Synonyms: HxH (2011)
Japanese: HUNTERxHUNTER (2011)
Status: Currently Airing
Aired: Oct 2, 2011 to Sep 24, 2014
23 min. per episode
R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
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SynopsisA new adaptation of the manga series by Togashi Yoshihiro.
A Hunter is one who travels the world doing all sorts of dangerous tasks. From capturing criminals to searching deep within uncharted lands for any lost treasures. Gon is a young boy whose father disappeared long ago, being a Hunter. He believes if he could also follow his father's path, he could one day reunite with him.
After becoming 12, Gon leaves his home and takes on the task of entering the Hunter exam, notorious for its low success rate and high probability of death to become an official Hunter. He befriends the revenge-driven Kurapika, the doctor-to-be Leorio and the rebellious ex-assassin Killua in the exam, with their friendship prevailing throughout the many trials and threats they come upon taking on the dangerous career of a Hunter.
Related AnimeAdaptation: Hunter x Hunter
Alternative version: Hunter x Hunter, Hunter x Hunter OVA, Hunter X Hunter - Greed Island, Hunter x Hunter: Greed Island Final
Side story: Hunter x Hunter: Phantom Rouge, Hunter x Hunter: The Last Mission
Characters & Voice Actors
The lack of popularity surrounding Hunter x Hunter (2011) has always confused me, especially after catching up to it six months ago. For an anime that seems to do everything right, it isn't talked about a lot at a popular level. Neither has it been successful in garnering a fan base similar to that of SNK or SAO. I decided to write this review to do the show justice. If a show this good is still flying under your radar or if you are discouraged from watching this because of its "childish appearance" then reading this review is a must.
HxH is about a young boy named Gon who embarks on a journey to find his father. After learning that his father left him at a young age to become a Hunter, Gon decides to follow in his footsteps not only to find him, but also to see what was so special about the profession that made his father choose it over him. Although a story of finding one's father is simple, it is the path that is taken towards this end that makes the series truly special. HxH is made up of several arcs that are all extremely well-written, which brings me to the best part of the series, the writing. Hunter x Hunter (2011) boasts one of the finest writing in the world of shonen; the depth and flow of the story, enthralling characterizations, strong dialogue and impressive world-building are all crafted into a fascinating tale that can absorb viewers into lengthy marathons.
From an adventurous examination (Hunter Exam) to a dark neo-noir thriller (Yorknew), the series features 5 main story arcs that vary in nature and tone. HxH arcs are also connected with one another, with each arc naturally following the one before it. This creates a realistic transition that is uncommon to the genre and highlights what the series really is, a journey. Pacing and development are also excellent. Episodes for the most part are enjoyable; rarely do you feel that an episode is "dragging" and when you do, you are left with a feeling of story progression.
Although HxH initially gives off a light hearted impression, it gives off a good one. Not the kind of “light heartedness” that makes you say “this is childish and below me” but the kind that appeals to everyone. HxH gives off that classic and charming shonen vibe that has been lost in recent years, and it does so with its head held up high. However, as I said earlier, HxH arcs vary both in nature and tone. If you're wondering why this show is rated R and not PG 13 it's because it gets dark and when it does, it gets really dark. Although most HxH story arcs are light hearted, both Yorknew and the Chimera Ants arc are two of the best and darkest arcs shonen has to offer. Yorknew can be described as a dark thriller in a big city. The central theme of the arc is revenge and it is similar to Death Note in terms of thrill and atmosphere. On the other hand, the Chimera Ants arc can be described as an attempt by the Hunters Association to control an outbreak of a dangerous man-eating species. It is the darkest and most thematically powerful arc in the series tackling themes such as identity, human nature and survival of the fittest. The arc has drawn comparisons to Yu Yu Hakusho’s Chapter Black for its seinen-like nature and is similar to Shingeki no Kyojin, where the protagonists experience a strong sense of despair in the face of a vastly superior, hostile species. The series undergoes major tonal shifts in both arcs with the color palette, music, atmosphere and amount of violence changing significantly. I've heard a lot of people say that HxH crosses over into seinen territory. In the case of Yorknew I disagree but I do agree in the case of the Chimera Ants arc, though, this becomes most evident when the arc reaches its climax. Either way, the series is definitely one of the darker and more mature shonen that have aired in recent years and among currently airing titles, there is no debate.
