The show is poorly writen and seems to carry a ton of anime tropes. It shocks me that the artist of yu yu hakusho worked on this because that was well done. Hunter x Hunter was not. Hunter is the reason Japanese people think anime fans are crazy. It over glorifies shota sexuality. There is a guy who gets off on them fighting. Let me point out the main characters are children. They also Use magic as part of their fighting. I wonder how many animes have done that. I have seen better story telling in a fan service magical girl gave this a chance for my friend. I feel i wasted hours of my day. My friend loves it however she hates classic anime that have engaging stories. The exception being Inuyasha and Full Metal Alchemist. Which she stopped i dont know maybe she has given up on animes that bring you back. Sailor moon, DBZ, FMA, Pokemon, Cowboy bebop, big O, lupin the third, Death note, saint seiya, and the list can keep going is a rip on a to me ant if you want to watch ten episodes of test watch Naruto not this.
Is this show there were no actual hunting, it showed bodyguarding and researching. A matter of fact it had nothing to do with hunting. It should have been called THE ADVENTURES OF GON or GON AND FRIENDS. Next time if you make an anime about a job, atleast show the job being done. I loved the show but found that no hunters actually hunting in the show was disappointment. If you want to see an anime about actual hunting, watch Toriko!
Hunter X Hunter, is about a young boy named Gon, who lives with his aunt in a relatively rural forest/swamp type area. He never knew his father or mother, however his father or mother, who is apparently no longer alive. However his father is a hunter, which is an honarary title given to those with the license of a hunter (most people will do anything to get it; and you must pass rigerous tests in order to do so), and is alive, but never bothered to come home to his son Gon. For this reason, Gon's aunt seems to despise him, however Gon is very eager to meet him. The story starts off when he is 12, and he asks his aunt to allow him to go take the hunter exams (since the minimal age requirement for doing so is 12). She is reluctant at first, because she is worries about his safety, since she knows that many people die within the brutal exams. However, she soon realizes that she will never be able to talk Gon out of it, and finally decides to let him go (to her, he is like a son, and to him, she is like his mother, because that's the sort of relationship that they had since Gon never grew up with his real mother; so, they care a great deal for each other). After starting his journey, Gon meets many people, including 3 main friends which he makes, each taking the hunter exams for their own reasons. The story is basically about the adventures which Gon and his friens encounter through their travels. I won't summarize past this, since I don't want to spoil it for anyone.
Now that the summarry is done with, here is my actual review:
HXH, is a very original and unique anime (mainly because of its original and unique characters). It is great, its addicting, and IMO, it is very underappreciated. Now, this is by the same author who made Yu Yu Hakusho (which IMO, is the best fighting series of all time). While it doesn't live up to being as good as his previous work, Togashi (the author) does great work, as is expected for anyone who has ever read or watched YYH. The animation of HXH, may be a little bit outdated, but it is still very well drawn, and well defined (although the artwork of the original manga has been suffering for awhile, in that it is very poorly drawn after a certain point, due to Togashi falling extremely ill). The series has plenty of comedy, action, and emotion within it, and is very exciting to watch. The first 5 episodes of it are kind of slow, but it picks up after episode 5. My only real problem with this series, is that due to Togashi's illness, he had to stop making the manga up until now (it has still gone uncontinued) so the anime, which ran out of material, had to end. But still, this series is highly entertaining, and keeps you guessing, and thinking, about the great characters and plot, which is why I give this anime a 9.5/10, even though it leaves you with the story feeling incomplete (which just ticks me off, and really bothers me). Other than that, it is deffinitely a show worth watchin for any people who love anime! Especially addicting shounen anime!
This is a very unique series and I'm watching it now. So far so good, I like the whole test to get your hunter license and become a hunter. And good thing is you don't get that in a couple of episodes you get a long progression of character development and detail story each episode. And when they complete or fail the writers make you feel their joy, struggles and pain. Each character is unique I like how they make them important, I'm glad that I took the time to watch this serious it's been fun watching. This is not a for sure rating because I haven't looked at a good amount of episodes yet not even half way through just shy of it.
