I've never seen a human lazy like that. Togashi sensei... Your imagination is so cool but you do not want to show us your mental abilities... Howewer he is so lazy that he got only one page of an important scene instead of a lot of pages. So paper is full of bubbles lol
Especially i love character designs of this manga. Characters have different hair styles, different make up, different clothes, different accesorises... Each of them have great looking. HxH is a really chic manga.
Ad i wonder Gon's mother. Togashi sensei, please show us her!!!!
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.
Before beginning this review, I will like to point out that the intention of this review is not to trigger Hunter X Hunter (HxH for short)fans or let them feel like I'm attacking them or their intelligence since that is basically the trend in most reviews these days. Most reviews are made with the intention to 'trigger' a reaction out of fans by criticizing a series to the point that you are telling fans that they are basically dumb for liking a particular series.
This review is simply showing you guys another perspective since HxH fans aren't used to seeing much criticism when it comes to
this series. Now, shall we begin?
Hxh is a series that I once loved, the anime that is, now after finishing the anime I went into the manga and quickly realise a problem this series has had in the anime, but now, it was more apparent in the manga. The problem is the absurd amount of dialogue and monologue within it that makes it ridiculous, the author of HxH decided that every single character is going to have long monologue and dialogue, but it's even worse when the characters are just redshirts.
The latest arc is especially guilty of this, basically, we as the reader are forced to see the point of view of literally every single character in this arc; the guards of the Prince's, the Prince's, guards of a Prince stalking another Prince, people associated to a Prince, people keeping an eye on another Prince, the Mafia Bosses, Hunters, the guards of the Mafia Bosses, the people from branch families, all of the underlings of the people from branch families as well, and we can go on and on — I wouldn't be surprised if we start getting the point of view from the trees, cats, dogs and basically everything else. You get the point. This is not interesting at all and it's just a chore to read. Sure you can say that he is amazing for giving redshirts their moments and making them feel important, but, truth be told, redshirts will always be redshirts! You can give them a few dialogues or give them a purpose later on without watering down the series quality by having them talk about stuff, we as the readers, are already aware of. I also saw the Viz translation, and it's a bit better, but still, its too dialogue heavy and unnecessary — just pointing that out before someone says it is Mangastream's fault, btw this is wall x text the manga.
Togashi is like a student that is writing an essay that should be 800 words in length and thinks that writing a 2000 word essay instead will impress the teacher. That is basically how a lot of the fans are behaving as well, I've seen HxH fans praising the series because it has so many dialogues and saying how long it took them to read a single chapter, like it was some type of accomplishment, while other HxH fans are saying they feel dumb because they are not understanding the plot. The truth is, the reason why some people are having difficulty in understanding the plot is because Togashi, as a writer, is failing to express his work to his readers properly, because all he is doing is throwing dialogue and monologue at his fans and telling them that they should figure out his mess, I'm not sure how the editor even approve these chapters. If this was a monthly manga then that could be an excuse to why some fans are forgetting vital points, but it's a weekly series which means it should be easier to follow and remember. Togashi is also lacking in the "show but not tell" type of storytelling, he would rather lazily tell the audience every tiny detail, even the irrelevant ones.
I'm sure Togashi has planned out everything in this arc and that he knows what he is doing, but he is not executing it properly if half of his fans feel like it is a chore to read his manga, it just means he is not writing this arc in a creative way. At the end of the day, its the author's story, but he is writing his story to his fans, and if his fans are not liking it, something is clearly wrong. Togashi may have a brilliant idea, but if he is not executing it properly then it is all a waste.
This manga overall is a chore to read and it is boring for me personally, the characters for HxH has always been decent for me, I never had a problem with the characters, I don't think they are anything special but at the same time, I don't think they are bad. I don't like the art style because it is drawn in a generic style that I, personally don't like, but its even worst when it is not drawn properly by Togashi. In saying that, the art really doesn't affect my enjoyment that much, since there isn't much art, to begin with.
Overall, this manga is a 4/10, and I don't feel like Togashi is taking advantage of his imagination. I know he can do way better than this, and perhaps this series will be a bit more bearable to watch when it's animated, whenever that is.
To people that are still enjoying this series, more power to you, but at least try to understand why some peoples are not enjoying it, without talking down on them or challenging their intelligence, because I've seen that a lot.
As a university student, reading HxH feels like reading a school textbook, the only purpose is for you to temporarily memorize information just to pass a test. HxH is at the borderline of a school textbook than a fictional book, which basically sums up how I currently feel for this series, and I'm having a lot of doubt that my opinion will ever change.
Thanks for reading if you were able to reach this far.