However, what sets the series apart from other battle anime is its unorthodoxy and unpredictability. Shonen tropes and storytelling methods are undermined throughout the series. The main character for example, Gon, fails more than he succeeds. Power-ups based on emotion or willpower are non-existent and fighting in the series is radically different from other battle anime. The main protagonist is not the main focus of every arc either. At certain points in the series, you could even say that Gon has taken a supporting role, especially during the later portions of the CA arc where he isn't given as much focus due to the grand scope of the story. The standard battle anime formula of “lose-train-win” is also undermined. Although there is training, it does not always translate to a victory, nor does it propel the protagonists over or to the same level as their main adversaries in terms of strength. For the most part, the protagonists assume the underdog role. Although they have incredible potential, they are still kids who have a lot to learn. In terms of storytelling, unpredictable developments are commonplace. One thing that continues to amaze me with this show is how it leads viewers into thinking that the story will progress in this direction, only to change course and arrive at a completely different outcome. A good example of this would be the series' arcs which often end in an anti-climatic manner. Basically, there are a lot of scenes and story developments that you won’t see coming because they defy conventional shonen storytelling or are unpredictable in their own right.
The series' unorthodoxy can also be seen in its fights which are primarily cerebral. In addition to being well-executed, HxH fights are smart and involve a lot of strategy. Raw power is a factor but it is not the factor that decides battle outcomes, actual power (nen abilities), experience and strategy are all taken into account. If a main character is outclassed by an opponent in all or most categories, he is likely to lose. Moreover, main characters are not given any special treatment in combat. This smart approach to fighting is further enhanced by nen, a unique and complex power system held by defined rules. The concept of nen, its principles, aura types and many applications on the battlefield reveal the huge amount of thought that was put into it. I still remember having to pause episodes, even research a bit during its introduction, just to digest it in its entirety.
The appearance and writing of the series also create an effect of cognitive dissonance, the simplistic look of the show mentally conflicts with the brilliance and unorthodoxy of its writing. As new viewers delve deeper into HxH, they realize that there is much more to the show than its cover art and synopsis suggest. Expectations of the series being immature, simple or generic are progressively overturned as the show reveals its surprising underbelly.
As for sound, HxH has a line of great soundtracks that started off decent but got better as the series progressed. With the exception of a few minor characters, the voice acting in this series is excellent. As a person who has never seen the old series it’s hard to believe that these aren't the original voices because they fit extremely well, especially those of Gon, Killua and Hisoka whose voice actors do a perfect job of capturing their characters.
HxH also has great art and animation. It amazes me how a long-running series like HxH delivers consistent quality animation episode after episode, especially during the fights. The series does a great job of capturing facial expressions and everything from the lighting, shading and colors adjust perfectly depending on the mood of the scene or the tone of the arc. As one reviewer (nagaiyume) said, the bright colors of the show might need some getting used to, though it is usually fans of the old series who have this problem. Personally, I think it fits the show perfectly. It adds to the charm of the series by complementing its sense of adventure, uplifting atmosphere and unique appeal as a shonen that looks simple but is actually remarkably deep.
Although HxH’s primary strength lies in its writing, its characters come pretty damn close. HxH has a huge cast of characters. They have quirks, dreams, inner demons, worldviews and overall, really likable personalities. To top it off, most of them don’t follow generic character archetypes. Although some may initially come across as “generic”, these assumptions are gradually undermined as the series progresses.
