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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: 8.871 (scored by 41160 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. Although Madhouse maintains a generally solid pace, I found the series consistent fast pacing to be extremely refreshing. Before we 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 in 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) the pacing has been generally solid in the sense that episodes are adapting a good amount of chapters per episode. The duration of scenes are just right, nothing significant is rushed or omitted and scenes aren't dragged out.
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's 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, charming characters, and fights that involve a lot of strategy. Separating it from most of its genre, the series undermines 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
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 13, 2013
Hunter X Hunter's story and plot varies across the different arcs in the show, but it basically follows a young boy, Gon Freecss on his journey to search for his father, who happens to be a lengendary Hunter, and this show follows him and some of his companions and chronicles their adventures.
At the time this review was written we are at the Chimera Ant arc, and thus this arc will not be covered in the review. (Although this arc has been absolutely fantastic so far, the best arc in the series yet)
HxH might have a childish, cliche-looking exterior, but do not let this fool you or stop you from experiencing this series, because it can get batshit insane sometimes, and that's an understatement. The author, Yoshihiro Togashi, has made a great world setting for this series, and it really aids in the storytelling. From virtual realities, to dark, gritty allies of York Shin, each arc and story has fantastic plot progression that really makes full use of its detailed setting and allows the characters to grow and shine. The great thing about this series is how it really plays with your expectations - the story progresses to an extent where you THINK you know what would go down, but then it completely steers away from what you're expecting of this series as a 'battle shonen'. It is incredibly smart and entertaining at the same time.
HxH follows many different arcs that all vary greatly in tone, from a happy adventure-type Hunter Exam arc, to a darker, more serious Phantom Troupe arc.
As for the arc themselves, the drama is never too much of an overkill, episodes are paced perfectly, and there's the occasional lighthearted humor that always makes me giggle without any boob jokes.
I'd say the great difference in overall tone of each arc gives HxH a rather disjointed feel, but each arc is fantastic and is still enough for me to reward it with an average score of an 8.
Madhouse really brought their A-game for this series. Each episode has fantastic animation (no cost-cutting methods anywhere) and the art direction of the series gets better and better as the series progresses. This show has also got one of the most epic battles in shonen ever, with great choreography and movie-standard animation that will simply blow you away. While the bright colours can take some time to get used to (especially for fans of the old series), I find it to be part of the appeal of HxH - it is deceptively simple, but is so much more.
Also, there's great art direction. It's better than almost every shonen anime out there in this aspect, and the animation is sometimes almost like a second narrative.
The soundtrack of Hunter X Hunter is a bit of an odd one, after over 80 episodes the opening is still the same, albeit with new accompanying animation. That said, it is still a pretty decent song, but I'd really like for them to switch it up a bit. The ending songs are fantastic, and I've never skipped the first or the second ending once. Sound direction was not as good at the beginning, some scenes has music that was distracting and shouldn't have been there, and some of the tracks just didn't match the atmosphere of the scene (particularly with Hisoka's scenes), but it got much, much better by the Phantom Troupe arc and has been amazing since.
Voice acting is a little bit awkward and seems to be a case of miscasting for certain characters, particularly Kurapika whose voice I think is a tad too girly. However, Han Megumi as Gon and Mariya Ise as Killua are absolutely fantastic, they portray the contrasting personalities of the boys so incredibly well, and at key emotional moments they don't disappoint - listening to them is just great.
This is where the series truly shines. Every character seems to follow a certain shonen archetype, but as I said, this show plays with your expectations, and you find yourself with characters that are surprisingly deep and compelling to watch. The revenge-driven Kurapika has his morals constantly questioned, the comic relief Leorio is surprisingly loveable and relatable, and Hisoka has a truly dangerous feel to him that many shonen villians do not have.
The most interesting characters, however, are the 2 main characters, Gon and Killua, their friendship is incredibly touching, dynamic and entertaining to watch, but as separate individuals they are just as fantastic. Gon appears to be a typical happy-go-lucky shonen protagonist that would push his way through with 'willpower' like most shonen leads do, but he is much smarter than the average characters, and even has a genuinely disturbing side to him that is always subtly presented in a show where he can even come off as worryingly apathetic. His companion, Killua, appears as another goofy kid, but I feel that he has depth - he only lets his guard down around Gon, truly treasures him as a friend and goes the distance to protect Gon's naivety and pure innocence that he seems to already have lost.
HxH 2011 is easily the best shonen adaptation since Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, and no other shonen series comes close. It really is the complete package, great stories, characters that seem to embody yet circumvent the tropes of the genre, coupled with fantastic sound, art and animation.
I urge all shonen fans (or fans of anime in general) to give this a shot, and at least watch till the halfway point of the first arc before dropping this, as I really feel that it only begins to show its true nature after a few episodes, and it does take awhile to get going. (That of course does not mean the first few episodes are bad in any way)
HxH is an experience that really should not be missed.
*this is my first review, so I apologize if it gets too long-winded or anything! read more
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
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
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.
May 27, 2013
Well then, since the new Hunter x Hunter (which I will from here on forth call 2011) is now done adapting everything that the original Anime (which I will call 1999) adapted, I thought it would be nice to do a comparison between this version's first 75 episodes and 1999's entire TV series and its OVAs, since both cover the exact same amount of content - ending at the same scene, at the same moment.
Hunter x Hunter (1999) was animated by Nippon Animation and directed by Furuhashi Kazuhiro, famous for directing the entire Rurouni Kenshin Anime, as well as Gundam Unicorn.
