Synonyms: Gekijouban Hunter x Hunter: Hiiro no Genei, HxH Movie
Japanese: 劇場版 HUNTER×HUNTER 緋色の幻影（ファントム・ルージュ）
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 12, 2013
Duration: 1 hr. 37 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or olderL represents licensing company
Score: 7.421 (scored by 5628 users)
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May 15, 2013
Hunter X Hunter phantom rouge is about Kurapika one of the main characters of the series who wants to take vengeance against The Phantom troupe. A notorious group of criminals whom have massacred kurapika's entire clan, the Kurta clan. Although in search for the troupe and for the eyes of his comrades which is said to be stolen by the the troupe, Kurapika's eyes has been stolen by a another surviving member of the Kurta clan. The whole film's story revolved for kurapika regaining his eyes so to speak. Many of the fans would expect that Kurapika would have the spotlight in this film although the film mostly revolved to both Gon and Killua. Killua probably had the most characterization in this film as he can't still forget his dark past as an assassin and his brother Illumi's word that in the end he would kill his own friend. As weird as it is, this have become one of the most focusing theme in the whole film. Gon is still the typical naive but lovable kid we mostly get to see in the TV series and so he didn't get any development in this film at all. Kurapika is still the same as ever and we did get some background during his childhood along with his blind friend pairo who would only serve as a plot device in this film. Leorio, probably the most forgettable protagonist out of the four, is still forgettable in this movie as usual. He is just there to help his friends and nothing else. Barely any development and didn't even get any spotlight in the fights in the movie. We are introduced to two new characters in this film. Of course, that would be the former number four of the troupe, Omokage who is known as the master puppet god and Rentz, a beautiful girl who is pretends to be a boy. I have to say that i was pretty disappointed at Omokage. Most of Yoshihiro Togashi's villains are all top notch in characterization but here, Omokage comes up to me as only a one-dimensional villain. I also feel that his presence as a villain is unintimidating and underwhelming. Rentz on the other hand interests me and finally a girl who is the same as Gon and Killua's age who is beautiful. She had the potential to be a great character although i feel that her potential has been wasted due to poor execution. Hisoka and some of the notable members of the phantom troupe are here such as Machi and Nobunaga and are badass as usual but had barely any screen time at all which probably also one of my main gripes in this film. So if you're expecting a good phantom troupe awesomeness, i am sorry but you will be disappointed. If this film have only focus more on Kurapika and his relationship with the Kurta clan then i think this movie would have been better. They could also make Leorio to have some spotlight in this film. We always get to see Gon and Killua in the TV series so honestly why focus on them especially Killua? It really felt out of place to be honest.
Hunter X Hunter is also known for having smart and analytical fights. The fights in this movie are mediocre compared to the TV series itself. The fights may entertain a bunch of people but to me i find it boring compared to the TV series. The animation and visual is still the same as the TV series only much smoother in some cases. Nothing spectacular about to be honest and i think it could have been way better considering this is Madhouse. This nothing like the original Fullmetal alchemist where the already good visuals was upgraded higher in it's movie Conqueror's of shamballa. One of my main gripes in the Remake is the soundtrack. It pales in comparison when it comes to the 1999 TV series. Not saying that the soundtrack is that bad, but mediocre when it comes to it's another anime adaptation. Why am i talking about the TV series soundtracks? Because most of the soundtracks in the TV series are also in the film with some new ones with guitar metal madhouse style OST.
In the end Hunter X Hunter: Phantom rouge is a pretty okay film but it's definitely underwhelming. Out of Naruto: Road to Ninja, One piece Film z and this, i feel this is the weakest. Most people would probably be disappointed in this film but then again die-hard Hunter X Hunter fans will probably also gonna enjoy this film. I also did enjoyed this film but not that really much that i sometimes wants to sleep into most of the fight scenes. The pacing are fine and i didn't noticed much problem with it. But still, if you are a fan of the TV series and really like it, i'd say go and still give this movie a try and decide for yourself. read more
Aug 2, 2013
The movie itself is called Hunter x Hunter: Phantom Rouge. It is a side story rather than a prequel/sequel. For those who have seen the original series though (at least up to episode 58), there should be enough interest already because the series deals with what the synopsis mentions – the Phantom Troupe. In particular, a young boy with golden hair and scarlet eyes (Kurapika) plays the role of an avenger. He still holds a blood thirsty vengeance against the spiders. However at the same time, he seeks answers to what's happening in the present. It is also noticeable that the movie takes events after the actual Yorknew Arc from the original/remake series. Therefore, expect some surprises as we see old faces return but also new characters pop up.
