Hunter x Hunter Review
Straight to the Point
- Starts off very childish but after a few episodes become dark and twisted quickly.
- Literally at the edge of your seat with every episode, hungry for more!
- Fantastic plots with various events unfolding.
- Unpredictable anime with lots of action and calculative, strategic murder.
- Incredible bloodthirsty adversary and memorable Hunters.
- A mystical but yet seemingly realistic world-like battleground for Hunters to explore.
A hunter is someone who is a specialist that travels the world exploring new regions of the world, risks his life in apprehending dangerous criminals, and/or delves into the deepest darkest secrets of world order and mystery. Gon Freecss is a young boy whose father was a Hunter and disappeared leaving him and his mother alone on a rural island.
One day Gon meets a Hunter and hears about his Father’s legendary achievements. Gon decides that he wants to follow in his father’s footsteps and also become a professional Hunter. Without knowing the dangers that lie ahead, Gon travels to the mainland where he befriends Leorio, Kurapika, and Killua. Will Gon pass the Hunter exam and ever find out what happened to his father?
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Hunter x Hunter Review
Right…where to begin!
Hunter x Hunter is one of the deeply sickest and most memorable anime ever! NO JOKE. You start off following Gon on his journey and think at the time…aaaa man this looks pretty childish. Ok, he is a bit strong but is that it. Well, buckle your seat belt for literally being at the edge of your seat for the entire journey.
This series is a work of art and I am trying to find an episode to mind which betrays the character or sidetracks to another scene for no reason and I can’t find any. The plot works so well, ranging from the introduction of characters to the story and the events that unfold slowly but then drastically flip everything upside-down.
At the beginning of this series, Gon befriends Kraprica who is on a revenge-seeking path to murder those who killed her brethren and recover the eyes that were stolen. Leorio, who is on his quest to become a doctor whereby being a Hunter will give the connections and opportunity to achieve this dream. Killua has a hidden past of an assassin which has been apart of his heritage from the most powerful assassin family in the world.
The evil killers within this anime are extremely formidable and Gon and his comrades need to find a way to defeat them. In some instances, it looks like guaranteed death, yet Gon heads straight into battle. Gon is a gullible and foolish boy but throughout you tend to praise his inability to give up and withstand any torment he receives. It’s truly INSPIRATIONAL and just gets better and better as the anime moves on. Seriously, the battle with Gon and Neferpitou..(a work of art!).
This anime has different enemies/comrades as the team journey through the Hunters exam, meet the Zoldyck family, face the Phantom Troupe, and battle the Chimera Ants. Every arc is epic and keeps you asking the question of what will happen next.
There are parts of the anime where you have the cliche development of skills within Gon and his friends. But even within these parts, the anime isn’t afraid to show its true colours with murder and deception.
A point to note in this Hunter x Hunter review is that the enemy characters are extraordinary. I found myself wanting to see MORE of their adventures than Gon and Killua at times. Chrollo, Silva Zoldyck, Feitan Portor, and then the Meruem….jeez incredible! You will see 🙂
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There are actually some moments in Hunter x Hunter that are legendary and it’s not necessarily the most gruesome but tends to be more psychologically messed up. You have chess pieces being moved by the enemy and the heroes to strategically allow one person to win. This anime is very unpredictable and ahead of its time.
Heads are chopped off and souls regurgitated into enemy chimera ants. Murder and thieves are rampant to destroy anything in there way. Gon and Killua are way out of their league. This mastery of survival and ability to win is through either sheer luck and/or decisive planning.
The evilness of this series is not through typical gore and action but through a mind-bending journey of deception and not-knowing whether the good guys will win because the world seems to replicate more realism and sides with do-ers rather than cascading thinkers which inadvertently gives the bad guys a platform to KILL anything in their path.
Literally the MOST memorable scene from this anime and one of the GREATEST psychologically sick moments in all of anime was when a typical hunter challenges Chrollo and pays the consequences of not just being killed or slightly tortured. But by being eaten alive by flying dream snakes where he is not allowed to die until a vacuum of air enters from outside………DUDE!!
In summary of this Hunter x Hunter review, I believe that this anime was beautifully written whereby I recommended Hunter x Hunter for anyone who enjoys a build-up to ultimate death-defying battles which are tactically thought out. Starts off childish but quickly ramps up to something incredibly evil. Extended battles are epic with sick villans and with a world-like realism where the good guy doesn’t always win.
Think I’ve watched this anime 4 times, seeing something new everything time. Highly recommended!
- Psychological, sick, and strategic battles
- Epic adventures of pure survival
- Memorable good and bad guys
- Enemies are way too strong!
- Parts of the anime can seem childish as this is technically a shounen (suitable for 12 to 18 years old).