English: Hunter x Hunter (2011)
Synonyms: HxH (2011)
Japanese: HUNTERxHUNTER (2011)
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 2, 2011 to Sep 24, 2014
Premiered: Fall 2011
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)L represents licensing company
Score: 9.151 (scored by 139,369 users)
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Can you watch this if you're new to anime? Yes.
What you need to know, is that long type of anime series tend to have a slow start. Don't let that scare you off! Even without super intense fighting in the beginning, the series will catch you offguard and make you want to watch always one more episode.
As a typical shounen anime, the MC's power up throughout the series. The beautiful excecution of that is what makes HxH (2011) so much better than your average shounen/action. This series contains one of the best fight scenes ever made.
The art is great (Madhouse never fails, huh?) for the beautiful landscape but also for fighting scenes, characters and the way they made the show feel really alive and exciting. The character development in this series is great. Not only do the MC's power up and strengthen their bonds as the story progressess but the side characters get also developments.
If you somehow haven't already seen this anime, consider starting it now! not only do you otherwise miss a great anime but you also miss in my opinion one of the most episodes in anime ever. Yes this series has what it takes to be called a masterpiece.
Overall: 10 read more
HxH is about a young boy named Gon who embarks on a journey to find his father. After learning that his father left him at a young age to become a Hunter, Gon decides to follow in his footsteps not only to find him, but also to see what was so special about the profession that made his father choose it over him. Although a story of finding one's father is simple, it is the path that is taken towards this end that makes the series truly special. HxH is made up of several arcs that are all extremely well-written, which brings me to the best part of the series, the writing. Hunter x Hunter (2011) boasts one of the finest writing in the world of shonen; the depth and flow of the story, enthralling characterizations, strong dialogue and impressive world-building are all crafted into a fascinating tale that can absorb viewers into lengthy marathons.
The amount of variety that is packed into HxH's story is also very impressive. HxH successfully dabbles in several genres in six story arcs tackling survival, fighting tournaments, crime thriller, virtual realities, war and politics. Not only that, the series is also able to undergo significant tonal shifts with ease (light to dark and vice versa). Sometimes, these shifts in tone occur after an arc ends though other times, it even occurs mid-arc. Another thing about HxH is that its arcs are connected with one another, with each arc naturally following the one before it. This creates a natural transition that highlights what the series really is, a journey. As for pacing and development, they are excellent. For the most part, HxH is very well paced. The series does a fantastic job at keeping its viewers engaged, time will fly by as you watch most episodes and you'll find yourself breezing through the show. Excluding two recap episodes, HxH has no filler episodes. Due to this, story progression is solid with the plot moving forward with each episode.
Although HxH initially gives off a light hearted impression, it gives off a good one. Not the kind of “light heartedness” that makes you say “this is childish and below me” but the kind that appeals to everyone. HxH gives off that classic and charming shonen vibe that has been lost in recent years, and it does so with its head held up high. Eventually though, the series takes a dark turn. Although most HxH story arcs are light hearted, both Yorknew and the Chimera Ant arc are two of the best and darkest arcs shonen has to offer. Yorknew can be described as a dark thriller in a big city. The central theme of the arc is revenge and it is similar to Death Note in terms of thrill and atmosphere. On the other hand, the Chimera Ants arc can be described as an attempt by the Hunters Association to control an outbreak of a dangerous man-eating species. It is the darkest and most thematically powerful arc in the series tackling themes such as identity, human nature and survival of the fittest. The arc has drawn comparisons to Yu Yu Hakusho’s Chapter Black for its seinen-like nature and is similar to Shingeki no Kyojin, where the protagonists experience a strong sense of despair in the face of a vastly superior, hostile species. The series undergoes major tonal shifts in both arcs with the color palette, music, atmosphere and amount of violence changing significantly.
However, what sets the series apart from other battle anime is its unorthodoxy and unpredictability. Shonen tropes and storytelling methods are undermined throughout the series. The main character for example, Gon, fails more than he succeeds. Power-ups based on emotion or willpower are non-existent and fighting in the series is radically different from other battle anime. The main protagonist is not the main focus of every arc either. At certain points in the series, you could even say that Gon has taken a supporting role, especially during the later portions of the CA arc where he isn't given as much focus due to the grand scope of the story. The standard battle anime formula of “lose-train-win” is also undermined. Although there is training, it does not always translate to a victory, nor does it propel the protagonists over or to the same level as their main adversaries in terms of strength. For the most part, the protagonists assume the underdog role. Although they have incredible potential, they are still kids who have a lot to learn. In terms of storytelling, unpredictable developments are commonplace. One thing that continues to amaze me with this show is how it leads viewers into thinking that the story will progress in this direction, only to change course and arrive at a completely different outcome. A good example of this would be the series' arcs which often end in an anti-climatic manner. Basically, there are a lot of scenes and story developments that you won’t see coming because they defy conventional shonen storytelling or are unpredictable in their own right.
The series' unorthodoxy can also be seen in its fights which are primarily cerebral. In addition to being well-executed, HxH fights are smart and involve a lot of strategy. Raw power is a factor but it is not the factor that decides battle outcomes, actual power (nen abilities), experience and strategy are all taken into account. If a main character is outclassed by an opponent in all or most categories, he is likely to lose. Moreover, main characters are not given any special treatment in combat. This smart approach to fighting is further enhanced by nen, a unique and complex power system held by defined rules. The concept of nen, its principles, aura types and many applications on the battlefield reveal the huge amount of thought that was put into it. I still remember having to pause episodes, even research a bit during its introduction, just to digest it in its entirety.
The appearance and writing of the series also create an effect of cognitive dissonance, the simplistic look of the show mentally conflicts with the brilliance and unorthodoxy of its writing. As new viewers delve deeper into HxH, they realize that there is much more to the show than its cover art and synopsis suggest. Expectations of the series being immature, simple or generic are progressively overturned as the show reveals its surprising underbelly.
As for sound, HxH has a line of great soundtracks that started off decent but got better as the series progressed. With the exception of a few minor characters, the voice acting in this series is excellent. As a person who has never seen the old series it’s hard to believe that these aren't the original voices because they fit extremely well, especially those of Gon, Killua and Hisoka whose voice actors do a perfect job of capturing their characters.
HxH also has great art and animation. It amazes me how a long-running series like HxH delivers consistent quality animation episode after episode, especially during the fights. The series does a great job of capturing facial expressions and everything from the lighting, shading and colors adjust perfectly depending on the mood of the scene or the tone of the arc. As one reviewer (nagaiyume) said, the bright colors of the show might need some getting used to, though it is usually fans of the old series who have this problem. Personally, I think it fits the show perfectly. It adds to the charm of the series by complementing its sense of adventure, uplifting atmosphere and unique appeal as a shonen that looks simple but is actually remarkably deep.
Although HxH’s primary strength lies in its writing, its characters come pretty damn close. HxH has a huge cast of characters. They have quirks, dreams, inner demons, world views and overall, really likable personalities. To top it off, most of them don’t follow generic character archetypes. Although some may initially come across as “generic”, these assumptions are gradually undermined as the series progresses.
If there's one thing I want to emphasize in the character department it would be the series main villains. When it comes to characters, this is where the show shines the brightest. HxH villains are extremely well-written (with the exception of the Bomber who won't apply to most of what I'll say below). Not only are their characterizations independently impressive, they are also distinct from one another; no two villains are the same. This distinctness does not only apply within the series but outside of it. You won't find another Hisoka, Chrollo or Ant King in any other anime. This is what makes HxH villains so compelling, in addition to having really impressive characterizations, they are also original. Although I excluded one out of the four main villains from most of what I wrote above, all HxH villains do have one thing in common. Each villain strikes fear into audience, the series does a good job of establishing the level of danger these characters bring to the story and our protagonists.