I would've given this manga a 10 if the mangaka would hurry up instead of making excuses for a taking a 2 year hiatus like being sick. ( ´ ▽ ` )
The story is actually really interesting for me. Going on an adventure to find your dad with making new amazingly tough friends (like Killua) and getting into trouble while still hanging on gives me tears. The one small thing that bothers me is that even though the dad is so cool and strong in my opinion but is so lazy, unlike his hardworking son ,is kinda crappy. Other than that, the
fights are amazing especially with Gon and Killua always there trying their best.
The art is SPECIAL in a way. It reminds me of a weird comic instead of a manga because sometimes the faces aren't detailed like in the anime (1999 and 2011 versions) but they're still well drawn.
I love the characters even if they are always small and always look the same when they're 12-14/15 years old. Gon has that happy-go-lucky personality that makes everyone root for him and want to be his friend. He's not the smartest person in the world but that is what makes the manga funny. Killua has that cool vibe to him that is...well... cool. Sometimes there are those moments where he'll have the scariest/most menacing face to protect his best friend and other times when Gon tells him something nice like "Thanks and etc." he has a cute little blush which will make you love him too.
I really enjoyed this manga with all the action and comedy that could break any awkward moment.
Overall, I gave this a 10 so you'll probably enjoy the manga/anime as much as I did.
I gave everything a 10/10 except for the art which got 7/10.
Anyway, where should I start?
This is a masterpiece, and I will tell you why:
Genius. He thought it all up. The world of HXH, when we think of it, makes you realize many things about our own world, and makes you question many of our morals and mentalities. This masterpiece was elegantly written, no fillers, and every action counts. Realistic reactions to many events. this manga leaves you in a wreck of emotions: there are funny moments, there are heartwarming moment, an then there are those very dark moments when you least expect them.
The plot devices were very well put and they weren't 'just there'.
The problem with the manga are the long hiatus, but even though we can never deny this awesome manga.
Art: 7/10 (the first 4 arcs), 6.5/10 (the greed island arc) , 3/10 (the chimera ant arc), then back to 7/10 at the last arc:
The art at first was decent, but then it turned appalling. The story made up for the art, because nobody would want to miss such a genius story no matter what.
Gon: He isn't the typical protagonist who had a tragic backstory but then wants to pursue his goal to prove something. He is a curious kid that was abandoned by his father, which leads to him questioning what is so great about being a hunter, and this is his goal: wanting to know the charm of being a hunter. His character seems to be simple at first, but read it carefully, and you will know he isn't the typical "simple naive kid who helps everybody because he is a good kid who believes we need to help others". True, he has great personality, but he's also very veeery flawed.
Killua: Tragic backstory, but as you get to know him, he's not what he seems. I can't say anything or I will spoil the fun of finding out.
Kurapika: He has the typical tragic-hero backstory, but he doesn't act like a typical hero. He is pursuing his goal, but- I am not gonna spoil it. I have many things to say about each character but THEY WILL BE SPOILERS!!!....
Leorio: He is the most normal of them all. His tragic backstory is something that happens everyday and can happen to any person. Also don't wanna spoil anything..
AS for the other characters, they are all a mix of people that seem unrealistic, but this is not true...You can find many of the traits of those characters in people you know, or even yourself...For example what they do, we don't really do it in real life, but if given the freedom, we will do it.
Not a moment felt too dull. The story is so well written that even with the bad art in the chimera ant arc, you still want to read it. The way every character and every event is portrayed, makes you look back and think about many things. I loved and enjoyed this manga so much.
The art was decent at first, but he needs to hire an assistance, because of the reason that he does all the art himself, he can't finish on the deadline and the quality of his art drops so fast in the 6th arc...Anyway this is not the point.
This manga can't deserve any lower than this. Even with the quality of art at the end, and his looooong hiatus, it can't be less than a 10.
Most of my points in my HxH 2011 review stand here, so I'll keep this short.
HxH 2011 definitely brought life to the HxH manga, but the manga is still wholesome in its story and its characters. The current arc is in the running to be the best arc of HxH in my opinion.
The only low points for the manga are its artwork and the constant hiatuses. The art can range from scribbles on a page to fantastically drawn creatures and areas that even Miura of Berserk would approve of. And as every HxH fan knows, the hiatuses are the biggest flaw on this great
series, as it keeps us from having a complete story for years to come.
Other than that, it's a riveting experience start to finish.
