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Synonyms: HxH (2011)
Japanese: HUNTERxHUNTER (2011)
Status: Currently Airing
Aired: Oct 2, 2011 to ?
Duration: 23 min. per episode
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)L represents licensing company
Score: 8.941 (scored by 56708 users)
1 indicates a weighted score
2 based on the top anime page.
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Oct 10, 2013
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.
From an adventurous examination (Hunter Exam) to a dark neo-noir thriller (Yorknew), the series features 5 main story arcs that vary in nature and tone. HxH arcs are also connected with one another, with each arc naturally following the one before it. This creates a realistic transition that is uncommon to the genre and highlights what the series really is, a journey. Pacing and development are also excellent. Episodes for the most part are enjoyable; rarely do you feel that an episode is "dragging" and when you do, you are left with a feeling of story progression.
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. However, as I said earlier, HxH arcs vary both in nature and tone. If you're wondering why this show is rated R and not PG 13 it's because it gets dark and when it does, it gets really dark. Although most HxH story arcs are light hearted, both Yorknew and the Chimera Ants 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. I've heard a lot of people say that HxH crosses over into seinen territory. In the case of Yorknew I disagree but I do agree in the case of the Chimera Ants arc, though, this becomes most evident when the arc reaches its climax. Either way, the series is definitely one of the darker and more mature shonen that have aired in recent years and among currently airing titles, there is no debate.
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, worldviews 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. The current arc also has minor pacing issues. Since this arc is being animated for the first time (it wasn't in the old series) Madhouse decided to slow down their pacing from fast to normal, with a few scenes here and there being dragged out. Although despite these occasional slip-ups, Madhouse maintains a generally solid pace. Still, I found the series' fast pacing to be extremely refreshing and I would have preferred it stayed that way. Now, before I move on to what I believe to be the last negative in this show (inconsistencies of the 90s), I want to clarify my statement about the current arc having "a generally solid pace" in relation to the "slowed down pacing" of the Chimera Ant arc climax (dubbed by fans as the palace invasion). After episode 110, the invasion begins and the pacing (in narrative time) slows down because of two reasons. One, the storytelling becomes a lot more complex. Many different things are happening at the same time and episodes frequently shift from one scene to another. Due to this, there are many scenes (fights, conversations, etc) that aren't resolved in one go. Although this greatly increases the suspense it could also make viewers anxious to see everything resolved (since the show is still on-going). Two, narration begins to play a huge role in episodes in order to pack a whole level of depth into the story and 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 which in combination with the narration slows down the pace considerably. Due to these two points, the pacing slows down in the sense that episodes begin to cover a lot less in terms of narrative time. However, despite this slowed down pace, the pacing of episodes remain generally solid. With the exception of episodes 113 and 115 which were dragged out in order to start episode 116 at a very important scene (Madhouse wanted to have their best team handle it) episodes are adapting a good amount of chapters per episode. The duration of scenes are on point and nothing significant is rushed or omitted.
The last problem in this show would be the inconsistencies of the 90s. HxH has made a name for itself for holding a consistent high level of enjoyment during the course of its run, I think the series did a great job of doing that until the 90s. After episode 88, a bunch mediocre episodes come in. Although most of them don't come one after the other, they ruin the momentum enough to make any "solid episode stretch" impossible. Fortunately, the series gets its consistency back at episode 99 and since then it has been back to its usual self.
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 (Very high)
Overall: 10/10 (Masterpiece) read more
May 29, 2014
When I started watching this show last year it was because my friend forced me to. Being your typical teenager I wasn't actually looking forward to watching an anime who's main character is some little kid with green short shorts on to match his green jacket. Actually I was plain out avoiding it calling it such immature things as "gay" and "stupid" when I hadn't even seen the first episode. Honestly after the first two episodes my opinion on this anime hadn't changed at all. My mind was thinking things like "How could my friend hype me up over this typical boring shonen shit". This is why I don't think you should be able to make a review for this anime if you haven't seen at least the first twenty episodes. The first few episodes can be very misleading when you look to the later episodes of this series; they give off a vibe that is very happy go lucky and light. But as a person who has seen really dark anime like Monster and read really dark manga like Battle Royale, I can confirm that this anime counteracts the initially blinding light with an equally blinding darkness. I may seem like a fanboy now but just a year ago I was like you and starting this anime was one of the most difficult decisions in my life, I was really bored and out of things to watch. That may be an exaggeration but it was one of my most difficult decisions when it came to starting an anime.
Why do I think you should give Hunter x Hunter a try? It's one of the only anime's I feel truly strive for perfection and reaches it, and I would like you to join in on this wonderful experience.
Story - 10
I'd say that Hunter x Hunter is almost equally strong in story/art/sound/characters and enjoyment but there is something really unique about the story in this show. Unlike shows like Fairy Tail and Naruto not every arc follows the same typical shonen pattern of a main villain with his entourage being introduced and the main character and his entourage battle it out against the villain and his entourage. The story of Hunter x Hunter is a journey, the typical premise of it is the main character (Gon) following in the footsteps of the father he's never met by becoming a hunter (which is a very general term in this anime, you can hunt practically anything gems/food/bounties). Though this is the starting premise a great majority of this show isn't focused on this, it's really just enables each arc to flow to the next giving legitimate story instead of pulling villains for the main character to battle out of a magical hat. The only element of romance in this anime is a boy following his dream and becoming stronger while simultaneously meeting different groups of people and creatures traveling around the world. I would say each arc is good on its own especially the arc the anime is currently on (Chimera Ant Arc) where our protagonist face an enemy with overwhelming power and since this anime doesn't allow for random deus ex machina power ups like Fairy Tail and Bleach we actually feel the overwhelming pressure that is on our protagonists. Also I forgot to mention that this anime does have its own secret special power like how Naruto has jutsu and Fairy Tail has magic, but to avoid spoilers I won't talk about it.
Art - 10
The art can be a little average initially but as the anime goes on it simple gets better and better. The fight scenes are done so well in the current episodes it reaches an orgasmic level that will surpass your epic meter and make you pace around your room for five minutes after its over. You can really see Madhouse at there best in this anime and I feel like they've noticed how much potential the manga has and they are drawing it all out and surpassing everyone's expectations. Some character designs are absolutely genius but I will admit some character designs could use a little improvement.
Sound - 9
The sound this show uses is absolutely genius.... sometimes. This show actually does have a problem with BGM that just don't fit for whats going on and it can kill the mood and make you question what they were thinking implementing this music at that moment. But when they use BGM's right, man do they really use them right. All voice actors perfectly fit the characters they play and thank god none of the main characters have annoying voices and they really bring these characters to life sometimes. One of the BGM I liked so much that I even downloaded to my phone and I listen to almost everyday
Characters - 10
Something that Hunter x Hunter may do better than literally every single other anime is the characters.
Gon - At first he comes off as a typical shonen main character in shorts but we gradually through out the show see the world change him into something badass and having a completely different attitude about things from when he started out.
Killua - A level headed cool kid who is extremely apathetic usually only feigning emotions to trick others around him.
Kurapika - The classic avenger of the show, I won't give many details about him because I would like to avoid giving any spoilers regarding him.
Leorio - The definition of a badass, we know he has got a trick up his sleeve and he must be packing something special in that suitcase of his.
Alright those are the main characters of the show, even though I can't nearly capture how well done they are in this show this would be my general overview of them while trying to avoid spoilers. Hunter x Hunter being a ongoing 130 plus episode anime there are plenty of side characters, and each of these side characters are extremely interesting having mostly original backgrounds. Another thing I absolutely love about Hunter x Hunter are the antagonists from Hisoka to Chrollo and Meruem, all of the antagonist are extremely interesting, entertaining and ambiguous. These antagonists could probably have there own Anime series about them and it would be pretty successful. Honestly sometimes I catch myself cheering for them and this show does something very unique where the good guys could sometimes be viewed as the bad guys.
