Synonyms: HxH (2011)
Japanese: HUNTERxHUNTER (2011)
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 2, 2011 to Sep 24, 2014
Duration: 23 min. per episode
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)L represents licensing company
Score: 9.151 (scored by 88510 users)
1 indicates a weighted score
2 based on the top anime page.
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Oct 2, 2014
HxH is about a young boy named Gon who embarks on a journey to find his father. After learning that his father left him at a young age to become a Hunter, Gon decides to follow in his footsteps not only to find him, but also to see what was so special about the profession that made his father choose it over him. Although a story of finding one's father is simple, it is the path that is taken towards this end that makes the series truly special. HxH is made up of several arcs that are all extremely well-written, which brings me to the best part of the series, the writing. Hunter x Hunter (2011) boasts one of the finest writing in the world of shonen; the depth and flow of the story, enthralling characterizations, strong dialogue and impressive world-building are all crafted into a fascinating tale that can absorb viewers into lengthy marathons.
The amount of variety that is packed into HxH's story is also very impressive. HxH successfully dabbles in several genres in six story arcs tackling survival, fighting tournaments, crime thriller, virtual realities, war and politics. Not only that, the series is also able to undergo significant tonal shifts with ease (light to dark and vice versa). Sometimes, these shifts in tone occur after an arc ends though other times, it even occurs mid-arc. Another thing about HxH is that its arcs are connected with one another, with each arc naturally following the one before it. This creates a natural transition that highlights what the series really is, a journey. As for pacing and development, they are excellent. For the most part, HxH is very well paced. The series does a fantastic job at keeping its viewers engaged, time will fly by as you watch most episodes and you'll find yourself breezing through the show. Excluding two recap episodes, HxH has no filler episodes. Due to this, story progression is solid with the plot moving forward with each episode.
Although HxH initially gives off a light hearted impression, it gives off a good one. Not the kind of “light heartedness” that makes you say “this is childish and below me” but the kind that appeals to everyone. HxH gives off that classic and charming shonen vibe that has been lost in recent years, and it does so with its head held up high. Eventually though, the series takes a dark turn. Although most HxH story arcs are light hearted, both Yorknew and the Chimera Ant arc are two of the best and darkest arcs shonen has to offer. Yorknew can be described as a dark thriller in a big city. The central theme of the arc is revenge and it is similar to Death Note in terms of thrill and atmosphere. On the other hand, the Chimera Ants arc can be described as an attempt by the Hunters Association to control an outbreak of a dangerous man-eating species. It is the darkest and most thematically powerful arc in the series tackling themes such as identity, human nature and survival of the fittest. The arc has drawn comparisons to Yu Yu Hakusho’s Chapter Black for its seinen-like nature and is similar to Shingeki no Kyojin, where the protagonists experience a strong sense of despair in the face of a vastly superior, hostile species. The series undergoes major tonal shifts in both arcs with the color palette, music, atmosphere and amount of violence changing significantly.
However, what sets the series apart from other battle anime is its unorthodoxy and unpredictability. Shonen tropes and storytelling methods are undermined throughout the series. The main character for example, Gon, fails more than he succeeds. Power-ups based on emotion or willpower are non-existent and fighting in the series is radically different from other battle anime. The main protagonist is not the main focus of every arc either. At certain points in the series, you could even say that Gon has taken a supporting role, especially during the later portions of the CA arc where he isn't given as much focus due to the grand scope of the story. The standard battle anime formula of “lose-train-win” is also undermined. Although there is training, it does not always translate to a victory, nor does it propel the protagonists over or to the same level as their main adversaries in terms of strength. For the most part, the protagonists assume the underdog role. Although they have incredible potential, they are still kids who have a lot to learn. In terms of storytelling, unpredictable developments are commonplace. One thing that continues to amaze me with this show is how it leads viewers into thinking that the story will progress in this direction, only to change course and arrive at a completely different outcome. A good example of this would be the series' arcs which often end in an anti-climatic manner. Basically, there are a lot of scenes and story developments that you won’t see coming because they defy conventional shonen storytelling or are unpredictable in their own right.
The series' unorthodoxy can also be seen in its fights which are primarily cerebral. In addition to being well-executed, HxH fights are smart and involve a lot of strategy. Raw power is a factor but it is not the factor that decides battle outcomes, actual power (nen abilities), experience and strategy are all taken into account. If a main character is outclassed by an opponent in all or most categories, he is likely to lose. Moreover, main characters are not given any special treatment in combat. This smart approach to fighting is further enhanced by nen, a unique and complex power system held by defined rules. The concept of nen, its principles, aura types and many applications on the battlefield reveal the huge amount of thought that was put into it. I still remember having to pause episodes, even research a bit during its introduction, just to digest it in its entirety.
The appearance and writing of the series also create an effect of cognitive dissonance, the simplistic look of the show mentally conflicts with the brilliance and unorthodoxy of its writing. As new viewers delve deeper into HxH, they realize that there is much more to the show than its cover art and synopsis suggest. Expectations of the series being immature, simple or generic are progressively overturned as the show reveals its surprising underbelly.
As for sound, HxH has a line of great soundtracks that started off decent but got better as the series progressed. With the exception of a few minor characters, the voice acting in this series is excellent. As a person who has never seen the old series it’s hard to believe that these aren't the original voices because they fit extremely well, especially those of Gon, Killua and Hisoka whose voice actors do a perfect job of capturing their characters.
HxH also has great art and animation. It amazes me how a long-running series like HxH delivers consistent quality animation episode after episode, especially during the fights. The series does a great job of capturing facial expressions and everything from the lighting, shading and colors adjust perfectly depending on the mood of the scene or the tone of the arc. As one reviewer (nagaiyume) said, the bright colors of the show might need some getting used to, though it is usually fans of the old series who have this problem. Personally, I think it fits the show perfectly. It adds to the charm of the series by complementing its sense of adventure, uplifting atmosphere and unique appeal as a shonen that looks simple but is actually remarkably deep.
Although HxH’s primary strength lies in its writing, its characters come pretty damn close. HxH has a huge cast of characters. They have quirks, dreams, inner demons, world views and overall, really likable personalities. To top it off, most of them don’t follow generic character archetypes. Although some may initially come across as “generic”, these assumptions are gradually undermined as the series progresses.
If there's one thing I want to emphasize in the character department it would be the series main villains. When it comes to characters, this is where the show shines the brightest. HxH villains are extremely well-written (with the exception of the Bomber who won't apply to most of what I'll say below). Not only are their characterizations independently impressive, they are also distinct from one another; no two villains are the same. This distinctness does not only apply within the series but outside of it. You won't find another Hisoka, Chrollo or Ant King in any other anime. This is what makes HxH villains so compelling, in addition to having really impressive characterizations, they are also original. Although I excluded one out of the four main villains from most of what I wrote above, all HxH villains do have one thing in common. Each villain strikes fear into audience, the series does a good job of establishing the level of danger these characters bring to the story and our protagonists.
However, while HxH is a great series it isn't perfect. The series doesn't have a strong start, it takes three episodes for show to get going. I've seen a lot of people drop HxH early and it sucks because the first two episodes don't capture the series at all. Things start to get mildly interesting in the third episode, after that, the series just gets better and better. HxH also suffers from occasional BGM misuse. There are odd sound choices for some scenes. Sometimes they don’t really fit, other times they don’t fit it all. Lastly, the Chimera Ant arc also has minor issues with both Togashi and Madhouse to blame. Togashi’s fault lies in his writing during the middle of the CA arc which I think, pales in comparison to the rest of the series. HxH has made a name for itself for holding a consistent high level throughout its run; it’s a series that’s just so engaging and easy to marathon. However, I believe this consistency took a hit mid-CA arc (due to handling of the story and pacing) specifically, episodes 89-98. Don’t get me wrong though, I think there are a fair number of good episodes within that 9-episode stretch but unfortunately, they are surrounded by mediocre episodes that break the consistency of an otherwise exceptional arc. Madhouse’s fault lies in its adaption of the manga chapters comprising episodes 113 and 115, which were dragged out in order to have episode 116 handled by their best animation team. Episode 113 was actually well paced except for one atrocious sequence while episode 115 as a whole was generally poorly paced.
A clarification about the "slowed down pacing" of Chimera Ant arc:
If you’ve been reading up about HxH, you’ve probably seen some people complain about the “poor pacing” during the “narration heavy episodes” of the CA arc. Well if you’re wondering how much truth is there to this statement and were going to ask me about it, my answer would be it depends.
At episode 111, the palace invasion (climax of the CA arc) begins and narration begins to play a huge role in episodes in order to (1) pack a whole level of depth into the story and (2) increase dramatic tension. Rather than a high octane "action fest" people would expect from a shonen arc climax, the palace invasion takes a psychological heavy route wherein a character’s thoughts and mental state are given more focus than the actual action. This psychological focus together with the narration slows down the pace considerably in the sense that episodes begin to cover a lot less in narrative time. However, despite this “slowed down pace”, the pacing of these episodes remain solid with good amount of manga chapters being covered during each of these episodes and the duration of scenes being on point (except for episodes 113 and 115 which I mentioned earlier in this review).
In the end, it depends if the narration works on you or not. If you like the psychological approach and experience an increase in suspense then you’ll have no problems with the pacing and are in for one helluvah of a ride. However, if you don’t like the psychological approach and feel that the narrator’s heavy presence breaks your immersion then you’re in for a grueling experience. Of course, there are other combinations such as liking the psychological route but not feeling the immersion or maybe the narration just didn't work on you completely. Well, if this happens to be the case then you’ll end up with mixed feelings. On the bright side, most people who end up watching the invasion end up enjoying the narration. However, if you happen to be one of the good number of people who end up not liking the narration don’t worry, only episodes 111-118 of the palace invasion have heavy narration. After episode 118, the narration begins to decrease and episodes eventually reach a point where they are “back to normal”.