Hunter x Hunter (2011) is animated by Madhouse and directed by Koujina Hiroshi, who has some previous experience in the Shounen department, but nothing really spectacular. His most famous work would probably be Rainbow.
Art & Animation: First let's talk about 1999. Now this version uses a very dark mood in both colouring and presentation during the TV series, but changes to a more childish and classic shounen style during the two Greed Island OVAs. The details of it are very nice, for being an anime released in 1999 it still looks good. It's not very impressive overall, but it manages to do an impressive job during the fights. It's clear by just looking at the animation style and its content that this was made for a more mature audience. But is that necessarily a good thing? Well, during the beginning of the show, it didn't fit very well, as the show had a more adventurous feelings. However, when the series reached the Yorknew Arc, it fit like a glove. Since the style was dark, and the Arc was dark (especially for a Shounen) everything worked perfectly in setting atmosphere. However, when the series reached the two Greed Island OVAs, there was a big noticeable change in both art and animation. The artstyle was comparable to the artstyle in 1999, but animation quality was severly worse. This may very well be because by the time of release, this was when production studios started to go over to computer animating, instead of traditional handdrawn animating. The animation got stiff and lifeless, and that's sad considering that the final OVA was released a whole 5 years after the TV series, yet it looked worse.
Now for 2011. Now this is one of the main things that most people have complained about. 2011 is definitely much more colourful and brings a much more childish feeling than its original 1999 version. However, 2011 is much more pleasing to the eye than the 1999 version in some instances. There are some points in the show where I would prefer the original 1999 version's artwork style, but in the end the 2011 version is much more appealing to me as it gives me that adventure feeling the original version failed to give me. There are however some scenes where 2011 can look dark, but the overall tone is always much "happy." This is a bit more of a self-preferences, so it's hard to say which one could be considered to be "the best" artstyle. If you like a darker tone, 1999 wins, and if you want a more adventurous tone, 2011 wins. But, when it comes to animation, 2011 is clearly the superior version. While it may not look very impressive during all scenes, Madhouse manages to amp up the quality by a lot during the fight scenes. These fights are some of the best looking fights you will ever find in a Shounen. They added smoke, slow-mo effects, camera shakes, monochrome, and much more to make these fights have a much bigger bang to them.
So, despite the tone of 1999, the clearly inferior animation quality of the Greed Island OVAs drags its value down a lot. The very well animated fights of 2011 and it's adventurous style makes it win this round.
Sound: The 1999 soundtrack is one of the most atmospheric soundtracks I've ever heard, at least in the Shounen department. It fits the mood perfectly and has some tunes that I still go around whistling on. This soundtrack is something that will stick with you for quite some time. It is well composed and every song uses just the right instrument and fits every scene the music is placed in. Soundeffect wise, it's not very impressive. It uses a real weak sounding punch sound and the OVAs uses a really annoying summoning sound. And those are just the big things that I noticed, because other than that there's no real power. But, one of the biggest parts of the sound department is in voice acting, and it's... Ok-ish? Some voices are great and fit perfectly, like Gon and Kurapika. But other voices can sound pretty awkward or are forgettable. No one really stands out - but- they do their voicework as they should. Like I said, it might sound awkward or is forgettable, I still can't deny that the voices actually do fit.
The 2011 soundtrack is a bit more rock-like at some times, a bit more of a typical Shounen at other times, but it still has some of these "adventure toned" songs in its soundtrack that are really fitting with the tone. Just like 1999 it has some memorable themes, but with the lack of the atmosphere-building songs of 1999, it fails to really leave an impact on you after you just watched something, but it still manages to wow you sometimes during certain scenes in the show. Biggest example would be during the Requiem scene in the Yorknew arc, when the song even overlapped and replaced the ending song for that episode. Soundeffects are a big plus here, as the fightscenes has big power behind their soundeffects. Background noises fits and there are always small details that you can barely hear, but you can still hear that they are there. Voice acting is good. Nothing spectacular, and the only real noteworthy voice performance is by Namikawa Daisuke, who voices Hisoka, as he does a really chilling performance.
So, which one's the winner? I'm actually gonna have to go with a tie here. While 1999 has a great atmospheric soundtrack, 2011 has better voice acting and soundwork. One can not work without the other, especially when you only think about the soundtrack and voice acting, the main two elements that makes up the sound department.
Story: Both 1999 and 2011 follow the same basic storyline: A young boy, Gon, wants to become a Hunter in hope of finding, as well as understanding the actions, of his father. Accompanying this is the "Kurapika Kurta Clan Revenge" sub-plot, along with a little bit of Killua and his family. The story itself isn't very impressive or groundbreaking for that matter, but it's good enough to make you want to keep on watching, as it does have a more mature way of portraying the story compared to other Shounens, both the 1999 and 2011 version. So, how are they on their own? Well let's see...
1999 took care of the story up to the end of the Greed Island Arc in 92 episodes. Whilst the pacing was pretty slow during the Hunter Exam Arc, due to fillers and creative choices, the pacing did improve later on. However, in the OVAs the pacing once again slowed down considerably. This is one of 1999's biggest downfall, as the show could be quite a drag to watch. While this may not be a problem for older viewers, as Anime tended to more slow in the old days, this may very well be one of the biggest complaints the show gets from new viewers. But besides that, the Anime did adapt the Manga faithfully, even if it was ultimately left incomplete.