If there's one thing I want to emphasize in the character department it would be the series main villains. When it comes to characters, this is where the show shines the brightest. HxH villains are extremely well-written (with the exception of the Bomber who won't apply to most of what I'll say below). Not only are their characterizations independently impressive, they are also distinct from one another; no two villains are the same. This distinctness does not only apply within the series but outside of it. You won't find another Hisoka, Chrollo or Ant King in any other anime. This is what makes HxH villains so compelling, in addition to having really impressive characterizations, they are also original. Although I excluded one out of the four main villains from most of what I wrote above, all HxH villains do have one thing in common. Each villain strikes fear into audience, the series does a good job of establishing the level of danger these characters bring to the story and our protagonists.
However, while HxH is a great series it isn't perfect. The series doesn't have a strong start, it takes three episodes for show to get going. I've seen a lot of people drop HxH early and it sucks because the first two episodes don't capture the series at all. Things start to get mildly interesting in the third episode, after that, the series just gets better and better. HxH also suffers from occasional BGM misuse. There are odd sound choices for some scenes. Sometimes they don’t really fit, other times they don’t fit it all. The current arc also has minor pacing issues. Since this arc is being animated for the first time (it wasn't in the old series) Madhouse decided to slow down their pacing from fast to normal, with a few scenes here and there being dragged out. Although despite these occasional slip-ups, Madhouse maintains a generally solid pace. Still, I found the series' fast pacing to be extremely refreshing and I would have preferred it stayed that way. Now, before I move on to what I believe to be the last negative in this show (inconsistencies of the 90s), I want to clarify my statement about the current arc having "a generally solid pace" in relation to the "slowed down pacing" of the Chimera Ant arc climax (dubbed by fans as the palace invasion). After episode 110, the invasion begins and the pacing (in narrative time) slows down because of two reasons. One, the storytelling becomes a lot more complex. Many different things are happening at the same time and episodes frequently shift from one scene to another. Due to this, there are many scenes (fights, conversations, etc) that aren't resolved in one go. Although this greatly increases the suspense it could also make viewers anxious to see everything resolved (since the show is still on-going). Two, narration begins to play a huge role in episodes in order to pack a whole level of depth into the story and increase dramatic tension. Rather than a high octane "action fest" people would expect from a shonen arc climax, the palace invasion takes a psychological heavy route which in combination with the narration slows down the pace considerably. Due to these two points, the pacing slows down in the sense that episodes begin to cover a lot less in terms of narrative time. However, despite this slowed down pace, the pacing of episodes remain generally solid. With the exception of episodes 113 and 115 which were dragged out in order to start episode 116 at a very important scene (Madhouse wanted to have their best team handle it) episodes are adapting a good amount of chapters per episode. The duration of scenes are on point and nothing significant is rushed or omitted.
The last problem in this show would be the inconsistencies of the 90s. HxH has made a name for itself for holding a consistent high level of enjoyment during the course of its run, I think the series did a great job of doing that until the 90s. After episode 88, a bunch mediocre episodes come in. Although most of them don't come one after the other, they ruin the momentum enough to make any "solid episode stretch" impossible. Fortunately, the series gets its consistency back at episode 99 and since then it has been back to its usual self.
Heads up to people looking for action:
Although I love the fighting aspect of the series and consider it to be a strong plus, I’ll leave this out there for the sake of subjectivity. HxH does not cater to everyone. Although fights in the series are well-executed, they are also short (1-10 minutes) and happen less in comparison to other battle anime. Moreover, the focus on strategy in battles might be off putting to people who prefer fights with more brawn and less brain. If you're expecting an action heavy series like Yu Yu Hakusho then you will be disappointed. This is because HxH is a series that relies on its story to reel in viewers. Personally, I think this is how fighting in shonen should be done. Fighting should be able to entertain and also make you think. It shouldn't drag on for too long at the expense of the story without leaving you underwhelmed.
Hunter x Hunter (2011) is an intelligent battle anime with a fantastic story, excellent characters and fights that involve a lot of strategy. Separating it from most of its genre, the series subverts shonen tropes and boasts unpredictable plot progressions that make it truly unique.