It stars Kurapica the last surving girl from a clan of scarlet eyes, Killia the young heir to a famous family of assassins, and Leorio the oldest of the group who wants to be a doctor. They enter a exam to get special status. warming full of spoilers
If they pass the hunter exam they get a license which gives them free rome of the world and can allow them to attend college for free.
the only catch is if you survive the exam which only 1 out of 1000 pass usually every year.
Kurapica entered it so that she could become a bounty hunter and obtain info on the people who murdered her clan.
Killia joined just so that he could try and escape his family and have freedom. Leorio entered so that he'd get a free ride to college of course. Leorio started out on a ship heading for the exams with Kurapica. They were unfriendly towards eachother but after a storm knocked one of the ships crew off the boat they worked together to rescue him. after that there was a hike through the mountains where they showed off their skills to examiners so they could qualify. Kurapica's excelent hearing and Leorio's medical abilities and both of their keen eyes. After this they arrived to the exam starting point.
There were many tasks to get to the final exam. The first was a dash through a dark tunnel where if they got lost it was the end for them. They met Killia then and they got irritated cause he was usinga skateboard while they had to run. Leorio got tired and had to rest. This was when one of the people in the exam tries to kill him by taking down a tunnel full of halucigen sap. Killia and Kurapica notice somethings wrong and go back for him. They find Leorio but he's gone crazy. Kurapica also succumbs to the effects of the sap and starts to see his clan murdered causing his eyes to turn scarlet. Killia realizes whats going on and carrys them down the tunnel and blows up the wall using explosives he brought. After that he carry's them out back to the path where everyone else is on his skateboard. After this they start to get along and stop acting on their own. The second part was still more running but this time through a monster infested swamp. after this only about 400 out of the 1000 were left. This is when they run into Hisoka who is killing off the people the monsters miss. He challenges Kurapica Leorio and some random archer to a fight. They all realize its impossible to beat Hisoka since he uses a deck of playing cards thatcan cut through metal. They each run and Killia hears them in trouble but can't do anything to help so he keeps on going. Hisoka can tell that kurapica and Leorio have good potential after the decide not to run from Hisoka so he lets them live. Then after that they had to learn hot to make sushi as some hunters are cooks and they travel the world finding the most tasty items for their recipies. After the head judge tells the examiner off cause she failed them all they redo the task this time getting rare bird eggs from the side of a cliff. After this only about 200 are left as the rest fell. Then after this they ride on a blimp to the next event after a 4 day break period where they are completly safe from harm. If anyone attacks another they are immediatly disqualified. Leorio Kurapica and Killia use this chance to rest up. But an unwanted guest snuck on the blimp before it took off. It was a girl who as out for revenge as she thought Killia had murdered her father. He almost kills her but is stopped by the judge. They arrest her since she already lost and tell Killia that she will recieve punishment later. She had dropped one of her earrings in the struggle so he decided to return it. After he does he sorta feels sorry for her. The Judge makes him an offer that if he can get a dodge ball from him then she's free to go and he gets his license without having to finish the exam. Reluctant to give up to this challenge he takes him up on his offer. He starts out pretty good and shows off his vanishing technique but the judge is far stronger than him and killia eventualy starts to revert to kill mode due to fatigue. Killia gives up after he notices he might of tried to kill if he'd gone any further. he judge lets her go free after she finds out that her father was a drug dealer and it could of been anyone in Killia's family who had killed him. This is when we find out that he has 4 older brothers. But you only meet 2 later in the series. After many more events which lead to only 40 people being left they end it with I believe 9 qualifying. They manage to get to the final part of the exam but there is one problem. They have to win at least 1 fight without killing their opponent but the opponent can refuse to give up therefore making it impossible to win. Kurapica runs into the strange illusionist Hisoka again in the finals and ends up fighting him. Hisoka is the strongest out of all the people there and could easily kill everyone if he wanted to. Hisoka see's potential in Kurapica so he lets him win. In exchange for his assistance in a matter later in the series that involves the spider organization who were the ones responsible for the deaths of everyone in kurapica's clan. Hisoka claims that he's a member and wants kurapica to meet him later after they are both hunters and kurapica has improved.