Enjoyment - 10
As a self proclaimed Hunter x Hunter fanboy, in my very humble opinion I find this anime probably the most enjoyable and most intense thing I've ever seen. In Hunter x Hunter the battle scenes aren't who has the bigger rasengan or power level, they are extremely strategic, and they aren't drawn out for multiple episodes by doing a typical shonen thing like making the combatant have multiple forms. These battle scenes may be short but they are so well done that sometimes I find my pants a little wet afterwards because I pissed myself in disbelief that an anime about a 12/14 year old kid could have such interesting fight scenes.
Overall - 10
My review doesn't even do this anime close to justice, it's just that good. I find myself having reached 122 days of anime watched on myanimelist and this could be possibly the best show I've seen yet. But I really hate how much of a bother it is to get people to watch this show, can't you guys just give it a try? If by episode 50 you don't love it then I'd love to hear why in a PM, hell we could have the discussion on my profile page for all my friends to see. Lets try not to judge a book by its cover, enough people already do that for Anime as a whole and it's really one of my top peeves, people should try to be more open minded. If you watch this series just please don't drop it by episode 2-5 watch a little more, I promise you this is a masterpiece you really just don't want to miss out on. Actually I can't promise you that this is a masterpiece because that's my own opinion but it is my own experienced opinion that leads me to the conclusion that Hunter x Hunter (2011) is possibly one of the best anime series ever and the best shonen series ever.
Hunter x Hunter (2011) has a misleading start, the atmosphere is Lighthearted with a sense of danger though myself and others don't necessarily dislike the start I find many people drop this show a couple episodes in, which is a big mistake people the whole show does a 180 into something you would probably never suspect. Watch Hunter x Hunter (2011) and see what all the rave about underground gem is about.
"Whether we win or lose, hell lies ahead of us" - Kite
Farewell my fellow Hunters, for I bid you adieu. read more
Jun 6, 2014
Hunter x Hunter, the show that pulled me into the world of anime, is a unique show in it's own way. Without relying too much on brute force and long, uninteresting fights, it will give you a different and satisfying look on the so called generic shounen genre. The show succeeds in keeping me interested and on the edge on my seat every episode again.
Story - 10
The story is something that makes or breaks a anime. And let me tell you, for a action driven anime, its story is top notch.
The first part of the series feels like a well executed standard shounen fused with some well made games and fights. There is also some nice timed humor which gives you some breathing space before the shows continues it's well written story. It has some refreshing ideas which are executed well and there are also some "I didn't see that coming" moments which will raise your enjoyment level.
The series gets darker and more serious as it goes on. It begins to feel more like a seinen with some really good but short shounen fights mixed in it. The fights implement more psychological warfares and less action. There is also a narrator constantly giving you some in depth analysis on certain choices the characters make. Some people would find this unappealing or too slow paced, but I find this change to complement the show even more. Maybe it's because I am a huge fan of psychological series, but those changes make you feel more involved in the battles and make you understand the mindset of those people at that particular moment.
Art - 9
The art makes the show really come alive. I find the character designs really unique and they fit them in a weird way. Some characters have dead serious personalities but look quite the opposite. I like the way the art differentiates the characters and background in the darker parts of the storyline. They keep the colorful character designs and combine it with the creepy backgrounds for the best possible experience.
My only critique is that the art in some scenes, especially in the middle of the show, doesn't compliment the setting at all. The art is too bright and colorful when the setting itself should be dark. It takes away the eerie and creepy feeling the '98 show had.
Sound - 9
I have to be honest, at first I was against the re-use of the same opening over and over, but after 100+ episodes, it really sticks to you. Maybe because of the nostalgic value that wants you to start re-watching the series from scratch or because of the catchy tune that eventually will take control of your brain, the tune keeps you watching it every single episode again.
The seiyuu voice actors really fit the personalities of the characters. The only complaint I have regarding the voices is the one for Kurapika. I find it a little too feminine, because I see him more as a serious male character. So it seems a little out of place for my taste.
The composer did a tremendous job making the ost for Hunter x Hunter. It really catches your attention and makes some moments really memorable and epic. Some themes like Mozart's Lacrimosa and Phantom Requiem really gave me the chills and left me with my mouth wide open after the scene. Even though the ost itself is amazing, some themes were misused a couple of times. It sometimes felt a serious moment was downgraded a little because of the cheerful music or a normal scene in the anime was made more epic than it should have been.
Characters - 10
The characters are the best thing in the series. Every characters had their own kind of dream, motivation and personality. Ranging from the happy and playful Gon who wants to find his father to the mysterious Killua who wants to find a different purpose in life. There is not one character in the show I loathe or find a waste.
The main villains are different from your standard bad guys. I find them really interesting and well written. They are filled with different emotions apart from anger and insanity and will do everything to avenge fallen comrades.
In most shows, the side characters are not always interesting and are just there to progress the story. But in Hunter x Hunter I find almost every side character memorable with their own unique powers and wishes. They have nice personalities and they all have a presence.
Enjoyment - 10
Hunter x Hunter was a endlessly roller coaster ride without much negatives apart from some sound and art misplacements. If you like fun and memorable scenes and characters, interesting fights and don't mind some nice insight trough narration, you will definitely love this series as much as I do.
Well, what are you waiting for? Go buy some tape.
Overall - 10/10 Must watch
Jul 21, 2014
Hunter x Hunter (2011) is a remake of the same anime of the 90s, it follows the story of Gon Freecs, an aspiring Hunter who wants to find his father, who too is a hunter. Gon teams up with Killua, and with added help from Kurapika and Leorio become hunters to achieve their own goal.
With regards to the story, as previously stated, this anime has a bread and butter objective, to find Gon's dad. As it's a shounen anime, the usual themes of friendship, perseverance, comedy and not mention epic fighting are included, as well as being relationship driven in areas. Furthermore, it's separated into (according to it's own wiki) 7 arcs, but primarily it's 6 that's the main focus. 5 of those 6 arcs have the main objective weaved inside them, making sure each arc has a main purpose. Although it seems simple, many anime's over 100+ episodes loose its focus on that matter. The atmosphere starts to change within each arc from suspense in the Hunter exam arc to a thriller in the Yorknew auction arc, and plot lines can change from character driven to action packed. Training is constantly prevalent in the show, with each character trying to increase their strength regularly. Strategic fights can be strenuously complicated, similar to a game of chess in how the characters defeat their opponent. What's best about that is that they keep it entraining by reaching a middle ground between epic and calculated. But there's a catch. The main characters don't win every fight, in fact, the lose many times. This therefore adds more of an emphasis for training to become better.
However, Hunter x Hunter does come with its flaws. For example, this is a reboot of the 90s Hunter x Hunter, this lead to a whole new cast being made, which could anger those who liked the older voice acting. Futhermore, it took 2 less episodes for the Hunter exam arc to start in this version than the previous one, so some dialogue had been cut out. Furthermore, some build up can be misconstrued as stalling for time, making it very boring. However, when the build up is fine right, it will make the experience of watching it that much better.
In terms of animation, the rebooted show is definitely no slouch. The sharp graphics are certainly nice on the eye, and fighting animations are very much fluid. The character models themselves are similar to it's predecessor, but nicer on the eye. Gon's usually stereotypical German youth outfit is still a dazzling green as usual. All in all, the detail is very good.
Regarding the characters of Hunter x Hunter, there's only 2 characters to talk about. Gon and Killua's relationship is very much like the ying and yang complex, with each character being 2 sides to the same coin. Killua's more mature, whereas Gon is more childish and blunt in his ways. Although it can look simple, each character does contain a dark side to them, even though it isn't a true representative of their true personality. Overall, the relationship is very much like a loving brotherly relationship. In terms of character development, we see distinct attitudes to the two characters and a clear view of how the characters are based on the past. Furthermore, the many episodes also show distinct contrasts in comparison to the earlier episodes as to how the characters develop.
With regards to Kurapika and Leorio, each have similar traits to Gon and Killua, but unfortunately haven't received as much screen time, this is likely to change during the current arc though.
With regards to music, I'm not a massive fan of the opening and ending songs, not many have tickled my fancy as stunning moving pieces of music. The OST however does get a thumbs up, as not only can it be lighthearted, but it can easily intensify the atmosphere in thriller and suspense moments.