As for the movie goes, it offers a good balance of comedy and more of that darkness. In terms of comedy, perhaps the brotherly bond of Gon and Killua are the most noticeable. In fact, it is very clear that they share a strong friendship despite coming from very different backgrounds. Gon was raised from a normal family while the latter comes from a family of elite assassins. On the other hand, we also see a more in-depth past of Kurapika. His brotherly bond with a new character in the series can be mirrored with Gon/Killua. In essence, both of their relationships are tied by trust with great values. Additionally, they are even joined together by a new comrade along the way. It's an adventure tale all over again and one that fans of HxH must see.
The plot itself follows as the premise goes although with certain twists. For instance, we see the Phantom Troupe return but in a different way especially in regards of a particular character. Then, there's also the story involving Kurapika and his old teammate whom he once trusted with his life. There are plenty of foreshadowing going on. In particular, some of the little important scenes are shot with more depth in term of music and artwork. Then, there's some of the intertwined arcs where our main characters gets involved with events related to the spiders. They encounter familiar faces while also facing off against a new threat.
Epic is also misused word. If I would used the word epic, I would describe the majority of the movie as such whether it's from the fights, the dialogues, the comedy/darkness, or just a mere character. However, this movie can be summed up with such a single word at several stances. The action scenes are pretty fluid. Most of the are quick paced that combines both physical and psychological aspects. That's also one of the strong points in Hunter x Hunter. The franchise makes usage of the fights to incorporate it into more of a psychological mind game at many instances. In this movie, these mind games comes to fruition especially into the head of Killua. The concept of vengeance, betrayal, and struggle are packaged together that brings out the entertainment at its finest. Even the Phantom Troupe tastes some of that in particular of a member whom once shared a strong bond with.
Despite of the action scenes being well performed, some of them are a bit too quick paced and old fashioned. It would have been better to see some new techniques from the Phantom Troupe but most of them are still what they are. Perhaps it's because they are in a different form that they lack their true power. But at any rate, it's nice to see some of them back again in action mode.
As for characterization goes, the main characters make their stance and presence well known. Obviously, the main focus of the film focuses on Kurapika but it's also nice to see Killua and his side shine when he faces his struggles. Then of course, Hisoka makes his stances with the way he talks and walks. Furthermore, we even see Leorio playing more of a direct role. Considering his lesser screen time during the Yorknew Arc, it's actually refreshing to see his character shine more so. Indeed, the four main characters functions well as a team and together, they take on any challenge they face together.
Visual wise, the series maintains its composure and balance just as well as the remake of Hunter x Hunter. The beautiful landscapes and cities are designed to give off that adventure like feeling. The Phantom Troupe displays their ferocity with their stances. Then, there's are the comedic and lighter toned artwork during the more humorous scenes. As even more so, a particular character gets dressed different for the first time in a way they feel different. The artwork makes the movie somewhat memorable although nothing spectacular. It doesn't incorporate the usage of CGI so expect fluid scenes but again, nothing considered a masterpiece in the arts department.
As for the soundtrack, Hunter x Hunter have been criticized in the past before for its orchestra. In this movie, it reuses some of the OST from the remake. However, it does fit within the series quite well. The VA who plays their roles in this series also did their job well. In particular, Hisoka and Retz's voice tones should be praised for their performance especially for the latter. Considering Retz's gender, the voice of its character must seem to be ambiguous and Hirano Aya portrayed her part quite well. The overall OST is above average but not earth-shattering by technical standards.
