After reuniting with Gon and his friends, Kurapika explained to them the risks he bears because of his abilities. Believing that his target of revenge is no longer alive and the search for his fallen comrade's eyes could truly begin, Kurapika soon after receives a message informing him that all the Spiders still lived. After much discussion between his friends, Gon, Kurapika and company decided to hunt after the one Spider member who's ability could ultimately result in Kurapika's defeat and death. Based on the manga by Togashi Yoshihiro.
The first OVA continues one of the unresolved plotlines from the 62 episode Hunter x Hunter anime. Kurapica finally reveals to Gon, Killua and Leorio the reason why his nen abilities are so high along with the restrictions on it. He thinks his reason for revenge is done, but it is not - the Spiders are still alive! This OVA focuses on Kurapica's unending quest to avenge his "dead" tribe.
Similar to Hunter x Hunter, the art is good but nothing special although it does continue in the same vein as the original anime so viewers will be used to it. The soundtrack reuses a lot
of themes that we're familiar with from the anime also.
It's hard to review this OVA without going into spoilers, but here goes!
The story is wonderful! In my opinion this is the best story among the 3 OVAs. There are twists and turns galore. Added to which the cast of the spiders is amazing - here are bad guys you really want to find out more about. The ending was also ... a surprise! It was a fitting resolution but it leaves the possibility for further plot development open.
Every other episode I find myself thinking "Wow, now THAT is a gifted writer" (who wrote the manga) as he managed to pull together everything perfectly - the pacing, the character development and plot twists!
If you enjoyed Hunter x Hunter you won't want to miss this.
As a continuation of the first series, you can expect the OVA to fill in much of those undesired loose ends and plot holes that cropped up throughout the series. These episodes focus on Kurapica's quest for revenge and his eternal hunt for his clan member's eyes.
Fans of the original series will note that Hunter x Hunter is not a terribly fast-paced anime, and tends to build the story around the characters and their interactions with one another, rather than with action. It lures the audience in by showing them all the interesting depths of the characters -their goals, their dreams, their struggles- and makes
us root for them when they hit dirt. This OVA does so much more than that. Following up on the hints we were given with the original series, the OVA gives its audience a much deeper look into Kurapica's emotions and hardships, while also managing to show the heartfelt friendship between him, Leorio, Gon, and Killua.
Kurapica's character, I feel, was for the most part just a supporting character originally and wasn't given too many layers that really fleshed him out and gave the audience much insight into his emotions. Suddenly this problem is completely rectified: he becomes so much more of a main character than I thought he could be, he shows new and interesting sides of himself that I didn't know existed, and he draws you into loving his character so much more so than before. Furthermore, the OVA builds on his friendships and shows the trust, loyalty and support between them.
The Spiders are given stronger personalities and I feel they are much rounder characters than they were before. Each one has a unique relationship with each other and with Kurapica, and you really start to play favourites as he lays out his plan to dissolve the organization.
All in all, for me character was a 10.
The story is these episodes is a bit more fast-paced than what fans are used to (which is a given considering the number of episodes). However, this is what I found so exciting in this OVA. There's a lot of mystery in this plot, and Kurapica's planning skills with his limited number of resources is superb. Just when things start to fall apart, he critically analyzes the situation and pulls everyone through the trouble. I love all the problems Gon and Killua run into, and those two pulled a few stunts to get through them, even surprising many of the Spider members. I must say without a doubt the story was a 10.
As far as art goes, I didn't notice a whole lot of difference between the OVA and the original series. The lines could be cleaner, but that's probably just my preferance rather than the quality of the art. To me it wasn't bad: 8. For sound, in terms of music: it wasn't spectacular but it wasn't terrible either. The opening and ending themes definitely aren't the best, I would say they were average. Background music and sounds were acceptable (but it isn't shinobi battle music, if that's what you're expecting). 7/10 for sound.
To summarize in one short sentence...
This OVA is everything you were expecting and more.