However, while HxH is a great series it isn't perfect. The series doesn't have a strong start, it takes three episodes for show to get going. I've seen a lot of people drop HxH early and it sucks because the first two episodes don't capture the series at all. Things start to get mildly interesting in the third episode, after that, the series just gets better and better. HxH also suffers from occasional BGM misuse. There are odd sound choices for some scenes. Sometimes they don’t really fit, other times they don’t fit it all. Lastly, the Chimera Ant arc also has minor issues with both Togashi and Madhouse to blame. Togashi’s fault lies in his writing during the middle of the CA arc which I think, pales in comparison to the rest of the series. HxH has made a name for itself for holding a consistent high level throughout its run; it’s a series that’s just so engaging and easy to marathon. However, I believe this consistency took a hit mid-CA arc (due to handling of the story and pacing) specifically, episodes 89-98. Don’t get me wrong though, I think there are a fair number of good episodes within that 9-episode stretch but unfortunately, they are surrounded by mediocre episodes that break the consistency of an otherwise exceptional arc. Madhouse’s fault lies in its adaption of the manga chapters comprising episodes 113 and 115, which were dragged out in order to have episode 116 handled by their best animation team. Episode 113 was actually well paced except for one atrocious sequence while episode 115 as a whole was generally poorly paced.
A clarification about the "slowed down pacing" of Chimera Ant arc:
If you’ve been reading up about HxH, you’ve probably seen some people complain about the “poor pacing” during the “narration heavy episodes” of the CA arc. Well if you’re wondering how much truth is there to this statement and were going to ask me about it, my answer would be it depends.
At episode 111, the palace invasion (climax of the CA arc) begins and narration begins to play a huge role in episodes in order to (1) pack a whole level of depth into the story and (2) increase dramatic tension. Rather than a high octane "action fest" people would expect from a shonen arc climax, the palace invasion takes a psychological heavy route wherein a character’s thoughts and mental state are given more focus than the actual action. This psychological focus together with the narration slows down the pace considerably in the sense that episodes begin to cover a lot less in narrative time. However, despite this “slowed down pace”, the pacing of these episodes remain solid with good amount of manga chapters being covered during each of these episodes and the duration of scenes being on point (except for episodes 113 and 115 which I mentioned earlier in this review).
In the end, it depends if the narration works on you or not. If you like the psychological approach and experience an increase in suspense then you’ll have no problems with the pacing and are in for one helluvah of a ride. However, if you don’t like the psychological approach and feel that the narrator’s heavy presence breaks your immersion then you’re in for a grueling experience. Of course, there are other combinations such as liking the psychological route but not feeling the immersion or maybe the narration just didn't work on you completely. Well, if this happens to be the case then you’ll end up with mixed feelings. On the bright side, most people who end up watching the invasion end up enjoying the narration. However, if you happen to be one of the good number of people who end up not liking the narration don’t worry, only episodes 111-118 of the palace invasion have heavy narration. After episode 118, the narration begins to decrease and episodes eventually reach a point where they are “back to normal”.
Heads up to people looking for action:
Although I love the fighting aspect of the series and consider it to be a strong plus, I’ll leave this out there for the sake of subjectivity. HxH does not cater to everyone. Although fights in the series are well-executed, they are also short (1-10 minutes) and happen less in comparison to other battle anime. Moreover, the focus on strategy in battles might be off putting to people who prefer fights with more brawn and less brain. If you're expecting an action heavy series like Yu Yu Hakusho then you will be disappointed. This is because HxH is a series that relies on its story to reel in viewers. Personally, I think this is how fighting in shonen should be done. Fighting should be able to entertain and also make you think. It shouldn't drag on for too long at the expense of the story without leaving you underwhelmed.
Hunter x Hunter (2011) is an intelligent battle anime with a fantastic story, excellent characters and fights that involve a lot of strategy. Separating it from most of its genre, the series subverts shonen tropes and boasts unpredictable plot progressions that make it truly unique.
Story: 10/10 (Outstanding)
Characters: 10/10 (Outstanding)
Art: 9/10 (Great)
Sound: 8/10 (Great but occasionally misused)
Enjoyment: 10/10 (Extremely high)
Overall: 10/10 (Masterpiece) read more
NEGATIVES: slow and kinda childish beginning. every arc is above "good" but if you compare the 2 best arcs with the 2 worst youll see the difference. even tho it ended in a satisfying way, its still bothersome that we know the manga is ongoing but it will never finish. one scene in the beginning wasnt added, which made some plot holes, so you need to watch the 1st episode of the original series
STORY 9 / 10 : its impossible to review the story when it completely changes throughout the arcs. so i will review each arc with NO SPOILERS
1st arc (7/10): slow and childish (at first), good fights, simple plot. main genres/themes: action, adventure
2nd-3rd (7/10): quite a lot of character development, we get to know more characters, great fights. simple plot/story. main genres/themes: action
4th arc (9/10): its one of the best. theres so much suspense, the fights are amazing, strategy is needed bc "power" is irrelevant compared to strategy in this anime. it starts to get dark themed. main genres/themes: action, crime thriller.
5th arc (7/10): this arc was made to develop the main characters' power so that the next arcs can have even more wonderful fights. main genre/theme : action, real life videogame (sao type, but better).
6TH ARC ( 10/10 ) : THE BEST. NOT GONNA SPOIL, BUT GETS DARK AS FUCK. main genres/ themes : war, drama, action, politics
7th arc (7/10): a nice arc to end the journey. main genres/themes: action, politics
ART/ANIMATION 10/10 : the art style is simple and kinda cute. but the animation is the best ive seen. the viewpoint constantly changes throughout the fights, the emotions are shown in the best way possible. the art seems light and cheerful at first, but the use dark colours and creepy facial expressions really often
SOUND 10 / 10: the best soundtracks ive even heard in my life, no joking. at first they are happy cute ost's. but the ost's used in the 6th arc are amazing. main instruments are piano and violin. in one episode they used mozarts lacrimosa and one of the soundtracks is inspired by prokofievs dance of knights.
CHARACTERS 10 ++++ / 10 : the best character development ive ever seen. its like FMA and FMAB combined together x 100. the 1st mc (gon) at first is really simple without too many things said about his past, tho after ep. 80 he changes dramatically. all the characters are unique and the majority is amazingly developed, however 3 character in my opinion change dramatically throughout the series, gon killua and meruem.
ENJOYMENT 10 ++++++++++++++/ 10 : even tho i mentioned some flaws, they really did not affect me during watching this show, its my favourite anime and i love it to death!!!
VOICE ACTING 10/10: AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i have to say, megumi han started pretty uneven but her performance got developed along with her character.
OVERALL : ... youre still reading? shh, go watch it. now. oh youve seen it? go rewatch it . now! 10 / 10 read more
It may be tough for newcomers to get interested in HxH starting from episode one, simply because it begins somewhat childish. The anime starts off very "happy happy" and takes quite a bit for it to get dark and violent, which is what most anime fans wanna see. If you're patient enough, you'll begin to see things change. From Killua killing people left and right and Gon getting his ass kicked left and right, that's when the story picks up. HxH produces and amazing plot with many shocking twists, leaving it unpredictable and flat-out entertaining. Probably my favorite arc in the entire series is the Phantom Troupe arc. The villains were incredibly lovable and I loved Kurapika's role in the arc. The ending to the arc is insanely mind-blowing.
Another strong point that HxH has is its cast of characters. From primary to secondary, there is literally not a single bland character in the entire series. You can hate a character, but the fact that all of the characters are so well-done, you can't help but like them at least a little bit. The main protagonist, Gon Freecss, is a very unlikely underaged hero, who's powerful, but naiive, hot-tempered, and very simple-minded. His personality is rather realistic, especially for a kid, as he's well-known to have his emotions get the best of him whenever an innocent is harmed. His best friend and probably the most popular character next to Hisoka, is Killua, an undeniably badass and intellectual 14-year-old. His friendship with Gon is incredibly deep. Killua's determination in protecting and controlling Gon shows that he can be somewhat a father figure to Gon. Gon and Killua drive most of the story, but the show would be nothing without the other characters such as Kurapika, Leorio, Hisoka, the Phantom Troupe, and pretty much anyone else in HxH. You'll love every character, or you may even hate them but what's important is whether the characters give you any opinions at all. The diversity of the characters is rather amusing as well. I love how the developers of HxH were creative with different designs, making some characters generic human beings, to making others incredibly imaginative, silly, or even wacky "beings".
It won't win any awards, but the animation of HxH is still pleasing to the eye, as all new anime should be anyways. I do enjoy watching the detail the animators put in action sequences, such as the impact of a punch or the exploding aura from a Nen ability, which are all like Hajime no Ippo style.
Another aspect of HxH that won't win any prizes, since 90% of the background music is just reused, but I did find some tracks to be rather interesting such as some of the hybrid action music or epic orchestral songs. Some other songs are more One-Piece-type heroic or "we did it" music, which really isn't my taste.
