Hunter x Hunter

TV (62 eps)
1999 - 2001
Fall 1999
4.2 out of 5 from 22,931 votes
Rank #329

Drawn to the mystique of the unknown, Hunters travel the world in search of terrifying creatures, incredible riches, and unexplored lands. Gon Freecss is a naive-yet-determined young boy who aspires to join the ranks of these individuals, in order to find his missing father Ging - a master of the profession himself. To reach his goal, he partakes in the formidable Hunter Exam, a series of tests that push the participants to their physical and mental limits, with a Hunter License as the prize. During the exam Gon befriends vengeful Kurapika, doctor-to-be Leorio, and skilled assassin Killua, who have entered for their own reasons. But with the sinister Hisoka standing in their way, will Gon and his friends be able to succeed in obtaining their reward, or even escaping with their lives?

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Story:Gon Freecss is a twelve year old boy. Gon's mother died at a young age, and his father, Ging left him when he was very young. When Gon finds out his father is a hunter, Gon decides he wants to become a hunter as well to search for his father. Passing the hunter exam is only the first stop on a long road that is full of detours for Gon in the search for his father, but he meets some very interesting friends along the way, and they help each other grow in their own ways. Animation:If you have yet to watch Hunter X Hunter at the time of this review there is one thing you must keep in mind. The show is over ten (10) years old. That being said, the animation itself is neither outstanding or is it horrible. Some character designs will definitely stick with you for the rest of your days though, even if you forget their names. Hisoka being one of the most stand out illustrations of this for me Sound:The soundtrack seemed to fit really nice within the show. It really hit on both ends of the spectrum when it needed too. Whether it was a relaxed feel, or a tense moment. I think the voice cast did a great job capturing the characters they were playing too, even some of the minor ones that do not appear much, like Zushi and Zeno. Characters:There are some great characters in Hunter X Hunter. Some of them might seem similar in some ways, but every one of them has an area of their personality that shines above everyone else. I don't even know if I can classify any of them as truly “bad” at heart. Some are messed up in the head sometimes sure, but even the spiders themselves show compassion when it comes to certain things. I think this is one of the strongest elements of the show. Overall:Some might look at Hunter X Hunter and write it off as “just another Shounen” but it really is a whole lot more then that. Sure it has the core elements of any Shounen. There is the superpower element along with the usual stuff like; the main character having the “never say die” attitude, and an ability to win people over as well as the emphasis on the importance of friends, but it is much more then that. There is actually a lot of depth in the “Nen” system, and Hunter X Hunter has a way of taking even in the most tense situation, and defusing it that is as unique as some of the characters them self.


Synopsis Hunters are a particular few hired to travel the world and perform all varieties of dangerous tasks, from capturing wanted criminals to searching uncharted lands for long-forgotten treasures. However, in order to become a fully realized Hunter, one must first complete the Hunter Applicant Exam. Hunter X Hunter follows the adventures of Gon Freaks, a highly empathetic twelve-year-old boy. While residing with his aunt Mito and his grandmother on Whale Island, Gon learns of the continued existence of his father Ging, and decides to take the Hunter Exam himself in order to discover his whereabouts. There, he befriends the revenge obsessed Kurapica, the aspiring doctor Leorio and the rebellious former assassin Killua. Together, they break through the many trials and hardships involved with the exam, and Gon’s journey to becoming a Master Hunter, and finally reuniting with his father begins. Story (8/10) I began watching Hunter X Hunter after a 3 month break from anime, and in all honestly, I knew that I'd discovered a gem in the first five minutes of the first episode. Although not wholy original, the plot of Hunter X Hunter was interesting enough to draw me in immediatly, and that is not such an easy feat.  As each new character was introduced, I found myself appreciating their believability with increasing enthusiasm. The overall story was extremely engaging too, as I have always been fascinated by those who devote their lives to collecting. I even went through a striking 10 year obsession with accumulating TY Beany Babies, and had amassed over 500 individual specimens before turning 13. My relevance there could be questioned, nevertheless, the story of Hunter X Hunter was overused, but wonderful. Of course, I do have several small complaints in regards to the series' numerous plot holes, which surface occasionally in the midst of battle. It is also one of the main reasons why I couldn't rate the story higher. Animation (6/10) Hunter X Hunter has next to terrible animation, a fault that will surely drag its overall mark down dramatically. The quality of the design's change constantly, and there were many, many instances when I forced myself to look away because a character's eyes were slightly askew. It has a fairly bad fluidity to cleaness ratio, and the backgrounds were nothing exceptional either. Also, as I recall, a certain scene of doves flying was reused rather frequently. Still, Hunter X Hunter's animation cannot even be compared the monstrosities that are Saiyuki or Pokemon. Sound (7/10) The background music of Hunter X Hunter was nothing exceptional; nor was it atrocious. It reminded me somewhat of Zelda game music or the soundtracks of very early Final Fantasy issues. As such, it wasn't incredible, but it didn't interfere either. Both the openings and closings were great however, as I still listen to them regularly. On a side note, I watched half of the series with English subtitles, and the remainder of it dubbed. The dub was fairly poorly done, but the Japanese voices were excellant. I couldn't help but adore Gon's Japanese seiyu, Junko Takeuchi, due to the fact that she also voices Naruto Uzumaki in the Naruto series. Characters (9/10) This is the area where Hunter X Hunter really glimmers, and the part of the review I was most looking forward to printing. The overall character development in this series was astounding. Of course, the villains were sometimes lacking in sensible motivations, but I found myself easily distracted by the fascinating relationship that forms between Gon and Killua, the two main protagonists. Killua is Gon's opposite in many ways, as well as the key counter to his immature and selfless nature. I admit that when I was first introduced to Killua, I was positive that he would simply be Hunter X Hunter's version of Yu Yu Hakusho's, Hei. I was initially predicting an overly distant, power hungry character that Gon would be required to repair at some point in the story. I couldn't have been more mistaken. As it turned out, Killua was neither distant nor selfish. Instead, he became Gon's link to the more difficult and meaningful lessons of life, and in turn grew to learn the true significance of friendship from Gon. Overall (7.5/10) With everything said, Hunter X Hunter is an amazing Shounen series that deserves deffinate honour and appreciation. I honestly wish that I could have given it a higher rating, but with the poor animation and music, this prospect is impossible. As such, I conclude my review of mangaka Yoshiro Togashi's, Hunter X Hunter.    