Art: 6/10 (really ranges from utter scribbles to quality work)
this manga was the first manga i ever read ...by the baka sensei yushiro togashi ..you can find every thing you like in this serie no one can say the opposite unless they were payed.......with the process of this manga you get more enjoyment ..more characters appear ..the events just getts more darker and cooler ...for me i finished the whole manga in one week because i couldn't stop ...belive me if it was no hxh manga ther will be no naroto or bleach or a lot of other mangas that borow meany things from this manga ..if just that baka togashi didn't stop the
hxh in hiatsu so ofeten ...this manga would surpass even the biggest mangas in the world as one piece
"Monstrous Animals, Rare Species...Buried Riches, Hidden Treasures...Worlds of Demons, Unexplored Lands...The Word 'UNKNOWN' Seems Magic...And Some Men Are Attracted By This Force...They Are Called 'HUNTERS'!"
This is the introductory that meets the reader in the very 1st chapter of the 1st volume of the Hunter X Hunter manga. Having had already watched the anime, I am aware of what Hunter X Hunter is about so the introduction wasn't anything new. Someone who hasn't ever encountered Hunter X Hunter, however, will probably feel disappointed to eventually find out that the manga isn't really about a treasure-hunt or a great adventure into some
unique, hidden world.
The manga is, in the beginning, about a boy named Gon who joins a Hunter test (a test composed of various practical examinations on anything that the judge wants for the examinees to prove that they deserve the title "HUNTER") in order to find his father, who seems like a popular Hunter who has done a lot of great things. It is during this examination that Gon meets and befriends three other examinees.
At this point in the manga, it seems that the four of them - each with distinct abilities, personality, and reason for taking the Hunter Exam - are the main protagonists in the story. The story itself is interesting because the goals of the protagonists and the challenges they have to go to achieve these goals are quite interesting.
My problem with the manga is that as the story progressed, the plot was solely focused on two of the four protagonists so that the story evolved around them for more than 10 volumes (TEN! TEN! ARGH!!). And I mean FOCUS in a way that as if there has never been the four of them when the story started. Although Gon and Killua's goal (to find Gon's father) isn't boring, the biggest problem I have with it is that the same thing happens every time they find a new clue about where Gon's father could be: clue->new place->new enemies->realize they're not strong enough->meet a master who says the same thing: "they have a lot of potential!" or "who are these kids??"->train->become stronger->defeat enemy who will eventually say the same thing: "these kids are strong, blah, blah"->find a new clue->and it goes on and on and on...
After some time, this becomes really annoying because the story just keeeeeeeeeeeeps dragging on. This is also the same reason I stopped watching Bleach so yeah X)
Hunter X Hunter is one of the longest ongoing manga in Weekly Shonen Jump since 1998. Sadly, this masterpiece is really have annoying hiatus often, so unlike One Piece that published from 1997 have almost 700 chapters in 2012. Hiatus X Hiatus (Hunter X Hunter I mean) only made half of it, 340 chapters and hiatus again in 2012.
But, what makes this manga really addictive to the reader? What makes it adapted into amazing anime twice (1999 & 2011)? The answer can only you get after you read this manga. So, I'm going to review
this from my point of view, I hope this can be useful.
Story 10 :
The story of HXH is around a 12 years old boy named Gon Freeccs who travels throught the World of Hunter in order to search for his father, on the ways he meets many places and people.
Like any other Shonen Manga HXH have many arcs, every arc has their own story.
But unlike average Shonen manga that can only battle, battle, and battle thanks to the creative author of HXH
who write Yu Yu Hakusho before, the story is creative too. Can you imagine how a 12 years old boy compete with hundreds chalengger to life or dead examination? How about came to see a friend from Famous Assassin family that can kill you anytime,
came to the headquartes of many psycho bandit, or fight with deadly ants that really like to eat human being?? The story of HXH can be very enjoying, exiting, thiller, great action, and also dark. So, from my point of view, the story of HXH is masterpiece.
Art 7 :
Actually, the art is good too, but some chapter can be very simple. The background is totally white and the character is bad looking, maybe the author is too rush for the deadline so he doesn't really care about his art. Well, whatever it's annoying so I give only 7.
Character 10 :
HXH's Main characters are four althought the story goes, the Greed Island and Chimera Arc only have Gon & Killua as main character :
- Gon Freeccs is the main character of this story. A naive and stubborn 12 years old boy, the type who action without thinking and really fit to be HXH main character. But his personality can make him strong willed, brave, cool, and awesome main character. When he's serious he can sacrifice everything even it cost his live.
- Killua Zaoldyeck is the second main character, althought he's the last introduced in the story after leorio & kurapika but he is the closest character to Gon. He has quiet and calm personality, he can kill people without doubt because he's an asassin but in the other hand can be very fun and aloof expecially when he faced Gon. Because his looks and personality, Killua is the most popular character in HXH so far.
- Leorio Paladiknight is one of the main character in HXH, althought his age only few years older than Kurapika but he has the oldest looking so he looks like an Uncle. He has cheerful and idiotic personality so the story can be very fun whenever he there.