I love the hell out of HxH 2011, simply because of its incredibly maintained plot and amazing character development. Screw Naruto, Bleach, DBZ (not showing hate towards fans. I used to watch a bit of DBZ and Naruto myself) or any of that other overpowered shounen crap; you simply cannot call yourself an anime fan without seeing this. read more
I don’t have words enough to describe what was this 148 episodes for me.
I'll not spend this review talking about the Synopsis, because It’s right here on MAL.
I need to tell you, why you must watch this masterpiece, and what it represents to me.
First of all I’m gonna talk about the final episode. I felt Joy, sadness, angry (Togashi hurry up with the manga! hahah), and of course, satisfaction. Satisfaction because I heard my friends (you NEED to watch it), because it wasn’t time wasted, because those 148 episodes, and the nights that I spent watching, were worth, really. Hunter x Hunter is a complex anime, a peculiar story, something that, certainly, will mix up with your feelings, with your thoughts, with your conception of a Shonen.
What do I mean? It’s not that simple. But I’ll try to clarify: Don’t think that you’re about to find predictable arcs. Don't think that the heroes gonna always beat the villains (In some parts of the story... nobody wins). Don’t think that training and good skills can ensure that you'll defeat an enemy, sometimes you'll need more than that. Behold what humans can be (and Togashi show us really well in Chimera Ant Arc). Behold what friendship can be, in all it’s complexity. You’re not gonna see in this anime that kind of Main Character that is AWESOME for no reason, no training. Togashi will make you understand the personality of the characters and their powers. Power, I mean, Nen or aura (vital energy), similar to what we see in other shonens like, Dragon Ball (Ki) or Naruto (Chakra). It's presented to us really well how the "Nen system" works. The explanations are long in some episodes, but simple to understand.
Talking now about the animation: Hunter x Hunter is breathtaking . Indeed, it can be said that Madhouse did an excellent job with the remake . I was amazed with what I saw in some episodes. I confess that many of them I've watched over and over again, just to observe the details of the animation, and not only what was happening in the story ( Episode 131 I’ve watched 4 times ). In the end , I'm grateful that Madhouse animated Hunter x Hunter from the beginning .
The characters.. oh they are unique, really. It's quite impressive how Togashi gave to them a variety of personalities. You'll not gonna enjoy only the four main characters (although many consider that the main are Gon and Killua, since the story focuses more on the two of them from a certain phase). Hunter x Hunter have a significant character development on the supporting ones too, and, of course in the villains (you'll love them, believe me). I don't have a favorite character in this show. It's impossible to choose one. Watch it and you'll experience what I'm saying.
You mean this show has nothing bad?
Yes it has.
1) The worst thing in this show is: It ended.
Okay, joking aside, I think is the worst part is the beginning. You have to watch 4 or 5 episodes to feel in the mood to still watching. Many people just gave up in the first episodes. I can ensure you, go on and watch it til the end.
Particularly I don’t like so much The Hunter Exam Arc, the first arc of the story. If you compare with the other arcs it’s really not the best one. I have in my heart this two arcs: Chimera Ant Arc and Yorknew city Arc.
The second thing many fans of the show complains a LOT, is the Opening song. Why? 148 episodes, different openings, but... THE SAME SONG. For me it wasn't a problem at all. I love the song, and... I think I watched the opening “one hundred and forty-eight” times and I sang it. Hahaha. But I really wanted to see a new song too.
The third thing is totally my personal opinion: the narrator. Your first contact with him will be in the begining of the early episodes. He will explain what is a Hunter.
The narration it's something that we don't see a lot in other animes. I like it, it's brilliant and I totally understand that this add gives the anime the suspense and it's particular style.
The advantage of having a narrator, in my opinion, is the ''observer factor''. Instead of exploring the point of view of all the characters, we have that peculiar element that seems to know everything and adds important information to the audience.
But, eventually, the narrator annoys me, specially in the Chimera ant Arc. I mean: we see what's going on, it's not necessary an explanation!
Of course that the ''narration effect'' will depend on the way you receive it. Sometimes will give that "slow motion" you'll need to absorb what's going on, but in a few episodes it's really overused.
In conclusion, I have to thank above all, you Togashi Yoshihiro. You're brilliant. You can make unique characters, outstanding plots. You still go on, and on, in successive hiatus in the manga, and everyone complains a lot (even me), but then what you show to us is so amazing that makes it worth waiting. Thank you for exist and for this awesome masterpiece.
For you that didn't watch it yet, do not be fooled by the first few episodes or with the synopsis. Both of them will give you the impression that you're about to see a generic shounen. Insist. This is a kind of anime that in each episode everything seems to evolve: the story, the setting, the characters. You will be hooked, unable to stop watching .
And then my friend, you will start to feel pain. Yes, pain, when you realize that you're at the 100º episode and there is only 48 episodes left.
Embrace this adventure called Hunter x Hunter! xD read more
As you all have likely read the synopsis of hxh, it certainly stands out from most other shounens ever made. There is a kid that decides to go on an adventure, for a particular purpose, meets friends, becomes stronger and eventually defeats powerful opponents. It doesn't come off as a very complex or intriguing story/plot, nor is there a generic/forgettable cast and an amassed other facts that would remind you of how forgettable this show probably is. Believe me it's not.
Beyond the first few episodes which this generalised speculation derives from, you will see that hxh differs from most shounen in terms of intelligence (strategic battles, clever arcs and plot) and the pacing of the whole show throughout each arc is outstanding. The absence of fillers throughout the 148 episodes ( excluding recaps) makes this show that much less frustrating to watch.
You may have heard an arc in particular, that the MAL community keeps on raving about: the Chimera Ant arc. Without throwing any spoilers in this review, the hype is worth it. This arc is, by most fans of the franchize, seen as a masterstoke and with good reason. The previous arcs create a substantial build-up to the C.A arc which makes the emphasis and usefulness of the arc that much more prominent.
However, the only factor that prevented my rating of a 9 to a 10, was the slow start and the half-open ending; while it not bad and was a good conclusion to the show, left the viewer rather unsettled with the whole experience.
Where hxh really shines is in the shows' magnificent cast. As stated in my introduction, typically, most shounens do not have the best cast of characters that anime has brought out to the community, and more often than not defeat their enemies using the all-mighty force that is 'the power of friendship(!)' which brings sweet victory and joy to the protagonists of the show. Forget this ever existed in anime when watching hxh, as the sincere friendship that is witnessed between the main cast is nothing short of magnificent. It is realistic and evolves over a long period of time.
What makes the characters of hxh further at a stand-point, is that the antagonists are (for the most part) just as likable as the protagonists. Every character is very well developed ( every = any character that mattered to the story) and therefore does not make you want to spurt out the words " Wow, this character sucks " , with the exception of the bomber which, when watching the series, you will notice that had no real purpose for doing things to the extent that he did.
Finally, I will talk about my three favorite characters of the series:
I love Gon. At first he seems like your everyday generic protagonist that has no potential to evolve as a person. He comes across as useless and annoying.Then along the way something happens to him; something that is rarely in a protagonist like him. This is called ' Character Development '. The development that Gon receives throughout the series is fantastic and will make you love him until the end. He truly is desperate to find his father and the audience can see how he never throws in the towel.
There's something really likable about white-haired guys in anime and Killua does not fall short in this aspect. He has a broad and complex backstory, and again, like Gon, significant development, which is seen to play a phenominal role to how realistic the friendship between Gon and Killua is. His background as an assassin and his scarring childhood coupled with his raw talent and one-of-a-kind personality makes him a lovable and three-dimensional character.
Without spoiling much, Meruem is truly an unbelievable antagonist. At first you envision he is ruthless for no purpose, and comes off as a cliche and rather irritating being. With the meeting of another character you see how he evolves and how his facede in his personality makes him one of the best,if not the greatest character in the series.
Art and Animation: 10
When watching an anime that has a plethora of episodes such as hxh, one would expect a decline and rise in animation from time to time. However, Madhouse did a terrific job at keeping the animation and art as consistent and fluid as possible. The amount of money that was spent purely on budget really surprised me and the animation only gets better as the series progresses. When entering the C.A arc, you will see that Madhouse used their best animators to produce stunning images intertwined
with outlines, shadows and fluency that serves as 'eye-candy' when watching the series. Batlle sequences are as well a proof of how much effort is poured into this show, as the studio does not tend to cut corners, e.g using the same background over and over again.
