Hunters are a special breed, dedicated to tracking down treasures, magical beasts, and even other men. But such pursuits require a license, and less than one in a hundred thousand can pass the grueling qualification exam. Those who do pass gain access to restricted areas, amazing stores of information, and the right to call themselves Hunters.
Hunter x Hunter has been published in English by VIZ Media under the Shonen Jump Advanced imprint since April 5, 2005; in Spanish by Panini Comics since October 2012; and in Brazilian Portuguese by Jbc since January 2008.
The series has been serialized irregularly since 2006 due to Yoshihiro Togashi's health problems.
Welcome to the world of Hunter X Hunter where people pursue to become Hunters. But to become one, one must undergo the Hunter Exam. Thousands of people participate in this exam. Among them is a kid name Gon Freecs who longs to meet his father, a great hunter, but in order to do so, he must become a great Hunter and follow his footsteps. Along the way, he meets Killua, a kid whose family is famous for being assassins, Kurapika, a kind and loyal friend but at times reckless due to his revenge motive and Leorio, a brash man who aims to be a successful
Hunter specializing in medical treatments.
Yoshihiro Togashi is the same guy who wrote the 1994 hit YuYu Hakusho, a successful long running shounen. And this manga is no exception.
Nearly all long-running shounens throughout anime history has already been labeled tedious, dull and unimaginative. Without fail, HxH will relieve you of that perspective.
Hxh simply has it all. Action, check. Pragmatic characters, check. Psychological contest, check. It can be a psychological thriller or an action-packed manga. Either way, HxH is superbly crafted.
The anime played out with touches of pathos and humor creating a superb atmosphere. The manga provided numerous slap-stick comedies to lighten the mood a little. But when its serious, its serious. The intensity of HxH cannot be denied.
While it isn't groundbreaking in the concept aspect, the real treat is in the execution. Supernatural abilities aside, this manga undertakes a realistic approach. The little things actually matter from getting adapting your eyes to the dark to increasing efficiency on running, every small thing counts. This results to intense an conflict for both the mind and the muscle during battle's. HxH concentrate's on the adventure aspect more so than the fighting aspect. So dont expect any out-of-this-world "sudden power outbursts" to save the day because HxH wont allow it. And thats one of the many things you'll like bout this manga.
Regardless of this, HxH still proves to be enough to considered an action. The action does play it safe but it is still highly invigorating. It succeeds in keeping many readers on their toes, and often leaves readers with cliffhangers that are big and small.
The rather slow paced scripts are fleshed out with a set of tremendous central and supporting characters. The various other characters and factions involved in playing the manga do not end up seeming flat. They take the time to develop and flesh out even some of incidentally encountered characters appearing only for a chapter even if it would have been easier to simply have them appear for their necessary encounters without giving us any real insight into their personality.
Also character developments are a plus. While Gon remains static, Killua and Kurapika in particular, goes through massive changes throughout the manga .
To some the art is horrible. But I dont think its bad at all. I mean, it isnt amazing but is simply good. Another issue is the amount of text. Sometimes it can be overwhelming to the reader, since HxH will rain you with texts everywhere on the panel. HxH doesnt want to seem miss any explanations and leave some plot holes. It wants to be rational, as much as possible. Incredible sense of detail shows in key points of the story.
Once you reach the Hunter Exams, everything will shift to overdrive. If that arc doesnt interest you in the slightest, I suggest you stop reading it from there as by that time, it should have caught your attention.
This anime is light years ahead of all shounen out there. No shounen anime holds a candle to Hunter X Hunter when it comes to being ardent and scrupulous. Amidst all monotonous shounen that have come out on the heels, HxH was able to crank it up a notch.
This my favorite manga of all time, so I may be a little biased when it comes to this review. I love every work that Yoshihiro Togashi puts out! I'm not exactly sure what a typical shounen is, so i'll just start by saying that it starts out with a boy named Gon Freecs going on the most challengeing hunt of his life, to find his elusive hunter father. And the story shows his development as a hunter throughout.
I give the story a 9 because the first 12 or so volumes had a great story and a lot character devolopment with the four main
characters but lately it has had the tendency to exclude Leorio and Kurapika. Just focusing on Gon and Killua. The hiatuses kept it pretty hard to maintain the excitement that I had in the beginning. The chimera ant arc and the current arc seemed dragged out and the chimera ant arc ended unclimactic and extremely depressing. How they get their powers or nen is very original and fits their personalities but at times can be confusing as to what nen type some characters are, i.e. Silva and Zeno. But it seems like Togashi couldn't let go of some powers from Yu Yu Hakusho. such as Karasu's powers-genthru, Rinku's yo yos-killua, so for me it went from a 10 to a 9.
I give the art a 10 because even though there isn't a lot of scenery and backgroung stuff like Naruto has at times the characters are very oringinal and the fight scenes are clear and at times shown complex fighting positions that can be difficult to draw even for experienced aritists. Unlike Bleach that at times has like a blur then someones bleeding to death.
If I could give this higher than a 10, I would. This to me is the best part of the manga and why I fell in love with it. The characters are extremely well developed and well drawn. All the protagonists' stories are at least mentioned and have a lot of detail so you understand why they are what they are. The bad guys you fall in love with too. Well, I'm not really sure if Hisoka's really a bad guy. But the delopment of their powers is awesome. It's not like DBZ where people always turn super saiiyan or use the spirit bomb everytime the bad guy seemed unbeatable.
It would have gotten a 10 if not for the several hiatuses that it had.
As I said, it is my favorite manga. The plot seems to be getting back on track. So then I may put another review when it gets going again.
Hunter x Hunter could've been a masterpiece under certain circumstances. First of all, let me give you a short rating of it's arcs. The first one,'Hunter Exam arc' is a great introduction to the plot and the main characters' aims. Next up is the 'Zoldyck Family arc' ,which is the shortest arc. It can't be really described as 'boring' since plot has a regular flow. Next is the 'Heavens Arena arc' which is one of tho most boring arcs. It's boring for me because it takes so much time to explain 'nen' and it is so thoroughly described that whole chapters were only describing 'nen'.
Plus, even though it had many fights for a single arc, most of them were finished in one minute and the fights that are worth mentioning are: *SPOILER ALERT*
Gon vs Hisoka
and Hisoka vs Kastro.
Next arc is the 'Yorknew City arc' which is about the world's largest auction and the appearance of the 'Phantom Troupe'. The best part of this arc is the final part which is focused on Phantom Troupe's invasion. Many fights and important moments occured in this arc and it can be described as one of the best arcs. Like the 'Heavens Arena arc', the Greed Island is as boring as ever. The fights worth mentioning are: *SPOILER ALERT*
Gon vs Genthuru
and the Dodgeball Game (Gon, Killua and Hisoka vs Razor)
It is mostly boring because all Gon and Killua do is train with Biscuit and try to colllect rare cards.
Next is my favourite and most loved arc, the 'Chimera Ant arc'. The plot and the incredibly awesome fights make a great arc. Almost every fight is worth mentioning and the Gungi games are unexpectedly amusing.
The next arc ('13th Hunter Chairman Election arc') is boring to the majority of the readers but i found it amusing because it gave us a depth analysis to the hunter association and the Zodiac Twelve since we knew almost nothing about them. The election part was fun because we were introduced to the thinking of the Zodiacs and most importantly, we saw Ging/Jin again.
The last arc, which isn't finished yet, is the 'Dark Continent Expedition arc' in which we have yet to know more about. Hunter x Hunter is currently on Hiatus so it isn't sure when more chapters will come out.
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