Hunter x Hunter is a 1999 anime series that ran for 62 episodes, along with a handful of OVAs, directed by Kazuhiro Furuhashi, produced by Nippon Animation, and based on the manga of the same name by Yoshihiro Togashi. It tells the story of 12-year-old Gon Freecs, as he journeys to find Ging, his father. That’s as specific as I can go, because throughout Hunter x Hunter, Gon and his best friend Killua go on some strange adventures, only loosely connected by said premise.
On the production side, the 62 episode TV series is very impressive. The colors are muted but feel natural, and the backgrounds
and designs are very detailed. The fights, which are actually pretty rare, baring some sections, are lavishly animated. Very fluid, weighty, and fast paced. Norio Matsumoto was even brought in for some of them, which was a huge treat as both a sakuga fan and someone who grew up loving Matsumoto’s work on Naruto.
Musically, the series contains a large variety of interesting tracks, many of which are understated and serve more as atmosphere pieces rather than pop-fodder. Often times, scenes will be lacking in music, or have songs that are scarce and uncomfortable; in a good way.
The director clearly tried to lean on the psychological and eerie side of the original manga, and it works to great effect. The aforementioned style of the music adds a lot to that, but the color design, gritty art style and occasional moments of complete psychological analysis are the key to that feeling. The thriller-esque atmosphere is at its peak during the “Yorknew City” arc, in which the series most closely resembles a supernatural, but grounded, crime thriller.
The first OVA, Spider, keeps up a lot of those aesthetic strengths. It does use darker colors, and has basically no fights, but it’s still a strong visual product. The music and sound design is very similar, so it can be watched pretty seamlessly after the series.
The next two OVAs, Greed Island and Greed Island Final, are a huge step down in every way, aesthetically. The colors are now strange and unfitting, the actual animation has gone down to Powerpoint level, and the music is changed to generic anime tunes. The most painful aspect of the visuals would be the fights, which have devolved into stills with static backgrounds that look like they were pulled out of the 70s.
The world of Hunter x Hunter is imaginative and expansive, but it is defined more by its detail and realism than its vastness. Hunter x Hunter is an almost dryly serious look at a shonen world. The characters are deeply psychologically affected by the weird shit in the world they live in, systems are put in place that logically make sense as a result of the strange places and powers that exist, and the fights are based purely on strategy. Until one fight, very near the end of the whole series, the main character, Gon, is hopelessly outmatched by all his opponents. He wins because he’s a prodigy, and can outsmart his enemies. Killua is the perfect foil for Gon, as he is a force of brute strength, who can take down beasts with one well timed punch to the gut.
Even then, the Hunter world is terrifying, and even by the end of the series, neither of the two protagonists are even close to some of the people lurking in the shadows. Gon’s rival, Hisoka, is miles beyond even Killua in brute strength, and surpassed Gon in mind and determination the day he was born.
The culmination of Hunter x Hunter’s realism is Nen, the mystical force that the characters use. Instead of just being magic for the sake of it, Nen is a meticulously detailed system with sub-categories within the established types, different ways to employ it within your own body and even a full explanation of how it affects the body and how to start using it. Togashi has a deep love of not just shonen manga, but also the human psyche and economics, which shines through fully in Hunter x Hunter.
The expansiveness and eeriness of the Hunter world creates an underlying sense of fear in both the viewer as the series goes on. We don’t know what’s out there, and neither do our protagonists, and what we do know is far more than they can handle. This sense of fear is perpetuated by the aesthetic design I described earlier, which, combined, leads to a thick atmosphere that acts as this 1999 series’ strongest point.
The actual characters in Hunter x Hunter are genuine, likeable, natural and developed. Gon is a classic shonen hero, which, in a realistic world, is as much a good thing as it is a flaw. A character flaw, rather than a narrative one, of course, as Gon’s childish nature and reckless abandon leads to as much success as it does failure, which makes Gon a far more interesting character than his predecessors. Killua was raised as an assassin, and, because of that, he starts the series very reserved and spiteful towards the world around him. He has a clearly loving and silly center, but that is often held back because of his past. Upon meeting Gon, he slowly learns to want friendship and to love people, while Gon learns to grow up a little. Gon and Killua’s friendship ends up being one of the most heartfelt, natural and realistic relationships in anime, and I would go as far as to say that their friendship is the lynchpin of the entire Hunter x Hunter multimedia franchise, through both anime adaptations and the manga. The characterization is quite strong as well, with Gon and Killua being very clearly defined within a few episodes, and many of the side characters being memorable, most notably, Kurapika, Leorio, Tonpa and Biscuit.