Heads up to people looking for action:
Although I love the fighting aspect of the series and consider it to be a strong plus, I’ll leave this out there for the sake of subjectivity. HxH does not cater to everyone. Although fights in the series are well-executed, they are also short (1-10 minutes) and happen less in comparison to other battle anime. Moreover, the focus on strategy in battles might be off putting to people who prefer fights with more brawn and less brain. If you're expecting an action heavy series like Yu Yu Hakusho then you will be disappointed. This is because HxH is a series that relies on its story to reel in viewers. Personally, I think this is how fighting in shonen should be done. Fighting should be able to entertain and also make you think. It shouldn't drag on for too long at the expense of the story without leaving you underwhelmed.
Hunter x Hunter (2011) is an intelligent battle anime with a fantastic story, excellent characters and fights that involve a lot of strategy. Separating it from most of its genre, the series subverts shonen tropes and boasts unpredictable plot progressions that make it truly unique.
Story: 10/10 (Outstanding)
Characters: 10/10 (Outstanding)
Art: 9/10 (Great)
Sound: 8/10 (Great but occasionally misused)
Enjoyment: 10/10 (Extremely high)
Overall: 10/10 (Masterpiece) read more
Sep 23, 2014
I don’t have words enough to describe what was this 148 episodes for me.
I'll not spend this review talking about the Synopsis, because It’s right here on MAL.
I need to tell you, why you must watch this masterpiece, and what it represents to me.
First of all I’m gonna talk about the final episode. I felt Joy, sadness, angry (Togashi hurry up with the manga! hahah), and of course, satisfaction. Satisfaction because I heard my friends (you NEED to watch it), because it wasn’t time wasted, because those 148 episodes, and the nights that I spent watching, were worth, really. Hunter x Hunter is a complex anime, a peculiar story, something that, certainly, will mix up with your feelings, with your thoughts, with your conception of a Shonen.
What do I mean? It’s not that simple. But I’ll try to clarify: Don’t think that you’re about to find predictable arcs. Don't think that the heroes gonna always beat the villains (In some parts of the story... nobody wins). Don’t think that training and good skills can ensure that you'll defeat an enemy, sometimes you'll need more than that. Behold what humans can be (and Togashi show us really well in Chimera Ant Arc). Behold what friendship can be, in all it’s complexity. You’re not gonna see in this anime that kind of Main Character that is AWESOME for no reason, no training. Togashi will make you understand the personality of the characters and their powers. Power, I mean, Nen or aura (vital energy), similar to what we see in other shonens like, Dragon Ball (Ki) or Naruto (Chakra). It's presented to us really well how the "Nen system" works. The explanations are long in some episodes, but simple to understand.
Talking now about the animation: Hunter x Hunter is breathtaking . Indeed, it can be said that Madhouse did an excellent job with the remake . I was amazed with what I saw in some episodes. I confess that many of them I've watched over and over again, just to observe the details of the animation, and not only what was happening in the story ( Episode 131 I’ve watched 4 times ). In the end , I'm grateful that Madhouse animated Hunter x Hunter from the beginning .
The characters.. oh they are unique, really. It's quite impressive how Togashi gave to them a variety of personalities. You'll not gonna enjoy only the four main characters (although many consider that the main are Gon and Killua, since the story focuses more on the two of them from a certain phase). Hunter x Hunter have a significant character development on the supporting ones too, and, of course in the villains (you'll love them, believe me). I don't have a favorite character in this show. It's impossible to choose one. Watch it and you'll experience what I'm saying.
You mean this show has nothing bad?
Yes it has.
1) The worst thing in this show is: It ended.
Okay, joking aside, I think is the worst part is the beginning. You have to watch 4 or 5 episodes to feel in the mood to still watching. Many people just gave up in the first episodes. I can ensure you, go on and watch it til the end.
Particularly I don’t like so much The Hunter Exam Arc, the first arc of the story. If you compare with the other arcs it’s really not the best one. I have in my heart this two arcs: Chimera Ant Arc and Yorknew city Arc.
The second thing many fans of the show complains a LOT, is the Opening song. Why? 148 episodes, different openings, but... THE SAME SONG. For me it wasn't a problem at all. I love the song, and... I think I watched the opening “one hundred and forty-eight” times and I sang it. Hahaha. But I really wanted to see a new song too.
The third thing is totally my personal opinion: the narrator. Your first contact with him will be in the begining of the early episodes. He will explain what is a Hunter.
The narration it's something that we don't see a lot in other animes. I like it, it's brilliant and I totally understand that this add gives the anime the suspense and it's particular style.
The advantage of having a narrator, in my opinion, is the ''observer factor''. Instead of exploring the point of view of all the characters, we have that peculiar element that seems to know everything and adds important information to the audience.
But, eventually, the narrator annoys me, specially in the Chimera ant Arc. I mean: we see what's going on, it's not necessary an explanation!
Of course that the ''narration effect'' will depend on the way you receive it. Sometimes will give that "slow motion" you'll need to absorb what's going on, but in a few episodes it's really overused.
In conclusion, I have to thank above all, you Togashi Yoshihiro. You're brilliant. You can make unique characters, outstanding plots. You still go on, and on, in successive hiatus in the manga, and everyone complains a lot (even me), but then what you show to us is so amazing that makes it worth waiting. Thank you for exist and for this awesome masterpiece.
For you that didn't watch it yet, do not be fooled by the first few episodes or with the synopsis. Both of them will give you the impression that you're about to see a generic shounen. Insist. This is a kind of anime that in each episode everything seems to evolve: the story, the setting, the characters. You will be hooked, unable to stop watching .
And then my friend, you will start to feel pain. Yes, pain, when you realize that you're at the 100º episode and there is only 48 episodes left.
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Dec 30, 2014
Now, I shall ACTUALLY explain....
Story (10/10): Gon Freecss is a 12 year old boy, and an aspiring hunter with a taste for adventure. Sound familiar, eh? His father, Ging, left the newborn Gon, without leaving many clues to where the father had ventured to. Sound even more familiar, eh? Well don't assume that this is like any other cliched storyline, because it's far from it. Throughout his journey, he gains the acquaintance of Leorio (an aspiring doctor), Kurapika (a special-eyed boy enveloped in a deep vengeance for the killers of his tribe), and soon enough Gon's closest friend, Killua (a member of the highest skilled assassin-family, showing the most potential). Throughout the group's journey, each of the character's story play an essential role in driving the plot forward, and oh how the plot thickens.
The story is constantly evolving and constantly moving, sparing no slack in pace. If you hate filler, you will love this show especially. It will constantly keep you hooked. If you've just started the series, keep watching I tell you, keep watching. It keeps getting better.
Art (10/10): Now I'm no art aficionado, but I can tell when too bright is too bright and too dark is too dark. All I can is that it's well balance and is pleasing to the eye. Now it's not seizure-inducing like NGNL, but it get's the job done in an enjoyable manner. The palette, uh, looks nice, and uh, stuff. Yeah. There's no "you're trying too hard" to be expected in the artistic representation of Hunter x Hunter. Edit: and once you get to the end of the Chimera Ant arc, I give you my solemn word: you will not be disappointed with the conglomeration of art and sound and the overall feeling. No spoilers.
*Sound (10/10): Now this is my FAVORITE part. Part of what makes a series whole is the great sounds that go on behind it. I absolutely adore the music that went on behind the story. It did what I find other series have a hard time perfecting. When intrigue is being produced, music that correctly suits the situation will be presented, and in turn your intrigue will be piqued. When you're on the edge of your seat biting your nails, music adds to that experience. I believe it sets a tone for the story, and does it in an extremely efficient way. However, the only fault is that the music does not fit perfectly sometimes, but it isn't enough to irritate someone. It still gets the job done, and helps steep one's mind into the story further. And possible the BEST part of the sound portion of HxH is the inclusion of Gustav Holst's "Jupiter" from "The Planets." It's a beautiful song and it's inclusion in the series legit made me shed a tear m8.
Characters (10/10): No stone is left unturned in the realm of character development. Every character has a specific motive driving them and the drive to accomplish it. There's an explanation for every character's purpose -- and then it develops farther and farther. Think of Gon, the main character, as the main line. As Gon progresses, new characters come into contact with him, creating an infrastructure of development, moving forward at the same pace as Gon. The development only expands around Gon at the same time as Gon ventures about.
Enjoyment (10/10): Need I explain my enjoyment further? The rating clearly declares my sentiment towards the series. The only thing that I DON'T enjoy is that the series is ending at only 148 episodes. That's right, only. By the time you go through the 145 episodes I've gone through, you'll feel how I feel to realize that there's only 148. 148 does not do this series justice. All I, as well as I'm sure anyone else who has ventured through the series thus far feels is that there should be more. and more. and more. and more. There's much more to be explored! Given, there are only 350 chapters (at the moment) of the manga, and the anime finishes quite close. My only hope, and I'm sure I speak for many others, is that the series picks up maybe even a year or 2 later, when there is more of the manga for the anime to run off of -- and not take 10 years to reboot and recontinue. All I can say is we want more, and more is an understatement.
TL;DR - Watch Hunter x Hunter (2011) past the first season, instantaneously become addicted, and see why this underrated series should be not underrated nor overrated, but rated with high regard. You will not be disappointed. Just watch it. 10/10.
PS. People who give this show less than a 9 eat children. read more
Sep 28, 2014
Hunter x Hunter 2011 is incredibly well appreciated within the myanimelist community, however it never managed to grow a fanbase as large as the ones from other popular Shounen Series like Fairy Tail, Naruto, Bleach... Maybe it's because the series is much younger and I sincerely hope that one time HxH will be as popular as Naruto, because it just deserves it so much. I’ve never seen a better Shounen Series, no a better Anime series before. Hunter x Hunter deserves every single praise it gets. It takes Shounen to a whole new level.
At first glance, I wasn’t too excited to watch Hunter x Hunter, in fact I even wanted to drop the Series after 3 episodes. Everything seemed like your stereotypical Shounen with an annoying protagonist in a scenario, where everything is happy throughout and the fights being overly predictable all the time. Oh, how wrong I was.
As I’ve already mentioned, the story of HxH looks like the one of every single Shounen and it seems, that it won’t offer new elements and topics. My thoughts were completely vanished before the tenth episode. Although the main idea of the young boy Gon trying to become Hunter and finding his father is very simple, the story gets incredibly deep and complex from time to time. The writing is spectacular throughout, the path’s taken by the main characters to achieve their goals are incredibly creative and unpredictable, every arc offers new topics and even new genres, which couldn’t be attached any better. In conclusion, HxH is the most marathonable Anime I’ve seen so far.
