Synonyms: HxH (2011)
Japanese: HUNTERxHUNTER (2011)
Status: Currently Airing
Aired: Oct 2, 2011 to ?
Duration: 23 min. per episode
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)L represents licensing company
Score: 8.821 (scored by 33515 users)
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2 based on the top anime page.
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Oct 10, 2013
HxH is about a young boy named Gon who embarks on a journey to find his father. After learning that his father left him at a young age to become a Hunter, Gon decides to follow in his footsteps not only to find him, but also to see what was so special about the profession that made his father choose it over him. Although a story of finding one's father is simple, it is the path that is taken towards this end that makes the series truly special. HxH is made up of several arcs that are all extremely well-written. Fantastic storytelling, strong dialogue and a proper blend of action, drama and comedy create an intoxicating formula that leaves you craving for more.
The arcs vary both in nature and tone, from an adventurous examination (Hunter Exam), a traditional fighting tournament (Heaven's Arena) to a dark neo-noir thriller (Yorknew), etc. HxH arcs are also connected with one another with the latter arcs building off the former, giving off a smooth transition that is uncommon to the genre. The variety in arcs succeed in keeping the series fresh, if there's one thing HxH isn't it's repetitive. Pacing and development are also excellent. Episodes for the most part are enjoyable; rarely do you feel that an episode is "dragging" and when you do, you are left with a feeling of story progression.
As for sound, HxH has a line of great soundtracks that started off decent but got better as the series progressed. In terms of seiyuus, with the exception of Kurapika and 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 seiyuus do a perfect job of capturing their characters.
HxH also has great art. The animation is fantastic! 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 to the colors adjust perfectly depending on the mood of the scene or the tone of the arc. As one reviewer (nagayume) said, the bright colors of the show might need some getting used to, although it is usually fans of the old series that have this problem. Personally, I think it fits the series perfectly. Not only does it add to the charm of the series, it also gives it a cognitive dissonance factor that gives HxH newcomers an interesting shock which I will discuss later.
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 up high, rather than and far from drooping to the level of being “childish”. If you're wondering why this show is rated R and not PG 13 it's because it gets dark and when it does, it gets really dark. The contradiction between what series looks like and what it actually is creates an effect of cognitive dissonance which I think is genius. I'm not just talking about mature atmospheres and themes, blood or gore, some things are so bizarre that it's hard to believe that this show once aired on a Sunday morning time slot (Hisoka *ahem*). There are a lot of scenes and story developments that you won’t ever see coming simply because these things just don’t happen in a shonen series. I've heard a lot of people say that HxH crosses over into seinen territory at times. I disagree but it definitely is one of the darker and more mature shonen that have aired in recent years and among currently airing titles, there is no debate.
However what sets the series apart from other battle anime is its minimal use of cliches and unpredictability. Shonen tropes and character archetypes are undermined throughout the series. The main character for example, Gon, fails more than he succeeds and arcs often end in an anti-climatic manner. Power-ups based on emotion or willpower are non-existent and fighting in the series is radically different from other battle anime. 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 (Hisoka, Phantom Troupe, Bomber and the Ant King). 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. As for being unpredictable, the story is exactly that. One thing that continues to amaze me with this series is how it leads viewers into thinking that the story will progress in this direction, only to make a complete turnaround and stomp on those expectations.
Another thing that HxH is known for is its battles. Not only are the fights in HxH well-executed, they are also smart, tactic-driven 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 and realistic approach to fighting is further enhanced by nen, a unique and complex power system held by tight boundaries. The concept of nen, the principles, aura types and its 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.
Although HxH’s primary strength lies in its story (particularly its writing), its characters come pretty damn close. HxH has a huge cast of well-developed characters. They have quirks, dreams, inner demons, worldviews and overall, really likable personalities. To top it off, most of them don’t follow generic character archetypes. Although some may initially come across as “generic”, these assumptions are gradually undermined as the series progresses. Then there are the villains. HxH villains are fantastic, from the crazy pedo clown Hisoka to the intelligent and charismatic Chrollo Lucifer.
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, which is not to say that the first two episodes are bad, they just aren't anything special. I've seen a lot of people drop HxH early and it sucks because the first two episodes don't capture the series at all. Things start to get mildly interesting in the third episode, after that, the series just gets better and better. HxH also suffers from occasional BGM misuse. There are odd sound choices for some scenes. Sometimes they don’t really fit, other times they don’t fit it all. The current arc also has some minor pacing issues, a lot of episodes could have covered more material. I understand that two chapters per episode is the standard for long running shonen but I grew accustomed to HxHs fast pacing of three. Rather than an erratic pacing of some episodes covering 2 chapters and other episodes covering 3, it would've been better if they stuck with the fast pacing throughout the series.
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 the fights are well-executed, they are also short (1-10 minutes) and happen less in comparison to other series. Moreover, the focus on strategy in battles might be off putting to people who prefer fights with more brawn and less brain. If you're expecting an action heavy series like Yu Yu Hakusho then you will be disappointed. This is because HxH is a series that relies on its story to reel in viewers. Personally, I think this is how fighting in shonen should be done. Fighting should be able to entertain and also make you think. It shouldn't drag on for too long at the expense of the story without leaving you underwhelmed.
Hunter x Hunter 2011 is an intelligent battle anime with a fantastic story, charming characters, and fights that involve a lot of strategy. Separating it from most of its genre, the series undermines shonen tropes and character archetypes and boasts unpredictable plot progressions that make it truly unique.
Story: 10/10 (Fantastic)
Characters: 10/10 (Fantastic)
Art: 9/10 (Great)
Sound: 8/10 (Great but occasionally misused)
Enjoyment: 10/10 (Very high)
Overall: 10/10 (Masterpiece) read more
Jul 13, 2013
Hunter X Hunter's story and plot varies across the different arcs in the show, but it basically follows a young boy, Gon Freecss on his journey to search for his father, who happens to be a lengendary Hunter, and this show follows him and some of his companions and chronicles their adventures.
At the time this review was written we are at the Chimera Ant arc, and thus this arc will not be covered in the review. (Although this arc has been absolutely fantastic so far, the best arc in the series yet)
HxH might have a childish, cliche-looking exterior, but do not let this fool you or stop you from experiencing this series, because it can get batshit insane sometimes, and that's an understatement. The author, Yoshihiro Togashi, has made a great world setting for this series, and it really aids in the storytelling. From virtual realities, to dark, gritty allies of York Shin, each arc and story has fantastic plot progression that really makes full use of its detailed setting and allows the characters to grow and shine. The great thing about this series is how it really plays with your expectations - the story progresses to an extent where you THINK you know what would go down, but then it completely steers away from what you're expecting of this series as a 'battle shonen'. It is incredibly smart and entertaining at the same time.
HxH follows many different arcs that all vary greatly in tone, from a happy adventure-type Hunter Exam arc, to a darker, more serious Phantom Troupe arc.
As for the arc themselves, the drama is never too much of an overkill, episodes are paced perfectly, and there's the occasional lighthearted humor that always makes me giggle without any boob jokes.
I'd say the great difference in overall tone of each arc gives HxH a rather disjointed feel, but each arc is fantastic and is still enough for me to reward it with an average score of an 8.
Madhouse really brought their A-game for this series. Each episode has fantastic animation (no cost-cutting methods anywhere) and the art direction of the series gets better and better as the series progresses. This show has also got one of the most epic battles in shonen ever, with great choreography and movie-standard animation that will simply blow you away. While the bright colours can take some time to get used to (especially for fans of the old series), I find it to be part of the appeal of HxH - it is deceptively simple, but is so much more.
Also, there's great art direction. It's better than almost every shonen anime out there in this aspect, and the animation is sometimes almost like a second narrative.
