Continuing with their adventure at Greed Island, Gon and Killua train furiously under the guidance of Biscuit for better preparation at attempting the game. With their abilities vastly improving and the threat of player killers menacing Greed Island, Gon and company continue the game despite the dangers that they will face with the game activities and encounters with other players. Based on the manga by Togashi Yoshihiro.
Hunter x Hunter: Greed Island Final is the third (and hopefully not the last) of three Hunter x Hunter OVAs. It continues off where the Greed Island OVA left off, with Gon and Killua in the Greed Island game.
I might as well get it out of the way and say that the art and sound are exactly like what you\'d expect from the previous OVAs and the 62 episode Hunter x Hunter episodes. Serviceable, great action scenes, and everything the watcher is already used to. Killua does get cuter in this OVA but maybe that\'s just me getting attached to his character.
The ending theme
of this OVA is really good, which bumps the sound score up a notch. It is titled \"Moshimo Kono Sekai de Kimi to Boku ga Deaenakatta Nara (If You and I Never Met in This World)\". I am still not 100% sure who the song is referring to. Is it Gon thinking about his father? Killua thinking about Gon? Or some other characters (Leorio?).
The character development in this OVA is, dare I say it, even better than I expected (and I had high expectations!). For a while, our 2 heros train under Biske (Biscuit?), who may look young but is an even better trainer than their previous nen teacher, Wing. That is to be expected because, well, she outranks him (watch and find out).
The training episodes are a lot of fun, and will serve their purpose later on. Killua leaves the game midway to take care of some \"unfinished business\". What transpires(with him) during his short absence (*GAH! I must not spoil the OVA*) made him my absolute favorite character in Hunter x Hunter. You\'ll understand after watching the second episode of the OVA.
I was worried that Gon and Killua were spending too much time on training and may have forgotten their goal of finishing the game but my fears were soon allayed. When they start collecting the cards, they really went all out. To be honest, a small part of me was very proud of them for doing all the card collection the \"HARD\" way (i.e. with no spoilers or information from other players).
There are 3 key .. mini arcs that make this OVA great. They\'re not just great from a storyline perspective, but showcase subtle character development. It\'s so seamlessly done that the viewer won\'t feel that character development is being shoved down his/her throat.
The first is the attempt(s) to get Tsubo of the Coast. All I can say is besides being totally hilarious, Razor rocks!
The second is a FANTASTIC fight between Gon, Killua and Biske against the Bomber and his 2 buddies. I can\'t pick a favorite, all 3 were awesome!
The third and last is the final card. It just goes to show that after all the action, it\'s the brains of a character that count the most.
The ending made this OVA perfect. I have never read the manga but I did catch a glimpse of the hair color of the man in the last frame. Very ... interesting. This is a definate must watch if you\'ve seen any Hunter x Hunter.
Although Greed Island Final ties up the loose ends of OVA 3, there is still a lot that can be done. So far there have been 62 episodes of TV series, 8 episodes OVA1, 8 episodes OVA2 and 14 episodes of OVA3. That\'s 92 episodes. Is it enough? NOOO! We must have more!
I for one will be waiting for the day when the manga writer comes back and finishes this series, so they can make more Hunter x Hunter anime for fans like us. Even though I\'m impatient for new stories to emerge, I will give 100% credit to the mangaka for writing this amazing series filled with action, comedy and friendship. Please finish the rest of the manga!
before you judge me and think i'm going to only bash on Hunter x Hunter, i'll tell you right now, i'm not. the truth is, i really enjoyed the tv series and the first and second OVAs were good too. but this OVA disappointed me to such a degree i couldn't believe it, first off, the story, the story is just continuing Gon and Killua's journey on Greed Island, and this is going to finish it off.
The story wasn't as good as the other parts of the Hunter x Hunter franchise because it was somewhat rushed to the conclusion, and there wasn't much development, more
like just an appearance of powers with not too much effot.
The art maintained from the series and other OVAs, not impressive, but good enough.
The sound, personally didn't impress me, i didn't think Hunter x Hunter had a good soundtrack, not that it was bad, but it didn't make me want to listen to it again.
Here is where the OVA truly fell short compared to the others. Gon and Killua were my favorite characters, but all of a sudden, Killua is kicked to the back burner, and becomes, i think, a little part of the story. and Gon, he started out as a naive boy that would never give up, until he couldn't go on, that's perseverance. But there's a thin line between that and stubborness, and he crossed it indefinitely. he started to bug me so bad, i actually wished he would lose a fight or something, knock sense into him, a character never annoyed me so badly, when at first they were one of my favorites. if you've watched the other Hunter x Hunter stuff, you'll notice the difference.
enjoyment, i didn't enjoy it oo much, but enough to finish it, since i wanted some sort of closure.
Overall i gave it a middle grade, because you should watch this OVA after all the others, you don't want to leave it undone, but be warned, this might change your opinion of the rest of the franchise as well
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 loved and enjoyed the story, the game, the fights, the art, the sounds, the opening/ending, the characters, the final saddest moment at the end of the last episode when i realized that it was the end too. Any person who watched HxH should watch it or the remake HxH 2011.
Hunter x Hunter is one of the most highly regarded anime in the world. It has not only provided entertainment for its fanbase, but it's also drawn tons of new viewers in like few other anime have before. Unfortunately, it's also on hiatus. What does the future hold for this beloved anime?