Next up is killia's fight he lets his first opponent win thinking that he can just win the next fight.
but what he didn't know is that he'd be fighting his oldest brother who was disguised and is strongest next to hisoka.
His brother easily gets killia to resign since he'd murder his friends if he didn't go home quietly. His family wants him to become the strongest assassin and is constantly training him beating him ect. He doesn't want to be an assassin so he left but had to stab his mother and brother to leave. after he resigns his fight he is forced to go back to his home but before he leaves he kills Leorio''s opponent so that Leorio can get his license. Since Leorio could of never won his fight cause he's to gentle and lacks a cut throat attitude. Shocked by Killia's actions Kurapica and Leorio plead with the judge to allow Killia to pass but heir plea's fall on death ears.
So instead they use the licenses to go to killias house to get him back. thus ending the first arc. This show is sometimes compared to Naruto but thats just cause they both have characters who are both emo.
HunterXHunter is a very confused show and they make mistakes since the show is over 10 years old. :P In one part they said that Killia had only brothers no sister. But She was in the show and later tries to kill him. One of the main characters only comes in the first season and is gone foe the next couple of years since he has to go to medical school. which bumps him to minor character in my opinion since he can no longer affect the plot and its prettymuch as if he's dead. Then there's the main character who is a girl in my opinion since she has never removed her shirt wears lots of girl clothing earring and makup and is extremly embarressed when she saw leorio naked. It goes off and on on tv but it never finished its series past the second arc. They decided to make the 3rd arc in 2 seperate ova's which are extremly hard to find and they cut out the other 2 characters.
I didn't enter one of the main characters in for the reason that he's pointless. Gon's goal was to find his father. He can do that and they don't need to extend the story for him. He must be a genious since he passed a quiz about cards he never got before and described exactly how to get them. Now he can go and get a magical card that will teleport him to his father. Thats it right ? goal accomplished woohoo. He's a male mary sue. His existance is pointless.
Kurapica is the main character. Kurapica still has to defeat the Spider organization but with them knowing her weakness she'll never beat them as long as they play keep away. She can't kill anyone but them and someone can just attack her and get hit on purpose leathally and die there problem solved
In the first major story arc, Gon learns of his father, who is hunter and he decides to search for his father. Gon takes a series of bizarre tests to become a Hunter himself, which first included running a six hour marathon and then navigate through a deadly jungle that contained animals waiting to lure the unsuspecting humans. The next test was to kill a wild boar and feed the roasted boar to one of the examiners. then Gon and the other examinees had to make sushi, which everyone failed. Despite this failure, the group are given another chance by retrieving spider eagle eggs that hung from webs in a deep canyon. The group then had to go through the infamous Trick Tower, which not only included tons of traps and obstacles but a few sentenced inmates that are hired to stop them from passing. The next exam was to hunt each other down for their badges. Finally the last exam was a tournament, where all but one will finally become official hunters. During the Hunter Test, Gon meets and befriends three of the other applicants, Kurapika, Killua and Leorio.
Another of the applicants in the Hunter Test is Hisoka, a complex villain who uses playing cards as weapons, and who views Gon as an "unripe fruit" that he will take great pleasure in killing once he's grown up enough to present a challenge. Killua, after confronting his elder brother in the tournament, kills one of the applicants and is disqualified; he then goes to his family's estate home.
Hunter X Hunter is one of the best stories(whether it is in Manga form or in Anime form) one have to read and will definitely enjoy!