StoryThis anime provides your run-of-the-mill shounen adventure plot line: unending and jam packed action, an interesting assortment of male characters including all the different crazies possible, a competition to filter out the weak from the strong, and an array of unrealistic powers and skills being exhibited. While this action-oriented anime possesses all the clichéd attributes within the shounen genre, Hunter X Hunter can not be considered a typical contender within its class. Even if it is the same-o formula, at least the calculations come out correct in every aspect. The characters are engaging, the plotlines are exciting and thoughtful, and the pace throughout the anime never drags with stupid and pointless fillers. Yes, I’m pointing an accusing finger at Naruto and Kenshin. The tale is essentially about Gon, our naïve and stubborn 11 yr old protagonist, who enters the hunter exam in hopes to become a hunter to find his elusive dad who is a hunter himself. From the first episode, we know what the main objective is: "Gon, find and meet your father." However the road to such a simple task is paved with unending trials of hardship and introductions to several memorable characters. When I mean memorable, of course I’m suggesting all the interesting psychos that seem to pop up here and there that add the essential spice to an otherwise great but boring dish one has consumed over and over again. AnimationI admit that this show is not that pretty to look at. Being the aesthetic snob I proclaim myself, I have waited years to watch this anime even after having read tons of rave reviews. I took a look at Gon’s character, and I was like "hellz no" because he kind of reminded me of Dragon Ball’s Goku with his spiky hair and naïve sensibilities. Thank god I disregarded my prejudice because the story and the characterizations certainly diverted my attention from scrutinizing the physical appeal of each scene to death. I profess to the errors of my ways. The content of a book is not always about the pretty cover. While above average, the animation is certainly nothing to be enthusiastic about. While each character has his or her unique look -- some of which I have to question the creator’s fashion sensibilities -- the drawings are not spectacularly rendered. There are no rainbow colored, long tresses of hair and no girly, bejeweled eyes. Instead, the characters are usually straightforward in their individualistic masculine styles. There are a couple notable exceptions where I had to wonder for quite a number of episodes if the characters were female or male. But we can’t have a Japanese shounen anime without a girly-boy, now can we? SoundUnlike other more recent anime, Hunter X Hunter’s opening and closing sequences remain the same throughout. The music is again average, and the sound effects are nothing to rave about either. The voice acting for each of the main characters is convincing and done with superb flair. Each character’s unique personality carries through masterfully. There are no complaints here. One great aspect of this anime is that it cuts the annoying, pip-squeaking, nails-on-chalkboard voices to a minimum. Maybe because there are only a handful of female characters, but it’s refreshing not to go through 62 episodes of hearing chipmunks throwing tantrums. CharactersCharacter interaction and development are what defines and separates this anime from the others in the pack. Each character represents a jigsaw piece, and together, they form a complete puzzle -- though a weirdly shaped, wacky looking one. Many of the characters all possess positive and negative traits that make them likeable. There are no outright villains, although the anime may suggest a rotten apple here and there. But even the supposed villains have redeeming qualities. There really is no character with an in-the-middle personality. Everyone is a little extreme in one way or the other, yet it makes for great comedic moments. And of course, it would not be a shounen adventure anime with boring characters because how in the world can characters exist in the crazy, make-believe setting of Hunter X Hunter without having a tragic or weird past? Duh. Overall, the characters are all very well thought out which is a rarity for an anime. OverallThe action never stops, the characters are never dull, and the plot succeeds with a great mixture of comedy and drama. One notable highlight is the violence level of this anime. When a character attempts to strike another down, they go in for the kill, sometimes in some gruesome and interesting ways. Strangely, the violence is taken with a lighted hearted approach which added to the appeal of the show. I don’t know why, but I may be a little blood thirsty. Obviously, I would not recommend this show for those under 13 yrs of age. Thoroughly enjoyable and entirely watchable, I have to give Hunter X Hunter high marks. Only a few times did I feel the urge to throw something at the computer screen because a character’s brain was magically transported somewhere else, and only a few times did I roll my eyes at the absurdity of what was happening. The need for violent reaction happens so frequently when I watch an entire series of an anime that instead of being tempted to write a nasty letter to the show’s creator, I would send one of praise. If I was Siskel and Ebert, I would give two enthusiastic thumbs up.

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