To conclude, for a current airing anime with less than 100,000 people watching but for it to be rated in the top 10 rated anime is very reasonable. I do recommend this to those who want to see Shounen at its best. read more
Apr 26, 2014
Apr 15, 2014
If you're wondering why it deserves such lofty praise, fear not, because I plan to spend the rest of this review defending my words.
I'll start by saying that to fully appreciate everything this series does well, you have to be someone who appreciates detail. Personally, I get excited by powerups and epic battles no less than anyone else, but that alone is never enough for me. I want an imaginative world, complex characters and relationships, intelligent dialogue, and an unpredictable yet internally consistent plot. Put simply, I want DEPTH, and HxH has that in spades.
If you don't appreciate depth, if you don't abhor deus ex machina, if you don't fume over glaring plot holes, then you WILL NOT understand why so many people believe this series to be a rare gem.
Hunter x Hunter is an anime with the guts to break free from the mold. It consistently avoids -- nay, REJECTS -- all but the most superficial stereotypes of shonen anime, but not just for the sake of being different. It does so for the sake of being BETTER.
Ostensibly, HxH is a story about a boy searching for his father. But, as long as we're boiling it down to superficial plot summaries, I think it's more accurate to say that HxH is a story about the birth of legends. Its protagonist duo is destined for none other than greatness, and as viewers, we're treated to an in-depth look at their formative adolescent years.
Most authors would throw these characters straight into the global spotlight, pitting them against an all-powerful super-villain bent on world domination, and surrounding them with a cast of useless, weak, and boring sidekicks. Togashi does no such thing.
Instead, he invents a rich world governed by consistent rules and inhabited by people with their own goals and motivations. Rather than bend and twist each character to force them to conform to whatever plot he desires, Togashi allows the characters to behave naturally and act exactly how they SHOULD act. And because the characters themselves are so diverse and interesting, the end result is magical:
- Fights don't drag on unrealistically for the sole purpose of creating suspense.
- Nobody is purely evil or purely good. Even the "bad" guys could easily serve as protagonists of their own shows.
- Important people die, and they don't come back.
- Side characters (e.g. Kurapika, Hisoka, etc) are at times more interesting than the main characters, and never boring.
- The series can be incredibly dark (or light) when it needs to be. You experience the emotions of the characters and the tension of the situation, not an artificially-created mood determined by the author to appeal to a specific type of audience.
- You'll often become excited just to see how two different characters will interact with one another.
- A noticeable lack of the recycled, predictable, repetitive, lazy, deus ex machina, cookie-cutter garbage that plagues so many stories in general (shonens in particular).
My hope is that HxH will inspire other authors to do better work in the future, and inspire fans to be a little more demanding in what they read and watch. People make generic content because that's what sells, but Togashi took a risk and it paid off.
If you're not watching this series or reading the manga, you're missing out. read more
Jun 25, 2014
This show finds itself in my top 5 of all '10' rated series I have seen. Spend the time. You will not be disappointed. This one deserves a '10+++" rating.
Apr 9, 2012
The beginning arc of the series offers some character introductions and a whole lot of explanation about the world of HxH. The in-depth story lines are less visible, but are already being treated in the background. At this time in the story, it's in the form of remarks and interactions between characters. The further this Hunter Exam arc progresses, however, the more individual stories are being fleshed out. Whether these are grudges, family problems, or simply a quest to find someone. The very end of the Hunter Exam neatly flows into the next arc, which instantly takes a further dive into the story behind one of our main characters. It's one of the things HxH does differently from some other Battle Shounen series, the flow from one arc to the other in the story (up till this point) feels very correct.
As such, it's evident that this series is more fleshed out than most Shounen series.
Story: 8/10 (I had a hard time not giving it a 9, for the sole reason of the series not being finished yet, by which Story is harder to judge than any other factor.)
This is something that stood out from the very first scene. Hunter x Hunter has this very unique style, which can make characters seem more like cartoon characters, yet they come out of a manga. Big noses and lips, a lot of aspects could be called 'old-school'. However, it is still performed in a way that makes it amazing to look at. Background rendering, lighting and shading, special effects to add atmosphere to scenes... The animation and art is simply top-notch. Now I have seen animes made by studio 'Bones', and I have seen the famous 'Hellsing Ultimate', so to deserve a 10 for art in my book, is pretty hard.
I really had to get used to the background music. At first the style appeared to me as weird, but soon enough I loved it. The happy, energetic themes during the normal situations (especially) fit Gon. However, the music can change altogether to become more like traditional drumming, something that manages to create heavy tension every time I watch it. Situations where the anti-hero (because I can't call him an Antagonist) Hisoka goes insane are perfectly portrayed through the amazing soundtrack. Dangerous situations, which could burst into action at any given moment are perfectly portrayed because of the amazing soundtrack. Sound effects in the background can suddenly boom through your boxes or headphones, in an impressive fashion. Voice acting is great, and the mad, happy or insane sides of characters are correctly given life.
Logically, a series focused on Hunters needs an adequate amount of character development. And this is easily noticed as nearly every character will have some special trait, something weird, or threatening. Some have a clear amount of intelligence, another acts on impulse, and yet another will be patient and observes the situation. However, there is one thing that bugs me, a pet peeve I developed because of 'Naruto'. Loads of characters will think or say that Gon has something special, etcetera, etcetera. This is something that can throw their character into disarray, because no person thinks the same way. Regardless, there are a bunch of characters that stomp on that statement as if it were an ant. I'm speaking of the Phantom Troupe arc. The arc took your expectation of Gon and Killua being powerful, and threw it down a cliff. These characters are, at times, obviously aware of their own dominance and power, and will act likewise. The mere tension their presence creates in the series has an amazing impact.
Enjoyment is an aspect that requires the combination of all the other aspects, but most importantly, requires them to be in-sync. This case is performed brilliantly. The series is dark when it needs to be dark, because the characters are, the soundtrack is, the lighting is, and the dialogue is. In fact, the tension in this series is so strong that even when nothing is happening and only a simple conversation takes place I am often glued to the screen. There aren't many anime that will make somebody come closer to the screen just because he is so focused. This series manages it every time.
Overall: 10: Masterpiece.
An anime and manga labeled as battle. Not a single typical shounen battle took place. Yet this series is so action filled and amazing. Dialogue and story play a bigger role in this series than it does in nearly any other battle shounen, and not only in the form of explanation, but also logical deduction.
EDIT: Somebody came up to me to flame me for rating this so high without watching the original series or reading the manga. He blocks any incoming messages so I found his message to be completely unnecessary. Whatsoever will I state the following: People should be able to enjoy and rate a remake without having to watch the original. If you don't like that, don't flame me for having opinions. Thank you.
*Edited at 13th of December due to the increased number of episodes.* read more
Jul 15, 2014
There is too much word to describe HxH. if I must choose one it will be
"Awesome". What I'm afraid of is they make a filler because the manga often hiatus but the anime still running
We start the journey with our hero GON Participating the Hunter Exams to become a hunter in order to find his father, then befriend with other heroes. HxH is different from usual shonen series. there is many psywar or tactics than the action itself. The exams are very realistic they never did that something impossible people can do. Something we rare to see in Jump series.
The journey between one arc with the other arc is connected in every arc always have something new for the hero such as key item, new skills and etc.
"Fail to planning is Planning to fail"
Killing is an easy task in the series. like survival game there is NO second chances for failure.
Planning or Analyzing is the most moment in every episode but when "Nen" is introduced The colaboration between Tactics and action is very intriguing. The "Phantom Troupe" and
"Greed Island" arc show that negotiations and action is something you must not divide. Even the animal in the"Chimera ants" is not action only they planning something too.
There is no bad side or good side in HxH, All the character has their own reason to do something . They stand on their faith. Also the relationship between the "phantom troupe" can make you think they're not that bad. They are Hunters if someone or something in their way they will hunts it. Even assasins like Killua or Berserker like Kurapika is on the good side.
Also there are many character that still unknown about their personality sometimes they can good and sometimes they can go bad.
Graphic from Madhouse is unnecessary to questioned so far this the best from Madhouse for me.