The artist has shown great skills in drawing the manga and through the storylines one can tell that he has shown great imagination; video games that takes one inside the game although its not really INSIDE the game but in another part of the world; people having MAGICAL powers (^^) all in different forms (such as fish that can eat you up without you dying unless fresh air enters the room through open windows or doors; a vaccum cleaner that sucks in everything-including dead bodies-and its still an endless pit; or chains that can heal you, wrap you up, and find out whether you're telling the truth or not.) that one could not have thought of before reading the comics or watching the TV Series.
Just to give a bit more information on the story:-
After Gon left his home to start on a journey in becoming a hunter and find his father, he made friends with Leorio-who wants to be a doctor, Kurapica-who wants revenge on a gang that killed his race, and Killua who just want to leave the house where he was brought up as an assassin. These four met at the 'Hunter Examination' and became close friends.
After they have gotten their Hunter's License, they started out on a whole new journey on their separate ways.
After passing their 'Nen tests', the gang got together again in September for the big auction where lots of important people (especially bad people) gather...then the Gon and Killua think they found Gon's dad!
There's actually a LOT more than this, you just have to watch it
HunterxHunter is a series about Gon, a 12 year old boy who animals take a natural liking to and his friends. They have serveral adventures throughout the anime and manga.
It begins with the Hunter exams, where Gon and his new friends Killua, Kurapica, and Leorio all take part in a series of strange tests that normal humans cannot withstand for long. Gon learns many new things throughout the exam, and ends up passing, all while finding a new goal as well, to defeat a powerful opponent he encountered at the hunter exams, Hisoka.
Next we have a mini arc where Gon goes to Killua's mansion and fights in the Celestial tower. It is in this arc that we are introduced to a complicated system of energy known as nen. Gon and Killua learn the basics of nen in this arc.
Next is the York Shin city arc, which mostly focuses on Kurapica and his lust for vengeance on an organization known as the Genei Ryodan, a group of very powerful nen users. They killed Kurapica's clan for their scarlet eyes. This arc focuses on Kurapica battling the ryodan as well as Gon, Killua, and Leorio. It also slightly focuses on Gon and Killua's search for the videogame known as "Greed Island" as well.
After this come the OVA's, which first focus on the leader of the Ryodan's defeat, then focus on greed island and Gon and Killua's adventures there.
The anime ends there, but the series continues with its manga with the Chimera ant arc, where the chimera ants take over a country via their king. The arc focuses on planning to destroy the king to end the madness, and surprisingly involves many characters seen previously in HunterxHunter.
Overall, this is easily one of my favorite series because of how in depth and interesting it is. Rather than focusing soley on the battles, it adds a twist where every bit of a fight, no matter hw strong the opponent, requires strategy. Not to mention how unique the abilities of many of the characters are.
I recomend this to anyone who likes strategy combined with action.
I can't belive this show has not been dubbed yet this show is underated I heard that people think Naruto copys this show although I don't think so this show is great I saw episodes of it subbed online what I really like about this show is that it is from the creator of Yu Yu Hakusho, Yoshihiro Togashi which is a good show too. I heard it was originally cancelled because Yoshihiro Togashi left but then they continued it months ago I heard which is good I wonder when they will animate the new manga chapters probably next year I hope and I still wonder when is it coming to America.
Hunter x Hunter is extremely under appreciated. Many people over look it because of its simplistic main character; they don't realize that it really has four main story lines, each of which are fully addressed throughout the series. The evolution and maturity of the visible main character, Gon, is one that is captivating, as is his quest to find his father. This is another series that has something that appeals to everyone: the first saga includes many trials and the meeting of random characters that spice up one's views of the world. The second saga gives those who crave action all of it they can get. The third saga presents the utmost fantasy (and children's card games!) for those who like fantasy and sci-fi.
This series is my all-time favorite, which means I give it a perfect 10/10. If you've got the time, start watching Hunter x Hunter.