Story: 10/10 (Outstanding)
Characters: 10/10 (Outstanding)
Art: 9/10 (Great)
Sound: 8/10 (Great but occasionally misused)
Enjoyment: 10/10 (Very high)
Overall: 10/10 (Masterpiece) read more
I wont spend a lot of time going over the premise of Hunter x Hunter. The summary on MAL already covers what I could probably say about it (without spoiling much) Thus, I'm going to cut some corners a bit to talk about why I feel you should be watching Hunter X Hunter.
So, I initially heard about Hunter x Hunter when I was looking for more works by Yoshihiro Togashi. I had just finished watching Yu Yu Hakusho (back when they showed it on Cartoon Network at 5 in the morning) and I loved that series so much that I wanted more of it. When I saw Hunter X Hunter, I remember reading the synopsis, but at the time it just didn't seem that interesting. I thought to myself "Well, I might check it out someday"
Fast forward to over a decade later (from 2000ish to 2014). My friend and I decide we're going to try out various anime series. He brings up the idea of Hunter X Hunter. I figure, why the hell not? I'm overdue for at least checking it out.We started watching the 2011 series, and in several weeks had already caught up to the most recent episode (We probably would've gotten there faster had we not exercised some restraint)
You probably already know by now it's a shounen show. The question with shounen shows is often "Well what makes this stand out among other shounens" A question that's not usually asked about other types of shows because they're usually not 100s of episodes long.
A lot of people, I've noticed, have said that Hunter x Hunter is dark. I don't like that word. It's used way too much. Any series can become "dark" simply from having a character die (or at least that's what it seems like) Dark is often used to describe when a light hearted show turns serious. I don't think it's specific enough to describe what makes HxH good.
Yoshihiro Togashi really shines, in my opinion, in his ability to create characters. Characters who aren't simply out to be good or evil but actually have complex motives. Characters with personalities that play well off of each other.
Instead of dark, I'd consider Hunter x Hunter to be complex. Something that requires you to think about things. Rather than simply cheering for the heroes, you'll wind up thinking about other people. Hell, I've had moments where I didn't want an antagonist to lose or win (It's a complicated feeling, but it's a really neat one to have) Everything not being black and white.
Another thing about Hunter x Hunter is it can be a little hard to predict due to this complexity. In a lot of shounen shows it's often about the protagonist getting stronger than the antagonist, the courage to continue fighting, the love of friends,etc. While those things do still exist in HxH, there's more dimensions to them. Friendship, for example doesn't just exist in the form of "I believe in you" but more of a "I'll do anything to protect you" The courage to never give up sometimes doesn't lead them to victory. Power while useful, doesn't trump someone who knows how to use his abilities to gain advantages. With things like that always being thrown into the mix, it's often hard to predict where it goes.
One last thing I like and you'll probably like is the pacing. While there can be some parts that drag on, in my opinion, it still remains interesting. They never spend more than they need to on something.
Now for some down sides:
The first isn't really a big deal, but it disappointed me a bit. The opening song alternates between two versions. It has done this for 5-6 different openings. While I've grown to really like the song (since it makes me think of HxH) part of what really pumps me up for new arcs and such is a new song to accompany a new intro.
The other downside I can think of is that sometimes I become so interested in a character that I become annoyed when their paths separate from the main character's.Of course this usually ends up being good when(if) they end up showing up again later in the story. However, I always get nervous that they wont keep up with all the characters they introduce.
So, should you watch Hunter X Hunter? Well, if you have the time and you like complex characters, I would say yes. Word of caution though, it's not done yet and its fairly easy to catch up (compared to things that are over 4x as long) but then you have to deal with the agony of waiting for the next episode.
A well-thought-out story battle shounen which has not so much of battles but instead, more of tactics. Both are remakes with practically no fillers.
Both series have an innovative and entertaining argument. The characters are so real; they are not the typical kick ass character. For that reason, the strategies are the most important at the moment of fight.
Both are remakes of two of the greatest shounen anime out there. What makes these two shows stand out from the majority of the shounen genre is that they have well developed characters along with a consistent plot. Also, there are absolutely no fillers in either of them.