All in all, Hunter x Hunter Phantom Rouge is a gift for the fans. Obviously, this gift can be opened and enjoyed by different standards. For me though, I was quite satisfied with the results. If you're a fan of the Yorknew Arc, this is definitely something to keep an eye on. The way it incorporates the usage of its characters again show that the A-class band of thieves is still around. At the time of this movie was being aired, the Yorknew Arc was just reaching its conclusion but we still can't forget about the spiders, can we? read more
Jul 27, 2013
With Phantom Rouge's premise of Kurapika's eyes being "stolen" and the involvement of the Phantom Troupe, Phantom Rouge had a lot of potential to create a very interesting and unique spin-off of the popular Yorknew/Phantom Troupe Arc. However, it follows a simple and predictable formula that relies mostly on action sequences. Although action is not a bad thing by itself, action sequences in movies usually come with deus ex machina that stunt the storytelling. The potential mystery and thrill that the movie sets up also disappear because of conveniently placed plot devices or in other words, the anime original characters.
While the mains are all fine, as Killua gets quite a bit of development, Kurapika gets some backstory, and Gon and Leorio's personalities and behaviors are consistent with the main series, the two new characters introduced, Retz and Omokage, are underdeveloped and underwhelming. In the movie’s 1 hour and 37 minutes, only around 45 minutes were dedicated to Retz or Omokage total. Considering that Omokage is a previous member of the Phantom Troupe, he is expected to be intimidating like the rest of the Spiders but he feels like a stock villain that lacks all the development that the rest of the Phantom Troupe members have. Retz too, could have been an interesting character with very intriguing interactions with Gon and Killua if she was given the time and chance to develop, but as it is, she is just a device to help move the plot forward.
Several inconsistencies also pull the movie back. For instance, characters triumph in battles they would never win in the main series because of their lack of experience/Nen knowledge/power. Hunter x Hunter is known to be a smart battle shounen, but the movie throws away the logic and strategies that are used in the series for more mainstream fights. It isn't horrid by any means as the animation is very fluid and well choreographed but the movie loses some of the Hunter x Hunter magic. The motivational speeches throughout the movie are also elements that would never be included in the main series, which makes some of the interactions between characters seem quite forced and unnatural.
Despite the movie's undoings, the superb sound helps the stunted plot and along with the smooth animation, brings the story and characters to life. Some soundtracks like The Red-Eyed Monster and Way to the Town are variations of OSTs that were used before but they are given a kind of flare that makes them sound novel and fresh. Meanwhile, many of the soundtracks such as The Emperor's Time, To Give a Marionette Life, and most notably, Reason (instrumental and original) are used again in the main series without ever tiring.
Considering where the Hunter x Hunter series is now, this movie was a refreshing watch because Kurapika and Leorio haven’t really appeared since the Yorknew Arc and won’t for a long time. Unfortunately, the two of them are put in the backseat as most of the movie is focused on Gon and Killua and their friendship. Nonetheless, it’s good to see Kurapika and Leorio again, and even Hisoka and the Phantom Troupe. Gon and Killua’s interactions with each other are still very nice to watch too, albeit somewhat redundant.
Overall, more Hunter x Hunter is always welcome since it’s a franchise that deserves it; however, when the producers continue to make Hunter x Hunter movies (which a second movie has already been announced), they would need to do better to keep the quality of their movies consistent with the series. To conclude, Phantom Rouge is an okay watch, it's nothing spectacular but it's still probably worth your time if you like Hunter x Hunter.
I hope my first review helped, if not, please tell me why. Thanks for reading. read more
Nov 9, 2013
Hunter x Hunter: Phantom Rouge is about everything which Hunter x Hunter isn't. The story is about this puppeteer who makes puppets based to real people, copying their appearance. Ironically, our main characters Kurapika, Kil, Gon and Leorio also feel like puppets, empty shells, in this movie. All of their personalities have been changed, and all former character development seen in the anime has been turned back to zero + little extra taken away. Not only are they completely different characters, they have been turned into a bunch of weak idiots as well. I don't bother talking nor spoiling anything about the characters since this anime clearly doesn't have any.