The fighting system “Nen” is very complex and offers near to a thousand different possibilities to fight. There are almost no emotion based Power-Ups in this Anime and if there are some most fights are decided by pure tactics, which makes the fights so interesting, at least for me.
The story is divided in many different story arcs, like almost every long running Shounen. As I’ve already mentioned, almost every arc sets up things differently. For example, the first arc “Hunter exam” and the “Greed Island” arc have much of an adventure feeling, while arc the fourth arc “Yorknew City” emphasizes much on thriller elements. Most of the arcs take a while to get things set up, for example the “Chimera Ant” arc takes a while to get things set up perfectly, to finish in the most epic way possible with the best use of the genre “Drama” I’ve ever experienced.
The pacing in Hunter x Hunter is very fast in general. Just compare the amount of chapters the Manga has in comparison to the amount of episodes. That means no fillers at all (if you don’t count the two summery episodes near the beginning), no stupid fanservice, just straight forward Story, which is perfect in my book.
The Animation is nearly perfect, that just shows how good Madhouse Animations are in general. The consistent Animation throughout this long Series seriously amazes me. Characters Design is top notch, backgrounds fit the scenery and atmosphere almost every time and facial expressions are done right. I don’t know what specifically is criticize able in this section.
Concerning the Sound, HxH offers a variety of different soundtracks, with true masterpieces in it. Soundtrack wise the Series offered nothing really memorable in the first episodes, but it got better and better when the story progressed, with scenes which couldn’t be accompanied with a certain soundtrack any better. The voice actors did a very good job overall, especially the ones of Gon and Hisoka, which just fit their character perfectly in every scene.
Besides the perfect writing, the second big strength of HxH are the characters and especially their development. Starting with the main character, Gon, his development is absolutely impressive in any way. In contrast to almost every other protagonist in a Shounen Series, Gon fails more than he succeeds and learns from his mistakes. The second main character, Killua, is written perfectly and his backgrounds, intensions etc. are very interesting. The other two members of the starting crew are Kurapika and Leorio, both having their own intentions, good development and understandable backgrounds as well.
However the biggest strength of HxH character wise are the antagonists. They’re written so perfectly and unique, you just can’t hate them. You won’t find another Hisoka, Kuroro or Meruem in another Anime, they’re just too unique and likeable.
Overall, I have to say I’m simply impressed by Hunter x Hunter in every regard, it’s definitely the best Anime I’ve seen so far and it won’t be easy to fill the void after the Series ended. If you look for a Shounen, which is outstanding in terms of writing, story progression, character development and uniqueness, you have to watch Hunter x Hunter. While it has some weaknesses and rather mediocre episodes from time to time, those little mistakes can easily be overlooked due to the overall extremely high quality of all the other ones.
Mar 2, 2015
Hunter x Hunter is something I didn’t expect to like at all. As you can see, it appears very generic. But to my surprise, it successfully deconstructs the Shonen Battle genre. It’s a once in a lifetime experience to see such an iconic demographic be torn to shreds and reassembled in a near perfect way.
You can read the basic premise on MAL, so I won’t explain it here. What I will explain is why you shouldn’t let the seemingly generic nature of it stop you from experiencing a thrill ride featuring the ability to trigger almost every human emotion. It takes the most unoriginal plot; a boy searching for his father, and turns it into something much, much more. There’s practically nothing you can’t find in this show. Its deep, it’s entertaining, and above all, it can emotionally effect better than most things these days, all while maintaining its Shonen tag.
Hunter x Hunter is comprised of seven individual story arcs, and every one of them flows into the next one so naturally you barely notice the change, yet they’re all still so diverse in theme and intention to where you could never confuse one arc for another. Like the title picture would suggest, they fit together like a puzzle, yet seemingly all different genres. But the most defining genre of Hunter x Hunter is adventure. After all, it is a journey about friendship, and it does run in Shonen Jump, the magazine where Naruto, Bleach, and Dragon Ball were and are published. Yet, it is so much more mature in every sense of the word than those three. It is Shonen done right, and nothing short of it. It will even bend the rules of a typical Jump title and cover extremely depressing and dark topics from time to time, and it never fails to influence when it does. (I remember portions of the manga “Bakuman” where the editors would constantly remind the artists that work under them, “This isn’t suitable for Jump,” for violence and such other gritty aspects. It just made me think of how Hunter x Hunter runs in Jump, yet is incredibly gory at times.)
And then that brings us to what a Shonen implies; Battles. Oh. Boy. The entire idea behind the battles is that the characters have to use a lot of observation and strategic thinking to win them. In this world, the magic behind the fights is done with an ability called Nen, where the user can manipulate the life energy (aura) surrounding themselves and use it for basically any purpose whatsoever. The system that explains the ups and down of Nen is so well thought out and creative that it allows there to be very, very many different ways one can fight, and Nen doesn’t even have to be used for combat. The anime devotes a lot of its time to actually training the characters to become stronger, and it doesn’t play around. You have to be tough to survive in this world; if you aren’t, you will most likely be picked off very quickly.
But this is just the beginning. In order for one to learn Nen, they must be a Hunter. The primary goal, the focal point of the anime, is to become, (and better yourself as) a Hunter. A Hunter applicant must pass a rigorous examination where they’re strength, endurance, experience and wisdom are all tested. If they are to pass, (and less than one in a hundred thousand do) they will become an elite member of humanity, given the right to search for magical beasts, hidden treasures, and even other people.
Being a Hunter is one of the most simple, yet original premises of rank and privilege there is. You can be a literal Hunter for anything, the sky is the limit.
That being said, however, the anime does indeed go through a bit of a rough patch; the beginning doesn’t really encompass the whole feel of the anime, and a bit more than halfway through it enters a very prominent arc in the series, but drags itself out quite a bit.
If there was one thing that is nearly impossible to get right in all of fiction, particularly a weekly boy’s magazine, it is the characters. But fear not; this is not the case. I can’t recall a time where I’ve seen characterization and character development done well in such a long span of time, and this is actually to date the longest anime I’ve ever seen. But that’s a good thing, because I don’t think it can be topped.
The main character, Gon Freecss, is a kindhearted young boy who grew up surrounded by nature. He can easily befriend all forms of life and is infinitely curious. He isn’t interested in judging anybody. He just wants to find his father, a world renowned Hunter. But underneath his playful exterior is a soul that will never give up: even if his life will surely end because of his actions. He will do whatever it takes, literally to the point of sacrificing his mortal body and driving himself to the point of insanity, to avenge or save a friend.
His partner in crime, Killua Zoldyck, is a once lethal assassin who grew up in a very abusive home. Being constantly exposed to electric shocks and other various pain inducing devices, he decides it would be for the better of him to give up killing others, and instead become a good person with his friend Gon. Killua’s character development, where we see him go from a hotheaded killer to a loving brother and self-sacrificial friend, was so amazingly written it leaves me speechless. He is my favorite character and for very good reason.
Kurapika, the third primary protagonist, is a quiet person who has an over the top hatred for the people responsible for killing his entire tribe. He belongs to the Kurta Clan, a group of people whose eyes glow bright red when angered or upset. Since their eyes stay that way after death, they are valued as one of the most beautiful things in the world and sought after in high regard. He becomes very emotional very quickly and lets anger and resentment cloud his judgment, but will still place the well-beings of his friends above his own goals.
Leorio, the fourth and final primary protagonist is a seemingly greedy and unlikable man who only cares about money. This is revealed not to be the case, as his ultimate goal is to become a doctor and treat patients free of charge. After losing one of those closest to him simply because he could not afford to treat them, he cannot let that happen to anyone ever again, and will also do whatever it takes to protect his comrades.
There is a lot of diversity and development in this cast, and its done incredibly well with not only the main characters, but also the villains. The goodness in everyone can and will sprout from even the darkest of hearts. This anime produced more favorite characters of mine than any other, and it is a shame that there isn’t more room on the character favorites list for them all. I just wish that some of these characters got a little more screen time.
Madhouse at their best. There isn’t a better way to put it. Fights are amazingly choreographed and always extremely fluid and consistent. They must have had to devote a lot of their resources to keeping the same quality of animation throughout 148 episodes, and they sure do deliver. My only gripe would be the censorship. If one were to read the manga, one would know just how violent it can get. I wish the violence wasn’t as hidden in the anime as it is but that is just a nitpick. With this aside, there really is no more to say about the animation. It never wavers; it stays crisp and clean the whole time. What could possibly go wrong?
This can, unfortunately. I cannot let the problems escape from under my nose. The soundtrack isn’t very great. In the first arc, the anime is highly belittled by transitions that make it seem like something intended for the younger audiences of Pokemon and other children’s anime. The music is generic at best, and the only real ascent in soundtrack quality is during the sixth arc, where the disturbing themes are underlined by dramatic and suspenseful music. And just as a little note, if a character plays a piece of music with an instrument within the anime, don’t use it as a background piece that you will play repeatedly; it makes the scene sound tacky.
Though, that is just speaking for the music that plays during the runtime. The opening and ending themes are completely different stories. When you first hear the opening, it sounds HIGHLY forgettable and not at all catchy, though it doesn’t take long for it to become a very iconic tune to any blossoming fan. That goes for the endings too, which are all very good in their own way, and all sound completely different too.
When I first caught wind of Hunter x Hunter, I heard nothing but praise. It is number three on MAL, and I couldn’t fathom how on earth it was that high, hiding among the greats like Fullmetal and Steins;Gate. I was taking a huge risk when I started something so long, but that risk definitely paid off. This will remain to be one of my favorites, and I can only hope the mangaka gets his ass in gear so that we can get a cour two.
Mar 2, 2015
This show is everything I want in an anime. Stunning visuals, awesome/catchy soundtrack, great story, and some of the most likable and interesting characters to ever appear in anime. Please, Japan, make more shows like this one.
