>denying any connection between the 2013 interview and current arc is choosing to be blind when statements line up this cleanly
This is still your opinion, and nothing more. My explanation that the questions were about movies because the interview was about the HxH movie makes far more sense. Everything you say is grasping at straws.
>Are the characters of this current arc not in an isolated area?
They were isolated in NGL. They were isolated on Greed Island (literally could not leave unless they found the right card). They were (sorta) isolated in the Heavens Arena. They were isolated at times during the Hunter Exam. This kind of thing happens a lot in the manga.
>Is there not a lot of intrigue afoot?
...mystery is a key feature of the entire series. You're saying that this being special is like saying "oh my God, the current arc of Dragonball has a lot of power-levels!" It's ridiculous.
>And are we not picking characters off one-by-one, not even just the phantom troupe, everyone?
No, we're not. The only group getting "picked off" are the Princes, because it's explicitly stated that only one will be left in the end. Everything else is collateral damage. You can't even compare this to something like Alien or your typical horror story, where there are only a handful of people involved being reduced to only one by the end, because there are THOUSANDS of people on the boat, and over a hundred named characters. It's not remotely the same.
Just because Hisoka wants to kill all of them means nothing. What's to say that Hisoka won't die? Or, well, it might be more appropriate here to say "destroyed", since he's already a walking corpse.
>Togashi wants to wrap it up as he's stated in subsequent interviews and personal comments
Wrap what up? The arc...? The manga...? Last I heard, before the DC arc started he was quoted as saying hePost too long. Click here to view the full text.