The events were most likely written by a 5-year-old retarded frog-squirrel. The writing is utterly based to coincidences. The characters teleport to each others location all the fucking time. Not literally, but the explanation given could be replaced with the following; "How I got here? Oh, I teleported." And the story would still make sense equally much. Bad guys got beaten by the power of friendship. Motherfucker. Or alternatively with the help of teleporting former villains. The fights are ridiculous and completely lacking brains. You could as well replace the attacks with a bitchslap contest and it would make tactically as much sense.
The animation looks ridiculous. The fights are executed with light effects. They also had to use some shitty cgi to make fish fly and look lame. Mostly to look lame. The art is also different, but this isn't HxH anyway, so I don't have to complain. The sounds are made with a no fricking sense whatsoever. There is a scene where Gon and Killua have to sneak so that one character doesn't notice them. And what did the sound director do? Insert footstep-voices so loud that even my neighbor can the hear the bass. I mean, seriously? No, seriously? This isn't even funny.
Well, I did enjoy few things in this. The references around eyes and main villain's sense for family. That's literally the few. The pacing was also neato as these 1.5hours went pretty fast. I wouldn't recommend this to anyone who can't bear with out of character behavior, nor anyone else either, unless you die to hear more about Kurapika. read more
Aug 3, 2013
The music is for the most part taken directly from the series. This might sound cheap but also gives the movie a sense of consistency with the series. The new themes are awesome and help make the action more memorable, and there are also some new versions of old tunes. The sound is also great, no complaints there.
Animation and art are also consistent with the series, but additional efforts are noticeable, especially during action scenes. There's no abuse of CGI, it's pretty much the same as in the series. There are, however, a few shots that while showing the characters far away from the camera, are noticeable enough to be "quality animation meme"-worthy considering this is a blu-ray release. Still, this is only a minor complaint and doesn't really detract from the enjoyment.
My only major gripe with this movie is the plot, which sometimes loosens the rules of the HxH universe a bit too much and breaks the suspension of desbelief for hardcore fans. The issues are for the most part related to the rules of Nen. There are times when you will think of Gon and Killua: "Wait, can they really do that at their current nen level?" "Can they really survive that?" This feeling is enhanced by the lack of strategy in the battles, a staple and one of the best things in the series. It feels like most of these fights served only to advance the plot or for fan service (some really fit in the "what if-?" scenarios), so don't take them too seriously. On the other hand, you won't get any Naruto-like spoonfeeding due to the lack of strategy. Battles aside, the plot works for the most part, but it's somewhat predictable. There are some convenient coincidences here and there which I guess were included for the sake of better pacing. The tone of the movie is balanced: you can expect some funny moments in the right situations, just like in the series.
The characters are also a point of complaints. The title of the movie might lead you into thinking this movie is about the spiders and Kurapika, but Killua and Gon (yes, Killua more than Gon) get more screentime. Their development is similarly unbalanced: Killua is the closest to a protagonist while Gon shows little development. Retz, a new character, was a nice addition but some unnecessary emphasis is put on her from the beginning and this bugged me throughout the entire movie. Leorio mostly acts as a support character, and the spiders themselves are not that prominent (practically cameos) but they steal the show whenever they appear. The real antagonist, the much hyped Omokage, feels a bit like wasted potential. His motivations feel somewhat generic for a Spider and he really likes to talk about them, so I wasn't 100% sold on him. Still, his very existence is explained in a believable way (he was supposed to be dead in the series). His nen abilities, on the other hand, left me with some questions even after it was explained how they work. Finally, there is some insight into Kurapika's past, but you can find out much more about this by reading the Volume 0 of the manga, which you can find by googling (it was originally given away to those who went to the theatrical release). I encourage you to read it before watching the movie, it complements it and it doesn't give away any major spoilers. Flashback aside, Kurapika feels less important to the plot than he should.
Overall, this movie is a fun ride. It won't make you question the meaning of your life, but it is an enjoyable watch, and totally recommendable for shonen and HxH fans. Just turn your brain off during the fights, they aren't the ones you're used to from the series, though they are still fun and flashy. For the second movie, I'd like to see a prequel story, perhaps related to the origin of the spiders or the adventures of a young Ging or Netero. In my opinion, trying to fit a movie story into the main canon is just WAY TOO difficult.