The opening and endings' animation improves significantly st time progresses, which blows my mind when comparing the differences in appearance. That is to say, the animation was brilliant at the start of the anime as well.
The opening: 'Departure' is used throughout the entire anime although it switches between two different versions of the song, as well as changing the animation sequence each time, and this amazes me as every opening suits the anime perfectly! I did not skip the opening even once when watching the series; instead I stared smiling and singing along to the music.
The endings are all fantastic in my opinion, and I love all the songs that are presented to the audience at the end of each episode. The order for me goes
1>4>2>3>5=6 (5 & 6 are different sections of the same song) but I love them all nevertheless.
The ost of the anime is one of the best I have heard in any anime. My personal favorite is ' A kingdom of Predators'. It consists of a great variety of orchestra (mostly in the C.A arc) and lots of violin and piano that can be heard as well. However, sometimes the ost is not played at the most appropriate moments which prevents a score of 10 being given.
Monumental credibility must be given to the voice actors, and for Gon in particular, which is seen especially at episode 116, the mere brilliance that is spurted as 'emotions though words' is extraordinary. The only complaint that I sometimes hear arriving from people is that the narration in the C.A arc ( for around 10 episodes) is irritating and overwhelms the episodes, making them seem extremely slow-paced. I tend to disagree with this arguement , as the pacing seems to only benefit by the narration of those episodes, as it was a crucial moment in the series where narration was essential. I hope you won't find this narration an issue, since I certainly didn't.
Wow what a joyful ride this was. It keeps you hooked from early on and urges you to watch the next episode after experiencing the wonderful ending of each arc. The enjoyment factor, of course, originated from the entirety of the show. If any of the above where to be done poorly, the show would not come out to be nearly as enjoyable as it was. I not once felt bored during this series, and I believe that the pacing is fabulous. There's not a single moment that leaves the viewer wanting to skip ahead or fast-forward. As a result, I am almost certain that you will watch this show, engulfed by the brilliance of this anime.
Believe me when i tell you this: this show is a near masterpiece; as close of a masterpiece as a show of this genre gets. Don't be fooled while watching this anime, and drop it due to its slow start, as you may miss out on a truly miraculous experience.
Thank you for reading my review of Hunter x Hunter (2011). Have a great day. RedInfinity out. read more
HUNTER EXAM ARC
One of Togashi's strengths in writing is his ability to make fantastic situations. He can set up rules and play out an intense game with many twists and turns that can never be anticipated. This arc is just the pinnacle of him beginning to show his abilities. It is casual entertainment mixed with exploration of characters, foreshadowing and characterization. The series does a good job of making the characters learn and develop with each situation they're in - something that also only gets touched upon here. It works out well from the beginning to the end and always makes sure to bring up something to catch one's attention. There is a nice ascendance in the challenges with each new challenge being at higher difficulty than the one before. I started loving this part of the story when it began getting going, even if the writing had to struggle a bit to wrap itself up at the end.
ZOLDYCK FAMILY ARC
This was more of a connector story. There were a couple of exciting moments and the end was a bit reminiscent of the Hunter Exam but it generally had boring progression. It played out typical and the only character who advanced was Killua. At times I found it interesting to learn about the butlers but it was generally just an above average arc.
HEAVENS ARENA ARC
Another brilliant excuse to show off some of Togashi's writing. Except this arc showed both his ability to create and play out situations and his ability to make characters stronger. It is both entertaining and manages to have a little plot weaved into it. Like the Hunter Exam it seemed a bit anticlimactic and there were a few weak plot points but it hardly mattered because of all the entertaining things going on. This arc gave us ten episodes to focus solely on Gon and Killua and did a pretty good job at that.
YORKNEW CITY ARC
This is one of the two masterpieces of Hunter x Hunter. It is where Kurapika, possibly the coolest main character in shonen existence, gets to show his stuff. I thought I was watching an elaborate thriller series a few times. The plot has ridiculous twists and fights that actually feel climactic and the situations have a dark atmosphere that shows how the series can be mature. Togashi showed us some of his best situations he's came up with yet. Add that to the fact that the villains are ridiculously fleshed out and what you get is nothing short of brilliance. This was also a great arc for fleshing out Hisoka. The ending here was anticlimactic but I like to think of it instead as a tool to get us excited for more brilliance. This was when the series stepped from shonen to seinen level.
GREED ISLAND ARC
Unfortunately the awesomeness is interrupted with this arc. There was a pretty cool fight in the middle and the ending was at least entertaining but it was a few steps below from Yorknew. The series went back to being more a shonen and even felt like a children's show at points with trading cards. I disliked the villain and how stupid his motives were and while Gon and Killua got stronger there was nothing special about any of the side characters introduced. The ending was more climactic and actually brought in Gon's goal but it could've been handled better. All in all it was still a good arc.
CHIMERA ANT ARC
Everyone can now get on board again for more excitement. After Greed Island it was nearly impossible to predict an even better masterpiece than Yorknew. This was also a engaging thriller that was even longer and more elaborate. There was more tragedy and the whole layout was much more elaborate with the enemies being much stronger. I could always count on many climactic moments and there were many fights that were even less predictable and more exciting than before. Gon and Killua had stunning development and the villains from Yorknew even got to play a small role. There were lots of side characters introduced that were handled very well. Even the villains were even fleshed out even better than Yorknew (which I thought was impossible) with the main villain being one of the greatest characters in anime of all time. People blame this arc for slow pacing but I found it to be as swift as most of the other arcs. The story has a lot going on and weaves together perfectly so it can be excused that it's going slower than real time. It is an amazing ride and it is worth over 70 episodes to get to.
13TH HUNTER CHAIRMAN ELECTION ARC
This arc was decent but lacking direction. Togashi seemed like he was trying to do lots of things and didn't combine them very well. The elections weren't very exciting and the ending to them was rather typical. Most of the characters introduced lacked personality and weren't very interesting in general. The Alluka story was entertaining and made me question what the name of this arc should be but even that wasn't as cool as previous arcs. There were almost no moments of Togashi's writing be shone.
Even with a few arcs being forgettable Hunter x Hunter still has a very good story. Some of the major contributors to this are its distinctive tone that the aesthetics help to aid and its fast pacing. Even though the Chimera Ant Arc takes patience it is still excellent. The story hasn't been wrapped up yet and many of the plots will hopefully be touched upon in the future. Despite this the conclusion was actually very good. It was satisfying and wrapped up the journey very well. There are little conveniences and weaker plot points in the series but they do exist and I won't be one to cover them up.
Madhouse did a good job of making the series look good for all the episodes. There are points when the visual effects stand out the animation has even more fluidity but it generally keeps constant. Considering the episodes it has the visuals look even better. There are a few basic points here and there but it generally looks very good. The art uses tones to fit each scene very well - with a generally consistent palate and cool shading effects. There is a degree of detail in the series that few long shows seem to have. The character designs are also very distinct and almost no characters look similar to one another.
The music in Hunter x Hunter is one of a kind. I loved the way it fits with each scene so well and there is a track to match every moment in the series. The opening theme isn't very special and it never changes throughout the entire show except in its visuals. This makes its rather silly nature a bit unfitting during the darker arcs. The ending themes, however, are very well constructed and fit the mood of each arc very well.
Voice acting here is good. There were lots of roles that fit very well but it was obvious that some roles were a tad too corny or generic. That said it is generally as consistent as the animation and does the series justice.
Hunter x Hunter is fantastic work among shonen. It holds a high value for what it has done and because of the two masterpiece arcs in particular it will forever be remembered. I urge everyone to watch it as there is likely an arc for everybody to enjoy. read more
To me, Hunter x Hunter (2011) is one of the most enjoying animes I've watched in quite a while. For an anime that essentially has it all, the lack of popularity surrounding it leaves me quite wistful. Though this may be the case, those who've had the opportunity to watch it, like me, have most certainly been able to enjoy it to its utmost extent. Hunter x Hunter (2011) is most definitely one of the greatest Shounens to ever surface the Earth.
First off is the story. Since you've already read the synopsis, I'll tell you this. Hunter x Hunter is definitely not what you'd expect from its summary. This anime had far exceeded my expectations the first time I'd watched it. HxH is compromised of 7 total arcs, all in which are extremely well-written and is one of the greatest aspects of this anime. The start of the anime may seem mundane at first, but picks up very fast. Each of the arcs are highly impressive, and shift from one to the next like a chain reaction. This in turn gives HxH its great depth and flow, that which you don't see as much in most Shounens.
