Hunter x Hunter Vol. #07 (

By:Danielle Van Gorder
Review Date: Wednesday, April 18, 2007
Release Date: Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Yoshihiro Togashi
Translated by:Lillian Olsen
Adapted by:Lillian Olsen

What They Say
Gon and Killua are diligently studying the ways of Nen with Master Wing at Heavens Arena when Gon successfully completes the Nen teachings, he also passes the final (and secret) test of the Hunter Exam. More importantly, Hisoka has finally deigned to accept Gon's challenge! Can Gon get close enough to pay Hisoka back to the favor on Zevil Island, or will the insane magician send Gon home in pieces?

The Review
There are more to Hisoka's abilities than meet the eye, and sleight of hand and the art of misdirection are only the beginning. We also get a hint of where the story is moving to as characters start converging on Yorknew and hints of deeper plots start to surface. Quite a bit of this volume, however, is devoted to exposition, as Gon and Killula (and the reader along with them) learn more about Nen, Ten, Ren, and the other special powers that will help them survive the tough world of the top levels of the tournament.

Meanwhile, a group of "newbie hunters" has targeted Killula and Gon, thinking that they'll be easy opponents to win against. They get the matches they wanted by using Zushi as a bargaining chip, but things don't quite work out as they planned, as we get to see a bit more of Killula's dark side. Gon is scheduled for a rematch against Gido, which doesn't go the way the newbie hunters expected, and illustrates Gon's growth as a fighter. Killula's next opponent is Riehlvelt, who uses electrically charged whips as a weapon. Again, Killula manages to beat him with ease. A few days later Gon has him as an opponent, and manages to gain Hisoka's respect as a fighter in the process - not a compliment designed to make anyone rest easily, as Hisoka now wants to fight Gon.

Returning to Wing and the classroom, the boys learn more about the final stage in their power, called Hatsu, that takes different formes based on each person's natural affinities. Killula and Gon master Hatsu, and discover that by doing so they passed another exam that they didn't even realize they were taking.

It turns out that they mastered it just in time, because Gon's match with Hisoka isn't going to be an easy one. Hisoka himself is looking forward to the match - perhaps a little too much. Togashi really does a great job of illustrating Hisoka's sociopathic creepiness here, and makes him one of the most interesting characters in the series thus far.

One thing that becomes clear during this bout is that no matter how far Gon has come in a short time, he still has a long way to go. While the extensive Nen discussions kind of dragged on, the fight at the end made it all worthwhile. The end of the Heavens Arena tournament arc was a welcome change as well - it's something that could have been dragged out for much longer, but thankfully wasn't. All in all, Hunter x Hunter remains a fun series that never takes itself too seriously.

Mania Grade: B-
Art Rating: B-
Packaging Rating: B
Text/Translatin Rating: B
Age Rating: 13 & Up
Released By: Viz Media
MSRP: 7.99
Pages: 196
ISBN: 1-4215-0643-2
Size: B6
Orientation: Right to Left