- Kurapika Kuruta is a guy, don't make a mistake because he really like a girl. At first arc of the story, Kurapika has easygoing personality and really close to Leorio almost like a couple. But later in the story, Kurapika personality changed to more serious expecially when he faced Genei Ryodan.
- There are many interesting character besides the four main, like Hisoka who is the major supporting character that almost appear every arc in the story.
The development of character can be very influenced in this Story, the gap between strong and weak character is real, not any suprising power that came from nowhere. HXH not hesitate to kill his own major character because new appeareance of many Strong characters.
So I give the character 10 beacuse the development.
Enjoyment 9 :
I really enjoy reading this manga, HXH has become everything you wanna' read like nice story, cool action, fun comedy, interesting dialogue, etc. I think maybe this manga is really addictive like a drugs it's readers.
When HXH back from hiatus, I can't wait the next week to read the continuation of the story. Actually, I can give 10 to the enjoyment but like I said before, I give only 9 because the art can become really bad looking.
Overall 9 :
Well, (10+7+10+9)/4=9 So overall I give 9. Must read to someone who really like long published Shonen Manga, expecially after the Greed Island arc because it's not airing yet in both animes. I hope this review can be useful for you.
Very disappointing from how I've heard so many praise this as the peak of shounen. I'll keep this brief. I read up to the start of the Greed Island Arc, where I decided to drop it. All the characters are shallow, defined by a trait and their personal goal. The worldbuilding is awful and just comes off as a bunch of ideas being thrown in at whim for the sake of being "cool".
The fights before the Auction arc had no tension and the fights during the arc had no tension when everyone's useless against the Spiders except Kurapika who can only fight them
because shounen bull. And that's not mentioning the past instances of "X character needs to master Y in an unrealistic time period in order to fight Bob but X masters it because X is just special."
I'd love to break down my issues with HxH arc by arc, but I don't want to write a 10 page essay on a website like this. I'm just going to stop reading. I know Chimera Ants is the arc people talk about when it comes to HxH, but that's one arc among many, and when I look at stories I look at them as a whole rather than segments.
Hunter X Hunter is a story that I can appreciate what it offers, it's not terribly written by any means, but there are story elements and decisions that Yoshihiro Togashi makes that frustrate me and makes it hard to treat it as the highest peak of shounen manga.
Let's start with the good things:
- The battle system is very well developed with many rules and conditions that allow for very creative fights and action sequences to occur, battles are seldom won by who has the highest punching power or who has the hardest body. You could place the battle system in an RPG and it would
allow for many customization options.
- The world-building and competitions in its world are also creative, the Hunter Exams, the TOURNAMENT ARC (Sorry :P), Greed Island, are all wonderful settings. Yorknew has a good atmosphere, and I'm sure the Dark Continent will be great once Togashi fully develops it.
- The story has many great antagonists: Hisoka has a great chemistry with Gon and other characters, the Spiders have good designs, varied personalities and function well as a group, my top 3 favorites are Chrollo, Feitan and Shizuku. Meruem has good character development in the time that he had in the story. Even Genthru is merely decent at worst in the grand scheme of shounen villains.
- Yorknew and Chimera Ants are top class shounen story arcs.
That's not to say these are the only things I like, I could write about Killua and his chemistry with Gon, Kurapika's development, etc, but the things I stated are what's best about this manga.
Now to talk about the things that I don't enjoy or think could be better, in no particular order:
- Exposition and dialogue overload: this being a manga and not a book, I feel like Togashi throws in waaay too much text that is tolerable, some recent chapters have almost all the panels in a page drowned in exposition and character monologues, there was a chapter or 2 in Greed Island that consisted entire of showing the various cards in the game and what they do, and the worst thing is I'm not even sure that most of them were even used or were integral to the plot of Greed Island, someone correct me on this if I'm wrong. It doesn't help that most of the exposition in the last 40-50 chapters comes from characters I don't particularly care about (many henchmen of some princes and such) or isn't necessary, I mean, I'm guessing Togashi wants to make the characters look smart, competent, or something, but I don't view smart characters as inherently interesting, there's a reason most movies or shows don't develop their redshirts, but I guess Togashi just HAS to go against the grain most times, sigh.