These two is an example how the shounen anime should be..
Borrowing a quote from one of review I saw in MAL, the shounen animes should be like these, intelligent but exciting ...
Both FMA: Brotherhood and Hunter x Hunter (2011) are series that have great story plots involving many characters. The characters themselves are well developed as each episode progresses. Additionally, there are themes of vengeance, friendship, honor, and pride that are explored many times throughout both series.
The main male protagonist from both series has a cheery attitude but is always willing to help others in need by putting themselves in danger to protect in what they believe in.
There is also a fictional dangerous group in both series who serves as primary antagonists. Among those antagonists are characters who have diverse personalities.
These two series are considered shounens but are presented in a different way that is appealing and holds strong sense of value through its plot development. There is also great humor, catchy scenes/dialogues, and emotional moments that are memorable.
Both are shounen with darker, more mature themes. In both stories, the main characters are on a journey to find something and meet many different (interesting) kinds of people along the way.
Both are about friendships and brotherhood (duh), are actually are very, very good shonens (some of the best anime overall), and don't have many typical/cliche moments.
Oh and one more things: Characters actually die!
Both are remakes that don't have fillers or meaningless fighting and rely more on strategy and wits.
Great story with no cliche stuff. Both similar as they talk about friendship/brotherhood.
Equivalent exchange is an important aspect of the story.
Being both not-just-regular shounen, they're pretty much similar in the way they use the element of suspense, which is marvelous in both of them. Also alike is the use of comedy. They also resemble each other in the way they treat of matters such as values and life itself, and each of their corresponding main characters have a particular personal goal. Oh, and they've both had a previous animation work before they had even ended (Fullmetal Alchemist) or gone far ahead of the script (Hunter x Hunter).
Personally, this are my two favorite shounen.
The best anime shounens !You've got to watch both
They're both the most mature and clever shonens out there. It's not all about fighting,and that's why Fma and HxH are completely different from the regular shonens. The character development is amazing. Hunter x Hunter 2011 character's design seems childish,but the plot is dark,serious and full of suspense,just like Fma. They're both remake with no fillers. One more thing: characters actually DIE! without resurrection bulls*it.
A well-thought-out story battle shounen which has not so much of battles but instead, more of tactics. Both are remakes with practically no fillers.
both are remakes. More strategys, a really good history
A well-thought-out story battle shounen which has not so much of battles but instead, more of tactics. Both are remakes with practically no fillers.
Both series are top grade battle shonen that are plot driven, have no fillers and have a great cast of characters to boot! If you are a fan of good storytelling and fights that focus more on brains and less of brawns, then you definitely can't go wrong with HxH 2011 or FMAB.
The characters in both of these anime are trying to become stronger and have a goal they are trying to reach.
Hunter x Hunter and FMAB are both very smart series and set themselves apart from most of the Shounen genre. They both share similar principles such as the infamous equivalent exchange and to gain you must give. The fights in both of these series also aren't just about who's the strongest or has the most will power and the one who's smarter and uses the best tactics will usually win.
Two of the greatest shounen anime; both of them are really addictive. Both consist of a unique superpower: alchemy in FMA and nen in HxH. The difference is that HxH's antagonists are more likable than FMA's.
Both have similar qualities, like both are Coming of Age type stories, but both take place in a world that is alive with other characters. Both involve the protagonist having to get a certification allowing them to pursue their MacGuffin, and during/after their acquisition of the certification, they uncover a plot or scheme. It's fairly good.
Personally i'm a huge OP fan since more than a decade and i have to say that it took me a while before actually giving a try to HxH 'cuz i wasn't sure if i would've liked it.. But. Woah against my expectations i really did like it more than i thought! Truth is that after i gave it a try, i couldn't stop watching it.
The more i was seeing it and the more it was giving me the same feeling that OP gives me. They have the same vibe and have the power to let you enjoyed more and more, this way your curiousity level also grows bigger and bigger by each episode. They really share a lot in common:
• first off: well, the genres, as you can see they both are Shonen, Adventure, Action, Superpowers genres.