The soundtrack of Hunter X Hunter is a bit of an odd one, after over 80 episodes the opening is still the same, albeit with new accompanying animation. That said, it is still a pretty decent song, but I'd really like for them to switch it up a bit. The ending songs are fantastic, and I've never skipped the first or the second ending once. Sound direction was not as good at the beginning, some scenes has music that was distracting and shouldn't have been there, and some of the tracks just didn't match the atmosphere of the scene (particularly with Hisoka's scenes), but it got much, much better by the Phantom Troupe arc and has been amazing since.
Voice acting is a little bit awkward and seems to be a case of miscasting for certain characters, particularly Kurapika whose voice I think is a tad too girly. However, Han Megumi as Gon and Mariya Ise as Killua are absolutely fantastic, they portray the contrasting personalities of the boys so incredibly well, and at key emotional moments they don't disappoint - listening to them is just great.
This is where the series truly shines. Every character seems to follow a certain shonen archetype, but as I said, this show plays with your expectations, and you find yourself with characters that are surprisingly deep and compelling to watch. The revenge-driven Kurapika has his morals constantly questioned, the comic relief Leorio is surprisingly loveable and relatable, and Hisoka has a truly dangerous feel to him that many shonen villians do not have.
The most interesting characters, however, are the 2 main characters, Gon and Killua, their friendship is incredibly touching, dynamic and entertaining to watch, but as separate individuals they are just as fantastic. Gon appears to be a typical happy-go-lucky shonen protagonist that would push his way through with 'willpower' like most shonen leads do, but he is much smarter than the average characters, and even has a genuinely disturbing side to him that is always subtly presented in a show where he can even come off as worryingly apathetic. His companion, Killua, appears as another goofy kid, but I feel that he has depth - he only lets his guard down around Gon, truly treasures him as a friend and goes the distance to protect Gon's naivety and pure innocence that he seems to already have lost.
HxH 2011 is easily the best shonen adaptation since Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, and no other shonen series comes close. It really is the complete package, great stories, characters that seem to embody yet circumvent the tropes of the genre, coupled with fantastic sound, art and animation.
I urge all shonen fans (or fans of anime in general) to give this a shot, and at least watch till the halfway point of the first arc before dropping this, as I really feel that it only begins to show its true nature after a few episodes, and it does take awhile to get going. (That of course does not mean the first few episodes are bad in any way)
HxH is an experience that really should not be missed.
*this is my first review, so I apologize if it gets too long-winded or anything! read more
Apr 9, 2012
The beginning arc of the series offers some character introductions and a whole lot of explanation about the world of HxH. The in-depth story lines are less visible, but are already being treated in the background. At this time in the story, it's in the form of remarks and interactions between characters. The further this Hunter Exam arc progresses, however, the more individual stories are being fleshed out. Whether these are grudges, family problems, or simply a quest to find someone. The very end of the Hunter Exam neatly flows into the next arc, which instantly takes a further dive into the story behind one of our main characters. It's one of the things HxH does differently from some other Battle Shounen series, the flow from one arc to the other in the story (up till this point) feels very correct.
As such, it's evident that this series is more fleshed out than most Shounen series.
Story: 8/10 (I had a hard time not giving it a 9, for the sole reason of the series not being finished yet, by which Story is harder to judge than any other factor.)
This is something that stood out from the very first scene. Hunter x Hunter has this very unique style, which can make characters seem more like cartoon characters, yet they come out of a manga. Big noses and lips, a lot of aspects could be called 'old-school'. However, it is still performed in a way that makes it amazing to look at. Background rendering, lighting and shading, special effects to add atmosphere to scenes... The animation and art is simply top-notch. Now I have seen animes made by studio 'Bones', and I have seen the famous 'Hellsing Ultimate', so to deserve a 10 for art in my book, is pretty hard.
I really had to get used to the background music. At first the style appeared to me as weird, but soon enough I loved it. The happy, energetic themes during the normal situations (especially) fit Gon. However, the music can change altogether to become more like traditional drumming, something that manages to create heavy tension every time I watch it. Situations where the anti-hero (because I can't call him an Antagonist) Hisoka goes insane are perfectly portrayed through the amazing soundtrack. Dangerous situations, which could burst into action at any given moment are perfectly portrayed because of the amazing soundtrack. Sound effects in the background can suddenly boom through your boxes or headphones, in an impressive fashion. Voice acting is great, and the mad, happy or insane sides of characters are correctly given life.
Logically, a series focused on Hunters needs an adequate amount of character development. And this is easily noticed as nearly every character will have some special trait, something weird, or threatening. Some have a clear amount of intelligence, another acts on impulse, and yet another will be patient and observes the situation. However, there is one thing that bugs me, a pet peeve I developed because of 'Naruto'. Loads of characters will think or say that Gon has something special, etcetera, etcetera. This is something that can throw their character into disarray, because no person thinks the same way. Regardless, there are a bunch of characters that stomp on that statement as if it were an ant. I'm speaking of the Phantom Troupe arc. The arc took your expectation of Gon and Killua being powerful, and threw it down a cliff. These characters are, at times, obviously aware of their own dominance and power, and will act likewise. The mere tension their presence creates in the series has an amazing impact.
Enjoyment is an aspect that requires the combination of all the other aspects, but most importantly, requires them to be in-sync. This case is performed brilliantly. The series is dark when it needs to be dark, because the characters are, the soundtrack is, the lighting is, and the dialogue is. In fact, the tension in this series is so strong that even when nothing is happening and only a simple conversation takes place I am often glued to the screen. There aren't many anime that will make somebody come closer to the screen just because he is so focused. This series manages it every time.
Overall: 10: Masterpiece.
An anime and manga labeled as battle. Not a single typical shounen battle took place. Yet this series is so action filled and amazing. Dialogue and story play a bigger role in this series than it does in nearly any other battle shounen, and not only in the form of explanation, but also logical deduction.
EDIT: Somebody came up to me to flame me for rating this so high without watching the original series or reading the manga. He blocks any incoming messages so I found his message to be completely unnecessary. Whatsoever will I state the following: People should be able to enjoy and rate a remake without having to watch the original. If you don't like that, don't flame me for having opinions. Thank you.
*Edited at 13th of December due to the increased number of episodes.* read more
Dec 8, 2011
I'm pretty tired of these reviews saying "Oh it doesn't like up to the 1999 version" and crap. Before I begin let me note that I have seen SOME of the 1999 version and ALL of the manga. I won't really be doing a comparison cause its not only unfair as I haven't seen all of it(and don't really plan to) but because people before me have done so already.
Story: Its a remake, I.E. the same thing. Gon sets out to become a Hunter in order to find his dad and to find out whats so great about the job that he'd abandon his only son. I saw the first 5 episodes of the first sereis *and other random eps* so when Episoe 1 was coming I thought "Oh I'm gonna get a flash back ep first." To my surprise there was none and we got the entire boat bit. I will admit they made mito a character you could give less for and they should have given a flashback on Kaito since he's important later on, But I did enjoy that we could see Leorio and Kurapika meeting gon sooner than I thought. The story in this version is moved pretty quickly, Which I had mixed feelings on. It did admittingly feel rushed at some parts and in episode 6 they axed out my favorite part of the second exam, the sushi making contest and didn't even spare Kurapika's 'I'M LIKE LEORIO?!' face, and that pissed me off. so props to the old version there. However thanks to this we can get to the good parts of the hunter exam and on towards the parts that made hunter x hunter as a series great*Looking forward to seeing all the arcs* Plus the pace has slowed down as of late as its taking a while to get through the Prison trial, but its doing a much better job of keeping consistant to the monga *THE ACCTUAL CORE VERSION* than some of its previous episode and the old version.