HXH takes us to a world of hunters, and it's all too exciting. 12 year old Gon Freaks, wants to be just like his dad and become a hunter, but first he must pass the exams to get a hunters license. But this is no ordinary exam. There will be crazy obsticals and people along the way, so Gon must be careful. Gon is soon joined by Leorio, Kurapica, and Killua. These are the other main characters trying to become hunters.
This has to be one of ther most underated series in history. Not only is the story great, it's compelling. One of those shows where you really want to see what's coming next. What annoys me is that Narutro copied off this show, and nobody even knows it.
About a 12-year-old boy named Gon Freecss, and his quest to find his father, Ging Freecss. Ging is a Hunter, which in the setting of Hunter × Hunter means that he is a member of society's elite, with a license to go anywhere or do anything.
In the first major story arc, Gon takes a series of bizarre tests to become a Hunter himself, which include such things as navigating a deadly jungle, hunting other applicants, killing a wild boar, an extraordinarily long underground marathon and making sushi. During the Hunter Test, Gon meets and befriends three of the other applicants, Kurapika, Killua and Leorio. Another of the applicants in the Hunter Test is Hisoka, a complex villain who uses playing cards as weapons, and who views Gon as an "unripe fruit" that he will take great pleasure in killing once he's grown up enough to present a challenge.
-Zaoldyeck Family & Celestial Tower Story Arcs
The second story arc involves Gon, Kurapika, and Leorio springing Killua from his parents' mansion. At the end of the second story arc, Leorio leaves for medical school and becomes a professional doctor while Kurapika leaves to find work, taking both characters out of the story. In the third story arc, Gon and Killua go to the Celestial Tower (also known as "Heavens Arena"), a 251-floor building where people can compete in fighting tournaments around the clock for cash. It is here they meet the Kungfu master Wing, who teaches them about Nen, a chi-like energy that can be used to manifest superhuman powers. He teaches a young child named Zushi, who joins Gon and Killua to fight in the tournament to gain money and experience. Hisoka defeats another powerful Nen user, Kastro, who was able to create and use a double made from Nen. Hisoka loses both arms in the battle but Machi, a fellow Nen user and Phantom Troupe member, uses her ability to sew the arms back on. Gon battles Hisoka and is able to land a few hits but loses in the end.
-Genei Ryodan Story Arc
The fourth story arc reunites the four main characters for the world's largest auction in a sprawling metropolis called Yorkshin City. While Gon, Killua, and Leorio try different methods to make enough money to buy Greed Island, a "Joystation" video game that could help Gon find his father, Kurapika takes center stage. This story arc introduces the Genei Ryodan (also known as the Phantom Troupe), a group of thieves who, among many other crimes, slaughtered all the other members of Kurapika's clan. Kurapika crosses paths with them while working as a bodyguard for a teenage girl named Neon, who has a clairvoyant Nen ability. He spends the rest of the arc balancing his bodyguard duties with his goal to hunt down the Genei Ryodan. By the end of the Genei Ryodan story arc, Kurapika has directly killed Uvogin, indirectly killed Pakunoda (via a deadly Nen ability which killed her when she broke the conditions he had set onto her), and "sealed" Kuroro Lucifer's Nen ability (via the same ability he used on Pakunoda). The latter two are accomplished via an unsteady alliance with Hisoka, who betrays the Genei Ryodan in exchange for a chance to fight Kuroro Lucifer. Once Kuroro's powers are "sealed," Hisoka completely loses interest and walks away.