Genres: Action, Adventure, Shonen, Superpower
Themes: Friendship, Aloof/Badass/Mysterious father, Coming-of-Age, Individualism (Natsume Soseki) vs serving the group first, Human nature, Good vs evil
The basic premise of this show is not too different than other shonen fighters. The main character, Gon Freecss, was abandoned by his father who wanted to pursue his own adventures as a hunter rather than raise a kid. Now Gon wants to become a hunter in order to understand why being a hunter is apparently so great (that one would even abandon their kid) and also so that he can become strong enough to find his dad.
Thus the story unfolds. Gon takes the hunter exam, gets stronger, and makes plenty of friends along the way. Standard shonen stuff. Now that I think about it, there isn't much more to the actual story than this. Every arc before the chimera ant arc is directly related to finding Gon's dad. The chimera ant arc is a bit of an aside, though it does take up about half the story at this point due to its length. So, as a story, it's pretty simple. I'd say the main reason why the story seems so good is because pretty much every other aspect of this anime is amazing, and so those aspects help turn a simple, somewhat unconventional, story into something truly worth remembering.
There is no filler. However, the aforementioned chimera ant arc is rather long and is probably stretched a bit too much. Other than that, the pacing is very good. After the chimera ant arc there is one more arc, and then the show basically stops without really ending. Many people would probably find this frustrating. It's possible that one day Madhouse will add another season or 2 of this show but that depends on the manga actually getting somewhere, which many people despairingly think will not happen for a while. Thus, don't come into this show expecting complete resolution. You get some of that since it stops between story arcs, but it's still clear the story isn't done.
The most prominent story telling technique is the action earlier on, and later it becomes a combination of action and drama. The story starts out rather light-hearted with fun fights and such, but starting with the Greed Island arc the story starts to show where it's going. Darker themes begin to emerge with eviler villains, and more graphic violence is shown on-screen. One of the best parts of the show later on is the drama pulled from character development, intense fights, and some episodes which actually feature pretty decent philosophical discussions. One of the more apparent themes the show discusses is whether individualism or a group oriented disposition is more conducive to individual growth and group growth. So, it takes a little while before this becomes apparent, but this is definitely a show that both entertains with action but also gives you something to think about.
Madhouse does not fail to impress. Earlier on the art features bright, fun colors and is very clean. The animation is generally good and only becomes great during action scenes. But later on, in the chimera ant arc, Madhouse shifted into another gear and made the visuals really amazing and stylized. The source of the superpowers in this show, "Nen," is the perfect excuse to start making scenes look really awesome. Nen is one's life force, which one can focus into a useful offensive or defensive force. Nen can manifest visually, thus when someone is angry their nen can look darker and more intimidating. Madhouse portrays this phenomenon by adding swirling black currents of whispy air/gas substances around a character, for example. This looks really cool during some of the more dramatic scenes and is the kind of stylization that can really only be done with anime. And personally, when I find an anime that makes use of the fact that it is an anime and does something only this medium can do, I love it.
Another thing I like is the CG is used sparingly, and when it is used, you hardly notice it. It is mostly used for things like cars or planes, which I find is probably the best way to use CG in anime. All of the action sequences are done with beautiful, stylized traditional animation, and I love Madhouse for that. I've re-watched episodes just for the visuals.
Various character designs are updated and improved from the 1999 version of the anime. Overall I'd say that the visuals are of this version are superior to the 1999 version in pretty much every way. The opening and ending themes all look great too, especially opening themes #5 and #6.
I'm never very good at judging a soundtrack, but even I know this one is good. The opening and ending themes fit very, very well with this show. The biggest gripe I see with this though is that the opening theme is basically the same each season (only a few lines of lyrics are ever changed--basically, the opening theme doesn't ever change, though the visuals do). But this isn't much of a problem for me since I love the opening theme and it really does fit the show well. As far as I can tell, every track is great and fits with both the combat scenes and the down-time. Later on, there are some classical pieces added to the soundtrack, which are always awesome, and there are some darker tracks that really enhance the intense scenes you get later on in this show. I can't sit here and describe them because spoilers.
Sound effects and voice acting are also very good. One voice I especially love is Hisoka's. His creepy, perverted, blood-knight personality is captured perfectly by the voice actor. Gon's adorable childishness but also his anger at various points in the story are also done very well. Really, I have no complaints. This simply is high quality stuff all-around.
The characters are all amazing. Hands down. Gon may seem to be another Goku clone--young, innocent, with prodigious fighting talent, but he really is his own unique character. The development he gets later on, especially in the chimera ant arc, is amazing and actually quite surprising. At this point in the show, he practically seems like a different person when compared with his initial appearance. Killua and his family of assassins are all very interesting. One of the things I liked the most early on was the friendship between Gon and Killua. They are actually shown doing things that two 12-year-old boys would do, like messing around, having pillow fights, running around and exploring islands and their surroundings, etc. The compatibility of their personalities and the strength of their friendship is something that is very touching at points, and I would go as far as to say that it is an ideal friendship.
Another thing that is so great about this show is the sheer number of good, interesting characters with interesting character designs, as well as the complexity of their personalities. It is hard to say there are any straight-up good or evil characters--things aren't that simple in this universe. A character you start out hating, you might end up loving by the time their story is through, and vice-versa. The power system in this show is highly personalized and so it is always fun to see a new character's powers; there are still some that haven't been revealed, and guessing what they might be is also fun.
If you like shows with a large, fun, and diverse cast of interesting characters with an aesthetically pleasing set of character designs, then look no further.
This show is just plain fun. It's fun to see the characters grow; it's fun to see them develop their powers and guess in what ways they will grow; it's fun to accompany Gon and Killua on their big adventure, etc., etc. It is hard to find faults with this show. The art is beautiful, the soundtrack is awesome and catchy, the characters are highly memorable, the story is solid and interesting. Only one arc--the chimera ant arc--could be said to be longer than it needs to be, but it is also the most well-written, interesting, and visually stunning story arc so far. I have already watched all of the episodes twice so far, and I already want to watch it all again. This show is a classic.
The only reason I can think of why you might not like this show is simply if you don't like fun adventures for the sake of being fun. Note that this is not a criticism--everyone's tastes are different. I have a friend at school who tends to only like literature that is more academic in nature--stories by the likes of Dostoevsky and such. Sure, this show isn't a novel and it isn't going to appear in your literature class at university. But it doesn't need to. Chances are that if you watch anime, you don't care about a show's value as literature or a novel story in the first place. Very few do. I only bother to bring this up for the 0.01% of you who actually care about this, like my friend.
One last point: I do believe that relative newbies to anime could enjoy this too. There is almost no fan-service and a relatively low amount of anime weirdness. If I had my way, I'd make everyone watch this. read more
Nov 20, 2014
Let me tell you right now, 148 episodes is not enough. I would give anything for more episodes of arguably the most outstanding series I have ever had the good fortune of watching.
Story - I'm not going to go into detail about the story; you can read the synopsis for that. I'll instead talk about the storytelling itself. The story starts off fairly interesting and grows exponentially more interesting per episode/arc. The author, Togashi, has an amazing sense of pacing; some plots take several episodes to resolve, but so much happens in each episode that it becomes something that enhances the show. The story is also incredibly immersive because of how well Togashi builds the HxH world. As you follow the main characters on their journey, you learn more and more about just how expansive and unique the world is. There's always something new to explore, which really does make the show feel like an adventure.
Each arc varies in tone. The show starts off pretty light, and gradually gets darker. My god does it get darker. Not to imply that the light arcs are inferior; they're still immensely enjoyable. The show just contains many different forms of entertainment. The darker arcs will include scenarios and scenes of such intensity, drama, and action, that you won't understand how anyone could've possibly waited a week for the next episode. Lastly, there's one element in the story that snuck up on me and transformed into something so beautiful and moving that I simply didn't know what to do with myself.
Characters - There are very few ways to adequately describe how brilliantly the author writes such likeable, unique, and interesting characters. And I mean all of them. This is a rare kind of show where every time I see a character come back after not being around, I feel such joy seeing them. Especially the villains - you will love the villains so much that you legitimately will not know who to root for at many parts in the series. The show often develops villains so much that I found myself at times hating a "good guy" just because of what they did to a "bad guy".
Sound - I know this upsets many people but I enjoy watching dubbed anime. However, this is on my short list of shows where the voice acting in Japanese is so good, I'm afraid of a dub being made because I honestly don't think the characters can be done justice. I'm even afraid to watch the original 1999 version because the voice actors are different.
As for the soundtrack, I don't have much to say. The soundtrack fits the show remarkably well, however there's nothing particularly outstanding about it (save for a few episodes, when a "requiem" is played for a certain character for example).
Art - The art studio Madhouse really brought their A-game. Their production of this show is almost paramount to how enjoyable it is. As great as the manga is, it wouldn't have been nearly as enjoyable without the stunning artwork and directing that Madhouse designed.
Enjoyment - This is pretty self-explanatory at this point. If I could erase my knowledge of any anime and watch it from the beginning, it would likely be this one. Hell, at this point I'd gladly watch 30 episodes of pure filler just to see more of the characters and the world.
Regardless of the genres you enjoy, Hunter x Hunter is guaranteed to be a breath of fresh air. Togashi seems to have a penchant to subvert almost every trope and cliche in the book, leaving you guessing at every turn. The result is a brilliant and captivating piece of entertainment, guaranteed to captivate you like almost no other show can. Whatever your answer to the question "what makes a series great?" is, know that Hunter x Hunter has it.
P.S. Hisoka is love, Hisoka is life. read more
Oct 4, 2014
The story starts with Gon, a 12-year-old boy who sets out for a journey to find his father and his first step is to become a Hunter. A Hunter is an individual who has enough luck and talent to pass the Hunter exam. A Hunter specializes in something, can be practically anything, you name it. A Hunter lives by a power system called Nen in a universe that cleverly reflects the dark side of our real world.
Essentially, the word Hunter isn't special but when it's combined with a well-designed power system and universe, it means infinite possibilities and I have to say Yoshihiro Togashi brilliantly executes that.
This series has all shounen elements but doesn't follow generic shounen patterns. It begins simple but gradually gets more complex and very unpredictable. A journey of the protagonist and his friends to achieve their goals is as reasonable and realistic as it can get. It has many details, takes time and consists of both success and failure. The MCs don't get a privilege to have special powers or suddenly get stronger for no reasons. They train and evolve as the story progresses. On the other hand, the antagonists don't just act out of pure evil. Their reasons are justifiable in different perspectives.
