Apologies for the walls of text this thread.
><It would be willfully ignorant to deny any connection
That's it? I figured I'd said something actually hurtful. The statement is true, denying any connection between the 2013 interview and current arc is choosing to be blind when statements line up this cleanly. There was nothing passive aggressive about that statement.
>It requires no leap of logic to assume that, but a lot more to assume it was specifically tailored for distant future manga events that, at best, only feature the Troupe as side-characters.
So let me ask some questions; if this is such a reaching train in logic why does it hold up so well? Are the characters of this current arc not in an isolated area? Is there not a lot of intrigue afoot? And are we not picking characters off one-by-one, not even just the phantom troupe, everyone? Doesn't it strike you as oddly coincidental that 2-3 after that interview happened, events that mirror statements made in it start happening?
>Show me another example of where he did this sort of thing so there's at least a precedent.
Why do I need to find another example when the one in front of use is perfectly serviceable and the only contended point? Not only that, I'm not saying this is some precedent for Togashi, just that the interview is relevant and had one piece of key info that could tie into this arc given the cast and the context of this "gathering". Learning about his movie preferences is the icing on the cake since it is equally relevant to this arc and more than likely sheds some light onto why things turned out the way they have.
>What I refuse to believe is the idea that NOW is the time when ALL OF THEM, every Troupe member, and Kurapika, are all going to die. That's patently absurd to suggest.
Personally, at best I only see Illumi and Kalluto walking out of this since they are the least invested members of the troupe, literal contractors. Though that means nothing to Hisoka since his goPost too long. Click here to view the full text.