-Greed Island Story Arc
Gon, Killua, and Leorio return to help Kurapika at the end of the third story arc, after which Leorio and Kurapika leave again, returning the focus to Gon and Killua. The fifth story arc concerns Gon and Killua's adventures on Greed Island, the seemingly-magical video game that sucks its player's physical bodies into its own world. It is later revealed that the game is actually set on an island in the real world (the physical game set is actually just a teleporting device), created and run by a group of powerful Nen users who are led by none other than Gon's own father Ging. 'Greed Island' is named after the letters of each name of the creators. The Greed Island story arc is very video-game-like. The game Greed Island runs on a complex card-based gaming system. The goal of the game is to collect a number of set cards, although almost everything in the game, from food to money, can be turned into cards. There are cards capable of doing anything, from making people pregnant regardless of gender, granting wishes, and magic spell cards that can warp you to specific towns. Inside Greed Island Gon and Killua are joined by Biscuit Kruger; nicknamed Bisuke , a 57-year-old woman who looks like a 12-year-old girl, and is a master and experienced teacher of Nen. She continues the Nen training Wing gave to Gon and Killua during the Celestial Tower arc. As the story progresses, a player nicknamed 'Bomber' is bombing other players up, when in fact the there are three. By placing their hand on the person, and saying 'bomber' a bomb is planted there. In order to activate the bomb, they must reveal that they are the bomber, and the bomb will start its count-down. The count-down's speed is according to the pulse of the person. Gon, Killua, and Biscuit team up with other players and take the bombers out. The Genei Ryodan also travel to Greed Island, looking for a Nen remover to remove the dagger placed on Kuroro's heart by Kurapika. Gon, Killua and Biscuit are the first to complete 'Greed Island' and after bidding Biscuit goodbye, they return to their search for Ging. As part of their reward, they are allowed to take three cards to be used in the real world. Using the card 'Accompany' they travel to 'Nigg' who they believe is Ging. 'Nigg' was his father, but his father only wanted Gon to come alone, so he had a safety measure in place, that if "Accompany" was used, it would take them to Kaito instead. Also during this arc, Killua's little brother, Karuto, joins the Genei Ryodan; replacing Hisoka as member number 4.
-Chimera Ant Story Arc
After leaving Greed Island, Gon and Killua meet up with Kaito, the Hunter who told Gon about Gin and Hunters in the very first chapter. They are all hired to investigate a strange insect leg that washed up on a beach. Genetic testing determines that the leg belongs to an abnormally large queen Chimera Ant, an insect that eats other insects and animals, and then gives birth to children that inherit the characteristics of all the different insects and animals it has eaten. The queen Chimera Ant itself just happens to wash up on the shore of an island called the NGL (Neo Green Life) inhabited by a luddite culture, and quickly develops a taste for humans after given the opportunity to eat them. The Chimera Ants proceed to wipe most of the population out and spawn hundreds of offspring before Gon, Killua, and Kaito arrive. The three very powerful Royal Guards are introduced, who develop Nen abilities. One of the Royal Guards, Nefelpitou, fights Kaito and decapitates him. Kaito is later brought back by Nefelpitou as a puppet used to train Chimera Ants, but his zombification renders him unable to recognize Gon and Killua. Netero, Morau, and Novu arrive as reinforcements. However, they are unable to stop the birth of the king. The queen dies because the king ripped himself out of her stomach too early. Many of the ants stop being loyal to the King, proclaiming themselves kings, and two even join the Hunters side. As a side story to the main plotline centered around Gon and Killua, one of the children of the queen Chimera Ant, Zazan, starts a colony near Ryuuseigai, the place that is the origin of the Genei Ryodan. Half of the group: Phinx, Feitan, Shalnark, **** Bonorenofu and Karuto travel to Ryuuseigai to halt the invasion. Upon reaching the colony, the team splits up, agreeing that whoever defeats Zazan will be the temporary leader of the Genei Ryodan until Kuroro Lucifer's return. The ants move into East Goruto and begin the process of "selecting" humans that have the capability to gain Nen powers. This causes many deaths as only a small amount of humans are able to gain Nen powers. Currently, Gon, Killua, Morau, Knuckle, Shoot, Novu, and Netero are about to attack the three Royal Guards and the King in the King's palace. However, it has been strongly suggested that something will go wrong with the plan. Togashi is currently on sick leave, and has been on and off for the past couple of years, so it is uncertain whether he will finish this particular arc of the storyline or not.