About my enjoyment. Hunter exams arc is realistic because it is something that humans can do.
The Kurapika'story in phantom troupe arc is very intriguing the shonen aspect like special powers is growing in this arc.
The Greed Island was a great explanation for who is Ging, Killua and Gon new special powers make the story more interesting. Also Bisuke appearance is cute and Hisoka side quest is very mysterious.
for the longest arc the "chimera ant" I didn't catch up very well but When the king was born The tension become intriguing.
Ah one note the first ed from fear loathing in last vegas was very ROCKING.
maybe if there were a hunters job it will be the most sought after professional.
Jun 28, 2014
And in the rarest of times, you get so lost into the show, so deeply involved, that when you find yourself out of it, when you come back from a journey of watching an amazing show, you discover something new within yourself. I've had this experience twice. After I watched Beck (and consequently read the manga), I found myself with a new enthusiasm for music. Gone were the days I was content with listening to the radio. The show drove me to find songs that spoke to me in my own, distinct way. It drove me to find bands and artists that blew my mind with their ideas. The other time that it happened was after I watched Slam Dunk (and consequently read the manga). The show lit the fire to my passion for the game of basketball, and my friends along with me. The game that I love so much, that moves my heart in ways that never fade away, was introduced to me by an anime. The desire to find songs that I love, was introduced to me by an anime. And I can never thank them enough for it.
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In my endeavor to watch this series, I have reached the point where the previous iteration of this show had left off. The Greed Island arc is finished, and the Chimera Ant arc begins. With my (now shaky) knowledge of the manga, I know that this arc will introduce me to situations that the characters of the show have never encountered before: a totally, totally overpowering opponent. It's exciting.
As a child, I absolutely adored the previous incarnation of the show. The world gave me a sandbox of tools to imagine with: the variety of wildlife possible within the world is unending; the types of characters you can encounter is boundless; and the power system (oh man, the power system) grants an incalculable amount of abilities to the dwellers within the world. Simply put, the show showed me a world of infinite possibilities.
Each character introduced were real to me, they were a manifestation of my best-imagined imaginary friends. Gon and Killua could have been my best friends. Kurapika and Leorio could have been my understanding big brothers. Even Hisoka intrigued me, with his weirdness and lust for battle. No character was unlikable.
Each arc of the previous show entranced me. The development of Gon through the Hunter's Exam, as well as through his training in the Battle Tower, his encounter with the Troupe in Yorknew, and his experience in Greed Island could not stay away from my imagination. The world stayed with me for a long time.
And in 2011, when I found out that they were going to remake the series, I couldn't help but look forward to it. The anime that captured my youth was going to be remade in a new way.
Now, 75 episodes later (I waited for a lot of the Chimera Ant arc to be animated so that I didn't have to wait), the show is as enjoyable as ever.
It's not because of my nostalgia either.
Taken alone, the show is superb. The story develops in a torrid pace (as seen from the episode total: it takes 75 episodes to accomplish what the previous series did in 92), while still giving the audience a chance to take in an understand what happens. The characters interact and evolve wonderfully, no two characters can be mistaken for one another -- each is distinct. They are all interesting, and the show does not ignore this curiosity incited from the viewers. The show adds depth to each character, resolving questions at some times, and adding more questions at other times.
This all culminates into a masterpiece of a show that is as enjoyable as any that I've seen. The world is a wonderful one to get lost in.
Hunter x Hunter is giving me the same discovery that I met with Beck and Slam Dunk. I'm beginning to recover my sense of wonder. The world is opening up again. read more
Jun 24, 2014
Let me start by saying this show is a masterpiece, ive seen a lot of anime and this along with FMA Brotherhood have to be the best adventure shows out there. Possibly the greatest anime ever.
There is never a dull moment in this anime, every show keeps you wanting to watch the next. There is a lit bit of everything. Even the art varies to cater to certain tastes.
Next the characters. Ever character is amazingly developed. From the protagonist to the antagonist to even the smaller roles. No one acts out of character and its amazing.
The story, its just ridiculous, the pacing is great. You will laugh you will cry or you'll just leave with a big grin on your face.
After catching up (took about a week) I decided this is among my favorite anime. Dont let the 140 episodes fool you. YOU NEED TO WATCH IT DONT PUT IT OFF read more
Feb 9, 2014
1)The protagonist is a 12 yr old boy,(too childish)
2)His aim is to find his father(too simplistic)
3)There isn't any female lead(most others have like Sakura in naruto, inoue, rukia in bleach, nami in one piece) to spice things up.
But I was gravely mistaken, this show is an absolute masterpiece probably unparalleled. Though I am happy I deferred watching it, else I might have dropped some other animes, which weren't close enough to hxh.
A small note Hxh(2011) is the new adaptation of the hxh(1999), so it has a fast pacing in the initial episodes.
The main reason I liked hxh was that being a hunter is a do or die situation. In fact, a few characters which had a little development were killed off easily, showcasing the reality of being a hunter. Also the characters are outstanding, there is of course Gon, killua, and kurapika. Also, the fights are not simple brute force, it requires brains. Gon, who is shown to be dumb initially, becomes quite adept at strategizing. Then there is the ryodan arc, which is probably my favorite arc of any anime till date, because (you will know once watch it, else it may dilute it's epicness)
The fights are very intelligently made. There are two factors responsible
1)The hunters do not fight like traditional people exchanging swords or kunais(ref from naruto).
2)Nen is introduced (quite early), which opens many options for hunters. And they use their brains and skills and combine them together to make epic showdowns.
Continuing with general ratings
Art, Animation 9/10
Animation was consistent, one can hardly complain. The character sketch is quite unique. Reserving one point ( though I don't know if it is right category) because of a few exaggerated narrations (but there is no worry till ep110). Though I am not sure if I should be deducting it, because it just goes to show how eagerly I am waiting for the fights).
Hxh has some awesome ost, potraying gon's innocence, and one of adventure, suspense and many more.
Hxh has the simplest setting, but an incredible story line. In fact, it is the story which kept me glued. Everyone's got backstory (really good ones). And when they pick up from that it becomes all the way incredible. And there is a transition from one arc to other, and is usually quite gradual. The author has put a lot of brain into how to make the story progress. As of now, I don't hate even a single arc of hxh, they all are brilliant., esp. Ryodan, Chimera Ant arc.
Kurapika, one of the best avengers, hisoka, one of the best antagonist, killua, simply amazing, Gon, the best protagonist, all from hxh. No need to say more about characters, they are very well made.
After watching first 10 eps, all my misconceptions were blown, now it is one of my top 5. It's epicness is because it has additional genre of horror, which is missing from many other action animes.
Apr 24, 2014
Personally I think this anime has a great story. It follows a 12 year old boy, named Gon, on a huge quest to find his father who left him at birth to become a "Hunter". Gon is amazed by this because A Hunter is a profession only the strong can acquire through completing the "Hunter Exam".
Through out the story, Gon must find clues and tackle obstacles that will help him get closer to finding his dad. Because of his ambitions, Gon under goes an amazing growth as a character. The action is this anime is the best I've ever seen, it compliments the story in such an amazing way. I thought the anime was just "pretty good" near the start. BUT as the story progressed the action got so mind blowing, and everything just got better and better with every arc. For a pretty long anime, it doesn't have many filler episodes. The only problem that people may have with this anime's story is the lengthiness (126+). Which can contribute into some people giving up on the story before it can seriously develop. (I don't know how you could give up on HxH, but some people do)
Definitely top quality. One of the best art I've seen in an anime. It's crazy how that can keep everything so fine. Never lacks a bit of detail, not even in the most intense fight scenes. Very impressive, especially for the amount of episodes it has.
I don't think anyone can complain about the music in this anime. The opening theme song has been with us since day one, it is awesome, never fails to get me pumped up for the episode. You must be crazy if you can dislike it. There has been multiple Ending songs through out the show, with all of them being awesome. I don't think I can pick one over the other. Aside from the Opening/Ending songs, the sound within the anime is Great. Seriously, they know exactly when and where to put the music to create the most enjoyable experience.
