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Anime Stats
Days: 52.8
Mean Score: 6.57
  • Total Entries307
  • Rewatched40
  • Episodes2,950
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Panda Kopanda
Panda Kopanda
Today, 7:57 AM
Completed 2/2 · Scored 6
Cello Hiki no Gauche (1982)
Cello Hiki no Gauche (1982)
Today, 6:38 AM
Completed 1/1 · Scored 7
Little Witch Academia (TV)
Little Witch Academia (TV)
May 24, 12:11 PM
Watching 16/25 · Scored 7
Manga Stats
Days: 161.7
Mean Score: 6.19
  • Total Entries272
  • Reread44
  • Chapters11,830
  • Volumes1,326
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Skip! Yamada-kun
Skip! Yamada-kun
7 hours ago
Completed 1/1 · Scored 6
Keroro Gunsou
Keroro Gunsou
7 hours ago
Dropped 10/? · Scored 4
Stray Dog
Stray Dog
9 hours ago
Completed 1/1 · Scored 6


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Terrestrious Yesterday, 5:00 PM
Have you read this yet? Don't know how legitimate the source is but I've read that this account also reported on Volume 34 before it became official (Shueisha has added it to their catalogue) so I think/hope this is pretty credible. Just one month to wait . . .

& I have to say, your theory sounds a lot more plausible then mine. Reminds me somewhat how Yu Yu Hakusho ultimately ended, with Togashi more or less finishing it because we wasn't allowed to continue the way he wanted (citing that all his experimental ideas [like Yu Yu Hakusho just being a TV series with all the characters just being portrayed by actors] were rejected), mainly that all the main cast was already developed so he'd have to keep writing the same things or start deconstructing them (which I believe was also rejected, not 100% on that I'd have to search up the interview again). It'd kinda make sense that he'd worked Hunter x Hunter to circumvent this problem, more or less providing a conclusion to Gon & Killua's story so he can branch off. On that note, I do hope Gon & Killua, as much as I love them, stay out of the Dark Continent Arc. The arc's already a bit crowded, Gon's scene with Mito operated as a temporary send-off, and I kinda just love the idea of Hunter x Hunter having a revolving door cast that extends to every character. I guess we'll just have to wait and see what happens when it comes back. Even if it's only for a month, it's sure to be one hell of a month.

Mushishi always seemed like a perfect adaption, and I saw it top both your favorites so I had to ask. I might still check out the Mushishi manga since I love the anime but it seems a little less urgent now. Thank you. I usually try listening to fitting music when I read manga too, which is usually made easier by the fact that I tend to mostly read series I've already seen in anime form, so I can just play the OST they did or some fitting tracks from other series. Since I haven't read Mushishi, and I feel like I need to see both the source and the adaption to determine the best one, I think I'd say ERASED is the best adaption I've seen. Mostly because it emphasized the best qualities of the manga while downplaying a lot of it's weak-points, the final arc, despite reaching the same conclusion, was pretty different in both versions and I personally thought the anime version was stronger (though I didn't necessarily love either). But back to Mushishi, do you have a favorite story? I don't think I do, but if I had to go with one, I'd probably go with Azure Waters, that ending has stayed with me for a long time.
Terrestrious May 15, 3:26 PM
Ah, that makes sense. I don't blame you for not bringing the volumes either, I don't really like to travel with anything valuable.

And definitely, Ging's statement at the end of the Election arc is a pretty perfect encapsulation of Hunter x Hunter's mission statement and how I feel about the series. To be honest, I always wondered if part of the reason for the length hiatus after the Election arc was because Togashi wanted the anime to end there. He wrote that arc during the series first few months and didn't return from the hiatus until it was apparent the anime wouldn't be continuing. It's most likely that this was just a coincidence than anything intentional, but it's pretty amazing that the 2011 anime got to end on such a fitting note. I don't think it ending on any other arc would've worked, so I'm glad that got to finish up there. That said, I wouldn't be opposed to getting another cour from Madhouse once there's enough material for it but my current hope for the anime is just that they'd adapt more as each arc finishes. I don't need another reboot of the series another decade down the road.

Interesting, so that extends to Mushishi? I've actually put off starting the Mushishi manga because I can't imagine it beginning to capture the atmosphere the show cultivated. Not necessarily at the fault of the manga, but the sound direction in the anime is the best I've heard, everything from the steps on snow or that storm in Azure Water totally helped me get immersed, that latter instance actually felt like there was just a storm happening outside while I'm watching. I also loved the score, but it's just hard to imagine the manga capturing that atmosphere as intensely. I'll still probably read it eventually, since I love Mushishi but I'm wondering if there's any difference between the two version, like if there were any details omitted in the anime due to time constraints.