2011 took care of the story up to the end of the Greed Island Arc in 75 episodes. The pacing was increased a lot in this version, so much that some episodes in the Yorknew Arc and Greed Island Arc adapted as much as 4-5 chapters. That is a lot, considering that your average Shounen adapts approx. 2 chapters per episode. While some might say that the pace became too fast, I'd disagree, as the faster pace helps you a lot in paying attention to the show, as you won't get bored as easily. Sure, the slower pace of 1999 may help in a lot of tension scenes, but the faster pace still manages to keep the tension intact. Madhouse also removed and/or rearranged a lot of scenes, which gives this version a more "fresh" feeling, for both the Manga and 1999 viewers.
However one thing they both share in common is the Yorknew Arc, which is undoubtedly one of the best Shounen Arcs ever in both adaptations, even if it's primary focus is not on our main protagonist, Gon, but instead on Kurapika.
So which one's the winner? I would guess it should be pretty obvious; the faster pace of 2011 helps this adaptation a lot, as the show in overall is more exciting to watch.
And besides that, since 2011 is also adapting at least the Chimera Ant Arc, it already has more value to it, but I won't count that, since this comparison is only based on up until the end of the Greed Island Arc. So no handicap here!
Character: The characters of Hunter x Hunter is definitely the highlight of the entire show. All of them develop really nicely throughout the show (except Leorio, who just can't seem to catch a brake) and/or are defined by their characteristics very well. Gon is an enthusiastic but selfish kid, Killua is an assassin trying to change, Kurapika is an avenger who is after a certain group of thieves and murderers, and Leorio is... Well, Leorio. And of course we can't exclude our favorite perverse clown, Hisoka. What a lovable nutcase he is. Now, as for the shows themselves...
Due to 1999's added filler, we get a bit more insight on our characters and their motives. That, added with the slow pace lets the Anime take much more time in developing our characters, and make us more attached to them. So yes, a negative can result in a positive. 2011 takes a more direct approach and focuses more on the action of our characters rather than the motives. It doesn't exclude the motives in any way, but it's definitely not as thoroughly represented as it is in the 1999 version. This can however be a plus, as action speaks louder than words in this show, which has been proven time and time again. If you want to prove your worth to someone here, show them spunk, not intellect. At least, that's how it's seen through the eyes of most of the villains.
Speaking of the villains, they are far from your typical one, or even two-dimensional villain. These guys have clear motives and aren't afraid to show their emotions if necessary, and they will stick up for their comrades.
But which one wins? I'm going to have to with the 1999 version. The added scenes and the slower pace manages to grasp you into the characters and their feelings much better. That isn't to say that 2011 is poor at doing that, which it clearly isn't, it's just not doing as well of a job at doing it.
Value: Since I'm watched both 1999 and 2011 you should know that both shows together have a really nice value. If you enjoyed 1999, you're gonna enjoy 2011, and vice versa. No matter what version you're going for at first, you're definitely going to want to watch the other version after you're done with the first version, that is if you enjoyed the first version you went for, of course. But which one is really the better one in the value department? Well... None of them. Or rather, both. 2011 definitely has the better pacing and presentation in its story and art, but 1999 has the better character development and characterization, along with soundtrack. So it's pretty much a tie here.
Though 2011 would've won this round since it's adapting even more of the Manga than 1999, but the same reason I gave at the end of the story section applies here as well.
Enjoyment: Now then, which version is the most entertaining show to watch? Remember, just because something is more entertaining doesn't mean that it's necessarily better. For starters, the 1999 show definitely had a more enjoyable Yorknew Arc, due to its tone and artstyle. The slower pacing also let the psychological factors become more clear. However, the pacing goes from okay to bad when the show reaches the OVAs, especially the Greed Island OVAs. This is a problem the 2011 version never succumbs to during its first 75 episodes. It manages to keep the tension and psychology even when it's going really fast.
The winner has to be 2011. Despite not as good representation of the characters, the amazing art and animation during fights, the much faster pacing and so much more makes it far more enjoyable to watch.
Winner of each department
Art & Animation - 2011
Sound - 1999
Story - 2011
Character - 1999
Value - 1999 & 2011
Enjoyment - 2011
1999 - 3/6
2011 - 4/6
The winner is 2011!
Closing comments: Hunter x Hunter, no matter if it's the 1999 version or the 2011 version, is one of the finest Shounens you can watch, due to the more mature feeling and its "almost deconstruction" approach of the Shounen genre.
You like action? You like adventure? You like to watch an anime that is both entertaining and addicting? Then look no further because here is Hunter x Hunter! One of the best action/adventure shows I have ever seen! I look forward to every week as I get to see yet another fantastic episode everytime, and you will too (hopefully)! So thanks for reading this comparison/preview and good-day!
For comparison on the pace, here is a list of how many episodes every Arc took in both adaptations, to give you a clear perspective on the difference in pacing.
Hunter Exam Arc: 01-31 (31 episodes)
Zoldyck Family Arc: 32-36 (5 episodes)
Heavens Arena Arc: 37-44 (8 episodes)
Yorknew City Arc: 45-70 (26 episodes)
Greed Island Arc: 71-92 (22 episodes)
Hunter Exam Arc: 01-21 (21 episodes, 20 excluding the recap episode - #13)
Zoldyck Family Arc: 22-26 (5 episodes, 4 excluding the recap episode - #26)
Heavens Arena Arc: 27-36 (10 episodes)
Yorknew City Arc: 37-58 (22 episodes)
Greed Island Arc: 59-75 (17 episodes) read more
Dec 31, 2013
In most cases, the word “shounen” is associated with something unpleasant and unwanted. Hunter x Hunter, however, will prove you, that sometimes there are cases when shounen can be pretty enjoyable. This anime will offer you reach adventure , amazing action scenes, interesting assortment of characters and it will make you think, interpreting your own understanding of things which are happening in the world of Hunter x Hunter.