Art: It dosn't matter what you thought of this version compared to the 1999 one, this version art is SUPRB. I understand it was 1999 when they made the last one so of course now it'd be a big improvement but damn, madhouse knows how to do its job. At first it's brightness concerned me as the series gets darker and darker later on, but now I don't mind it, as Hisoka STILL comes off as creepy ecpecially in episode 10 where he shatters the hopes for revenge by that x examiner. The character designs are pretty well done as well, only the small gripe being thay made kurapika's look too much like a girl, however in the old version Gon's hair was too short, so its a eye for eye.now for movement, the animation, Its freakin amazing, seeing the shows first real fight, I was left amazed at how well done it was and I look forward to ALOT of the series future fights. Also its nice to see this when the manga's sketchy style dosn't do it for you but what'cha gonna do when your SO MANY ARCS AWAY!?
Sound: Alright, I gotta say its good, but just not for this series. I really didn't like the other versions either but oh well. The sound did kinda do it for me in episode 10 when Hisoka was fighting, but I don't really like the idea of cheerful orchestra music for the seires main themes. The fact that there IS a orchestra does say something about the future but for now it doesn't work. as for the openings and endings I like them, it took a while for the ending to get to me but it did and I'm ok with the current OP As I like the energy put into it where as the other version made me want to do the opposite of the title and go to bed.
Character: are perfectly kept intact. As its keeping with the manga, of course the characters would be kept the same. While gon is easily the simplest character of the show if not in anime history, He's likabe. most characters would show angst or give off a fake "I don't care" front, but he shows the absence of his father with complete curiosity. His cheerful and full of life personality shows and if you don't have a problem with simple characters, you'll more than likely like gon. Leorio is my personal favorite because I love comic relief characters and boy does he do his job here! Some may find his tendency to get pissed off at everything annoying but I find it pretty funny especially in the majority rule where he is perfectly within his rights to get pissed off. Of course Leorio's gotta look a little cool too, its nothing compared to his recent actions in the manga but His bet to determine wheter the blue guy*which was kinda weird* was alive or not was pretty cool, for his standards anyway. Kurapika is as dark as usual so thats cool. Killua is the same mischivious little assasin we all know and love and will soon later become one of the two darker characters compared to Gon and Leorio. They also do a good job of making him friends with Gon this early on seeing as the two will be working together alot later. Hisoka is pretty much the same, just look at the ending animation.
Enjoyment: I may already know whats gonna happen but I look forward to seeing every adaption each week. I each episode *except for episode 6* feels worth seeing as they follow the manga and the pacing while fast is acctually pretty ok once you get used to it.
Overall: Hunter x Hunter is pretty much the same here and it shows the only real issue to have with it is wether you put time in to make comparisons to the old version. I'm sure it was good, but Its Over, I'm already up to speed with its plot and since I have a choice to revisit what I read in the manga I'm gonna go with this. As for if you aren't up to date with the manga and haven't seen the old anime, You'll probably be prefectlyfine watching. If you have seen the old version then you'll either be fine with this and hope for the unanimated arcs to come, or just be like some of the other reviewers and gripe about "How it dosn't live up to-blah" So all in all Its a good series it just depends on how you look at it. read more
Aug 16, 2013
Classics within the demographic suffer from another core problem; while an excellent portion of the classic shonen demographic are truly fantastic series within their own right, the demographic suffers from those classics not holding up in the current time among modern yet experienced anime fans.
Why is all of the above relevant?
With all these conditions in mind, here I am, giving my first 10 to the 2011 version of Hunter X Hunter.
Why you ask? Because Hunter X Hunter is an example of a classic shonen that does much more right than wrong, and withstands the test of time to this day as a classic example of how purely amazing a shonen can be.
Anyway, onto my review:
Oh God, where do I start?
Hunter X Hunter is one of the most carefully written, if not the most carefully written shonen to date. The story-line is fast-paced at the beginning, but slowly gains this careful pacing that most shonen series, in particular long-running ones, lack. The fights are carefully written from start to finish, and the way the protagonists or their opponents manage to defeat each other never feels poorly explained with deus ex machina moments in between, unlike more recent shonen classics which are filled to the brim with these kind of moments that anger non-shonen enthusiasts. If you think the series will explain it's concepts in long, drawn-out dialogue, you're wrong again. The dialogue in this series is full of wit and tries to explain the various concepts and themes it presents bit by bit rather than explain things all at once.
The artwork for Hunter X Hunter is nothing like other series we've seen. Despite being rather old, Hunter X Hunter's art looks very different and pleasing to the eyes, with characters, their costumes and the world they're in being drawn with such vivid detail that most shonen can only dream of having. The fight scenes are very very well animation, and studio MADHOUSE seem to have taken it upon themselves to give this series an excellent budget, as the animation looks absolutely gorgeous, with very few still frames and bringing the series to life with some very detailed backgrounds.
The OST is very well composed, though not on the same level as the previous version of Hunter X Hunter. The calm, soothing soundtrack of the previous version is replaced with a more hardcore rock soundtrack. While not as good, the OST is nevertheless very well executed, and perfectly fits the tone of the series. The OST never feels out of place, and the right tracks are played at the right time.
Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for the opening and the various endings of the series, which are more hit and miss more than anything else.
Don't get me wrong, they're still very pleasant to listen to, it's just that some of the endings don't fit the tone of the arc shown at the time. The opening, while great, hasn't changed so far, which leads one to wonder whether they're actually planning on keeping this opening all the way to the end. Not like I mind, mind you, just that I think we can do with a bit more variety.
The voice-acting is the shining aspect of the sound aspect, as the voice actors have done a fantastic job bringing their characters to life. None of the voice acting or roles assigned feel out of place, and while this series may be over the top in it's acting sometimes, it's still bloody fantastic.
Nevertheless, this series still receives a well above average score for sound.
The characters at the beginning fit into their generic archetypes, but later those archetypes are deconstructed and reconstructed in what slowly but surely becomes a fascinating character study of morals. The series isn't afraid of taking risks, and goes into boundaries that most shonen don't dare approach. The characters develop because of the plot, yet the development doesn't feel forced or unnecessary and the characters are still independent enough to feel that they don't develop because the plot dictates it.
And most importantly, try not to judge this series' characters based on their appearances. An important theme of this series is breaking stereotypes about other people's appearances, and this series utilizes that theme to maximum effect, so be prepared to be surprised by some of the characters you meet. So yeah, no complaints whatsoever here.
The series is adrenaline pumping but has it's character-driven moments, amusing at times and dark at others, and has wit in it's dialogue that the shonen demographic desperately needs at a time like this in the state that it's become. I cannot recommend this highly enough.
Overall, I grant this series a 10 out of 10, because it's just that good.
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May 27, 2013
Well then, since the new Hunter x Hunter (which I will from here on forth call 2011) is now done adapting everything that the original Anime (which I will call 1999) adapted, I thought it would be nice to do a comparison between this version's first 75 episodes and 1999's entire TV series and its OVAs, since both cover the exact same amount of content - ending at the same scene, at the same moment.
Hunter x Hunter (1999) was animated by Nippon Animation and directed by Furuhashi Kazuhiro, famous for directing the entire Rurouni Kenshin Anime, as well as Gundam Unicorn.
Hunter x Hunter (2011) is animated by Madhouse and directed by Koujina Hiroshi, who has some previous experience in the Shounen department, but nothing really spectacular. His most famous work would probably be Rainbow.
