Dec 5, 2018
Kurapika, Kurapika, Kurapika... Everyone's favorite blonde haired scarlet eyed chain user. We finally get to see into his past and was it worth the wait? Yeah, for the most part I think so!
Story 9/10: While only 2 chapters, the story knows that you would only be reading this if you are familiar with the Hunter X Hunter series and jumps right into it. While not required reading by any means it shows how Kurapika was able to leave his village and explore the world, just like a certain Gon Freecs...Not really a coming of age story but a boy curious about the world and wanting
to explore it from himself. We also learn a bit about the structure of Kurta society and why they are the way they are. Not much can really be said as Kurapika and his friend Pyro(Pairo?) have to prove themselves that they are able to take on the outside world with a brief trial to demonstrate their worth. Very simple but if you love Kurapika and Hunter x Hunter it is a nice way to spend maybe an hour or so reading.
Art 8/10: I know the Hunter x Hunter manga gets harped on for it's art style and how simplistic and messy it looks but Togashi really took the time to make it look a lot cleaner and smoother. If you are coming from the anime it might be a bit jarring to see his art but if you have been keeping up with the manga, it is nothing new. It does the job and it does it well.
Character 9/10: Not much to be said here as the readers should already know Kurapika's personality and character in the main series but it is quite fun seeing him much younger and so much more adventurous and for the lack of a better word... childlike! Pyro/Pairo doesn't get much play but he is important in his own right and demonstrates it nicely. Kurapika makes for an interesting transition from plucky young boy to revenge seeking young adult.
Enjoyment 9/10: Like the last paragraph, nothing really needs to be said. It is for the fans and if you are a fan you will have a good time with it. The outcome is quite obvious from the start and you know what happens to his village, but seeing how it all comes together is the interesting bit. The last couple of pages of the 2nd chapter are really interesting is all I will say though.
Overall 9/10: If you are a fan you will likely find yourself reading this. It can honestly be read anytime after Kurapika's reveal for his revenge and motivation. If you aren't a fan, I am not sure why you would be reading this but you probably won't finding it very entertaining. In the end, just a nice little story about Kurapika and his early life.
Reviewer’s Rating: 9
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