Without a doubt, at first glance this anime might look as typical shounen, however, the more series you see the more you will like this show. Another thing that I really like about this anime is its cast. The characters are engaging, they all have a so-called micro world, their own ideas and dreams. There are anime which have really cool characters. But they lack uniqueness, yes, I mean Naruto and Fairy Tail. I wish all characters in anime were like in Hunter x Hunter.
As for the story, Hunter x Hunter tells us a story about Gon, naive and stubborn 11 y.o. protagonist of the anime. Gon enters the hunter exam in hopes to become a hunter and to find his dad who is a hunter himself. Once Gon passes his exam, Gon meets new hardships and obstacles along his way.
I admit that this show is not that pretty to look at. When I first saw character design, especially Gon’s character design he reminded me Goku from DB. That fact kinda disturbed me. Thanks god I disregarded my prejudice. This anime is just something amazing.
The animation is certainly nothing to be enthusiastic about. What I really like about this show is character design. All characters look unique and remarkable. They do look weird, but you will sure get used to it and even will like it.
The OST as well as OP and ED themes are very pleasant to listen to. They always seem to fit the arc.
As for voice actors, I watched this Anime entirely in Japanese with English Subtitles. Amazing voice actors, every single one of them.
Character development in Hunter x Hunter separates this anime from the others shounen. The main characters are Gon, Killua, Kurapica and Leorio. They are all interesting and unique. But, I must say that at the end of the anime I started loving anti-heroes. Hunter x Hunter has the best villains I have ever seen in my life. As for the protagonists…
Gon is a typical positive hero. He is strong and determined to achieve what he wants. It is important to mention, that Gon’s development will make you like him. At first he looks like simpleton Naruto, but as the show develops he looks more and more interesting and deep,
Killua is the most entertaining character in this anime. But what makes him special? Killua is special because he fights against himself. And this fight is definitely amazing.
Leorio is a man who has his inner demons. However, his fight against himself isn’t that spectacular, but I must say that he does deserve your attention.
Hisoka - Ahh...Hisoka. What can I say about him? He is the best villain I have ever seen. He is intelligent, has really interesting development. You will sure like him.
Secondary characters are not that good developed. I really wanted to see more. However, I must say that Phantom Troupe* is an exception.
As for enjoyment factor, this anime became my top shounen series. I like everything about this show, and by everything I mean everything.
The action never stops, the characters are deep and interesting and the plot succeeds to be really great.
This anime deserves your attention. Even if you don’t like shounen, give this anime a try. My friend recommended me hunter long time ago. Being not a big fan of shounen, I thought “meh… another Naruto copy.” Thanks god I was wrong, this anime is great! 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.
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
Aug 16, 2013
Classics within the demographic suffer from another core problem; while an excellent portion of the classic shonen demographic are truly fantastic series within their own right, the demographic suffers from those classics not holding up in the current time among modern yet experienced anime fans.
Why is all of the above relevant?
With all these conditions in mind, here I am, giving my first 10 to the 2011 version of Hunter X Hunter.
Why you ask? Because Hunter X Hunter is an example of a classic shonen that does much more right than wrong, and withstands the test of time to this day as a classic example of how purely amazing a shonen can be.
Anyway, onto my review:
Oh God, where do I start?
Hunter X Hunter is one of the most carefully written, if not the most carefully written shonen to date. The story-line is fast-paced at the beginning, but slowly gains this careful pacing that most shonen series, in particular long-running ones, lack. The fights are carefully written from start to finish, and the way the protagonists or their opponents manage to defeat each other never feels poorly explained with deus ex machina moments in between, unlike more recent shonen classics which are filled to the brim with these kind of moments that anger non-shonen enthusiasts. If you think the series will explain it's concepts in long, drawn-out dialogue, you're wrong again. The dialogue in this series is full of wit and tries to explain the various concepts and themes it presents bit by bit rather than explain things all at once.
The artwork for Hunter X Hunter is nothing like other series we've seen. Despite being rather old, Hunter X Hunter's art looks very different and pleasing to the eyes, with characters, their costumes and the world they're in being drawn with such vivid detail that most shonen can only dream of having. The fight scenes are very very well animation, and studio MADHOUSE seem to have taken it upon themselves to give this series an excellent budget, as the animation looks absolutely gorgeous, with very few still frames and bringing the series to life with some very detailed backgrounds.
The OST is very well composed, though not on the same level as the previous version of Hunter X Hunter. The calm, soothing soundtrack of the previous version is replaced with a more hardcore rock soundtrack. While not as good, the OST is nevertheless very well executed, and perfectly fits the tone of the series. The OST never feels out of place, and the right tracks are played at the right time.
Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for the opening and the various endings of the series, which are more hit and miss more than anything else.
Don't get me wrong, they're still very pleasant to listen to, it's just that some of the endings don't fit the tone of the arc shown at the time. The opening, while great, hasn't changed so far, which leads one to wonder whether they're actually planning on keeping this opening all the way to the end. Not like I mind, mind you, just that I think we can do with a bit more variety.
The voice-acting is the shining aspect of the sound aspect, as the voice actors have done a fantastic job bringing their characters to life. None of the voice acting or roles assigned feel out of place, and while this series may be over the top in it's acting sometimes, it's still bloody fantastic.
Nevertheless, this series still receives a well above average score for sound.
The characters at the beginning fit into their generic archetypes, but later those archetypes are deconstructed and reconstructed in what slowly but surely becomes a fascinating character study of morals. The series isn't afraid of taking risks, and goes into boundaries that most shonen don't dare approach. The characters develop because of the plot, yet the development doesn't feel forced or unnecessary and the characters are still independent enough to feel that they don't develop because the plot dictates it.
