learn about the boss and the rest of the Phantom Troupe in the next arc (and yes, it is very exciting; its my favorite arc in the series, personally).

    For now, what's next up is getting back to Gon and Killua's training, but now we'll get so see more actual application of that training. Of course the climax of this arc will obviously be Gon's confrontation with Hisoka. Obviously he's far off from this level and its no spoiler at this point that he's not going to beat Hisoka, even if the guy seriously holds back on him (which he pretty much has to if he doesn't want him dead yet), but lets not forget that Gon's current goal is just to get a punch in on Hisoka to get him back for what happened during the Hunter Exams. Lets see if he can actually pull that much off, or if even that is out of his reach at this point in time (obviously I know the answer to that, but I won't spoil it for others).
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    I love the ending to this week's episode. Killua clearly shows his skills as an assassin have not waned at all. You could tell that he wasn't bluffing at all. He would have gladly killed him right there if he needed to. Next week Gon and Killua will have their first serious matches as Nen users. Obviously they are still far off from Hisoka's level, but by now they should be good enough to take on the lower-tier fighters of that floor.
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    Episode 33

    I wonder if it was a disc popped into the side of a flatscreen TV in the original manga. Oh, but apparently this is some kind of technology where your Nen mastery determines what you see. I'm pretty sure that's not how things work with our simple pixels of today.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GingaDaiuchuu View Post
    I wonder if it was a disc popped into the side of a flatscreen TV in the original manga. Oh, but apparently this is some kind of technology where your Nen mastery determines what you see. I'm pretty sure that's not how things work with our simple pixels of today.
    It was a VHS. I think it was explained in the manga that the video is recorded using Nen induced cameras.
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