However, the cast truly shines with the antagonists. The aforementioned Hisoka has the most defined personality in the whole show, and I was thoroughly entertained whenever he was on screen. The way he pushes Gon to greater heights, while he remains a both threatening and silly figure is very unique. Killua’s older brother, Illumi, is absolutely horrifying, and his appearances lead to some of the most painful and crushing mental breakdowns and freakouts in the series. The Phantom Troupe, a group of terrorists that shows up near the end of the TV series, are particularly fun, with their leader, Chrollo, being a strange and interesting view on how group leadership really works. Of course, all of the nen abilities and strategies of these villains and side characters are very unique and fully fleshed out. My only complaint with the villains would be Genthru, a bomber that appears in the final arc, and is extremely disappointing as the final villain, considering he has basically no personality to speak of, and he isn’t that fun to watch fight, especially because the animation had already all but completely gone to shit at that point.
To get into some more narrative flaws, I felt that the pacing was pushing it a bit at times. While the slow pacing felt atmospheric at times, it also was flat out boring at others, mainly the final arc, where the atmosphere wasn’t really present, so that excuse doesn’t even work. The exposition could also go overboard at some points, with one character in particular feeling like a box that shoots info rather than a fleshed out human being.
While the conclusion to the TV series is lacking, the ending of the final OVA is quite satisfying. The main plot points are wrapped up well, though some loose ends and unfinished character arcs still remain. Despite that, it still has by far the most conclusive ending of any version of the Hunter x Hunter story.
As a long time fan of Hunter x Hunter, going back to watch this original series was a decision I was skeptical about making, but it payed off in spades. The vibe and atmosphere of this 1999 classic makes it a very worthwhile watch, and if it had adapted the famed Chimera Ant story arc, and cleaned up the animation in the later OVAs, I’d vastly prefer it over the 2011 version, and it might even come close to the original manga.
Hunter x Hunter (1999) is a phenomenal shonen series, with a strong cast, a realistic world, strategic and clever fights, a thick atmosphere, fluid animation, great directing and a somewhat satisfying conclusion. It’s a journey you won’t soon forget.
i get right to it...because i have no time to waste got to go watch the other OVA asap.
STORY-this was amazingly brilliant.it didn't felt like a OVA at all and i love that feeling.we had lot of unanswered questions left hanging in the series well look no further it will be solved right here right now.this 8 episodes felt so intense because right at the beginning everything was like a chess game who had their knight,queen and king on their side and how to use it for their advantage.when both sides make their plan,their CAT AND MOUSE CHASE BEGINS and it gets so exciting filled
with all information that where left out your heart will start to pound faster and BELIEVE ME YOU WILL FORGET TO BLINK.
CHARACTERS-we get to see out favorites in action in none stop drama with a pinch of comedy and there are surprise guests that will make the plot twits that will keep you guessing until the very end you get to see hisokas excitement for the full extent :3 i wont say more.
SOUND-was superb as expected it makes it more fun and get you on the mood to the action that is about to come,great job,was true to it self to the very end.
VOICE ACTORS-oh boy i feel like this is my punishment for not speaking about the dub actors before in my previous review for hunter x hunter but i know that's not the case as you know this is not dubbed so i missed the dubbed actors so much...specially for killua and gon.they weren't bad in the sub still i missed the dubbed voices only a bit though so that's great because the sub did a good job.with gon when i listen i thought that i heard this voice before and just by listening i thought to my self it sound like Naruto and i was absolutely right im glad about that being a huge Naruto fan.ok i enjoy this to the max kurapica is the bomb he is the man.all of them is a superb a team who kick bad butt so what are you doing go watch it right now and i am going to continue on the rest of the OVAS cant wait...so enjoy this amazing thrilling anime masterpiece :3