And most importantly, try not to judge this series' characters based on their appearances. An important theme of this series is breaking stereotypes about other people's appearances, and this series utilizes that theme to maximum effect, so be prepared to be surprised by some of the characters you meet. So yeah, no complaints whatsoever here.
The series is adrenaline pumping but has it's character-driven moments, amusing at times and dark at others, and has wit in it's dialogue that the shonen demographic desperately needs at a time like this in the state that it's become. I cannot recommend this highly enough.
Overall, I grant this series a 10 out of 10, because it's just that good.
Thanks for reading! Feedback would be greatly appreciated! read more
May 4, 2013
First of all I'm gonna compare it with other shounens, the reason I like this a lot more or why I rate it higher than other shounens is mainly because there's less bullshit. By bullshit I mean the MCs (main characters) always winning no matter what kind of situation they are put in. If you watch other shounens you should understand what I mean by that. If you hate the fact that the MCs always win without reason then this might be a show that you should give a try, obviously the MCs in this do also win battles and other situations but it's made believable and it doesn't make you think "well that's just bullshit".
^ Now that's my main reason for why I love this show a lot more than most other shounens. For the rest of this review I'm just going to list some other good things about the show.
- No fillers (yet).
- The fights are enjoyable, well animated and can be thrilling at times.
- The special abilities are interesting and cool.
- Good characters, not only the protagonists but also the antagonists are made very likable and enjoyable to watch too.
- The MC isn't super strong and unbeatable. Some people might not like this but for me it's something that sets it aside from other top shounens and makes this show special.
- Although the plot doesn't sound like anything special or interesting (Gon searching for his father), the adventure that Gon goes through while looking for his dad is really good. Also there are arcs where the story focuses on other MCs and deals with their problems which are also really good to watch (arguably the best arc of the show at the moment is an arc that focuses on someone other than Gon).
There's definitely other good things about the show as well as a few bad stuff (probably) but nothing springs to my mind at the moment so i'll leave the review as it is.
I'm not very good with reviews and you can probably tell, so I just hope this might be useful for some people who don't like reading a long review. read more
Jun 24, 2012
Ah, where to begin? Well I guess I should begin by mentioning that I have seen all of the original anime except for the last two episodes of the final OVA (I couldn't bear to see it end!), read some of the manga, and have watched and will continue to watch each and every episode of the this anime adaptation...except maybe those darn recap episodes...
Anyway, this is a GREAT anime to get into when you've reached the point of "every anime nowdays feels stale and contains nothing but fanservice."
In my opinion, Hunter x Hunter (2011) sets itself apart because it presents itself in classic shounen fashion rather than trying to be "different", "edgy", and "daring."
Compared to many current anime shows out there, Hunter x Hunter's opening sequence of mystical lands and treasures coupled with the opening song Departure! is rather plain in comparison. However, it gives off a huge amount of charm (in my opinion) because it holds the power of nostalgia. First time I saw the opening, I was pleasantly surprised because I felt like a kid again, waking up at 8 AM just to catch my favorite show.
However, its important to note that Hunter x Hunter is NOT a kids show despite the opening, the bright colors, the adventurous music, etc. This show actually has a darker nature and deals with mature themes that are at odds with its cheery appearance. Hunter x Hunter is largely based in psychology as a result.
Also, despite its shounen premise, there are only a few fights that deal with pure fighting. Many of the fights occur in the minds of the characters, (though this isn't the focus of the series at all) and even if there is a fight going on, it is largely based on strategy and intelligence rather than pure physical strength and ability.
...And guess what? I still have MORE to talk about!!
If anything else won't get you hooked onto this series, the characters definitely will. In the end, its the characters of Hunter x Hunter that drives the series forward and not the plot. (Honestly, reread the plot synopsis. It's simple and unimpressive, considering how many other stories do it...)
The characters and their interactions with each other are unique, even though you've seen these characters many times before: The simplistic hero, the cool and intelligent rival/friend, the pretty boy who is more than a pretty face, and the buffoon. These pretty much describe the four main heroes: Gon, Killua, Kurapika, and Leorio.
However, they all manage to move beyond their stereotypes because their actions and reactions depend on their morals. And the morals which all the characters, except for Leorio, hold in high regard are gray in nature. As a matter of fact, if there is something they want to accompish, Gon, Killua, and Kurapika will do whatever is in THEIR best interest in order to accomplish that goal.
All in all, Hunter x Hunter (2011) is a solid show with facinating characters and situations at every turn. Overall 10
Story: (10)- Decievingly simple. More than what meets the eye.
Art: (10)- Clean and crisp. Beautifull backgrounds. Consistent animation quality. Unique character desgins. (Designs are closer to manga style than previous adaptation)
Sound: (9)- Soundtrack features many different instruments and styles that sound fantastic on their own but feels misused or overused at times. Voice actors are very suitable for characters.
Characters: (9)- Main cast is well-rounded but side characters feel one-demensional.
Enjoyment: (10)- I LOVE THIS SERIES IN ANY SHAPE OR FORM CAUSE ITS HUNTER X HUNTER BABY!
Other things to consider:
- The faithfulness of this adaptation to the manga is about 90%. There is a minimal amount of filler added in to compliment the manga material. However, this adaptation cut out what motivated Gon to find his father in the first place.
- Violence is there but not nearly as much gore and violence found in the manga.
-No romance or annoying female characters. Each female serves a purpose and is cool in their own way.
