Hunter x Hunter Basic Review: Is it worth watching ?

If we are to talk about long mainstream anime then Hunter x Hunter would definitely fall in my favorites. Hunter x Hunter is a shounen anime with some elements of mystery and a bit of darkness so to speak. The world of Hunter x Hunter revolves around obviously Hunters whom are one of the most bad-ass humans alive. They take on the most dangerous tasks, fight the fiercest monsters and discover hidden treasures. In the Hunter world there is a lot of variety at what a Hunter will do. Hunters have many different classes such as Gourmet Hunters. At first glance, they do sound like ordinary chef. But they are more than that, they go into dangerous unexplored areas and risk their lives for food. And also finding other rare ingredients.

The Plot

The story revolves around 4 main characters. Gon, Kurapika, Leorio and Killua meet and take the hunter exam. The hunter exam is a combination of endurance and will. The series kicks off when Gon finds out that his father (Ging) is in fact not dead. After hearing about his father Gon decides to follow in his footsteps and become a hunter. In the first episode we can see Gon living with his relatives. After finding out that Gon wants to take the Hunter exam, Mito forbids him from taking it. Gon being stubborn as he is, conviced Mito to let him take the exam if he catches master of the swamp.

Master of the swamp – Hunter x Hunter

Gon leaves Whale Island

After being successful in his goal to catch the fish, Gon decides to leave Whale Island. On his Journey towards finding his father Gon meets many interesting characters. At his first departure from whale island, Gon gets aboard a ship. On the ship, he meets Leorio and Kurapika. Both with their own goals in mind befriend Gon and set on to take the Hunter exam. Before reaching the destination the three of them have some interesting adventures which I will not spoil now. Upon reaching the exam site, Gon meets Killua and the four of them decide to take on the hunter exam.

Why I think the anime was unique

The story takes many interesting turns after this. And I gotta say I like the character development in the  anime overall. Each of the 4 characters has it’s own unique and interesting story. Together they help each other reach their own goals. Besides all the friendly elements as every shonen anime has. This one piqued my interest by having a lot of darkness. And by darkness I mean that regardless of it being a shounen anime characters can actually die. A lot of characters have twisted reasons for being Hunters. And a lot of characters have deep dark background stories that give a great sense of reality to the anime. When everything is fine and nothing goes wrong it somehow does not feel real. With Hunter x Hunter it was as real as it can get in an anime.

Should I watch Hunter x Hunter? 

My answer would be definitely yes. Regardless of the fact that the manga is not finished and the anime was cut at a certain point. It is definitely worth watching as the anime itself is one of the best I have seen. It has a very unique story, good explanations about the world where the Hunters live. Constant mystery behind everything that keeps you wake up at night watching it and not getting any sleep. If you are looking for something to watch this anime is definitely a green-light.  Even if you are alone, with your girlfriend, wife or kids. Or if you want to binge watch it, this series can be good for anyone.

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9 Replies to “Hunter x Hunter Basic Review: Is it worth watching ?”

  1. Hmm I am not the biggest anime fan but I will give it watch. I guess it has own beauty & audience. So its mostly 4 different person got intertwined by fate? I am curious about to see how all 4 have their own story to tell as mentioned in the article. Thanks.

  2. Couldn’t agree more it’s one of my favs as well~
    I’ve rewatched both versions of the anime many times, I think it’s the only anime that I rewatched more than 5 times, being I’m not the type to rewatch~
    also reading the manga up to date~
    as u can tell I’m quite a fan of this series~

    from first glance it looks childish specially with the 2011 version but the story as u mentioned is actually pretty dark, the furthur into the story the darker it gets~

    the idea of the story (a boy in search of his father) seems like a 80’s/90’s cliché, but it isn’t the main focus in every episode but more of Gon’s unique adventures and he’s friends, i think Gon’s background story or goal has been overshadowed by Kurapika’s background story which to me is more interesting~

    I’d recommend to watch the 2011 first and then if u get hooked watch the 1999 as the older version has some stuff the 2011 failed to show~

    the manga so far is ahead of the anime by 2 connected arcs, the story gets a bit darker and more psychological, pretty interesting story so if u finished the 2011 anime read the manga, but put in mind Hunter x Hunter is aka the infamous Hiatus x Hiatus~

    on a side note if ur expecting some kind of fanservice like in FairyTail, Naruto or OnePiece then this anime isn’t for u~
    it pretty much lacks female characters but tbh that what made it interesting and unique to me~

  3. Yes! Hunter X Hunter! Where should I begin with? The series? Okay.

    This is the one of the best adventurous anime with a lot of episodes that I have personally enjoyed watching every single night. The amount of time I used up watching this has given me a message that if we want, we 2 can become strong and act on our own. A self of confidence and observation can turn the world upside-down for us.

    The characters are amazing too. Gon and Leorio have similar physical strength and both can be pretty overpowered if they were to fight. But among the four, I presume that Kurapika and Killua are the big shots. Not only they have gone through immense training, they also have the will to kill someone if needed.

    It’s really unfortunate that the series has been receiving a lot of Hiatus as the author’s health is bad. They even have caught up to the anime and I think the Dub has now resumed as well. I have only watched the older version of this anime and still have to give a try to it’s 2011 version. I wish I can do it before the manga resumes.

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