Having finished Hunter x Hunter in about 2 weeks, 148 episodes, while I was juggling the first week of school. It was addicting than my current marathons, Fruit Basket and Clannad, which I started back in winter 2014 and summer 2015, respectively. This will be a short review for those who want to know if this show is worth your time.
Hunter x Hunter is done by Togashi, the man known for Yu Yu Hakusho. Both shows have done really well. I would say Yu Yu Hakusho is better known due to the Toonami era and being more of a gateway anime especially adults who want to try anime for the first time.
Premise: Hunter x Hunter revolves around Gon who wants to be a hunter in order to find out why his father become a hunter in the first place. In his adventures, he encounters many people and get caught in their struggle and dreams as well as fighting to solve conflicts.
I'll start off with the bad stuff.
Being a big series, you are going to run into pacing issues and long story arcs. For Hunter x Hunter, you are hit with a big arc from the start and be prepared for lots of training scenes that still repeated in latter arcs. The pacing issues get serious in the Chimera Ant arc where the plot becomes a big waiting game in times of a big battle
Repetitive Story Telling: Speaking of training, you will see this often with every arc except for Yorknew which focuses on a different character. You won't be seeing the protagonist until the latter stages since Gon plays only a minor role.
Nature of the content in regards to violence. This is more of my personal problem. If I went into Hunter x Hunter blind without knowing Togashi did it, I would have expected this show to be for children. That's the same thing I would assume for another series like Toriko and One Piece. Those three shows can be enjoyed by all ages. The problem with Hunter x Hunter is the graphic violence it had and how the show and characters handle it in a nonchalant manner.
Pretty much what you expect in a Shonen series, if you are fan of them, big adventures, likeable characters, interesting villains, big battles. Also, there isn't any fan service except for a certain male character who is caught naked in front of 2 young boys, a young woman, and a young man in one arc.
Which Audience I would recommend Hunter x Hunter? And not Recommend to?
People who enjoyed these shows: Dragon Ball (excluding Dragon Ball Z and GT), Toriko, Fairy Tail, One Piece, Magi. These shows in the same category as Hunter x Hunter share similar themes: endless adventures and the power of friendship. These folks who enjoy them are used to long series.
Folks who hate fan service. I know folks who love Shonen but hate fan service. Those folks usually dislike Fairy Tail, Magi, One Piece (post time skip) for being too ecchi than necessary. Hunter x Hunter doesn't do that.
I wouldn't recommend the show to the following folks:
New folks who want to try anime especially adults seeking serious shows without too many bizarre anime cliches
Young children - I rather recommend One Piece or Dragon Ball.
Folks who hate mainstream shows for whatever reason. Can't really explain it. After observing comments on Anime Vice Youtube channel, I keep seeing comments and complaints about AV covering mainstream shows. Some really hate overly hyped shows/mainstream (IE: Dragon Ball, One Piece, Attack on Titan, Sailor Moon) I don't really understand. It's something new I haven't seen in my experiences with the Anime Vice community. It's the Youtube folks I seen it with. This is another group of folks that might not like Hunter x Hunter because it's mainstream-like.
Thank you everyone for reading. I will transfer the Hunter x Hunter Roundtable this Friday.
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Apr 9, 2021 10:26:05 GMT
Taka: I see. A global release will benefit it. Gundam did pretty good. The only few franchises that are only popular in Japan but not popular in the west - Yokai Watch comes to mind.
Apr 10, 2021 1:55:16 GMT
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