Nov 9, 2013
For those of you who are huge Kurapika fans and expected this film to be all about him, I'm sorry to disappoint you, but this is Killua's movie. And for those of you who have high expectations for the first film in the Hunter x Hunter series, get ready for one of the biggest let downs of you life. Anyone expecting and wanting cool fights and a lot of dark drama, this is probably not for you. And lastly, for those of you who expect this to be like the original series, you are in for quite the surprise cause this is basically an adaption with the same characters but a different story. This can't even be considered Hunter x Hunter.
A lot of fans were expecting this to be about Kurapika and his quest for vengeance against the Phantom Troop, who slaughtered and took the eyes of all his clansmen. As the last survivor, Kurapika wants to retrieve the eyes of all his clansmen and bring the Troop to justice. Unfortunately, you are all wrong. This is a story about Killua and Gon. Killua tries to remain Gon's friend and protect him at all costs. So it's basically like the first arc of Hunter x Hunter, only made by a child. The story is basically about a puppeteer named Omokage who can make his puppets into real people. Gon and Killua meet this kid named Retz who is also a puppeteer, and the story basically revolves around those 4 characters. In the first few minutes of the show, you basically see Kurapika getting his eyes "stolen" and after that, he is pretty much wiped off the face of this movie except for the last 10 minutes. The fights in this movie were so childish. You go from the anime which is is the epitome of a shonen with a combination extremely good fight scenes and well documented morals, to this ,which pretty much leaves you sitting there with a feeling of laziness and exhaustion.The main thing about this movie is that Hunter x Hunter is one of those shonen that is extremely logic and intellectual based. But this is based off of random acts. The movie basically has random things thrown into it and expecting it to be good. This is totally, not what you would expect from the show at all. This is everything that Hunter x Hunter is not.
The art......pretty bland. This is slightly subpar in comparison with the anime, which is disappointing since you'd think that since this was a movie and a little less than 2 hours long, that it would get a bit more detail put into it. A lot of times, the images felt blurry. The sound was pretty standard with the show so upbeat and refreshing. The soundtrack felt like it was put in the awkwardest of times, but the soundtrack was pretty much the same as with the show, except for the music theme written by Yuzu.
The characters, oh how they got so screwed up. So first off, Gon, you get pretty much no development for him at all. He's pretty much the same loveable kid. You see him a lot, but you don't really notice him unless he talks. This is a story that mainly revolves around Killua. So you get a bit of development for him, but it's pretty much the same of what you get from the first arc of Hunter x Hunter. Basically, he wants to be friends with Gon, but doesn't know if he can. The two characters introduced in this film, Omokage and Retz are so one-dimensional. They are not really something you want to look at after you've seen them for about 5 minutes. They are so under developed it's unbelievable. You get no sort of real detail in their back stories. Usually the villains in the show are interesting and you come to love them no matter how notorious, strange, or heinous they are. But Omokage, you pretty much just want him to die by the second time you see him cause his personality is just that annoying. If you have seen any movie in the Naruto franchise, think of Omokage as a carbon copy of them. If you have not seen them, then just think of him like a Hisoka wannabe.
I know that the trailer mainly depicts Kurapika and his story, but that trailer is a giant lie. Kurapika, you get a little back story about him but you only actually see him for about 15 minutes in the whole movie and the development on him is minimal. You get introduced to his friend Pairo, but he is kinda, a "just there" type of character. You pretty much get only a few minutes of development for those two and their relationship. The Phantom Troop, you don't see them all that much. You see them during fight scenes and that's it. Anyone forget about Leorio and hoping he'll get a part in this shall be trolled indefinitely. In other words, you see him for 5 minutes talking about the importance of friendship. THE END.
Enjoyment, I somewhat enjoyed it. It's nothing too terrible. Even with the cheesy twists, the redundant plot, and the cheap theme. Overall, the quality is lacking the flare that the original series has. Anyone who is a huge fan of this and Killua, should watch this.