HxH has 7 arcs. Each one is related but has its own conflict and uniqueness. My personal favorite is the Yorknew arc from episode 39-58. After each arc, the concept of Hunter is explored bit by bit and you will keep getting a bigger picture of the whole Hunter universe. The atmosphere varies from a light-hearted shounen to one of the darkest seinen to fit each arc so it keeps things fresh and intriguing. Each fight is mostly strategic-based and relatively short. It's clever and never defies the logic of Nen.
Apart from the story, the best thing about the series is the characters. For me, characters make or break the show and HxH characters are top-notch. They really make the series shine.
Most, if not, all characters and their relationships are realistic because they are imperfect. Not only the MCs, many supporting characters have also undergone substantial amount of development through the course of the series. Most of them are round characters with distinctive personalities, appearances, backgrounds, powers, ambitions and the ability to think. Their actions are driven by their own judgement as an individual, not what the plot requires them to do so it's very easy to sympathize with them, even the antagonists.
In term of production, HxH has unique art style with great and very consistent animation for a series that has over 100 episodes. The pacing is satisfying because there are no fillers at all. Voice actors and actresses are suitable for each character. OP, ED and OST are quite good even if there is only one opening song so far.
As for the negatives, there isn't a major problem in the series and all the minor ones i.e. change of narration style and slow pacing in 6th arc, repetitive op song, long absence of a character etc. didn't bother me as much. If anything, I think the only reason you shouldn't watch HxH now is because the story doesn't end yet. Despite a somewhat satisfying conclusion, you could call these 148 episodes a season one and honestly, you will not get a season two, not anytime soon considering the hiatus history of Togashi.
All in all, Hunter x Hunter (2011) exceeds all my expectations. I would recommend this series to anyone, especially a shounen fan, because I think it's one of a very few anime that is truly remarkable, well-executed and very enjoyable. Watch it and you will understand why this anime deserves its rank. read more
Sep 23, 2014
Note: This is to any newcomers to the series. No spoilers in this review.
It has been a long time that I watched an anime that evaluates and explores many aspects of the genre, especially coming from a Shonen demographic anime. While I started watching this series, I was skeptical from the anime by watching the first five episodes, considering that it brings a light-hearted, child-like feel. I stopped watching it for a while because it didn't bring any interesting I found captivating. As time passed by, I doubted myself for not even continuing this series. Many older fans of anime get thrown off by the demographic how anime such as Naruto, Bleach, One Piece, Fairy Tail,etc demonstrate a protagonist in search for glory to become someone important and known to others. Antagonists are shown later in the series soon later confronts the hero in a long-dragging, continuous fight. Eventually, the hero will overcome their goal during a long voyage of his traveling with their friends in either constantly wining in every single battle with their closest rivals, having a bigger ambition to accomplish to become "someone" important, or making a difference in their power level in a outrageous moment while being in a ridiculous, near death, battle..These characteristics of what these series provided hindered me from watching a long, ongoing anime from predictable wins and losses from the Shonen heroes. However, one anime takes all these Shonen tropes and throw it out of the window. That anime is Hunter X Hunter.
Story: The premise of the story takes us to a journey in Whale Island with our hero, Gon Freecss, a young 12 year boy who is destined to become a talented hunter just like his father, Ging, who is a legendary hunter known to many. Hunters are highly skilled professional fighters who have the exceptional ability to lure others into a trap at will, find uncommon creatures at sea or land, or search for undiscovered treasures. On his quest, he finds other companions such as Killua, Kurapika, and Leorio who also strived to have the same goal to become the best hunter while they participate in the Hunter Exam. This appears to be like a typical, light-hearted Shonen premise in most cases. The pacing in the beginning of the series can commences very slowly for most people. This creates a hindrance with older audience who are used to Seinen type anime such as Monster, Berserk, Gantz, etc. However, gradually, the development of the story arcs within each episodes creates a further relationship between each character in a more complicated situations. While it appears to be a cheerful, humorous at first, it ultimately alludes how each story links up to create a further character development for a protagonist Shonen hero like Gon to overcome mentally and physically especially in the 6th arc of the series, the Chimera Ants Arc. Over the course of the episodes, the arc steadily deconstructs the elements of the Shonen demographic into a true brutal, psychological nature of what it really means to be a hunter or even a human. As the story progresses within each episode, you will appreciate what the previous arcs has to offer in order to fully understand how the characters feel, hell even the villains' motivations and thoughts as well.
Art/Animation: Madhouse studio did an excellent job adapting Yoshihiro Togashi's (creator of Yu Yu Hakusho) long hiatus manga since 1998 into a more faithful anime adaptation. They keep up with the action orientated sequences fluid into constant beating from facial expression, anticipation, and even suspense. However, some older fans from the 1999 version may disprove of how "colorful" art style that the show presented from facial expression and animation wise. But, I'm not going to go into details with the flame war between two series from 1999 and 2011. They also meticulously improved the quality that the original manga drawing lack into a more vivid, watchable experience. For example, the character designs in the manga are considered poorly drawn due to Togashi's long hiatus since his sickness is very challenging overcome for years. This Conclusively, Madhouse excelled Hunter X Hunter manga into a more faithful adaptation it deserves story wise.
Sound/Music: At first, the opening of the anime really suited to the atmosphere and how really addicted the song can really be. Even though the opening theme, "Departure" by Ono Masatoshi doesn't change arc after arc, the song becomes a tradition that really suits the mood of the show. It appeal repels me from watching every second of the episode that I couldn't stop watching episode after episode without knowing what is going to happen next. It brings such strong anticipation and curiosity to viewers what is the next moment is about to happen. The music sets the setting of traveling and exploring the world of Hunter X Hunter. It gives off how much is there in the world that is undiscovered. In the future, people will looked back and feel nostalgic how the atmosphere suits very well in the HxH universe.
Character: This is where the anime leaves positive note on how well-written the character development really is. While Togashi was writing the manga his hiatus on the manga really makes the story more unique than most Shonen series I witnessed since they emphasis long term fights, rather than a thought-out character development. Gon and Killua are like yin and yang. They build a long, ongoing friendship through the series, learning and knowing their weakness they have to overcome. Not only the main characters have to conquer their own conflicts in each arc, even some minor/supporting characters get screen time in some episode so they wouldn't appear to have a very generic, one dimensional personality. Within each episode, the characters flesh out their morality from what is right or wrong. While in battle, the anime dives into their consciousness on how they can resolve the situation. Tactics and skills play a very important role in the Hunter X Hunter universe. You have to ask yourself, is killing your sworn enemy really going to bring satisfaction for everyone? Can your desire really lead to contentment for your own preservation? These questions lead you to think that the characters are not always what they seemed to be when you start to watch how they first interact each other.
Enjoyment: Personally, I found this anime to be worth of my time, if not the best. Masterfully well-developed writing. Though-out tactics to weaken an opponent rather than random overpowered abilities for no particular reason. The only downside is the pacing might start off slow in the beginning, but Hunter X Hunter truly delivers what a classic Shonen anime can be without dragging its viewers into unnecessary cliché. At first the show starts to grow as an innocent, cheerful child then it matures into a merciless, cold-hearted butcher regarding to the characters' dark past and essential role that will affect them emotionally and ethically later on in the series. Each have their own motives they have to undergo mentally. I enjoy every minute of humor yet complicated growth of each character the series has build to recent episode.
Overall: The anime has surprised me in a so many ways that I just want more from its universe. As of today, the manga is on hiatus due to Togashi's back pains. Who knows when the manga is going to come back? Maybe in two years or even a decade from now. What we know now is that Hunter X Hunter is exceptional to the Shonen tropes that most common anime suffer from. After years of watching anime, I never witnessed of how unforeseen this anime can be from the same demographic as the big 3. For any one that is new to the anime, go watch it now. Be patient and you will gradually be rewarded for one of the best writing you will ever experience in a Shonen anime.
Mar 20, 2015
Story - 7/10
I really liked the plot in HxH and how the main character leaves everything behind him to a quest of finding his missing father who abandoned him to become a hunter. That made me like Gon (main character) from the begining of the first episode. The story continues with many great events but leaves a lot of gaps behind it. I finished the series and i had so many questions that i was really disapointed. I put a 7 because of these gaps. More specifically i am talking about the side stories of Gon's friends Kilua and Kurapica. The show wastes about 50-70 episodes about Kurapica's life's objective and it never actually ends it. That was really annoying.
Art - 10/10
I recommend you to watch Hunter x Hunter to at least 720p. It would really be a shame if you watch it at 480 or lower because the animation and the pace of graphics are smooth and amazing. The details of the environment are great and the battles are also with a lot of visual effects and details. There are not a lot of things to say about the art. Its just fantastic.
Sound - 10/10
When it comes to Sounds, Hunter x Hunter stands a boss. There are really some epic soundtracks during all the arcs of the anime. Really suitable when it comes to battles. The voice actors do a fantastic job as well because they really feel the emotions of their character at all the situations. Great job once again.
Enjoyment - 9/10
I am really confused when i have to judge Enjoyment. Anyway i could say that Hunter x Hunter offers a lot of enjoyment with its battles with the combination of its epic soundtracks and i could say that there are also a bit of decent comedy when its needed. But again Hunter x Hunter its more about an adventure and friendship so you wont find a lot of action in it. There are alot of emotional scenes where enjoyment changes meaning. I could say that if you enjoy intense moments about friendship and desperate situations with a lot of narration then i am sure you will love Hunter x Hunter but if you are among people who loves action and you dont care about emotions and that kind of stuff that much you will get a bit bored. I enjoy both so i put an 9.
Overall - 9/10
I am sure i would put a 10 if the story was 100% completed as it should be but the fact that left me struggling with questions is the reason i put 9. If i put that aside Hunter x Hunter is a great anime which definitely worths your time. I recommend it to anyone.
