Hunter X Hunter (1999)

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Hunter X Hunter (1999)
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Genre: Comedy
Adventure
Fantasy
Action
Running Time: 23 Minutes
Country: Japan
Release Date: October 16, 1999 –
March 31, 2001
Created by: Yoshihiro Togashi (original manga)
Seasons: 3
Episodes: 65
Next show: Hunter X Hunter 2011


Hunter X Hunter is an action, adventure, drama, comedy, fantasy, shonen battle anime series.  It was based on a manga series written by Yoshihiro Togashi and published by Shueisha.  The manga started on March 3, 1998, and is still ongoing today, with 35 volumes in total so far.  The anime adaptation originally aired from October 16, 1999 to March 31, 2001, with 62 episodes in total.  It was later succeeded by Hunter X Hunter 2011, a re-adaptation of the manga, which not only had improved production values, but also two additional story arcs.  

Why It Rocks

  1. Great animation, especially during the fight scenes or when a serious moment happens. The art direction even has occasional realistic textures just like the manga.  
  2. The art style and character designs are creative, not to mention they stayed faithful to Togashi's art style.  
  3. Good voice acting in both sub and dub, the dub even sounding unique compared to most dubs depending on your opinion. 
  4. The theme songs fit each arc and can vary on what mood the arc is. 
  5. Excellent soundtrack, ranging from piano sounds to exciting action music.  
  6. Four great story arcs. They are the Hunter's Exam Arc, the Zoldyck Family Arc, the Heaven's Arena Arc, and the Phantom Troupe Arc.  
  7. Numerous incredible villains like the Phantom Troupe and Hisoka Morrow, even minor ones like the Shadow Beasts.  
  8. KURAPIKA KURTA AND KILLUA ZOLDYCK!
  9. The Zoldyck Family are incredibly interesting, they are the reason Killua has committed murderous acts, yet he doesn't want to kill by their will anymore.  
  10. Brendan Hunter was excellent as Hisoka's dub voice, to the point where many preferred him to Keith Silverstein.  

Bad Qualities

  1. The series has some filler episodes/content, although it isn't nearly as bad as some major Shonens such as Naruto, Bleach, One Piece, or Dragonball Z.  
    • An example of a filler scene is that Leorio and Kurapika peek into Menchi's room and ask her question, then she angrily threw a knife at them, was seen with a towel covering her, and chased them afterward.
  2. Kurapika acts more feminine than he did in the manga, leading to some confusion about his gender.  

Trivia

  • The series was continued as an ova for the Greed Island Arc. However, the arc being animated wasn't as well known until Madhouse took over.
  • Some critics claimed the English dub could have been better.
  • The manga went on a hiatus, there was filler content, but the staff at Nippon Animation made an exception with filler arcs and thus ended it.

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