Hunter x Hunter – Why It’s Not Perfect

Hunter x Hunter is returning… again… for now!

So to celebrate the temporary return of one of the best Shonens of all time, created by the controversial but masterful Yoshihiro Togashi, I have been requested by Kudakwashe Timba to add Hunter x Hunter to my WINP schedule. So here it is, another nitpicking article by a bastard! Enjoy, comment below and try not to spit!

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Note: Some SPOILERS ahead.

Tone Shift

One of the greatest arcs in anime history is the Chimera Ant Arc. Full of symbolism, commentary, action, drama, development, tragedy and even a headless cat man-woman-other, the Chimera Ant Arc is perhaps one of the most perfect examples of storytelling I have ever seen in any medium… Which is why it just breaks my heart to say that starting it is as jarring as a slip-and-slide made of razor blades.

From this moment…

Before this arc, we had a few dark moments that provided a nice contrast to the lighter ones, but nothing that went beyond the DVD age rating of 12 or maybe 15 at a stretch. There was a fair amount of levity, such as when comedy from Leorio and Killua went alongside events like Kurapika vs Uvogin, and it kept things from going too grim.

…to this moment. (And don’t even get me started on the unnecessary deaths of characters from the Hunter Exam!)

That all changed when the Chimera Ant Arc arrived. We literally saw children be eaten as our introduction to this arc, and that disturbing image is stamped into our minds throughout the entire story. Again, the Chimera Ant Arc is amazing but the horrific events that take place throughout feel so disconnected from the other arcs that it almost works against itself.

Seriously though, watch the Chimera Ant Arc. It’s amazing.

Narration Overload! 

Damn it, another Chimera Ant Arc flaw! Okay last one, I hope… Unfortunately, this is a big one that almost made me say this wasn’t one of the greatest arcs of all time. In the first two-thirds of the arc, we get to watch as Gon and Killua run around the island, battling the villains and becoming stronger and stronger throughout. During the final climax however… we’re told all of that.

I get the impression this nonsense would work a lot better in the manga, but in the anime it is nothing short of annoying.

Yeah, for some reason the narrator is suddenly working overtime as he never shuts up! While this does clearly highlight some of the inner feelings of a character during this occasion, it also serves as a huge distraction and annoyance. It absolutely kills the pacing for a while, as the narrator has a need to literally tell us what a character is doing as we are watching them do it!

Anime and manga are both visual storytelling, so we don’t need this amount of explanation. In fact, we barely need any whatsoever. Showing is always better than telling. Always. Thankfully, this problem does go away eventually as the arc comes to a close, but it is absolutely draining to handle for a while.

But yeah, you should still watch the Chimera Ant Arc. It’s amazing.

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