The story progression in HxH is practically non-stop. Aside from two recap episodes, there are no fillers in the anime. The series gives its viewers a wide opportunity to many different environments and appeals. From survival, fighting tournaments, mafia and crime, virtual reality, humanoids, to war and politics, HxH offers countless stories that surprisingly shift easily from one to another. As each arc is practically unpredictable, you'll never get bored from the show. I myself, who had just recently finished it, watched the whole series within less than a week.
The more you watch of Hunter x Hunter, the faster you start to realize that its concepts and writing are more than just child's play. In actuality, HxH is at times exceedingly dark, with heavy atmosphere and dreary developments. The emotions and deaths of characters at times like these will leave you quite literally bawling. But with the dark moods always comes the happy-go-lucky rays of sunshine. These times in the series honestly left me happy that I finished the anime because Hunter x Hunter just wouldn't be the same without them. There isn't a single moment in the anime you'd want to miss.
Moving aside, we have the anime's art. Its art and animation is completely outstanding. No once while I was watching it could I point out a single mishap. For a long running Shounen anime with 148 episodes, it holds highly for keeping its great animation throughout the whole series. The quality of Hunter x Hunter from episode to episode gives it its own unique charm, especially the quality animation of its fight scenes. Background, character animation, show of emotion, lighting, and everything else is quite simply flawless.
Next we have the sound. As for this, the HxH soundtrack is quite fitted for the series. Each scene is perfectly fitted with its corresponding ost. Besides a few minor characters, the voice acting of the anime is well befitting. You'd never think that the characters' voices weren't their original.
Finally, we have our characters. If there is one thing I would need to emphasize, its this. The number of characters in HxH is huge, but they all have their own personalities, quirks, opinions, and ambitions. And in all of it, the characters don't follow the universal character stereotypes. When it comes to character development, Hunter x Hunter is second to none. All characters are virtually unique, and its almost impossible to hate any of them.
The four main characters, Gon, Killua, Kurapika, and Leorio, are at first pulled together in the beginning of the anime for one reason: to become Hunters. But they all do this for their own means, and are never all together for any long period of time. Although people argue that the two main characters are essentially Gon and Killua, there are almost whole arcs at times where they are not the center focus. And the dismemberment of the group can be agitating at times, not knowing when you'll get to see another again.
But the distinctiveness of characters in Hunter x Hunter not only come from the main characters, but also from the villains. Each villain in HxH is well-developed with interesting attributes unique only to them. Never will you see villains quite as good or even remotely like Hisoka, Chrollo, and Meruem. Their characterizations are impressive and original, and are compelling in their own unique ways. They are in no means non-threatening though, as the anime clearly shows how treacherous and merciless they can be.
Altogether, Hunter x Hunter (2011) is a masterpiece. There are potentially no downsides. Although there is a point later in the chimera ant arc that shifts heavily into narration. But this is meant to increase psychological suspense, and allows viewers to read more into certain characters' thoughts and actions. And this adds on to HxH's uniqueness, as it widely differs from typical Shounens who are mainly focused on "epic fight scenes" that will last for episodes at a time. HxH does a great job in its fighting aspect, and characters at most times must use strategy rather than brute force to defeat their opponents. While most fights will only last for minutes at a time, the story in HxH makes up for all of it. Hunter x Hunter (2011) is a fantastic anime that sets itself apart from all other anime in its genre. This series definitely deserves the rating it holds, as it will send you on an unpredictable, savoring adventure.
Story: 10/10 (Outstanding)
Art: 10/10 (Outstanding)
Sound: 9/10 (Great)
Character: 10/10 (Outstanding)
Enjoyment: 10/10 (Limitless)
Overall: 10/10 (Masterpiece)
Hunter x Hunter 2011 is incredibly well appreciated within the myanimelist community, however it never managed to grow a fanbase as large as the ones from other popular Shounen Series like Fairy Tail, Naruto, Bleach... Maybe it's because the series is much younger and I sincerely hope that one time HxH will be as popular as Naruto, because it just deserves it so much. I’ve never seen a better Shounen Series, no a better Anime series before. Hunter x Hunter deserves every single praise it gets. It takes Shounen to a whole new level.
At first glance, I wasn’t too excited to watch Hunter x Hunter, in fact I even wanted to drop the Series after 3 episodes. Everything seemed like your stereotypical Shounen with an annoying protagonist in a scenario, where everything is happy throughout and the fights being overly predictable all the time. Oh, how wrong I was.
As I’ve already mentioned, the story of HxH looks like the one of every single Shounen and it seems, that it won’t offer new elements and topics. My thoughts were completely vanished before the tenth episode. Although the main idea of the young boy Gon trying to become Hunter and finding his father is very simple, the story gets incredibly deep and complex from time to time. The writing is spectacular throughout, the path’s taken by the main characters to achieve their goals are incredibly creative and unpredictable, every arc offers new topics and even new genres, which couldn’t be attached any better. In conclusion, HxH is the most marathonable Anime I’ve seen so far.
The fighting system “Nen” is very complex and offers near to a thousand different possibilities to fight. There are almost no emotion based Power-Ups in this Anime and if there are some most fights are decided by pure tactics, which makes the fights so interesting, at least for me.
The story is divided in many different story arcs, like almost every long running Shounen. As I’ve already mentioned, almost every arc sets up things differently. For example, the first arc “Hunter exam” and the “Greed Island” arc have much of an adventure feeling, while arc the fourth arc “Yorknew City” emphasizes much on thriller elements. Most of the arcs take a while to get things set up, for example the “Chimera Ant” arc takes a while to get things set up perfectly, to finish in the most epic way possible with the best use of the genre “Drama” I’ve ever experienced.
The pacing in Hunter x Hunter is very fast in general. Just compare the amount of chapters the Manga has in comparison to the amount of episodes. That means no fillers at all (if you don’t count the two summery episodes near the beginning), no stupid fanservice, just straight forward Story, which is perfect in my book.
The Animation is nearly perfect, that just shows how good Madhouse Animations are in general. The consistent Animation throughout this long Series seriously amazes me. Characters Design is top notch, backgrounds fit the scenery and atmosphere almost every time and facial expressions are done right. I don’t know what specifically is criticize able in this section.
Concerning the Sound, HxH offers a variety of different soundtracks, with true masterpieces in it. Soundtrack wise the Series offered nothing really memorable in the first episodes, but it got better and better when the story progressed, with scenes which couldn’t be accompanied with a certain soundtrack any better. The voice actors did a very good job overall, especially the ones of Gon and Hisoka, which just fit their character perfectly in every scene.
Besides the perfect writing, the second big strength of HxH are the characters and especially their development. Starting with the main character, Gon, his development is absolutely impressive in any way. In contrast to almost every other protagonist in a Shounen Series, Gon fails more than he succeeds and learns from his mistakes. The second main character, Killua, is written perfectly and his backgrounds, intensions etc. are very interesting. The other two members of the starting crew are Kurapika and Leorio, both having their own intentions, good development and understandable backgrounds as well.
However the biggest strength of HxH character wise are the antagonists. They’re written so perfectly and unique, you just can’t hate them. You won’t find another Hisoka, Kuroro or Meruem in another Anime, they’re just too unique and likeable.
Overall, I have to say I’m simply impressed by Hunter x Hunter in every regard, it’s definitely the best Anime I’ve seen so far and it won’t be easy to fill the void after the Series ended. If you look for a Shounen, which is outstanding in terms of writing, story progression, character development and uniqueness, you have to watch Hunter x Hunter. While it has some weaknesses and rather mediocre episodes from time to time, those little mistakes can easily be overlooked due to the overall extremely high quality of all the other ones.
Overall I think this anime was amazing and I'd give anything just to re-watch it and then I'd do it all over again, words can't describe how much I love this and I wish it would get more attention.
This is an over all 10/10 and if you're thinking about watching it then I can't begin to describe on what your missing out on, just do it!.
Hunter x Hunter 2011 was one of the best shonens ever made in the history of anime. But the main question is... why? Can an anime whose main character is a kid wearing green clothes with childish aspect be a masterpiece? Oh yes.
The best point about Hunter x Hunter is the fact that this anime avoids all the typical shonen cliches. In this anime you’ll find unexpected deaths, realistic fights, an amazing character development and, the best of all: it never gets boring.