I love all the main characters in this anime. There are even some supporting characters that I've taken a strong liking too as well. Not only are the characters likable, they go through an outstanding amount of growth since day 1. Very well drawn, detailed and alive. Some of the evil characters are so well done they actually kind of creeped me out. With most of it being near perfect, It's hard for an anime to have a complete set of "perfect" characters, because there's always those characters that are there just to annoy you. With that being said there are a few minor characters that annoyed the shit out of me. Not enough to change my opinion on the anime by any means.
Hunter x Hunter is my favorite Shonen anime. Seriously. When I watched it there was only 121 episodes aired, I liked it so much I managed to watch them all in less than 5 days, which is weird for me because it usually takes me a week to watch only a 60 episode anime. With that being said, go watch it. You will get hooked (If you haven't already watched it) and if you have watched it, then you know exactly what i'm talking about. I get so excited while waiting for the next episode to release. I know i'm a fan boy but seriously, this is a fantastic anime.
In conclusion I give this anime a 10/10 over all. I really dislike when people just go around rating every anime they watch a 10, my rating for this has toggled but I have put enough thought into what this anime honestly deserves. I hope all the Hunter x Hunter fans out there can appreciate this review. read more
Mar 12, 2014
Character - 10/10
I want to start with the characters in this review because I truly think that the characters are some off the best in any anime. The protagonist of Hunter x Hunter 2011 is a 12 year old boy named Gon Freecs. His goal in the show is to find his dad, Ging Freecs. Now on the outside, Gon might seem like the generic shounen protagonist who always fights to save his friends, but soon into the story, we find out there is much more than that to Gon. His true nature is still arcane to us and his role in the story is superb. Next up is Killua Zoldyck, also 12 years old. Killua is part of a large family of assassins and has never really had any freedom up until he meets Gon. Killua's first friend is Gon and he wants, no matter what, to travel the world with Gon in search of Gon's dad and protect him. While Killua wants to help Gon, it is really Gon who is helping Killua and endure his family problems and he is a great character to watch grow. Leorio is the third main character at the age of 19. He is such an interesting character and its a shame he is so sidelined. Leorio had lost a friend to a treatable disease and took the hunter exam to get enough money to go to medical school. He is probably the funniest character in the show and its truly sad we don't get more of him. Last of the main characters is Kurapika. Kurapika is part of a clan called the kurta, who are famous for scarlet eyes. His clan was annihilated in order to get the kurta eyes by a group called the phantom troupe. Kurapika's goal is to seek revenge on the group that killed his clan. Watching Kurapika grow as a character and seek revenge was excellent and he remains one of my favorite characters in the series. Last, but definitely not least, are the supporting characters of Hunter x Hunter. There is so much I could say about these characters. The list goes on and on with great characters like Hisoka, Neferpitou, Meruem, etc. The list is ongoing and each supporting character/villian has such amazing growth and development in the show that you end up being amazed with all that they do. The characters in Hunter x Hunter are truly outstanding.
Story - 10/10
The story, as I said before is about Gon trying to find his dad, Ging Freecs, who is a hunter as well and Gon has never met him before. He goes through many hardships and trials to seek out his dad who is shrouded in mystery. The story starts out with the four main characters taking the hunter exam to become hunters for their own goals and dreams. Killua trying to break his families spell, Kurapika trying to avenge his clan by killing off the phantom troupe, and lastly Leorio becoming a superb doctor. After the hunter exam, the story really takes a turn for the better. Each arc that comes to pass is about our characters goals and dreams and each arc up until now improve and improve. The current arc of the Chimera Ant Arc is definitely the best one yet. Each character has to go through their own hardships and improve themselves enough to become good enough to achieve the goals they are striving for.
Art - 9/10
The art in the show is by far superior to that of the original's. The art makes the battles and scenes all around intense and is pretty great on yours eyes to look at.
Sound - 10/10
As I write this review, I am currently listening to osts from this anime. The ost list is wonderful. Each arc has a variety of osts they really stand out and fit each scene so perfectly, specifically OST 3, which contains osts only for the chimera ant arc. Hunter x Hunter does something a little different with the openings. Rather than change it completely every so often like most shounen anime, HxH using the same opening (departure) and changes the version of it every so often. Its quite a decent opening so this difference works here. The endings are also very enjoyable to listen to. The voice actors are really decent and do their characters voice so well; Gon's especially.
Enjoyment - 10/10
I had so much enjoyment watching this. From start to finish I just couldn't stop watching the show. I ended up marathoning the whole show (110 episodes at the time) in just a week. This is a very outstanding show to enjoy.
Overall - 10/10
This show is a masterpiece. From story to characters to art to sound, everything in this show is perfect. I cannot fathom a person disliking this show at all. It's just that good. All in all this series just keeps you on the edge of your seats and I hope that this brings in more people to enjoy the masterpiece I have enjoyed so much.
May 13, 2014
The story is simple, the main character, Gon, decides to go on a journey to find his father who left when he was still a baby, in order to become a hunter. Although it seems simple and unoriginal, that's almost the beauty of it. It starts with a familiar, easy to understand plot which develops into a marvelous story of adventure, friendship, revenge, and self-discovery, all while not forgetting the original focus of the story, finding Gon's father.
The artwork (referring to the 2011 ver. of the anime) works wonders for this series. At first, the anime seems quite bright, however madhouse does a wonderful job at adjusting the colour scheme and facial expressions of the characters to add to the tone of the scene, whether it be quite serious, or light-hearted and warm. The art itself is of high quality and is crisp, which is a huge bonus for this series.
While the soundtrack isn't outstanding, it's in no way bad either. The sound is used well to match the scene and tone of the show, and reflects the characters personalities and intentions well.
For me, characters are the most important thing about an anime. Characters can make or break a show, and in this case, the characters are outstanding. Although the main characters seem generic to a shounen battle anime at first, they turn out to be so much more. They have compelling back stories and histories, personalities, and undergo excellent development through the struggles they face in the show (including the antagonists!). Another thing i loved about this anime was the very strong theme of friendship. I really love to see strong bonds of friendships in shows and hunter x hunter did not disappoint. The friendship between the two main protagonists, Gon and Killua, especially is something I love most about this show.
Considering I blasted through 128 episodes of this show in just under two weeks, i'd say the enjoyment factor was pretty high. The show's arcs are interesting and suspenseful, and will leaving you yearning for more. As someone who gets quickly bored with fight scenes, the shorter fight scenes and the unpredictability of them are perfect. The main characters aren't always the strongest, or the victors of the battle.
Overall, this anime is a masterpiece. It takes what seems like a typical shounen battle genre anime and turns into something outstanding and unexpected. I really have nothing but good things to say about Hunter x Hunter. It's one of the best animes i've come across in a while. read more
May 9, 2014
I´ve wached series like FMAB, Cold Geass (+ R2) or Death Note, which all of them could easily claim the title "masterpiece". Story: At first, the story seems pretty generic: the young protagonist Gon aims to find his father, who abandoned him as a child, since his life as a hunter is worth it, but troughout the many episodes you will realize that the story is actually extremely creative, surprising, thrilling and just something else as other shounen animes. During the various storyarcs , there is a lot of room for interpretations, since they contain deep topics like famaly heritage, totalitarianism or the malice of the human race. This anime also includes so many unexpectable turningpoint, which are sometimes mind-blowing and you´ll also witness the extremely complex "fighting system" , which makes up a huge part of HxH. The currently airing storyarc is in my opinion the lonely front-runner in the category " greatest shounen arc of all time".
Characters: The characters are damn great, individually, badass and supremely cool. You want to know how great they are? There are currently about 80 episodes without a single frame form my absolutely favourite character and I´m not even mad at all, since the other ones are so great,too. Especially the "antagonists" are that likeable, despite the fact that they´re technically the foes and actually purely evil to their bones. The overall character developement is so astonishing and yet logically. Gon is an annoying innocent child? Watch until the middle of the 6th arc and be suprised.