• both main charas would look the "typical protagonists of a shonen serie" but they actually are able to surprise you, the more you get to know about them and their personalities.
• interesting enough, both protagonists' fathers seems to play a very important role (i would even dare to say "legendary"), plus obviously are very strong and full of mystery
• both stories are about dreams and all that takes to our main charas to realize them. In HxH, obviously, Gon wants to become an hunter; while in OP Luffy wants to become a pirate, but not just a normal one, he wants to become THE pirate King. In addition, their companions of both Gon and Luffy also have an ambition/purpose they want to achieve as well.
• both series face the adventure with a long Journey splitted in many arcs.
• still, both give a huge importance to friendship.
• let's not forget to mention that both of them are quite cured, as of course, like the protagonists, also the other characters in the series are intriguingly developed for the best together with their backgrounds, their actions and personalities.
• last but not least, the presence of the superpowers genre won't disappoint you either because "from big powers come big... battles!", yes, indeed lots of cool battles and the more you find out of the stories and the more you'll get interested by the way to fight! In HxH we have the "Nen" (Aura) and in OP we have the "Haki" (Ambition).. you'll really be amazed by the coolness of the battles!
As you can see a lot of stuff is a common point for those two series.
The only thing left me to say is: I seriously recommend both series, because they both worth it.
If you liked one of them, you'll probably love the another as well.
Because afterall, they both share one last significant thing: greatness.
Gon and Luffy have similar personalities.
Characters all have their own fighting style that they work on through the series, as well as their own goals. They both go through several arcs where the protagonist grows little by little. Both are on-going shounens.
Both have a young boy leaving home to explore the world and become the best in it, they both have dreams they would sacrifice their lives for, happy positive outlooks on every situation, a selection of nakama/friends who they would do anything to protect.
Both have comedy, action, fighting, adventure, challenges, friendship and a feel good vibe.
If you're a one piece fan i definitely recommend hunter x hunter, and vice versa.
Gon and Luffy are very similar, both have a very happy and optimistic attitude even in dangerous situations. They're both young boys who want to achieve something great that is supposedly out of their reach.
Gon and Luffy have friends that are all very different, but work together to achieve their goals.
Both shows are very enjoyable and keep the audience excited and entertained.
Both genres include Shounen, Action, Adventure, and Super Power.
An ambitious and particularly strong young boy setting on a journey in a vast mysterious world, full of unexplored lands and strange creatures. There he meets friends and face various dangers and enemies in order to fulfill his dream.
I would say that One Piece is more about adventure while HxH is more about battle. Maybe HxH is a bit darker too, and OP funnier, but both are great shows.
Both anime are similar in the themes of adventure, comedy and friendship.
The main characters are also similar in personality, with Luffy being more silly than Gon. There are also lots of interesting side characters and powers presented in both shows.
The adventure,comedy and feelings are all the same. Fighting for the nakama's by putting your life in danger. Its a must watch if you loved One Piece.
Everyone have different powers like in one piece there are devil fruits.
I don't know how to recommend anime's but I'm sure you will love Hunter X Hunter if you loved One Piece.
These are Jump's two greatest ongoing battle shonen. Both have massive worlds filled with numerous unique and like able characters. Both revolve around adventure and a charismatic MC that gains many allies along the way. If you are a fan of shonen (hell, if you are a fan of anime) then you should watch both of these.
Both are shonen anime that each have their fair share of adventures and fights. Both series have hyper, dumb, and funny main characters that are very interesting. The art in both series is also done very well.
Similar concept, adventures, fights, etc.
Great story, not your shonen cliche story, each arc is quite different.
Both main characters (Luffy and Gon) are looking for something in particular and it is said at the beginning of the series.
Side characters have somewhat similar goals. This can be seen mostly with Leori and Nami since they both want money.
-Both shows (in my opinion) start off decent and get better and better to the point of awesomeness.
-The concept of nen and haki are similar, plus both are introduced later on in the series.