- The main character isn't cool enough: Togashi himself stated that he deliberately doesn't make Gon cool in order to make the other characters stand out. I don't feel that justifies Gon's lack of highlights, the main character IS supposed to be the most compelling character in the story or you risk loosing a lot of readers, if I were to make a comparison, Gon Freecs only has mostly mild highlights in each arc, he only the defeated the main antagonist in one arc, the least interesting one btw, his most important moment in the Chimera Ant arc lasted a chapter or 2 and it wasn't even a cool moment but a tragic one, he's also been out of the story for years now as a consequence, which doesn't help. In the Chimera Ant he also became very unlikeable and hypocritical for a time, this was intentionally done by the author to contrast his dark development with Meruem's humanization, and also to Killua's less violent nature that comes from his assassin family background. But I still feel it could've been handed in that wouldn't have put off some readers, this is a shounen manga, protagonists are generally meant to be likable and good role models. Threatening innocent blind girls because you're angry at someone isn't cool. And I'm not asking for Gon to have defeated Hisoka the first time, or Chrollo or Meruem, that wouldn't have been thematically fitting or logical given how their gaps in power were written, but things like helping defeat a Spider or his fight with Pitou lasting a little longer or having a more climatic ending would have made it more palatable, as I see it. Also Gon meeting with his father should have been the last part of this manga, which is another reason I'm not that invested in the story since the Chairman Election (besides the conclusion of the Spiders and Kurapika subplot, which should be getting more focus than these boring princess, henchmen, and succession war, dammit Togashi). But all this is just my preference for main characters honestly.
-Wasted potential in fights and characters: With how well developed its battle system really is, it's quite underwhelming in my view that Togashi doesn't use it as much as he could, he could draw and write many action sequences on the level or even better than the likes of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure series, but many times he goes for the subversion route and uses anticlimaxes instead, goes for a non action solution, or they don't feel as epic as they could be, some examples are Gon vs Pitou which was arguably too short, Chrollo vs Zeno and Silva, some arena matches and some other battles from the Chimera Ant Arc (There was a character who got a new power but didn't even get to use it, damn), etc. That's not to say there aren't any fun battles, but given how cool and creative the battle system is leaves me craving for a lot more. I don't think there's a fight that reaches the level of satisfaction that comes from Goku vs Frieza, Luffy vs Lucci, or many JoJo battles. Doesn't help that the art itself isn't that great to look at.
Another thing I don't like is how Togashi kills off characters way to easily, even when they haven't done much. There were 2 characters from the first arc, didn't have screentime since then, came back, developed as a couple, and were killed off in the beginning of the Chimera Ant arc, how dissapointing. A more annoying example happened in the last 50 chapters, and they didn't even do much as they could have given the importance of the group to the story, also the battle that preceded ended very badly written in my opinion, you probably know what I'm referring to by now. That butler that served best boy Killua didn't need that to happen to him. I would need to rewatch/reread the series to go in depth for examples, but I'll just mention these for now.
As for the artwork, it's alright I guess, Togashi's style is recognizable and there are mostly distinctive characters designs, backgrounds are average and there is no great amount of detail in the scenery or action sequences, some chapters had atrocious art when they were published in Jump, but these get fixed if you read them in the volumes.
One last gripe, long and constant hiatuses make this one of the worst stories to be experienced on a weekly basis, when I caught up to the manga at chapter 340, that was so long ago I'm not sure which year it was, fast forward to 2019 and it's only been 50 chapters, there's site even dedicated to showing how much HxH has been on hiatus, that's how bad it gets. If you haven't read this manga my recommendation is to watch the anime adaptations (both the 1999 and 2011 ones are pretty good as far as long running action shounen are concerned, I enjoyed them more than this manga), wait until its finished publication in and binge the remaining official translated volumes for your best enjoyment, as the way it's been for me has only lessened my appreciation of this series in addition with me not enjoying the current convoluted story.
Despite what I ranted about, the manga is worth checking out for its place in the world of manga, I can only express desire that the ending pays off significantly more than the one for Togashi's previous major work, Yu Yu Hakusho, a classic shounen that I feel isn't even that great as people make it to be in general.
-I had done a review of the anime a while ago .. I'll put it back here since it's practically the same with the exception that the manga has a horrible inconsistency with the drawing, as it does not have the animation, the music and the direction of the anime that it improves it in every aspect of the work, therefore I can call it bad and with all the errors that are loaded-
I will talk only about the errors of the series .. Arc by Arc
Although the beginning paints well and forms the friendship relations of which the main cast will be
everything that consists of the examination itself is badly planned, to start all the characters do not seem to have empathic emotions with respect to everything that is happening in the same exam, nobody is unfazed or feels some fear corresponding to death, if I compare it with the whole cast that was raised and the situations in the Chunnin exam in Naruto this part HxH is too short, I could also talk about the end of the exam the hunter is hypocritical in the sense that they had raised this idea "No matter what happens we will continue with the exam until the end" but when they reach the tournament part in the end they complement it with "You can not kill the opponent" here everything goes relatively "Good" but when Killua kills the opponent they send everything to take for ass and approve the others in such a simple way, all the effort of the people who died to love complete the exam they sent him to take for ass for that detail.