Art & Sound: Madhouse is doing a vastly awesome job in both animation and sound. Even though the opening is getting old, it´s isolated seen very good. The OSTs are simply epic and appropriate. Oh, the endings are also great. I also think that the animtion quality is at a very hight standard, despite the change of the timeslot to a much worse one. Togashi (the mangaka) often draws figurative pictures to inspire the readers/watchers mind.
Enjoyment: Try to guess how enjoyable this show is? It´s greatly entertaining for it´s big amount of episodes.
Overall/Resume: Hunter x Hunter (2011) is in my opinion too unknown for it´s quality and greatnes. Hell, is there even an english dub? What a shame! It´s far superior than more popular and well-known shows like One Piece, the filler-streaming Naruto and Bleach (which popularity is only due to the huge amount of breasts).
I´ve also seen the first adaption of the manga in 1999 and I´m unspeakable happy about this "reboot". I honestly hope that I have made my part to spread the popoularity of HxH and that I´ve changed some minds, which has been deceived by the rather childish first episodes.
Don´t die until you have watched Hunter x Hunter (2011) and witness EPICNESS! read more
Jan 17, 2014
Have you ever seen something so surprisingly good on a level so much higher than what you were expecting that your whole view of an entire genre changes in a few episodes? I have, and the show that did it for me was the "Quote" Shounen Battle Anime "Un-quote" Hunter x Hunter (2011). In this case the year of the show doesn't matter as far as story goes bother versions are superb on that front, but for the purpose of this review I will be speaking only of the newer 2011 release.
Take everything you have ever liked about shounen, and everything you ever hated and put them together. Now remove all the things you hate from the equation and multiply the good bits by about ten times. Then add some of the best features of a good seinen series and your come close to Hunter x Hunter. Here let me explain.
Skip the next two paragraphs if you don't want to hear me ramble on about shounen tropes.
Your typical battle shounen consists of a few things that are persistent in all of the shows. A main character that in most cases isn't strong in their own right I'll refer to them as the "Hero". A group of people that support that main character through a "team" mentality some of these are also considered main characters, but the show revolves more around our hero than anyone else. Now add some kind of training arc (or something similar) where the hero grows more competent and begins to become more bad-ass at fighting. And throughout this arc the team grows stronger and their friendship grows stronger.
Now introduce the bad guy. Someone that wants to either A. Destroy or rule the world. B. Seek the ultimate power. Or C. A combination of the other two with a side of wants to fight the hero. (To be honest I find this one of the most annoying parts to any shounen series.) Now the hero and his team travel somewhere to accomplish some goal that leads to crossing paths with the bad guy. They duke it out for 30 episodes (Or in most cases 1 episode which is an actual fight that is surrounded by talking and a few punches or kicks in all the other episodes.) with the hero being the ultimate victor due to emotions or power level and then the hero trains some more and repeat with loads of filler and recap from the first arc. Now introduce some new characters that will accompany the team for the next arc and you have a battle shounen.
Now let's take a look at HxH. We have our typical young hero Gon, who is one with nature and extremely agile. As far as strength goes he's nowhere in comparison to those in his team and he also lacks in the intelligence department. His goal is to become a Hunter and find out what it was about being a Hunter that his father was up and willing to ditch his son at a very young age. He sets out and his team is quickly formed within the first episodes, and not much back story is given for any one character.
Slowly of the course of the exam arc more things are revealed about each person in the team, some get more attention than others. And the series main bad guy is introduced, Hisoka. A jester-clad character who is beyond powerful and seeks only to test his strength against tough opponents, so he has his sights set on a future battle with Gon. The second half of the exam arc introduces the series "power system" Nen which is one of the more deep and complex I have seen from any shounen, it's very reminiscent of chakra from Naruto yet at the same time feels unique in its own way.
Then we get the Yorknew City arc which is where the series truly becomes something of another caliber. The show reveals its true colors as a dark and serious story that most shounen don't bank off of. A new group of bad guys are introduced, but their actual goal outside of being thieves is unclear while they rampage through people without a single thought of grief for the hundreds if not thousands they've killed. Some of the scenes are seriously gory by shounen standards and it only increases as the arc continues. I'll spare anymore details as to prevent spoilers, but this has to be one of the best constructed arcs of any show I've seen, and it delivers.
Before I sit here and explain the entire story let me explain the things that actually make the show truly good. First, for any long running series the show runs into the problem of fillers, HxH has none even after 90 episodes, there are only two recap episodes that can be easily skipped. Second, it only gets better as it runs on. Almost every single episode will leave you off craving the little bit extra you'll get from the next episode. I was constantly on the edge of my seat waiting to see what would happen next, but unlike the hundreds of other shounen that will drag out the strangest of things HxH just almost breezes through them. Sometimes fights ended so quickly that I couldn't believe how short they were, but at the same time they were great scenes that left me satisfied and sometimes completely shocked because...
Third, people die when they are killed. One of my biggest gripes is that a lot of shounen is almost afraid of death. In DBZ people are brought back with the dragonballs, in Naruto it's through jutsu or in the worst case One piece where people just don't fucking die. Almost every arc has one of the good guys getting utterly annihilated (Alabasta) just to turn up not actually dead at the end of the arc it's a complete waste of emotion, and it's like the authors are just dicking around with the viewer. In HxH once someone is dead they are dead. Even the good guys are not safe from death and it adds such a deep layer to a story when death is permanent.
Last, but not least. Fights and general content. The fights in HxH are handled in a way that is more realistic in terms of how people would react. The longest fight in the series is probably an entire episode, but at the same time two other fights are taking place. This show has much more dialogue about the actual story than any shounen fan is used to. Fights are short and sweet and not decided by powerlevel alone but in most cases the winner is the one who planned the most and was the quickest thinker, while the strength of characters is a factor it's not the main one. If you like battles that last for 15 episodes that are really only a fight in one episode than stay away because HxH doesn't have that; it is more story driven than anything.
Okay now that I have that out of my system let's move on to some of the other points of the show I've neglected to mention:
Art: The art of HxH is not the top of the bracket but it is most definitely not near the bottom. In comparison to all anime as a whole HxH could be improved in a few areas like backgrounds and even the character designs in some cases, but over all everything looks pretty damn good. In comparison to other long running shounen, HxH is the top tier of the bracket. It never decreases in quality and the quality itself is amazing.
On the animation side of things it could also be improved, while the fights definitely get more money put into being animated and they are drop dead gorgeous scenes the other parts don't always get that treatment. I will however say that as far as stills go this show almost seems void of them. I can't tell if they're there if they are because there's always something being said that is of interest to the viewer. Reused scenes are kept to a minimum and used only when there are flashbacks, which is fine because they use flashbacks as a way to remind you of the finer details you may have missed or forgotten.
Sound: The sound is something I see a lot of complaints about, and I have to disagree. There are lots of people that say the music is often played when it shouldn't or they use the wrong song. If you pay attention to these seemingly out of place moments for the music you'll notice that in every case they are reflecting the personality of the characters in those scenes. That's all I can say without spoilers on that front.
The songs themselves are near perfection, especially the darker sounding ones that begin to pop up later in the more mature arcs. Some even send chills throughout my body because they fit the scenes so well. It even gives the show a horror like feeling sometimes that I have yet to actually feel from any of the actual horror genre of anime that I've seen.
As far as the rest of the sound goes I'd say it does a pretty damn good job of capturing the viewer within the scenes Fights feel heavy, while comedic bits are funny and keep that care-free tone. I didn't notice too much background ambiance as I would have liked though it doesn't detract from the show in any real noticeable way.
Story: While not entirely original I have to give this show some credit, where it shines is the way it's presented. It looks on the surface as another generic shounen battle anime about a kid trying to find his dad who just happens to be a bad ass. While this is inherently true it's also much more. As much as I'd like I can't truly call this a shounen because it seems to me the target audience is more 16 and up than 12-18. A lot of the content is dark and gruesome without holding much back in the way of visuals.
The whole concept of hunters is also a very interesting plot point to me as well, because they are basically people who can do whatever the fuck they want without consequences, and have access to all the info on pretty much anything at the tips of their fingers. It gives way to a world with interesting characters on both sides of the spectrum of good and evil that are just downright interesting to watch unfold.