(About episode 131)
At the begining of my review i mention episode 131 that is my favourite and i am sure that if you read it you will wonder why i said that. Well this episode contains the most epic transformation i've ever seen in any anime so far. I wont tell anything more but if you are thinking of start watching the show then remember that this episode only worths your time. read more
Dec 17, 2014
The premise may not sound entirely enticing, but what you have to realize is that the quest to find his father is simply the basis of a magnificent adventure. This journey is filled with twists and turns with each being more surprising than the last.
Early on, the show already gets pretty dark, so do not let people tell you this show is for children. There is a sufficient amount of comedy though to level out the tone. We also have fights of epic proportions. Fights that will send shivers down your spine. I'd say a good portion of the fights are one-sided slaughters that will either make you say,"Get rekt!" or "Man, I liked that guy."
Believe it or not, but this show knows how to deliver feels. They know exactly what kind of situations will mess with your heart.
One of the greatest things about the plot is the lack of filler. For more than 100 episodes, you get development after development after development. Even the few episodes that totally felt like filler had a role in the plot too. Those pseudo-fillers were created to gradually fill up the suspense and tension then have the next episode go full throttle in development. If a show can utilize fillers to their maximum potential, then you know it's going to be one hell of a show.
In short, the show is a non-stop train of anger, joy, curiosity, pity, sadness, & thrill.
As stated before, one of the biggest reasons as to why people often refuse to watch this show is because they are told it is childish. This belief comes from none other than the art. One look at the main protagonist and they think they're going to be watching some show from 4kids.
Their loss because besides the MC's ridiculously big eyes and a few other things, everything else is superb. The protagonist may not be to your taste, but I'm sure you will find at least one character who will be. Every single character looks neat and different from one another. The expressions are also spot on.
The amazing art isn't only limited to the characters. The fight scenes are visually glorious. The animations of the people's powers are just so nice to look at.
I don't even know where to start with the sound. From the 1st episode to the last, the OP had the same lyrics and beat yet I enjoyed listening to it every time. Not only was the OP that great, what was shown in the OP changed depending on the arc. With their amazing art, they were able to make it seem like they completely changed the op every single arc, but in reality, it was still the same lovable opening.The same goes for the ED. It may seem different, but it's still the same beautiful music we always hear at the end.
As for the rest of the show's sounds, the music during certain events are brilliant. The music blends in perfectly with what's going on. Something scary may be happening and bam super ominous music.
The cast of Hunter x Hunter is god-send. Out of all the characters, there is probably only one character, you're bound to hate. The show is filled with an abundance of villains, but I guarantee you, you will come to love most of them.
The first character we are introduced to is Gon Freecs, he's your typical head-strong, rash, but kind shounen protagonist who has the will power to do things most aren't capable of. He may come off as annoying sometimes, but he's a competent protagonist. You can't hate him considering what he goes through. Also he is fairly young, so his actions shouldn't warrant complete criticism.
Next, we have the deuteragonist, Killua Zoldyck. Personally, I like him more than Gon, but that's just me. For one thing, he has a really interesting background, and as you get to know more and more about it, you realize how well-written Killua is. Despite his dark past, he manages to live life to the fullest. On the outside, he appears to be cruel, but that's just how he was raised. Deep down, he's a caring boy, who just wants someone to pull him out of the abyss and guide him towards light. Not to mention, his cruel side mostly only surfaces when those he holds dear are in a predicament. Killua really is just a young boy with a dark past who wants nothing more than to live a happy life with those he cares for.
Then, there's Kurapika & Leorio. They tend to be treated as the 3rd and 4th protagonist of the show, but they aren't present in a few arcs. Anyways, Kurapika is the type of person who you shouldn't judge by their cover. I mean I thought Kurapika was a girl for a good amount of time. In the group, Kurapika is the voice of reason, he tells them about the consequences of relying too much on emotion. Thing is, that reasoning disappears within the snap of a finger when his past is involved. He tries to remain calm, but if pushed further and further into the corner, he will become someone absolutely hellbent on revenge. Luckily, we have someone to balance out the atmosphere of the group, Leorio. He's somewhat of the comic relief guy. Being relatively old compared to the rest of the group, it's not very surprising that he's used for comedy. From time to time, he has his moments of wisdom as well as total bad-assery.
Last but not least, we got the rest of the cast, all of them are unique and likable in their own way. Take Hisoka for example, a guy you see a lot throughout the series. Mysterious and sadistic, you just can't help, but love him. If you were to know him in real life, you'd probably avoid him at all costs, and that's what makes him so well received. His character is usually the one you hate in a show, but it's the opposite with Hisoka. You spend
quite the amount of time anxiously anticipating for Hisoka's next action because you just want to know what else he has left in store or up his sleeve.
The reason I gave every section a 10 is because Hunter x Hunter truly is a masterpiece. It's dark, funny, sad, & action-packed all at the same time.
Throw in the fact that 99% of the characters are well-written and you got yourself an adventure beyond your wildest dreams. read more
Dec 7, 2014
To be honest, the art style put me off from watching it, because it's not what I usually like. But, every other aspect of the anime made up for it. After watching a few episodes, I got used to the art and started to like it.
Even though it's a super long anime with 148 episodes, the storyline was always full of surprises. There is a mixture of action, emotion and romance. One moment I was crying, and then the next moment I was filled with tension. This anime contains aspects from all kinds of genres.
Like I said, the art isn't really what I prefer when I watch anime. But, I came to like it after watching a couple of episodes. There are times when the characters look cute; there are times when they look super duper scary. But, overall, the art is quite likeable and I quickly adjusted.
The sound was absolutely amazing. I really liked the OP and even set it as my alarm- it has this really refreshing and powerful feeling. The sound effects throughout the anime was really varied, and I mean this in a good way. Every single scene in the anime was supported by the perfect background music, and this made the storyline even more powerful. But most of all, the sound when people were hurt or killed was really scary. I've lost track of the number of times I cringed from the sound. Basically, the sound really did an excellent job in supporting the anime.
Some of you might be thinking, WHAT? How can you not give a 10 for this section?! Certainly, each and every character deserves a 10+++++ rating. Whether the character was good or bad, I found myself becoming emotionally attached to every single one of them.
Oops this might be a spoiler.. Like Knuckle would say, "Each and every one of them had a good heart."
If someone asked me to pick my favourite character, I don't think I'd be able to. It's just that hard to make a decision.
The reason why I give character a 9, rather than a 10, is because of Gon. There's no doubt he is a super amazing protagonist. However, so many aspects of the anime made me overestimate him. Every time I thought he'd do something great and heroic, he didn't quite live up to what I expected. This probably sounds like a selfish judgement, but it's true.
No doubt about it. I watched 148 episodes in around a week. If that doesn't explain it, then what will? I enjoyed every single bit of the anime.
Hunter x Hunter (2011) is the best~~ read more
Oct 12, 2014
What really separates Hunter x Hunter from other Shounen is the fact that every arc is completely unique and different in almost every way. They also flow right into each other naturally despite being so different. The writing of Hunter x Hunter is consistently brilliant with very few flaws and tends to be very intelligent, making the viewer question things as if this were a physiological anime. Hunter x Hunter also has the two best anime arcs of all time as far as I am concerned. Those who have seen it know which arcs I mean.
The art style is fantastic but obviously gives off an initial childish look, the animation is excellent. You will notice some episodes are given much more attention in the art and animation department but even those that get less attention, they are still fantastic, and when you get to one of those episodes where more attention is given to the art and animation you will definitely be impressed.
The soundtrack starts off well but gets much much better over the course of the series and has some absolutely superb OST's. Hunter x Hunter 2011's soundtrack is definitely my favorite soundtrack of any anime and I've seen hundreds of anime so that's quite a feat.
Along with the story, the characters are the two best components of Hunter x Hunter. There is a HUGE cast of very rich and extremely well developed characters, none of whom are copies of each other and are very unique and have their own attributes, interests and traits about them. The main characters, Gon, Killua, Leorio, and Kurapika all develop a huge amount over the course of the series which was an absolute trill to see how each of them developed. The villains are also all very deep for the most part, apart from one who isn't bad by any means but just not on the level of the others. Let me just say that Hunter x Hunter has some of the best villains of any anime.
I never once felt bored or tired of watching and was able to go on some seriously long binge watching sessions before I caught up at the time episode 137 was airing. From that point on every Tuesday was like a birthday with Hunter x Hunter as my present. An absolute joy to watch from beginning to end. It does start off a little slow in the first two episodes, but from then on it picks up the pace and only gets better and better.
Hunter x Hunter 2011 is the absolute king of Shounen anime, there is nothing better, and is my favorite anime of all time. This is one anime you can't miss. After reading this review you should be opening a new tab and watching it straight away because THIS is a masterpiece.
Oct 29, 2014
Sep 23, 2014
Hunter x Hunter 2011 is a unique beast of a show. It sits in a strange limbo between genres in a space all its own, like some kind of odd Chimera of shounen and seinen. At first glance it appears to be a rather childish show, with an art style composed entirely of cartoonish proportions, large eyes and bright colors, which stems initially from Togashi's manga style. In fact, without any outside input, one would not be wrong to assume it was targeted at children. But under this initial layer of bright colors, and messages of friendship and loyalty, lies a deeper, darker show than anyone could have initially imagined. Questions of what it means to be human, what constitutes a life well-lived, and other topics that would not be out of place in serious adult dramas. One could say that I have stared into the abyss, and I am here to tell you that the abyss has most definitely stared into me.
Story - 10/10. Story telling is really Togashi's specialty. He crafts a continuous and satisfying narrative from start to finish, with excellent pacing, lovable characters, and some entirely unexpected twists along the way. Characters aside, the story itself is fairly straightforward - Gon, the protagonist, wants to become a "Hunter" not for the benefits the title confers, but so he can find his father, who abandoned Gon as an infant so he could follow his own dreams (hence the name of the show - Gon becomes a "Hunter Hunter"). Along the way, Gon encounters a variety of characters that each have their own relative significance, makes friends and enemies, and undergoes any number of trials and adventures. But this straightforward story is presented and executed in such a way that it feels very organic and comfortable. This comfortable feeling serves as a waypoint during the darker points in the story, a lighthouse of sorts to guide one through the moral murkiness and sadness that the story presents.