Art & Animation: First let's talk about 1999. Now this version uses a very dark mood in both colouring and presentation during the TV series, but changes to a more childish and classic shounen style during the two Greed Island OVAs. The details of it are very nice, for being an anime released in 1999 it still looks good. It's not very impressive overall, but it manages to do an impressive job during the fights. It's clear by just looking at the animation style and its content that this was made for a more mature audience. But is that necessarily a good thing? Well, during the beginning of the show, it didn't fit very well, as the show had a more adventurous feelings. However, when the series reached the Yorknew Arc, it fit like a glove. Since the style was dark, and the Arc was dark (especially for a Shounen) everything worked perfectly in setting atmosphere. However, when the series reached the two Greed Island OVAs, there was a big noticeable change in both art and animation. The artstyle was comparable to the artstyle in 1999, but animation quality was severly worse. This may very well be because by the time of release, this was when production studios started to go over to computer animating, instead of traditional handdrawn animating. The animation got stiff and lifeless, and that's sad considering that the final OVA was released a whole 5 years after the TV series, yet it looked worse.
Now for 2011. Now this is one of the main things that most people have complained about. 2011 is definitely much more colourful and brings a much more childish feeling than its original 1999 version. However, 2011 is much more pleasing to the eye than the 1999 version in some instances. There are some points in the show where I would prefer the original 1999 version's artwork style, but in the end the 2011 version is much more appealing to me as it gives me that adventure feeling the original version failed to give me. There are however some scenes where 2011 can look dark, but the overall tone is always much "happy." This is a bit more of a self-preferences, so it's hard to say which one could be considered to be "the best" artstyle. If you like a darker tone, 1999 wins, and if you want a more adventurous tone, 2011 wins. But, when it comes to animation, 2011 is clearly the superior version. While it may not look very impressive during all scenes, Madhouse manages to amp up the quality by a lot during the fight scenes. These fights are some of the best looking fights you will ever find in a Shounen. They added smoke, slow-mo effects, camera shakes, monochrome, and much more to make these fights have a much bigger bang to them.
So, despite the tone of 1999, the clearly inferior animation quality of the Greed Island OVAs drags its value down a lot. The very well animated fights of 2011 and it's adventurous style makes it win this round.
Sound: The 1999 soundtrack is one of the most atmospheric soundtracks I've ever heard, at least in the Shounen department. It fits the mood perfectly and has some tunes that I still go around whistling on. This soundtrack is something that will stick with you for quite some time. It is well composed and every song uses just the right instrument and fits every scene the music is placed in. Soundeffect wise, it's not very impressive. It uses a real weak sounding punch sound and the OVAs uses a really annoying summoning sound. And those are just the big things that I noticed, because other than that there's no real power. But, one of the biggest parts of the sound department is in voice acting, and it's... Ok-ish? Some voices are great and fit perfectly, like Gon and Kurapika. But other voices can sound pretty awkward or are forgettable. No one really stands out - but- they do their voicework as they should. Like I said, it might sound awkward or is forgettable, I still can't deny that the voices actually do fit.
The 2011 soundtrack is a bit more rock-like at some times, a bit more of a typical Shounen at other times, but it still has some of these "adventure toned" songs in its soundtrack that are really fitting with the tone. Just like 1999 it has some memorable themes, but with the lack of the atmosphere-building songs of 1999, it fails to really leave an impact on you after you just watched something, but it still manages to wow you sometimes during certain scenes in the show. Biggest example would be during the Requiem scene in the Yorknew arc, when the song even overlapped and replaced the ending song for that episode. Soundeffects are a big plus here, as the fightscenes has big power behind their soundeffects. Background noises fits and there are always small details that you can barely hear, but you can still hear that they are there. Voice acting is good. Nothing spectacular, and the only real noteworthy voice performance is by Namikawa Daisuke, who voices Hisoka, as he does a really chilling performance.
So, which one's the winner? I'm actually gonna have to go with a tie here. While 1999 has a great atmospheric soundtrack, 2011 has better voice acting and soundwork. One can not work without the other, especially when you only think about the soundtrack and voice acting, the main two elements that makes up the sound department.
Story: Both 1999 and 2011 follow the same basic storyline: A young boy, Gon, wants to become a Hunter in hope of finding, as well as understanding the actions, of his father. Accompanying this is the "Kurapika Kurta Clan Revenge" sub-plot, along with a little bit of Killua and his family. The story itself isn't very impressive or groundbreaking for that matter, but it's good enough to make you want to keep on watching, as it does have a more mature way of portraying the story compared to other Shounens, both the 1999 and 2011 version. So, how are they on their own? Well let's see...
1999 took care of the story up to the end of the Greed Island Arc in 92 episodes. Whilst the pacing was pretty slow during the Hunter Exam Arc, due to fillers and creative choices, the pacing did improve later on. However, in the OVAs the pacing once again slowed down considerably. This is one of 1999's biggest downfall, as the show could be quite a drag to watch. While this may not be a problem for older viewers, as Anime tended to more slow in the old days, this may very well be one of the biggest complaints the show gets from new viewers. But besides that, the Anime did adapt the Manga faithfully, even if it was ultimately left incomplete.
2011 took care of the story up to the end of the Greed Island Arc in 75 episodes. The pacing was increased a lot in this version, so much that some episodes in the Yorknew Arc and Greed Island Arc adapted as much as 4-5 chapters. That is a lot, considering that your average Shounen adapts approx. 2 chapters per episode. While some might say that the pace became too fast, I'd disagree, as the faster pace helps you a lot in paying attention to the show, as you won't get bored as easily. Sure, the slower pace of 1999 may help in a lot of tension scenes, but the faster pace still manages to keep the tension intact. Madhouse also removed and/or rearranged a lot of scenes, which gives this version a more "fresh" feeling, for both the Manga and 1999 viewers.
However one thing they both share in common is the Yorknew Arc, which is undoubtedly one of the best Shounen Arcs ever in both adaptations, even if it's primary focus is not on our main protagonist, Gon, but instead on Kurapika.
So which one's the winner? I would guess it should be pretty obvious; the faster pace of 2011 helps this adaptation a lot, as the show in overall is more exciting to watch.
And besides that, since 2011 is also adapting at least the Chimera Ant Arc, it already has more value to it, but I won't count that, since this comparison is only based on up until the end of the Greed Island Arc. So no handicap here!
Character: The characters of Hunter x Hunter is definitely the highlight of the entire show. All of them develop really nicely throughout the show (except Leorio, who just can't seem to catch a brake) and/or are defined by their characteristics very well. Gon is an enthusiastic but selfish kid, Killua is an assassin trying to change, Kurapika is an avenger who is after a certain group of thieves and murderers, and Leorio is... Well, Leorio. And of course we can't exclude our favorite perverse clown, Hisoka. What a lovable nutcase he is. Now, as for the shows themselves...
Due to 1999's added filler, we get a bit more insight on our characters and their motives. That, added with the slow pace lets the Anime take much more time in developing our characters, and make us more attached to them. So yes, a negative can result in a positive. 2011 takes a more direct approach and focuses more on the action of our characters rather than the motives. It doesn't exclude the motives in any way, but it's definitely not as thoroughly represented as it is in the 1999 version. This can however be a plus, as action speaks louder than words in this show, which has been proven time and time again. If you want to prove your worth to someone here, show them spunk, not intellect. At least, that's how it's seen through the eyes of most of the villains.
Speaking of the villains, they are far from your typical one, or even two-dimensional villain. These guys have clear motives and aren't afraid to show their emotions if necessary, and they will stick up for their comrades.
But which one wins? I'm going to have to with the 1999 version. The added scenes and the slower pace manages to grasp you into the characters and their feelings much better. That isn't to say that 2011 is poor at doing that, which it clearly isn't, it's just not doing as well of a job at doing it.
Value: Since I'm watched both 1999 and 2011 you should know that both shows together have a really nice value. If you enjoyed 1999, you're gonna enjoy 2011, and vice versa. No matter what version you're going for at first, you're definitely going to want to watch the other version after you're done with the first version, that is if you enjoyed the first version you went for, of course. But which one is really the better one in the value department? Well... None of them. Or rather, both. 2011 definitely has the better pacing and presentation in its story and art, but 1999 has the better character development and characterization, along with soundtrack. So it's pretty much a tie here.
