hey, remember two weeks ago when i said i bought something cool and would give more deets when it arrived in the mail? i finally got it today!
this is an illustration collection by hidehiko sawada, a key animator on hxh 2011. it was sold at comiket 87 back in 2014, so limited quantities were produced.
anyway, it’s 40 pages of gorgeous artwork featuring almost every character in 2011. seeing as how it’s almost impossible to get a hold of (and incredibly expensive if you do happen to find it from a third party seller) i’d like to scan it.
This scene just gets me. I love it because of all the things I thought Gon would say it was not “thanks”. He acknowledges that trying to save Kite at that moment by fighting Pitou was going to get them killed, or in other words, his incredibly rash reaction to fight was wrong for the circumstances despite its justifiable emotional response. Also, for all those people who say Gon and Killua’s relationship is completely one-sided, he actually expresses gratitude towards Killua for saving him from his own selfish and impulsive actions afterwards. So instead of dwelling on the fact they left Kite or blaming Killua for dragging him away from the fight, Gon simply moves forward optimistically, saying they now should focus on saving Kite from the Chimera Ants. Gon really is a beautiful character sometimes, same with Killua because he fully expected Gon to be angry at him for running away, but his face after this little exchange says surprise, but also awestruck by Gon’s “light” or his attitude when faced with adversity.