The story covers what is now a total of 7 story arcs, each with their own self-contained narrative. These arcs vary in length greatly - the shortest covers only 5 episodes, while the largest spans a time-consuming chunk of 61 total episodes - over a third of the entire show. But none of these feel out of place - each one seems to last only as long as it really needs to, and none of them feel as if they left too early, nor that they overstayed their welcome. Given that some episodes take 23 minutes to cover 5 seconds of in-world time, this is a marvel of pacing and narration. Some points are slower than others, particularly the beginning episodes of each arc, but at no point does it feel as if it is dragging. This is due in part to the complete lack of filler content - aside from one "recap" type episode, each episode of the show presents some kind of story-relevant material, so it always feels like the story is moving forward. All of these factors combined come together to create an overarching narrative that feels very much as if it were adhering to the quote at the top of this review - this is a show, and a story, that focus very much on the journey, the PROCESS of going somewhere, instead of on the destination.
Art - 8/10. Madhouse has always been hailed as a studio that produces high-quality work, and this show is no different. It is not always the pinnacle of visual quality, but like the story, the visual quality remains at a very consistent and pleasing level. At no point is it glaringly obvious that they neglected to spread the budget properly. High moments (i.e. the major fight sequences) have appropriately high quality, while those in-between sort of segments maintain a pleasing, but not excessive level of detail.
My one main gripe with the animation of the show is the amount of time dedicated to hand-to-hand combat in the show. In a show that is predominantly about martial artists engaging in battles, there is a somewhat disappointing lack of choreography. Very rarely do you see two characters exchanging blows directly, even if both of them specialize in hand-to-hand melee combat. This is ultimately not enough to knock a point off of the score, but is something I would have liked to see more of.
Sound - 8/10. Much like the art, the sound quality stays at a consistent and pleasing level throughout the entire show. Any complaints here are simply my own personal tastes, i.e. I don't very much enjoy the opening song that is used for the entire show, and some of the background pieces that play during the show feel sometimes out of place. But when the music needs to deliver, it does in spades.
One thing I feel that is worth noting is that the show is obviously very aware of the value of silence. At a few points, there is no music at all, which, I feel, greatly increases the impact of these scenes. Very often now, we see shows that seem to feel as if music must ALWAYS be playing in the background, and when a show goes the opposite direction and uses silence, it creates a wonderful distinction.
Characters - 10/10. If the overall story is the bones of Hunter x Hunter, then the characters are the muscles and organs - the "heart" of the show. These are the elements of a story that allow us to connect with it personally, to draw parallels between the world that a story presents and our own reality. Inhuman or inorganic characters can completely break the immersion of a story, or if it presents characters that we dislike in a way that feels unrealistic. Togashi excels at creating likable and relatable characters, who each have his or her own (relatively) understandable motivations. The characters develop in a meaningful and noticeable way over the course of the story, lending them a definitively human feeling. Morality is very subjective in this show - very few characters fall into a black and white "good vs evil" morality. In fact, I would say that this show does not have a moral "grey area," it has instead a "moral rainbow," a multitude of different motivations and moral scales that interact with each other in an ever-changing spread of different moral hues. We see "good" characters exhibit emotional and perhaps even "evil" behaviors, while at the same time in a different place, our "villains" may be helping to save someone they care about, an action one would normally consider to be a "good" action. I would like to believe that this show does not have heroes and villains - it simply has protagonists and antagonists, two parties working in opposite, but equally understandable and justifiable directions.
Enjoyment - 10/10. I think it would come as no surprise that this is my verdict after the review above, but this is my place to reiterate that I believe this show is a masterpiece of storytelling. To have so many exceptional moments, emotions, and wonderful landmarks packed into 148 episode worth' of show is nothing short of spectacular. Togashi and Madhouse have worked together to create what I think is one of the best stories - not anime, not shows, but stories - of all time. Highly recommended. read more
Dec 2, 2014
Pior to watching Hunter x Hunter, Shonen genre held a stigma for me. Anything that took 100+ episodes to tell a story was either not telling a story very well, or not telling a very good story. This assumption still holds true for many of the genre, in my opinion. Fairy Tail, Naruto, and Bleach, all series that hold a large fanbase, with many, many dedicated fans that love the genre. Not HXH.
Hunter x Hunter has the unique quality of running a full 148 episodes, telling a very good story, and never pulling punches.
CHARACTERS: As said before, I'll keep the spoilers brief.
Gon is a 12 year old boy who wants to be a Hunter. Someone who goes around the world 'Hunting' for something. Gon hunts for his father, someone whom left him at an early age to become a Hunter himself. Wondering how any man could abandon his child, Gon searches to find his Dad, and to experience the wonders of the world that must have driven him away from his child.
As such, he partakes in the Hunter Exams, a brutal and deadly test that culls the weak and rains hell on anyone unprepared. The survivors are granted a Hunter License, which allows them funding, and access to restricted areas for their adventures.
There, he meets Leorio, a man whom only wants to get money from the Hunter Exams
Kirapika, a mysterious young boy whom refuses to speak of his reasons,
Killua, a boy raised from a family of assassins whom befriends Gon,
And Hisoka, an extremely unnerving clown looking fellow who is as mysterious as he is powerful.
Characters aside, the most interesting thing about the story aside from those that partake in it, is the tropes. Or the lack of, more accurately.
Characters are weak. Power-ups aren't easy. Sacrifices are made. Not everyone comes out in one piece when facing someone that is clearly stronger.
I wont talk about the story as much as other reviews, as I want this to be an entirely spoiler free review that doesn't reveal anything from beyond the first arc.
Gon's quests to find his Dad isn't as simple as it seems, and it becomes clear that his father expected him to take the Hunter exam. As such, various barriers are put before him before he can even get on the right track for finding his Dad.
Even more troublesome, Gons friends are often in need of help themselves. Despite this sounding like a round-a-bout plot, the story never loses focus. You will always feel that things are happening for a reason. Moving from point A to point B, with the story moving forward as the characters do. There are no filler arcs, there are no episodes where you feel that nothing important or moving has happened.
This makes Hunter x Hunter much more exciting a watch than other Shonen anime, where many of the arcs seem to be insignificant to the overall plot.
Okay, let me be honest. Two OPs for a 148 series gets boring after a while. Other than a OP that gets old after a while, the ending pieces are godly, and the tracks for scenes always brings a fitting atmosphere to the table. There may have been some scenes where the music choice was off? I don't personally remember any.
Sound effects wise, there's nothing spectacular. They serve their purpose, and do so well enough that they don't detract from the enjoyment of the visuals.
I don't have much to commentate about here. There are rarely any points where the art specifically struck me as something to be held in high regard. The art is solid, no doubt, but it doesn't shine with high budget and fluid action too often.
When it does shine, though, it does so nigh-perfectly. Action packed moments that are animated well show great, and its madhouse animators doing their job right.
Hunter x Hunter made me cry. It made me yell in both anger and confusion, as well as in climatic victory. I'm usually dull faced when I watch anime. I'm easily excited sometimes, but I've cried only 5 or so times at anime. Being able to pull my heart strings like that is, in my opinion, an amazing feat for a writer.
Not only that, but the series had me consistently saying "What's next" only to stare at the episode count in sadness. Since its conclusion, I've taken up the manga, and anxiously await the next chapter.
Please. Watch Hunter x Hunter for 12 episodes or so. If you are not captivated by then, drop it. read more
Mar 21, 2015
I cannot gush enough about how great the soundtrack and animation was in this show, so I won’t. Simply know that I couldn’t see any problems with either one apart from minor quirks that are easily forgiven.
At its start, the series has a faster pace and is far more about being a light-hearted adventure, using the dynamic of the four main characters and action to grab your interest. Most importantly, it knows how to use action the correct way, as it doesn’t rely on fights or gore alone to get an emotion out of you. Examples being leaps of faith into a cavern, sneaking up on dangerous opponents, trying to beat the clock, or escape from a nest of venomous vipers. Hunter X Hunter manages to be a great shounen that makes the best use it can of both tired tropes and original ideas. The show’s style of storytelling changes significantly as time goes by however. Towards the ending it slows down, exploring the thoughts of the character in greater detail, adding far more narration and flowery language. It makes it seem like you’re watching an animated novel rather than any ordinary series. While the narration and symbolism is used thoughtfully in the later parts of the Chimera Ant arc, the final Election arc suffers from having too much narration, telling you things rather than showing them. If you like or dislike this change is very much up to personal taste, as both ways of storytelling are used well for what they are.
Like many shounens, HxH comes with a large cast. Some characters are focused on to a great extent, some less so. Two particular cases, Leorio and Kurapika, were presented as part of the main cast yet are left out of several arcs, leaving you wishing their stories had some closure. In the end though I can’t say I wasn’t satisfied with how our other main characters reached their goals.
What I found most interesting about the show was the way it developed characters in the Chimera Ant arc, where some very unconventional means were used to bring about its emotional end. I raged several times as it seemed the story was taking a turn for the worse, only to see that most of those moments would have a greater meaning later on. What brings HxH to such a high score is the fact that it taught me something about writing. The one thing most shocking to an audience isn’t character-death or such things, but rather extreme changes to a character. One can in fact use bad tropes to threaten a character’s development, engaging the audience, making us wish to see them find their way back to their piece of heaven.
Overall, the only things that bring the show down from being perfect are the characters that were left behind, and the less exciting politics of the last arc. I’d recommend it to all lovers of anime, adventure, and good writing. A must-see. read more
Mar 20, 2015
Hunter x Hunter breaks from conventions of the standard Shonen genre; Hunter has its share of Seinen esque elements and shocking situations. One of Hunter’s trademark things is that it does not focus on fighting 100% of the time when compared to other Shonens. Its focus is more on strategic tactics, and psychological aspects. The narrator does a great job at explaining and showing this. Also since almost anyone can die in this anime, it really adds a lot of Drama with the characters because it avoids cliches.
Nen is one of the main ability’s in the series. Being able to manipulate your own life energy and use it as a weapon. However Nen has a strict set of rules and it has limitations. What I like is that it is not plot armor and it can only do so much; I would say it’s more of a tool. I also like the classification system and different types of Nen people possess and can use.