Though 2011 would've won this round since it's adapting even more of the Manga than 1999, but the same reason I gave at the end of the story section applies here as well.
Enjoyment: Now then, which version is the most entertaining show to watch? Remember, just because something is more entertaining doesn't mean that it's necessarily better. For starters, the 1999 show definitely had a more enjoyable Yorknew Arc, due to its tone and artstyle. The slower pacing also let the psychological factors become more clear. However, the pacing goes from okay to bad when the show reaches the OVAs, especially the Greed Island OVAs. This is a problem the 2011 version never succumbs to during its first 75 episodes. It manages to keep the tension and psychology even when it's going really fast.
The winner has to be 2011. Despite not as good representation of the characters, the amazing art and animation during fights, the much faster pacing and so much more makes it far more enjoyable to watch.
Winner of each department
Art & Animation - 2011
Sound - 1999
Story - 2011
Character - 1999
Value - 1999 & 2011
Enjoyment - 2011
1999 - 3/6
2011 - 4/6
The winner is 2011!
Closing comments: Hunter x Hunter, no matter if it's the 1999 version or the 2011 version, is one of the finest Shounens you can watch, due to the more mature feeling and its "almost deconstruction" approach of the Shounen genre.
You like action? You like adventure? You like to watch an anime that is both entertaining and addicting? Then look no further because here is Hunter x Hunter! One of the best action/adventure shows I have ever seen! I look forward to every week as I get to see yet another fantastic episode everytime, and you will too (hopefully)! So thanks for reading this comparison/preview and good-day!
For comparison on the pace, here is a list of how many episodes every Arc took in both adaptations, to give you a clear perspective on the difference in pacing.
Hunter Exam Arc: 01-31 (31 episodes)
Zoldyck Family Arc: 32-36 (5 episodes)
Heavens Arena Arc: 37-44 (8 episodes)
Yorknew City Arc: 45-70 (26 episodes)
Greed Island Arc: 71-92 (22 episodes)
Hunter Exam Arc: 01-21 (21 episodes, 20 excluding the recap episode - #13)
Zoldyck Family Arc: 22-26 (5 episodes, 4 excluding the recap episode - #26)
Heavens Arena Arc: 27-36 (10 episodes)
Yorknew City Arc: 37-58 (22 episodes)
Greed Island Arc: 59-75 (17 episodes) read more
Jul 16, 2013
Epicness? You already sensed it right! Hell yeah! This anime redefines the meaning of epicness!!
I still cant understand how a masterpiece anime like this doesnt have much hype.
Now let me tell you, one by one.
STORY - 10/10
outstanding! I wont give any spoilers. But, the story is truely a masterpiece! There is hunter exam arc, yorknew arc, greed island arc. . . . . . Epic win!
Art - 10/10
Colourful & toned down to dark when necessary. Oh man, the art is actually a plus point.
Sound - 10/10
starts kinda avarage in this in first few episodes, but with every episode it just gets better with every episode!! The music & sound effects are spectacular!
Character - 10/10
as a shonen, the characters starts on average note. But as series goes on, with every character's background, i'm sure you'll like atleast one character as all time favorite!
The innocense of gon, cool guy kilua, darker kurapika and one of antique - Hisoka!
Enjoyment - 10/10
seriously, every episode makes you sit tight on your chair, with all the excitement, you just cant get enough pal!!
Overall - 10/10
highly recommended. It surely does not disappoint. Everything is just perfect!
Whole purpose of this review - i feel it's kinda under rated. Worth a try and i never found a guy who said, " i watched hxh and i didnt like it ".
So i say, " hxh 2011?? Watch it. Feel it." read more
Jun 11, 2013
It's been only two days to cover 60 episodes.But it's enough for me to write a review. Usually i'm very critical on judging anime, But this anime is far more than you can expect. And totally piked my interests.
Story: Amazing story lines, actually it's like both Naruto and Death Note put together. But in a more powerful way, it's actually fast pacing, which actually makes many people happy. The action plot lines are hard to understand, the plans, and deductions. But that's good. It feels like an intelligent anime.
Art: Art is very well done, for this anime, you don't need exquisite art work, but it's actually fabulous, the textures, the coloring all flawless. The artwork also depicts characters very well.
Sound: The voice dubbing is very much excellent,sometimes when a woman voices a male character it causes conflicts. Surprisingly this anime didn't bother me in that. Even though the main character is done by a woman, it sounds extremely natural.The soundtracks are contrasting, it suits characters and atmosphere completely. especially Hisoka's theme.
Character : The best character development i have ever seen. The way characters plots, past,feelings are presented is amazing, there are no characters in the same caliber. I would say, Kilau's and Kuropika's character development are the best.Note that the mangaka had devised Kilau's character to be only interested in Gon. Usually when there are smaller groups, all the members get along well.
Enjoyment : No words to describe the actual shivers i got by seeing Kilau's family and the way he killed during the hunter exam. I fear Kilau a lot still. I still remember this phrase Pika said : "As long as he's on our side" I am a girl and i admit that this far more better than a shojo, the best shounen ever.
Overall : A MUST WATCH. Guaranteed 200% enjoyment.
PS: I used serious words to write this review, which means i love this anime and take it seriously. Also i don't know why this anime is not that popular. It should be.
Jun 24, 2012
Ah, where to begin? Well I guess I should begin by mentioning that I have seen all of the original anime except for the last two episodes of the final OVA (I couldn't bear to see it end!), read some of the manga, and have watched and will continue to watch each and every episode of the this anime adaptation...except maybe those darn recap episodes...
Anyway, this is a GREAT anime to get into when you've reached the point of "every anime nowdays feels stale and contains nothing but fanservice."
In my opinion, Hunter x Hunter (2011) sets itself apart because it presents itself in classic shounen fashion rather than trying to be "different", "edgy", and "daring."
Compared to many current anime shows out there, Hunter x Hunter's opening sequence of mystical lands and treasures coupled with the opening song Departure! is rather plain in comparison. However, it gives off a huge amount of charm (in my opinion) because it holds the power of nostalgia. First time I saw the opening, I was pleasantly surprised because I felt like a kid again, waking up at 8 AM just to catch my favorite show.
However, its important to note that Hunter x Hunter is NOT a kids show despite the opening, the bright colors, the adventurous music, etc. This show actually has a darker nature and deals with mature themes that are at odds with its cheery appearance. Hunter x Hunter is largely based in psychology as a result.
Also, despite its shounen premise, there are only a few fights that deal with pure fighting. Many of the fights occur in the minds of the characters, (though this isn't the focus of the series at all) and even if there is a fight going on, it is largely based on strategy and intelligence rather than pure physical strength and ability.
...And guess what? I still have MORE to talk about!!
If anything else won't get you hooked onto this series, the characters definitely will. In the end, its the characters of Hunter x Hunter that drives the series forward and not the plot. (Honestly, reread the plot synopsis. It's simple and unimpressive, considering how many other stories do it...)
The characters and their interactions with each other are unique, even though you've seen these characters many times before: The simplistic hero, the cool and intelligent rival/friend, the pretty boy who is more than a pretty face, and the buffoon. These pretty much describe the four main heroes: Gon, Killua, Kurapika, and Leorio.
However, they all manage to move beyond their stereotypes because their actions and reactions depend on their morals. And the morals which all the characters, except for Leorio, hold in high regard are gray in nature. As a matter of fact, if there is something they want to accompish, Gon, Killua, and Kurapika will do whatever is in THEIR best interest in order to accomplish that goal.
All in all, Hunter x Hunter (2011) is a solid show with facinating characters and situations at every turn. Overall 10
Story: (10)- Decievingly simple. More than what meets the eye.