- Hisoka. If you are scared of pedophiles or serial killer clowns, beware of Hisoka cause he's all that. (And more...)
- Gon and Killua's friendship is one of the cutest friendships I have ever seen. A definite highlight (*cough* that easily replaces romance *cough*)
-I know this was a very long review but I did this in hopes that you could understand not only why I love this series so much, but why you should start watching this series right now. Thanks for reading this far! You are awesome!!
May 11, 2013
Story: Finishing the Phantom Troupe arc (ep58), I feel as I have watched enough to criticize the anime. For a shonen, this anime's story gets pretty deep, it's actually enjoyable and it isn't riddled with nonsense super powers or melodrama that every shonen has. EVERYTHING is explained and it makes sense 9/10
Art: Art is great, nothing super-extraordinary but the action sequences are to die for, and animation quality is super consistent. 9/10
Sound: The opening and endings are awesome, the ost's good too. 10/10
Characters: This is where the anime really shines. Every character is 3 dimensional, you could never anticipate completely what a character would do because you're not always given that characters subjective viewpoint all the times. There are instances where every character decides on different actions, and this is due to their conflicting characters, but friendship usually overcomes this.
tl:dr FULL OF CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT
For those itching for a shonen anime, watch this one. You will NOT regret it. on a side note, those complaining it's too light hearted in comparison to the original need to reconsider their lives, seriously. Those giving this bad ratings troll saying the 99' is better haven't seen past the first 4 fucking episodes. Their opinions are INVALID.
Overall 9.5/10 read more
Mar 4, 2014
I won't bother you with the storyline bc that doesn't really say much about what each arc really entails. Suffice to say that the setting is both vastly original and well thought out. Hunters are very different than anything you've seen before, and the powers are both uinique and all over the place (in the best way possible). For a story where the main leads are little boys the story has a lot more depth and maturity than many other shounen with older MCs. Each arc is done thoughtfully and with great attention to continuity of detail. The arcs flow together seamlessly without having the feel of "Big bad of the week" or a tournament style of "beat the bad guys in ascending strength order". Yeah the Mangaka takes an absurd amount of time off while HxH has been out, but it feels like he has planned where these storylines would go from start to finish before writing the first chapter or each arc. The current arc will blow you away.
Sure there's probably anime with better overall animation quality, but not any that is as long running as HxH. I'm constantly amazed at the quality of animation in a show this long running. Though really that means little to my overall scoring when compared to story/character development and things like that.
This one I don't care about at all tbh. I don't watch OP/ED 100+ times nor will I ever do that so I forfeit the right to post my opinion about stuff like this. The in anime music fits the scenes well enough though, and I doubt anyone would find any issue with this aspect of the show.
The 2 MC and their friendship is one of the deepest (if not the deepest) and most rewarding in any shounen. They are handled ith such care, and you truly see them (and their friendship) develop throughout the series. Even more impressive is the care that goes into all of the middle/small side characters in the show. The extended group of the MC's friends are equally deep and would make excellent MCs in their own right. But what truly sets HxH apart from other shows is the side characters. Even the ones with small screen time or who just appear in an arc or two are well written and display great depth and likability. The Villains aren't always all bad, and in many cases are extremely likable (even when they are actually bad people).
The updated 2011 version of HxH is streamlined to remove all unnecessary parts of the story. Fast paced for such a long anime, and easily could be at episode 600+ like one piece and Naruto even though the story has progressed about the same distance as the big 3. No filler eps, no filler mins, and no time wasted to stretch out the storyline or sell more manga/BD. I really find it hard to believe any fan of anime could dislike this show, even those who aren't fans of long running battle shounen. Give it a try it doesn't take more than an ep or two to get into the story. read more
Jul 16, 2013
Epicness? You already sensed it right! Hell yeah! This anime redefines the meaning of epicness!!
I still cant understand how a masterpiece anime like this doesnt have much hype.
Now let me tell you, one by one.
STORY - 10/10
outstanding! I wont give any spoilers. But, the story is truely a masterpiece! There is hunter exam arc, yorknew arc, greed island arc. . . . . . Epic win!
Art - 10/10
Colourful & toned down to dark when necessary. Oh man, the art is actually a plus point.
Sound - 10/10
starts kinda avarage in this in first few episodes, but with every episode it just gets better with every episode!! The music & sound effects are spectacular!
Character - 10/10
as a shonen, the characters starts on average note. But as series goes on, with every character's background, i'm sure you'll like atleast one character as all time favorite!
The innocense of gon, cool guy kilua, darker kurapika and one of antique - Hisoka!
Enjoyment - 10/10
seriously, every episode makes you sit tight on your chair, with all the excitement, you just cant get enough pal!!
Overall - 10/10
highly recommended. It surely does not disappoint. Everything is just perfect!
Whole purpose of this review - i feel it's kinda under rated. Worth a try and i never found a guy who said, " i watched hxh and i didnt like it ".
So i say, " hxh 2011?? Watch it. Feel it." read more
Mar 3, 2014
One of the main strong points of this series is its amazing story, I don't want to say any spoilers so what I will say is each arc is this series is extremely well done and fantastic, the difference is the first arc and current arc make you feel as if you are growing up with the characters, as you see there power grow and themselves grow is one of the main strongholds of the series.
Like I said earlier about the art style, looking at the front cover on its myanimelist page makes it sees as if this series is made for children but this series can get dark with blood and violence that is much better than all the other trash you see in other shounen, don't let the art style stop you from watching this series, though at some points the art style does fall a little but not enough to look drastically different but al the battle scenes are like eye candy.