I’m not even joking, one of the main arcs is about president elections... and it’s fun and entertaining!
Talking about the fight scenes, I can’t say anything but awesome. In my opinion, Hunter x Hunter has the best fights in all the anime (the fight between Netero and Meruem is simply spectacular) and the animation helps a lot this anime to be epic and dynamic.
Another incredible aspect, is the OST, being childish and innocent at the beginning and dark and mature at the end.
In my opinion, HxH is now one of the main pillars in the anime industry, an absolute masterpiece that you can’t miss.
Nowhere is this more evident than with Hunter X Hunter (2011). On paper it's a standard fare shounen with all the commonalities and tropes that you'd expect from the demographic. But when presented what we get is arguably some of the best materiel you can ever expect from a battle shounen. No it isn't a "masterpiece" like many would constantly proclaim it to be but it certainly reaches ambitious heights very rarely seen with a genre that is usually juvenile at best.
I'll try to refrain from reciting the synopsis:
The story, like I've already stated before, is nothing special. It can easily be summed up as character driven arcs with each core cast having their own objectives they wish to accomplish. What bring these individuals all together is the highly acclaimed job title of "Hunter". The title of Hunter, to save from a long winded explanation, are basically glorified Indiana Jones's positions. Receiving the title and getting the license to be one is like a VIP pass to do whatever the hell you want, may that be bounty "hunting", treasure "hunting", food "hunting", I think you get the gist of it. But the title itself is nothing but a means to an end and obtaining it is only the 1st step for our characters.
Despite Gon being our main protagonist, the story never neglects the core cast that befriends him. Through a given arc we as the audience get a shift in character focus depending on who the storyline corresponds to. Although Gon's journey still remains the overarching one, the others are properly fleshed out to stand on their own without including the MC. For the most part anyway, unfortunately characters like Leorio never got his chance in the spotlight. With each arc and character focus brings it's own themes and conflict. May that be revenge and redemption as found with Kurapika's arc or self acceptance and discovery with Killua's. Each arc explores a given theme, which made the viewing experience to be more enriched. A balance was struck in it's presentation, making it heartwarming when called for it and awe inspiring when it needed to be.
The world building and setting was another area that HxH excelled at. Everything felt well structured and was properly established. This is especially true for the show's fighting system known as "nen". It was extensively explained not only for the sake of the viewer but also to leave no room for asspulls that's normally common with shounens (looking at you Naruto asspull no jutsu). This intricate in-world power mechanics is only 2nd to that of FMA's mechanics behind alchemy. The various ways in which "nen" can be utilized led to some very interesting fights that was entertaining while being well thought out.
The pacing for the series can be best described as a roller coaster ride. The beginning of the ride is simply a slow climb up to get the participant's blood pumping for the intense drop after they reach the summit. HxH knew how to properly set the stage before the main events happen, something many shounens tend to rush. Since we spend time establishing everything from the setting to the characters involved for the given arc, these well written buildup episodes are what help give certain events substance and weigh behind it. It wasn't just tension-less conflicts between characters, it became something that you got invested in.
Of course nothing is perfect and HxH had it's fair share of missteps. One noticeable one can be seen on an overview. While Gon's story tied most of the arcs together, looking at the content of each arc separately shows a lack of unification among them. They simply weren't thematically related or constructed. We go from tournament arc to revenge arc to "stuck in a video game" arc to killer creatures arc. There wasn't any core themes that brought them all together. The transition between them was fine but that never changed the fact that they never quite fit together.
Another issue that arises was with it's themes. It felt like they could of done a lot more with the material presented. Prime example being the Chimera arc. they skimmed over it but never explored it. They had the option to use the Chimera Ants in a allegorical way to display themes such as subservience, the human condition and Social Darwinism. Something similar to what they did in Shinsekai Yori and books like Animal Farm. Animals/creatures have always been the perfect proxy for those kind of themes but they never went that route and simply reduced it to cleverly written shounen fights. It was ideas that sounded good but went nowhere or was never brought up at all. No one's expecting a shounen with FMA's level of complexity but it would of certainly been a nice addition.
Also something else that hindered HxH was it's conclusions. Nothing to do with what's presented itself but the limited material the studio had to work with due to the mangaka Togashi's infamous hiatuses. This results in an ending while satisfying, left many plot points and questions unanswered. The story still wraps up nicely but could of been more conclusive.
Animated by Madhouse there should be little question of the show's integrity in terms of animation. Now it isn't anything to write home about or would leave you giving a standing ovation but what HxH have that most long running titles don't is consistency. From beginning to end it never had noticeable hiccups that distracted from the content displayed. It was brightly lit when needed and ominous during times that called for it. A show that knew how to manipulate its color palette to fit the tone of any given scene. And trying my best not to give away spoilers here but episodes like 36 and 116 were prime examples of this.
Possibly the biggest highlight of the series comes with the characters themselves. If looked at individually very few warrant a character study but as a whole the interactions among them is what stands out. Everyone that's important to the narrative are all given a solid motive to which they strive for. They aren't simply stuck in supporting role, they take an active part in moving the story along. While many of them were fairly common placed archetypes some in particular were actually fleshed out and received actual development. Meruem for example being a character that experienced a catharsis which brought on change in his ideology and perspective in regards to the value of others. This may seem insignificant in other shows but in a genre that reduces villains to being bombastic 1 dimensional megalomaniacs seeing an antagonist with dimensions to his character was very refreshing. Killua being another rare exception for being a character that suffered from an internal strife and inferiority complex. This provided layered characterization to what would normally just be your standard badass. While Gon and a few others remained your dime a dozen characters their organic chemistry is what makes them stand out. (Oh and Hisoka is the best sadistic assassin ever, no this is not debatable, it's a fact lol)
This is a case where the whole was greater than the sum of it's parts. They were an endearing bunch that showed believable interaction among each other.
HxH had its slow pacing during buildups and other issues thematically but it's certainly a show I thoroughly enjoyed. It's been a long time since I was ever immersed into a long running shounen and I honestly thought I had outgrew that demographic. But what HxH did that many failed to do was capture that sense of adventure and admiration I had when I was younger. It felt nostalgic, a feeling of familiarity that I only had as a child when watching Saturday morning cartoons. And to me that was well worth the investment.
HxH is simply a rare breath of fresh air in a genre that has grown stale. It provided well thought out fights, contains a memorable cast and was thoroughly entertaining with lots of jaw dropping highlights. Of course it had it's issues but overall the title had a lot more going for it. As someone that has grown tired of shounens I was quite impressed with what HxH had to offer. It was engaging, it was potent and most of all it left me with a sense of satisfaction upon completion.
The starting point is that of a typical shounen: a boy who wants to meets his father who, instead of taking care of his son, went to a never-ending adventure. But how the story was executed compensated for that clichè. I'm pretty sure that everyone who didn't watch the 1999 series and still hasn't got baited by this shounen type synopsis like me, immagined how this anime would be very wrong. There's much more to it.
Unpredictability and development are some of the greatest point of hxh. The fights are always strategy based, so even when a character is very weak, he can still win the battle, even just a part of it (what I mean here is completing the objective but not defeating completely the opponent) . And even when just talking (about the plans or deducing their opponents' move or power), you can feel its intensity which keeps you interested and pushes you to watch another episode. It's also very hard to anticipate how the story would go, it always goes on the other way, near or opposite of what you were thinking. The 'adventure' and 'bright' theme you thought you'll see here, is not here. Surely, there will be some of those but not the amount you were expecting. The contrast between the dark and bright tone of every arc is enjoyable.
The only flaw I think there is is the incomplete conclusions of some arc. People are left wondering where this x character go, what is -insert name here- doing or what happened to this one.
Madhouse, as we know, always does a great job. Good animations, excellent fighting scenes and in some scenes there are only pictures which highlights the emotion of that particular character be it joy, pleasure or rage, I think it's very fitting and likable. Hisoka and Togari's fight is my favourite. It was very fluid, Hisoka's graceful dodges and moves were well-animated.
The thing that got particularly criticized is the color palette. Many think that the darker tone of the original is lost. The art which made numerous fans' spines shiver. I think it's just their nostalgia though that they tend to miss what they loved. Personally, I think the colors are just right and the darker color palette are still there or will be there when it's time to use it.
Character designs are fine. Some were changed or were added some details. Others' design really make their persona more interesting, enigmatic or cooler.