Art: (10)- Clean and crisp. Beautifull backgrounds. Consistent animation quality. Unique character desgins. (Designs are closer to manga style than previous adaptation)
Sound: (9)- Soundtrack features many different instruments and styles that sound fantastic on their own but feels misused or overused at times. Voice actors are very suitable for characters.
Characters: (9)- Main cast is well-rounded but side characters feel one-demensional.
Enjoyment: (10)- I LOVE THIS SERIES IN ANY SHAPE OR FORM CAUSE ITS HUNTER X HUNTER BABY!
Other things to consider:
- The faithfulness of this adaptation to the manga is about 90%. There is a minimal amount of filler added in to compliment the manga material. However, this adaptation cut out what motivated Gon to find his father in the first place.
- Violence is there but not nearly as much gore and violence found in the manga.
-No romance or annoying female characters. Each female serves a purpose and is cool in their own way.
- Hisoka. If you are scared of pedophiles or serial killer clowns, beware of Hisoka cause he's all that. (And more...)
- Gon and Killua's friendship is one of the cutest friendships I have ever seen. A definite highlight (*cough* that easily replaces romance *cough*)
-I know this was a very long review but I did this in hopes that you could understand not only why I love this series so much, but why you should start watching this series right now. Thanks for reading this far! You are awesome!!
Oct 8, 2013
Togashi Yoshihiro is a very talented mangaka who managed to create a world of great imagination where he can take you from dark realistic settings to a virtual reality cheerful world.The story progresses in arc format with each arc being connected nicely together, of course there is the main story where the protagonist a small boy named Gon embarks on a journey to search for his father a "Hunter" where lots of difficult challenges and adventures awaits him.Apart for the first few episodes the pace was really good and I never got bored but it still was 10 times better then the old version where the beginning was slow and kind of awful.In the first arc you get to know the world of HxH and it's protagonists, it may take for a while to draw you in so stick with it because it will get epic.
What sets it apart from any other anime at least of this genre if not all anime it's the disruption of a linear plot progress.Plot twists in some episodes are just insane.At some points I literally was in shock and kept thinking about what happened for many days or weeks after the episode. You will never expect for some things to happen.I found the complexity and simplicity of the story in perfect equivalence, it's simple in it's general view but individual elements can be quite complex(eg. a system of a country, fighting system, analytical thinking of an antagonist etc). In short it was an intelligent story with perfect mix of mystery,tension,comedy,drama and action. Don't make the mistake I did when I labeled it as childish when i had seen only 10 episodes, give it a try and you will discover a mature and deep story with the psychological factor being present all over the place.
Story:9/10 (I would rate it a 10 but I can't because of the weak beginning).
Animation is amazing in this series, the best of the best.And as it progresses it gets even better especially in the fight scenes where the effects are awesome and enhance the experience.The bright colors is one of the major factors that made me personally like 1999 version better, because dark colors used in the old one created a dark atmosphere which suited better for this anime(it felt more epic and created more tension). That doesn't mean I hate the new version though.The designs of each character are unique and suits their personalities quite well which as an effect makes them memorable (one antagonist became one of my favorite antagonist ever!!!).
There was only one thing I hated about the sound and that was the opening song(I always skipped it), the end song though was quite enjoyable. As for the soundtracks I can say they were epic especially in moments of tension or mystery. I didn't quite like the happy go lucky background soundtrack but that was only at the beginning, I actually appreciated it more cause it made the moments of tension feel 10 times more epic!!! Voice actors are all good except for the one of Kurapica who's voice I didn't like but I may be influenced by the old version. The voices for the 2 main protagonists are especially well picked up.Although I prefer the 99 version sound and voices better I will stay objective and rate the sound a 9.
As you could see on my profile most of my favorite characters are from this show and as you can guess characters in this show are amazing, there is no one who is underdeveloped or one dimensional. Lots of hours has been spent in developing each of them making them unique and memorable in their own skin, some will be mysterious and threatening like no other you've seen ,some others intelligent and patient another might be compassionate and vulnerable. What is truly amazing though as I mentioned before is the presence of the psychological factor. Which means that no one will act always the same in different situations just to follow their stereotype as the situation changes.What I mean is that your expectations for some characters being one thing will be diminished into being the complete opposite. That's why the plot twists are amazing and logically and emotionally feel correct.
Hunter x Hunter 2011 is the best anime of any other at this genre I've seen.It blends together and balances exceptionally well themes like drama, mystery, comedy and action.I enjoyed this series so much that I am actually thinking about rewatching the old version first and at some point the 2011 again. I hope you will give it a try because I honestly believe you will enjoy it very much.I recommend this series to everyone and it doesn't matter what genres you like more just trust me and give this series a go but stick with it cause it kinda slow at the beginning.
May 4, 2013
First of all I'm gonna compare it with other shounens, the reason I like this a lot more or why I rate it higher than other shounens is mainly because there's less bullshit. By bullshit I mean the MCs (main characters) always winning no matter what kind of situation they are put in. If you watch other shounens you should understand what I mean by that. If you hate the fact that the MCs always win without reason then this might be a show that you should give a try, obviously the MCs in this do also win battles and other situations but it's made believable and it doesn't make you think "well that's just bullshit".
^ Now that's my main reason for why I love this show a lot more than most other shounens. For the rest of this review I'm just going to list some other good things about the show.
- No fillers (yet).
- The fights are enjoyable, well animated and can be thrilling at times.
- The special abilities are interesting and cool.
- Good characters, not only the protagonists but also the antagonists are made very likable and enjoyable to watch too.
- The MC isn't super strong and unbeatable. Some people might not like this but for me it's something that sets it aside from other top shounens and makes this show special.
- Although the plot doesn't sound like anything special or interesting (Gon searching for his father), the adventure that Gon goes through while looking for his dad is really good. Also there are arcs where the story focuses on other MCs and deals with their problems which are also really good to watch (arguably the best arc of the show at the moment is an arc that focuses on someone other than Gon).
There's definitely other good things about the show as well as a few bad stuff (probably) but nothing springs to my mind at the moment so i'll leave the review as it is.
I'm not very good with reviews and you can probably tell, so I just hope this might be useful for some people who don't like reading a long review. read more
Sep 13, 2013
Story- 9.75/10. The author of the series is Yoshihiro Togashi who is responsible for Yu Yu Hakusho and Level E. The plot changes with every arc but the main goal for our hero, named Gon is to find travel the world to find his father, a professional hunter. Hunters basically. are those who travel and seek certain things from the world. Each arc is very different from the previous ones and as a result this show is very interesting. It constantly switches from arcs that are fun adventure types to ones that are darker. But it all just adds to the fun in my opinion. From initial first impressions especially the first 2 or so episodes this show will seem childish. The atmosphere, character attitudes and music will all contribute to it. But if you can look past this you will see it is far from childish.
Art and Animation- 10/10. Maybe in the manga it would not get a perfect score since Togashi is not the best artist but the animation is fantastic. After all it is made by Madhouse Studios who have done many wonderful works such as Rainbow, Death note. And like we know with Madhouse the colours are vibrant. Most people will tell you for the first arc atleast that the colours did not mix well with the arc and I disagree. I feel it is the music. If you changed the music for the scenes with more fitting music you will see the entire thing will be very fitting.
Characters- 10/10. Our main protagonist, Gon is one of those 'dumb' characters. But if you are someone who hates these type of characters, don't worry because around him are very intelligent characters who 'wash' away his 'dumbness'. Gon may be a typical shounen character but he has depth. His character makes mistakes and he learns from it. Seeing him, we are constantly reminded that even with all this powers he is still human and one we can all relate to. Other characters include Killua, a very badass kid who is part of the family of some of the strongest assassins in their world. Kurapika, a calm and cool character who is my personal favorite from the series most simply because he knows how important even one single life is. And Leorio, a hot blooded teenager (even though he looks much older) who at first seems like a selfish careless person but gradually we see he is also great. All the other characters are amazing as well. I can go in detail about them all but I will just leave it by saying that there are barely any characters from the series I dislike.