In terms of action animes, this is argueably one of the best. To really like the anime and to get the best experience out of it, I think the characters have to be superb. In HxH, they are superb. The vast personalities this anime exhibits is phenomenal, as you don't see personality similarities. This series has also one of the coolest and mysterious characters. The story line seems basic at first (A boy trying to become a hunter to find his father) but, the plot constantly brings up new twists and turns throughout the series. This is a highly recommended series that a fan of action and adventure animes will love.
It has been 2 years now since i've watched this anime and still it is ranked as my favorite. I really love the characters and how the story is handled. And also because it contrary itself completely from most shounen anime like naruto or DBZ. there had been alot of dispute about how this anime is better than naruto or bleach and personally i do agree with everything that has been said. I would also mention that this anime lightly follow a pattern to naruto and such but not simply to compare with because hunter x hunter has really an captivating story and none that would say predictable. However i wouldn't say this anime would approve to anyone and i think most people in the range of 14 till whatever age would probably enjoy this anime. The anime is highly mature and the actions really packed perfectly. This anime is just a 10/10
if i had to compare alchemist and HXH based on story, i'd say hunter x hunter mostly gets my vote. probably asking why ?!... the facts are because the plot is drivingly according to a perfect adventure genre anime. if i recall, HXH keeps changing to so different places, and each one at a time reveals something amazingly unreal to some. the story is very confusing and nothing should be judged till you've watched everything because as people say the story is really unpredictable. some events turn unexpected and no one imagined the story to head that way. for instance the theme about this anime is " about a kid pursuing his father and at the same to become a hunter" but if i were you, i wouldn't believe almost everything because the uinexpected turns will contradict you every time. so currently HXH holds for me to have the best story.
"kurapica , leorio , gon , killua", all those characters are bonded to a emotional constructure chain and this such chain really motivate the story. all the sadness or struggles are gone through of what's called "friendship" and i think their memo is " we ride together, we die together, friends for life.
From the same manga author of Yu Yu Hakusho comes another wonderful shounen. While not as good as his previous work, Togashi delivers yet another wonderful story filled with the same wonderful things that made Yu Yu Hakusho great.
There's one thing that almost every good shounen anime contains; addiction. The addiction to watch several episodes in one sitting just to see the arc wrap up. Hunter X Hunter is no different from the likes of One Piece and Yu Yu Hakusho. It's just an amazing anime that you want to see completed to the very end. Though unlike Dragonball Z, where you JUST want to see things wrapped up, you're actually enjoying yourself all the while. Fight scenes were Naruto's strength, but it's how the battles are fought in Hunter X Hunter that makes them amazing, much like Rurouni Kenshin. There is a slight difference from Hunter X Hunter compared to other shounens, and that's the trait of killing off characters. Shounen animes are famous for keeping all their near death characters alive somehow, but Hunter X Hunter isn't afraid to kill them off, much like Elfen Lied.
The first episode doesn't give a very good impression of what's to come; a cheerful child named Gon Freecks is playing out with animals, when suddenly he meets a hunter. They engage in a conversation, and the subject of Gon's father came up. Gon found out through this hunter that his father, Jin, is one of the most famous hunters alive. A hunter is a person that does sevearl things, such as searching for artifacts, preserving wild life, discovering rare types of ingredients for food, etc. The main attraction of becoming a hunter is it's awesome pay and the fact many fees are covered through the license card. Gon was interested solely because of his father. During the Hunter exam, he meets three friends; Kurapica, a kind hearted man that looks like a woman; Leorio, a dim witted type of person that wants to become a doctor; and Killua, an assassin that took the exam to cure boredom. Together, they help each other overcome the exam to become hunters.
Literally half the series is based on the hunter exam. It kind of sounds unappealing at first, but it's actually an amazing arc. It tests the main physical and mental abilities that are required to be a hunter through many disguised tests. We all hate tests, but to think it's really interesting when that test takes the form of intriguing physical activities such as the ones in Hunter X Hunter. Like the Chuunin exam, you'll probably rush through the entire thing because it's that awesome. There are only a handful of decent fights, but the strategy and mental thought involved is the selling point of this amazing anime. Even after the hunter exam, the magical ability of Hunter X Hunter, nen, will be introduced, arguably one of the deepest systems of magical concepts in anime.