As for Hunter x Hunter, I think it's a pretty good sign if medium preference dictates which version you prefer. I do think I have a bit more gripes with Madhouse's adaption than the manga, as we've discussed (on a side note to this, the Testing Gate is my biggest problem with Leorio's treatment in the anime, if only because they replaced it with perhaps the most generic moment that happened in the series) but I feel the general enhancements make up for me. Most of that is due to the fantastic score (during Chimera Ant at least, have some issues with it outside of that arc [to clarify, the songs are usually still good but I don't think their implementation was always good (Hisoka's theme happened way too frequently early on for example)]) and the phenomenal seiyuu's (Megumi Han in particular, absolutely heartbreaking hearing Gon's breakdown with Pitou, and I had read that scene before seeing it animated so I worried it'd lose some of it's punch) though I do agree the expressiveness of Togashi's art was lost. Of course, I still consider the anime to be one of the most consistently well-animated and beautiful looking shows out there but I do love how evocative Togashi's facial expressions can be.

& haha, I totally get that. My first experience with Hunter x Hunter, outside of maybe reading the first chapter in a Shonen Jump many years ago, was the first episode of the 2011 anime. I've definitely put off shows for lesser issues (I dropped the first episode of Brotherhood because I hated the VA change for Al in the dubbed, took me years to start what has ended up becoming one of my favorite anime and one that's responsible for me starting to invest into anime and get a MAL in the first place), but honestly, I think it's probably for the best that dropped it until later. I started late and caught up literally right as the palace invasion was starting and it was excruciating waiting a week for each new episode as opposed to just binging them like I had done prior.
Terrestrious May 10, 2:10 AM
Well, you seem to have gotten much farther in the time it took me to log back on to MAL, lol. Seems like next time I read, I'll have your comments to look forward to. I got to say, I really like you're nicknames for Genthru's partners, Whatshisface and Thatotherguy.

& I agree in general that writing comments helps make the re-read better. Although I also partially use it because it helps me remember content longer if I jot it down, or at least my feelings. Sometimes if there's a funnier joke I want to remember it'd be easier enough to find it through my posts for example. I generally comment on most of the manga I've read, outside of he ones with hundreds of posts, it's definitely something that enriches the experience.

I agree that each new chapter feels like a celebration. To be honest, I've kinda already accepted that Hunter x Hunter may never finish Togashi's intended run. Even if that does happen, Chimera Ant told an amazing story on it's own, so it's basically cemented as my favorite just for that. Anything we get after is extra. Not to sound dismissive of the later content, the Dark Continent has the potential to be better than Chimera Ant, I just mean it in a, I'm satisfied with whatever we get kinda way because we got Chimera Ant from it.

Yeah, I prefer the Madhouse adaption though a lot of that has to simply do with the fact that I prefer anime to manga in general. I do think the manga has several advantages to the anime though, Madhouse made a few decisions that I wasn't a fan of, especially after reading the manga. I generally think both the Hunter Exam and Zoldyck Family arc are better in the manga, and I still don't fully understand the rationale behind leaving Kite out of the beginning, other than attempt to get to the later arcs quicker. Also, kinda wish they kept in the Gyro stuff from the manga, but I understand that's exclusion so it's cool. The rest of the arcs are better in the anime, granted, I only read like the last fourth of Chimera Ant in manga form. What about you?
Terrestrious Apr 28, 8:10 PM
I may go back and check your comments in the thread then, at least for the arc ending chapters. & lol, yeah that's a positive to weak discussion threads. I'm glad the series is popular of course, but it took a long time to read through the discussion pages when the series wasn't on hiatus (that feels like forever ago). I had much more free time then, so when it comes back I'll probably just skim the discussion threads when/if it comes back.

And yeah, I can imagine reading Chimera Ant as it was coming out would've been excruciating. If I recall correctly, it took 8 years for the story to finish, and I've seen the drawings that Togashi put out initially. I think Insan3/Ston3_FreeN7 told me people in the discussion threads who were reading during it's release where even forgetting the names of the characters due to the excessive hiatus'. I'm a little worried about the Dark Continent arc falling victim to that as well, especially since that arc seems like it's the series most ambitious yet. Still, I was impressed with the weekly releases when we got them, they were jam-packed with information (so much so that it felt like reading a novel chapter instead of a manga) and the art was fairly on-point.

& Chimera Ant is easily my favorite arc in the series, and almost definitely my favorite story ever told. I loved the series before it, but it's Chimera Ant that makes Hunter x Hunter my favorite anime of all-time.
Terrestrious Apr 25, 1:33 AM
Yo! Thanks for the compliment, glad to hear it! As someone who always reads the discussion threads, I try to make sure to post my thoughts in them if I feel I have something to add (or if there's a joke I want to remember or something), or just when there isn't a chapter discussion in the first place. Sure not all my post were interesting but I definitely try to make arc end posts a little more insightful at least. Glad to hear that my opinion added some spice in you're re-read, I remember the Yu Yu Hakusho discussion threads being particularly bland, that's if there was any chapter discussion (it's a shame, a lot of older manga series seem to have sparse discussion).

This reminds me that I should pick back up on reading Hunter x Hunter, kinda stopped after Greed Island (I've been waiting til I finished collecting all the volumes containing Chimera Ant before I start, but other purchases got in the way and there's a lot of volumes lol, but I think I'll start again in the next check or two [also been looking at starting the NGE manga]). I actually started reading the manga around the chapter episode 116 took place, so I don't have a ton left I haven't read.