2) Tower of Heaven
A whole arc where Killua and Gon go in search of skills, their premise is their problem, because it is basically that, a focused arc only to start making "Complex" the fights and make the show "Deep", the arc entirely dense, not passable or entertaining, simply dense and tedious, the fights of that arc are worth nothing because Gon and Killua are entirely protected by the plot armor of the moment so you know that they will not lose or die, therefore there is NO RISK, that means "boring". The arc is entirely bad
Decerebrate action with a protagonist Gary stu to summarize things ... Kurapika skips the rules of the Nen that were established a back arc, you can increase the powers as he wants, He has unlimited access to the whole bar of powers of Nen, does not have any reflection after killing Uvogin because he had previously established that from his point of view everything he does is correct, Togashi fills Kurapika with unlimited weapons and powers after taking all one to create such a complex system of powers ... Shit
4) Greed Island
The tower of heaven made worse; This arc is basically canon filler, you can skip it and it will not change anything, just take care to know that "Gon and Killua train their powers in a world of video games" because from then on the villain is the worst of the series in general , the bomber is forced into this arc only to create "drama and tension" .. All this arc is the worst shit
5) Quimera ants
Very good the arc entirely, the whole series was prepared for this moment and it is excellent, it has its criticable things as the Asspull of the nuclear bomb of Netero or that eliminated all the development of Meruem giving it "Amnesia" only to lengthen the arc still more in a more insufferable way ..
The arc totally shits the consequences of the chimera ants (Revive Gon), the idea of Alukka was not so bad since it had rules but AGAIN togashi loves to fuck his own rules and makes Killua know the only way to get the wishes WITHOUT CONSEQUENCES ... To end the arc with Gon looking for his father in the world tree, Gin tells him the message of the work in general "That what matters is the trip, not the final destination" the message would have meaning if Gon had learned something in his trip through the whole series, but you know what? GON NEVER LEARNS ANYTHING, IS THE SAME START TO THE END ... With this proposed you can imply that everything that happened the series is a nonsense that even in its last moments can unite its history with coherence to the message of the work
The work is anticlimactic, it breaks all its proposed ideas, the protagonist never learns anything, the work is worth only in a single arch of 6 principals,
the direction and the music make the anime mediocre even when the script entirely becomes bad.
-Habia hecho una review del anime hace tiempo.. La volvere a poner aqui ya que es practicamente lo mismo con la excepcion de que el manga tiene una horrible inconsistencia con el dibujo, al no tener la animacion, la musica y la direccion del anime que lo mejora en todo aspecto a la obra, por lo tanto puedo tacharla de mala ya con todos los errores que se carga-
Hablare únicamente de los errores de la serie.. Arco por arco
1) Arco del examen del cazador.
Si bien el inicio pinta bien y se forman las relaciones de amistad del que será el cast principal todo lo que consiste al examen mismo está mal planteado, para empezar todos los personajes ni parecen tener emociones empáticas con respecto a todo lo que está pasando en el mismo examen, nadie se inmuta o siente algún miedo correspondiente a la muerte, si lo comparo con el cast entero que se planteó y las situaciones en el examen Chunnin en Naruto se queda muy corto esta parte HxH, tambien podría hablar que el final del examen del cazador es hipócrita en el sentido de que ellos habían planteado esta idea “No importa lo que pase seguiremos con el examen hasta el final” pero cuando llegan a la parte del torneo en el final lo complementan con “No se puede matar al oponente” aquí va todo relativamente “Bien” pero cuando Killua mata al oponente mandan todo a tomar por culo y aprueban a los demás de forma tan sencilla, todo el esfuerzo de la gente que murió para querer a completar el examen lo mandaron a tomar por culo por ese detalle.
2) Torre del Cielo
Todo un arco donde Killua y Gon van en busca de conseguir habilidades, su premisa es su problema, porque es básicamente eso, un arco únicamente enfocado solo para empezar hacer “Complejas” las peleas y hacer que el show sea “Profundo”, el arco enteramente es denso, no es pasable ni entretenido, simplemente denso y tedioso, las peleas de ese arco no valen nada la pena por que Gon y Killua están enteramente protegidos por el plot armor del momento asi que sabes que ni van a perder o morir, por lo tanto NO HAY RIESGO, eso significa que “Aburrido”. El arco enteramente es malo
3) York City
Accion descerebrada con un protagonista Gary stu para resumir las cosas… Kurapika se salta las reglas del Nen que se establecieron un arco atrás, se puede aumentar los poderes como él quiera, Tiene acceso ilimitado a toda la barra de poderes de Nen, no tiene alguna reflexión luego de matar a Uvogin porque desde antes se había establecido que desde su punto de vista todo lo que hace es correcto, Togashi llena a Kurapika de armas y poderes ilimitados luego de tardar todo un para crear un sistema tan complejo de poderes... Mierda
4) Greed Island
La torre del cielo hecho peor; Este arco es básicamente relleno canon, te lo puedes saltar y no va a cambiar nada, solo ocupas saber que “Gon y Killua entrenan sus poderes en un mundo de videojuegos” porque de ahí en mas el villano es lo peor de la serie en general, el bombardero esta metido forzadamente en este arco solo para crear “drama y tension”.. Todo este arco es mierda de la peor
5) Hormigas Quimera
Muy bueno el arco enteramente, toda la serie se preparo para este momento y quedo excelente, tiene sus cosas criticable como el Asspull de la bomba nuclear de Netero o de que eliminaron todo el desarrollo de Meruem dándole “Amnesia” solo para alargar el arco aun mas de forma mas insufrible..