Aside from another predictable protagonist, the characters are great and unique. Some may say their personalities may flip flop from one side to another, but that just makes this anime much more fun to watch. Specifically Kurapica and Killua. What's interesting about the two is that their attitudes are similar to a certain degree, yet their reasons for them is completely different. Wanting to avenge his clan from the Spiders, and another that wants to cure his boredom. There's really nothing wrong with Gon. He can be funny at times, but it would help the anime out if he were a more interesting person.
Overall, this is a great shounen anime, especially for fans of Rurouni Kenshin and Naruto. The hunter exam, mixed in with some deep strategy involving and even deeper character complexes makes this a top candidate for best shounen. However, its sequel (the first one, haven't seen the other two OVA sets yet) is even better, and doesn't really follow much of the rules a traditional shounen does. If you just watch the TV series alone, you'll be literally hanging on a cliff with the most disappointing endings ever. So the OVA is required anyways. But it should be watched anyways since it's even better.
Gon is a kid who wants to be a professional Hunter like his dad. Join him in his journey; making friends, facing hardships and learning about himself and the father he never knew.
Pretty decent show with a lot of good things going for it.
Although the style of character rendering is typical of standard anime characters, the characters are very well drawn and the animations are very fluid.
Each area in the series has its own distinct ambiance. Different areas in the world of HunterXHunter have their own unique feel: lush forest, populous towns, dark caves, etc. which offers a fresh look of the anime every time.
The characters show obvious and subtle differences in appearance from each other. Most anime characters in the past used to look essentially the same, except for differences in hair and clothing. Here we see differences in face size and shape, as well as skull structure.
The characters experience believable emotions, and act sufficiently. Most characters have enough vulnerability to remain believably human, although some individuals like Hisoka have abilities that are quite unfathomable.
The lead cast has sufficient character development because the story revolves around their experiences. Although Gon is typically nice and care-free, Killua is typecast as the silent tough persona, Kurapika is typically the intelligent kid as well as the second nice-kid in the team, and Leorio often plays the role of the mature brother to them all, they break these molds easily when the situation calls for it. Gon can get pretty serious, Killua can act care-free and comedic, Kurapika can get pretty scary when he gets upset, and Leorio can be seen goofing around sometimes. We see them get stronger, get closer together and open to each other more as the story goes on.
The supporting casts have usually well-defined development. The lead characters meet a lot in their travels. From the dysfunctional family of Killua to the participants in the Hunter exams, these casts abound, and are usually motivated by a lot of emotions, some of which are thirst for revenge, sadism, ambition, envy, and greed. Although I just feel that some Genei Ryodan anti-heroes have not had sufficient emotional participation in the story to offer a peek into their human sides. Most of them are freaks and a little missing in the sanity department though.
The Hunter Judges are amusing subjects. Some are overly picky while some are easy-going. Some are tricksters and cannot be trusted and the Head Judge is shown as very respectable and wise.
The series start pretty well with a simple premise of a kid discovering he has a living father who is actually quite famous. He then embarks on a journey; meets people, makes friends, and the life-stories of these friends get intertwined with his. Each series of episodes have contributions to the overall scheme of things that thicken the plot, and sometimes adds intriguing questions.
Twists and turns happen frequently enough to make the overall story interesting, although sometimes the overall plot gets too drawn out, especially with regards to Gon's search for his father's whereabouts.
Voice Acting, Sound Quality, and Musical Score:
The original Japanese voice acting is average but fits the characters well. The sound quality for background effects is believable enough also. The musical score is pretty good.
It is a very decent Anime with a lot of good things going for it. It has a large fan base, and is very entertaining.
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