The initial sound in Hunter x Hunter is better than most other long running series, all the characters sound like you think they would and the music is extremely well done, especially the endings which is some of the best of the decade.
Most of the series characters have have backgrounds that could bring a tear to your eye, and Hunter x Hunter does something that most other shounen don't and thats the fact that the main character can't steam roll over everything in his way, and theres people in the world who;s power could scare the viewer.
I extremely enjoyed Hunter x Hunter, its a series that can excite you with every episode, especially the chimera ant arc that seems like God himself created it.
Hunter x Hunter is a pure masterpiece, simple and clean there is no other shounen that compares to this one (the closest would be Fairy Tail) forget naruto and one piece, Hunter x Hunter is the series that you should be paying attention to, currently the series is available on Crunchyroll, and as the series is still airing I would suggest watching it there, Crunchyroll offers quality from SD to 1080p and if your internet is up of it, I highly recommend watching it in 1080p. read more
Oct 8, 2013
Togashi Yoshihiro is a very talented mangaka who managed to create a world of great imagination where he can take you from dark realistic settings to a virtual reality cheerful world.The story progresses in arc format with each arc being connected nicely together, of course there is the main story where the protagonist a small boy named Gon embarks on a journey to search for his father a "Hunter" where lots of difficult challenges and adventures awaits him.Apart for the first few episodes the pace was really good and I never got bored but it still was 10 times better then the old version where the beginning was slow and kind of awful.In the first arc you get to know the world of HxH and it's protagonists, it may take for a while to draw you in so stick with it because it will get epic.
What sets it apart from any other anime at least of this genre if not all anime it's the disruption of a linear plot progress.Plot twists in some episodes are just insane.At some points I literally was in shock and kept thinking about what happened for many days or weeks after the episode. You will never expect for some things to happen.I found the complexity and simplicity of the story in perfect equivalence, it's simple in it's general view but individual elements can be quite complex(eg. a system of a country, fighting system, analytical thinking of an antagonist etc). In short it was an intelligent story with perfect mix of mystery,tension,comedy,drama and action. Don't make the mistake I did when I labeled it as childish when i had seen only 10 episodes, give it a try and you will discover a mature and deep story with the psychological factor being present all over the place.
Story:9/10 (I would rate it a 10 but I can't because of the weak beginning).
Animation is amazing in this series, the best of the best.And as it progresses it gets even better especially in the fight scenes where the effects are awesome and enhance the experience.The bright colors is one of the major factors that made me personally like 1999 version better, because dark colors used in the old one created a dark atmosphere which suited better for this anime(it felt more epic and created more tension). That doesn't mean I hate the new version though.The designs of each character are unique and suits their personalities quite well which as an effect makes them memorable (one antagonist became one of my favorite antagonist ever!!!).
There was only one thing I hated about the sound and that was the opening song(I always skipped it), the end song though was quite enjoyable. As for the soundtracks I can say they were epic especially in moments of tension or mystery. I didn't quite like the happy go lucky background soundtrack but that was only at the beginning, I actually appreciated it more cause it made the moments of tension feel 10 times more epic!!! Voice actors are all good except for the one of Kurapica who's voice I didn't like but I may be influenced by the old version. The voices for the 2 main protagonists are especially well picked up.Although I prefer the 99 version sound and voices better I will stay objective and rate the sound a 9.
As you could see on my profile most of my favorite characters are from this show and as you can guess characters in this show are amazing, there is no one who is underdeveloped or one dimensional. Lots of hours has been spent in developing each of them making them unique and memorable in their own skin, some will be mysterious and threatening like no other you've seen ,some others intelligent and patient another might be compassionate and vulnerable. What is truly amazing though as I mentioned before is the presence of the psychological factor. Which means that no one will act always the same in different situations just to follow their stereotype as the situation changes.What I mean is that your expectations for some characters being one thing will be diminished into being the complete opposite. That's why the plot twists are amazing and logically and emotionally feel correct.
Hunter x Hunter 2011 is the best anime of any other at this genre I've seen.It blends together and balances exceptionally well themes like drama, mystery, comedy and action.I enjoyed this series so much that I am actually thinking about rewatching the old version first and at some point the 2011 again. I hope you will give it a try because I honestly believe you will enjoy it very much.I recommend this series to everyone and it doesn't matter what genres you like more just trust me and give this series a go but stick with it cause it kinda slow at the beginning.
Nov 10, 2013
Hunter x Hunter is a remake of the 1999 series with the same name (minus the 2011 part) that follows the manga page by page without adding any filler and going even further in the story. Straight from the beginning we are introduced to our main character and its goal, Gon.
A cheerful, determined, optimistic yet down-to-earth boy. His voice actor manages to bring out exactly this aspect of our protagonist while giving him a much more serious vibe, through his psychotic, enraged moments, that every three-dimensional, realistic character would have in the life he chose.
The first arc starts off by the so-called Hunter Exams. A nicely executed arc that introduces you to the world of 'Hunters' in a subtle manner, while Gon manages, even within the trials to create bonds, that will follow him through his entire journey. Most notable being that of him with Killua. A talented, charismatic young boy, with a dark past, at the age of 12 (The characters, actually age here, by the way, they're both 14 now.) who comes from a famous family of Assassins, The Zoldycks. Another interesting character is that of Kurapika, a boy that despite what he has gone through, manages to stay realistic, and doesn't make himself look like an one-dimensional boring character whose only goal is to avenge. He's supportive, helpful, and his voice actor, despite being my one and only favourite, Sawashiro Miyuki, doesn't truly fit him. She manages to lash out his feelings and aura correctly, but she sounds a bit more girl-ish. However, she has an incredible talent, so you get used to her easily.