6) Las elecciones
El arco caga totalmente las consecuencias de las hormigas quimera (Revivir a Gon), la idea de Alukka no estaba tan mal ya que tenia reglas pero OTRA VEZ togashi le encanta mandar a la mierda sus propias reglas y hace que Killua conozca la única forma de conseguir los deseos SIN CONSECUENCIAS... Para finalizar el arco con Gon buscando a su padre en el árbol mundial, Gin le comenta el mensaje de la obra en general “Que lo que importa es el viaje, no el destino final” el mensaje tendría sentido si Gon hubiera aprendido algo en su viaje por toda la serie ¿Pero saben que? GON NUNCA APRENDE NADA, ES EL MISMO DE INICIO HASTA EL FINAL…Con esto propuesto puedes dar a entender que todo lo que paso la serie es un sin sentido que ni siquiera en sus últimos momentos puede unir su historia con coherencia para el mensaje de la obra
La obra es anticlimática, rompe todas sus ideas propuestas, el protagonista jamas aprende nada, la obra solo vale la pena en un único arco de 6 principales, la dirección y la música hacen al anime mediocre aun cuando el guion enteramente llega a ser mala..
This is one of the most underrated manga i ever read. The characters are really well develop,you are gonna love some of the characters good or evil. Most people see this story has an shonen battle manga but yet it is not like that at some points at the story, some part of the story will use challenges for the main or secondary characters in were the need to use the intellectual to beat the enemy. Every arc has is own unique style with different objectives that will not make you bored of the story. This is a great manga one may said that is
a legendary one, but it has is down falls, some of parts of the story made drag for many chapters leaving a long speeches and some cases with no drawing, this may turn off the casual reader if they are looking for a fast pace manga, yet the author rewards the reader with some awesome moments at the end of every arc. This story has some moments with gore parts so be ware of those parts if you are not in that kind of stuff. I highly recommend for the casual reader that go watch the anime 2011 version first, by far it the best adaptation of the manga, but if your are a hardcore manga reader like myself and had not read this manga i highly recommenced to read this manga because it one of the greatest you ever read. I warn you this story has not ended and may never be finish so beware if you don't like that kind of manga.
Hunter x Hunter is the best Shounen there is.
What i like about it is that it feels like togashi has taken all the god ideas and tropes from shounen and has kicked all the bad out.
Gon is like the early Goku.
Most Shounenprotagonists are simple stupid Hotheads, before DBZ Goku wasnt stupid, it was just that he was raised in the jungle and therefore was uncivilzed and didnt know and understood conformity.
Gon also is not stupid, its more like he ignores social conventions.
The powersystem is outlined in the beginning.
Take OP for example, afer hundreds of episodes they just say you know there is another powersystem
its called haki and changes everything..
In Hunter x Hunter you know after the first arc what there is.
Gon is not the person who does all the work.
In DBZ, Fairy Tail, OP, Naruto etc. its always the MC who kills the Badguy Boss and saves the World in HxH Gon plays an important Role bad he is not the most important choosen one on which the planet depends.
Meuereum for example is killed by Netero.
They dont judge.
They just let Kurapika carry out is revenge.
If you look at FMA Brotherhood there are lots of scenes were characters tell scar that revenge is bad and evil and and so on. The worst scene of this kind is when mustang wants to kill envy, for some reason if he would do see he would be as bad as homuncli who want to massmurder the entire country.
Naruto is also full of this "revenge is a vicoius cycle of hatred" crap.
Im not a little kid who wants to be lectured with disneymorale.
Not much sentimental backstorys
In OP every "Nakama" has a traumatizing backstory
Its really annoying and it also doesnt take a smart writer to do all this clishee dull shockstorys about slavery rape and what ever
a good writer can create emotions in you without going full elvenlied
(of course there are dramatic backstories like the one of kurapika but its not presented like in OP and others)
Its crazy and unrealistic without beeing abitrary.
