Sunday, October 16, 2011
Hunter x Hunter
Hunter x Hunter(just called Hunter Hunter) is an anime from the late '90s that is currently being remade. The main character is Gon Freecs, a boy with superhuman reflexes and strength. It is his goal to become a Hunter like his father, who was known as the worlds greatest hunter. Hunters are people who must complete an exam of all kinds of challenges to prove themselves capable of the tasks that they might need to complete. The exams focus on physical condition, mental ability, and general reasoning, along with quite a few other things mixed in to help weed out those who shouldn't become Hunters. Hunters are issued a license which basically gives them free reign to do as they please. On his way to the exams he meets a couple other people who are also wanting to become hunters. To be exact he first comes across Leorio and Kurapica, they help each other on the way to the exams. Leorio has a dream to become a doctor but cant afford the tuition costs, so he decided to become a hunter because the tuition is waived. Kurapica wishes to become a hunter to avenge his people who had been wiped out in a genocide for the simple fact of their crimson eyes. Eyes that when in battle turn from their normal color to a bright crimson. Once at the exams they come across a kid the same age as Gon, who is at the minimum age of 12 for becoming a hunter, by the name of Killua. Killua is an odd kid that Gon instantly takes a liking to. Killua has sort of the same reaction to Gon but was brought up far differently and never had any friends, so is unsure of why he likes Gon except that he doesn't feel bored around him. Killua is the heir to a family of assasins known throughout the world as the most feared. He decided to take the hunter exam out of boredom and later it is revealed that he also felt that he wanted to become his own person and not be just like everybody else in his family. All four of them team up and help each other, and later go through many trials and tribulations to do what they came to do. I really enjoyed this anime. Although it received a lot of criticism for being a Son Goku(Dragonball) knock off, it was well done and even though some of the aspects are very similar it has its own life. Some of the characters were cliche but it is hard to find an anime that doesn't have some characters that are there for a comic relief or as filler material. I recommend this to those that enjoy adventure, superhuman, fighting or logical thought process type anime. If you were a Dragonball fan I suggest watching this anime, but judge it for itself and not try to compare the two. Enjoy!