Key points for Anime Recommendation – Hunter x Hunter:
- IHunter x Hunter 2011 stands out with its detailed and top-tier world-building, showcasing an odd and fascinating universe. The Nen ability system and intricate locations contribute to an immersive experience.
- The anime boasts a diverse cast with characters like Gon, Killua, Kurapika, and intriguing antagonists such as Pitou and Meruem. The dynamics, character development, and memorable side characters add depth to the story.
- Produced by Madhouse in the early 2010s, the animation quality remains impressive even after a decade. The faithful recreation of the manga’s art style, along with iconic opening and ending themes, contributes to a visually and auditorily appealing experience
As you may know, Hunter x Hunter manga is infamous for its “inconsistent” release schedule. Well, inconsistent is probably an understatement but we really don’t know when it’ll end. Heck, we don’t even know when its next chapter will come out LOL. As such, over the years, there have been multiple anime adaptations. But even then, Hunter x Hunter 2011 by Madhouse is regarded as the best adaptation of the series and that is what we are talking about.
So welcome back to another edition of our anime recommendation series! This week we are talking about Hunter x Hunter 2011. I already explained why I chose this version of the anime in particular, So let’s just get started right away. Lots of things to talk about.
Hunter x Hunter manga is written and illustrated by Togashi Yoshihiro. It has been serialized in the Shounen Jump magazine since March 1998 and is still “ongoing”… Well, I guess “currently on hiatus” is more fitting. Either way, Hunter x Hunter 2011 anime is made by Madhouse. It is decently long at 148 episodes. It started airing in the Fall Season of 2011, Of course, it does not cover the whole manga but it covers a good majority of the arcs,
Like a lot of shounen anime, Hunter x Hunter has a simple-sounding plot on the surface. Hunters are basically adventurers in this world. They do all manner of different dangerous tasks. Our MC, Gon’s father is a legendary hunter. He is rarely back home though. So Gon decides to become a hunter himself so that he can find his father and travel with him. But of course, things are not that simple and plenty of adventure and adversities await Gon.
As I said, it is a pretty typical Shounen plot on the surface. What separates this anime from others in this genre though is the immaculate world-building. The show reminds us and shows us again and again how odd the world is. Be it the detailed Nen ability system this anime utilizes or be it the detailing in locations, characters, and/or creatures found in the said locations and how things work, the world-building in this anime top tier. The plot itself is pretty awesome as well.
There are a lot of memorable characters in Hunter x Hunter. Gon, Killua, and Kurapika get the most character development, of course. They all have their own dedicated arcs after all. Then we have some awesome antagonists as well like Pitou, Merium, The Phantom Troupe, etc. Then we also got memorable side characters like Hisoka, Isaac, Kite, Leorio, and Komugi, I could go on for all day. The characterization, the dynamics, and the character development are all amazing in this anime.
Animations and Soundtracks
Early 2010s Madhouse was something else. And it shows in this anime as well. They did the best they could with the animations at the time and as a result, they still look pretty good even more than 10 years later. It is a very faithful recreation of the manga’s art style, Despite using the same opening theme for 148 episodes, the opening theme of this anime is iconic and it is awesome. As for the ending theme, The Phantom Troupe arc ending theme has to be my favorite,
Here’s why you should watch Hunter x Hunter 2011:
- Great production
- Awesome plot
- Impeccable world-building
- Great characters
- Fun fights
That is all for now! Let me know what you guys think in the comments. I will take my leave here. See ya!!
Also, check out this week’s manga recommendation here!