Pretty much. Even some of the cute shit is incredibly terrible because of what happens afterwords. Griffith's shit wouldn't mean so much if we didn't see things like that he's a goof who likes to have naked bath fights with his bff. But we do and then what happens later has so much fucking weight behind it that when you go back to the earlier stuff and look at that same scene again there's just this...feeling of knowing mourning that you get. It's lovely. So it's not just the shock of the initial time you see the betrayal, but also the lasting effect it leaves on each subsequent reread or rewatch. And that's impressive. Also just finished episode five of HxH. This was the first one that had a thing in it that really, truly impressed me. Until this point I've been fond of it. It's very nicely animated and directed. The music is lovely and I like the characters so far. But the fight between Gon and Hisoka was amazing. The way the fight itself was edited really conveyed a feel of "This is just how outmatched we are." It was kind of disorientating, but because we haven't seen edits like that in the other parts of the show and because of how we used them here it really helps convey Gon's feeling of "Oh god where the fuck what the fuck I am fucked". And then there's the aftermath. See a lot of shounen anime due the "I was almost killed!" horror scene. Like in Naruto after Zabuza schools us we get like dramatic music and everyone's talking and we have closeups on Naruto's face and shit. To convey the gravity of "This shit is real and we are not prepared for this mission". And while I think this is effective at what it's doing, namely upping our stakes and making us root for our little guys that much more it doesn't pull the emotional weight that this one did. In this one we don't get music. We don't get a lot of talking. There's some yes, but it's sparse and also the sound levels are low. Much lower than that of Gon's breathing, which predominates the sound design at this point. And we do get a look at his face, but then we eventually cut to just...a look at the sky that he's looking at. It's cloudy and misty still. Giving this vibe of dreamlike haze. A sort of unreality to the situation and we let this linger for a bit in silence save for Gon's shuddering breaths. Then the fog clears and shortly after Gon's breathing becomes less pronounced sound design wise. All serving to hammer in just how Gon is feeling at the moment, and it works really, really fucking well. Gon almost died. We almost died. And that is dizzying to the extent that it's almost unbelievable. Jesus christ Madhouse. That was masterful for a 148 episode long anime.