Despite having extravagent characters and plots HxH adheres to its own rules.
Powersystem for example in most shounenanime is very vague.
HxHs powers are as unrealtistic and crazy as narutos but its very concrete outlined. Jutsu in Naruto is so undefined it is abitrary.
No heroic saving in the last second.
Im not confident in saying that there is no such scene but im pretty sure its not used in the same frequency as in most other shounen series.
In naruto, one piece and fairy tail basically every arc you have this type of scene where a badguy attacks a goodguy and in the last second before his weapon kills the goodguy a hero appears and saves the day.
Gon and Killua acutally discover new places by foot.
In DBZ you just fly over possible interessting new ares.
In Naruto you just jump in the Woods.
I could come up with more but i do not feel like it.
One of the few manga's I've reread because it was just that good. I'm willing to bet most people that read have loved it. The hiatus of it is quite saddening as I still check every week to see if the next chapter is out. We were left with such a cliff hanger in the last chapter it's a damn shame if this manga will never be finished. It has so many good aspects to it. Personally when Gon is just waiting for Pitou to heal Komugi so he can kill her those are some of the best chapters in any manga I've ever read.
If you enjoy action oriented manga/anime this is for you but it being on hiatus for so long will make your pants sad.
This is my all time favorite manga AND anime so I will give it a perfect score. But because I love it so much it pains me that I have to wait so long for new chapters to come out. But I will wait because I believe in quality over quantity.
Honestly I have nothing bad to say about this series; it has everything you could ever ask for in a shonen manga. A lovable main character, great friendships, interesting abilities, nice balance between fights and problem solving, no over powered main characters, a huge world to explore, and the list goes on. One most
amazing things about this series is the author's sense of space. He puts in as much effort into creating the environment as he does developing the characters. Story arcs take us on a true adventure around the world from a small village to a wild forest then a huge metropolis.
If you haven't read this READ AT YOUR OWN RISK! Because once you start you won't be able to stop and then you will be sad because there are no more chapters being released right now.
This manga does everything a shounen manga should do. When I think of the perfect manga, I think of Hunter X Hunter. This review is about the series as a whole.
The fights are amazing. Each hunter has their own ability and fighting style. The main characters use their wits and their own unique style to win. I liked Dragon Ball Z as much as the next kid growing up, but each characters strength is determined by their power level, and that's about it (DragonBall is a different). In HxH there is so much thought and strategy during the fights. When a character wins, you
feel like they deserved it.
The characters are memorable and fun. If pressed I could name 10's of characters from this series. They are as unique as their abilities. Some shounen rely on the same types of characters you see over and over again (especially the villains). In HxH the villains are some of the best part, they are well thought out and entertaining to watch.
The story isn't groundbreaking, but done it's brilliantly. The overarching story is that Gon wants to find his father. However, like most ongoing manga, there are various story arcs. We see Gon mature and encounter various trials as he develops as a hunter and helps his friends.
The art is on and off. Having started the series over a decade ago, back in 2004ish, I've experienced the many writing hiatuses of Togashi. There are times when the art is wonderful, and fits the story beautifully. Other times, there are issues when it's clear the art isn't quite as strong. Personally, this was never a huge issue for me (the art, not the breaks). Any new chapter was better than no new chapter.
Simply put, HxH is my jam. I've read the manga multiple times and watched more than one version of the anime. I've probably spent more time with Gon and Killua than I have with any other manga/anime characters. It is both a manga and anime (the 2011 version) that I can wholeheartedly recommend with no reservations.
Be aware that this series, while for all intents and purposes is currently finished, isn't truly ended. Gon still has room to grow, and there are plenty of adventures for him to have. His journey as a hunter has just begun; his adventures with his friends only just started. I've had to realize that I might not get to read all of his adventures, and maybe I was foolish to think I could. I've waited with bated breath many a year for more HxH through the many hiatuses. But ultimately I've come to understand that mangakas are people too. Unlike a novel, manga span hundreds and hundreds of chapters that have to be both written and drawn. It's taken time, but I can look back on my HxX experience as a whole and have unabashed and total love for the series. Thank you Togashi, and thank you HxH.
This manga is an absolute masterpiece, and I'll never stop recommending it.
Character development is incredible and the story is engaging. Pacing is pretty much perfect. While I was reading the manga, it really felt like I was on a journey with the protagonists, which I think is a sign of great writing.
There are hardly any instances of plot armor or plot holes in this manga. In all 380 chapters, there are only 2 events that can be referred to as asspull. The power system feels balanced and contained, without skyrocketing in later chapters, instead opting for more creative powers.