In its rawest of raw forms HxH's story is nothing too original, but that is why it's so good. It takes a story that's been done and turns it into something new and refreshing over time and it really makes the viewer feel good about watching it even though it's over 100 episodes long and still running. I scared to catch up with the currently airing episodes because I want to marathon the content and not be strung down to 1 episode a week because I want to immerse myself in the story and for no other reason than that should a story be praised, because it's not an easy feat to pull off.
Character: This is a fun one. While the characters are generally all ones we've seen a dozen times, they develop in such a way they become something else. There's so much character development both early and in the latter half of the show it's surprising you can even call this a shounen. They grow in an almost unpredictable manner sometimes and it's the best part of the show for me. The characters are all extremely satisfying in each their own way, and bring different things to the story. Especially the villains who are pretty unique from what I've seen up until the Chimera Ant arc, where you get a I wanna kill fucking everything thing type bad guy, but even then it's justifiable because they aren't even human.
I don't want to say too much for fear of spoilers, but both Hisoka and Lucilfer/Lucifer/Luci you know fuck it, Chrollo are some of if no my favorite bad guys from any show I've seen. They capture the essence of being evil without being inherently evil, it's hard to put into words, but they are very satisfying characters and other shows need to take a page from HxH and have more compelling villains.
Overall: I'd say try it. Even if you don't like shounen in general this is still a cut above the rest. There is something for everyone to like, and even if it starts kinda slow when it picks up it truly; picks. up. Not a single show has captured so many things right from an often criticized genre to this extent. This is easily the best shounen in terms of actual content and should be attempted by even the hardest of shounen haters because it brings in something that the others are missing, what that is won't be immediately apparent, and will probably differ from person to person. While it follows the standard formula of a lot of other shows in the beginning it truly shines halfway through and it will be an experience like no other.
My true rating is a 9.5 out of 10, but MAL won't allow that so it gets a 9 because I round down.
Dec 12, 2013
To begin, the story is pretty simple. A twelve year old boy by the name of Gon wishes to meet his father. To do so, he decides to become a hunter- in this show, hunters are world class trackers, fighters, criminals, you name it.
Even though the basis for the story is so simple, it diverges in many meaningful ways. What begins as a very lighthearted adventure quickly becomes a dark genocide, and then goes back to being a light adventure again. The show explores themes related to innocence. I won't go into any more detail relating to its themes, but suffice to say, this show is NOT for children despite its initial light-hearted draw. It is bloody, gruesome, and there were a couple of times during the third arc that I (a grown man) had to look away from the screen for.
Next, the arcs are excellent. Each one feels distinctive and unique. One big pitfall for shounen animes like this is that after a while, it is just the same darn thing over and over. This show encounters no such pitfall. Because each arc is so different, it might throw people off. What should be understood (or at least what I have come to understand) is that this is not a shounen anime about the main characters becoming strong enough to overcome any obstacle, but rather a showcase of their adventures and the lessons they learn from the people they meet in them. One very admirable feature is that though the show consistently retains the two main characters, each arc has its own set of meaningful primary characters. Even though the main characters are around and constantly improving themselves, the arcs stories (after the initial one) never feel just about them. They are about everybody. I'd also like to say that while other shows attempt to do this, I have never seen any show (anime or not) that has captured this essence so well.
Character development is top notch. It is a long series, and spacing character development in shows like this is a tough feature. This show nails it. Every character feels like they grow substantially from the time that they first appear. Furthermore, each character is used effectively to convey the themes of each arc. I had already seen four fifths of the show due to the original animation, but the show got me both excited and tense when the characters were faced with tough situations. I knew obviously that this remake wouldn't diverge too much from the original animation, but I still felt like some situations were hopeless for the characters (who came out on top, as I knew they would)
One thing that is absolutely unique to this series is its unpredictability. This is a long, super-power type shounen. In all of those ever, there is a specifc formula of fight-lose fight-train-win fight though brute strength and new found powers. It works for them, and that's alright. But in this show, it is different. There is a lot of losing fights and training, but it is never power alone that determines the victor for the serious fights. Each and every battle is short and to the point- every battle I've seen so far has felt like a match of wits rather than brawn, and it suits the mood of the show very well. One other facet, the main characters NEVER become impossibly strong. (It is consistently implied that they've great potential, but they never take out the big baddies, and if they do they never do it without the help of somebody stronger or wittier than themselves.) As I stated before, the show is tense. When things get serious in a battle, they get reeeeeeally serious. Each situation to me felt truly like a life or death situation (Past the second arc, that is to say. The first two are still too light-hearted for that.) Also as I stated above, the battles are short and to the point. Most of the time spent on battles is spent on showcasing the preparations for them. The battles take many forms too- not always are they direct fights. The creator is great at coming up with unique applications for unique powers which really shake up the foundation of the fights and force the characters to think rather than punch. Some might say above all, the combat is where it really shines. In this show, you won't find five episodes in a single fight- you're lucky to get ten minutes of straight up fighting, in fact.
So far, there haven't been any fillers either. The anime is catching up with the manga though, so that may change. (The original show, as opposed to airing fillers, would go on hiatus and then deliver the addition arcs as OVAs as they were released, but this show hasn't had that problem yet.) Due to the lack of fillers, it is easy to keep the viewers in the action. There is no side stories to take the viewer out and make him or her lose interest. It is a straight dash from beginning to end.
I could talk about the brilliance of the unpredictable combat for hours, but I've got to move on. The art and animation- they are good, but they are not fantastic. Well, the art isn't fantastic. The animation is. One thing I noticed is that it is stagnant- it doesn't change like most long running shows do. At its best, Naruto looks absolutely fantastic. At Naruto's worst, it looks like a group of my high school buddies could have made it. Hunter X Hunter's art and animation never looks quite as good as Naruto at its best, but also never looks as bad as Naruto at its worst. It strikes a good balance. There aren't many times when fluid animation is needed in Hunter X Hunter, as I said earlier the combat scenes are pretty short. But when the characters are in motion, they leave a lasting impression.
The musical scores and sound effects are good. Some tunes stick in your head, and others are forgotten. The music is generally appropriate for the mood that the show is trying to display at each time it plays. Some of the sound effects are intensely satisfying, others are less than notable thuds. If there is something that kinda ticks me off, then it is the fact that the same two opening theme songs are used repeatedly. The themes are good songs and they suit the overall tone of the show well, but I always wish for something more. The ending themes are all fantastic. While we're on the subject, the opening and ending animations change with each arc, and they are all also fantastic. They get you pumped.
That concludes the breadth of my review, but I want to call attention to a few points that I made and make a few comparisons to the original show.
I want to start off by saying that out of the two, this is the one that is meant to be closer to the manga. Supposedly, if you so desired, you could watch the entirety of the original animation and then switch to the remake's Chimera Ant Arc (The original stopped just prior to that arc, as the manga went on hiatus and stuff happened) and you'd know relatively well all that happened, but there are a few plot differences along the way.
Next, while I applaud the new series for its character development, I personally found the originals main character character development more appealing. That might just be because I saw it first though.
The original animations opening themes outclass the two used in the remake. Some of my favorite in all of anime, so again I might be partial.
This is the big point I wanted to make, this show is not for children. If you are a parent and think that the show would be good for your children, you should reconsider showing it to young children. That said, I do remember the original being more kid friendly. Of course, before you let your child/children watch any shows, you should review them through watching them yourself first.
To end it, I could give the original the exact same review. I love both versions- there are some things the original does better, and there are some things that the remake does better. read more
Jan 25, 2014
Before I start, I'd like to point out that the points I'm writing are in addition to another review from someone called Cresherhsm. His/her review is most "Helpful" for this anime so it's really not difficult to find.
The start of the story is very simple. A young main character ,Gon goes on a journey to find his father, Ging, while having many adventures on the way, making new friends and becoming stronger along the way so the basic setting is extremely simple. But it's the unexpectedness that comes out of it which makes it stand out. I don;t want to spoil any fun of HxH's possible new viewers so I'll make a simple comparison against other long series and HxH, namely Bleach, Naruto and Fairy Tail. I didn't include One Piece because I didn't watch it.