Departure! is one of those openings you're gonna hate in the first 5 episodes then will grow on you and in the end it'll be one of your favourites. At least that's the case for me. The only ending I don't like is the first one though I don't particularly hate it because all endings are well made. Ending 2 (Hunting for your Dream) and 5 (Hyori Ittai) are very pleasant to hear
The use of classical music for soundtracks is excellent. They will make you have goosebumps. I honestly don't know how to describe it.
The voice actors/actresses are magnificent, in particular Hisoka's and Killua's. Namikawa Daisuke and Ise Mariya really do an outstanding voice acting on their characters, even with different moods and/or changes of personality.
Knowing it's a shounen, I predicted that this anime would have a vast group of characters; more useless ones with 1 or 2 adjectives needed to describe him/her, less screen time for each person, and people wouldn't really care if they appear or not. I was mistaken. They're interesting, each has their own story and persona. No one is THAT stupid, if serious, anyone in this series can think of their own strategy, complicated or not.
Character developments. It's just amazing how the author can write these, especially Killua's and Meruem's. The transition of a literally killing machine into an exceptional and loyal friend: It is just fantastic.
-1 point because it is unfinished, I'm here like many people wanting it to continue. Though what I really wish for is a conclusion without loose threads.
Everything I've mentioned above is the reason it is 10/10. The 1 point I added, is something you can only understand if you had watched this anime (of course, this only applies to those who loved Hunter x Hunter). Those are the reason why the enjoyment is without a doubt 11/10 ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°). The only anime I think is par with hxh is FMAB. I definitely recommend Hunter x Hunter to everyone because it surely is a Masterpiece. read more
Now, I shall ACTUALLY explain....
Story (10/10): Gon Freecss is a 12 year old boy, and an aspiring hunter with a taste for adventure. Sound familiar, eh? His father, Ging, left the newborn Gon, without leaving many clues to where the father had ventured to. Sound even more familiar, eh? Well don't assume that this is like any other cliched storyline, because it's far from it. Throughout his journey, he gains the acquaintance of Leorio (an aspiring doctor), Kurapika (a special-eyed boy enveloped in a deep vengeance for the killers of his tribe), and soon enough Gon's closest friend, Killua (a member of the highest skilled assassin-family, showing the most potential). Throughout the group's journey, each of the character's story play an essential role in driving the plot forward, and oh how the plot thickens.
The story is constantly evolving and constantly moving, sparing no slack in pace. If you hate filler, you will love this show especially. It will constantly keep you hooked. If you've just started the series, keep watching I tell you, keep watching. It keeps getting better.
Art (10/10): Now I'm no art aficionado, but I can tell when too bright is too bright and too dark is too dark. All I can is that it's well balance and is pleasing to the eye. Now it's not seizure-inducing like NGNL, but it get's the job done in an enjoyable manner. The palette, uh, looks nice, and uh, stuff. Yeah. There's no "you're trying too hard" to be expected in the artistic representation of Hunter x Hunter. Edit: and once you get to the end of the Chimera Ant arc, I give you my solemn word: you will not be disappointed with the conglomeration of art and sound and the overall feeling. No spoilers.
*Sound (10/10): Now this is my FAVORITE part. Part of what makes a series whole is the great sounds that go on behind it. I absolutely adore the music that went on behind the story. It did what I find other series have a hard time perfecting. When intrigue is being produced, music that correctly suits the situation will be presented, and in turn your intrigue will be piqued. When you're on the edge of your seat biting your nails, music adds to that experience. I believe it sets a tone for the story, and does it in an extremely efficient way. However, the only fault is that the music does not fit perfectly sometimes, but it isn't enough to irritate someone. It still gets the job done, and helps steep one's mind into the story further. And possible the BEST part of the sound portion of HxH is the inclusion of Gustav Holst's "Jupiter" from "The Planets." It's a beautiful song and it's inclusion in the series legit made me shed a tear m8.
Characters (10/10): No stone is left unturned in the realm of character development. Every character has a specific motive driving them and the drive to accomplish it. There's an explanation for every character's purpose -- and then it develops farther and farther. Think of Gon, the main character, as the main line. As Gon progresses, new characters come into contact with him, creating an infrastructure of development, moving forward at the same pace as Gon. The development only expands around Gon at the same time as Gon ventures about.
Enjoyment (10/10): Need I explain my enjoyment further? The rating clearly declares my sentiment towards the series. The only thing that I DON'T enjoy is that the series is ending at only 148 episodes. That's right, only. By the time you go through the 145 episodes I've gone through, you'll feel how I feel to realize that there's only 148. 148 does not do this series justice. All I, as well as I'm sure anyone else who has ventured through the series thus far feels is that there should be more. and more. and more. and more. There's much more to be explored! Given, there are only 350 chapters (at the moment) of the manga, and the anime finishes quite close. My only hope, and I'm sure I speak for many others, is that the series picks up maybe even a year or 2 later, when there is more of the manga for the anime to run off of -- and not take 10 years to reboot and recontinue. All I can say is we want more, and more is an understatement.
TL;DR - Watch Hunter x Hunter (2011) past the first season, instantaneously become addicted, and see why this underrated series should be not underrated nor overrated, but rated with high regard. You will not be disappointed. Just watch it. 10/10.
PS. People who give this show less than a 9 eat children. read more
The anime overall is incredible! The art style is fun and attractive, but also does very well portraying dark scenes and gloomy settings. It really made me want to imagine the larger parts of what you don't get to see from the characters perspective! :D
The music and sound are great! I loved the Japanese voice actors, I can't say anything for the English version as there is none, but I'd highly recommend the Japanese version even if there was one. The songs have loads of feeling in them, and really bring in the extra step in making the visuals more enhanced!
The characters have great depth, and are really made lovable and relatable throughout the story. Thy develop in a semi-realistic manner, and really get your emotions moving alongside them. Each character makes an impact, no matter how small a part they play, and they seem to bring a different view to things making them more interesting to encounter.
One thing which I absolutely LOVE with this anime, is that there are no filler episodes! This means that you don't have to skip pointless episodes that have nothing to do with anything, but they are all incredibly interesting and really help you flow from episode to episode. Although there isn't any filler, there is technically one episode which recaps all the past ones, but that's only around episode 12, and only happens once.
Overall, I honestly can't find much fault in this anime at all, at least not without analyzing it from all points as if I were to look for things I can scrutinize. I don't watch animes to see whats bad with them, I watch them to enjoy them, so any minor flaws that I might have missed can probably be found in someone else's review :P read more
How to be sad: finish Hunter x Hunter
This is one of those animes that leave you craving for more. (Yes, even after 148 episodes.) **Spoiler Free**
This is about a 12-year-old boy who sets out on a journey to find his father and become a Hunter like him. He's an unpolished diamond, but his character develops and refines as you continue to watch the series. There are many arcs in the story. And while my favourite is the Hunter Exam arc, the rest of the arcs still make you want to click, "Next Episode" repeatedly until it's 1am. At first, I thought it was a kid's show, but as you continue watching, it's definitely not for kids. It's pretty violent; don't watch it if you don't like blood.
Art & Character: 10
The art is very diverse and unique for each character. No two characters are alike. The character designs suit the characters very well. (e.g. Hisoka's character design is similar to a clown, since his power involves playing cards.) The background is just right; it's not too detailed. Each character is unique in design, and in personality. You'll fall in love with at least one of the main characters.
I seriously loved everything. The OPs, the EDs and the soundtrack altogether. It's perfection. It fitted in the scenes perfectly; nothing was out of place. The voice actors/actresses did an amazing job. Their voices fit the characters like a glove.
I was so sad and hung up on HxH when I finished it. I couldn't find a new anime to watch, because I was obsessed with HxH. I usually watch shoujo animes; this shounen anime was a new genre for me. I didn't regret anything.
