This is going to end spectacularly bad 😛 . Last year I had most of my twelve days of Christmas posts and my Secret Santa review written at this point of the month. This year I have nothing ready. So, if I am spectacularly lucky and can get through these 12 Days of Christmas this will be the third year of participating 🙂 .
For today I am going back to February of this year and start with what turned out to be my favorite moment from anime in 2014 – Hunter x Hunter episode 116 where Gon faces Pitou.
I knew going into episode 116 that this episode was going to be special; it was beginning to dawn on me that Hunter x Hunter might just be the best written manga/anime of all time. What still hadn’t been drilled into my head enough was the people adapting Hunter x Hunter were skilled enough and committed enough to do the series justice.
At a cute 5’1″ (155 cm) Megumi Han followed in the foot steps of many a female vocal actor who voice young male characters, in this case the 12 – 13 year old Gon. She did such a good job making Gon sound chipper and innocent that early on I believed Hunter x Hunter would be a fluff shounen series about friendship, working hard, ponies and friendship.
By episode 116 Gon was angry, very very angry, and I knew that sparks would fly when Gon confronted Pitou; but, I did not expect to hear Megumi Han turn Gon into the terrifying predator to end all predators. Gone was the cheerful young kid. In his place I heard a creature that contained the furiosity and malice of a junkyard dog, the strength of a grizzly bear, the speed of an alligator, the cunning of a panther, the bloodlust of a great white shark, and the patience of a spider.
To this day that voice is etched into my memory and when I remember it I can feel my fight or flight response kick in and scream at me to get very, very far away.