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07/16/2011 18:07:25 •••

Manga review

Truth be told, I like the manga of this series much better than the anime.

The show starts off as a show with a rather fluffy/idealistic premise and gets darker/more cynical over time, which, for me, was most of the appeal- in addition to the standard Togashi Author Appeal factors of gay/bi men, psychos, and Action Girls.

The best part so far for me is the recent Chimera Ant arc. The ants seem to be some of the more sophisticated villains in the series, even if they aren't the first Complete Monster antagonists. However, if you dislike shounen, you probably won't get this far, and, like Yu Yu Hakusho, I would not recommend it.

Even though I think YYH is slightly superior due to its being both more succinct and Togashi's not suffering Creator Breakdown at that time (as opposed to this series and his Incurable Cough Of Death), this is a good series on its own merits, and something for those who enjoyed YYH, or would like slightly more cerebral shounen.

Score: 7/10

11/24/2009 00:00:00

How is the Hunter Exam fluffy/idealistic?!

Apart from that, I agree with most everything you say. YYH is slight superior due to the simple fact, unlike Hx H, the entire series is actually inked properly, and there are actual backgrounds, as opposed to the pencil sketches we've been seeing in Hx H.

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I really want to know what's going on with Togashi.

07/10/2011 00:00:00

Just from the Genei Ryodan we got Machi, Pakunoda and Shizuku. Not to mention Biscuit, the hunter judge Menchi and Palm, almost all stronger than Gon and Killua. Also Anita and Canary.

07/13/2011 00:00:00

^ Most of these characters are fairly cringe-inducing stereotypes, and none of them are very major characters.

Edit: To elaborate a bit, an extraordinary number of female characters in this series have powers involving things like cooking, cleaning, sewing, love, intuition (!), and giving birth (!!).

07/16/2011 00:00:00

Since when was being a major character a requirement to be an Action Girl? if it is, a lot of the examples in the trope need to be deleted, not to mention you forgot Bisquit in Greed Island. But if you choose to focus on cooking instead of the acquisition of the materials, or intuition instead of capturing the genius assassin Killua just by tensing her muscles or 0:43, or even this, then I can see how you might had come to that conclusion.


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