Music- 9.25/10. The music in the beginning one or two arcs in Hunter X Hunter did not deliver as it did in other areas. There would be a serious scene like someone losing their arm or even life and the background music would be some kind of either tangy or happy type of sound. But now let’s move on to why I gave this a high rating. As it gradually progressed I felt they were more ‘spot on’ with their choice of tracks as well the tracks themselves became more fitting to the scene. Especially with their scenes that depict something crazy/epic or something that conveys heavy tension. The opening (yes there is only one for this 90 plus series) is incredible and one of my favorite. Same can be said with the endings except instead of one there are 4 so far. And finally, the voice acting is top-notch. Every character perfectly fit in with their voices and their range especially for showing emotion feels extremely realistic.
Entertainment- 10/10. I don't think there was a time in Hunter X Hunter where I was bored. This anime makes an entire episode of dialogue extremely entertaining and interesting to watch which goes to show that action every 5 minutes is not required for me to be glued to the screen.
All right now to take a more critical approach to the whole series because I can't truly say a series is perfect so I will try and see if this has any flaws. The music is not in any means bad I would say it’s more out of place at times. But hey, maybe I am being overly critical.
Overall- 10/10. Hunter X Hunter is one of my favorite animes. And if my review isn't testimony enough to try the show, then let its spot in the top 30 be because this is truly a show you absolutely must see. To sum it all up, almost everywhere it excels and it does so almost flawlessly. But I can't guarantee you will love it as much as I do because you know different people have different tastes and opinions as to what makes them unique so I guess here's another reason why you have to try it for yourself and remember, you have my permission. read more
May 11, 2013
Story: Finishing the Phantom Troupe arc (ep58), I feel as I have watched enough to criticize the anime. For a shonen, this anime's story gets pretty deep, it's actually enjoyable and it isn't riddled with nonsense super powers or melodrama that every shonen has. EVERYTHING is explained and it makes sense 9/10
Art: Art is great, nothing super-extraordinary but the action sequences are to die for, and animation quality is super consistent. 9/10
Sound: The opening and endings are awesome, the ost's good too. 10/10
Characters: This is where the anime really shines. Every character is 3 dimensional, you could never anticipate completely what a character would do because you're not always given that characters subjective viewpoint all the times. There are instances where every character decides on different actions, and this is due to their conflicting characters, but friendship usually overcomes this.
tl:dr FULL OF CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT
For those itching for a shonen anime, watch this one. You will NOT regret it. on a side note, those complaining it's too light hearted in comparison to the original need to reconsider their lives, seriously. Those giving this bad ratings troll saying the 99' is better haven't seen past the first 4 fucking episodes. Their opinions are INVALID.
Overall 9.5/10 read more
Jun 25, 2012
hunter exam arc :
the lighting was good but not as great as the old version
sound tracks were very normal in the first episodes , most of the situations had bad osts so we feel wrong feelings about the situation but it was very good episodes , the art were very good especially the backgrounds and the characters. after episode 16 the series has very noticeable improvement in the soundtracks and the art and overall lighting . in episode 20 when illumi were introduced that was the best episode in hunters exam . new great soundtrack shown and it was great in every thing .
zoldycks arc :
very noticeable improvement in darkness and soundtracks . the back grounds were great and over all art were legendary , also the zoldycks castle were very scary and dark . silva , zeno , kallotu and all the family were great .
was great short arc .
heavens arena :
this arc madhouse showed legendary Performance. all the arc were excellent in every thing .
there were two legendary events in this arc : hisoka vs gon . and the more important , : hisoka vs kastro
hisoka vs kastro is one of the most violence fights . it was completely removed in the old version although it is very important for introducing hisoka intelligence in fighting and it was very important in understanding nen abillties . mad hous showed incredible fight in both episodes 31 and 32 and the shole fight were shown . great work
hisoka vs gon is very interesting fight . mahouse showed great animation < the best in the whole series.
overall , the arc were great arc and madhouse shown the best arc in the last 3 arcs
phantom troupe arc is one of the best arcs in all anime world lets see how mad house will seal with
Nov 10, 2013
Hunter x Hunter is a remake of the 1999 series with the same name (minus the 2011 part) that follows the manga page by page without adding any filler and going even further in the story. Straight from the beginning we are introduced to our main character and its goal, Gon.
A cheerful, determined, optimistic yet down-to-earth boy. His voice actor manages to bring out exactly this aspect of our protagonist while giving him a much more serious vibe, through his psychotic, enraged moments, that every three-dimensional, realistic character would have in the life he chose.
The first arc starts off by the so-called Hunter Exams. A nicely executed arc that introduces you to the world of 'Hunters' in a subtle manner, while Gon manages, even within the trials to create bonds, that will follow him through his entire journey. Most notable being that of him with Killua. A talented, charismatic young boy, with a dark past, at the age of 12 (The characters, actually age here, by the way, they're both 14 now.) who comes from a famous family of Assassins, The Zoldycks. Another interesting character is that of Kurapika, a boy that despite what he has gone through, manages to stay realistic, and doesn't make himself look like an one-dimensional boring character whose only goal is to avenge. He's supportive, helpful, and his voice actor, despite being my one and only favourite, Sawashiro Miyuki, doesn't truly fit him. She manages to lash out his feelings and aura correctly, but she sounds a bit more girl-ish. However, she has an incredible talent, so you get used to her easily.
And last but not least, there is Leorio, the less interesting guy from the group. While he's definitely entertaining and has a purpose, there is really nothing outstanding about him that will make you go 'WOW.' during his screentime. He is the more humane character from the bunch and his voice actor is amazing.
The antagonists are a sight to behold. First and foremost, there is Hisoka. He is powerful, complex, not one of those - I will destroy the world - type of idiotic villains, and stays mysterious throughout. Keep in mind that the unknown is always the one most feared.
Through Kurapika, in a way you'll find out while watching, we meet the 'Phantom Troupe' an organisation made up of 13 badasses, with well-rounded personallities that you sympathize with even at their most brutal moments. Their leader is written in a way so that he seems 'distant' and 'superior' which just screams quality by itself. He has some of the best moments in the show.
The soundtracks for HxH, in short, are bloody amazing. While the opening song stays the same throughout the entire series and its not really something I would play all the time on my iPod, The ending songs as well as some of the OSTs are all quite nice to listen to even by themselves, and the direction for some scenes using those makes it a LOT more enjoyable. Some of them are not really memorable and definitely not on the levels of Hiroyuki Sawano or Yuki Kajiura, but they do their job incredibly well and do not take back from the quality of the show itself, after all they're icing on the cake just like the artwork, and this show is a goddamn tasty cake at that, even without them.
Speaking of the artwork, its quite aged. Even though as the series progresses the animation quality and the drawings become a LOT better (unlike many series), they still aren't the most attractive thing in the world. In another sense though, they do fit to the traits of each character we are introduced to and that's what makes it above average.
By the time I write this review there are 103 episodes aired. Depending on the ending of the series the score might drop or rise. Togashi is definitely being lazy with his manga and new material is nowhere to be seen. However, for what it is now, Hunter x Hunter, is one of the greatest shounen anime to come out in early years. Its thrilling, it leaves you asking for more, it's strategic and doesn't focus on nakama powerups, its intelligent, with very minor plotholes throughout and never fails to amaze the hell out of its audience.
Give it a try.
Story - 9/10 (Incredible, minor plotholes)
Art - 6/10 (Above average because of its ability to fit on every single character.)
Animation - 9/10 (Incredible, gets better throughout. Consistent.)
Sound - 8/10 (Some memorable soundtracks, repetition in the opening, some soundtracks are not to listen to.)