And last but not least, there is Leorio, the less interesting guy from the group. While he's definitely entertaining and has a purpose, there is really nothing outstanding about him that will make you go 'WOW.' during his screentime. He is the more humane character from the bunch and his voice actor is amazing.
The antagonists are a sight to behold. First and foremost, there is Hisoka. He is powerful, complex, not one of those - I will destroy the world - type of idiotic villains, and stays mysterious throughout. Keep in mind that the unknown is always the one most feared.
Through Kurapika, in a way you'll find out while watching, we meet the 'Phantom Troupe' an organisation made up of 13 badasses, with well-rounded personallities that you sympathize with even at their most brutal moments. Their leader is written in a way so that he seems 'distant' and 'superior' which just screams quality by itself. He has some of the best moments in the show.
The soundtracks for HxH, in short, are bloody amazing. While the opening song stays the same throughout the entire series and its not really something I would play all the time on my iPod, The ending songs as well as some of the OSTs are all quite nice to listen to even by themselves, and the direction for some scenes using those makes it a LOT more enjoyable. Some of them are not really memorable and definitely not on the levels of Hiroyuki Sawano or Yuki Kajiura, but they do their job incredibly well and do not take back from the quality of the show itself, after all they're icing on the cake just like the artwork, and this show is a goddamn tasty cake at that, even without them.
Speaking of the artwork, its quite aged. Even though as the series progresses the animation quality and the drawings become a LOT better (unlike many series), they still aren't the most attractive thing in the world. In another sense though, they do fit to the traits of each character we are introduced to and that's what makes it above average.
By the time I write this review there are 103 episodes aired. Depending on the ending of the series the score might drop or rise. Togashi is definitely being lazy with his manga and new material is nowhere to be seen. However, for what it is now, Hunter x Hunter, is one of the greatest shounen anime to come out in early years. Its thrilling, it leaves you asking for more, it's strategic and doesn't focus on nakama powerups, its intelligent, with very minor plotholes throughout and never fails to amaze the hell out of its audience.
Give it a try.
Story - 8/10 (Very good arcs, it starts off cliche'd and will put off a few.)
Art - 6/10 (Above average because of its ability to fit on every single character, yet so oldschool and shounen-ish.)
Animation - 9/10 (Incredible, gets better throughout. Consistent.)
Sound - 8/10 (Some memorable soundtracks, repetition in the opening, some soundtracks are not to listen to.)
Characters - 9/10 (Those present in each arc are incredible, however, older ones are forgotten like it was nothing.)
Enjoyment - 10/10 (Always want more; sadness, thrill, cheerfulness, satisfaction, all together.)
Overall: 9/10, for now.
Jun 4, 2013
Story: I'll spare you the summary and cut right to the chase. The story is very character-based and fast-paced. Judging from some of the other reviews I've read, it sticks pretty closely to the original manga story. It is true that there are practically no fillers! The story moves very quickly, one arc after another. One thing I would like to point out though - the different mood/tone between each arc is very obvious. Perhaps I am just rather picky like this, but it has been bothering me quite a bit. The story moves from an exciting, bright Greed Island game arc to a dark, intense Chimera Ant arc without any sort of transition or warning. The characters are literally going from one setting immediately to another - there is a lack of consistency. As negative as this sounds, I guarantee that the overall story itself is thrilling and very engaging. 9/10
Art: The art design itself is definitely of an earlier time, but the animation is very professionally done and modern. The fight scenes are amazingly detailed and swift. Backgrounds are drawn very thoroughly and one setting is just as beautiful as the next. The flow of the animation is great - just imagine all your favorite old school shows in HD and modern, quality animation. A+. 10/10
Sound: Not a huge defining part of the show itself, but the music generally fits the scenes. They've used the same opening song in three different versions now, but the animation has been different. The ending songs are fitting and catchy. 8/10
Character: Finally, the main component! All the main characters are unique and each serve a different purpose - they work great together even though they all have very strong personalities. Gon is your typical main character - strong-willed, childish, stubborn, yet also ridiculously simple, open, and immensely adorable. His bluntness is priceless. Despite being so simple-minded, he is bright, tough, and a very quick learner. People can't help but be drawn to his massive personality. Killua, my personal favorite character, is both similar and different. His history as an assassin haunts him, but he finds in Gon the free and loving lifestyle he wants to live. Killua is observant, analytical, and an extremely talented fighter. He gets embarrassed when people praise him and he treasures his friendship with Gon very, very, very much, although he seldom expresses it. He is the most loyal friend and trustworthy character. Much of the show is Gon and Killua traveling and fighting together. Leorio and Kurapika, on the other hand, were main characters in the beginning, but have since faded away from the focus. I have not read the manga, so I don't know if the four of them are going to kick ass together later, but that seems to be the case. Leorio is an aspiring doctor and also the "dumb" one of the group, if I may. He is hopelessly dense but provides the audience with hilarious and endearing moments. Kurapika is initially like the mother of the group, haha. But he later becomes a much darker and revenge-driven character, although his love for his friends never die. The characters in this show are highly developed and personable. The entire series revolves around its characterization. 10/10
Enjoyment: I often find myself pulling all-nighters watching HxH. Now that I've finally caught up to the most recent episode, I'm dying for the next release. Too bad it's not in another week. You might want to consider taking it slowly at first so as to let more episodes come out before ~really~ getting immersed - because you won't be able to back out! 9/10
Overall: Fantastic! read more