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.