Characters - 10/10 (Absolutely PERFECT.)
Enjoyment - 10/10 (Always want more; sadness, thrill, cheerfulness, satisfaction, all together.)
Overall: 9/10, for now.
Jun 4, 2013
Story: I'll spare you the summary and cut right to the chase. The story is very character-based and fast-paced. Judging from some of the other reviews I've read, it sticks pretty closely to the original manga story. It is true that there are practically no fillers! The story moves very quickly, one arc after another. One thing I would like to point out though - the different mood/tone between each arc is very obvious. Perhaps I am just rather picky like this, but it has been bothering me quite a bit. The story moves from an exciting, bright Greed Island game arc to a dark, intense Chimera Ant arc without any sort of transition or warning. The characters are literally going from one setting immediately to another - there is a lack of consistency. As negative as this sounds, I guarantee that the overall story itself is thrilling and very engaging. 9/10
Art: The art design itself is definitely of an earlier time, but the animation is very professionally done and modern. The fight scenes are amazingly detailed and swift. Backgrounds are drawn very thoroughly and one setting is just as beautiful as the next. The flow of the animation is great - just imagine all your favorite old school shows in HD and modern, quality animation. A+. 10/10
Sound: Not a huge defining part of the show itself, but the music generally fits the scenes. They've used the same opening song in three different versions now, but the animation has been different. The ending songs are fitting and catchy. 8/10
Character: Finally, the main component! All the main characters are unique and each serve a different purpose - they work great together even though they all have very strong personalities. Gon is your typical main character - strong-willed, childish, stubborn, yet also ridiculously simple, open, and immensely adorable. His bluntness is priceless. Despite being so simple-minded, he is bright, tough, and a very quick learner. People can't help but be drawn to his massive personality. Killua, my personal favorite character, is both similar and different. His history as an assassin haunts him, but he finds in Gon the free and loving lifestyle he wants to live. Killua is observant, analytical, and an extremely talented fighter. He gets embarrassed when people praise him and he treasures his friendship with Gon very, very, very much, although he seldom expresses it. He is the most loyal friend and trustworthy character. Much of the show is Gon and Killua traveling and fighting together. Leorio and Kurapika, on the other hand, were main characters in the beginning, but have since faded away from the focus. I have not read the manga, so I don't know if the four of them are going to kick ass together later, but that seems to be the case. Leorio is an aspiring doctor and also the "dumb" one of the group, if I may. He is hopelessly dense but provides the audience with hilarious and endearing moments. Kurapika is initially like the mother of the group, haha. But he later becomes a much darker and revenge-driven character, although his love for his friends never die. The characters in this show are highly developed and personable. The entire series revolves around its characterization. 10/10
Enjoyment: I often find myself pulling all-nighters watching HxH. Now that I've finally caught up to the most recent episode, I'm dying for the next release. Too bad it's not in another week. You might want to consider taking it slowly at first so as to let more episodes come out before ~really~ getting immersed - because you won't be able to back out! 9/10
Overall: Fantastic! read more
Nov 24, 2013
I believe the characters in this anime is much more, it has a deeper meaning to the rest of all the anime out there. One of the examples of this is Hisoka, have you ever got excited when somebody you loved and admired popped out of nowhere? This is the case for Hunter x Hunter. Hisoka, is what all men should be. Hisoka is the absolute embodiment of a man, which makes him one of my favorite characters. For example, when he was looking at Gon's ass, it was only natural. Gon's ass moves in a way that none other does, it was almost hentai, for the love of god. I do wonder why mostly everybody is thinking that Hisoka is creepy and stuff. I don't think that is really the case.
The next awesome thing about this anime is it's enjoyment. I've never missed an episode, be it the 2011 version, or the original. Do you know why? It's because it's always entertaining (esp. Hisoka's moments). It definitely has a deep meaning to every episode. Has it ever gave you a sign of hope in order for you to move on in life and to start doing productive things? It has always been that way for me in at least 1/3 of the episodes. One reason is because it usually shows someone's ass, and especially Gon's. I'm telling you, Gon's ass is definitely not a joke. I don't know, once you see Gon's ass, you can't get out of it. It's either a blessing or a curse, but either way, I definitely am quite pleased. I cannot explain why an ass is so meaningful, but you will definitely understand some day. Enjoyment is one of an anime's key points, and Hunter x Hunter definitely has that.
Dec 7, 2011
Story - Hunter x Hunter is pretty much about a boy named Gon and his long life ambition to become a hunter just like his father. During his journey, he meets his other comrades/main characters (Kurapika, Leorio and Killua). I don't really know much more about the story, except for the fact they are have to pass the Hunter Exam to officially claim the title of hunter...
Art - The art in Hunter x Hunter 2011 is more vibrant and colourful compared to the original series, and it does catch your eyes.
Sound - The Opening and Ending songs are really really catchy. So catchy in fact, that I ended up downloading the Ending song, because it is a mix of techno/screamo. It works really well. The songs used in the anime, repeats but it doesn't really ruin any of the ambience regarding the show.
Characters - I won't gp into too much detail, but I am loving each of the characters.
Gon is not your typical average boy. He is very knowledgeable regarding things that most humans won't be able to pick up. For example, he knows when there is a storm coming just from sniffing the air. He has a very fast step, meaning he can move at a fast pace if he wants to attack or move fast.
Leorio is your comical character, very brash and is not as smart as the other characters. He wants to become a doctor.
Kurapika is from the Kurta clan and pretty much he wants to wipe out the entire Phantom Troupe because they murdered his clan.
Killua is a mysterious character. Not much has been said on his back story unless he is an assassin.
Enjoyment - I am really enjoying each episode of Hunter x Hunter.
Overall - I can't wait for the next episode to be released and the next after and hence forth. A must watch for any anime fan read more
Nov 2, 2011
Jul 23, 2013
HxH is a very hard series to come by. It's a remake of the original Hunter x Hunter that was made back in 1999 and, unlike most remakes, it's very good. I have seen the original and even though I enjoyed that series a ton I'm going to tell you that this remake is on a whole other level. It not only goes through the material that the original series covered, but it is going to continue the story where the original had an abrupt stop. It is paced much faster than the original, but it never feels rushed. It is a great show.
That's about all the comparing I am going to do between the two shows so for the rest of the review I will be judging HxH as if it were not a remake.
There was not one point in the HxH where I was bored of it, at all. At about 90 episodes in to the series that is pretty remarkable. I'm the kind of person who if something is not interesting they will either stop watching it, or will watch it at a pace of one episode a night. I started watching when it was about 70 episodes in and managed to get caught up in a matter of nights.There are a few different reasons of how/why I was able to do this.
Here's a few.
The look of HxH is what I noticed first. It's well amazing. It feels very smooth when seeing the characters move and the fight scenes look incredible. What more can you ask for, even if all the others categories of the show were weak, which they are not, it would still be a must watch just for how good it looks. Each character has it's own unique look to them making this series' look very memorable. It stays at this high level throughout the entire show so far and there was not one time where I thought a certain character looked stupid.
One of the other things that is definitely worth mentioning about HxH is the characters. There were not many characters I disliked. All of the main characters and the characters that are shown through the entire series I liked, but there were a few that were only in certain arcs that got under my skin. Each of the main characters is given a back story, making you grow even more attached to them. They also get time to develop, but that should be expected with a series this long.
I usually just skip past the intros and endings of a show, so I can't judge those. The voice actors did a good job here . I particularly like Gon's voice. I felt it fit his character very well and it gave him this sort of innocent feel. As for the music, I really enjoyed it and was one of the reasons why I loved HxH. It came in at just the right time and made the epic moments, more epic.
If it wasn't obvious yet, I liked HxH and would recommend it to anyone looking for a good action adventure series.