-They are your typical shounen anime where the protagonist protect his friends and get stronger. Both have superpowers(main characters are very strong and op, altho luffy is more op then gon)
-characters aren't that similar but the relationships between characters are
- Both have the friendship theme, though it's more present in one piece
-both are currrently airing and prob won't end anytime soon
Both anime are filled with adventured arcs consisting of interesting development with characters and introducing new foundations of abilities each character posses. This is a must watch!
The best Battle Shounen already created. The best seller!
Absolutely no one overcomes this One Piece.
What enchants me most in this anime is a story that is exciting making you reach the point of tears.
Its plot is perfect, everything connects, making their fans create several theories about the story.
His universe is infinite, thus making it all happen or anything appear following its own logic.
His pace is slow and it is one of the causes of many episodes, but worth every minute spent with this masterpiece.
Another strong point is the comedy that will surely make you a good laugh.
the main characters so much alike....luffy and gon they both are innocent and well their personality is extremely alike....they both are in a hunt while gon is looking for his dad,luffy is looking for the treasure,and there are awesome adventures...while luffy has a crew with their own goals in one piece,gon's friends also have their own seprate goals but somehow they get along...
Gon, the main character, has some very strong similarities to Luffy when Luffy gets serious and the variety of powers and abilites of characters in this anime is similar to One Piece's devil fruit power variety. There are some AWESOME fights in this anime just like in One Piece and you will feel connected and cheer for the characters just like you do for the Straw Hat crew. Hunter x Hunter 2011 and One Piece are my two favorite anime. Please this anime is a great use of your time; it wont disappoint.
After watching the masterpiece one piece the only other thing that gave me the same feel was no other than hunter x hunter. In both of the anime the protagonist is a reckless guy who goes out on a journey to gain something that they want. During the adventure both of the protagonists meet many different kinds of people and go through different experiences and learn from that. Both of the series are extremely enjoyable and are worth watching.
Originating in shonen jump, and serialized practically a year apart, both mangas have been adapted into successful long running animes that have an excellent cast of characters, world building, and fantastic adventures.
They both still have plenty of stories to tell in an ever expanding universe, while still keeping pretty consistent rules previously established, power levels, foreshadowing, never forgetting characters, and building off of the huge casts to create more amazing arcs. Most of the time, both shows are character driven.
While both are shonen, both are so tonally different, yet they go in hand in hand with the way they blur the two sides of good and evil - Hunters being hunters, seeking out everything the world has to offer, and pirates, going against all odds to find what it truly means to be free. One Piece and Hunter x Hunter (2011) both are written differently, but in a way still have a lot in common.
I guess the closest thing I can compare them to are Peanut & Butter haha. Anyways, give both of these stories a watch and even if they may not hook you quickly, stick with it and it'll be worth the wait. Don't skip arcs because a lot of tiny details said maybe even 50 or 100s of episodes ago usually turn up 200x more important in the long run.
Opening Theme#1: "departure!" by Ono Masatoshi (eps 1-26, 50-52, 62-75, 137-)
#2: "departure! -second version-" by Ono Masatoshi (eps 27-49, 76-136)
#3: "departure! -Opening Tokubetsu-hen-" by Ono Masatoshi (eps 53-61)
Ending Theme#1: "Just Awake" by Fear, and Loathing in Las Vegas (eps 1-26)
#2: "HUNTING FOR YOUR DREAM" by Galneryus (eps 27-50, 52-58)
#3: "Riot" by Yoshihisa Hirano (ep 51)
#4: "REASON" by YUZU (ゆず) (eps 59-75)
#5: "Nagareboshi Kirari (YUZU Version) (流れ星キラリ (ゆずバージョン))" by YUZU (ゆず) (eps 76-98)
#6: "Hyouriittai (表裏一体)" by YUZU (ゆず) (eps 99-134, 136)more
#7: "Understanding" by Yoshihisa Hirano (ep 135)
#8: "Hyouriittai -second version- (表裏一体)" by YUZU (ゆず) (eps 137-???)
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