Out of all of them, FT has the edge in terms of making you feel touched. The way FT makes your blood boil and gives you the feeling that your heart is gripped by it's passion is unparalleled. Bleach tops everything else with it's animation and fighting scenes while Naruto, well, I like it less and less after each and every episode I watch but it is HxH that makes me want to continue watching the most.
It's no wonder that HxH's fanbase is a lot less the others because the first few episodes are quite simplistic and slow. But the way each and every sequence of events unfolds is really too mesmerizing to miss. There are just so many unknowns, so many outcomes and so many possibilities that you just don't know what is going to happen. After spending hours and hours on animes many viewers tend to be able to predict what's gonna happen because some of them are just so predictable after a while but in HxH, that's just not possible. The final outcome is always out of prediction. Furthermore, those unexpectedness doesn't come from some unreasonable source. It comes from somewhere that's always been there. You KNOW it's there. But you just never expect THAT to happen. This is genuinely hard to describe accurately without revealing any spoilers so I'll put it an analogy.
For "veteran" anime viewers, it's a lot like playing chess against an opponent you think you know well. He'll spring a trap that you KNOW it's there but you're still caught by surprise. It's not unreasonable. If you pause for a while and think about it, you know it's possible. If you don't understand, the explanation provided is so clear that you don't even have to rewind to understand. As Cresherhsm puts it, it's unorthodox and unpredictable. HxH's story is THAT good.
Art, Sound (9/10, 9/10)
Very good. Top class stuff. But the other aspects are so good that these two aspects are overshadowed completely.
The very close second best part of the anime (first is the story). Cresherhsm has already pointed out how they are almost completely original and unique, especially the villians. But another special thing about these wide cast of characters is how they develop and what kind of impact they have on the story, even and especially the minor ones. In many animes, There are characters who are just there to make up the numbers while the very few main ones take up all the glory. But that's not the case in HxH. Every single character that has a name play their part in the story. They don't just stand around to spectate or cheer. None of them has only one role. Everyone make their own wave to make their own telling contribution to the story. And those who survives the events continue to make impacts while even more characters come into play. The best example to prove this point would be somewhere around the 110th episode (sorry but you'll have to watch it yourself to know what happens).
Regarding the main characters. Gon is the slightly typical young boy that has bottomless potential but can be a bit dumb when it doesn't matter. He is strong, fast, has unrivaled willpower and determination. His learning ability is also unparalleled by anyone other than his closest friend, Killua, who is also his most trusted partner. Killua comes from a family background of assasins which would normally give rise to bad guys, but is "saved" thanks to Gon and has been his best friend since. The trust, bond, understanding and love between them are second to none. In fact, they are so close that in other animes, they would've been lovers if they were of different genders. Gon has a personality slightly similar to Naruto (I think everyone knows who he is) while Killua is the smart, tactical guy. If HxH is a car, Gon would be the engine while Killua would be the brakes. Neither is more important than the other.
I especially like the way the author plays around with the characters. Sometimes an ally that seem to be the key but will die out suddenly, while a foot-soldier-type villain that seems to have insignificant importance gives the good guys a huge blow out of nowhere. These all are another factors that make the series so unpredictable.
HxH is, without a doubt, one of the best animes I have ever seen. It is suitable for everyone above, I'd say, 10 years old and definitely should not be missed. At point of writing, HxH is going through of of the most exciting arcs I have ever seen. Best arc from the best anime, well, there really is nothing more I can ask for. read more
Dec 8, 2011
I'm pretty tired of these reviews saying "Oh it doesn't like up to the 1999 version" and crap. Before I begin let me note that I have seen SOME of the 1999 version and ALL of the manga. I won't really be doing a comparison cause its not only unfair as I haven't seen all of it(and don't really plan to) but because people before me have done so already.
Story: Its a remake, I.E. the same thing. Gon sets out to become a Hunter in order to find his dad and to find out whats so great about the job that he'd abandon his only son. I saw the first 5 episodes of the first sereis *and other random eps* so when Episoe 1 was coming I thought "Oh I'm gonna get a flash back ep first." To my surprise there was none and we got the entire boat bit. I will admit they made mito a character you could give less for and they should have given a flashback on Kaito since he's important later on, But I did enjoy that we could see Leorio and Kurapika meeting gon sooner than I thought. The story in this version is moved pretty quickly, Which I had mixed feelings on. It did admittingly feel rushed at some parts and in episode 6 they axed out my favorite part of the second exam, the sushi making contest and didn't even spare Kurapika's 'I'M LIKE LEORIO?!' face, and that pissed me off. so props to the old version there. However thanks to this we can get to the good parts of the hunter exam and on towards the parts that made hunter x hunter as a series great*Looking forward to seeing all the arcs* Plus the pace has slowed down as of late as its taking a while to get through the Prison trial, but its doing a much better job of keeping consistant to the monga *THE ACCTUAL CORE VERSION* than some of its previous episode and the old version.
Art: It dosn't matter what you thought of this version compared to the 1999 one, this version art is SUPRB. I understand it was 1999 when they made the last one so of course now it'd be a big improvement but damn, madhouse knows how to do its job. At first it's brightness concerned me as the series gets darker and darker later on, but now I don't mind it, as Hisoka STILL comes off as creepy ecpecially in episode 10 where he shatters the hopes for revenge by that x examiner. The character designs are pretty well done as well, only the small gripe being thay made kurapika's look too much like a girl, however in the old version Gon's hair was too short, so its a eye for eye.now for movement, the animation, Its freakin amazing, seeing the shows first real fight, I was left amazed at how well done it was and I look forward to ALOT of the series future fights. Also its nice to see this when the manga's sketchy style dosn't do it for you but what'cha gonna do when your SO MANY ARCS AWAY!?
Sound: Alright, I gotta say its good, but just not for this series. I really didn't like the other versions either but oh well. The sound did kinda do it for me in episode 10 when Hisoka was fighting, but I don't really like the idea of cheerful orchestra music for the seires main themes. The fact that there IS a orchestra does say something about the future but for now it doesn't work. as for the openings and endings I like them, it took a while for the ending to get to me but it did and I'm ok with the current OP As I like the energy put into it where as the other version made me want to do the opposite of the title and go to bed.
Character: are perfectly kept intact. As its keeping with the manga, of course the characters would be kept the same. While gon is easily the simplest character of the show if not in anime history, He's likabe. most characters would show angst or give off a fake "I don't care" front, but he shows the absence of his father with complete curiosity. His cheerful and full of life personality shows and if you don't have a problem with simple characters, you'll more than likely like gon. Leorio is my personal favorite because I love comic relief characters and boy does he do his job here! Some may find his tendency to get pissed off at everything annoying but I find it pretty funny especially in the majority rule where he is perfectly within his rights to get pissed off. Of course Leorio's gotta look a little cool too, its nothing compared to his recent actions in the manga but His bet to determine wheter the blue guy*which was kinda weird* was alive or not was pretty cool, for his standards anyway. Kurapika is as dark as usual so thats cool. Killua is the same mischivious little assasin we all know and love and will soon later become one of the two darker characters compared to Gon and Leorio. They also do a good job of making him friends with Gon this early on seeing as the two will be working together alot later. Hisoka is pretty much the same, just look at the ending animation.
Enjoyment: I may already know whats gonna happen but I look forward to seeing every adaption each week. I each episode *except for episode 6* feels worth seeing as they follow the manga and the pacing while fast is acctually pretty ok once you get used to it.
Overall: Hunter x Hunter is pretty much the same here and it shows the only real issue to have with it is wether you put time in to make comparisons to the old version. I'm sure it was good, but Its Over, I'm already up to speed with its plot and since I have a choice to revisit what I read in the manga I'm gonna go with this. As for if you aren't up to date with the manga and haven't seen the old anime, You'll probably be prefectlyfine watching. If you have seen the old version then you'll either be fine with this and hope for the unanimated arcs to come, or just be like some of the other reviewers and gripe about "How it dosn't live up to-blah" So all in all Its a good series it just depends on how you look at it. read more