Overall: 10 read more
hunter x hunter starts out like a typical shounen anime. with our main hero, gon freecss, departing on a journey with a straight-forward goal, meets his friends (kurapika, leorio, and killua zoldyck) and overcome the challenges of the hunter exam to become hunters. on the outside, this seems like nothing out of the ordinary, but after a short amount of time it's not too hard to realize some of the strengths of this series. since this is shounen, there's going to be a lot of fights, but one thing hxh excels at is making each fight unique and interesting, relying more on the character's cleverness rather than brute strength and power-ups (and well thought-out aura/power system). there's always a chance for our hero to lose the fight (which actually happens often), but that makes each win all the more satisfying.
this series looks very long, with 148 episodes, two movies, roughly a 60 episode 1999 original series, it seems overwhelming. but within the 148 episodes, barely a single one is wasted. there are two recap episodes early on, but the idea is soon abandoned. there was also a point in the second to last arc, and for about six episodes, the pacing was painstakingly slow. but for the rest of the 142 episodes, everything is goes by pretty quick, lasting just long enough to let all of the information to sink while not slowing down the action.
with 148 episodes, there are bound to be a very large cast of characters, whether they appear for long or not. despite this, every character design is so unique (but not all are pretty) it's near impossible to mix up any of the characters. one thing that bothered me a little was that occasionally, the show would spend time explaining the past/backstory of a character that would never appear again or has no relevance to the story, while other main characters' past go untold. granted, this only happened a few times, but it's still a little annoying to waste time when other characters that are more relevant could be explored a little. but even so, there are a lot of characters who are really likable despite not knowing much about them. i honestly don't have a single character who i hated 100%. mostly everyone has a distinct purpose and personality that is relevant to the plot and how the main characters progress
the soundtrack to this series, to put it bluntly, is absolutely amazing. from the character songs to music played only during dramatic moments, there's everything to fit every mood. maybe it's just me, but i can easily listen to the entire soundtrack by itself. a few amazing tracks include to give a marionette life, the emperor's time, and legend of the martial artist. the end songs of the series are really good too. i personally like all of them, but a fan favorite seems to be reason by yuzu.
the animation and art would be above average at best if this was a 12 episode or 25 episode series, but for 148 episodes, i have to give it credit for keeping up an amazing standard of art and animation. it's easy to spot when some scenes are obviously better animated than others, but i can't remember a single scene where i thought the animation went anywhere below average.
although hunter x hunter isn't without its faults, i consider this to be one of the best anime of all time and is definitely something you must watch if you want to see what anime is really capable of. from escaping abusive homes to trying and failing to protect the one most precious to you, hunter x hunter is an emotional ride from start to finish. read more
First of all I love battle shounen as a genre, Dragon Ball was my first cartoon (at least that's what I thought it was) at the age of 13. I've seen a lot of battle shounen and I loved almost all of them back then, but as I grew older and more experienced in anime I inevitably outgrew this genre as the writing seemed "childish", repetitive and too predictable so the result was that my enjoyment collapsed. What I was craving for was an anime that would entertain my intellect but at the same time would retain the charm a battle shounen can have, something that would resonate with my "adult child"(if that makes sense). That's when HxH 1999 was discovered and consequently HxH 2011.
Not only this show is the charming coming of age story of Gon who embarks on an adventure to find his dad, which retains all those elements that you loved as a child, it is also a well written, structured and thought out, intelligent story that will satisfy your adult mind and feed your intellect exactly what you may be looking for. Wonderful world building, charming and unique characters with depth and development throughout the series that have their own motivations and as the show progresses prove to you that they are more than just some generic archetypes, good characterization which brings interesting and realistic interactions and dynamics between them, unpredictable storyline with jaw dropping moments, superb dialog that reflects realism and maturity, proper build up for any major event that makes you care about what happens, profound and powerful emotional moments, great comedy that isn't silly or too "childish" which blends well with tension,drama and action; a creative well thought out battle system which allows for strategic fights that will keep you glued to your seat, and last but not least lots and lots of fun. All that right here combined with perfect pacing makes for an entertaining and engaging story that will make marathoning HxH the easiest thing in the world, and soon enough you will be wishing it was more than just 148 episodes,even episodes with no action are engaging and have some sort of plot or character development. Of course this doesn't mean that as a battle shounen HxH is void of cliches and tropes but even if there are, how they are used in the story and executed is what makes it differ, everything makes sense and every little detail is explained explicitly or not, paying attention is required as the show is dialog heavy and many things are implied,as a result many conclusions can be drawn by association.
The writer seems to have general knowledge of the world; like human psyche, political and social structures, religion, world economy, history and etc... Combined with his imagination and the nature of the show the result was seven (one is a mini arc) different arcs in their genre, tone, atmosphere, length, themes and at points pacing as well. I know I said “perfect pacing” but that depends on the viewer if he likes the slow down pacing in some arcs. The transition between them feels smooth and logical except maybe for the Chimera Ants arc, but for the rest of them there is subtle at points and at others not so subtle foreshadowing. You will encounter some cheerful and lighthearted arcs, and some that are really dark and grim. Some may view the fact that there is no thematic continuity between arcs, or that some arcs end in an anti climatic manner as a negative aspect or as a "flaw", but ultimately it boils down to personal preference and nothing more, personally I like those aspects of the show because an adventure of this type and life itself isn't predictable, and you never know where the next turn might throw you and what challenges you might encounter, I prefer those realistic aspects because it reminds me a simple valuable truth, that today we are alive and tomorrow we are not, so it's all about living life at its fullest no matter where you are at.
Obviously nothing is flawless and even if for me this is the nearest thing to perfection, I'll try to point some things that might be perceived as flaws. I already mentioned the transition between arcs, so I won’t expand on that. Although this adaptation is very faithful to the manga, the first chapter and the introduction of an important character to Gon and plot was cut out from the first episodes and introduced in episode 75, which made some motivations and actions "clouded". First episodes seem a little childish and it might take a while for the show to reel you in. The 6th arc (Chimera Ants arc) is the longest in the series and has questionably a few pacing issues and some viewers might lose interest, combined with heavy narration in the second half of the arc and different expectations from the viewers, frustration might arise and enjoyment may collapse, but for an arc that was the most ambitious arc in any shounen I've seen, a story that was far from ordinary, full of reflective ideals that were penetrating and influential, controversial opinions is the least that you should expect. So although the arc might be powerful it doesn't mean everyone will enjoy it, this again depends on your preferences. The last thing that comes to mind as a "negative" is the ending, it leaves some sub plots unresolved and a few questions unanswered, although it does have a satisfying ending for a manga that is on hiatus, and ultimately it works really well with the overall theme of the anime.
For a long running show the animation is very consistent, this doesn't mean that every episode is greatly animated, it just means that the budget is distributed intelligently and the episodes that needed the boost got it. The fights are really well animated and detailed, with great choreography, and the action scenes are impressive. One of the most astonishing features are the distinct facial expressions, rarely an anime captures so many raw emotions just by the expressions of the face. The colors are vibrant and generally adjust to the tone of the scene and the atmosphere of the arc really well. Character designs are unique, interesting and at some cases really weird, which makes almost all of the chars distinct and memorable.
This part here gets progressively better as the arcs get progressively more interesting and shift in themes, genre and tone. At the beginning arcs you might notice a misuse of sound that doesn't fit its respective scene in tone but generally the soundtrack is impressive. There are some really remarkable and memorable moments mostly in the Chimera Ant arc. OP song is the same from start to finish and the only songs that change are the ED songs. Voice actors are incredible and fit very well almost to every character except maybe for Kurapika. Jaw dropping performances can be expected from Megumi Han(Gon), Ise Mariya(Killua), Daisuke Namikawa (Hisoka), Ginga Banjou and Nagai Ichiro (as Netero).
Rarely I rewatch an anime and I've seen this 4 times already. This show has easily the most impactful moments that I'll remember forever from any anime and any media in general. Marathoning this show was as easy as breathing and when it ended I felt sick and wanted more, it was like an addiction but a very fun addiction.
"The world is like a ride at an amusement park, and when you choose to go on it, you think it's real, cause that's how powerful our minds are. And the ride goes up and down and round and round; it has thrills and chills and it's very brightly colored and it's very loud and it's fun... for a while. Some people have been on the ride for a long time, and they begin to question: "Is this real, or is this just a ride?" And other people have remembered, and they come back to us, and they say, "Hey - don't worry, don't be afraid - EVER - because... this is just a ride." Bill Hicks
This anime is just a ride, a fun and powerful ride that will lead to many roads and detours, a battle shounen that will satisfy a casual viewer and a more experienced one, so give this show a chance and you might discover a detour of your life that will take you to new entertainment heights.
Now, considering all of those things, I'd say the storytelling is subpar at times, which will be the clearest subjective thing I'll say. It would have been great if the story cut back on some unnecessary parts and was concise on expanding its themes and characters.
Even with that, overall I give it an 8 since it does its job at entertaining me and being itself. read more