Story & Plot: The story starts off and takes place on Whale Island. A boy named Gon Freecs adventures out into the world to find his father from learning about his profession as a Hunter. Gon wants to find out what being a Hunter means. On his journey he meets people, makes friends, and experiences a lot of things.
There are 7 arcs in total for the Hunter x Hunter anime. They are all unique in every aspect, but fans will tell you that the Yorknew City Arc and the Chimera Ant Arc are fan favorites and among the greats of anime arcs.
Characters: The main cast consists of 4 protagonists
Gon Freecs – Gon is a young kid who is the main protagonist of the story. He is very friendly, adventurous and determined kid. Gon also possesses inhuman senses and is very athletic and rustic. Gon is an interesting character like none other I’ve ever seen.
Killua Zoldyck – Killua is an assassin of the Zoldyck family. He is shown to be similar to Gon in his happy attitude and mischievousness. The other side of him however, can be extremely violent and bloodthirsty. He is also extremely fast and is a quick thinker. His relationship with Gon is the most intricate thing in the anime.
Kurapika – Kurapika is the sole survivor of the kurta clan. Kurapika is a very distant person and he does not open up to people easily. He is very intelligent while also being heavy on morals. Kurapika is a very distant person and does not open up easily to others. He is the friendliest in the group and has some interesting interactions with the other main three.
Leorio Paradinight – Leorio is a guy who aspires to become a doctor to help the poor and many others. Although Leorio can be impulsive and short tempered at times, he is very trustworthy and he puts his friends first before himself and his dreams. He is often the comic relief character and he is closest to Kurapika in friendship.
Animation & Art: Studio Madhouse really does justice to Togashi’s work. The animation is top notch and the art is always solid, colorful, and very grungy at times.
Sound & Music: The sound effects are really high quality. The music was composed by Yoshihisa Hirano. At first the music didn't click for me but after listening to the soundtracks again I have to say the music works very well.
Voice Acting: Japanese voice acting is great; familiar voice actors in the industry are present in this anime.
Final Verdict: You have an intricate and detailed cast of characters, a very well written story for each arc/plot for it to flow nicely, and you have an interesting world as well. I would definitely recommend Hunter x Hunter to anyone. If you’re a fan of Togashi’s previous work Yu Yu Hakusho, you will definitely enjoy it. read more
Mar 15, 2015
HunterXHunter is sorely underrated. Unless I activiely searched it up, or I became lucky, I'd never see anyone recommending it or even commenting about it. I never saw a trace of anyone referring to it even. This might just be from my experience, but HXH seems to have been largely ignored. But I don't feel bad for the anime itself, I feel bad for the people missing out on it. I usually try not to profligate my opinion because I know everyone has a different taste, but this is just such a well-rounded show that I feel you'd have to really try to hate it. Onto the review.
I really understand why this anime is so underwatched. I'm talking from personal experience. Just one look at the cover and you see a generic shonen with odd-looking characters. This is the main reason I avoided it for so long. Next you see that it has 148 episodes. Immediately you think, "That's way too long...it's just another run-on shonen...No thanks." And you avoid it even more. But then one day you look at the top anime lineup on MAL and you notice it is within the top five most highly rated animes. You do a double-take. Suddenly you have to watch it.
And then you do. And what do you find?
An even more generic storyline than you thought it would be. Gon is a kid who wants to become a Hunter and find his dad, he can do things other people can't and is talented, he takes stupid risks and amazes the people around him...Oh heck no. This just screams "I'm a long-running shonen anime, the main character is destined for greatness and he's going to go out on a never-ending journey to find his father, make new friends along the way and show up everyone else around him." Yeah, I had the same exact thoughts. That's why after one episode I put it on hold for two months.
But then I read a review on MAL one day and decided to pick it up again, and what I found was something I thought I'd never find again- a masterpiece. For many many years, Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood was my all time favorite anime. But after watching HXH, I found that I couldn't decide between the two and now they are tied for first place. How did I have such a change of heart?
One of the things that makes this anime shine the most is its ability to destroy all of your expectations. Every time I thought I knew what was going to happen, this anime spun everything around and completely surprised me. I never quite knew what was coming next.
Another thing I loved about this anime was its fights. No fight was boring, and more importantly, they were all filled with strategy. There were no annoying shonen fights where it basically goes like this: They encounter an enemy and go all out, trying so hard to defeat it, and the enemy is only a little scuffed up and they've "only used 3%" of their strength. The enemy then beats the crap out of them, and everyone seems to lose their spirit. But then they have an emotional speech about friendship/strength/love and they come up with a whole new powerful move on the spot and wipe out the enemy, who increasingly becomes more and more pathetic.
Yeah, that doesn't happen in HXH. Each battle is thought out and interesting. Also, a lot of battles are actually lost. I can't even count how many times Gon or someone else lost a fight. I remember seeing Gon laid up plenty of times, and no, he wasn't healed by the next episode, his injuries took actual time to heal. Also, people die. There is blood. Unlike Fairy tail, where I can count the number of deaths and appearances of blood on one of my hands, HXH doesn't hold back on either of those, but it doesn't go crazy on them either. (I'm not bashing oh FT, but just for the record it was one of my favorite animes until I watched HXH, then I realzied how...not amazing it was.)
Now onto the characters. They're all awesome, even the enemies. When I try to think of an enemy I hate, I can only think of one but even then he's only really a half-enemy and its my personal opinion on the character. Honesly, they are all amazing. I don't eve have any more to say about them, I've said all I needed to.
The art is great. I don't really pay attention to art usually but it's very nice to look at and it's consistently good.
I don't really pay attention to music, but a lot of it fits the mood perfectly when it plays and I enjoyed it as well.
This is just a little thing, but HXH only has two fillers which you can just skip.
Another great thing is the relationships. The relationships between the characters are enjoyable, especially between Gon and Killua. I admire how well all of the relationships are built, and they all just make you love the characters more. (Also, these same relationships are what caused me to cry on multiple occasions.)
This is getting lengthy so I'll just end it here. I give this show and everything in it a 10. It is a masterpiece and I have yet to find anything better than it. It may seem generic and cliche at first, but it isn't, and you won't regret watching more of it. If you watch this show and by the end of it you dislike it, I'd need to see a very detailed explanation to believe you.
Watch this anime. I feel bad for people who haven't seen it yet.
Mar 1, 2015
2) Bad guy too OP for good guy
3) Good guy gets his ass kicked by bad guy
4) Flash back of his friends gives good guy miraculous powers
5) With the power of sheer will, good guy beats the shit out of bad guy
6) Bad guy remembers one of his momma's sayings telling him to be a good boy
7) Bad guy turns good and decides to repent for his wrong doings
8) Rejoice and Repeat.
YOU: What is this senpai?
SENPAI (me): This is the basic plot progression of all shounen series
YOU: Doesn’t it look too generic
SENPAI: If you look up shounen in the otaku thesaurus, you’ll find generic listed as a synonym
YOU: Are all shounen series like this?
SENPAI: Not all, my sweet sweet child. Infact, some, just a few, are quite mature. One such anime is hunter x hunter (2011).
YOU: Haven’t heard of it like ever
SENPAI: Do you live under a rock, you peasant. Well, whatever. Hunter x hunter isn’t just a typical shounen. It’s so much more. Peasants like you who only watch crap like one piece and naruto won’t understand. But regardless, I will try my best to make you understand
YOU: Enlighten me senpai
Hunter x hunter (2011) is a remake of the 1999 original classic with the same name. The 2011 remake revisits all the arcs that the original had to offer but its goes beyond the original’s scope to bring us the two arcs, chimera ant arc and hunter chairman election arc, that were written in manga form after the original series’ run ended.
The story follows Gon, a 12 year old white kid, as he sets out on a journey to find his scumbag dad who abandoned him as a child. If Gon had been even a tad bit realistic, his intent upon finding his dad would have been to shove his fishing rod up his dad’s ass. But the thought didn’t even cross Gon’s mind as he was as innocent as a gon (gon means innocent in hunterXsaurus). Anyway, along the way Gon loses track of his original goal and indulges in meaningless conflicts and friendships. That’s good for us, the viewers, simply because we get to see more of Killua. Oh, did I mention that brat. Among the four friends that Gon makes, Killua is the badassest (English bending). He is to hunter x hunter what sasuke was to shit (oh, I meant naruto). The relationship between Gon and Killua is one of the best in anime. Gon depends on Killua for basically….. everything and Killua depends on Gon to keep his humanity intact. What a sweet nohomo relationship, right? Ok, moving on we have kurapika, a transvestite and Leorio, an aspiring doctor and also the weakest of the bunch (he’s practically useless). Kurapika has only one goal: to bring hell itself down upon the people who robbed his dead-ish clan of their eyes. So, basically he just tags along for benefits. And Leorio is well, the weakest of the bunch… nuff said.
As for the animation, it is really well done. I don’t know why but I’ll say so because everyone agrees on that. From bright colors representing hope to grey shades representing Killua’s badassness, hunter x hunter has got it all. The fight scenes, although rare, are spectacular and highly entertaining to watch. If you ever wanted to see how ninja yoyos work or how poker cards can be used to put up a bloody show, hunter x hunter is the anime to watch. All in all I wouldn’t say it has THE best art but it is pretty damn amazing nonetheless.
The soundtrack is THE only not-so-impressive aspect. The show is famous for using a limited number of soundtracks throughout the entire run. But couple some eargasmic music with some of the finest, eyegasmic action sequences in anime and you get an epic win.
To sum up the reasons to watch hunter x hunter (2011): Killua
To sum up the secondary reasons to watch hunter x hunter (2011): everything awesome that is not Killua or Killua related. Also, let’s not forget the biggest pedophile in anime history: Hisoka. If you like awesome fights, cool and badass characters AND you appreciate ACTUAL story in a shounen series, then hunter x hunter (2011) is the anime to watch. Add in some “happy happy” and you’ll have the experience of your life. [PM for details on exactly how much crack to use].
Thanks for reading my heroin-induced review. I don’t give a shit about any of you and if you don’t watch hxh after reading my review, I’ll hate you even more. I’ll post shit on your profile and make fun of you on forums. If you don’t want that, watch this masterpiece. And as always, feedback will (maybe not?) be appreciated.